Tickets on sale now for the 12th annual Scotiabank Passions Gala, benefiting the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation


Prepare to sip and savour and share at one of Vancouver’s landmark culinary events on September 13, 2015, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., as Scotiabank Passions – a benefit for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation returns for a 12th year. More than 20 of the city’s top chefs will gather at the Yaletown Roundhouse (181 Roundhouse Mews) to celebrate an evening of philanthropy and gastronomic delights. Scotiabank Passions has raised more than $1 million for HIV/AIDS care since its inaugural launch in 2003.


This year’s 23 participating restaurants include Beach Bay Café and Patio, Beaucoup Bakery & Café, Bella Gelateria, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Chambar, Chez ChristopheCibo Trattoria, CinCin, Coast, Forage, Hawksworth Restaurant, Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House, Minami, Nextjen, Notch8, ORU, Provence, Savoury Chef, The Observatory, Tojo’s, Torafuku, Urban Fare, and West. In addition, Chef Lisa Ahier of Tofino’s SoBo Restaurant will host the Sparkling Reception from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.


“I am especially proud to have such a stellar line-up of restaurants, year-after-year,” exclaims Nathan Fong, the Founder of Scotiabank Passions. “This year, we have some new and exciting additions and returns. It is a testament to the continuing power of Scotiabank Passions and the culinary community’s dedication to such a great cause. Guests are definitely in for a treat.”


Vancouver Magazine’s 2015 Bartender of the Year and Diageo World Class Canada’s 2015 Canadian Bartender of the Year, Lauren Mote, will mix and pour cocktails all night long. Guests can also enjoy beer from R&B Brewing Co., and a selection of wine from New Zealand Winegrowers.


“With the dedication, hard work, and vision of Nathan Fong and the loyal support of event guests, volunteers and organizers, the Scotiabank Passions gala continually exceeds all expectations,” says Maxine Davis, Executive Director of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. “We are grateful for the immense support and excited about the 12th year of Passions being at the Yaletown Roundhouse.”


Global BC’s Sophie Lui and Fred Lee, Vanhattan’s Man About Town and regular contributor to the CBC and the Province and Vancouver Courier, will emcee the event.


Tickets are available July 1st, with general admission priced at $200 until August 1st and $225 thereafter. Sparkling Reception tickets are $300. Tickets are available at or by calling 604.331.5086.


This year, at the Sparkling Reception, which happens from 5 pm to 6 pm, before the main event, guests will enjoy and array of bubbly and oysters. SoBo is a multi-award-winning restaurant with a focus on fresh and local ingredients from the wild West Coast. Chef Ahier’s newly released, The Sobo Cookbook was nominated for this year’s 2015 BC Book Award.

Scotiabank Passions – A Benefit for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

Date: Sunday, September 13, 2015

Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sparkling Reception: 5 p.m.

General Admission: 6 p.m.

Where: Roundhouse

Address: 181 Roundhouse Mews, Yaletown, Vancouver BC

Tickets: $300 Sparkling Reception with general admission, and $225 general admission (early bird pricing available). Tickets are available July 1st at or by calling 604.331.5086.


About the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

At the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, every day is an inspiring reminder of what we can achieve by providing HIV treatment and other supports for people whose lives are impacted by HIV/AIDS and the additional challenges of addiction, mental illness, homelessness, poverty and discrimination. For more information on the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, the Dr. Peter Centre, and Scotiabank Passions, please visit:


About Scotiabank Passions

The history of Scotiabank Passions dates back to 2002 when a small charity cooking class was held at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks. A year later, the annual event was christened “Passions.” Organized by Vancouver food media personality, Nathan Fong, the inaugural event featured nine chefs, 100 attendees and raised $7000. Under Nathan’s continued stewardship, Scotiabank Passions has since tripled in size and has become one of Vancouver’s most popular food and wine events. To date, Scotiabank Passions has raised more than $1 million.

Featured pic: Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation – Facebook


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