Food Talks – Volume 2

Following up from a successful and informative first edition, brings Food Talks Volume 2. Tomorrow is another opportunity for food lovers to meet, mingle and be enlightened by some of the city’s culinary minds.

The Volume Two featured speakers are:

Chef Wendy Boys,  an award-winning, chocolate-loving pastry artist. Following her life-long love for chocolates and the pastry arts, she has apprenticed under world-renowned chocolatiers and designed dessert programs for some of Canada’s top restaurants. Today, Wendy is a well-respected dessert consultant and proud owner of Cocolico, a Vancouver-based company specializing in small-batch, hand-crafted chocolates and dessert sauces.

John Skinner, the Proprietor, Painted Rock Estate Winery Ltd. After being a stockbroker for 25 years during which time he became an avid wine enthusiast. In 2004, recognizing that the quality of wines in this region was improving dramatically and driven by both his passion for wine and his desire to create a legacy business for his family, he purchased the land in south Penticton known locally as “The Blackhawk.” Painted Rock Estate Winery is currently producing ultra-premium wines that reflect the perfect marriage of new world fruit and old world processes for sale in Canada as well as export to China and the UK.

Adam Chandler, co-owner and pastry chef at BETA5. With 10 years of experience in both savory and sweet kitchens, Adam discovered an affinity for manipulating flour, sugar, butter, cream and chocolate. Through these experiences, an appreciation for ingredients and the practical science of cooking have influenced his work. In early 2011, together with partner Jessica Rosinski, Adam opened BETA5 as a place to explore the limits and potential of chocolate and pastry.

Debra Amrein-Boyes, who along with her husband, founded The Farm House Natural Cheeses Ltd in 2003 in the Fraser Valley, producing authentic artisan cheeses from the milk of the farm’s cows and goats. The focus of the cheesemaking is on traditional methods, producing a diverse selection of handmade cheeses from the freshest and highest quality milk.

After attending university Debra spent several years working and traveling until settling in the Swiss Alps, where she was first introduced to cheesemaking. Debra returned to Canada in 1991, and in 2009 Debra was honoured to have been selected for membership in the prestigious French Guilde de Fromagers Confrerie de St. Uguzon, in recognition of her effort to guard and preserve the traditions of cheesemaking around the world. Debra believes that the traditions and values represented by the small family farm are worth preserving, and that good locally produced food helps build healthy lives and communities.

Jason Pleym, President & Co-Founder of Two Rivers Meats. Inspired by wife Margot’s father’s farm, Pemberton Meadows Natural Beef, the couple set out to find other producers of cattle, poultry, sheep, game, and pork that demonstrated the same dedication to ethical and sustainable animal husbandry. Today, Two Rivers Meats represents over 20 small-scale farms, ranches, and producers, supplying dozens of discerning restaurants, hotels and retailers across British Columbia. Some of their products include custom-cut beef, chicken, pork, duck, venison, elk, and game birds, as well as housemade sausages and charcuterie. All Two Rivers products are antibiotic, hormone, and chemical-feed free.

Food Talks Vol. 2 takes place Tuesday July 10th from 7pm – 9pm at Delta Burnaby Hotel, 4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby. Light appetizers are provided by EBO Restaurant & wine tasting from Painted Rock.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite:  $40 per person. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.

Burnaby Summer Concert Series – Bon Iver

Bon Iver – Deer Lake Park – 25May2012

Kicking off the Burnaby Summer Concert Series, Grammy winners Bon Iver brought a full house, or field, to the beautiful Deer Lake Park. Always a spectacular setting for a concert, Deer Lake field was still a bit soggy in patches but that didn’t deter the thousands from having a great time at the first outdoor show of the season. Many had arrived early to lay their blankets and gather their friends for an enjoyable early summer evening.
The show appeared to start a bit late, lead singer Justin Vernon alluding to the fact that someone stayed downtown at Edgewater Casino a bit too long. The eight piece band fill the stage not only in numbers but also in sound, as they performed with multiple instruments including horns and string sections.
The audience, seemingly imbued with some ‘herbal enhancements’ if the amount of smoke in the air was any indication, was having a great time, swaying to the simple melodies of Bon Iver. Performing 90 minutes of their hits including a great rendition of Skinny Love, which had everyone singing along. The singing and good times continued into the evening, a perfect start to summer.

The next Burnaby Summer Concert Series event at Deer Lake Park is Foster The People on June 25th, followed by Florence & The Machine on July 20th.

What’s On Weekend – August 11 – 14, 2011

As we approach the middle of summer activities become more varied.

Thursday August 11
Deadmau5 plays the first of two nights at the PNE Forum
– the city’s second largest film fest begins as the 23rd Vancouver Queer Film Fest opens with opening film To Faro followed by the opening Gala at Five-Sixty.  The VQFF continues until August 21


Friday August 12
– the Abbotsford International Airport is Canada’s National Airshow and the highlight of summer for many people as over 125000 will gather to watch the largest airshow in the country over the next three days.
– at The Biltmore Cabaret get a little East Van Soul, dance, drink and check out the Re-Up BBQ truck parked outside if you’re peckish!
– at Five-Sixty and free with a donation to F*ck Cancer is “Hot Club Time Machine” with tunes from the 70’s forward.  Give back and get down!


Saturday August 13
Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival is a one day music fest at Deer Lake Park, highlighted with performances by kd lang, John Mayall
– the hilarious star of Tosh.0, Daniel Tosh performs two shows, 7pm & 10pm, of his Tosh Tour On Ice at the Orpheum Theatre
Sade brings smooth jazz sounds to Rogers Arena supported by John Legend

Farewell To Swangard Stadium

With Whitecaps defeated in the semi-finals and the USSF D-2 league final about to take place this weekend, now is a good time to say goodbye to the USL/USSF leagues and Swangard Stadium. 
Home to Vancouver 86ers and Whitecaps FC soccer teams since 1987, this 41 year old multi-use stadium will no longer be home field in the coming Major League Soccer era.
Over the years Swangard has witnessed our local teams bring home a lot of hardware; 4 CSL championships, 2 USL championships, Commissioner’s, Cascadia and Voyageur Cup.
It’s shining moment has to be during the FIFA U20 Wolrd Cup when the stadium was temperarily expanded to 10,000 seats, some great matches occured including a stunning Spain v Brazil  round of 16 tilt. World Cup/Olympic qualifiers & FIFA U19 Women’s World Cup have all been held at Swangard.
Being a smaller stadium (capacity 5288) it provides an outstanding intimate setting, something the (Whitecap’s) SouthSiders Supporters have used to their advantage when building enthusiams and causing much grief for visiting Goal Keepers (with cries of “You Fat Bastard”)
Hopefully, when Whitecaps FC allocate seats in their new temporary stadium at Empire Field,  there is a fare share of standing-room tickets for the Southside members and other’s who want to be close to the action!
Alas, all is not over for the venerable Burnaby grounds; SFU, High Schools & Local teams will continue to use the facility and special events like 24Hour Replay will be ongoing as well.