New Restaurant Forage Wins the Vancouver Aquarium Chowder Chowdown

Photo credit: Tallulah Photography

Chef Chris Whittaker of the brand new Forage Restaurant on Robson Street won big at Vancouver Aquarium’s Chowder Chowdown. The Chowdown, which took place the evening of Nov. 21, is among the most noteworthy events on Vancouver’s culinary calendar. Chef Whittaker took home the Best Chowder Award from the judges, while also winning over the bellies of some 560 diners and going home with the People’s Choice Award.

Chowder is a versatile soup that’s been reinterpreted so many ways. It can be super creamy, or mild and milky. You can enhance it with just about anything you can dream up, from root veg to herbs and miso.

Chef Whittaker’s winning Creamy Spot Prawn Chowder with Poached Egg and Smokey Chicharon (a dish made of fried pork rinds), featured white wine, leeks and bacon. Apparently you can never go wrong with bacon. Or zombies. But the latter typically isn’t used for cooking. Continue reading:
New Restaurant Forage Wins the Vancouver Aquarium Chowder Chowdown

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