August 15th Dine Out for Les Dames d’Escoffier Summerdine

This August 15th, Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter present their unique annual dining event Summerdine.  A delicious province-wide dining celebration featuring fabulous food and glorious wines, Summerdine takes place on one evening only at different restaurants, wineries, and culinary venues across BC. It could be in a vineyard, aboard a yacht, at a picnic table or in an elegant dining room.

Some of the locations participating in Summerdine 2018 include:

Forage Private Courtyard


  • AnnaLena in Kitsilano
  • Boulevard in The Sutton Place Hotel.
  • Burdock & Co. on Main Street
  • Forage on Robson Street (weather permitting, in the private courtyard)
  • A long table set on Pacific Yacht Charters moored in Coal Harbour
  • A private dining room at Vij’s on Cambie Street


  • al fresco dinner hosted by Dame Wendy Rose at Bella Wines on the Naramata Bench
  • Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ
Sea Cider Ciderhouse


  • al fresco long table at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse  in Saanichton catered by Dame Chef Ali Ryan of Victoria’s popular Spinnakers Gastro Pub.

See the complete Summerdine list and book tickets online at for locations, menus and photos.  Regardless of the location, all diners will be treated to a specially-designed multiple-course menu, wines selected to complement that menu, a special table or location and an opportunity to meet and chat with the chefs and restaurateurs. 

All Summerdine dinners are priced at $80 per person and include the multi-course meal with wine (gratuity not included). One exception is the Victoria event at Sea Cider which is priced at $100 per person. All funds raised from Summerdine go to support Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter’s Scholarship and Outreach programs.

Les Dames d’Escoffier is a world-wide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality, with a mandate to support the advancement of women in the hospitality and culinary domains as well as fostering industry excellence through educational and charitable activities.

Egypt comes to Royal BC Museum

Journey back to a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids rose above the desert and the people believed gods walked among us, with Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs at the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Running until December 31, the impressive exhibition, now open with more than 300 original artifacts, some up to 4,500 years old, covering all aspects of ancient Egyptian life, from the emergence of ancient Egyptian civilization along the fertile Nile valley to the Ptolemaic and Roman eras millennia later. 

Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs includes a mix of interactive displays, video and dioramas, to support the ancient artifacts which include the coffin of Nakht, an 790 kilogram sandstone bust of Hatshepsut, thousands of year old stoneware and pots, ornate gold and stone jewellery and much more.

Step into the exhibit’s temple doors, and learn about everyday life on the fertile belt of the River Nile, to the worship of the ancient Gods. Look at the life of the Pharaohs – Gods among men, and test your heart to see of you’ll make the voyage to the afterlife.

The only Canadian stop for this one of a kind collection, guests will be the among the first in North America to see the collection of artifacts curated from the collections of the Egyptian Museum in Berlin, the Roemer-und Pelizaeus-Museum in Hildesheim, Germany, the Gustav Lübcke Museum in Hamm, Germany, and the University Museum of Aberdeen in Scotland.

Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs runs at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria until December 31, 2018.  In addition to the exhibit, visit the IMAX Victoria in the Royal BC Museum to watch Egypt: Mysteries of Egypt, a perfect companion to the exhibition.

Pacific Northwest Music Festivals 2018

This week, Rifflandia Festival revealed its 2018 lineup featuring Hey Ocean!, Current Swell, Blitzen Trapper, and others, but before that September fest happens, many more acts will take to festival stages around the Pacific Northwest.

Here’s a list of some of the multi-artist festivals and outdoor shows in Oregon, Washington, Alberta and BC.
(Note: not all the festivals have their artist line-up announced but genre and some featured artists are listed where available)

Sasquatch! – George, WA May 25 – 27, 2018 – Multi-Genre – Bon Iver, The National, Modest Mouse, David Byrne, Tyler, The Creator, Ray Lamontagne…

Deer Lake Park

Deer Lake Festival Lawn – Deer Lake Park, Burnaby BC – Rock/Pop/Blues  – Bon Iver(May 26), Vance Joy(June 30), Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival (August 11), Portugal The Man/Broken Social Scene(September 1), Ms Lauryn Hill(September 14), Ben Howard(September 20)

Malkin Bowl Concerts – Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park, Vancouver BC – Rock/Pop/Blues – Tash Sultana (May 24), King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard(June 5), Xavier Rudd(June 9), The Head & The Heart(September 18)

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival – Calgary, AB June 20-24, 2018– Multi-Genre – Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, Deerhoof…

Victoria International Jazz Festival – Victoria, BC June 22 – July 1, 2018 – Jazz – Macy Gray, Dee Dee Bridgewater & The Memphis Soulphony, Jameson Ross…

Vancouver International Jazz Festival – Vancouver, BC June 22 – July 2, 2018 – Jazz – Macy Gray, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Bonobo, The Jerry Douglas Band…

