Dine Out Vancouver 2013 -picks & tips

This year’s Dine Out Vancouver runs January 18 – February 3rd and features an extensive selection of unique events in addition to prix-frixe meals that all the participating restaurants will be offering. The prix-fixe menu are in one of three price points – $18, $28, or $38. The full list of restaurants and menus can be viewed and booked from here, so bookmark this page and come on back often to see the list of participating restaurants before you make your reservations.

Key Events: A blend of old favourites (such as Street Food City; Plated & Paired at the Public Market; Secret Supper Soirée; and Act I, Eat 1) and new additions like The Grape Debate (a lively wine debate with B.C. wine tastings); Tea Cocktails & Tapas (tea-infused cocktail class paired with tasty tapas at the Urban Tea Merchant); and an experiential Speaker Series at Edible Canada on Granville Island (taste cheese, wine, beer, bitters and more under the guidance of a local expert). If you love Art and Music, make sure you check out La Musique: Food, Art & Music and if you love wine and food, check out the Railtown Supper Party at the Vancouver Urban Winery.

Menus: Three-course, prix fixe menus priced at $18, $28 and $38 (suggested BC VQA wine pairings courtesy of Wines of British Columbia available at additional cost). Restaurant menus will be revealed and reservations open on January 7.

Hotels: Participating hotels will offer rooms priced at $78, $108 and $138 per night. Keep an eye out for special Dine Out packages, too. If you are planning to visit Vancouver for any of the Dine Out events, here is the list of hotels.

First off – some tips – choose different times than you would normally dine out, by selecting earlier 5pm or later after 8:30pm times you will have a better chance in getting in to some of the popular restaurants than hitting refresh on the 6-7pm time slot. If you have kids and you need to get a baby sitter so that you can enjoy date night, change the night and look at Monday-Wednesday so that you get the restaurant that you want as opposed to settling for the restaurant you don’t want on a Friday or Saturday night.

Many of the restaurants are offering BC VQA Wine Pairings as well as Granville Island  Beer Pairings for an extra cost with the meals, and in many of the restaurants the pairings provide great value.

Website: www.dineoutvancouver.com

By: Richard Wolak