Tasting Plates: West 4th Edition

West 4th Avenue, a street full of fantastically unique eateries and shops. As autumn rolls in and the sun sets earlier than we’re accustomed to, our W.4th Tasting Plates mini adventure begins at the August Jack. Presented with a house smoked and cured salmon duo, it was a great start to our evening. Their candied…

JOIN US OCTOBER 15 AT THE GORDON SMITH GALLERY OF CANADIAN ART

This celebration of mentorship, in both the visual and culinary arts, coincides with the close of Work is Art, an exhibition curated by Artists for Kids founding artist-patron Gordon Smith, O.C.Work is Art speaks to Mr. Smith’s expansive definition of the term art itself – curation is art, education is art, writing is art, work is art, everything…

Culture Days Photo Contest Winners Announced

  Winners from Surrey, Penticton and Saanichton Surrey resident Jina Kim has been awarded first prize in this year’s province-wide “Culture Shapes Our Community” photo contest. Kim and two runners-up were chosen from 141 entries by votes cast all across the province. Kim’s prize was a Panasonic Lumix camera. The contest was part of the…

Halloween Happenings @ Cibo Trattoria and Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar

ALL HALLOWS’ EVE FEAST AT CIBO TRATTORIA   On Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31 — the two days known across the world as “Devil’s Night” and Halloween, respectively — Chef Kassam will prepare a devilishly delectable five-course tasting menu that serves up clever nods to the feast of All Hallows’ Day, traditionally celebrated the day after Halloween. Chef Kassam’s menu is alternately sinister and sumptuous…

Lunch at Milestones Coquitlam

  A friend of mine, who I hadn’t seen in quite a while, was going to be out in my neck of the woods and suggested getting together for lunch.  I was open to anything and he suggested Milestones.   I’ve been to Milestones several times over the years, usually for meetings, get-togethers or family…

GIVE THANKS THIS FALL WITH SEASONAL TREATS FROM THOMAS HAAS 

  Pumpkin-flavoured Pastry, Beverage, Truffle Selections Highlight New Autumn Offerings   As long days fade and the weather begins to cool, stay warm with a burst of fall-themed flavours like pumpkin, cinnamon and ginger available now through November 15 at Thomas Haas Chocolates & Pâtisserie. From pastry creations such as Pumpkin Pie with cinnamon Chantilly cream and…

Fall into the Market 2014 Monday, November 3

  Liberty Merchant Company proudly presents its annual Fall into the Market tasting event. This Liberty-sponsored event is in support of the BC SPCA, to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in British Columbia. All proceeds from both ticket sales and the silent auction directly support the BC…

La Dolce Vita October 2014 When gold trumps platinum

  Bob Johnson couldn’t contain his smile when I dropped in for a visit to Creston’s Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery on Sunday. In his pocket were two medals from the recent BC Wine Awards. One, a Platinum, feted Baillie-Grohman’s 2012 Cabernet Franc as one of the best six wines in the province (5 platinum medals were…

Wine Wednesday review by @Sam_thewineteacher

2011 Chardonnay Liquidity Okanagan Falls, BC $23.00 Silver Medal Tasted 2014 09 Straw coloured with medium-light intensity.  The nose shows aromas of apple, white peach and wild flowers along with well-integrated oak.  Well balanced with good body.  Apple, butter and toast on the palate with a medium-long finish.  A good match for scallop and prawn…

Wines of British Columbia and Whole Foods partnership

Wines of British Columbia expands US reach with Whole Foods Market partnership in the Pacific Northwest. Eight hand-selected BC VQA wines will be available for purchase at 15 Whole Foods Market stores across Washington and Oregon.   “This partnership is part of the BC Wine Institute’s strategic plan to increase our exports to key markets,…

Garagiste North Wine Fest

  September 14th was a beautiful day in the Okanagan, especially at Meyer Family Winery in Okanagan Falls.  September 14th was also the day of the first ever Garagiste North Wine Fest.  This wine festival was the chance for BC’s small guys to share their stories and feature their wines.  Meyer Family Wines have to…

BC Winery of the Year 2013/14 InterVin International Wine Awards

  PAINTED ROCK ESTATE WINERY NAMED WINERY OF THE YEAR  at the 2014/2015 InterVin International Wine Awards   Painted Rock is greatly honoured to have been named Winery of the Year at the 2014/2015 InterVin International Wine Awards. This years’ InterVin Wine Awards featured nearly 1,350 entries from 16 countries, with 63 wines earning Gold…

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar Hosts Exclusive Winery Dinner with Ruffino Oct. 20

BOULEVARD KITCHEN & OYSTER BAR HOSTS EXCLUSIVE WINERY DINNER WITH RUFFINO OCT. 20 Ruffino Senior Global Brand Ambassador Beppe d’Andrea to Guest Host Five-Course Dinner That Offers a Preview of Executive Chef Alex Chen’s Fall Menu When: Monday, October 20 at 7 p.m. Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, 845 Burrard St., Vancouver, B.C. Price: $129 per guest, including tax and gratuity…

Siena Restaurant Celebrates Mushroom Festival

  Days are chilly, nights are darker now, but Siena Restaurant is looking on the bright side by celebrating the tasty fungi that appear when the summer ends. From October 14th to 26th, the South Granville favourite will showcase the flavour and versatility of mushrooms with a special three-course menu.   Siena Chef Jessica Howery…

Ultimate Upcycle Challenge returns to the  Vancouver Home + Design Show for the third year running

  Local celebrities and creatives to revamp pre-loved chairs for charity auction at BC Place Stadium, October 16-19, 2014   Taking five has never looked – or felt – so good! The Ultimate Upcycle Challenge 3: ChairLIFT, a charitable furniture repurposing project, is taking place once again at the Vancouver Home + Design Show, happening October…