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Chocolate Buffet Brunch at Beyond

Export Manager of Bisol

On Sunday October 24th I attended the West Coast Chocolate Festival’s Brunch and Chocolate Buffet at Beyond Restaurant in the Century Plaza Hotel.

Chocolate Buffet

Chocolate Buffet

In addition to their regular Sunday brunch of breakfast specialities (pancakes, waffles, eggs and such) and their lunch specialties (beef curry, chicken with vegetables, mussels and other dishes), salads and cold dishes they also had a full on chocolate buffet. This Chocolate Buffet table was filled to the brim of chocolate cakes, English Trifle (outstanding) and a coffee crème brulee that was delicious ( I had 2) along with a chocolate fountain with dipping fruits and a White Chocolate Passionfruit liquid drink made by Xoxolat.

Bisol Wines of Italy had their export manager in Vancouver to pour their Proseco at the event.

By: Richard Wolak

Granville Island Craft Beer & Chocolate Pairing

Vern Lambourne, Brewmaster - Granville Island Brewery

On Friday November 5th I attended a wonderful event that was put on by the West Coast Chocolate Festival, it was beer and chocolate pairing evening, specifically Granville Island Beer & Rogers Chocolates.

Granville Island Brewery Craft Beer

The evening also saw Bella Gelateria maestro James Coleridge create 4 flavours as he presented 3 sorbettos and 1 gelato made from Granville Island Craft Beer, these flavours were the Lions Winter Ale Sorbetto, Chocolate Stout Sorbetto, Cypress Honey Lager Sorbetto and my favourite Wort Gelato!

James & Nina of Bella Gelateria

The packed house enjoyed the evening of tasting as well as the music provided by Geoff Peters on Piano as well as other musical entertainment.

By: Richard Wolak

WIN 2 Tickets to the History of Chocolate

Enter to WIN, 2 tickets to the History of Chocolate and Reception (value $56) on November 7

$28/person. Tickets on sale now.

November 7th. 2:00pm-6pm at Port Moody Galleria at Port Moody City Hall.

http://historychocorecep.eventbrite.com/

Now for The Contest

To enter to win 2 Tickets to the HISTORY OF CHOCOLATE and Reception on November 7.. Leave a comment on this post listing answering this question.

How many events has the West Coast Chocolate Festival presented during this 2010 festival?

The first person to have entered their detailed answer correctly receives the 2 Tickets and will be announced via Twitter.

Fine print: Contest will run until someone wins. You must enter your full name and register when entering the contest.

WINNER – Congratulations Bonnie Yee for winning the tickets!

WIN 2 tickets to the Chocolate Dessert & Wine Challenge

Enter to WIN, 2 tickets to the Chocolate Dessert & Wine Challenge (value $140) on October 24.

Five great dessert wines, paired with five fabulous desserts. John Gerum leads this tasty seminar, educating us on the nuances of pairing bold, rich, amazing wines with chocolate influenced desserts.

$70/person. Tickets on sale now.

October 24th. 7:00pm-10pm at Place des Arts in Coquitlam.

http://chocochallenge.eventbrite.com/

Now for The Contest

To enter to win 2 Tickets to the CHOCOLATE DESSERT & WINE CHALLENGE on October 24.. Leave a comment on this post listing answering this question.

Which two chocolate cafes are offering Chocolate High Tea during the West Coast Chocolate Festival?

The first person to have entered their detailed answer correctly receives the 2 Tickets and will be announced via Twitter.

Only enter the contest if you are available to attend this event on October 24.

Fine print: Contest will run until someone wins. You must enter your full name and register when entering the contest.

WINNER – Congratulations Joyce Lam for winning the tickets!

Win 2 Tickets to Italian Winemakers Dinner

Enter to WIN, 2 tickets to the Italian Winemakers Dinner and Italian Chocolate (value $280) on October 23.

