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Culinary arts at Harmony Arts August 1-10

A place to enjoy music, art and delicious food, the Harmony Arts Festival, presented by Odlum Brown Limited, has  a variety of food options to keep festival visitors coming back to try it all!

Harmony Arts Festival Art Market

Debuting a new culinary program this year, the festival has introduced the Fresh St. Art of Food.  Argyle Avenue, the centre of the Harmony Arts Festival, transforms into a culinary experience featuring over 35 chefs, restaurants, food vendors, unique wine and craft beer, and more. Visitors can enjoy a variety of delicious food samplings and tasters, along with the ability to purchase a selection of these unique and special culinary treats. The Fresh St. Art of Food takes place August 5-7 from 5-9 p.m.

Another exciting culinary delight is the opening of the Park Royal Beachside Patio featuring the Glowbal Group’s Fish Shack. This space has seating for 60 and plenty of room for standing, chatting, and enjoying a drink during the entire 10 day festival. Situated next to the Waterfront Lounge, the Park Royal Beachside Patio will also be the centre of a contemporary art exhibition by Matthew Soules curated by the West Vancouver Museum. The project provides a new and alternative way to present art and creative thinking in a non-gallery environment, and is in keeping with the Festival’s objectives.

The Waterfront Lounge returns for all 10 days of the festival and features local wines and spirits with the delightful sights and sounds of the PARC Retirement Living Garden Concert Stage.  Hosted by house wine, the Waterfront Lounge will feature Italian fare by Caffe Al Mercato.


Also returning are the delicious meals and stunning views of the Art Café sponsored by Stromer. This is the perfect spot to relax by the beach in the summer sun! The Art Café is located at the eastern edge of the Art Market at the foot of 14th Street adjacent to the Ferry Building. Artisan Eats sponsored by Canadian In-Home Care and Symmetry Life is also a fun dining space full of vendors and delicious treats and is located on the western edge of the festival in John Lawson Park.

Returning for a fourth year is the annual BEST of the WEST sponsored by Grosvenor Americas. Enjoy an evening on Ambleside Pier featuring 12 BC wineries paired with 12 of the Lower Mainland’s best restaurants in a culinary competition hosted by house wine. Tickets are on sale now for $105 each online and by phone. For tickets and a listing of participating restaurants and wineries visit here.

Keep up to date by following the festival on twitter @harmonyartswv

By: Richard Wolak

Beachside Concessions in West Vancouver

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I took myself on an excursion a couple weeks ago to Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver to visit The Smoke House which is located inside the park towards and above the beach. This beachside concession is unlike any you have seen in and around Vancouver, it has a large beautiful patio surrounded by tall evergreens. There is seating on the outside patio as well as inside the café/concession. Here they smoke their own meats and serve up brisket sandwiches and a whole lot more daily.

Sea Salt Caramel Affogato with a waffle cone

Sea Salt Caramel Affogato with a waffle cone

My mission was to try the Sea Salt Caramel Affogato with a waffle cone served in a glass mason jar, Wowza! It was quite a treat to sit on their beautiful patio at the wooden picnic table surrounded by tall evergreens above the beach hearing the waves hitting the shore.

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My roving lunch started off with dessert here before I headed off to their other location Dundarave Beach Café located on the beach in Dundarave Village.

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This concession sells a wide range of burgers, sandwiches and salads all home-made along with fries and other sides. Their burgers and meats are supplied by Dundarave artisan butcher Sebastian & Co. You will also find beverages both hot and cold to round off your outside beachside dining experience.

Quinoa Black Bean Burger

Quinoa Black Bean Burger

My mission here was to indulge in their delicious Quinoa Black Bean Burger with teriyaki grilled pineapple, and apple fennel coleslaw, Kimchi slaw, with chili lime fries!

You can get more info about The Smoke House and Dundarave Beach Café which are both run my Fox Foods by tollowing them on twitter @foxfoodsvan as well follow them on Instagram to be tempted with their dishes and treats.

By: Richard Wolak

Sebastian & Co

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2425 Marine Drive, West Vancouver

Tel: (604) 925-1636


Hours: Mon – Sat: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sebastian Cortez

Sebastian Cortez

Sebastian Cortez is a trained professional chef-turned-butcher who once worked for renowned Toronto chef Jamie Kennedy. Wanting to broaden his knowledge about food, he decided to study the art of butchery. After working as head butcher in Toronto, Sebastian moved west to settle down and open his own Artisan butcher shop in Dundarave Village, West Vancouver.

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Sebastian takes his inspiration from the artisan butcher shops of Europe and South America. His passion for food and fine meats is clear the moment you step into his shop. He takes great pains to prepare immaculately frenched racks of lamb, beautifully tied standing rib roasts, and perfect dry-aged steaks that taste even better than they look. With his chef’s background, he is happy to offer cooking tips or suggest different ways to prepare your favorite cuts of meat.

40 days dry aged Canada prime beef steak

40 days dry aged Canada prime beef steak

I enjoyed a 40 days dry aged Canada prime beef steak that I pan fried at home, along with some of his local, house-made charcuterie, including bresaola, salamis, smoked meat, pastrami and bacon. I have also used his own brand of dry rub and salt.

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They also offer a cold case featuring prepared foods, meat pies along with tins of their house rubs, barbq sauces and more. From Tapenades and chutneys to crackers and biscuits along with fine imported olive oils and local and imported balsamic vinegars.

You can follow them on Twitter @SebastianAndCo and on instagram

Review by: Richard Wolak

Trattoria Park Royal Opening

Executive Chef Jonathan Chuy

Executive Chef Jonathan Chuy

On Friday May 9th, I attended the opening of Trattoria in West Vancouver, the newest restaurant from the Glowbal Group. Executive Chef Jonathan Chuy, who comes to the new location from the original Trattoria, oversees a menu showcasing casual Italian fare.

