The 2016 Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s World Chef Exchange

wcex-blog-headerThe Vancouver World Chef Exchange is a collaborative project held during Dine Out Vancouver Festival.  It is designed to spread Vancouver’s culinary story across the globe, bring leading food cities closer together and, of course, dish up a never-before-seen dinner for culinary enthusiasts. The premise is simple: international and local chefs team up to craft a series of powerhouse feasts, fusing global flavours and regional ingredients for a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience.

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The 2016 Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s World Chef Exchange

Soups On! Dine Out Vancouver Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow with Second Annual Chef Soup Experiment

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What happens when you ask more than 50 of Vancouver’s top chefs to bring one ingredient each and toss it into a boiling pot?

Kicking off the festival tomorrow is the second annual Chef Soup Experiment. Taking place on Granville Island, some 50 Dine Out chefs will toss one ingredient each into a simmering pot. Continue reading:
Soups On! Dine Out Vancouver Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow with Second Annual Chef Soup Experiment

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

EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival, May 30 – June 1 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival 2013

EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival 2013 | Food Sampling

EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is the ultimate Consumer Food Expo

Celebrity chefs, popular local restaurants, wineries, food and beverage manufacturers, cookbook authors, retailers, artisans, and many others from the culinary world will come together for a three day public extravaganza at the newly refurbished BC Place Stadium. EAT! Vancouver encompasses unique food experiences, opportunities to learn behind-the-scenes culinary magic from professional chefs, dynamic entertainment through celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and culinary competitions, diverse food, beverage and cooking related exhibits; and of course fantastic shopping opportunities.

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EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival, May 30 – June 1 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Local B.C. Chefs To Compete on Top Chef Canada Season 2

Top Chef Canada Season 2

Top Chef Canada was the highest rated program on The Food Network Canada, so it’s no surprise that the reality-show competition—where chefs battle it out to be named Top Chef Canada and win $100,000—will return for a second season on March 12, 2012.

The first Top Chef Canada winner was Vancouver’s own Dale MacKay, current owner of Ensemble Restaurant in downtown Vancouver. In Season 2, B.C. has four chefs in the running, including another Vancouver chef, Trevor Bird (originally from Montreal), who worked at Vancouver’s Shangri-La Hotel and now runs the catering company Trevor Bird Cooking.

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Local B.C. Chefs To Compete on Top Chef Canada Season 2

Gourmet Dinners After-Hours on Granville Island

Do you a) love to eat, b) love to cook and/or c) love Granville Island?  Then the Market Dinner series may be just the thing for you.  Held several times a month after-hours inside the Granville Island Public Market, Market Dinners offer a rare opportunity to watch some of Vancouver’s best chefs prepare a gourmet meal – and then eat the results.

The setting is pretty incredible.  The Public Market is, after all, a foodie’s paradise.  By day, hundreds of vendors sell the freshest local meats and produce from around the province.  Thousands of shoppers from Vancouver and beyond crowd the aisles in search of artisan sausages and cheeses, fresh-baked pies and home-made soups and rare and exotic ingredients.

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Gourmet Dinners After-Hours on Granville Island