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

Stanley Park’s 125th Anniversary


When:  August 24 – 25

Enjoy this exciting weekend festival celebrating Stanley Park‘s 125th anniversary featuring 5 festival zones to visit throughout Stanley Park!

Celebrate! Stanley Park gets even better with historical tours, program schedule, event app and more

“The Park Board has developed an event app for mobile devices, which is now available at,” said Vancouver Park Board Vice Chair Aaron Jasper.
Coast Salish canoe race

Imagine a weekend where you:

  • Discover Stanley Park’s rich history on a walking tour
  • See magnificent hummingbirds up close
  • Visit the mounted-police horse stable
  • Admire beautiful vintage cars
  • Meet park gardeners

Enjoy all this, and more, at “Celebrate! Stanley Park” over the August 24 and 25 weekend.

“Celebrate! Stanley Park” is a summer festival by City of Vancouver and Vancouver Park Board to mark the 125th anniversary of Stanley Park.
Plan your festival experience with the schedule and mobile app

“Celebrate! Stanley Park” has over 200 activities and performances taking place at five festival zones throughout the park. Afternoon events are free.

Browse the program schedule at

“The Park Board has developed an event app for mobile devices, which is now available at,” said Vancouver Park Board Vice Chair Aaron Jasper. “This handy app features the full program schedule, festival map and trivia quiz, and will improve visitors’ experience while reducing the need for printed material.”

  • Savour stories and historical tours
  • Get a closer look at programs in the “Memory Lane at the Gardens” festival zone, near the Rose Garden.
  • A bird expert will band hummingbirds to track their migration routes. See these magnificent birds up close and discover what makes them so special.
  • With a historical interpreter, explore how Vancouver’s active women found freedom in the park: on Brockton Point’s grass hockey field, on the archery range, boating in the harbour, or trotting on horseback along Bridle Path.
  • Hear stories of giant Douglas Fir trees and celebrate Red Cedars along the way, the largest trees in North America outside of California.
  • Enjoy a leisurely bike ride around the park, visiting its sights, and listening to the sometimes surprising tales that led to their creation. Learn about the natural and political storms that shaped our favourite park.
  • Learn the fascinating story of families and communities that have called Stanley Park home.
  • The Indigenous Plant Diva will lead you through the trails in Stanley Park, sharing stories about the historical and current use of traditional food and medicine plants by Coast Salish peoples.
  • Celebrate Stanley Park’s vehicular history with a display of vintage cars from the beginning of motoring through to the 1970’s and 80’s, hosted by the Vancouver chapter of the Vintage Car Club of Canada.
  • Meet the gardeners who created the floral displays around Stanley Park’s stunning Rose Garden. Ask questions, get tips, and enjoy a leisurely stroll on the grounds with knowledgeable Park Board staff.
  • The Vancouver Police Department Mounted Unit, which patrols and responds to calls in the park, is offering stable tours on a first come first serve basis.
  • Mingle with more than 20 of Vancouver’s top historians for questions and answers about the park’s (and Vancouver’s) remarkable past.
  • Theatre Under The Stars looks back at the 67-year history of this iconic summer tradition in Stanley Park with its museum and backstage tours of Malkin Bowl.
  • Play sports, take in live music, and bring the kids
  • Activities at the Brockton Sportsapalooza festival zone include rugby, speedminton and cricket games and demos, Coast Salish canoe races, tours of HMCS Discovery and a licensed area.
  • The Live at Second Beach festival zone features a full all-Canadian line up of amazing musical performances, food trucks, outdoor sports, and a licensed area. Headliners include Arkells and Born Ruffians.
  • There’s also much going on at the Family Fun at the Arch festival zone. Children’s entertainers Bobs & LoLo, Coast Salish performances and artisans, and SPES organized wildlife safari walk and forest walk are just a few of the highlights.
  • Bus, bike, and walk to the festival
  • Large crowds are expected, so public transit, biking and walking are highly recommended.
  • TransLink’s #19 bus route stops in Stanley Park near the Miniature Railway, in the middle of the five festival zones.
  • There will bike valet parking areas at the zones “Live at Second Beach”, “Family Fun at the Arch”, and “Brockton Sportsapalooza”.

“Celebrate! Stanley Park” is supported by funding from the Government of Canada, local government, and local businesses. Stanley Park Brewery is the presenting sponsor.

Since its official opening on September 27, 1888, Stanley Park has established itself as an attraction of international status and a National Historic Site of Canada. The park is on the traditional Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
Ask. Tell. Connect.