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Trattoria boasts an expansive dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows, a sunny rooftop patio, plus cozy patio-seating out front the entrance of the restaurant. Designed by BOX Interior Design, the 3,650 square-foot space features an open kitchen concept, butcher block-style tables, warm aged-wood paneling, and polished concrete floors. Stand-out design elements include a wine barrel-backed bar and wine bottle chandeliers – large-scale lighting fixtures custom-made using more than 100 wine bottles.

Chef Giuseppe Cortinovis

Chef Giuseppe Cortinovis

Chef Giuseppe Cortinovis is the head pizza maker who recently emigrated from Italy to Vancouver to head the pizza operation at Trattoria Park Royal.

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Guests were treated to white and red wine, beer and cocktails as well as a delightful array of Italian eats including some of their popular flatbreads, my favourite was the Potato Cheese Flatbread along with Risotto Balls and more.

Part of the exciting expansion project at West Vancouver’s popular Park Royal shopping centre, Trattoria is located on the exterior of Park Royal South. Staying true to the Trattoria brand that GLOWBAL has nurtured since opening the first location in 2008, guests to the new space can look forward to traditional Trattoria cuisine, inspired wine selections and friendly service, enjoyed in comfortable surroundings.

Trattoria Park Royal is located at 757 Main Street, Park Royal South in West Vancouver

By: Richard Wolak

Food & Fashion at Fraiche

Chef Jefferson Alvarez (L) & Fashion Designer Kim Cathers (R)

Last week Fraiche Restaurant hosted a wonderful evening of delicious canapés by Chef Jefferson Alvarez and his team.

Duck Confit with fois grais

Prawn Sushi

Mushroom Popped

My friend Kenji Maeda joined me as we ate the delicious canapés and watched the team in the kitchen platting there beautiful food.

Kdon by Kim Cathers

Kdon by Kim Cathers

Kdon by Kim Cathers

We then watched the fashion show that featured Kim Cather’s fall collection of Eco woman’s fashions. Fashionistas and their food loving friends enjoyed the fashion show and delicious canapés and wine throughout the evening.

kdon by Kim Cathers is a fresh line of clothing that is inspired by the earth created with the joy of imagination and finished with precise hand detailing. Kim designs with an innovative style, and is giving Eco fashion a new, strong voice.

Fraiche Restaurant is located at 2240 Chippendale Road in West Vancouver.

By: Richard Wolak

Photos Credit: Kenji Maeda

Celebrate Argentina & Chile Wine at Fraiche Oct 2 & 9

Fraiche Restaurant presents a Wine Series featuring Argentina on October 2nd and Chile on October 9th. You have an opportunity to taste and compare at two special evenings, featuring 5 course menus prepared by Chef Alvarez.

Winemaker Alberto Aruzu

Tuesday October 2nd at 6:30pm, meet Winemaker Alberto Aruzu of Bodega Luigi Bosca in Argentina, learn about their wines over a 5 course dinner paired with 5 of their wines.

Winemaker Francisco Baettig

Tuesday October 9th at 6:30pm, meet Winemaker Francisco Baettig of Vina Errazuriz in Chile, learn about their wines over a 5 course dinner paired with 5 of their wines.

Tickets are $95 for one evening or $150 for 2 evenings, for reservations call 604-925-7595

By: Richard Wolak

2nd Annual Best of the West

Last week I attended this wonderful event for the 2nd year in a row hosted by the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver along with House Wine. Again the event was filled with wonderful bites from many of West Vancouver and the North shore’s restaurants as well as BC Wine for guests to sip.

Duck Rilette and Saskatoon berry mostarda tart by Fraiche

Roast Suckling Pig with mashed potatoes by La Regalade

Pier 7 Restaurant chefs

Pan Seared Spring Salmon, chanterelle mushroom and bacon saute and pea shoots by Pier 7 Restaurant

Prawn Jalepeno Wrap with asian slaw and chili mango drizzle by Zen Japanese Restaurant

Dale Ferris Catering

Louis Gervais Fine Foods and Catering

Mesquite smoked, Pemberton Valley flat iron steak by Louis Gervais Fine Foods

The setting for this event is beautiful, it was held on the pier on the water at Ambelside, guests were treated to delicious food from restaurants that included, Fraiche Restaurant, Beachside Forno, Pier 7 Restaurant, Carmelo’s, Restaurant Chez Michel, Zen, Mangia E Bevi, Larson Station, The Observatory Restaurant, La Regalade, Dundarave Fish Market Restaurant, Dale Ferris Catering and Louis Gervais Fine Foods.

The delicious food, wine and the trio playing jazz made for a beautiful evening on the pier!

By: Richard Wolak

Fraiche Celebrates 1 Year Leap Anniversary

Chef Jefferson Alvarez (L), Chef Wayne Martin (M), Manager Phil Reigh (R)

On Tuesday February 29th, I attended the 1st year Leap Anniversary (that’s 4 years) Party at Fraiche Restaurant in West Vancouver. Guests mingled over glasses of red and white wine, savoured bites by Chef Jefferson Alvarez. Guests included Chef Wayne Martin who was the opening chef of the restaurant 4 years ago.

Serving Scallop Tartare

Serving Crispy Pork Skin

Passed around bites included Scallop Tartare, Lamb Merquez, Fennel Pannacotta with kelp caviar and crispy pork skin.

Paul Chalmers (co-owner)

Paul Chalmers (co-owner) spoke and recognized their Executive Chef Jefferson Alvarez as well as their Manager Phil Reigh.

Fraiche Restaurant is located at 2240 Chippendale Rd, West Vancouver, BC and online at

By: Richard Wolak

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