If you’ve lived in Vancouver long enough – and have the patience to wait in the nightly queue – you’ve probably had the pleasure of sampling the lamb popsicles or Rajasthani-style goat meat or spot prawn curry at Vij’s, the restaurant off Granville that the New York Times declared “easily among the finest Indian restaurants in the world.”
But, have you ever had the chance to sit down for dinner with master chef Vikram Vij himself? Or how about the Food Network’s Ned Bell, who currently heads the kitchen at Yew Restaurant? Or the dashing Thomas Haas, the local chocolatier behind some of the country’s most coveted chocolates?
Well, now’s your chance. Edible Canada just announced the lineup for its 2012 Market Dinner series. Held on Granville Island, after the Public Market has closed for the day, the series brings in top chefs from Vancouver and across Canada to prepare an intimate, multi-course meal for a small group of 24 lucky guests.
The idea is that you get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of some of the area’s culinary virtuousos at work, while also enjoying a great dinner. The chefs cook the meal before your eyes, sharing recipes, cooking tips and anecdotes from the restaurant scene. As each course is served, it is paired with BC and Canadian wine, beer and spirits selected by the Edible Canada sommelier. Meal prices vary from $85-$150 per person.
And there’s some pretty impressive talent scheduled for 2012 (In case you’re wondering, the dinner with local curry hero Vij always sells out, with tickets awarded by lottery system). Other local favourites include Chef Todd Howard who prepares the divine Italian cuisine at CinCin, James Walt, who heads the kitchen at Araxi (which, you’ll remember, Gordon Ramsay took over for a season of Hell’s Kitchen) and Lee Parsons of the acclaimed Wedgewood Hotel. Out of town culinary celebs include Andrea Nicholson, famous from the Food Network’s Top Chef Canada.
The 2012 Market Dinner series kicks off on Jan. 26 and runs through Nov. 19. For a complete list of participating chefs and to buy tickets, check out the Edible Canada website.