Beyond restaurant & lounge and the West Coast Chocolate Festival have partnered together to host a memorable event this weekend celebrating Italian wine, food and chocolate.  Italian Chocolate and Wine – Winemaker’s Dinner at beyond restaurant and lounge Saturday evening, October 23, 5 to 11 pm. Chef George Koay will be creating a unique 6 course meal to pair with Italian wines and food.

$140/person. Tickets on sale now.

October 23rd. 5:00pm-11pm at Beyond Restaurant in the Century Plaza Hotel.

http://winemakersdin.eventbrite.com/

Now for The Contest

To enter to win 2 Tickets to the ITALIAN WINEMAKERS DINNER on October 23.. Leave a comment on this post listing answering this question.

Name a brand of chocolate made in Italy and provide the url to the factory?

All submissions will be entered to win for the random draw. The winner will receive 2 Tickets and will be announced via Twitter this evening.

Only enter the contest if you are available to attend this event on October 23rd.

Fine print: Contest will run until 6pm on 10/22/10. You must enter your full name and register when entering the contest.

WINNER – Congratulations Sean Miles for winning the tickets!

Win Tickets to Martini Night tonight

Enter to WIN, 2 tickets to Great Gatsby Martini and Chocolate Evening (value $116) on October 22.

The West Coast Chocolate Festival is pleased to present this special Martini & Chocolate evening taking place tonight.  The evening will explore new and classic pairings. Thrill your senses with a “Gatsby Gin Mill” or “Swanky Doll” martini paired with canapés like Slow braised buffalo ribs, braised with chocolate, and cinnamon, boneless and served on a potatoes and pear pancake and more.  Don’t pass on this perfect excuse to indulge!

$58.11/person. Tickets on sale now.

October 22nd. 7:00pm-Midnight at Leigh Square Community Arts Village in Port Coquitlam.

http://martinichoco.eventbrite.com/

Now for The Contest

To enter to win 2 Tickets to GREAT GATSBY & MARTINI EVENING tonight.. Leave a comment on this post listing answering this question.

What is the name of the hotel that is participating in the West Coast Chocolate Festival’s Romance Package and name the person that owns the hotel? (you must enter this 2 part question correctly to win)

The first person to have entered their detailed answer correctly receives the 2 Tickets and will be announced via Twitter.

Only enter the contest if you are available to attend this event tonight October 22.

Fine print: Contest will run until someone wins on 10/22/10. You must enter your full name and register when entering the contest.

WINNER – Congratulations Mark Galvani for winning the tickets!

Italian Chocolate & Wine Dinner Saturday Oct 23

Special offer for Vancouver Foodster readers for the remaining tickets to this spectacular event!

Buy two tickets to the dinner – save $25… use the discount code TwoTicketBonus

http://winemakersdin.eventbrite.com/

Also, every person who buys a ticket to the dinner will be entered in a Contest to win tickets to the Italian Chocolate and Prosecco brunch on Sunday, Oct 24 at Beyond. Prosecco being poured by Roberto of Bisol Winery, who has flown in from Italy to pour his wines at this Italian weekend at beyond.

The Italians are Coming!  With Wine and Chocolate

Beyond restaurant & lounge and the West Coast Chocolate Festival have partnered together to host a memorable event this weekend celebrating Italian wine, food and chocolate.  Italian Chocolate and Wine – Winemaker’s Dinner at beyond restaurant and lounge Saturday evening, October 23, 6 to 11 pm. Chef George Koay will be creating a unique 6 course meal to pair with Italian wines and food.

Guests will enjoy this fabulous meal and meet the winemakers from Italy who have come to Vancouver for this event.  Osvaldo Veglio – master winemaker, Veglio Winery Alba Italy; Peter Zimmer, master winemaker for Peter Zimmer Winery – Winemaker of the Year 2009, Europe; and Roberto Cremonese- International Manager – Bisol Desiderio & Figli, will be presenting their wines paired with various courses.

This is a unique opportunity for a personal, exclusive behind the scenes look at Italian winemaking – presented by the winemakers themselves!  In addition to the wonderful meal and wine tasting, guests will also enjoy live music and other surprises which – in festival terms – will open the senses and the soul.  The violinist will be memorable, with a once in a lifetime experience occurring.

