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.

Food Talks – Volume 1

Coming up June 5th, Food Talks Vol. 1 is the first in a summer series of social gatherings bringing speakers of diverse backgrounds and roles in the food community. It’s an opportunity for food enthusiasts to meet and mingle while listening and learning from a great selection of speakers.

The Volume 1 speakers include:

Chef Trevor Bird is currently appearing on Top Chef Canada, and since Food Talks is on the day after the season finale, he could be crowned Top Chef.  The former chef de partie at Shangri-la Hotel Vancouver recently opened his own Fable Kitchen in Kitsilano.

Author Stephanie Yeun is writer of cookbook East Meets West, which is a celebration of Vancouver’s Asian food, compiling some of the distinctive dishes from the city’s most talented—but often unheralded—kitchens. As a food journalist she writes for Edible Canada and What’s On magazine, contributes to the Vancouver Sun,  frequently appears on radio and TV and blogs about Asian food at

Vancouver Aquarium’s Mike McDermidOcean Wise Manager for the aquarium’s conservation program created to educate and empower consumers about issues surrounding sustainable seafood. Working directly with restaurants and markets to help them make ocean-friendly buying decisions based on the most current scientific information, and provides an easily recognizable eco-logo to mark these products.

Hunter J Moyles is chef and event organizer at Vancouver’s hip Waldorf Hotel as well as organizing and assisting numerous NGO’s over the years. Chef Moyles is about to launch a Non-profit Organization called The Tiffin Project, with a group of restaurants in Vancouver, who’d like to see if they can try to phase out TO GO packaging in their businesses while raising money to subsidize their purchasing of local ingredients at the same time.

Roberta LaQuaglia is the Operations Manager for Vancouver Farmers Markets (VFM), a non-profit society that brings locally produced food to urban consumers through the creation of pop-up plazas of commerce across the city. A ‘Jane-of-all-trades’ Roberta collaborates with vendors, staff, volunteers, community members and site hosts to meet the needs of all market stakeholders and when needed, she can also be found toting tents, hoisting tables & patrolling parking as one of the market crew.

Presented by, the event takes place at W2 Media Cafe with each speaker presenting a short talk followed by a Q & A session to give guests a chance to engage with the speakers. Tickets include a glass wine, entry into the draw for prizes and sweet treat parting gift from one of Vancouver’s bakeries.
Food Talks supports Growing Chefs an organization that educates children on the food community in the public schools, $3 from each Food Talks ticket is being donated to the charity.

Food Talks Vol. 1
takes place Tuesday June 5th from 7pm – 9pm at W2 Media Cafe and Community Media Arts Centre, 111 West Hastings, Vancouver.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite: $30 per person before June 1st.  $40 per person after June 1st. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.