6th Annual Best of the West

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Last night I attended this wonderful event hosted by the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver.  The clouds cleared and it was a beautiful night on the pier, guests mingled eating delicious bites from North Shore restaurants and sipped on BC Wine.

PARC Retirement Living

PARC Retirement Living

Braised "black apron" angus beef

Braised “black apron” angus beef

Chef Faizal Kassam of Terroir Kitchen

Chef Faizal Kassam of Terroir Kitchen

Tortellini of whipped ricotta and mint

Tortellini of whipped ricotta and mint

My favourite pairings of the night were the PARC Retirement Living’s Braised “black apron” angus beef topped with harissa spiced black tiger prawn served with fennel confit and local pureed organic yam potato; Paired with Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2013 Athene; along with Terroir Kitchen’s Tortellini of whipped ricotta and mint with Tuscan lamb ragu and house-made ricotta salata; paired with Tantalus Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir.

Chef Karan Suri (right) of Arc Restaurant at the Fairmont Waterfront

Chef Karan Suri (right) of Arc Restaurant at the Fairmont Waterfront

Haidacore Tuna, puffed rice, crispy bits, spiced tamarind dressing

Haidacore Tuna, puffed rice, crispy bits, spiced tamarind dressing

Bon Vivant Catering’s House smoked and seared Salmon with farro and chanterelle risotto

Bon Vivant Catering’s House smoked and seared Salmon with farro and chanterelle risotto

Zen Japanese Restaurant

Zen Japanese Restaurant

Spicy wild sockeye salmon served on a bed of sushi rice

Spicy wild sockeye salmon served on a bed of sushi rice

Mangia E Bevi’

Mangia E Bevi’

Mangia E Bevi’s Rotolo Pasta

Mangia E Bevi’s Rotolo Pasta

Temper Chocolate Pastry’s Molecular garden

Temper Chocolate Pastry’s Molecular garden

My other favourite dishes of the night were Arc Restaurant’s Haidacore Tuna, puffed rice, crispy bits, spiced tamarind dressing; Bon Vivant Catering’s House smoked and seared Salmon with farro and chanterelle risotto; Zen Japanese Restaurant’s Spicy wild sockeye salmon served on a bed of sushi rice on a nori speckled Asian chip; Mangia E Bevi’s Rotolo Pasta with braised duck, root vegetables, house made ricotta cheese and tomato duck sauce; and Temper Chocolate Pastry’s Molecular garden comprised of goat cheese, apricot, ginger, pear, almonds topped with a chocolate caramel truffle.

Guests who attended voted for their People’s Choice favourites of the night and after the votes were tallied these were the winners:

2016 Best of the West – Winning pairing

PARC Retirement Living + Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

Braised “black apron” angus beef topped with harissa spiced black tiger prawn served with fennel confit and local pureed organic yam potato

Paired with Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2013 Athene

2016 Best of the West – 1st Runner up

Zen Japanese Restaurant + Black Hills Estate Winery

Spicy wild sockeye salmon poke served on a bed of sushi rice on a shichimi chilli nori speckled asian chip

Paired with Black Hills Estate Winery 2015 Viognier

The delicious food, and wine made for another beautiful evening on the pier during the annual Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver.

By: Richard Wolak