It’s Friday…what are you doing this weekend and week ahead

  Tinhorn Creek Vineyards releases first vintage of Golden Mile Bench Chardonnay    Kelowna’s Lakeshore Wine Route returns with “Unleashed”   If Pigs Could “Moo” Popular Pig Out festival signals that summer isn’t far away     Vancouver Farmers Markets starting Sunday, May 1 and May 5   TIME TO JAM All-day breakfast joint Jam … Read moreIt’s Friday…what are you doing this weekend and week ahead

PETITS FOUR: THOMAS HAAS WEARS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE PASTRY CHEF OF THE YEAR CROWN AT 2016 VANCOUVER MAGAZINE RESTAURANT AWARDS

  Renowned Pâtissier Celebrates Five Wins in Six Years Overall Since Award’s Inception in 2011   In what has become something of a delicious tradition, renowned chocolatier and pâtissier Thomas Haas was named Pastry Chef of the Year for the fourth consecutive time at the 2016 edition of the annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards ceremony last … Read morePETITS FOUR: THOMAS HAAS WEARS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE PASTRY CHEF OF THE YEAR CROWN AT 2016 VANCOUVER MAGAZINE RESTAURANT AWARDS

#TasteofThursday – Spring is in the air with Chef Victor Bongo’s recipe

  Orange Infused Beets and Goat cheese Salad with Pistachio nuts and Honey Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette I love going to my local farmers market to buy fresh produce.   Every time I walk in the market I always have a big smile  on my face as I stare at all the fresh colorful fruits and … Read more#TasteofThursday – Spring is in the air with Chef Victor Bongo’s recipe

SOIRETTE CELELBRATES MOTHER’S DAY WITH HIGH TEA, SPECIAL TREATS AND A POP-UP AT OAKRIDGE CENTRE

  Mother’s Day is a time of celebration at Soirette! Delectable high tea, beautifully packaged baked treats and delicious macarons are just some of the offerings we have to show mom how much she is loved. Treat mom to something out of the ordinary – a special Mother’s Day High Tea! Artistically crafted, it is … Read moreSOIRETTE CELELBRATES MOTHER’S DAY WITH HIGH TEA, SPECIAL TREATS AND A POP-UP AT OAKRIDGE CENTRE

Siena Restaurant Supports Men’s Cancer Initiatives with Balls

  Even the strongest man is sensitive and vulnerable in some parts.  That’s why, from Tuesday, April 26th until Thursday, May 12th 2016, Siena will offer a special Balls-themed menu as a men’s cancer fundraiser.  The restaurant will donate $7.00 from the sale from each prix-fixe “Balls” menu to the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and … Read moreSiena Restaurant Supports Men’s Cancer Initiatives with Balls

Vancouver Foodster presents the 2nd Cheesecake Challenge 

  Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Cheesecake Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their cheesecake creations into this challenge, some of the restaurants and bakeries have created a special cheesecake creation just for this challenge and others have entered their top choice off their existing menu. Each restaurant and bakery … Read moreVancouver Foodster presents the 2nd Cheesecake Challenge 

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards 2016

  There may not have been limos pulling up in front of the Sheraton wall Centre dropping off glamorous celebrities to walk the paparazzi lined red carpet, but there certainly was a buzz of excitement around the Sheraton Wall Centre. For twenty-seven years now, Vancouver Magazine has recognized the talents of our finest culinary talents. … Read moreVancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards 2016

Avo-foodie fun at the 2016 Avocado Showdown

  With the success of the first Avocado Showdown in Vancouver last July, Avocados from Mexico returned to Vancouver on April 10th. Held at Northwest Culinary Academy, the competition welcomed food lovers and culinary leaders alike to take part in creating, tasting and judging avocado themed dishes created by local foodies. The afternoon began with … Read moreAvo-foodie fun at the 2016 Avocado Showdown

Spring Greens Break New Ground at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Restaurant!

  Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. Suzanne Fielden, a visionary and co-owner of three restaurants, warmly greeted me as I entered the Rocky Mountain Flatbread restaurant in Kitsilano .  Suzanne and her husband, Dominic, are co-creators of the unique family restaurant focussing on health, community and education.  I was there on April 13th to experience the … Read moreSpring Greens Break New Ground at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Restaurant!

Vancouver Magazine Awards Reception 2016

The day began with a pre-awards reception, which featured a variety of beer, food and wine samples. I began with a cool refreshing new Double IPA from Stanley Park Brewing, which was the perfect way to wake up my taste buds for what was to come. My first stop was Culmina, a Triggs family winery … Read moreVancouver Magazine Awards Reception 2016

#FridayFavourites…places to go, things to do this weekend and thru April 28

    New Happy Hour, fresh menus and return of Sunday Supper Series signals start of spring at OPUS Hotel   BIRDS OF A FEATHER: ROYAL DINETTE’S JACK CHEN AND BURDOCK & CO.’S ANDREA CARLSON TAKE FLIGHT FOR FIFTH “UGLY DUCKLING” DINNER, APRIL 26    BEACH BAY CAFÉ & PATIO’S CHEF FELIX ZHOU DEBUTS NEW SPRING … Read more#FridayFavourites…places to go, things to do this weekend and thru April 28

