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by Editor on September 29, 2010

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Playhouse Wine Festival will offer a week of Spanish Sipping in 2011; Mission Hill Family Estate celebrates ten years of Oculus; Araxi at Cornucopia: Big Guns + Bubbles; Uva Wine Bar now serves Italian-inspired breakfast and lunch; Latitude teams with Music on Main for Modulus Festival; Thanksgiving 2010 at Two Chefs and a Table; Restaurant 62 premieres original online cooking show with launch of R62 TV; Taste of Yaletown 2010 is back and bigger than ever; CRU Announces new menu & pre-theatre dinner special; Laughing Stock invites you to become a “Preferred Shareholder”; Gold Medal Plates update; Crosstown cuisine reigns supreme; An evening of classic Napa Valley wine at Boneta


Wines from Spain and a Global Focus on Fortified Wine will bring plenty of varietals to the 33rd annual event

September 24th, 2010, Vancouver, BC – The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival will mark its 33rd year with Wines from Spain and a Global Focus on Fortified Wine. The Festival, which runs from March 28th to April 3rd, 2011, will bring 176 participating wineries to the Vancouver Convention Centre and top Vancouver restaurants and hotels for a total of seven days of tastings, seminars, and wine focused events. A full list of participating wineries is now available here.

“Every vintage at the Wine Festival offers a fresh journey of discovery,” says Festival Executive Director Harry Hertscheg. “Whether it’s wines from across Spain, Fortified examples from around the globe or selections from unfamiliar wine regions, each Festival attendee gets their own unique tasting experience while trying new wines and connecting directly with their producers.”

“The great quality, value and versatility of Spanish wines continues to win fans around the world and to elicit high praise from the international wine and food media,” says Pilar Randolph, Director of Wines from Spain, “we are thrilled to have the opportunity to shine the spotlight on these wines at Canada’s premier wine festival this coming spring.” With a total of 33 participating Spanish wineries, visitors to the 2011 Festival will have the opportunity to sip wines from indigenous varietals such as Albariño, Cariñena, Garnacha, Godello, Macabeo, Mencía, Monastrell, Palomino, Pedro Ximénez, Tempranillo, Verdejo and Viura, as well as Spanish versions of more international grapes such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz. All of this will be complemented by events that will highlight not only the Wines from Spain but also the delicious food, diverse culture and rich history of the country.

A number of Spain’s most notable and impressive principals will be on hand at this year’s Festival, including Miguel A. Torres, President and Managing Director of Miguel Torres Winery. Named European Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast in 2006, Miguel A. Torres is the fourth generation of Torres to preside over this acclaimed winery in the Penedès region. Decanter magazine named Miguel A. Torres Man of the Year in 2002.

Also attending will be Alvaro Palacios of Alvaro Palacios Winery. Palacios founded his namesake winery at the young age of 25 and is often credited for resurrecting the region of Priorat. His L’Ermita is widely regarded as one of the most important Spanish wines in a generation.

Other notable names scheduled to attend this year’s Festival include:
·       Alex Giesen, Director and Owner, Giesen Wine Estate – New Zealand

·       Ann Sperling, Winemaker, Sperling Vineyards – Canada (BC)
·       Aurelio Montes Sr., Winemaker, Montes – Chile
·       Christophe Hedges, Winemaker, Hedges Family Estates and Snoqualmie Vineyards. – USA (WASH)
·       Craig McDonald, General Manager, Wine Gretzky Estate Winery – Canada (ON)
·       Fernando Alvear, President and CEO, Bodegas Alvear – Spain
·       Felipe González-Gordon, President, González Byass – Spain
·       Javier Hidalgo, Proprietor, Bodegas Hidalgo – Spain
·       Joel Peterson, Founder, Ravenswood – USA (CA)
·       Louis Moreau, Proprietor and Winemaker, Domaine Louis Moreau – France
·       Marc Kent, Winemaker and Co-owner, Boekenhoutskloof – South Africa
·       Nik Weis, Owner, St. Urbans-Hof – Germany
·       Riccardo Tedeschi, Owner and Winemaker, Tedeschi – Italy
·       Rupert Symington, Joint Executive Director, Symington Graham’s Port – Portugal
·       Stuart Blackwell, Senior Winemaker, St Hallett – Australia
·       Susana Balbo, Winemaker, Dominio del Plata – Argentina
·       Telmo Rodriguez, Proprietor, Telmo Rodríguez Wines – Spain
·       Udi Kadim, CEO, Galil Mountain Winery and Yarden – Israel

The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival will open on Monday, March 28th, 2011 and will feature 176 wineries participating in 63 events to a projected 25,000 attendees. Early tickets to the Festival will be on sale November 30. For more information visit the newly revamped www.playhousewinefest.com.

