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May 06, 2015
News for May 6, 2015

Things modern mothers say:

Eat your heirloom vegetables or you won't get any artisan ice cream.
I don't care who started it, just get the copyright.
Keep making faces like that and someday you'll spend a fortune in Botox.
Say that again and I'll wash your mouth out with coconut oil.
Stop asking why, do I look like a Google?
Just wait until your therapist gets home.
Keep it up and there will be no virtual TV for you.
Because I texted so, that's why.
'Fifty Shades of Grey' is about a lady who takes pain-ting lessons.
Go to your room. (So Mommy can watch Game of Thrones.)


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


Just opened in the former Glowbal Grill location and headed by two Glowbal alumni, John Crook and Erik Heck, Wild Tail Grill is a "nod to Coastal Living". There will be some food for landlubbers (such as Yakima Valley Lamb), but for the most part the menu will focus on ocean fare, both Pacific and Atlantic. Right now for example, there's Eastcoast mussels, Haida Gwaii halibut, BC spring salmon, an Atlantic-inspired lobster mac 'n cheese plus an especially interesting selection of oysters (including fried). This restaurant may bring you back to Yaletown.

The VANCOUVER FARMERS MARKETS, kick off the summer market season this Thursday, May 7, with the opening of the Yaletown Market. And because 2015 is their 20th anniversary, VFM is launching an Instagram photo contest. Throughout June, shoppers who post their market photos on Instagram, tagged with the hashtag #VFM20, are eligible to win weekly prizes of $100 in market money. Winning photos are then eligible for the grand prize drawn at the end of season. Look for birthday cake and 20th anniversary merchandise on each of the 7 markets opening days.

Coal Harbour’s MIKU RESTAURANT has introduced three Kaiseki-inspired menus. Considered an art form in Japanese cuisine, Kaiseki combines meticulous preparation, beautiful presentation, and an air of mystery.  At Miku, the three Kaiseki options, Shokai ($68), Kaisen ($88) and Aburi ($118), are served on handcrafted Japanese Arita porcelain plates painted with a seasonal theme. Because of the elaborate preparation involved, the Aburi menu requires 78 hours notice.

Is your mother is a culture maven? Here's a tip. Visit the VANCOUVER ART GALLERY on Mother's Day and you could receive a $10 voucher for Faubourg Bakery in the bargain. Gift certificates will be given to the first 100 ticket buyers on May 10, 2015.

Love to forage? SWALLOW TAIL is about to commence its Spring Wild Edibles Tours. These are chef-guided tours that take guests through the forest to identify local wonders like fiddleheads, sorrel, licorice fern, big leaf maple flowers, wild berries and nettles. In addition to exploring the rainforest on the hunt for edibles and learning how to prepare them, a lunch using similar wild plants will be served. Book a weekend tour ($39+tax/gratuity) and check out their latest wild foraging video here.


Each year, OKANAGAN CRUSH PAD invites the recipient of the 'BC Sommelier of the Year' award, to create a signature wine at their winery facilities. In 2014 the awardee was Mike Bernardo of Vij's Companies. On April 29, Bernardo unveiled his Mike B Reisling, a Riesling fermented in stainless steel tanks and a concrete egg for a bright citrus and mineral style, with a label inspired by Gastown's heritage Hotel Europa. A limited edition (100 cases), bottles retail at $24.90, with proceeds benefiting the BC Hospitality Foundation.


EVOLVE CELLARS, the newest winery on Summerland's Bottleneck Drive, will hold its first public tasting in Vancouver on May 28th at the Bloom VQA tasting and at 'Wine In the Garden' at VanDusen Gardens. A project of Encore Vineyards (led by Christa-Lee McWatters Bond and Harry McWatters), the debut line up includes: Pinot Grigio ($16), Riesling ($17), Gewürztraminer ($16), Pinot Blanc ($15), unoaked Chardonnay ($16), Sauvignon Blanc ($16), Rosé ($15), Cabernet Merlot ($19) and Pinot Noir ($20). Coming up next - a trio of sparkling wines.


MISSION HILL FAMILY ESTATE WINERY has announced its concert line up for summer. The program at the winery's outdoor amphitheatre features celebrity headliners Chris Botti (July 24), Martina McBride (July 26), and The WallFlowers (August 15), with 5 different listen and dine ticket combinations.  Everything from a pre-concert, 3-course dinner in the Terrace Restaurant, to a picnic box on the lawn. The box may only provide a sandwich, but according to the press release, its an "ARTISAN" sandwich. Tickets for all shows go on sale Wednesday, May 6th at 10 a.m.

More suds for the summer. RED TRUCK BEER and partners have announced the launch of the Red Truck Parking Lot Concert Series at the soon-to-be-opened Red Truck Brewery (295 East 1st Avenue). The outdoor concerts will be held once a month over four summer afternoons and will feature notable Canadian musical talent. Check their website for advance tickets and more information.

Tomorrow, May 7th, at 3 p.m., THE IRISH HEATHER kicks off 'Cask Nights'. Running every second Thursday through Sunday, The Irish Heather will feature a new cask produced by a leading beer producer, with sleeves (16oz.) priced at $6. Any beer left over will be served on “finish our cask Sunday,” where cask beer will be priced at $5 per sleeve until it runs out. First cask up is Phillip’s Brewing Co.’s Hoperation Tripel Cross, a traditional Belgian IPA dry hopped with Amarillo hops.


Concepts we're buying into now.

The bottom part of NICE VICE CREAMERY's logo doesn't just suggest an ice cream cone, it's a "V" for Vegan. Owner Chris White started the company as part of a mission to improve his lifestyle by replacing the bad vices in his life with healthier ones - hence his no-dairy, plant-based alternative to conventional ice cream. You may have already tasted some of his product at the Hawker's Market. This summer however, should see a true launch with new branding, packaging, website and spiffy new truck. In the meantime, follow their progress on twitter @nicevicecream.


(To see the full calendar click here.)

May 19, 2015
Food Events - Greasy Spoon Diner Supper with Chef William Tse
After two successful and delicious Greasy Spoon Dinner events, supper #3 features Executive Chef William Tse.

May 27, 2015
Wine Events - Bloom - BC VQA Spring Tasting - Victoria
This trade only tasting celebrates the new spring wine releases as well as the 25th anniversary of the BC VQA.

May 28, 2015
Wine Events - VQA Spring Wine Release - Vancouver
Trade Only. This tasting of VQA spring release wines for media and trade takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre

June 12, 2015
Festivals & Galas - 9th Annual BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival (Comox)
June 12 - 21, 2015. Ten days filled with culinary events, shellfish and seafood producer tours, chef demos and winery dinners.

June 14, 2015
Festivals & Galas - Italian Day on the Drive
Celebrate all that is Italian in Vancouver's largest cultural street festival of its kind, this year highlighting ART!

July 25, 2015
Wine Events - Quails' Gate Harvest Table Dinner
The Okanagan winery hosts an al fresco, long-table dinner that combines locally sourced cuisine and world-class wines at a communal table.

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