I recently attended Chef Meets BC Grape at the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, this was a wonderful event and one of the largest annual celebrations of BC VQA wines and local food with 94 BC wineries sharing their new spring releases, delectably paired with inspired dishes from 16 top BC Chefs.
Each of the 16 restaurants, renowned for their delectable wine and food pairings, each created appetizer-sized portions of a dish using BC ingredients, paired with their selected BC VQA wine.
I tried most of the dishes around the room, these were my favourite dishes and wine pairings:
Savoury Chef Foods
72 Hour Beef Short Rib & puffed tendon, mushroom resin
With BC VQA wine pairing: JoieFarm Winery PTG 2016
Duck Ragout, crispy polenta, watercress & roasted cauliflower
With BC VQA wine pairing: Stags Hollow Pinot Noir 2015
P@B – Pinnacle Hotel
Smoked Haida Gwaii Sablefish, potato roisti-induja vinaigrette
With BC VQA wine pairing: Clos du Soleil Fume Blanc 2016
These were some of the other dishes that I liked.
Chef Mark Singson
Lightly seared BC Tuna
With BC VQA wine pairing: Ok Bay Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2012
Fanny Bay Oyster Bar and Shellfish Market
Manilla Clam Ravioli & Dungeness Crab Bisque
With BC VQA wine pairing: Monte Creek Ranch Winery Riesling 2017
H2 Restaurant and Bar
Dungeness Crab “Cannelloni” Crab Consomme
With BC VQA wine pairing: Perseus Pinot Gris 2017
Grilled Green & marinated White Asparagus
With BC VQA wine pairing: Roche Wines Arome 2017
JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
Smoked NZ Lamb Back Strap with cherry black currant lacquer
With BC VQA wine pairing: CedarCreek Estate Winery pinot noir 2016
Smoked Sturgeon Bao Taco
With BC VQA wine pairing: Road 13 Vineyards Roussanne 2015
Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek
Braised lamb belly, wild nettle & rye berry ragu
With BC VQA wine pairing: Tinhorn Creek Oldfield series Syrah 2013
Organized by the British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI), Chef Meets BC Grape is proud to support the BC Hospitality Foundation, the event was held at the JW Marriott Parq Hotel.
By: Richard Wolak