2017 Unsung Heroes Festival

Blue Water Cafe’s Executive Chef Frank Pabst has been spearheading tides of change during his Unsung Heroes Festival by showcasing unique and sustainable seafood. Throughout the month of February, we invite you to get schooled on delights from the deep – presented by Chef Frank and his brigade, who are longtime champions of ocean conservation practices.

Stellar dishes such as stir-fried jellyfish, red sea urchin trifle, sturgeon liver pate, and poached periwinkles have graced Chef Frank’s impressive Unsung Heroes menu during the last 12 years. British Columbia’s giant red sea cucumber – which has just been listed as sustainable by the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise conservation program – will take pride of place on Chef Frank’s 2017 menu. These pink-hued invertebrates are hand-picked by divers and can be enjoyed fresh or dried. Guests can look forward to tasting the newest gem of the Ocean Wise family in Chef Frank’s black Himalayan risotto that’s deliciously studded with giant red sea cucumber, pig’s trotter, butternut squash and basil. Unsung Heroes favourites from previous festivals include:

Slipper Limpets
tonkotsu shoyu ramen with water chestnut, green onion, enoki mushrooms, nori

Sea Urchin
sea urchin mousse in a crispy shell with ponzu jelly and avocado sauce

stir fried jellyfish with pork belly, wood ear mushrooms,
snow peas, cabbage, hoisin sauce

charred octopus, morcilla sausage, picquillo peppers, arugula,
white bean puree, chorizo oil

“It is so rewarding to introduce new sources of seafood to our discerning audience and encourage them to choose sustainable options which ultimately relieves pressure on overused stocks from our oceans,” says Chef Frank. “These formerly ‘unsung’ species are now heroes in their own right and have tipped the scales allowing us to embrace more options with better returns – for both the sea and our guests.”

The Unsung Heroes Festival starts Wednesday, February 1st and ends on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017. For further information or reservations, please contact Blue Water Cafe by telephone at 604 688 8078 or online at www.bluewatercafe.net

Christmas at Forage

Happiness and Cheer at Forage This Year

The holiday season is almost upon us and planning what to do is always time consuming. Let Forage take the “time” out of that planning, all you need to do is “consume”.

This year Forage opens for holiday lunch Monday to Friday, beginning December 7th through to December 23rd with tables available between 11:30-1:00pm. Chef Whittaker offers a four-course menu for $40. Continue reading “Christmas at Forage”

Christmas Dinner Menus and Events in Vancouver

A selection of Christmas dinners and lunch menus in Vancouver. Plus a round-up of holiday events happening throughout the lower mainland.  This is updated on regularly so keep on coming back to check out new additions.

Christmas Dinners and Lunches in Vancouver

Edible Canada Private Holiday Dining Menu
Lunch -$29
Elegant Midday – $39
Evening Classic – $49
Chef’s Table – $59
Family Style – $55

Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar

Chef James Walt and his award-winning brigade invites guests from near and far to celebrate the holidays with an a la carte Christmas lunch menu and a traditional holiday dinner for the festive day.

Lunch: December 24th and 25th, 11:00am to 2:00pm.
For a sample menu, please click here.

Dinner: December 25th, a la carte traditional Christmas dinner, 5:00pm to 11:00pm.
For a sample menu, please click here.

The Cellar by Araxi

Join us for an intimate dinner in The Cellar by Araxi during the holiday season and enjoy Chef Walt’s beautifully crafted multi-course prix fixe festive menu. Sommelier Samantha Rahn’s wine pairings elevates the occasion and makes the celebration with family and friends a memorable one.

Dinner: December 17th to January 1st (exclusive of December 31st), 6:00pm and 8:00pm seatings, $89, additional $59 with wine pairings, and $59 for children under 12. 

