The Writers’ Event of the Year: #SiWC15

October 22nd marks the commencement of the 23rd annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference, a non-profit writers’ event that provides professional development to both new and novice writers. This year, 54 editors, agents, authors, film makers, and social media gurus from all of the world (including LA and New York, and as far as the UK … Read moreThe Writers’ Event of the Year: #SiWC15

Locavore Chef David Gunawan Royal Dinette

#NOFOODWASTED: ACCLAIMED LOCAVORE CHEF DAVID GUNAWAN AIMS TO TRANSFORM FOOD WASTE, PERCEPTIONS WITH “UGLY DUCKLING” DINNERS   Five-Course Menu Calls Attention to Sustainability Issues, “Trash Cooking” Concept by Showcasing Dishes Featuring Usually Overlooked, Often Discarded Offcuts and Outcasts   Royal Dinette Chef/Owner David Gunawan’s waste-not, want-not culinary values come into focus this fall with a duo of … Read moreLocavore Chef David Gunawan Royal Dinette

Vancouver Farmers Market presents RIPE 2015

Celebrate the Harvest with Vancouver Farmers Markets at RIPE 2015!     When: Sunday, October 18 – 4:00-8:00 PM Where: Exhibition Hall, Roundhouse Community Centre Our annual RIPE Dinner is a true celebration of the harvest – a showcase of local ingredients from our farms and producers paired with some of Vancouver’s top chefs and … Read moreVancouver Farmers Market presents RIPE 2015

Railtown Catering Introduces Gourmet Thanksgiving To-Go Packages

LET’S TALK TURKEY: RAILTOWN CATERING ADDS EASE AND ELEGANCE TO THE HOLIDAY WITH GOURMET THANKSGIVING TO-GO PACKAGE   Portion of Proceeds to Downtown Eastside Outreach Organization Mission Possible   Railtown Catering is removing the hassle from the harvest holiday by introducing Thanksgiving To-Go, a gourmet dinner package available on Oct. 11 and 12 that brings together a cornucopia of ready-made … Read moreRailtown Catering Introduces Gourmet Thanksgiving To-Go Packages

No Lunch Bag Letdown at Salted Brick

Just over a year ago, Salted Brick on Kelowna’s Bernard Avenue started a small goodwill outreach program – distributing bagged lunches on Mondays to the homeless in the downtown core.  The bagged lunches are made and packed at Salted Brick and consist of a sandwich, a juice box, fruit and a baked good.  To date, … Read moreNo Lunch Bag Letdown at Salted Brick

Take a bow Slurpee lovers…

7-Eleven Canada has today confirmed that, through this year’s Slurpee Name Your Price Day, its generous customers have raised a huge $109,900 by being given the chance to pay what they wanted for a large Slurpee. 7-Eleven is giving 100% of the donations raised to Food Banks Canada, supporting local food banks.   The $109,900 will have … Read moreTake a bow Slurpee lovers…

Richmond Set to Host BC Culture Days Provincial Launch Event

  The Government of British Columbia has officially proclaimed September 25, 26, and 27, 2015 as BC Culture Days. Now in its sixth year, with more than 500 activities registered to date, BC Culture Days will kick off in the City of Richmond with a free public celebration on Thursday, Sept. 24 from 4 p.m. to … Read moreRichmond Set to Host BC Culture Days Provincial Launch Event

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is thrilled to announce their new charity, Celebrate the Arts, which funds fine arts programs for children in the local Oliver area. 

This weekend, a $6000 cheque was presented to Lori Martine from Oliver Elementary School (pictured right) at the grand finale of the Tinhorn Creek Vineyards’ Canadian Concert Series. The money will go to local schools including Oliver Elementary School, Tuc El Nuit Elementary School and South Okanagan Secondary School to fund extra music, drama, dance … Read moreTinhorn Creek Vineyards is thrilled to announce their new charity, Celebrate the Arts, which funds fine arts programs for children in the local Oliver area. 

