20th Anniversary Where to Dine Awards

WhereToDine_2016-04-27 22.54.56Yesterday, Vancouver’s food and hospitality industry gathered at Glowbal at Telus Garden to celebrate the 20th Anniversary Where To Dine Awards, presented by Where Vancouver Magazine.  The City’s chefs, front of house staff, concierge, media and more were treated to a beautiful spread by the Glowbal Kitchen Team, supported by The Macallan, Painted Church, Bartier Bros Wine and others providing beverages before the ceremony, emceed by CBC/Vancouver Courier’s Fred Lee.

Glowbal_2016-04-27, 13 52 55The 20th edition of the Where To Dine Awards celebrate the best restaurants in Vancouver and Whistler, in two dozen categories, as voted by the readers of Where Vancouver Magazine. In addition, the Where Magazine Critics Awards acknowledged another recipients.

The Critics’ Choice Awards celebrated;

Best New Restaurant – Torafuku
Les Clefs d’Or Silver Service Award – (presented by the BC Les Clefs d’Or concierge community to a restaurant that meets their impeccable standards of service) – Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar
Editors Choice – La Piazza Dario Ristorante Italiano at the Italian Cultural Centre
Sustainable Seafood Award – presented by Ocean Wise to Lobby Lounge & RawBar at Fairmont Pacific Rim
Green Award – Campagnolo
Leadership Award – Rob Feenie of Cactus Club Cafe
Les Dames D’Escoffier Trailblazer Award – Caren McSherry of Gourmet Warehouse

Photo 2016-04-27, 13 52 48Reader’s Choice Awards were presented in 24 Vancouver & Whistler Categories, including Best Indian, Japanese, Budget Bites, West Coast, Seafood, Steak, Patio, Food Truck and more.

Visit Where Vancouver Magazine to find the complete list of Winners and Finalists. Then get out and experience why the readers of Where made their choices for yourself.

Happy Dining!

Picks of the Week – April 27, 2016

Wrapping up April, and the picks of the week are packed with spring flings.

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Capture Canada Line Public Art Project

Pics: There’s just one last day to catch The Capture Photo Festival in galleries and public spaces this weekend

Cocktails: Tonight at Numbers Cabaret, join hosts Josh Rimer from The Sassy Scoop & Patrik Gallineaux, Stoli Ambassador for the 2016 Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic bartender competition with judges Vincent Elliott Quenneville (Reigning Vancouver Champion),
Brian Webb (HomoCulture), Ryan Steele (Ryan & Amy Show)

Kick: Tonight, Whitecaps FC hope to recreate their win from the weekend when they host Sporting Kansas tonight at BC Place.

Gig: British Alt-Rockers The 1975 play the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at UBC tonight.

Chaos: Award winning singer-singwriter James Bay brings his Chaos and The Calm Tour to The Orpheum Theatre tonight.

Piano:  Tickle your ivories on Wednesdays at XY live Showtunes at Keys – Piano Bar & Live Showtunes

Gurls: Who runs the world? Gurls! Join The Queen of East Van, Isolde N Barron & Davie Village legend Carlotta Gurl at The Junction for The Barron Gurl Show every Wednesday

Voices: A capella quintet Pentatonix bring their unique voices and showmanship to the Pacific Coliseum on Thursday night.

Electo: On Thursday night, the Commodore Ballroom welcomes electronic producer and singer ZHU to the stage

Pack: Join The Bratpack; Valynne Vile, Jane Smoker, Shanda Leer, Jem and Gia Metric on Thursdays at XY with DJ Nick Bertossi

Trio: On Friday night, electronic-pop trio Years and Years play the Commodore Ballroom

Improv: Continuing at the Improv Centre on Granville Island, Vancouver TheatreSports League presents  Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow

Pop: Saturday night the ethereal synth-pop act Beach House play the Vogue Theatre

Theatre: On stage at the Arts Club Theatre, The Valley plays until May 7th at the Granville Island Stage

Run: Sunday, the BMO Vancouver Marathon covers the city with runners and supporters

Take a trip to “Ithaca” on stage

Ithaca_2016-04-24 23.55.50Opening in one week at the Havana Theatre, Ithaca, is a new play by Andrea Stolowitz, directed by Jessica Anne Nelson. Co-produced by dream of passion productions and Excavation Theatre, the Canadian Premiere performance runs, May 3-7 and 10-14, 2016 at the intimate Commercial Drive stage.