Waterfront Blues Fest – Portland, OR July 4 – 7, 2018 – Blues – George Thorogood & The Destroyers, The Mavericks, Beth Hart, Ruthie Foster…

FVDED in the Park – Surrey, BC July 6 – 7, 2018 – Electronic/ Dance/Pop – Future, Kygo, Kascade…

Calgary Stampede Virgin Mobile Stampede Series – Calgary, AB July 6 – 15, 2018 – Country – Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley

Harrison Festival of the Arts – Harrison Hot Springs, BC July 6 – 16, 2018 – World/Folk/Rock – Buffy St Marie, Chilliwack, Shari Ulrich, Bobs & Lolo…

Vancouver Island MusicFest – Comox Valley, BC July 13 – 15, 2018 – Folk/Rock – Arlo Guthrie, Passenger, Ry Cooder, Walk off the Earth…

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Vancouver Folk Music Festival – Vancouver, BC July 13 – 15, 2018 – Folk – Ry Cooder, Neko Case, Rodney Crowell, Carol Pope…

The Phillips Backyard Weekender – Victoria, BC July 20 – 22, 2018 – Keys N Krates, Reggie Watts, The Revolution, Kelis…

Capital Hill Block Party – Capital Hill, Seattle, WA July 20 – 22, 2018 – Pop/Rock – Father John Misty, Dillon Francis, Bettywho, Goldlink…

Monster Energy Centre of Gravity– Kelowna, BC July 27 – 29, 2018 – EDM/Pop/HipHop & Sports – Zedd, Wu-Tang Clan, French Montana…

Merritt Rockin’ River Music Fest– Merritt, BC August 2 – 5, 2018 – Country – Eric Church, Dallas Smith, Brett Eldridge, Meghan Patrick…

Harmony Arts Festival – West Vancouver, BC August 3-12, 2018 – Multi-Genre – Buckman Coe, Sarah Jane Scouten, Jane Mortifee & Friends…

Shambhala Music Festival – Salmo, BC August 10 – 13, 2018 – Electronic – Dizzee Rascal, Krafty Kuts, The Funk Hunters…

Salmon Arm Blues & Roots Festival – Salmon Arm, BC August 16 – 19, 2018 – Blues/Roots – Colin James, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Family Stone, Kym Gouchie & Northern Sky…

Ambleside Park

Rock Ambleside Park – West Vancouver, BC – August 17 – 19, 2018 – Classic Rock – Loverboy, Little River Band, Trooper, Nazareth…

Cumberland Wild– Cumberland, BC August 18 – 19, 2018 – Rock – Elliott Brood, Five Alarm Funk, The Pack AD, Bend Sinister…

Bumbershoot Festival – Seattle, WA  August 31- September  2, 2018 – Multi-Genre – J.Cole, The Chainsmokers, SZA, Fleet Foxes…

Skookum Festival – Vancouver, BC September 7 – 9, 2018 – Multi-Genre – The Killers, Florence + The Machine, Metric, Stereophonic…

Rifflandia Festival – Victoria, BC September 13 – 16, 2018 – Multi-Genre – Daniel Caesar, The Zolas, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer…

Culture Days BC 2017



On September 29, 30 and October 1, 2017, be prepared to create, participate and share during the Culture Days in British Columbia.  A collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer movement, Culture Days aims to raise awareness, accessibility, and participation of all Canadians in the arts and cultural programs within their communities.

The eighth annual Culture Days will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”—and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community.

Whistler’s Audain Gallery will host the Culture Days kick off on September 28th. Then the following three days will be filled with free arts and culture events in all corners of the province, including;

The 2nd Annual Port Moody Scavenger Hunt – a hunt to explore and discover the city’s public art and historical sites.

Canada 150 Geocache Project in Maple Ridge – the Community Heritage Commission and City of Maple Ridge have established seven geocaches around town.

Squanderer Mural Festival – the large scale mural festival in Squamish wraps up it’s two month run during Culture Days.

Cannery Collections Storage Tours – a behind-the-scenes tour of the unique and rare finds hidden in the archives of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.

Barclay Heritage Square & Roedde House Walking Tours – explore the urban oasis in the midst of Vancouver’s West End highlighted by the historic Roedde House Museum.

Behind the Scenes at Ballet BC – take a look behind the curtain to see what goes into the development of a new program

Try on the Gateway – visit Richmond’s Gateway Theatre to experience the magic of theatre; tour backstage, try on or buy costumes from past productions, perfect for your Halloween planning

These are just a tiny sampling of some of the local events, visit the Culture Days website to explore all that’s on offer in your community and set up your own custom My Culture Days itinerary.



