Longtable Series Returns

The annual pilgrimage of food and wine aficionados to Pemberton’s North Arm Farm for Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar’s annual Longtable Dinner is about to once again herald a celebration in the field. Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 19th.

Start the afternoon off with a lively barn-side reception where Bar Oso’s Bar Manager Jason Redmond concocts a fitting Longtable libation to pair with a series of farm fresh appetizers to nosh and nibble. Next, dinner is served family-style with multiple courses featuring just-picked produce a stone’s throw away. Menu highlights at this time, pending sunshine and a good dose of Mother Nature, feature the following:

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Crazy Food Creations at the PNE

In addition to all the PNE fair classics that are set to return this year, keep an eye out for insane items like Cricket Caramel Apples, a twist on a Fair classic, which mixes sustainable eating with an iconic snack! Our Caramel Apple is rolled in salty, oven-roasted Entomo Farm crickets to create a sweet and salty delight that will add a bit of crunch for the courageous. Continue reading “Crazy Food Creations at the PNE”

IHOPS National Pancake Day Fundraiser


For the first time in IHOP’s National Pancake Day nine-year history, on Tuesday, March 4, IHOP guests all over Canada will be able to enjoy a free short stack of the restaurant’s famous buttermilk pancakes! Donations from the free pancake fundraiser will benefit BC Children’s Hospital Foundation in the Vancouver area. Remember, all donations raised in your area will directly benefit your IHOP’s local charity partner!

more information below


***directly from press release***


First Annual National Pancake Day Fundraiser in Canada Aims To Raise Donations Benefiting Children’s Miracle Network


WHAT:           For the first time in the fundraiser’s nine-year history, IHOP restaurants® throughout Canada and the United States will offer each guest a free short stack of its famous buttermilk pancakes on National Pancake Day in an effort to raise donations benefitting Children’s Miracle Network programs.


WHY:              For every short stack of buttermilk pancakes served on National Pancake Day, IHOP guests are encouraged to make a voluntary donation to Children’s Miracle Network.


WHEN:           TUESDAY, March 4, 2014, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.


WHERE:         Participating IHOP restaurants in the Vancouver area.


WHO:              National Pancake Day donations in the Vancouver area will benefit BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.


Charity information:

National Pancake Day: IHOP’s nationwide one-day event to benefit children’s hospitals, primarily Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. In 2012 alone we raised more than $3 million on National Pancake Day, bringing our fundraising total to more than $10 million since creating the event in 2006. By aligning behind one cause, we’ve found that we can deliver a greater impact and provide greater support for families in need.

Chef Soup Experiment – Jan 17

Presented by Dine Out Vancouver Festival, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, and lots and lots of chefs!
Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, 1050 West 2nd, Granville Island

Chef Soup Experiment

January 17
12:30pm: soup is served

What happens when you ask more than 50 of Vancouver’s top chefs to each bring one ingredient and toss it into a boiling pot? Good question – and with this hot experiment, we’re going to find out!

On January 17, to launch Dine Out Vancouver Festival, more than 50 participating chefs will bring an ingredient to add to the soup collective. Over the next couple of hours, student chefs from the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts will chop, season, stir and cook the ingredients to perfection, then serve samples free of charge to the public before it all runs out. So expect huge crowds

Join us from 12:30pm onward outside the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts to snag your own portion of this once-in-a-lifetime brew! Everyone is welcome – but get there early, since the kitchen shuts down when the soup runs out.

Dine Out Vancouver Festival Events


The culinary countdown has officially begun and it’s time to start prepping. Tourism Vancouver’s annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival is just over one month away – and it’s the perfect excuse for locals to rejuvenate after the post-holiday slump by indulging in a culinary staycation. With event tickets and hotel bookings available for purchase this week, diners can start building a personalized experience guaranteed to satisfy tummies, pique the palate and create unforgettable Dine Out memories. The full list of participating restaurants and their menus will be released to the public on January 6.