Ithaca is about a Marine Captain, Elaine Edwards, who has just returned from her latest tour in Afghanistan but this time things are different – home doesn’t feel right and nothing makes sense. After a blow up fight with her husband propels her to skip town, she undertakes an Odyssean journey through the American landscape battling her monsters, trying to find her way home.

Stefania Indelicato, artistic director of dream of passion productions, also a performer in Ithaca, found the work and brought it to the stage under the direction of Jessica Anne Nelson of Excavation Theatre. The duo previously collaborated on 2014’s After, also at the Havana Theatre.

In response to the plays subject matter, a marine dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the producers have partnered with Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC), a non-profit organization that supports Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, and their families, through a wide range of national programs and services.  Corporal David Macdonald, WWC’s National Partnerships Director says, “Having served in Afghanistan with the Canadian Infantry, this portrayal of a US Marine coming home from war strikes an all too familiar tone with me. Andrea Stolowitz captures it completely with an ending that will leave the audiences feeling what it means to be a veteran now home from war.”

To experience the powerful story yourself, get Ithaca tickets online now.
The Havana Theatre is located at 1212 Commercial Drive.
Performances are May 3-7 & 10-14, 2016 nightly at 8:00pm nightly with a 2pm matinee on May 7th.

Gateway Theatre announces 2016/2017 Season

Recently Richmond’s Gateway Theatre announced the line-up for their 2016-2017 season.  The six productions, including 4 premieres, bring comedy, drama and an award-winning musical to the Gateway stages.

This season includes:

The House of Yees, by Lauren Yee  – a comedy of family and cultural clashes.
October 13 – 22, 2016
Mainstage –  Canadian Premiere

Long Division, by Peter Dickinson – The Pi Theatre Company’s new work is a multimedia exploration of the mathematical connection of human interaction.
November 17 – 26, 2016
Studio B – World Premiere

Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man – by Meredith Wilson – the classic Tony Award winning musical about a charismatic con artist and his seventy-six trombones charms audiences during the Holiday season.
December 8 – 31, 2016

You Will Remember Me – translated by Bobby Theodore from the French play Tu te souviendras de moi by François Archambault  – a bittersweet drama telling about an aging intellectual’s onset of dementia, and how is family deals with his treatment.
February 2 – 11, 2017

The Pipeline Project – by Sebastien Archibald, Kevin Loring and Quelemia Sparrow – a collaboration of ITSAZOO Productions and Savage Society in association with Gateway Theatre and Neworld Theatre is cut from today’s headlines as it tells of the political hot button issues of oil pipelines, First Nations land claims and climate change.
March 9 – 18, 2017
Studio B – World Premiere

The Watershed – by Annabel Soutar – the documentary theatre artist Soutar takes her family on a cross-Canada trip to examine the forces facing  our natural resources, from climate change to industry.
April 6 – 15, 2017

Gateway Theatre subscription packages are on sale now from $156. Choose between the Theatre Lovers (all 6 shows) or MainStage (4 shows) with two seating options.

Gateway Theatre is located at 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond BC




Friday Find : Pepper Lunch

PepperLunch_2016-04-15, 18 57 28Recently, you may have heard the buzz around the newly opened Pepper Lunch.

The second lower mainland Pepper Lunch outlet opened last week on Cambie Street, and the buzz meets, or should I say ‘meats’, expectations. The DIY counter service eatery has 200+ outlets in Asia and the concept seems to have gained a foothold here in Vancouver.