About the Playhouse Wine Festival
The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, Canada’s premier wine show, runs from March 28th to April 3rd, 2011. The Playhouse Wine Festival is one of the biggest and oldest wine festival events in the world. In 2011, the theme region will be Spain and the global focus Fortified Wine. The Festival features a week of special events including the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, wine seminars, wine minglers, winery dinners, and lunches and brunches at fine restaurants and hotels. The Playhouse Wine Festival is produced by the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Society, which has three mandates: provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade; be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and Festival partners; and raise funds for the Playhouse Theatre Company. Since its inception in 1979, the Festival has raised over $7.2 million to enable Western Canada’s leading theatre company to mount 223 productions and develop extensive community outreach and educational programs.

The Shore Club generously presents the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival.



Signature Wine Festivities Commemorate 10th Vintage

West Kelowna, British Columbia (September 22, 2010) – This autumn Mission Hill Family Estate celebrates the tenth vintage of its signature internationally acclaimed wine, Oculus, with a series of special events across Western Canada.  The commemorative occasions include rare magnums of Oculus “Buy the Glass” at top restaurants in British Columbia and Alberta and a selection of intimate activities in the winery’s exclusive Oculus Salon: from vintage library and barrel tastings to “Message on a Bottle” Oculus signings by Chief Winemaker John Simes and Proprietor Anthony von Mandl.  Members of the Okanagan Symphony will hold special performances in the piazza of this breathtaking winery.  Mission Hill’s iconic Bordeaux-inspired wine, Oculus, is elegant, complex and represents the pinnacle of everything Mission Hill does from viticulture to winemaking.  More details on the celebrations are at www.missionhillwinery.com/101010.

We consider the 2006 vintage of Oculus to be the best yet, having benefited from remarkable effort and investment that goes into every vine and cask that produces it.  Since 2005, Michel Rolland the world’s leading master wine blender and winemaker with numerous 100 point wines to his name, has collaborated with Proprietor Anthony von Mandl and Winemaker John Simes on all aspects of Oculus’ production. Their uncompromising approach to quality and persistent striving for perfection throughout the viticulture and winemaking process makes Oculus the ultimate expression of its region.

Oculus is both a Roman-inspired architectural feature and Mission Hill winery’s equivalent of a First Growth wine.  Like its namesake in Rome’s Pantheon, the Oculus (Latin for ‘eye’) at Mission Hill is the only source of natural light into the winery’s famed underground barrel cellar.

The 1997 debut vintage of Oculus epitomized a fusion of Old World and new World winemaking traditions rooted in the soils of the South Okanagan.  Today Oculus is a rich, elegant and refined Merlot dominant blend that has captured the attention of sommeliers, collectors and consumers worldwide.  Described by noted British wine critic Jancis Robinson as one of the best red wines in Canada, Oculus set the stage for premium Canadian wine and over the years has rated highly with the press garnering a 99 by Natalie MacLean, 91 by Anthony Gismondi, 92 by David Lawrason and 94 by John Schreiner, to name a few.

In Natalie MacLean’s words, the current 2006 vintage is a “Bordeaux-inspired red from one of B.C.’s top producers, which blends Old World finesse with New World power. The winery hand-picks and sorts grapes from the best blocks in its’ Oliver and Osoyoos estate vineyards. The wine is aged in French barrels for 14.5 months before bottling. All of this coddling results in a wine that delivers hedonistic ripples of pleasure on the palate. A core of blackcurrant and cassis is enclosed in a cigar box. Perfect for when you cash in your Google stock. Pair with: beef wellington, rib roast with coffee rub, venison, pork tenderloin. 96 points. Drink: 2009-2018”.

“This rare and limited wine embodies the relentless pursuit of excellence at Mission Hill Family Estate and reflects the depth and complexity possible from the unique terroir of the Okanagan Valley,” says von Mandl. “We first envisioned the potential to craft international caliber wine almost three decades ago, when I purchased Mission Hill in 1981.  In that short span, we’ve grown from just a handful of wineries to almost 200 and matured as a community with the BC VQA celebrating a successful 20th anniversary this year.  Similarly, a decade since Oculus’ debut, we invite you to join John and myself as we celebrate at the winery and in the finest restaurants across Western Canada.”

“Oculus was the one of the first ultra-premium wines from the Okanagan Valley. This wine has helped not only Mission Hill but British Columbia be recognised as a serious wine producer and a quality wine region internationally. I am proud to share the quality that BC has to offer and the story of Mission Hill and this iconic brand with my customers,” said Robert Byford, Managing Partner, Glowbal Group.

