2015 Vancouver Magazine Awards: City Celebrates its Culinary Scene

Team from Ask for Luigi with John Burns (centre), Editor and Chief, Vancouver Magazine.

Team from Ask for Luigi with John Burns (centre), Editor and Chief, Vancouver Magazine.

Once a year Vancouver’s restaurant industry comes together to celebrate the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, the Oscars of the city’s hospitality industry. This year’s awards had plenty to keep foodies in the city gossiping for months to come –despite big hitters like Hawksworth, Cioppino’s, Maenam and Thomas Haas all (unsurprisingly) holding on to their laurels. The major surprise of the day was the tiny 32 seat Railtown Italian restaurant Ask For Luigi stealing the show by bagging a brace of awards: Best Casual, Best Italian Casual, Best New Restaurant and the much-coveted Best Restaurant of the Year.

Reeling from their huge win, Ask For Luigi’s team said, “We were surprised, elated and extremely humbled by the recognition we received.  You’ll have to ask us again in a few weeks how we feel – it’s difficult to properly express ourselves in our current state of disbelief!  :)  The one thing we can express with conviction is that we are truly grateful.  Thank you!”
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2015 Vancouver Magazine Awards: City Celebrates its Culinary Scene

Curry cup fires up the competition for second year

Panang curry | Photo credit Longtail Kitchen on Facebook

Panang curry | Photo credit Longtail Kitchen on Facebook

Mmmm, curry. It’s hot, (often) spicy, and guaranteed to warm you right down to your toes on a rainy day. And despite what that generic jar of curry powder would have you believe, it’s a very diverse dish with endless cultural interpretations.

On March 3, eight top Vancouver chefs will face off to make the ultimate curry–and you can try them all. The second annual Curry Cup takes place at Heritage Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., hosted by the always effervescent Fred Lee.

Expect one spicy evening.

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Curry cup fires up the competition for second year

Give a taste of Vancouver with these 5 cookbooks

Rob Feenie with his wife, Michelle, at home. Photo courtesy of Douglas & McIntyre.

Rob Feenie with his wife, Michelle, at home. Photo courtesy of Douglas & McIntyre.

If you’re still hungry for gift ideas going into the final holiday stretch, we’ve got you covered. Vancouver has some of the best restaurants in the world, and luckily, local chefs are willing to share their recipes.

Here are five cookbooks that let you give a taste of the city to loved ones near and far. They’re all available online and at bookstores around town; try Barbara-Jo’s Books To Cooks (1740 West 2nd Avenue) for a good selection.

First, what does Rob Feenie, who rose to fame through Lumiere restaurant and is now executive chef at the Cactus Club Cafe, cook at home?

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Vikram Vij to Host Canada’s First Ever Live Online Cookalong, Mar. 7

photo: Vikram Vij

photo: Vikram Vij

Award-winning Vancouver-based chef Vikram Vij will host a Canadian first today – a live online cooking show where viewers will be able to follow along and make a delicious family dinner at the same time. As well, the experience will be interactive, meaning you can Tweet Vikram live with a question if you have a problem while cooking your meal at home.

Cook Live With Vikram Vij will give families across Canada – even around the world! – the chance to cook with with an internationally renowned chef. The ingredients have been put online and have been available for download from the Vij’s website, www.vijs.ca since Monday, with Vikram taking to the worldwide web to create a delicious family meal live TODAY. Families are being encouraged to “do-as-he-does”, putting together the ingredients at the same time, as he talks people through the process of cooking an Indian family recipe together.

“Eating together as a family is such an enriching experience,” says Vij, “I want to encourage families to cook together as well – and if I can spread the word of Indian cuisine at the same time, then I’m proud to do that.”

Cook Live With Vikram Vij will be coming to you from Cirillo’s Culinary Academy at 6pm EST, 3pm PST this afternoon, giving people in every time zone the opportunity to either cook a meal and serve it straight up on the dinner table, or prepare a wonderful dinner ahead of the family arriving home a few hours later.

Viewers will be able to log on to the live stream by visiting the Vij’s website at www.vijs.ca and they can Tweet questions or comments on how their meals are coming along by using the hashtag #Vijcooklive.

ABOUT VIKRAM VIJ

Vikram Vij and his wife Meeru Dhalwala are the co-owners of the award-winning restaurants Vij’s and Rangoli in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was born in India and grew up in Amritsar and Bombay.

Vikram Vij is a familiar face in Canadian cuisine. He is a featured guest on Top Chef Canada and has appeared on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations as well as The Marilyn Denis Show and Cityline.

Vij has published two award-winning cookbooks – Vij’s: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine and Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey. As well, he has his own named brand selection of frozen foods that are available at Whole Foods, Loblaws and other fine retailers across the country.

A Scintillating Celebration of Arts & Ideas: Indian Summer Festival

The following article was contributed by Tourism Vancouver Staffer, Krista Edwardson.

East meets west at the second annual Indian Summer Festival, kicking off July 5 for a 10-day celebration of South Asian wellness, music, film, literature and of course cuisine. During this deliciously rich festival of arts and ideas, the SFU Woodward’s Complex and Goldcorp Centre for the Arts will invite the city to visit, experience and explore the culture of India.

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