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May 20, 2015
News for May 20, 2015

Whoa..The spot prawn season is in full boil and Vancouver's favourite crustacean is hopping into all the best kitchen pots in town. Look for them on the menus of your favourite restaurants.

All entries in the news sections and calendar below have been selected by the Editor and are not paid listings


Uwe Bols' much talked about new Gastown restaurant, BAUHAUS, officially commenced business this past Victoria Day weekend. Located in the original Boneta space and boasting a Michelin-starred chef from Berlin in Stefan Hartmann, the new restaurant has been branded both "Euro pretentious" and "Vancouver's new 'Best Restaurant'", and all this before the ovens were even installed. Says the movie director-turned-restaurateur Bols, "Go big or forget it." Best to check it out at One West Cordova street and judge for yourself. 

UPRISING BREADS will donate 20% of its sales on June 13-14, 2015 to Pull Together, a fundraising campaign supporting First Nations' legal costs to block the tar-sands pipeline project in northern B.C. The event is part of the Week to End Enbridge which takes place a year after the Conservative government gave Enbridge the go-ahead. Three other B.C. food businesses, Bandidas Taqueria, Denman Island Chocolate, and Marketwork have also joined some 60 other concerned businesses to help the campaign raise $385,000 of its $600,000 goal.

On June 1st, SOUTH CHINA SEAS, purveyors of exotic ingredients in Vancouver since 1978, will be moving their little shop to a new location at the heart of the Public Market. The more spacious digs will allow South China Seas to showcase and expand upon its selection of hard-to-source ingredients from around the world, as well as install improved product display and lighting, plus a dedicated sampling and demonstration facility.

BARBARA JO'S BOOKS TO COOKS will host a delightful event for the Chinese Canadian Historical Society on Thurs, May 28th. The society recently published a book of recipes, stories and poems illustrating the history of the Chinese and Aboriginal communities in Canada. Thus the plans for an evening of food, readings, story telling and poetry. Dishes will be recipes from "Eating Stories" A Chinese Canadian & Aboriginal Potluck" (lotus root chips, pork belly, prawns, soy chicken, 8-jewel rice and apple tarts - all prepared by long standing members of the society. $65.


After 23 years as Chief Winemaker for MISSION HILL FAMILY ESTATE, John Simes is changing hats to focus on the von Mandl family’s diverse vineyards in the Okanagan (including the CedarCreek Estate Winery vineyards acquired in 2014). Over the next several months, starting with the 2015 harvest, Simes' shoes as winemaker for VMF Estates will be filled by Australian- born Darryl Brooker, former winemaker for CedarCreek. Simes will complete all final blending for the 2014 vintage and remain a key resource to Brooker during the transition.

BLUE GROUSE ESTATE WINERY invites the public to attend the grand opening of their new tasting room and winery facility in Vancouver Island's Cowichan Valley on Saturday, May 23. A man who works with fruit from nearly 40-year-old vines, Winemaker Bailey Williamson will be in attendance to showcase the latest vintages from the historic estate. For the occasion, Blue Grouse will also be releasing 'Paula', a new sparkling wine cuvée, named in honour of the daughter of the owners, Christina and Paul Brunner. (shown in photo).


Concepts we're buying into now.

Heart full of Soles ... THE JUICE TRUCK has partnered with Native Shoes for a limited edition pair of summer shoes. And the resulting look is a juicy mix of tropical plants, fruit and westcoast rainwater - as imagined by local design firm Glasfurd & Walker. Native Shoes, a Vancouver-based company since 2009, specializes in footware that is light, washable and perfect for summer fun. Pick up a pair along with a smoothie at the Juice Truck's retail store at 28 West 5th Ave.

Real food we love...DICKIE'S GINGER is a local Vancouver ginger beer company that uses only real ginger, cane sugar and fresh lemons in its stripped down version of bottled ginger beer. Hooray! No extracts or artificial flavours, just lots of natural 'bite'. Bel Cafe now stocks it and so do Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar and Rocanini Coffee Roasters, plus these other establishments.


(To see the full calendar click here.)

May 23, 2015
Home & Garden Events - BC Veggie Day Greenhouse Tours
Do you know where your veggies have been hanging out? On BC Veggie Day, four greenhouse operators open their doors to the public.

May 28, 2015
Cocktail Events - Downtown Food and Agave Safari
Join the Vancouver Tequila Expo for their first-ever Downtown Food & Agave Safari!

May 30, 2015
Food Events - Hawkers Fest
More than 50 "Hawkers" will be vending Vancouver's most unique, indie food offerings at this May 30th edition of the Hawker's Market at The Rocky Mountaineer

June 01, 2015
Food Events - Nova Scotia Dinner at Edible Canada
Join Chef Michael Howell and the Taste of Nova Scotia during the month of June when Edible Canada will showcase the best of this Atlantic province.

June 05, 2015
Cocktail Events - Vancouver Writers Festival - Scotch Tasting
It's 'A Dram Come True'! Spend an evening sampling the world's best scotch at this fundraiser for the Vancouver Writers Fest.

June 11, 2015
Beer Events - Steel and Oak Dinner & Brewery Tour with Longtail Kitchen
The Thai restaurant and New Westminster Brewery collaborate for a dinner and tour.

June 13, 2015
Food Events - Meet the Makers Expo at Makers' Labs
The Strathcona Business Improvement Association invites you to check out what is being made in the neighbourhood in this Expo featuring demonstrations, panel discussions, networking and tastings.

June 21, 2015
Food Events - BBQ and Bocce Tournament at Hart House
Festive music, and a full afternoon of BBQ and bocce games provide Dad with the perfect environment to relax with friends and family on Fathers Day.

June 27, 2015
Wine Events - Garagiste North Wine Festival - Vancouver
Meet BC's winemaking mavericks at this tasting event in Vancouver and Kelowna.

July 01, 2015
Food Events - Steveston Salmon Festival
Spend Canada Day with the fishes. The Steveston Salmon Festival is a day-long salmon BBQ party.

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