October is Oculus Month – Mission Hill Family Estate announces a series of celebratory activities across British Columbia and Alberta including:

Winery Celebrations – Noon to 4 pm | Saturday, October 9

Message on a Bottle
At Mission Hill Family Estate, Winemaker John Simes and Proprietor Anthony von Mandl respectively will be on hand to personalize bottles of Oculus in the Oculus Salon.

Tasting Notes
Mission Hill Sommeliers Jesse Harden and Mike Lee enlighten guests through Oculus barrel samples, library and vertical tastings, and magnum tastings in the luxurious Oculus Salon. Live music performances by members of the Okanagan Symphony. Proceeds from the Oculus tastings will be donated to the Okanagan Symphony.

Vintage Vantage
Be among the first to obtain the coveted 2007 Oculus vintage prior to its scheduled spring 2011 release. A winery cellar-door exclusive of our premium wine, which is available by allocation only in handcrafted, white pine crates!

Buy the Glass Destinations – October 8-11

For the past decade fine dining establishments across the west have been early supporters of premium Okanagan Valley wine. We thank them for their ongoing support and encourage patrons to enjoy this debut opportunity to savour Oculus by the glass at:

•             Bear Mountain, Victoria
•             Bearfoot Bistro, Whistler
•             Blue Water Café, Vancouver
•             Characters Restaurant, Edmonton
•             Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca, Vancouver
•             COAST Restaurant, Vancouver
•             Hardware Grill, Edmonton
•             Hotel El Dorado, Kelowna
•             Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria
•             Lupo, Vancouver – newly installed enomatic with Oculus by the glass for the month of October!
•             Post Hotel & Spa, Lake Louise
•             Quattro, Whistler
•             Seasons in the Park, Vancouver
•             Teahouse, Vancouver
•             The Wickanninish Inn, Tofino

“Oculus is the hard work, artistry and passion of a winemaker and its owner to show the world that Canada can make some of the best red wines in the world,” said André Saint-Jacques, proprietor, Bearfoot Bistro.



Big Guns Winemakers’ Dinner
Araxi, Whistler
Friday, November 12th @ 6:30pm
$225, all inclusive

Big Guns: Small Producers

Exclusive winemakers’ dinner celebrates a unique collection of wines

Whistler, B.C. – On Friday, November 12th, Whistler’s premier restaurant, Araxi, will celebrate a compelling collection of wines in an exclusive winemakers’ dinner during Cornucopia: Whistler’s Celebration of Wine and Food.

These five extraordinary wineries—four from the Napa Valley and one from Walla Walla—are all small, family-owned properties engaged in sustainable farming practices. Each of the wineries has achieved critical acclaim and international followings, and through the course of the evening, introductions to each wine will be led by winery principals, including discussion on technique and terroir. This insider’s tour of excellence in winemaking promises to be Cornucopia’s tour de force.

Executive Chef James Walt has created a distinctive five-course menu that highlights the excellence of the Pemberton Valley’s autumn harvest—alongside globally-sourced ingredients—with each plate married to these prized wines:

Ehlers Estate Sauvignon Blanc, St. Helena, Napa Valley, 2009

Ehlers Estate Cabernet Sauvignon “1886”, St. Helena, Napa Valley, 2006
‘Top-Rated’ Gayot

Miner Family Vineyards “Wild Yeast” Chardonnay, Oakville, Napa Valley, 2007
91 Points, Connoisseurs’ Guide

Miner Family Vineyards “The Oracle”, Oakville, Napa Valley, 2006
93 Points, Wine & Spirits Magazine

Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 2007
95 Points, Robert Parker

Pahlmeyer Merlot Napa Valley, 2007
96 Points, Robert Parker

Pepper Bridge Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, 2007
92 Points, Robert Parker

Pepper Bridge Winery ‘Reserve’, Walla Walla Valley, 2006
93 Points, Robert Parker

Merryvale “Profile”, St. Helena, Napa Valley, 1999
93 Points, Wine Spectator

Merryvale “Antigua” NV (Dessert Wine)
91 Points, San Francisco Chronicle
Gold Medal, Wine Enthusiast

For tickets, visit whistlercornucopia.com. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Whistler Health Care Foundation.