FIT FOR A KING: ROYAL DINETTE CROWNED BEST NEW RESTAURANT AT ANNUAL VANCOUVER MAGAZINE RESTAURANT AWARDS

    Locavore-forward Restaurant’s Founding Chef/Owner David Gunawan Also Anointed Chef of the Year at Annual Awards Gala   Marking its eighth month of authentic, farm-to-table fare in fine style, Royal Dinette was crowned Best New Restaurant last night at the 27th annual edition of the prestigious Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, while its founding chef and … Read moreFIT FOR A KING: ROYAL DINETTE CROWNED BEST NEW RESTAURANT AT ANNUAL VANCOUVER MAGAZINE RESTAURANT AWARDS

CREW D’ÉTAT: CAFÉ MEDINA MANAGER JENNA BRISCOE BESTOWED WITH SERVICE ALL-STAR NOD AT VANCOUVER MAGAZINE RESTAURANT AWARDS

  Briscoe Among Five Singled Out for Industry Excellence at 27th Annual Awards Gala   A longtime fixture at Café Medina, manager Jenna Briscoe was honoured among a standing-room-only crowd of industry peers with a coveted Service All-Star designation at the 2016 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Originally from Alberta, Briscoe began her career in the restaurant industry in … Read moreCREW D’ÉTAT: CAFÉ MEDINA MANAGER JENNA BRISCOE BESTOWED WITH SERVICE ALL-STAR NOD AT VANCOUVER MAGAZINE RESTAURANT AWARDS

New Happy Hour, fresh menus and return of Sunday Supper Series signals start of spring at OPUS Hotel

  More happiness as La Pentola is awarded Best Yaletown Restaurant (Silver) by Vancouver Magazine   OPUS Bar is welcoming Spring with open arms and a new Happy Hour menu that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Relax in the swanky Opus Bar and enjoy $5 drinks and snacks every day between 3-6pm. Located … Read moreNew Happy Hour, fresh menus and return of Sunday Supper Series signals start of spring at OPUS Hotel

#TasteofThursday rhubarb & ginger tarts – icookstuff

  rhubarb & ginger tarts   3-4 rectangular tartlets It’s rhubarb season ! This unusually tangy vegetable is used for sweet as well as savoury dishes during the months of April and may and sometimes June. My friend and neigbour was kind enough to bring me about two and a half kilograms of rhubarb stalks … Read more#TasteofThursday rhubarb & ginger tarts – icookstuff

Pasta Making Series: Gnocchi

  The Italian Cultural Centre presents: Pasta Class: Gnocchi (May 2) $55.00 (CAD) •May 2, 2016 •6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Register here If you always dreamt of being able to make authentic Italian Gnocchi by hand, here’s a chance to learn from Marzia Molatore, a born and raised Italian who learned cooking from the best teachers available – … Read morePasta Making Series: Gnocchi

Taylor Mikasko to oversee new opening, Nightingale, as General Manager

    Hawksworth Restaurant Maître d’ moves on up to manage new Vancouver venture Hawksworth Restaurant Group’s latest venture, Nightingale, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Taylor Mikasko as General Manager. Victoria-born Mikasko has been honing his hospitality skills alongside Hawksworth Restaurant Group’s Operations Director, Chad Clark, for two years now as floor manager and maître … Read moreTaylor Mikasko to oversee new opening, Nightingale, as General Manager

BEACH BAY CAFÉ & PATIO’S CHEF FELIX ZHOU DEBUTS NEW SPRING MENU

  Enjoy fresh seafood and sunset cocktails on the perfect patio for the sunny season Beach Bay Café’s patio is now open for the season and Executive Chef Felix Zhou’s newly refreshed menu makes it the perfect place to enjoy happy hour get-togethers, sunset cocktails and to tuck into delicious, fresh seafood just steps from the beach. “Spring brings … Read moreBEACH BAY CAFÉ & PATIO’S CHEF FELIX ZHOU DEBUTS NEW SPRING MENU

#MarketMonday featuring Lita’s Mexican Foods

  Our priority/goal/focus is to bring a flour tortilla to the market that tastes 100% authentic to Mexico and that is as natural and healthy as possible.  You can read about our ingredients in the Nutrition Information page on the website (no preservatives, additives, vegan, etc). Our other goal is to sell our tortillas wholesale … Read more#MarketMonday featuring Lita’s Mexican Foods

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: ROYAL DINETTE’S JACK CHEN AND BURDOCK & CO.’S ANDREA CARLSON TAKE FLIGHT FOR FIFTH “UGLY DUCKLING” DINNER, APRIL 26 

    Latest Edition of Ongoing Dinner Series Unites Like-minded Chefs To Spotlight Food-Waste Awareness, Sustainability Issues Through Multi-Course Dinner     Royal Dinette adds another entry to its popular series of Ugly Duckling Dinners on Tuesday, April 26 when Head Chef Jack Chen welcomes guest chef Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co. and Harvest Community Foods … Read moreBIRDS OF A FEATHER: ROYAL DINETTE’S JACK CHEN AND BURDOCK & CO.’S ANDREA CARLSON TAKE FLIGHT FOR FIFTH “UGLY DUCKLING” DINNER, APRIL 26