Bar Oso

Cozy up to the bar and spread the holiday cheer at Whistler’s Bar Oso for a delicious selection of Spanish-influenced small plates and handcrafted cocktails to savour and share. Not-to-be-missed guest favourites include the Fresh and Cured Charcuterie Boards, Wild Scallop Crudo, and Lamb Albondigas – paired with our favourite Oso Sour cocktail and artisanal Gin & Tonic, of course!


CinCin Ristorante

Indulge in an a la carte lunch menu, featuring dishes from Chef Andrew Richardson’s famed Grillworks Infierno, such as daily wood-fired whole roasts and fish.

Lunch: December 1st to 23rd, Monday to Friday, 11:30am to 2:30pm. 

For a sample menu, please click here.

Closed: December 24th, 25th, and January 1st.


Blue Water Cafe

Chef Frank Pabst’s a la carte lunch menu features classic dishes and seasonal specialties perfect for the jingle bell holidays.

Lunch: December 8th to 23rd, Monday to Friday, 12:00pm to 2:00pm.

For a sample menu, please click here.

Closed: December 24th and 25th, December 26th open for dinner only from 5:00pm to 11:00pm.


West Restaurant

Celebrate the holiday season with Chef Quang Dang’s three unique tasting menus during the month of December.

Lunch: 11:30am to 2:30pm, three-course prix fixe menu, $45.

For a sample menu, please click here.

Dinner: 5:30pm to 10:30pm, Holiday Tasting Menu, $150, Chef’s Tasting Menu, $98, and an additional $69 for wine pairings. 

For sample tasting menus, please click here.

Closed: December 25th and January 1st, December 26th open for dinner only from 5:00pm.


Thierry Cafe

Savour and revel in the Christmas season with Chef Thierry Busset’s renowned Buche de Noel – the holiday centerpiece at every Christmas celebration in his native France. Crafted to delight and make a big splash as the finale at your holiday table, these yule logs will be available in several flavours including Black Forest and Chestnut. Buches de Noel are available by advance order only; orders can be placed starting December 1st for pick-up on December 23rd or 24th.

Another great way to refuel during the hustle and bustle of the holidays is to enjoy Thierry’s light lunch menu and selection of festive pastries and treats. 

Closed: December 25th, modified hours for December 24th (open from 8:00am to 5:30pm) and December 31st (open from 8:00am to 10:00pm).


Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Tipsy Gingerbread Decorating
Kick off the holiday season with a tipsy twist on traditional gingerbread decorating! Guests will enjoy festive libations and canapes, and with the assistance of our Executive Pastry Chef D’Oyen Christie, decorate a gingerbread house to take home for the holidays. 19+ event
December 1st, 7pm
$70 per adult / $120 per couple

Parade Breakfast With Santa
Join us for a delicious breakfast buffet and exclusive meet & greet with Santa before the 13th Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade! Children will have an opportunity to sit with Santa and confide their Christmas wish list before he presides over the festive parade, starting at noon.
December 4th, 8am – 10am
$40 per adult; $25 per child

Festive lunch buffet with coworkers, an intimate plated Christmas dinner with loved ones, or our popular Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Buffets. Make your visit even more memorable with our exclusive stay packages. If you want to stay home but skip the prep work of Christmas dinner, Turkey To-Go is the perfect solution. More info

North Pole Afternoon Tea
All aboard! As the steam rises from your perfectly steeped cup of tea, indulge in delectable finger sandwiches, eggnog panna cotta, scones and festive pastries created by our in-house Pastry Shop.
November 15th – January 2nd
(excluding Dec. 24. 25 & 31)
Daily sittings, 11am, 1pm & 3pm
$59 per adult; $29.5 per child more info

Yew Restaurant & Bar

Christmas Eve Dinner -$99 Menu
Christmas Day Bruch Buffet – $91
Christmas Dinner – 105