Bubbles + Oceans Afterparty
Araxi, Whistler
Saturday, November 13th @ 10:30pm
$155, all inclusive

After Crush! complete your evening at Araxi’s famed BUBBLES + OCEANS afterparty, a chance to let go in the heart of Whistler Village. Join us for an unforgettable night of brilliant seafood and deluxe bubbles from 20 of the world’s top Champagne and sparkling wine houses. Executive Chef James Walt will showcase an impressive selection of finely-crafted canapés and his plateaux de mer, offering the finest freshly shucked oysters, sushi and Tofino Dungeness crab. And yes, the best music in town. This don’t miss party at Whistler’s premier restaurant is one of the festival hottest tickets!

For tickets, visit whistlercornucopia.com.

The culinary cornerstone in the heart of Whistler Village, Araxi is recognized worldwide for its excellence in food, wine and hospitality. One of Canada’s leading chefs, James Walt continues to inspire both his contemporaries and his guests, creating compelling regional cuisine based on local, sustainable ingredients. Already, Araxi’s cookbook—available at the restaurant and all fine booksellers—has won multiple international awards, as well as a prestigious nomination from New York’s James Beard Awards. Whistler, B.C. 604-932-4540, www.araxi.com.


UVA BY DAYChic Wine Bar Now Serves Italian-Inspired Breakfast and Lunch

Vancouver, BC (September 22, 2010) – Award-winning UVA Wine Bar, located in the chic Moda Hotel, is pleased to announce the expansion of its menu with a range of Italian-inspired breakfast and lunch fare. Espresso bar by day, wine bar by night, UVA was named the Gold recipient in the Best Bar/Lounge category at the 2010 Vancouver magazine Restaurant Awards.

Guests are invited to savour seasonal ingredients in Chef Neil Taylor’s daily lunch features (think local fish and fresh pasta), or tuck into a three-course set lunch for $26.00. The à la carte menu showcases dishes such as agnoli stuffed with chicken and smoked pancetta, sage butter and parmesan, roast sockeye salmon, rapini and vin cotto and vanilla pannacotta with blueberries and grappa. As with the dinner menu in Cibo Trattoria, the menu changes daily with Italian inspired dishes made with same-day fresh and local ingredients. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11am – 2pm.

Along with its new lunch offerings, UVA has also introduced an Italian breakfast menu available from 7am – 11am Monday through Friday, and on Saturday and Sunday from 7am – 2pm. Dishes such as pannetone french toast with bourbon barrel aged maple syrup and prosciutto di san danielle with bio-dynamic eggs can be savoured. And because no Italian caffè would be complete without espresso, UVA is pleased to serve Caffè Umbria’s Gusto Crema Blend, a classic Italian medium roast.

Located adjacent to the lobby of the Moda Hotel and steps from the Orpheum Theatre, UVA epitomizes the spirit of its location in the heart of downtown Vancouver’s arts and cultural district. Striking-yet-inviting décor sets a bold statement. The elegant modernism of its interior design combined with the building’s historical elements, such as its delicate 1908 terrazzo floors, creates a unique-yet-vibrant setting that must be experienced.

UVA Wine Bar is located at 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver BC / Phone: 604.602.9570 / www.uvawinebar.ca



Latitude is proud to be teaming up with Music on Main for the Modulus Music Festival at Heritage Hall (Sept. 30 – Oct. 3) for 4 nights of exciting music from classical, new and genre-bending artists. Leading music magazine, ‘Gramophone’ recently called Music on Main “one of the finest windows into the post-classical scene.”

Just one block from Heritage Hall, Latitude is the perfect place for a pre-concert dinner and drink, or join us after the show for ‘Late Nights at Latitude’ when we’ll be entertaining the post-concert crowd.

Dinner and concert discounts are available. Please visit our website for full details.
Open from 5pm daily, Latitude is a stylish yet casual place to catch up with friends, have a romantic rendezvous or simply kick back on the patio with a beer and take in Main Street.

info@latitudeonmain.com | www.latitudeonmain.com

MODULUS FESTIVAL: September 30 – October 3, 2010
“Vancouver’s annual Music on Main festival provides western Canada with one of the finest windows onto the post-classical scene.”

(Gramophone Magazine) Immerse yourself in four days of adventurous music with leading classical, new and genre-bending artists.

The Modulus Festival features throat singer Tanya Tagaq, ‘ukulele sensation James Hill, pianist David Jalbert, Philip Glass Ensemble vocalist and Rome Prize-winning composer Lisa Bielawa, Grammy-Award winning soprano Susan Narucki, the Music on Main All-Star Band, and other great musicians.

You’ll hear Steve Reich’s Vermont Counterpoint, J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Lisa Bielawa’s Chance Encounter, music by Maurice Ravel, Györgi Kurtág, Giorgio Magnanensi, Canadian and world premieres, and lots more.