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Araxi Longtable Menu in Stanley Park – July 27

We are pleased to announce that Chef James Walt has confirmed the menu for the Vancouver Araxi Longtable event, taking place in picturesque Stanley Park on Saturday, July 27th, beginning at 3pm. The Vancouver event is the first of three in the annual summer series, and will feature a striking longtable with a capacity of 300 people, giving guests an opportunity to experience Araxi right in the heart of the city.

Chef James, who is well known for working closely with local farmers, ranchers and fishers, will craft an exclusive four-course menu showcasing his internationally recognized farm-to-table creations. Wine Director and 2013 Sommelier of the Year Samantha Rahn will carefully pair the menu with select Mission Hill wines. An exclusive Farmers’ Market will be on site at the Vancouver and Whistler events, allowing guests to meet the producers and taste Chef James’ favourite ingredients in their raw form.

Saturday, July 27th – Prospect Point in Stanley Park, Vancouver
3pm cocktail reception
Wines by Mission Hill + spirits by Pemberton DistilleryReception
Moonstruck White Grace Cheese + Sweet and Spicy Pepper Poppers
Hollie Wood Oysters featuring Satori + Zen Oysters with Ponzu Pearls
Paradise Valley Pork Cheeks with Okanagan Apple chutney
Pemberton Distillery Cocktails
Mission Hill Martin’s Lane Riesling 2012
Tofino Dungeness Crab + Cold Smoked Wild Sockeye Salmon
rolled in avocado and egg with local cucumbers and Rootdown radishes
North Arm Farm summer vegetables
Mission Hill SLC Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Local Heirloom Tomatoes + Buffalo Mozzarella
Rootdown spicy greens, smoked salt and cherry tomato vinaigrette
tomato chips and organic black olive tapenade
Mission Hill Martin’s Lane Pinot Noir 2011

 Okanagan RR Ranch Beef 
grilled whole fillet with cheek and shortrib ravioli and toasted peppercorn jus
roasted Pemberton beets, baby onions and chimichurri
Mission Hill Quatrain 2009

Pemberton Raspberries + Okanagan Cherries
“New Style Black Forest Cake” with brandied cherries and white chocolate
North Arm raspberry, yuzu and mint ice with raspberry jellies

Mission Hill Reserve Riesling Icewine 2011

A percentage of ticket sales will go to The Chefs’ Table Society of BC, supporting regional chefs, producers and the local food industry.


Other Longtable Dates

Saturday, August 3rd – Lost Lake, Whistler
3pm cocktail reception
Wines by Quails’ Gate + spirits by Pemberton Distillery

Saturday, August 17th – North Arm Farm, Pemberton
3pm cocktail reception
Wines by Le Vieux Pin + LaStella + spirits by Pemberton Distillery


Neil Henderson, Restaurant Director, 604 932 4540 or
$175.00 per person, per event
(includes reception, wine, four-course menu, tax and gratuity)

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



Giovane Cafe – I’m Only Here for the Sweets

Food enthusiasts and bloggers from Vancouver’s food bloggers meetup, gathered at Fairmont Pacific Rim, Giovanne Café to sample some of their delicious delights.  Before I launch into my review, I recommend anyone partaking in a few events if you consider yourself a food enthusiast. Trying out food and meeting new friends…it’s the perfect marriage!

Now the sweets….

Signature Sugar Bun with Vanilla Cream filling. This was not heavy or overly sweet. The texture was creamy and light but, the flavor was just not there. Yes, it is a simple pastry but, as a signature item, I found that it lacked oomph. 2.5/5

sugar bun

Yule log was my favorite.  Nice light hazelnut mouse with chocolate and wafers to add a crunchy texture.

yule log

Indulgent, check.

Overload on chocolate, check.

Intense explosion to the senses, check. 4/5

Lastly we sampled the black forest cake, a nice take on a traditional pastry. Still trying to decipher what was in the cream, I believe it was Kirsch. Lighter than the black forest cakes I previous had but, if they kicked it up a notch and infused a stronger cherry flavor it would have been perfect. 3/5

black forest (1)

Local bloggers Simon Life in the Lower Mainland, Jenny EatwithJenny, Vicki foodieonthe49th will be posting their experiences of Giovanne Café.

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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

Cardero’s – Where the views matter as much as the food

sangria & mussels
sangria & mussels

On a warm lazy Summer Sunday afternoon, we chilled on Cadero’s patio, overlooking Coal Harbour Marina and the North Shore mountains.  With a cold and refreshing pitcher of Sangria and a plate full of mussels I was in heaven.

This is a tourist hotspot so come here early or be prepared to wait, especially for a patio seat but, it’s worth it.

Cadero’s Dining Promotions (Ongoing):

Mussel Mania – Every Weekday 3 – 6pm. $10 for a Granville Island brew and mussels

Sangria Sundays – $14 for a pitcher

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