2017 BC Book Prize Winners Revealed

The winners of this year’s BC Book Prizes were announced at the 33rd annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala on April 29 at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in downtown Vancouver.

The BC Book Prizes celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers. Awards were presented in seven categories from all around the province and covering multiple genres children’s, fiction and non-fiction

Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize – The Heaviness of Things That Float by Jennifer Manuel (Douglas and McIntyre)




Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize – Mapping My Way Home: A Gitxsan History by Neil J. Sterritt (Creekstone Press)




Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize – A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War by Deborah Campbell (Knopf Canada)



Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize – If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You by Adèle Barclay (Nightwood Editions)




Sheila A. Egoff  Children’s Literature Prize – The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence (Tundra Books)






Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize – My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith and Julie Flett (Orca Book Publishers)



Bill Duthie Booksellers’ Choice Award – Embers: One Ojibway’s Meditations by Richard Wagamese (Douglas and McIntyre)-



Congratulations to all the nominated authors, illustrators, and publishers!

2017 Curry Cup Championship winner

Monday, March 6, a sold out crowd at Heritage Hall took part in the fourth annual Curry Cup competition at Heritage Hall. Eight acclaimed chefs from around Vancouver faced-off in a heated competition to determine which curry would reign supreme. The results were both traditional and unexpected with the competing chefs offering sweet, to spicy curries for the audience to taste and choose the People’s Choice.

Competing chefs included:

TeeJay Conwi, Spencer’s
Dawn Doucette, Earl’s
Colin Johnson, Bestie
Mathew Koyanagi, Savoury City Catering
Keith Pears, EBO
Adam Perrier, Cafe Medina
Neil Taylor, Espana
Felix Zhou, Heritage Asian Eatery

Last year’s winner, chef Roger Ma of Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, joined the judge’s table alongside Alexander Gill, Vikram Vij and Lee Mann.

Photo credit: Charles Zuckermann

At the end of the competition, Chef Felix Zhou and the team from Heritage Asian Eatery came away with the 2017 Curry Cup grand championship as well as the People’s Choice award for their Thai Duck Curry with Potato Rosti dish.

The Chefs’ Table Society of BC is a non-profit association of BC’s leading culinary artists dedicated to nurturing the exchange of information between professionals. In keeping with the Chefs’ Table Society’s dedication to educating and mentoring the future generations of Chefs the Curry Cup raised $2000.00 to support Project Chef.

The Chefs’ Table Society of BC’s next event is the 11th annual Spot Prawn Festival coming up on Saturday, May 13.    

The BCRFA Hall Of Fame Introduces BC Restaurant Awards

BCRFA_HoFGalaThe BC Restaurant & Food Services Association (BCRFA) is introducing the provinces newest BC restaurant awards.

In 2004 the BCRFA debuted their Hall of Fame, the only restaurant Hall of Fame in Canada.  On February 4, 2017, the BCRFA brings a new dimension to the annual Hall of Fame Gala with the introduction of the Restaurant Awards.

While 100+ individuals have been inducted to the Hall of Fame in the last 12 years, the BCRFA recognizes the industry has changed and evolved. In these days of social media and consumer-generated content, branding is in the forefront, so the BCRFA is expanding their recognition to include restaurants themselves.  Saluting British Columbia’s restaurants for excellence and contribution to their community and the province’s dynamic restaurant and food culture. To help with this expanded mandate, the BCRFA is reaching out to the public for their input to nominate individuals and restaurants from every corner of BC.

Individuals will be inducted into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame in three categories:

Active Restaurateur Award
Celebrates the exceptional restaurateur who is currently active in the BC restaurant industry

Supplier Award
An individual who, through their work as a supplier partner, has consistently supported BC’s restaurant industry.

Friend of the Industry Award
This special recognition award is presented from time to time to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the hospitality industry in British Columbia, but who may not otherwise qualify for induction into the Hall of Fame such as media, educator or politician.

The new BC Restaurant Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Social Responsibility Awards
Recognizing restaurants in two separate categories – independent and multi-unit. Acknowledged for their commitment to activities that balance profit with the benefit to society. Restaurants will be judged based on environmental, people (employees, suppliers, guests and general public) and charitable support (financial and in kind).

Most Creative
Recognizes the restaurant that is renowned for thinking and behaving “outside the box”. This will be reflected in food, restaurant design, promotions, human resources, charitable involvement, etc.

Best New Restaurant
Any restaurant that has opened in the 12 months ending August 31, 2016 are eligible.

Best Restaurant
Any established restaurant open more than 1 year, two categories, multi-unit & independent.

Nomination forms can be found on, deadlines are open until November 15, 2016

The BCRFA Hall of Fame and Awards Gala supporting Breakfast Club of Canada, takes place February 4, 2017 at Vancouver Convention Centre. Tickets are on sale now for $300 per person.