12th annual Scotiabank Passions fundraiser raises more than $140,000 for the Dr. Peter Centre

  It was a night of food, drinks, and extraordinary philanthropy as the 12th Annual Scotiabank Passions – a benefit for the Dr. Peter Centre – raised more than $140,000 yesterday, Sunday, September 13, 2015, bringing the cumulative total to $1.24 million since its inception 12 years ago. During the evening, about 300 partygoers had … Read more12th annual Scotiabank Passions fundraiser raises more than $140,000 for the Dr. Peter Centre

Slurpee Name Your Price Day! 7-Eleven Customers Can Pay What They Want for a Slurpee

One Hundred Percent of Proceeds will Support the Canadian Food Bank Community   Slurpee Name Your Price Day is back! For the second year running, 7-Eleven Canada is declaring Wednesday, September 16 as Slurpee Name Your Price Day, giving customers the power to pay what they want for a large Slurpee. 100% of the proceeds will go to Food … Read moreSlurpee Name Your Price Day! 7-Eleven Customers Can Pay What They Want for a Slurpee

65 superheroes rappel 200 feet and raise $188,000 for Easter Seals BC

The 10th annual Easter Seals Drop Zone event produced by the British Columbia Lions Society for Children with Disabilities raised a total of $188,000 yesterday. The funds raised through this unique event will help support Easter Seals programs and services throughout British Columbia. Sixty five superheroes from across the Lower Mainland and a few as far … Read more65 superheroes rappel 200 feet and raise $188,000 for Easter Seals BC

Cathay Pacific Launches #OneDayOffline to Encourage Richer Travel Experiences

Cathay Pacific Airways has launched a new global campaign #onedayoffline, which builds on the airline’s international brand campaign, Life Well Travelled, to demonstrate a belief that travelling well is essential to living well. This belief underlies everything that Cathay Pacific does as it strives to enhance the overall travel experience for passengers and enable them to experience … Read moreCathay Pacific Launches #OneDayOffline to Encourage Richer Travel Experiences

Air Canada announced as Airline Sponsor for  Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Foundation

  The Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Foundation is thrilled to announce Air Canada as Airline Sponsor for the Foundation’s 2015 culinary arts competition. Established in 2013, the Foundation brings to life the scholarship’s vision of inspiring and encouraging young chefs from across Canada by giving them the opportunity to cook in front of a panel of … Read moreAir Canada announced as Airline Sponsor for  Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Foundation

Slow Fish Canada dinner returns to Vancouver Well known chefs cook together to raise awareness for sustainable seafood   Lovers of seafood and social times are to mark their calendars, as the Chefs’ Table Society‘s Slow Fish Canada Dinner returns at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) on September 27th, 2015. This annual event unites Vancouverites to … Read more

Garagiste North: The Small Guys Wine Festival

Announces September Festival & Receives International Attention GARAGISTE – (gar-ah-jeest) noun, Fr. : The garagiste originally refers to a group of winemakers in the Bordeaux region of France, producing “vins de garage” or “garage wine”. They were renegade small-lot winemakers, sometimes working in their garage, who refused to follow industry laws and protocol. synonyms: Rebels, … Read moreGaragiste North: The Small Guys Wine Festival

16th Annual “Wine’d Up” Gourmet Dinner & Auction in Support of Whistler Search & Rescue

Whistler Search and Rescue Society (WSAR) will hold their sixteenth annual gourmet dinner and auction, “Wine’d Up”, on Saturday, October 17th, 2015.     Attendees at this popular event will enjoy an evening of outstanding cuisine prepared by five of Whistler’s renowned chefs. The five-course dinner will be paired with wines from California including selections … Read more16th Annual “Wine’d Up” Gourmet Dinner & Auction in Support of Whistler Search & Rescue

THE PASSION CONTINUES

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 … Read moreTHE PASSION CONTINUES

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Receives Gold Certification from Green Tourism Program

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is pleased to announce that it has received Gold Certification from the international accreditation body Green Tourism.  The Okanagan winery has long been committed to crafting world-class wines using sustainable viticultural practices as well as providing ongoing support for a program to re-establish its namesake, the endangered burrowing owl, in BC’s … Read moreBurrowing Owl Estate Winery Receives Gold Certification from Green Tourism Program

LES DAMES SUMMERDINE A SUCCESS ON EVERY LEVEL

What do you get when more than 170 people gather at more than 30 restaurants across the province all on one night? You get a fabulously successful fundraiser that was a lot of fun and Canada’s largest concurrent dinner party. This past Wednesday (August 12th), Les Dames’ d’Escoffier BC Chapter held its annual Summerdine to raise funds for its scholarship and outreach … Read moreLES DAMES SUMMERDINE A SUCCESS ON EVERY LEVEL

WIN A DREAM OKANAGAN WEEKEND THROUGH LES DAMES SUMMERDINE AUCTION

  Picture this – a well-appointed suite in a luxury resort with views over-looking Lake Okanagan and the mountains beyond, a perfectly laid table laden with beautiful food, champagne flutes sparkling with effervescent bubbles, the dark and vibrant seduction of a Prohibition-era speakeasy. What’s missing from this picture? You are! A fun-filled weekend awaits the … Read moreWIN A DREAM OKANAGAN WEEKEND THROUGH LES DAMES SUMMERDINE AUCTION