Ticket’s $125+HST each for 6 course meal + 6 wine pairings.  For tickets and more information visit http://winemakersdin.eventbrite.com/ (and remember to use the discount code TwoTicketBonus to save $25).

These remaining tickets will go fast with this special offer so get them quickly and see you there on Saturday night.

Great Gatsby Chocolate & Martini Evening October 22

Speak Easy Martini’s paired with chocolate infused canapés

Now in its 8th year, the festival added a brand new event: “Great Gatsby” Martini and Chocolate Evening presented in partnership with Leigh Square Community Arts Village and Christine’s Catering Company. This cocktail event was inspired by a 1920′s motif and will dazzle your senses and your soul as we pair four tantalizing martinis such as the “Swanky Doll” and the “Gatsby Gin Mill” with eleven delectable canapés, Brie and Cranberries Sachet, Slow Braised Buffalo Ribs and Pepper Beef Carpaccio infused with unforgettable artisanal chocolate. On display for your viewing pleasure is the art collection “The Game” inspired by the 1920’s surreal game, titled Exquisite Corpse or Cadavre Exquis and topping it off, local youth crooner, 2010 PNE Talent winner  Corbin Van der Zalm, will be sharing his inspiration.

Reminiscent of the 1920’s, a time of celebration, the festival will inspire surprise, entertain and above all, help us cherish the good things in life… chocolate. As if that is not enough, your mere presence fulfills our mission: mentored work experience for youth, showcasing emerging artists’ and performers, and modeling our mindfully appreciative approach to chocolate and to life.

Swing with us at the Great Gatsby Chocolate & Martini Evening, for your senses and soul.

Tickets available at festival website www.chocolatefestival.ca ; for direct link to ticket purchase, click here please.

Ticket Price: $56.00 (all inclusive)

Location:

The Gathering Place, Port Coquitlam

#1100 – 2253 Leigh Square Place

Panache – A Night of Chocolate

Chef Thierry Busset

I attended the opening event for the West Coast Chocolate Festival on Friday October 15th, this event was called “Panache” and was held at the top of the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel. It was an elegant affair with canapes and appetizers made by Chef Kevin Greehy being passed around, glasses of Prosecco and wines being poured, along with a walk around Vistas with a 360 degree view of Vancouver while indulging in all things chocolate.

Chocolatier Greg Hook

The room was filled with chocolatiers, chefs, vodka purveyors, wineries, pastry chefs, and many passionate chocolate lovers including yours truly.

Chocolate Macarons, Pistachio filled Chocolates, Soucees by Chef Thierry Busset

Belgian Chocolate in raspberry by the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel

Chocolatier Hodie of Xoxolat

Cardemon Crème Brulee Chocolates by Xoxolat

My favourites were Chef Thierry Busset’s (of CinCin and soon to be Thierry) Chocolate Macarons and his Pistachio filled Chocolates and his Soucees, I also loved Greg Hook’s (of Chocolate Arts) Pumpkin Chocolate Squares, the Belgian Chocolate in raspberry (by the Renaissance chefs) was divine as was the Chocolate Tini made by XFour Vodka, and I always love seeing Hodie Rondeau (of Xoxolat) and indulging with her Cardemon Crème Brulee Chocolates.

Bernard Callebaut Chocolate Ganache

Handcrafted gelato from Bella Gelateria

Many more events to come through November 10th for the West Coast Chocolate Festival and you can see them online here.

By: Richard Wolak

Win 2 Tickets to Panache

Enter to WIN, 2 tickets to Panache (value $120) on October 15th.

Panache is the Opening Event for the West Coast Chocolate Festival being held at top of the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside, with an elegant evening of chocolate, wine, hand crafted gelato, XFour martinis, Quady Wines, chocolate martinis, canapes, savouries, sweets, and all things that go with chocolate.

Purchase tickets to Panache here in advance before they sell out.

Here is the complete schedule of the Chocolate Festival Events.

