White Spot’s Celebrate BC summer menu returns with fresh local ingredients and B.C. wines ($25 Giftcard Giveaway!)

Photo: White Spot

Photo: White Spot

White Spot unveiled its new Celebrate BC summer menu, featuring local ingredients and select wines from farms and vineyards around the province. White Spot uses more local ingredients than any other full service restaurant chain in the province, and proudly offers a 100% B.C. VQA wine list.

“Since our first restaurant opened in 1928, we’ve been committed to serving guests fresh, B.C. ingredients whenever possible,” said White Spot President Warren Erhart. “Over half our ingredients are locally sourced or produced, and our summer menu celebrates long-standing partnerships with B.C. farmers and winemakers. Hats off to Executive Chef Danny Markowicz, who led a team of Red Seal chefs in creating these innovative dishes.”

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White Spot’s Celebrate BC summer menu returns with fresh local ingredients and B.C. wines ($25 Giftcard Giveaway!)

Fresh from the market at Campagnolo

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The heartwarming, long-term relationship that’s developed between Campagnolo’s and Main Street Station’s farmer’s market is one that can be tasted, every Wednesday from May to October.  The pairing has blossomed over the last four years, when the market first popped up – a year after the restaurant opened. It’s a mouthwatering testament of the beauty of a close-knit community.

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Fresh from the market at Campagnolo

All aboard for Vancouver’s first craft beer cruise!

Image courtesy Bomber Brewing.

Image courtesy Bomber Brewing.

Cue up the song “Sea Cruise” and get ready to sail into a sunset of suds. The inaugural Vancouver Craft Brew Cruise launches August 23, with two sailings.

Fifteen local craft breweries will take part in the scenic tour aboard the Magic Spirit. So who’s on board?

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All aboard for Vancouver’s first craft beer cruise!

New Booze Laws in Vancouver: Happy Hours Officially Start; Booze Now at Farmers Markets

Photo credit: J R | Flickr

Photo credit: J R | Flickr

The moment that Vancouver drinkers have long dreamed of is finally here.

June 20 marked the first day that pubs and restaurants in the city could offer customers happy hour specials on beer, wine and spirits.  Previously, provincial regulations had prohibited establishments from changing the price of their booze during the day, effectively nixing the possibility of happy hours.

Under the new rules,  bars and restaurants are now free to set their own happy hour specials, provided that they comply with mandatory minimum prices.  For beer, the minimum price is $3 per 12-ounce bottle or sleeve, $5 per 20-ounce pint or $15 per 60-ounce jug.  Wine must be priced at at least $3 per 5-ounce glass or $15.85 per 750-millilitre bottle.  Spirit prices must be set at a minimum of $3 per 1.5-ounce drink.

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New Booze Laws in Vancouver: Happy Hours Officially Start; Booze Now at Farmers Markets

Local Vancouver Chefs Design Craft Beers

Four chefs and a brewmaster: Brian Skinner, Robert Belcham, Todd Graham, Andrea Carlson, Chris Whittaker

Four chefs and a brewmaster: L-R Brian Skinner, Robert Belcham, Todd Graham, Andrea Carlson, Chris Whittaker

What are your favourite summer flavours? Chances are they may come from your garden, neighbourhood restaurant or for the adventurous, be foraged from Lower Mainland wild spaces.

Maybe, like me, you’re a fan of fresh minty drinks (hello Mr. Mojito) or a beverage with a hint of evergreen like a gin & tonic throughout the summer months. Now what if these flavour profiles were translated into beer that you could pair with a fancy dinner, drink after a day of competitive bike polo or bring to that epic sunset BBQ on your friend’s killer patio?

The folks at R&B Brewing Co. had these summer moments in mind when they put together their Chef Series craft beers.

“The variety of beer styles now available in restaurants encourages diners to choose beer as an accompaniment with their meal,” says R&B Brewing Co. Head Brewer, Todd Graham. “The Chef Series is intended to further stimulate one’s curiosity for beer and food pairing.”

Starting lat May and continuing into early fall, R&B will release five very different beers created by brewmaster Todd Graham and five of Vancouver’s top chefs: Chris Whittaker (Forage), Brian Skinner (Acorn), Robert Blecham (Campagnolo), Andrea Carlson (Burdock & Co.) and the late Owen Lightly of Butter on the Endive catering.

Participating chefs were asked to choose a beer style and unique ingredients that are personal favourites. Each beer reveals a little bit about each chef and pair perfectly with some of their signature dishes. Following the release of the first five beers in the Chef Series, a new list of chef collaborators will be announced.  Continue reading:
Local Vancouver Chefs Design Craft Beers