One of the Best Value Valentine’s Dinner – Cibo Trattoria

One of the best value Valentine’s day dinner offered in Vancouver.  Cue the lingering glances and candlelight glow — Cibo Trattoria is set to host a very special multi-course dinner service in honour of Valentine’s Day at the downtown destination on Thursday, February 14.

Beginning at 5 p.m. and available until close, Cibo Trattoria’s Valentine’s Day dinner menu offers couples four sumptuous courses of Italian-inspired fare prepared by Executive Chef Curtis Luk for $68 per person plus tax and gratuity, with menu items also available on an à-la-carte basis.

During the evening, UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar Manager Wyeth Maiers will also debut the special Valentine’s Day-inspired elixir called ‘Cupid’s Embrace’, which mingles rye, cassis, crème de violette, Lillet and Prosecco and is finished with watermelon radish petals in a vibrant lover’s libation.

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Valentine’s Day Dinner at the Boulevard

Boulevard will offer a special multi-course menu featuring the restaurant’s award-winning West Coast-inspired cuisine for $120 per person plus tax and gratuity, with optional wine pairings selected by Restaurant/Wine Director JP Potters available for an additional $85 per person. Items from the Valentine’s Day menu will also be available à la carte on request.

Highlights of the Valentine’s Day dinner menu include an amuse bouche of poached sunseeker oyster followed by kampachi, kataifi-crusted scallop and an entrée choice of roasted branzino or prime beef striploin, with add-on enhancements as seared foie grasNorthern Divine Caviar and shaved Perigord truffles also available. The romantic repast ends on a high note with a dessert course of either chocolate jasmine or rose vacherin prepared by Pastry Chef Kenta Takahashi, who will also tempt the palates of guests with complimentary petits fours.

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Valentine and Chinese New Year at Origo Club

Origo Club will celebrate Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day in its signature inimitable style by offering a series of special Afternoon Tea services and Valentine’s Day dinner features this February.

To mark the occasion of Chinese New Year, Origo Club will extend its popular weekend Afternoon Tea service to Tuesday, February 5 through Saturday, February 9 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, February 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. During those times, guests can pair a selection of gourmet small bites, pastries and sandwiches with a choice of coffee or tea for $45 each, with the option to add a glass of Barons de Rothschild Champagne for an additional $35 per person.

Origo Club’s exclusive Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea services offer an array of savoury delicacies such as canard et poire pochée au thym (seared duck breast, thyme poached pear) and scone au cheddar et à la ciboulette (cheddar and chive scone, butter, smoked salt, fresh cream) in addition to sweet selections like matcha mochi (glutinous rice ball, matcha whipped ganache) and biscuit chinois au sésame (white sesame fortune cookie) that pay homage to the traditional annual celebration.

On Thursday, February 14, Origo Club Head Chef David Pan will add a few Valentine’s Day specials to the dinner menu, including an entrée of tenderloin pepper steak with parsnips and fennel for $55 and a dessert course of white peach, meringue and blood orange sorbet for $16. Each table will also receive a special take-home box of milk chocolate-passionfruit truffles hand made by Pastry Chef Remi Ho.

RESERVATIONS
Reservations for Origo Club’s Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea and Valentine’s Day dinner services can be made by calling the restaurant at 604-285-8889.

Superbowl at the Parq

The biggest event in football calls for the biggest celebration. Super Bowl Sunday is creeping up fast and Parq Vancouver s got it taken care of. Whether it’s grabbing a bite, making the most of $5 drinks features or trying your luck at a prize draw, Vancouver’s entertainment destination is bringing it home for the fans.

 
What’s on?
 
Grab a bite at BC Kitchen
  • 12pm – 3pm – pregame tailgate party – $39.95 tickets. Ticket includes premium seating to view the game, food features throughout the game, a welcome drink and an opportunity to a wine a grand prize (prize includes a 60inch TV, beer cooler and Roomba)
  • $5 Parq larger and $5 cocktail features
  • Giveaways of jerseys, hats and t shirts
  • Buckets, pints and pitchers are all on special
  • Email bckitchen@parqvancouver.com for tickets
Win big at Centre Bar
  • 12pm – 9pm
  • Special a la carte food offerings including burgers, fries and chicken wings
  • All day happy hour with $5 beers, featured wines and well highballs
  • Prize draw to win:
    • Beer keg and pump kit
    • Mini fridge with a year’s beer supply
    • $500 Parq Vancouver gift card
    • $1,000 travel voucher
  • This is all based on a first come, first served basis
Sip and save at D/6 Bar and Lounge
  • 30% – 50% off bottles of wine
  • Food features with special pricing and discounts
  • $5 beer specials throughout the day
  • Email d6host@parqvancouver.com for reservations

National Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition

Over the last couple of months, mixologists across Canada have been participating in local qualifiers for the National Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition. More than 100 mixologist across Canada competed and it all boiled down to these last 4 finalists.

Finalists include:
Rob Redford – The Diamond, Vancouver
Makina Labrecque – Proof Cocktail Bar, Calgary
Tom Scully – F&B Walkerville, Windsor
Anne- Marie Bunday-Larose – The Watch That Ends the Night, Halifax

Each mixologist showcased their creative talents to a panel of judges and members of the audience. The event took place at Parq d6 Lounge.

Makina Labrecque won the Canadian Patrón Perfectionists 2018 and will be representing Canada in International Patrón Perfectionists Cocktail Competition.

