Annual Christmas Menu Guide 2013

Christmas Menus 2013

Tis the season for Christmas brunches, lunches and dinners. Here is a list of Christmas menus from all around BC including Vancouver, Whistler and Okanagan, BC. Check out some Holiday events and activities around town and if your can’t think of what to give for that hard to gift person, check out these gift ideas.

Sutton Place Hotel
Prices start from $39 – 70

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
December 2nd to 24th

  • Festive Lunch Buffet – $45 , 
  • Festive Afternoon Tea – $49
  • Turkey To Go
  • Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet – $109
  • Christmas Day Brunch Buffet  – $99
  • Christmas Day Dinner Buffet – $129

Christmas Lunch at Grouse Mountain

La Pentola Crafted Holiday Cocktails and Dinners
Dec – 24 – 26, New Years

Kits Daily Festive Lunch and Dinner

Aura Restaurant, Nita Lake Lodge – Whistler
Dec 24 – 25

Miku Restaurant, Waterfront Whistler

Diva At The Met
Dinners are available on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve, price not published

Yew Seafood and Bar
Christmas Eve and Day

Hawksworth Holiday Tasting Menu Hotel Georgia
From Dec 25 – 30

Dockside “Twelve Days of Turkey”
From Dec 25 – 30

  • Lunch: Chilled Roast Turkey Breast and Thigh on all-butter croissant with cranberry mayonnaise, shaved romaine, maple bacon and sliced gruyere. Served with dockside warm caesar salad $17
  • Dinner: Roasted Turkey Breast and Leg with apricot – cranberry stuffing, herbed pan gravy. crispy potato cake, charred tomato and broccolini. glazed yam and house cranberry $29
  • Christmas Brunch Buffet – 59.95
  • Chef’s special Christmas buffet $70

Bistro Pastis
From Dec 25 – 30

Urban Tea Merchant
From Dec 25 – 30

Christmas Dinners & Events 2013

Christmas menu & events 2013

Christmas in Vancouver: Menu & Events 2013

Santa came early this year and compiled a list of Christmas Menus, Events, Activities and a list of Gift Ideas for the hard to please specially for you. He doesn’t want you to be knocked off the good list because you tried to bribe and blackmail your way to a reservation for a last minute Christmas dinner party.

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2012 Vancouver Holiday Menu Guide

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Food Persuasion’s annual 2012 Vancouver Holiday Menus Guideis here featuring Christmas brunches, lunches, dinners and buffets. This is still a work in progress, if you would like to add your Holiday menu on this list please email or through the comment section. New this year is my Turkey To Go Section.


Reservations 604.685.8055

Five Sails

Reservations 604-844-2855

Fairmont Vancouver – Hotel Vancouver, Griffins

  • Nutcracker Tea – $59
  • Countdown to Christmas Dinner: December 2 to 23, 4:30 pm to 9 pm – 10pm Friday and Saturday -$52
  • Griffins Festive Luncheon Buffet -$44, excludes Dec 25
  • Christmas Eve Menu – -$85

Reservations at Hotel Vancouver Festive Dining Events

Sutton Place Hotel

Yew Restaurant – Four Seasons Hotel Kids under 6 eat free, Children 6 – 12 will receive 50% off the set menu

Reservations at (604) 689-9333

Fairmont Pacific Rim – Oru, Giovane

They don’t have their menu’s up on the their website yet. I took screenshots of the menu, if you require a PDF copy please email me at

Reservations Miranda Lee, Festive Desk 604.695.5332

Bacchus at Wedgewood Hotel

Reservations at Festive Desk at 604-689-7777 ext. 5210, or

West Restaurant Holiday menu available all December except 24 and 25th

  • Holiday Lunch: 3 course -$35
  • Christmas Tasting Menu -$75

Reservations: Owen Knowlton 604 738 8938,

Araxi – Whistler **Deal Alert**

Reservations Neil Henderson at 604 932 4540,

The Oakwood – Kitsilano

  • Holiday Menu -$45

Reservations 604 558 1965

Glowbal Group Coast

Italian Kitchen


Black and Blue


  • Christmas Menu, 3 -4 course -$49 – $79. More of a fall/ winter menu
The Secret Garden

Hart House

Reservations by phone only 604-298-4278


Turkey To GoComes with additional turkey dinner trimmings

  • Sutton Place –$325, turkey is approximately 18lbs, order by Dec 22.
  • Fairmont Vancouver Hotel Vancouver-$295, serves 6-8 guests
  • Whole Foods: Holiday catering service, vegetable lasagna runs around $60



Tips On Choosing Your Bird This Christmas

The second installment to my demystifying our food series, uncovering truths in the foods we consume.  As a host and chef on CBC’s Village on a Diet, and guest on numerous regular TV features, owner of Bittered Sling Extracts and finally Co-owner of Kale & Nori Catering, Jonathan Chovancek has got his work cut out for him. Chef Jonathan – Kale & Nori

Source: Hello Vancity
Chef Jonathan – Kale & Nori

I caught up with him at Blenz for a late coffee. What caught my interest other than his abundant energy was his passion when he spoke of promoting a sustainable food culture, its pitfalls and triumphs. We can all agree that the organic, sustainable, ethical food movement has become a political and billion dollar behemoth. There will always be people trying to take advantage, which impedes the movement’s growth by making consumers skeptical.

