Category: Parties & Events

Dalina Opening

I recently attended the opening party for Dalina in the Fairview neighborhood on the corner of Broadway and Oak. The new restaurant, and the original DALINA location in Chinatown, will be featuring grab-and-go meals and snack-packs, with dozens of freshly…

Valentines Tea Set Menu at TWG Tea

We indulged in their Valentines Tea last week with a little pre-Valentine’s day tasting pleasure. Their French chef has designed a wonderful menu to pair with the TWG teas to celebrate this special day. Cocktail – sparkling white wine cocktail…

First Taste of Papparoti Olympic Village

This Olympic Village location is the latest in expansion of this Malaysia based chain, centrally located to the East of the Olympic Village skytrain. Known all over Asia and the Middle East, the café opened in the fall featuring their…

The New Oxford Dine Out 2019

I was invited in to try the Dine Out Vancouver dinner menu of their 3 course $25 prix fixe which I did last night. The dishes shown below were my favourites from the 3 course menu that I tried. I…

Holiday Menu Tasting at TWG Tea Salon

The holiday season is upon us and the chefs at TWG Tea Salon have paired up a wonderful menu of tea infused dishes using many of this season’s Christmas teas. Enjoyed a wonderful media dinner last night to try some…

Holiday Menu Tasting at Yew Restaurant

Chef Edgar Kano and Executive Pastry Chef Suraj Karmakar had recently launched their menu for this holiday season which I had the pleasure to try. 1st dish Roasted Scallops with apple + chestnut chutney, red cabbage, chai emulsion; a wonderful…

Winter Menu Tasting at Bacchus Restaurant

Chef Montgomery Lau had recently launched his Winter menu, Lawrence and I had the pleasure to try several of these winter inspired dishes. 1st dish: Charred Smoked Scallops with Grapefruit, Celeriac, Pink Peppercorn, Pine Nuts, Parsley Purée, loved the flavours and presentation….

Chefs in the Hood 2.0

On October 20, I attended another fabulous fundraiser by the Chefs in the Hood crew, this time around the event was turned up a notch, held at the Law Courts Inn downtown Vancouver with 500 people in attendance. It was…

Tacofino Ocho Opening

I recently attended the opening party for the latest eatery from the Tacofino group in the Mount Pleasant/Olympic Village neighborhood. Each of their locations usually has a different name to give each a slightly different identity. This one is no…

Feast of Fields at UBC Farm

This year’s 24th annual extraordinary feast was held on September 9 at UBC Farm in Vancouver. Occasionally it rains and this was the year that it did, happily it didn’t dampen the spirits of the many foodies who attended this…

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…

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