Christmas Brunch Menu– $88 4 course
Christmas Dinner Menu -$88 4 course

Five Sails

5 course holiday menu  $125


One of the best deal I have seen. Christmas Menu and reservation
Christmas Lunch – $40
Christmas Dinner – $60
Lunch is available for bookings from 11:30am – 1pm with 90 minute seatings from December 7th – 23rd, Monday to Friday for $40 plus taxes, drinks & gratuities. Dinner is available December 24th, and December 25th only

Mosaic Grille

Festive 5 course dinner menu from our Executive Chef Jeff Szombaty, all for $75



Christmas Dinner Menu – $150

Christmas Eve Dinner – A la carte

Seasons in the Park

Christmas Menu – 4 course, $75

Christmas Events

Christmas in Yaletown CandyTown November 26, 12 – 7PM

West Coast Christmas Show & Artisan Marketplace Nov 18 – 20

Gingerbread Lane At Hyatt Regency Vancouver Dec 4th -27th.

Bright Nights is open Monday, November 28, 2016 to Saturday, January 1, 2017

Enchant Christmas Light and Maze Market – Nov 25 – Dec 31

Holiday-themed Confections

To celebrate the holiday season, Thomas Haas unveils an exclusive limited edition lineup of delicious Bûche de Noël Yule Logs, inspired by eight of his most popular cake flavours — Champagne Truffle, Chestnut Mont Blanc, Chocolate Caramel, Crispy Chocolate Raspberry, Dark Orange Chocolate, Hazelnut Praline, Milk Chocolate Tiramisu and Pistachio Sour Cherry — available for pre-order today for pickup only on Dec. 23 or 24 ($37).


In true Christmas fashion, Haas will also offer his famed Stollen, a delectable traditional German Christmas bread filled with the finest almonds, rum-soaked golden raisins and freshly zested oranges ($19.50/$33).

Gingerbread Lane At Hyatt Regency Vancouver

Gingerbread Lane At Hyatt Regency Vancouver is in it’s 26th. It returns to the lobby of Hyatt Regency Vancouver from December 4th through December 27th. There are 30 gingerbread creations designed by secondary schools, professionals and amateur culinary artists.

More than a holiday attraction, Gingerbread Lane has raised over $75,000 for charity over the past 25 years, including supporting their current charity partner, Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon. This year promises to be the biggest yet as the hotel celebrates Gingerbread Lane’s 26th anniversary.

Holiday Celebrations at Reflections

Reflections is set to transform from the summer’s idyllic outdoor patio into a festive winter wonderland, just in time for the holiday season. Located in Rosewood Hotel Georgia – Vancouver’s landmark luxury hotel – the all-new makeover of the elegant al fresco bar and lounge will allow guests to enjoy the space for the first time ever during winter months. Opening its doors on November 24th, the winter terrace will be outfitted with cozy holiday décor and will feature a menu inspired by signature holiday dishes.

said Philip Meyer, managing director of Rosewood Hotel Georgia. “Complete with share plates, festive cocktails, and cozy décor ideal for lounging and visiting with friends, we look forward to making the winter pop-up a new favourite tradition for guests and locals alike.”

The perfect spot for a warm winter cocktail and quick bite after a day of holiday shopping, the intimate lounge space will be decked out with twinkling Christmas trees, posies of mistletoe and over-sized candles. Heat lamps throughout will ensure a toasty evening – and for extra chilly nights, guests can cozy up on comfortable couches complete with plush blankets.

Created by Executive Head Chef Harold Lemos, the winter terrace menu will include the lounge’s signature share plates along with new festive additions ranging from Georgia Cheese Fondue to Beef Cheek Crousillants and Turkey-Sage Sausage Rolls to a Pizza Maitake with confit mushroom, caramelized onion, roasted garlic cream, and Okanagan chevre. Along with classic winter sippers like hot toddies, warming mulled wine, and an extensive range of whiskies, the hotel’s award-winning bartenders will also be serving up Christmas-inspired concoctions, such as Little Helper with rum, port and topped with eggnog; and Winter Wonderland with champagne and cognac enhanced by winter spices.