Cross-Canada chef dinner series selling like hotcakes

Quebec chef Derek Dammann | Photo from Edible Canada website

Quebec chef Derek Dammann | Photo from Edible Canada website

For the entire year of 2015, you can eat your way across Canada without leaving Vancouver—but you’d best make your plans now.

It’s barely been a week since Edible Canada announced its Coast to Coast Market Dinner Series, which highlights the cuisine of a different Canadian province each month. At the start of each month, a notable Canadian chef will travel to the Granville Island restaurant to prepare a meal for up to 75 guests.

The first featured region is the Yukon, but that February 2 dinner has just sold out. (It features The Boreal Gourmet author and chef Michele Genest and trapper Teena Dickson.) The other monthly dinners are filling up fast.

Here’s the lowdown on who’s coming so you can snap up tickets. Hint: the featured chef for March is Canada’s first Top Chef and now cooks in Saskatchewan.

Chef Dale MacKay (second from left) with son  Ayden and team. | Photo from Ayden Kitchen and Bar website

Chef Dale MacKay (second from left) with son Ayden and team. | Photo from Ayden Kitchen and Bar website

That’s right – Dale MacKay is returning to Vancouver for Edible Canada’s March 2 dinner. The former owner of the Vancouver’s now-closed Ensemble and Ensemble Tap restaurants currently runs Ayden Kitchen & Bar in Saskatoon.

On March 2, in honour of Saskatchewan month, MacKay will highlight the cuisine of his prairie province. Tickets are $125 per person and include food, beverage pairings, and gratuity.

Alberta chefs | Photo from Edible Canada website.

Alberta chefs | Photo from Edible Canada website.

Here’s the line-up for the Coast to Coast Market Dinner Series for the rest of the year. 

April 1: Ontario Month with chef and Earth to Table author Jeff Crump

May 4: Alberta Month with Gold Medal Plate-winning chefs Dave Bohati, Eden Hrabec & Blair Lebsack

June 1: Nova Scotia Month with chef Michael Howell of Devour Film Festival & Taste of Nova Scotia

July & August: Months dedicated to British Columbia – Edible Canada chef de cuisine Tyler Dallner will be collaborating with chefs from across B.C., including Ned Bell and Brian Skinner

September 1: Quebec Month with chef Derek Dammann from Maison Publique

October 1: Prince Edward Island Month with Atlantic Chef of the Year Ross Munro, of Prince Edward Island Culinary Adventures

November 2: New Brunswick Month with award-winning chef Chris Aerni of the Rossmount Inn

More details are available on the Edible Canada website. Tickets for all the events, which cost $125 each per person, can be purchased through the website or by phone at (604) 558-0040.

 

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