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Curry Chicken with Rice
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Chicken Pasta

Like any quick serve restaurants you order from the counter from a menu grouped into a protein with pasta or a protein with rice. Prices range from under $10 to the higher-end meats at $20+.  Choose from Kobe Beef, Filet Mignon, Angus Steak, Chicken, Salmon, and more, then Pepper Lunch breaks from the norm to be more than just a simple fast-food place.  Your meal is presented to you on the patented Pepper Lunch iron plate.  Sizzling hot, the plate is heated up to 260 celsius while you grill your meat, or fish at the table until your desired level of doneness.  Then as the plate cools to a still hot 80 degrees, it keeps your meal tender and juicy to leisurely enjoy your Pepper Lunch.

We enjoyed the meal enough to visit twice in the opening week to try different combinations and look forward to checking out more of the menu.

Pepper Lunch is located at 2323 Cambie Street in Vancouver and Unit 150 – 5951 No 3 Road in Richmond.
Visit pepperlunchcanada.com for more information.

Vancouver Foodster Cheesecake Challenge is on now!

vf_cheesecake_web-01Grab your fork and gather around the table for some good chat and cheesecake. No, it’s not the Golden Girls, it’s the Vancouver Foodster Cheesecake Challenge. 

Restaurants around Metro Vancouver are whipping up their best cheesecake recipes and slicing you a piece to sink your fork into, then cast your vote for your favourite.

While you’re making your choices, a trio of media judges will be tasting and selecting their judges choice cheesecake.

The Judges are:
DrexRadio host weeknights of Drex Live on CKNW
Karl KliparchukWine, Food & Travel Writer for MyWinePal
Sheri Radford, Editor of @wherevancouver , and Childrens Books Author

Participating entries are:
Dunn’s Famous – 827 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Truffles Fine Foods – 3 locations; 5151 Oak Street, 785 Davie Street, Vancouver and 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
American Grille – 7571 Westminster Highway, Richmond
Italia Bakery – 2828 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Baguette & Co – 3 locations; 3273 W Broadway, 2509 Main Street, and 1102 Davie Street, Vancouver
Small Victory Bread & Coffee – 1088 Homer Street, Vancouver

Visit Vancouver Foodster for full details of the cheesecake entries and to VOTE for your favourite.

Picks of the Week – April 20, 2016

If you’re not caught up in the haze of 4/20 today, I’m sure you’ll find something in the picks of the week to satisfy your entertainment munchies…

Beatle: Sir Paul McCartney chooses from his decades of hits when he plays Rogers Arena tonight.

Beatle-esque: If you’re not at Rogers Arena, you could be at Queen Elizabeth Theatre for Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles instead

Anniversary: Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their breakthrough album One Chord to Another, Sloan play The Imperial tonight

Ivories: Sing along with Keys Piano Bar at XY Wednesday while the players tickle the ivories

Gurls: Who runs the world? Gurls! Join The Queen of East Van, Isolde N Barron & Davie Village legend Carlotta Gurl at The Junction for The Barron Gurl Show every Wednesday

Brits: Shoe-gazers reminisce when reunited 90’s Brit act, Lush play the RIO Theatre on Thursday.

Craft: Find handmade gifts, cloths and accessories at Make It: Vancouver’s Handmade Market, Friday-Sunday at PNE Forum

Farce: A classic farce, Don’t Dress For Dinner, is staging the laughter at The Gateway Theatre in Richmond until April 23rd.

Improv: Continuing at the Improv Centre on Granville Island, Vancouver TheatreSports League presents  Throne and Games – A Chance of Snow  The improvised parody inspired by Game of Thrones, is a sequel to last year’s hit, Throne and Games – Laughter is Coming.

Rock: Blue-rockers George Thorogood & The Destroyers play a two night stand at the Hard Rock Casino Theatre on Thursday and Friday night.

Kicks: Hoping to return to winning ways, Whitecaps FC play host to FC Dallas at BC Place on Saturday

Pop: Saturday at Rogers Arena Rihanna brings her Anti-Tour to Vancouver

Theatre: On stage at the Arts Club Theatre, Good People wraps up this week at The Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, while The Valley plays until May 7th.

Pics: There’s still one more week to capture the images and exhibits of the 3rd Annual Capture Photo Festival in galleries and public spaces until April 28th

Grow: Sunday, from 10am – 6pm, get your garden ready at the Annual VanDusen Botanical Garden Plant Sale 

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