This year’s menu of festival events is packed with out-of-the-oven experiences crafted by Vancouver’s top chefs, restaurateurs and food experts. The carefully curated mix of brand-new events and returning favourites includes:

• Soup Project . At Dine Out’s kickoff event, 50 of Vancouver’s top chefs will each toss an ingredient into a boiling pot – and the entire city is invited to taste the result. Talk about a food-fuelled adventure!
• Six Course Discourse. Curated and emceed by popular local blogger Follow Me Foodie, this delectable discussion features six of Vancouver’s top chefs – including Vikram Vij, Hamid Samilian and John Bishop – chewing the fat about all things culinary. Reception and wine tasting included.
• Film Feast: Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Grab your gourmet popcorn and journey to Japan during the Shangri-La’s exclusive screening of this foodie film classic in the hotel’s private 36-seat theatre – then settle in for a Jiro-inspired four-course feast at MARKET by Jean-Georges.
• The Snowshoe Fondue. There’s nothing cheesy about this cozy snowshoe and fromage-focused fondue at Grouse Mountain.
• Plated & Paired at the Public Market. A rare, after-hours opportunity to taste the best of Granville Island paired with BC VQA wines.
• Street Food City III. Third time’s the charm for this lunchtime assembly of Vancouver’s diverse collection of food carts, which will congregate at the Vancouver Art Gallery plaza.

Hotels taking part in the 2014 Dine Out Vancouver Festival feature rooms priced at $78, $108 and $138 (per room, per night), and many have also developed palate-pleasing culinary packages that include three-course dinners, luxurious accommodations and handy amenities like valet parking and late check-out. Dine Out room bookings are available for stays taking place January 17 through February 2, and can be booked through www.dineoutvancouver.com.

“We are very excited with this year’s culinary event schedule and hotel room offers,” said Lucas Pavan, festival coordinator. “The blend of perennial favourites and inventive new experiences makes Dine Out Vancouver Festival the most interesting food festival in North America. It’s the perfect excuse for anyone who loves food and drink to indulge in a culinary holiday – after all, whatever your craving or budget, Dine Out satisfies.”

About Dine Out Vancouver Festival:
Presented by Tourism Vancouver, Dine Out Vancouver Festival is a city-wide celebration of eating out, attracting tens of thousands of local and visiting foodies to Vancouver’s exceptionally diverse collection of restaurants for 17 days. Now in its 12th year, Canada’s largest restaurant festival allows diners to sample menus from hundreds of restaurants around the city, all for a prix fixe cost (price points are $18, $28 and $38 per person) and many with suggested BC VQA pairings (available at an additional cost). Dine Out also features special hotel room rates and packages, plus a full menu of unique food-themed events, seminars and activities. Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2014 runs from January 17 to February 2. www.dineoutvancouver.com

Dine Out Vancouver 2014 – Make Your Reservations Now

Dine Out Vancouver 2014
Dine Out Vancouver 2014

Dine Out Vancouver is back for it’s 12th anniversary. Menus will be revealed on January 6, 2014 on the Tourism Vancouver website.

3 course prix fixe menus ranging from $18, $28, $38.

There are also many events and discounts around Dine out Vancouver, including hotel discounts and Eat St, a food cart festival.

Tips To Having An Awesome Dine Out Vancouver Experience

  • Make reservations, it gets booked up fast.
  • Don’t be a reservation whore and hog up all the bookings to keep your options open till the last minute
  • Check the restaurants regular menu to compare prices and menu items, I hate that some restaurants cheapen their menus just for Dine Out Vancouver
  • Some restaurants only serve dine out menus so be sure to ask if someone from your party wants to order individual items

Truffle Wine Dinner at CinCin Nov 27

Truffle Wine Dinner at CinCin
Truffle Wine Dinner @ Cin Cin Nov 27
Truffle Wine Dinner @ Cin Cin Nov 27

Celebrate CinCin’s ninth annual Festa del Fungo with a special truffle wine dinner. Executive Chef Andrew Richardson has created a specialty truffle menu which indulges the lusty flavours of autumn, and Wine Director Shane Taylor is pleased to invite you to enjoy extraordinary wine selections from Piedmont region of Italy, finished off with an exciting Italian-influenced Canadian ice wine from Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Chef Richardson’s five-course truffle tasting menu will be accompanied by these exquisite wines:

Andrea Oberto Barbera D’Alba 2012
Marcarini La Serra Barolo 2009
Vietti Castiglione Barolo 2009
Mauro Veglio Vigneto Arborina Barolo 2008
Pillitteri Cabernet Franc Ice Wine 2011
When: Wednesday, November 27th at 6:30pm
Where: CinCin Ristorante, 1154 Robson Street, Vancouver
Cost: $225 (includes sparkling wine reception, 5 courses, wine pairings, tax and gratuity)
Reservations: Please email Richard Luxton richard@cincin.net or call 604 688 7338
CC: Press release