Makina’s Cyanocitta winning cocktail

  • 1.25 oz Patrón Silver
  • 0.5 oz Ransom Dry Vermouth
  • 1 oz Szechuan peppercorn and lime oleo saccharum
  • 0.25 oz Blue Curaçao
  • 6 Albertan spruce tips
  • 1 Pinch salt
  • Garnish with 2 Albertan spruce tips

Annual CandyTown Comes Back to Yaletown

Yaletown is set to transform into an enchanted winter wonderland with the arrival of Vancouver’s beloved annual Christmas festival, CandyTown. Back for its seventh year this November, Santa will have more surprises up his sleeve than ever before with a jam-packed selection of seasonal delights that will inspire even the most stubborn of scrooges to celebrate.

The one-day-only event will take place in the heart of Yaletown on Saturday, November 24, welcoming visitors to drop by any time between 12pm to 7pm to rejoice in the spirit of the most wonderful time of the year. Hosted by the Yaletown Business Improvement Association, the Christmas-themed fête is free of charge and draws upwards of 15,000 partygoers to Mainland, Hamilton and Davie streets, with attendees of all ages equally enthusiastic to indulge in the wide variety of food, drinks and festivities.

With no shortage of kid-friendly entertainment, CandyTown will be paid a special visit by a resident jolly old Saint Nicholas who will welcome children from 12pm – 3pm at his North Pole home, located at Bill Curtis Square at the Canada Line Station. Visits with the Ice Queen herself will follow from 3pm – 7pm for youngsters excited to come face-to-face with holiday royalty. Photo opportunities are free, though donations will be accepted for B.C. Children’s Hospital (suggested donation is $5 minimum per family). Stilt walkers and roaming holiday characters will interact with revellers, to the wonderment of tots – while live music and carolling will set the stage for Yuletide cheer. An assortment of festive crafts & gifts along with a life-sized Santa sleigh ice carving, dancing gingerbreads and specialty cocktails will be available. Little tykes with a sweet tooth can also partake in the event’s signature candy kebob-making workshop at the popular Candy Hut.

Visitors can plan a head start on holiday shopping at the All I Want for Christmas Gift Market, complete with unique artisanal goods that range from clothing and home décor to pet accessories, jewellery and flora. Neighbourhood vendors including Skoah, The Hive Printing, SweetLegs, Standout Boutique and Divine Vines will also have their latest collections on display, giving guests a sneak peek into their nearby bricks-and-mortar locations. Embark on a magical horse-drawn carriage ride outside the Roundhouse Community Centre Turntable and be led on a relaxing seaside jaunt along Pacific Boulevard, Hamilton and Davie streets with a suggested $2 donation to the B.C. Children’s Hospital to help spur on the horses. Sports fans can pay a visit to the Vancouver Whitecaps ‘Caps Cruiser’, where there will be friendly soccer matches and opportunities to win prizes with one of the city’s favourite mascots, Spike.

New this year, CandyTown will expand onto Hamilton and Davie streets. Adults will have their own set of attractions to choose from on Hamilton Street where festivalgoers can dance the day away at an interactive public disco decked out with a glitter station, take a stroll through a life-sized inflatable igloo or enjoy live ice sculpture demonstrations that will take place between 1pm and 7pm. Also on-site will be Aunt Leah’s Christmas Tree Lot pop-up, where customers may pre-order trees for pick-up – and environment enthusiasts can check out the Vancouver Aquarium AquaZone Program and Science World’s ‘Science on the Spot’ demonstration station. 19+ guests can eat, drink and be merry with a self-guided CandyTown Cocktail Tour, kicking off at the Vietnamese hot spot, House Special. Hearty appetites can flock to a diverse array of food trucks that will satisfy every craving, including Gary’s Kettle Corn, Sable Shortbread, Cannoli King, Damien’s Belgian Waffles, Sweet Thea Bakery and more. The excitement continues onto Davie Street, where there will be an extension of artisan vendors and gift tents. Guests may also enjoy visits to Engine 374 – Canada’s most historic steam locomotive – decked out in twinkling Christmas lights for the holiday season.

CandyTown takes place on Saturday, November 24 from 12pm to 7pm along Mainland, Hamilton and Davie streets in the heart of Yaletown. The event is free and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring cash donations for the B.C. Children’s Hospital, Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Rotary Club. For more information, visit Yaletowninfo.com.

Yuma Japanese Cuisine – 1 Year Anniversary 8 Course Dinner

Yuwa Japanese Cuisine will celebrate its first year in fine style by hosting an exclusive one-night-only Anniversary Dinner on Tuesday, October 23.

The event begins with a sparkling wine reception at 6 p.m. before Yuwa Executive Chef and Co-Owner Masahiro Omori demonstrates his signature take on the regional cuisines of his home country of Japan with an eight-course dinner that will be paired with rare sake and wine selected by Yuwa Co-Owner and Sake Sommelier Iori Kataoka. Tickets to the Anniversary Dinner are available for $99 per person plus taxes and gratuity, total of $120 pp.

Highlights of the menu include a selection of canapés, ringo-gama (roasted duck, eggplant, white mushroom with spicy miso in BC Fuji apple), madai uroko age (fried tilefish and maitake tempura with Niigata Mojio seaweed salt) and braised Wagyu on renkon manju (thinly sliced Wagyu rib eye on lotus root cake, carrot, fried lotus root, wasabi, kinoko an-kake). Continue reading “Yuma Japanese Cuisine – 1 Year Anniversary 8 Course Dinner”