Chef Meets BC Grape

Torafuku chefs team

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

Chef Geoff Rogers

72 Hour Beef Short Rib

72 Hour Beef Short Rib & puffed tendon, mushroom resin

With BC VQA wine pairing: JoieFarm Winery PTG 2016

 

Torafuku

Duck Ragout

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

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.

 

FAM Inc

Chef Mark Singson

Lightly seared BC Tuna

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

Malindi Taylor

Manilla Clam Ravioli & Dungeness Crab Bisque

Manilla Clam Ravioli & Dungeness Crab Bisque

With BC VQA wine pairing: Monte Creek Ranch Winery Riesling 2017

 

H2 Restaurant and Bar

chef

Dungeness Crab “Cannelloni” Crab Consomme

Dungeness Crab “Cannelloni” Crab Consomme

With BC VQA wine pairing: Perseus Pinot Gris 2017

 

Pidgin

Chef Wesley Young

Grilled Green & marinated White Asparagus

Grilled Green & marinated White Asparagus

With BC VQA wine pairing: Roche Wines Arome 2017

 

JW Marriott Parq Vancouver

Smoked NZ Lamb Back Strap

Smoked NZ Lamb Back Strap with cherry black currant lacquer

With BC VQA wine pairing: CedarCreek Estate Winery pinot noir 2016

 

Ancora Restaurant

Chef Ricardo Valverde

Smoked Sturgeon Bao Taco

With BC VQA wine pairing: Road 13 Vineyards Roussanne 2015

 

Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek

Chef Jeff Van Geest

Braised lamb belly, wild nettle & rye berry ragu

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