Champions to the Cause
Jonathan and a few other chefs in Vancouver have to taken it upon themselves to preserve the movement’s core values. Jonathan goes the extra distance to ensure that his clients and guests of Kale & Nori Culinary Arts Catering consume ingredients that supports a sustainable food movement, meaning antibiotics free, free of dangerous chemicals and pesticides and ethically raised. Ethically raised, I don’t mean coddling the animals. They should not be so confined that they cannot move, so fat that their legs give out and pumped up with drugs when they start to get sick or start developing cancers.

Going the Extra Mile
To ensure that the quality of the ingredient is what is promised we need to know the source of the ingredients. “Most food is sold from origin to distributor to sub distributor. Getting to the source, knowing where the food originated and what is was fed, how it was grown is important. How long has it been dead, picked, preserved. Understanding that the quality is at its peak for only a few hours and from that point on it is diminishing.”

The Cheaters and Scammers
Chickens penned, poultry processing


There is a colossal difference between “Antibiotic Free” chicken and “Raised Without Antibiotics”. Jonathan compared it to professional sports, where technology has allowed the farming industry to effectively mislead consumers to believing they are buying a healthy product. Chickens may still have been pumped with drugs , it would have been already flushed out during testing. I do want to point out, there are still independently owned farms not controlled by the monopoly food producers. They go the extra mile to ensure their food is sustainably raised.

Chicken Farm Testing and Protocols
Drugs does not refer to hormones or steroids, which were been banned in Canada since the 1960’s. I’ve reached out to Marty Brett, representative for the Chicken Farmers of Canada – CFC for a comment. For conventional chickens, they do not do on-farm testings, during the time at the processing plant random tests are conducted usually by the CFIA to ensure there are no drug residues left in the birds. Each medicine has its own withdrawal time, for example if it is given to the bird too late in the cycle, there will still be residues of the drug left. CFC claimed “to date no random testing has found residues in chickens”.

Chicken farmers will need to abide by the On-Farm Food Safety Assurance Program which includes protocols from our Animal Care Program, which require stringent record-keeping for every flock that is accompanied to the processing plant. Including, grow-out period, type of feed, temperature of barn, water testing. These legal binding forms are then audited by 3rd parties in each province at various intervals, all led by the CFIA. Farmers in violation of these guidelines face stiff penalties like stripping their quota which prevents them from selling chickens. I highly recommend reading CFC’s section on Understanding Your Choices, which compares the different choices, free run, free range, organic chicken. It’s a great read.

What Should Consumers Do?
Ask a lot of questions. While consumers, myself included purchase meats or produce at chain grocery stores and by that point it been re-distributed from the original source a few times, the purchaser will still be able to provide very useful information. “Putting the onus on the distributors to provide consumers with full disclosure is challenging and there a court cases pending right now about labeling our food. We must ask more questions of the people serving and selling our food and make the decision with our dollars to not support unethical industries”, answered Jonathan

Related Articles: Demystifying Our Food Series

Menu Trending, the Truth on Who Decides What We Eat

Starbucks Takes A Step Towards a Affordable Sustainable Food Culture

Vancouver Christmas Menus updated

New 2016 Holiday Menu is Here

2012 Holiday Menu is Now Up…

To help you get started on your 2011 Christmas festivities I’ve created a list featuring Christmas brunch and dinner menus. This is a working progress, if you have any recommendations please send them to me in the comments section.


Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
4 course $85 *kids receive 50% discount

La Terraza
Set Menus $55.88 – $95.88

Teahouse in Stanley Park
3 course $60 *2 hour seating between 5 – 8PM. Festive Decorations and carolers

Hart House
3 – 5 set course $38, $62, $82 *Restricted seating times


4 course set menu for $45, Canapes service $2.50 /piece

The Westin Grand Hotel – Hidden ***DEAL ALERT***
Dec 10 – 25, 2011

Sutton Place Hotel

Fairmont Pan Rim, Giovanne Cafe, Lobby Lounge, ORU

Hyatt Hotel Vancouver Downtown – Mosaic

December 5th thru 31st from 5-11pm $32 – 47
If you are planning a corporate of private party, consider a set menu such as the two, four-course examples shown below. They will also be open Christmas Eve (Dec 24) and Boxing Day (Dec 26), offering regular dinner service.

