Vancouver’s Top Japanese Chefs Combine Forces For Sakura Night – Mar 30

Sakura Night
Sakura Night

VANCOUVER – Gold-winning Tojo’s of Vancouver Magazine’s “Best upscale Japanese 2013” Restaurant Awards has combined forces with five of Vancouver’s top Japanese restaurants for the first ever Sakura Night (Sakura means cherry tree in Japanese), hosted by Tojo’s Restaurant on March 30, 2014. Tojo’s Restaurant, Zen Japanese Restaurant, RawBar at Fairmont Pacific Rim, Seventeen89, Miku Restaurant and Zakkushi will be creating seasonal dishes to guarantee an extraordinary standing dinner experience in the elegant ambience of Tojo’s.

This special evening event opens the 8th annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) while creating delicious culinary memories of Japanese cuisine. Nobu Ochi from Zen will entice appetites with Ocean Wise-certified ingredients and RawBar’s Takayuki Omi will create sensory experiences for the palate with flavours of the Pacific Northwest. Daryle Nagata (Seventeen89) will tantalize taste buds with his combination of fresh and seasonal local ingredients, Kazuya Matsuoka will present Miku’s famed aburi (flame-seared) sushi and Masahito Iwamoto will be grilling Zakkushi’s mouth-watering yakitori skewers in-house, sharing the authentic cherry blossom festival experience from Japan with guests.

“We are so excited to be a part of the Festival and celebrate our cherry blossom cultural experience with the creation of Sakura Night ~ a new evening opening to the festival. It celebrates a very important part of our Japanese culture and gives our best local Japanese chefs a chance to share with pride their incredible food with Festival fans” Chef Hidekazu Tojo.

As Canada’s only cherry blossom festival, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is a charitable, not-for-profit society celebrating our urban nature and the fragile, fleeting beauty of the cherry blossom. Funds raised at Sakura Night enable the Festival to continue to deliver meaningful and accessible, quality programming to strengthen citizen’s connection and engagement in our diverse communities. VCBF speaks to multiculturalism, the arts, community engagement, and to the environment by helping to sustain and renew Vancouver’s cherry tree heritage.

Date: Sunday, March 30, 2014

Time: 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Cherry Blossom Martini Welcome followed by a standing dinner reception

Place: Tojo’s Restaurant, 1133 West Broadway, Vancouver

Tickets: Limited tickets at $150 with a $100 tax receipt issued by VCBF for purchase at

About the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival:

Vancouver’s signature springtime event, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is a month-long celebration of the cherry tree through unique cultural programming including the performing and visual arts, literary, film screenings, design installations, exhibitions, culinary and creative cultural arts. The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is a charitable, not-for-profit society whose mandate is to sustain and renew Vancouver’s cherry tree heritage while educating and engaging community in celebration of the fragile beauty of the cherry blossom.

source: press release

Events at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

 Tinhorn Creek Vineyards secret spot

I recently just got back from Tinhorn Creek and here’s my take on it.

Oliver, BC (September 3, 2013) – Summer’s nearly over but harvest time is just around the corner and the change in season marks a happy time of celebrations, family-style dining and making the most of the South Okanagan’s natural bounty at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards.

Communal dinners, vineyard hikes and wine festival events will all be held amongst the spectacular backdrop of Tinhorn Creeks unique wine country terroir this fall. The annual Okanagan Fall Wine Festival kicks off on October 3rd 2013 and Tinhorn Creek Vineyards and Miradoro Restaurant will be taking part in this year’s festivities to help celebrate the local wine industry.
On October 4th 2013, Miradoro’s Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest will be taking on Chef Adam Pegg, from Vancouver’s award-winning La Quercia restaurant, in a light-hearted Chef vs Chef dinner. Each chef will cook alternate courses and all dishes will be paired with fine wines from Tinhorn Creek’s premier Oldfield Series. Winemaker Sandra Oldfield, assistant winemaker Korol Kuklo and viticulturist Andrew Moon will guide diners through the evening’s pairings.
Combining Pegg’s love of Italian food with Geest’s passion for local produce and Mediterranean flavours, the Chef vs Chef menu features the very best of fall food such as classic antipasti, heirloom tomatoes and burrata, whole fire-roasted suckling pig and olive oil hazelnut cake with pine mushroom gelato. The meal takes place between 6-10pm and tickets cost $125pp; call 250-498-3742 to reserve a place.
Dig deeper into the world of winemaking this harvest season with a vineyard hike and lunch on October 7th, 8th and 9th 2013, as part of the Fall Wine Festival. Proprietor Kenn Oldfield will be leading a behind-the-vines tour of Tinhorn Creek’s Golden Mile vineyard, giving a unique glimpse into vineyard practices, grape varietals and terroir during a fun and educational hike through the vineyard. After the hike the 20 guests enjoy a well-earned lunch and leave full of newfound knowledge and good food. Tickets cost $35pp and are available from
Thanksgiving, on October 14th, is a great time to get together with family and friends but the celebrations don’t have to stop once the holiday is over. Every Tuesday, from October 15th until December 17th 2013, Miradoro Restaurant will be hosting communal table dinners that offer family-style food. Chef Jeff Van Geest and his team showcase the best local seasonal produce during a multi-course dinner, all enjoyed in the company of old and new friends. Each week’s communal table dinner is a different theme, highlighting a region, style of cuisine or showcasing a delicious local seasonal ingredient. Tuesday night communal table dinners take place between 6.30-9.30pm and cost $30pp; call 250-498-3742 to book your place at the table.
About Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
Established in 1993, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is located just south of Oliver B.C., in the famed Golden Mile wine-growing district. As the number one winery destination evoking classic south Okanagan terroir, Tinhorn Creek proudly offers 100% estate grown wines, growing grapes on both the Black Sage and Golden Mile benches. As the first winery in Canada to support carbon neutral measures, Tinhorn Creek continues their commitment to land stewardship, conservation and environmentally sustainable practices. Family owned and operated, Tinhorn Creek offers an unrivalled visitor experience including a self-guided tour, along with wines that rank among the best in the world, and since April 2011, the exceptional Miradoro Restaurant. For more information about Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, call 1.888.484.6467 or visit the website at
CC: press release