Mother’s Day of Giving to support BC Women’s Hospital

Sunday is Mother’s Day, celebrate your Mother with Brunch or Dinner while supporting a great cause. If you haven’t already booked, check out some of the great Vancouver restaurants that are giving back to BC Women’s Hospital this Mother’s Day of Giving, May 14th.

Make a reservation now at any of the following restaurants to celebrate your mom, and the other women and children aided by BC Women’s Hospital.

Ask for Luigi
Bauhaus Restaurant
Bella Gelateria
Go Fish
H2 Rotisserie + Bar
Juice Truck
La Buca
La Mezcaleria
La Taqueria
Les Faux Bourgeois
Los Cuervos
Merchants Oyster Bar
Pizzeria Bufala
Pizzeria Farina
The Sardine Can

Each of the restaurants are donating a portion of their proceeds from the day, Sunday May 14th to BC Women’s Hospital to help continue its great work in helping BC mothers and newborns get their start in life.

One Week until Dining Out For Life 2017

Next Thursday, March 30th, 2017, do good by dining out. Dining out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner during the annual Dining Out For Life from White Rock to Vancouver helps support people living with HIV/AIDS in your community.

It’s easy as ABC,  book a table on March 30th at places like Ask For Luigi, Burgoo,  Charlie’s Italian or any of the dozens of restaurants from White Rock to Whistler and places in between. Visit the Dining Out For Life website to see all the participating restaurants near you.

You can give just by eating, dine out at one of the participating restaurants in your area who in turn donate 25% of their day’s food sales to A Loving Spoonful.  The proceeds of Dining Our For Life go towards providing A Loving Spoonful’s free programs and services like delivering meals to those affected by HIV/AIDS, nutrition and meal planning, Family Pantry Program, Snack Packs and more.


Wake Up With Fairmont

IMG_9268I’m a big fan of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, and here in the Pacific Northwest we’re blessed to have an abundance of properties to choose from; in Vancouver we have The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, The Fairmont Waterfront, Fairmont Pacific Rim, The Fairmont Vancouver Airport, in Victoria there’s The Fairmont Empress and in Seattle, The Fairmont Olympic.

Right now, these iconic properties are starting your day with a hearty breakfast and at the same help hungry children start their day the same way.  Until December 30, 2015 Fairmont Pacific Northwest Hotels Bed and Breakfast packages are on offer for the same price as their best available room rate.  For each package stay booked, Fairmont will donate $5 to Breakfast Clubs of Canada, supporting breakfast programs in BC Schools (or equivalent programs for the Fairmont Olympic).

Since it only takes $1/day to feed a hungry child, you’ll be feeding a child breakfast for a week, just for the simple act of making a room reservation.

If that’s not enough incentive, Fairmont Presidents Club members can also receive a complimentary room upgrade for free.

Visit the Fairmont Pacific Northwest Hotels’ to book your Bed and Breakfast free upgrade today and get ready to experience the world class Fairmont service.


The Surrey Soirée supports literacy

Surrey_SoireeThis Saturday, Surrey Soirée is bringing out the glitz for a gala event to support the Surrey Libraries Literacy for Life Campaign. Benefiting the Surrey libraries’s four key programs: Early Literacy, Workplace Literacy, Diversity/Multicultural and Read-Ability Services, Soirée en Blanc promises to be a spectacular evening.

Hosted by CBC’s Man About Town, Fred Lee, at the stunning new Surrey City Centre Library, the plaza will be transformed into a dazzling white outdoor space.  Besides the great cause, the evening promises great entertainment, The Brandenburg Strings performing during dinner, a showcase from world class jazz vocalist Denzal Sinclaire and his trio then after-dinner dancing with Agent C and Top Secret rounding out the evening.

Tickets for the Surrey Soirée en Blanc are available from $150 per person (incl $75 tax receipt) and are on sale online

Send a note “To Russia With Love” at Fountainhead Pub

FountainheadAs the Sochi Olympics near, the spotlight is on the continuing persecution faced by the Russian LGBT community, Davie Street’s Fountainhead Pub is rallying support with a positive message of solidarity during their To Russia With Love campaign. Starting tomorrow, February 1 until February 28, money will be raised for through sales of a specialty cocktail, daily menu specials, and love notes.

In response to laws passed in Russia last year that dealt a huge blow to LGBT rights, the Fountainhead Pub gained international exposure by boycotting Russian vodka. They are ready to show their support and raise awareness once again with this campaign, reaching the Russian LGBT community, as well as athletes, representatives, and spectators on the ground in Sochi. “In the face of adversity, a message of love and support can make a powerful difference. We want the LGBT community in Russia to know that we are behind them, even all the way across the world.” says General Manager Andrew Watling.

