Banish Rainy Blues With These Five Awesome Vancouver One-Off Dinners

WhiskyWe’re not meant to be all bright eyed and bushy tailed when the calendar shifts into non-stop-drizzle season here in Vancouver. Admit it: you want to curl up in a corner and eat carbs, until you slump into a coma and wake up in springtime. We get it. But have you considered this fun possibility instead? Book  ticket to one of these excellent November pop-up dinners and indulge your inner foodie desires in warm, friendly rooms, with a stream of deliciousness coming straight at you. From a Kansas-style barbecue to whiskey dinners there is something tasty to enjoy which will be guaranteed to put you right back into a sunny frame of mind.

On Wednesday 18th, Chinatown’s Mamie Taylor’s is continuing in their Tastes of the States dinner series, this time they’ll be paying a culinary trip to Kansas City, Missouri and welcoming guests with a Pendergast craft cocktail, created by Ryan Maybee from the Manifesto cocktail lounge in Kansas City. Tickets for this four-course menu, which includes delights such as blackened catfish and Kansas City-style beef ribs are $45 per person (taxes and gratuity not included). Reservations are a must and can be made online or by phone at 604-610-8818. 

flatbreadSlow Food Vancouver is hosting a six-course sustainably foraged dinner at Latab Wine Bar, in the base of the Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, on Thursday November 26th with the chef, winemaker and forager all on hand to talk about the connection between B.C’s harvest and the dinner table. Latab’s Chef Kris Barnholden will create a menu from the local bounty, such as grand fir tips, lichen, and jelly tooth fungus foraged by wildcrafter Camille Flanjak. Each course will be served with beverage pairing including a cocktail, house-made non-alcoholic selections, and three of Bartier Bros. wines from the Okanagan Valley. Tickets to this event are $80 per person for Slow Food Vancouver members, and $90 for non-members (inclusive of tax and gratuity), available via  Eventbrite.

Edible Canada is banishing winter blues with a whisky dinner on Monday November 23rd and celebrating that very wonderful relationship between food and that most splendid spirit. Created with both experts and newbies in mind, whisky expert Andrew Starrit has gathered together a selection of rare spirits to pair with chef Richard Desnoyers’ decadent menu which includes wild boar chop, blue cheese soufflé and maple bacon cheesecake. Tickets are $147.50 and include five-course dinner, whiskey pairings and gratuity. Book online or call 604.558.0040.

Brew master Graham With of Parallel 49 Brewing Company is hosting a five course dinner at the Arc at the Fairmont Waterfront on Thursday November 26th. Tickets are $99 (taxes and gratuities not included) and can be reserved at 604-691-1818 or email at arcdining@fairmont.com. Chef Alessandro Vianello has whipped up a menu designed to pair perfectly with Parallel 49 brews including Toques of Hazard matched with seared scallops and Dry Hopped Sour Cask together with braised pork belly.

More scotch is on offer at Globe at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport on Friday November 27th with a five course meal created by chef Karan Suri, matched with classic malts from around Scotland, overseen by  Wirtz brand ambassador and Scotch expert, Joel Virginillo. Guests meet for tots of Glenkinchie and canapés at 6.30pm, before tucking into dishes such as bison tartare, smoked cod and Dungeness crab brandade and a dark chocolate parfait with a burned honey and fig ice cream.  Tickets are $139 per person and includes parking (excludes taxes and gratuities). Reservations can be made by calling 604-248-3281 or by email at fva.reservations@fairmont.com. A draw will take place for a complimentary one-night stay at the hotel and $100 dining credit for Globe@YVR, and for diners who would like to take the elevator home there is a special overnight rate of $109 is available for the Friday night.

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