November is Ocean Wise Month: Support Sustainable Seafood

Filleting a Coho salmon. Photo credit: Vancouver Aquarium

November is Ocean Wise month. A briny array Vancouver’s top seafood chefs, fishermen, fishmongers and even a B.C. oyster farmer recently gathered at ORU restaurant at The Fairmont Pacific Rim to celebrate sustainable seafood in coordination with the Vancouver Aquarium.

The event involved seafood prep demonstrations by the experts and, inevitably, eating. The Ocean Wise festivities were an enticing smorgasbord of local, sustainable seafood. Education has never been so tasty.

Rampant overfishing is the greatest threat to our oceans today. So what should we be consuming?  Which Vancouver restaurants serve sustainable seafood choices? Read on to find out. Continue reading:
November is Ocean Wise Month: Support Sustainable Seafood

Lo-Fi Film Festival about Water: May 19

With all the rain we’ve gotten this winter (and spring), it’s easy to forget that water is a scarce and precious resource.  Our lakes, rivers, oceans and wetlands are under threat like never before – from spills in the Gulf of Mexico to mining and fracking closer to home.

Concerns about water – its sustainability and how to conserve and protect it – will be the subject of a one-night, low-fi film festival on Thursday, May 19, titled C Blue.   Organized by C Restaurant and screened at the Vancity Theatre, the grassroots festival will feature short films (from one to five minutes in length) about water by local filmmakers.

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Lo-Fi Film Festival about Water: May 19

Vancouver’s Floating ‘Plastic Dining Room’ is First of Its Kind in the World

Model of School of Fish Foundation's floating Plastic Dining Room

Vancouver’s School of Fish Foundation—a non-profit co-founded by Shannon Ronalds and Chef Robert Clark of Vancouver’s famous C Restaurant—has created a world-first: an elegant floating dining room that uses 1,675 plastic, repurposed 2-litre pop bottles to stay afloat.

Christened the Plastic Dining Room and moored alongside the prestigious False Creek Yacht Club in False Creek, this elegant eatery can seat twelve guests per night and serves up a lavish 6-course, sustainable seafood dinner catered by C Restaurant and presided over by Chef Robert himself.

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Vancouver’s Floating ‘Plastic Dining Room’ is First of Its Kind in the World

Insider’s Guide to the Perfect Date Night

Granville Island
The following post was contributed by Tourism Vancouver’s own Wendy Surkan, Manager, Meeting & Convention Sales, Eastern US. Born and raised in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Wendy has lived in Vancouver for the past 22 years where she and her husband enjoy all the excitement the city has to offer. Read below for Wendy’s guide to the perfect date night:

Vancouver may be known for its scenic splendor and great food, but what animates the city is the annual 10-day jazz festival leading up to Canada Day. In its 25th year in 2010, from June 25 – July 4 from noon to the wee small hours, a rich tapestry of jazz, blues, Funk, Latin, fusion and world music fills the air at venues big and small, indoor and outdoor across the city. By taking the music to parks, community spaces, concert halls, clubs, public plazas and neighbourhood streets, the Jazz Festival electrifies the city with over 400 concerts – 150 of them free – and moves the souls of more than 500,000 people each year.

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Insider’s Guide to the Perfect Date Night