Head over to The Fountainhead and send your thoughts “To Russia With Love” by purchasing The Russian Kiss Cocktail; A specialty 2oz cocktail (priced at $9.25+tax) has been created using Absolut® Raspberri Vodka, cinnamon whiskey, Raspberry Sourpuss, and a splash of cranberry juice. The Daily Menu Special will be priced at $11+tax and $1.00 from the sale of every cocktail and menu item, will be donated to
Customers are also encouraged to take a picture in front of a photo wall sending a message of love. By using the hashtag #FHtoRussia and posting to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, photos will be uploaded to a Facebook Photo Gallery. As an added incentive, a $100 Fountainhead gift card will be awarded for one photo chosen at random.
Another way to contribute is to fill in a love note card for $1.00, which will be pinned to a giant wall-mounted heart displayed in the pub. At the end of the month the love notes will be mailed to an LGBT community representative in Russia.

International Pride House
With Sochi opposed to the idea, The Fountainhead Pub has been designated as an official Remote Pride House by Pride House International, a coalition of LGBT sport and human rights groups united to promote the cause of equality in and by sport.

The Fountainhead Pub is located at 1025 Davie Street.
For more information visit them online or follow them on Twitter @FountainheadVan or .


Nicli Antica Pizzeria helps bring music to DTES

StJamesMusicIn Vancouver’s DTES, there is an organization that understands music’s incredible power to improve lives – The Saint James Music Academy provides free classical music lessons to children living in Canada’s lowest income urban neighbourhood.

NicliThis past December, Nicli Antica Pizzeria decided to do something to ensure that the music continued to flow for their neighbourhood’s children. “As most people know, traditional Neapolitan pizzas arrive at your table uncut,” says Nicli owner Bill McCaig. “For the month of December, we offered guests the option of paying an additional $2 to have the kitchen cut their pizzas for them. We thought it would be a simple way to help a local charity. We had no idea how successful the initiative would be.”

A ‘Toonie’ doesn’t seem like much, but it’s surprising how quickly they can add up to something significant. This week, Mr. McCaig and Nicli GM Anthony Sterne were pleased to present the music academy with a donation of $2,044 representing 1,022 cut pizzas.

“When we started, we had no idea how successful the idea would be and are so grateful to all our patrons for making this support possible,” says Mr. Sterne. “Thanks to them, local underprivileged children can continue to receive music lessons and so much more. The Academy gives the students an after school meal, provides them with esteem-building camaraderie and sanctuary from their often challenging home circumstances. I know that sometimes the instructors take the kids home because there is no one to pick them up after the lessons. This makes our guests’ response in supporting the Academy so heartwarming.”

While Nicli has returned to serving its pizzas ‘uncut,’ the restaurant doesn’t rule out the thought that they may offer the ‘cut’ option again in the future as a fundraiser.

Nicli Antica Pizzeria is located at 62 East Cordova Street, in Gastown.
No reservations are taken except for special events.
Call 604.669.6985 or visit them online for more information
Follow them on Twitter @NicliPizzeria or Facebook

Royal Baby Month at The Fairmont Empress

The Fairmont Empress Tea Lobby

In Britain, bookies are taking bets on whether it will be a prince or a princess for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as the Royal Baby’s mid-July due date grows ever nearer.  Here at home, with a century of royal connections, The Fairmont Empress is the perfect location to celebrate the arrival of the new Royal. The venerable hotel is partnering with Victoria’s C-FAX Santas Anonymous Society to collect donations of new toys, clothing and gift cards to help children in need in the community.

Starting tomorrow, July 5 until July 31, 2013,  a “Royal Crib” will be set up in the Tea Lobby of the hotel to collect donations from guests and locals paying tribute to the newest member of the monarchy. In exchange for a donation to the C-FAX Santas Anonymous Society, the hotel is offering a 10% discount for Afternoon Tea on the day of the donation.

“The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have shown how strongly they believe in philanthropy, so I feel they would be pleased to know that we have chosen to do just that to celebrate the arrival of their first-born. We are also thrilled to partner with such a strong community leader as C-FAX Santas Anonymous Society to help us with collecting and distributing the donations,” said Fairmont Empress General Manager, Don Fennerty.

Any local residents and guests who wish to partake in this celebration and the grand tradition of Afternoon Tea while making a donation to C-Fax Santas Anonymous at The Fairmont Empress are advised to book in advance and ask for the “Royal Baby celebration”.   Reservations for Afternoon Tea may be made at or by calling 250 389 2727.

Follow the Royal Baby Celebrations on Twitter @FairmontEmpress or