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

Vancouver’s boldest, biggest, most social dining experience is #dinnerpartyYVR

Vancouver’s boldest, biggest, most social dining experience is #dinnerpartyYVR

Dining in Vancouver just got bigger, bolder, and more philanthropic with the launch of Social Bites’ “Local Global, Vancouver: #dinnerpartyYVR” on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Presented by local tech start-up Chimp, #dinnerpartyYVR is a 30 individual dinner party behemoth, with up to 30 different hobby chefs across the city of Vancouver creating their own menus, choosing charities, and inviting groups of 4-6 strangers into their homes. Bucking the exclusivity trend and kicking “no-Funcouver” to the curb, #dinnerpartyYVR is an inclusive dining experience in Vancouver with the added feel good charity factor. 100% of each $35 ticket will be gifted back to diners after the event through the Chimp Foundation. Chimp makes it possible for charitable gifts to be donated to any charity that was chosen by the hobby chefs for #dinnerpartyYVR!

 Annika Reinhardt, founder of Social Bites shared the birth and genesis of Social Bites and its goals and impacts with this particular event.

 “I’ve hosted smaller home dining events for a few years now and like think of Social Bites as a ‘friend machine’. With #dinnerpartyYVR I wanted to do something impactful for the community and show how easy (and delicious) it can be to connect the dots between local charities and each and every one of us. I’m excited to have such a strong partner on board in Chimp and look forward to creating meaningful connections between Vancouverites and local charities over delicious meals.”

 Crystal Henrickson, of Yelp Fame, leads the Community Manager program at Chimp, and had this to say on the partnership with Social Bites.

 “We are really excited to partner with Social Bites because an event like this has the potential to not only engage individuals in conversations around charities and causes that are important to them, but can achieve it in a meaningful, personal, and informal way. We really want people to feel that giving is good and can be fun, and #dinnerpartyYVR really achieves this. How better to do this than over a dinner party?”

 The event features menus by someof Vancouver’s most prominent food and lifestyle bloggers including Mijune Pak (Follow Me Foodie), Marc Smith (30 Day Adventures) and Cassandra Anderton (Good Life Vancouver), and members of the Foodists Collective.Meals will appeal to all taste buds: ocean wise, vegan, gluten-free, or pork galore, #dinnerpartyYVR has you covered.

Tickets are available online via event partner HomeDine and tickets include admission to a dessert after party at Hawkers Market. Diners will also enjoy beer and wine courtesy of beverage sponsors Granville Island Brewing and Serendipity Winery.