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July 08, 2015
News for July 8, 2015

Whew! Hot enough? Stand outside on the sidewalk for a few minutes and you'll be as broiled and smokey as a beer-can bbq chicken.

All entries in the news sections and calendar below have been selected by the Editor as potentially informative or helpful to our readers and are not paid listings.


Construction at TELUS Garden has been going on for ages, and there's still work to do, however just off the lobby, The Glowbal Group has opened NOSH -- their new eat-in, take-out option on Georgia St. Situated to serve the downtown office crowd, they will nevertheless operate all day long from breakfast at 7:30 a.m. to post dinner drinks, and yes, for those with a little more time to lounge in the sun, there's a patio! Order from the menu or grab-and-go from the pre-made selection of salads, sandwiches and baked goods. Online ordering will soon be available.

Tomorrow (July 9th) is the grand opening of MISSION RESTAURANT at 2042 West 4th in Kitsilano. This bright, comfortable and sophisticated room is a first restaurant for Chef Curtis Luk (Top Chef Canada) and Sommelier Chase MacLeod (Fable). They plan to focus on $45 four-course and $65 six-course tasting menus with optional wine pairings, in addition to a la carte menu options in the generous lounge space. Mission will be open for dinner every night except Tuesday.

Seeing red ... From July 15th to August 30th, the KEG STEAKHOUSE AND BAR will be offering their Lobster Summer menu featuring such classic dishes as Lobster Gratinée and Surf 'n Turf to more casual favourites such as Lobster Rolls and Lobster Tacos.  See the complete menu via the pdf download here.

TASTE CANADA—The Food Writing Awards will announce its 2015 winners at a gala reception in Toronto on Sept 21st. In the meantime, they've released a short list of nominees that includes some of our local book publishers and writers. These include: Beerology: Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Beer (Random House); Gatherings: Bringing People Together With Food (Whitecap Books); and The SoBo Cookbook: Recipes from the Tofino Restaurant at the End of the Canadian Road by Lisa Ahier and Andrew Morrison (Random House). Good luck to all.


Vancouver Community College
chef instructor TOBIAS MACDONALD has become Canada’s second Certified Master Chef (CMC). Chef Tobias was the only one in his class to complete the intensive 2-year program and successfully pass five days of examinations to receive the highest culinary designation in Canada.  A consumate competitor at the international level, MacDonald's resume lists gold medals won with Culinary Team Canada at the Salon Culinaire Mondial as well as other global chef challenges. Lean more about Tobias here.



The BC PINOT NOIR CELEBRATION will be at Linden Gardens in Kaleden on August 22nd and this year 26 BC wineries will join the founding team of Meyer Family Vineyards, Tantalus Vineyards', and Howling Bluff Estate Winery - all chosen by the BC Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers. Steven Spurrier, renowned journalist from Decanter Magazine will be the keynote speaker and attendees look forward to his perspective on BC wine. Tickets are going fast, see the calendar listing below for more details.

 New to the Canadian market and coming soon to Vancouver is SoCIAL LITE, a pre-mixed Vodka cooler that promises no sugar, no artificial sweeteners, no carbs and no additives. Available in two flavours: Lime Ginger and Lemon Cucumber Mint, calories clock in at 80 per 355 mL can. Says company spokesperson, Dan Beach, "We believe that consumers don’t need to compromise their healthy lifestyle in order to have a few drinks". Hear, hear. Calgarians have been snapping it off the shelves and the product has been featured on Dragon's Den.

More new 'healthier' vodka coolers - and these are local. PERCY'S OLD FASHIONED LEMONADE is made with Marcus von Albrecht's XFour Vodka, flavoured with natural lemon and sweetened with honey. While Percy’s Punch adds fresh local grown mint, blueberries and a splash of ginger for added zing. As with all XFour brand products these contain no preservatives, glycerines, emulsifiers, additives or sweeteners. The water even comes from British Columbia’s pristine (and hopefully ash-free) interior.  Available at private liquor stores and restaurants.  


(To see the full calendar click here.)

July 11, 2015
Beer Events - 1st Squamish Beer Festival
This new festival is an outdoor celebration of craft beer culture in the heart of Downtown Squamish, featuring 40 breweries, 120+ craft beers, live music and local food.

July 14, 2015
Food Events - Bastille Day at Bistro Pastis
Bistro Pastis celebrates Bastille Day on July 14 with a storm-worthy price fixe menu

July 14, 2015
Food Events - Fermented Dinner at Forage
Forage restaurant collaborates with HandTaste Ferments for a tastefully fermented dinner.

July 16, 2015
Food Events - Edible Canada's Taste of Terroir Dinner Party
To celebrate the International Year of Soil, Edible Canada chefs will join forces with UBC Botanical Garden to help host their 'Taste of Terroir' dinner party.

August 05, 2015
Festivals & Galas - Harmony Arts Festival - Best of the West
The 5th annual BEST of the WEST is an evening of food and wine pairings that celebrates the best British Columbia has to offer.

August 22, 2015
Wine Events - 3rd Annual BC Pinot Noir Celebration
The 3rd Annual BC Pinot Noir Celebration is back to showcase wineries from across the province at Linden Gardens in Kaleden.

September 13, 2015
Festivals & Galas - 12th Annual Passions Gala
The Passion Continues - Tickets on sale now for the 12th annual Scotiabank Passions Gala, benefiting the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

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