The Final Week of Dine Out Vancouver: 4 Ways to Enjoy the Experience

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In the final week of Dine Out Vancouver, there’s still plenty to enjoy.

Doing Business in Good Taste – Your Meal Means More

While dining out is all about deliciousness, fine flavours and pure enjoyment, your meal also helps make our local economy that much more buoyant. Everyone benefits, from chefs in the kitchen to servers, sommeliers and cleaners. Not to mention the farmers and suppliers who raise or process the ingredients that eventually delight on your plate. Two Rivers Meats (a wholesale meat supplier to both restaurants and retail grocery stores) is a food producer specializing in various products from sausages to salami.

Dine Out Vancouver is great for reminding people to support local businesses and always creates a buzz through our foodie community—and several of our restaurant customers are involved.  It’s a great way to try new dishes and really let the chefs show off!,” says Two Rivers’ Darren Wilson—who notes also “We have our fingers in many, many meaty pies…  ;)


Good to the Last Drop – Getting your Just Desserts

The beauty of prix fixe is that it (usually) includes an appetizer, main course—and dessert. The last part is critical, especially if you’re someone who adheres to the mantra that “Life is short and unpredictable. Eat the dessert first!” (Attributed to Helen Keller.) Another plus, several menus include optional VQA wine pairings, which is a marvellous thing, when you consider that someone has taken the time to figure out which wine goes best with every dish—including, yes, dessert!

While ice wine gets all the glory—and may even seem timely (given this month’s frigid temperatures)—it’s actually Late Harvest wines that are in the Dine Out spotlight. If you’re not familiar with the term, ‘Late Harvest’ wines are just that: made from grapes picked very late in the season, with much higher sugar levels. Think ‘ice wine lite’. In fact, a lot of people appreciate that they’re not as intensely sweet as ice wine, including winemakers—who like that they get to pick the grapes before the birds (and sometimes bears). Sommeliers—who find them generally more food flexible and easier to pair—are also fans. One of BC’s best-kept wine secrets is Quails’ Gate Late Harvest Botrytis Affected Optima. It’s a delicious, stone fruit and citrus-toned treat that goes nicely with tastes such as Lemon Panna Cotta at Brix & Mortar, or Maple Sugar Pie with vanilla gelato and caramel sauce at The Flying Pig.


Bon Appetit – Feed your Appetite

Some of Dine Out’s best virtual experiences come curtsey of In My Kitchen. Choose from making a traditional Fiorucci Family Lasange or a Lunar New Year cooking and cocktails class.

Fiorucci Family Lasagne (February 27) promises to be a unique culinary experience, to learn a family recipe that is passed down from generation to generation. Join Melissa online for an intensive lasagne making experience, making every step from scratch – just like Melissa’s Nonna taught her.
1) Fresh pasta
2) Traditional Italian Ragu
3) Bechamel Sauce
4) The assembly

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Lunar New Year Cooking and Cocktails (February 28) will see you joined by Raymond, who will start off the celebratory class by teaching you to mix your own Mandarin Mojito. Next Raymond will have you making Bún Bò Hué, this popular Vietnamese soup is fit for a king, literally, Hué is a city in central Vietnam that is associated with the cooking style of the former royal court. Like all In My Kitchen culinary adventures, there will be lots of time for stories, conversation and questions.

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If wine and food is still more your thing, book your household bubble in for a four-course winemaker’s dinner at Hart House (March 5th), with dishes created by Chef Mike Genest matched with wines from Summerland’s 8th Generation Vineyard. Terrific tastes range from Dungeness Crab Croquetas with 8th Generation 2019 Riesling Classic to Charcoal Grilled Albacore Tuna with 8th Generation 2018 Pinot Noir.

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Pasta making


The Last Temptation

If, like most of us, you’re craving even the slightest change of scenery, wrap up your night on the town in a pampering downtown Vancouver hotel —still close to home (to comply with provincial health guidelines). Book ahead for any night downtown during Dine Out and receive a $50 VISA prepaid gift card* (*for each night up to a maximum of 5 nights) when you check-in. Think of it as the ultimate turndown downtown!

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