Big Night 2012

Chef Audrey Durbach of Pied A Terre

On February 10th I attended Big Night, I have attended many over the past few years and this is always an event that I look forward too– this is Vancouver Magazine’s Big Night! This was a celebration of the top restaurants from Vancouver Magazine’s 22nd Annual restaurant awards and award-winning wines from the 8th Annual Wine Awards and each restaurant was paired with one of the wines!

The evening began with a reception held in the Fourier, Chef Sean Cousins of the Vancouver Club treated all Big Night guests to ‘Lobster Bisque’ to kick off the Big Night – Delicious dish!

Chef Frank Pabst of Blue Water Cafe

Chef Vikram Vij of Vij's

Chef Thomas Haas (2nd from left) and his Pastry Chefs team

Pineapple and Almond Macaron with lime sorbet from Thomas Haas

From the dishes and wines that I sampled, here are my list of favourites.

  1. Bistilla from Pied-A-Terre – Moroccan spiced chicken with almonds and apricots wrapped in pastry, fried and dusted with icing sugar.
  2. Sawmill Bay Mussels in a Madras Curry sauce with leeks, celeriac and green apples from Blue Water Café.
  3. Goat Curry on Safron Rice from Vij’s
  4. Pineapple and Almond Macaron with lime sorbet from Thomas Haas

They paired Best-in-Category wines from their Wine Awards with winning restaurants from their 2011 Restaurant Awards for a delectable evening of food and wine hosted at the prestigious Vancouver Club.

By: Richard Wolak

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