Category: Parties & Events

Bodega on Main Celebrates 3 Years

Last night, I attended the 3rd Anniversary party at Bodega on Main in Strathcona where co-owners Paul Rivas, along with his Business Manager and sister, Natalie Rivas. invited media guests, family and friends to celebrate. Although they are celebrating three…

Skookum Festival First Day of Outstanding Music and Food

Yesterday was the 1st day of the inaugural SKOOKUM Festival held in Stanley Park. It was a memorable day and night with fabulous music an energetic crowd and outstanding dishes and drink at the Long Table Dinner. The festival features…

Summer Menu Tasting at Bacchus Restaurant

Chef Montgomery Lau had recently launched his Summer menu, Lawrence and I had the pleasure to try several of these summer inspired dishes. 1st dish: Heirloom Tomato & Watermelon Salad With chèvre, white pepper, basil, celery hearts, strawberry vinaigrette, outstanding presentation…

Summer Menu Tasting at Juniper

Earlier in the month, Executive Chef Warren Chow launched his new Summer menu, I visited recently with my friend and podcast co-host Zahra Alani to try several dishes from their new menu. 1st dish: Cured BC Salmon, leek ash, horseradish…

Brewhall Opening

On August 8th, I attended the opening party for Daniel Frankel’s new Brewhall, Vancouver’s first and only craft brewery and large-scale foodhall, beerhall, arcade and coming soon beer store. They are a collaboration brewery, working with many brewing partners and…

8th Annual Best of the West

On August 8, I attended this wonderful event hosted by the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver.  It was another beautiful and warm night on the pier where guests mingled eating delicious bites from North Shore restaurants and sipped on…

First Taste of Sopra Sotto Pizzeria

The new Italian eatery, a collaborative effort between a small group of close friends and locals, was largely inspired by Nonna’s cooking and brings fresh, local and approachable fare to the neighbourhood. The modern and sun drenched 90 seat-space was…

Tasting New Dishes at Chi Restaurant

It has been awhile since my last visit to Chef Le Chi and her restaurant in Kitsilano, my friend Sylvia Talbot and I enjoyed a wonderful catchup over these delicious modern Vietnamese dishes. 1st dish: Lemongrass Beef Jerky Papaya Salad…

Chef Meets BC Grape

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…

First Taste of Nana’s Green Tea

Established around 10 years ago in Japan, and founded by Kazuto Kutami. Inspired by the Starbucks concept, Kazuto set out to create a Matcha oriented experience and created Nana’s Green Tea, a café that realizes the new Japanese style which…

Spring Patio Tasting on the Dockside Restaurant Patio

I recently attended a celebration of spring, held on May 24 on the beautiful patio behind the Granville Island Hotel. This annual event celebrated spring with a tasting of appetizers from the chefs at Dockside Restaurant along with a tasting…

Portland at The Benson with dinner at Palm Court

My last stay at this historic hotel was about 25 years ago when it was owned by the Westin brand, fast track to present day The Benson is part of the Coast Hotels family. Built in 1912, renovated recently, we…

Chefs in the Hood

On April 7, I attended a fabulous fundraiser benefiting UGM Vancouver “Eastsiders” after school program; this wonderful event was held at Pacific Restaurant Supply. Each chef’s station around the room was by the neighborhood in which their restaurant is located….

Vancouver Auto Show and Gala 2018

With a love for cars, I attended the The Vancouver International Auto Show that featured quite a range of cars from sports cars to electric vehicles at this annual show held March 28 to April 1 at the Vancouver Convention…

First Taste of BCD Academy

Executive Chef Parinya Loptson who owns Ban Chok Dee restaurants has opened her first one of a kind cooking school, that is located in the heart of Langley City. BCD Academy and Catering is a brand-new, spare-no-expense cooking school and…

Super Hiros Opening

A couple nights ago I attended the opening party for Super Hiro’s Restaurant on West Broadway in the Kitislano neighborhood. They had a traditional Taiko drumming performance for all of us to enjoy along with a sake drum hammering for…

Whole Foods Market North Vancouver Opens

I had a chance to preview the new Whole Foods Market in North Vancouver today which opens to the public on Thursday April 26. This store is 7th for the company in British Columbia and is around 40,000 square feet….

New Dishes, New Chef at Juniper

It has been over 1-1/2 years since my last visit, with new Executive Chef Warren Chow leading the kitchen, I visited recently with my friend and podcast co-host Zahra Alani to try several dishes from their new menu. 1st dish:…

Pacific Poke Opening

I recently attended the opening party for Pacific Poke newest poke bar on West 4th Avenue in the Kitislano neighborhood. Partners,  Michael Tran, Dong Lam and Chef Ryan Mah,  launched the 3rd location for the company which specializes in poke…

19th Annual Healthy Chefs Competition

On March 21st I attended the 19th Annual Healthy Chefs Competition held at the Hyatt Regency. I was fortunate to be one of the invited media judges for the third year in a row to judge the table presentation of…

Tasting New Dishes at Fable Kitchen

It has been a couple of years since my last visit to Chef Trevor Bird’s notable Kitsilano restaurant, I had the pleasure to dine there a few nights ago to explore the restaurant once again and try some of the…

Pescetarian Tasting Menu at Ancora

Chef Ricardo Valverde has put together an incredible tasting menu which I experiencd the other night, this Pescetarian menu is on until the end of March available Sunday – Thursday. The menu is $59 per person, with wine pairings extra,…

Valentines Tea Set Menu at TWG Tea Salon

I indulged in their Valentines Tea last week with a little pre-Valentine’s day tasting pleasure. Executive Chef Cliff Hohl has designed a wonderful menu to pair with the TWG teas to celebrate this special day. Bain de Roses Tea Cocktail…

New Dishes Tasting at Viet House Restaurant

Executive Chef John Nguyen invited me in to try some of his chefs specialty dishes. 1st dish: Duck Confit Mantou – these were delicious soft mantou bun filled with flavorful duck confirt and pickled vegetables, served with crunchy fries. 2nd…

The Victor Opening

Last night, I attended the opening party for the newest restaurant to open in the Parq Vancouver resort in downtown Vancouver. This restaurant is a stunner, based on Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla’s vision, the design concept and branding is…

New Dishes Tasting at Water Street Café

It had been over 20 years since my last visit to this iconic restaurant in Gastown, After almost 30 years the original owner had retired, then ownership changed in November, now run by two industry veterans; Eli Brennan and Chef…

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