Cloud 9 Restaurant
Please read the notes, there are limitations on weekends and on other holiday days

  • Daily Holiday Menu Holiday prix fixe 3 course $34.95,
    fridays & saturdays: $39.95, not valid for december 23, 24, 25 & 31
  • Daily Holiday Menu December 23 & 24:5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, December 25: 1st Seating: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, 2nd Seating: 8:00 pm – 10:00
Pan Pacific & Five Sails
Presenting a full Holiday calendar, the Pan Pacific has an event almost daily. Full listing of Pan Pacific lunch and dinner events listed here

  • Winter Solstice Luncheon – $52 December 9th, 14th, 15th & 16th
  • Opera Angels Heard on High – $68 Friday, December 9 & 16 and Saturday December 10 & 17
  • Santa’s Sunday Brunch – $69 Sundays, December 4,11, & 18
  • T’was the Night Before Christmas – $99 December 24th
  • Christmas at Home -16 lb. Turkey: $ 440 (serves up to 12 guests)
Glowbal Group Festive Menus
Menus only available for large groups

  • Glowbal Bar and Grill 3 course set menus from 35 – 65
  • Coast 3 -4 course set lunches $39 – 69, 3 -5 course set dinners $55 – 75
  • Sanafir 3 -4 course festive dinner menu $35 – 65
  • Italian Kitchen 3- 4course lunch menu $35-60, 3 -4 course festive dinner menu $35 -52
  • Trattoria 3course festive dinner menu $35 – 45
  • Black and Blue 3 course lunch menu $50-90, 4 course festive dinner menu $55 -125
Bacchus – Wedgewood Hotel

Blue Water Cafe

  • Festive Brunch 3 – 4 course $45 – 109. *Special offer a 10% discount on group menus from $55.00 per person

2010 Best in Show – Food Persuasion

Food Persuasion  finally broke 1000 unique visitors this month! Woo hooo!

Thank you for all my readers who tolerate  my sometimes bitchy and often quirky anecdotes. This would be my last post in 2010. I will be busy gearing up for a flurry of new restaurants and promotions for 2011. That’s a lie, I will be attending dinners and parties every day till the end of the month.

Side Tip: A handful of restaurants already have their 2011 Dineout Menu up on their sites.

Food Persuasion Restaurants Best in Show

Best in Show..
Kitsilano Daily Kitchen – Orgasm in my mouth that lingers forever, I can’t stop thinking of it.
Corner Suite Bistro – For their encyclopedic drink menu.

Best for Dates..
The Diamond – the space is so quaint and comfortable
Nook – relaxed with a hospitable atmosphere

Best Deals..
Twisted Fork – $8 for a Pound of Mussels
Joe Fortes – Sweet Lunch Deal

Best in Service..
Salsa & Agave – funny and cute
Fairmont Waterfront Herons – welcoming

And the not so pretty…..

The Disappointments
Commune Cafe – Just because your ingredients are local and organic does not give you an excuse to continually serve bland dishes
Preston – Dry and undercooked pasta that reminded me of tree bark
Don Guacamole’s – Tried to mask the crappiness  by adding salsa from the chips and lemon from our water. The crappy still pulled through
Gotham’s Steakhouse and Bar – “Underwhelming Piece of Cow”

Have a great holiday filled with delicious plates and fabulous wines, paired with plenty friends that will make you laugh till you choke and cry!

That’s all folks see you in 2011.

Emergency Fixes for Holiday Disasters

Charlie Brown Dinner Disasters
Charlie Brown Dinner Disasters

Everyone has been caught empty handed during a surprise gift exchange. The party dies when the wine stops flowing, what do you do when you are running critically low?

No turkey, or in my case, no ability to cook

  • Grinch version- Church’s Chicken
  • Costco Rotisserie Bird – the best supermarket bird in Vancouver
  • Urban Fare –whole meals including bird, veggies, sauce etc. $65- 185
  • Designer version -Sutton place $385 for a complete meal

No Wine, or running dangerously low

  • Grinch version – Make your own with rubbing alcohol and kool aid
  • Illegal phone line – you call they deliver right to your door, pricey
  • Coal Harbour liquor store – opens late and delivers
  • Everything Wine – My favorite, it’s massive and it has all the wines and gadgets you can dream of
  • Designer – Vancouver Wine club, it’s e,clusive to wine club members

Over promised on your dinner party

  • Grinch version – cancel with no e,cuses
  • Ask everyone to bring one small dish
  • Have a plethora of great wines, it makes the food go down easier. My go to
  • Designer – treat them out to a Bacchus’s Christmas dinner at $140 a pop

No Gifts, or the une,pected gifts from those who were not on your shopping list

  • Grinch version –tell them you have a no gift e,change rule in place so you will not be reciprocating
  • Click “Buy” on your Groupon App – and flash them their purchased voucher
  • Convenient store – my staple
  • Designer version – you are indebted for life and you buy them a trip to Vegas

Receive ugly holiday sweaters

  • Grinch version- regift
  • Thank them and get them a cheap gift to reflect their poor Christmas present decision making
  • Tis the season to give – donate it to the Salvation Army
  • Designer – take it to your seamstress and have her make it into a dog sweater