Vancouver Aquarium’s Eleventh Annual Toast To The Coast Is A Truly Stellar Occasion

Photo: Pacific Canada Gallery | Vision Photography

Ocean lovers, movers, shakers, and bons vivants will be equally enchanted by the finned, furred, and whiskered guests of honour at Toast to the Coast, the 11th annual fundraising gala that supports Ocean Wise® and Vancouver Aquarium, presented by CIBC.

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Vancouver Aquarium’s Eleventh Annual Toast To The Coast Is A Truly Stellar Occasion

Learn about Sustainable Seafood at “From Boat to Table” at the Vancouver Aquarium

An Ocean Wise pink shrimp taco special at the Vancouver Aquarium; Sourced from the Vancouver Aquarium Facebook page

An Ocean Wise pink shrimp taco special at the Vancouver Aquarium; Sourced from the Vancouver Aquarium Facebook page

Vancouver is blessed with access to incredible fresh seafood, which can be enjoyed in restaurants around the city. Part of what makes our seafood culture so special is an increased willingness to make sustainability a priority, both in consciousness and in action.

November has been designated Ocean Wise month! In honour of this celebration, the Vancouver Aquarium and Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks are presenting “From Boat to Table: The Sustainable Seafood Supply Chain,” a fun, interactive, and educational event on November 2, 2016.

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Learn about Sustainable Seafood at “From Boat to Table” at the Vancouver Aquarium

Learn to Cook from Vancouver’s Hottest Ocean Wise Chefs at Fin to Tail

Chef Ned Bell’s signature Dungeness crab tacos.

Chef Ned Bell’s Signature Dungeness Crab Tacos

On August 11, inspired chefs and at-home cooks can feast their eyes at Fin to Tail, a new event from the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre featuring cooking demonstrations from the city’s hottest Ocean Wise chefs.

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Learn to Cook from Vancouver’s Hottest Ocean Wise Chefs at Fin to Tail

Vancouver Date Ideas: Wine for Waves and the Launch of Red Racer Super Stellar IPA

Wine for Waves

The comfy stage of any relationship is the best. You know, the point where you can wear your grungiest clothing, have stringy hair, and your dorkiest glasses and you don’t care? My boyfriend and I are at this point now, and I love it.

Except sometimes I miss the beginning when we always dressed to impress each other and every outing together was memorable (home dates in sweatpants tend to be interchangeable). When we make the effort to plan something special, we transform into the shinier new couple we used to be.

Fortunately, two upcoming events that celebrate the best of local drink and food promise to be evenings of fun for you and your sweetie. And, if you’re single, you’ll have the chance to mingle with people who just might turn into future dates.

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Vancouver Date Ideas: Wine for Waves and the Launch of Red Racer Super Stellar IPA

Two roving fish feasts support sustainable seafood in Vancouver

Photo sourced from the Fish Counter on Facebook

Photo sourced from the Fish Counter on Facebook

Vancouver has a bounty of fantastic seafood–and local chefs want to make sure it stays that way.

That’s why so many of them are involved with the sustainable seafood movement. For diners, that means an abundance of delicious events that support the cause.

Case in point: two upcoming roving feasts.

The first, on Sunday, September 27, is a Slow Fish Dinner. No, it’s not about fish that don’t swim fast enough to get away; rather, the name refers to the Slow Food movement.

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Two roving fish feasts support sustainable seafood in Vancouver

One-Off Dining Delights and Pop-Up Dinners in Vancouver for June

PURailtownTailgate_BBQMenuThis month brings some exciting chef collaborations, brewery dinners, pop-ups and one-off experiences to Vancouver’s dining scene, so if you want to try something fresh here are seven dates for your diary.

It’s the 10th anniversary of Ocean Wise this year and there are plenty of sustainable seafood celebrations happening to mark this auspicious event. CinCin Ristorante in the West End is hosting Table on the Terrace, a delicious toast to Ocean Wise, with a 40-person long table out on their beautiful patio overlooking Robson Street. Executive Chef Andrew Richardson will be cooking up a four-course menu of Ocean Wise delights served up with the season’s freshest produce. Wine lovers can opt in to pair their meal with wine from CinCin’s extensive cellars specially selected by Wine Director Shane Taylor. Call or email to make reservations.

Winners of the hotly-contested Gastown BBQ contest, the Railtown Cafe is hosting a series of summer Tailgate Barbecue parties starting this weekend on Saturday June 6th with additional dates scheduled for July 4, August 8, September 12th and 26th. The Railtown Cafe chefs and co-owners Dan Olson and Tyler Day will fire up their custom-built, 12-foot smoker/barbecue barrel from 4 to 10 p.m. and they’ll be serving up heaped plates of slow-cooked tender brisket, pork shoulder, beer-brined chicken and sausage, as well as a pair of side dishes for $16 per person, with a vegetarian option for $10 per person. Continue reading:
One-Off Dining Delights and Pop-Up Dinners in Vancouver for June

Unsung Heroes of the Pacific served during 10th annual Vancouver seafood festival

Blue Water Cafe's rendition of sea urchin 2014

Blue Water Cafe’s rendition of sea urchin 2014

Each February, for the last 10 years, Blue Water Cafe chef Frank Pabst expands palates while supporting sustainable seafood.

Dubbed “Unsung Heroes”, Pabst initially created the month-long event to celebrate local and unique seafoods at the same time avoiding over-fished species or species harvested in ways that can damage ocean beds.

I am the Pabst target market: concerned about the environment, slightly hesitant land lubber raised eating the usual ocean suspects: salmon, halibut, crab, and oysters. I must admit when I was invited to a preview event I was a little nervous, I’m an adventurous eater but not entirely familiar with all the weird and wonderful fruits de mer. Luckily Pabst and his friendly and accommodating staff are proud to share their passion for delicious and ocean-friendly seafood at an affordable price (Unsung Heroes dishes range from $9.50 – $12.50).

“Our objective was – and is – to utilize lesser-known ingredients while introducing guests to new experiences and flavours,” says chef Pabst.  “The popularity of the event has increased tremendously and these formerly ‘unsung’ species are now heroes in their own right – they have truly entered the ‘mainstream’ of the public’s consciousness.”  Continue reading:
Unsung Heroes of the Pacific served during 10th annual Vancouver seafood festival