Now for The Contest

To enter, Submit your favorite story that describes how chocolate is used in pairings with wine, beer or scotch, all submissions will be entered to win. Drawing held on October 7 after 12 noon and the winner will be announced via twitter and posted on this page.

Enter to WIN, 2 tickets to Panache(value $120) on October 15th.

Make your case in the comments below and we’ll select and announce a winner on October 7th.

Fine Print: Contest will run through 12 noon on October 7, 2010 . You must enter your full name and register when entering the contest.

WINNER – Congratulations Nicole Bansal for winning the tickets!

Chocolate Festival October 15 – November 10th

I love chocolate and I know that many of you do as well and I’m so happy to be attending some of these amazing chocolate inspired events that will be taking place around the Vancouver area over the next month.

There are over 50 events to choose from for the whole family including specials events for kids and for seniors as well

The festival kicks off at Panache on Friday October 15th with an elegant evening of chocolate, wine, hand crafted gelato, XFour martinis, Quady Wines, chocolate martinis, canapes, savouries, sweets, and all things that go with chocolate.

Panache includes chocolates from Callebaut, Rubens Chocolate, Hagensborg, and XOXOLAT; samples of chocolate afternoon tea from Rowena’s Inn on the River, wines from Saturna Island Winery, Desert Hills Winery, Quady Winery, tea, and coffee; and the fabulous old word handcrafted gelato from Bella Gelateria – a true taste of the festival events that abound across the lower mainland for the next 29 days.

Starting with Prosecco served by Marcus von Albrecht each guest will enjoy the Bisol Winery of Veneto, Italy – Colmei Valdobbiadene Prosecco – Elegant and full, with pronounced fruitiness, the Flavour is well rounded and youthful, soft with emerging fruitiness. Finding a chocolate, savoury or canapé to compliment this fine beverage would be a wonderful taste excursion.

Each station showcases our Chocolate Festival Partners. Each ticket is all inclusive of the stations located all around Vistas. Samples abound, with the opportunity to purchase products at every station. Who could resist that special box of single origin chocolates that XOXOLAT is sampling. Or the fine selection of Chocolates from Rubens Chocolate?

The next beverage to surprise and entice may be the martinis -  chocolate or otherwise. The new XFour Vodka, Handcrafted here in BC in the Okanagan will certainly enhance the conversation.

XFour (TimesFour) is B.C’s first handcrafted premium corn and rye based vodka. Handcrafted and distilled four times by master distiller Frank Deiter who has accumulated over 70 awards for his line of spirits; Xfour is completely additive free and fed with British Columbia’s own pristine glacier water retrieved from a 356 ft deep well. A crystal clear complexion, with hints of fruit and anise.

The canapés and appetizers made by Chef Kevin Greehy will be passed all evening. A delicious assortment of local ingredients, showcasing the talents of the Renaissances’  award winning chef, Chef’s newest restaurant in the hotel, p2b bistro & bar, is a modern, upscale-casual bistro emphasizing fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients used to deliver simply prepared, chef crafted food.

Vistas, 360 Revolving Event Space, top of the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside, hosts the opening event for the 2010 West Coast Chocolate Festival. An elegant room, with a 360 degree view of Vancouver, the vistas balance the tastes and flavours being served.

Purchase tickets to Panache here in advance before they sell out.

Here is the complete schedule of the Chocolate Festival Events.

By: Richard Wolak

West Coast Chocolate Festival

Hodie Rondeau (left) & Pamela Clarke (right)

Hodie Rondeau (left) & Pamela Clarke (right) of Xoxolat

I attended the opening night of this chocolate festival’s events which was the ‘Salon du Chocolat’. The event featured a sampling of chocolate, wines, beers, scotches, liqueurs, and teas.

Rubens Chocolates

Rubens Chocolates

Some of the notable vendors included:

Xoxolat  www.xoxolat.com

Rubens Chocolates  www.rubenschocolate.ca

Saturna Vineyards  www.saturnavineyards.com

Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts www.picachef.com showcasing cooking with chocolate along with providing dessert samples to the guests.

By: Richard Wolak

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