Concerts take place at at Heritage Hall on Main Street and the Roundhouse Community Arts Centre in Yaletown. Festival Passes on sale now: just $85 ($45 students). Single tickets just $29 ($15 students).




Celebrate with in-home catering or five courses at the Bistro,

If only out of gratitude for the bounty of great local food that’s grown, raised and harvested in BC, Thanksgiving should be one of the most important holidays on the calendar for all Vancouverites and certainly those who love great, fresh food. The ever-growing focus on regional food makes Thankgiving the ideal time to celebrate the year’s harvest.

This year, Two Chefs and a Table are again marking Thanksgiving with restaurant and catering menus made using a broad range of seasonal local and sustainable ingredients. Along with delicious lamb from Polderside Farms and locally raised turkey, this year’s Thanksgiving menu will originate even closer to home with Gregg family heirloom tomatoes and herbs grown on the bistro roof.

The five-course set menu to be offered on the Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend starts with housemade lamb pate and heirloom tomato soup and finishes with seasonal desserts made from scratch. Inbetween, the centrepieces of the dinner will be the main courses of roasted lamb and turkey accompanied by local seasonal vegetables and housemade dressings.

Along with dining at the bistro, Two Chefs and a Table will also be offering a limited number of in-home catering opportunities focussed on traditional Thanksgiving menus made with the same exceptional local ingredients used in the celebratory set menu. Call 604-340-4461 or email karl@twochefsandatable.com for more details.

Thanksgiving Dinner will be served Saturday and Sunday October 9th and 10th and will be only $44 for the five courses. Full menu details are below and reservations are recommended. To book your table, or for more information on Two Chefs and a Table, visit www.twochefsandatable.com or call 778-233-1303.

Two Chefs and a Table Thanksgiving Menu

First Course
Polderside lamb pate w/classic garnish & handmade onion bread

Second Course
Heirloom tomato soup: Gregg Farm heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil puree, classic bacon croutons

Third Course
Polderside Roasted lamb leg: rolled and slow roasted with fresh herbs, sweet potato, yam and carrot

Roasted local turkey: white and dark meat with a chestnut dressing, pan jus, pomme puree and local fall vegetables

Choice of: Pumpkin pot de crème w/ a cinnamon cream
or/ Matsuda Farms apple tart: Hand picked Macintosh apple w/ vanilla gelato



September, 2010 (Abbotsford, B.C.) – Known for bringing the freshest local flavours from farm to table, the team at Restaurant 62 has taken their expertise online with a series of culinary instructional videos as part of an online cooking show called R62 TV. The locally produced Internet video series is just one of the many features available on Restaurant 62’s newly launched multi-media website at www.r62tv.com.

The R62 TV weekly webisodes will feature informative culinary instruction and wine education by Restaurant 62 Executive Chef Jeff Massey and Sommelier, Eric Ferris. In addition, the platform will offer a recipe database, daily articles, an interactive “Ask Chef Jeff” feature, plus online wine sales – all designed to enhance and expand the overall Restaurant 62 experience.

“As far as we can tell we’re one of the first restaurants in B.C. to launch an online cooking series like R62 TV,” said Eric Ferris, Restaurant 62 General Manager and Sommelier. “In doing so, we hope to reach new audiences and expand the R62 brand far beyond our restaurant patrons.”

The R62 TV series of videos will cover wide ranging culinary topics from how to prepare grilled lobster tails to techniques for the ultimate Chateau Briande. Episodes will also include “Wined Up” wine reviews and recommendations from vintages around the world. Each segment is approximately 6-10 minutes long and will have a frequency of five episodes per month beginning September 2010. R62 TV is produced by Burnaby’s Gloo Studios and Internal Wealth Studios in Chilliwack, B.C. To view a sample episode from R62 TV click here.



One of Vancouver’s most popular dining events is set to dazzle once again

VANCOUVER, BC, September, 2010 – Taste of Yaletown is back and bigger and better than ever. The Yaletown Business Improvement Association announces that the 6th annual Taste of Yaletown event will be held October 13th – 31st, 2010. The event invites Vancouver’s food and wine enthusiasts to discover and enjoy the fantastic offerings from a record number of Yaletown’s premier restaurants, who will offer guests a special three-course menu at set prices of $25, $35 or $45.

“Taste of Yaletown has become one of the top dining events in the city and we have no doubt that the 6th year will break all of our past records for participation, attendance and excitement,” says Neil Wyles, President of the Yaletown Business Improvement Association. “It is a pleasure to be able to support our community through the Greater Vancouver Food Bank while showcasing the fun and food to be had in our unique corner of the city.”

A perennial local favourite, Taste of Yaletown draws throngs of foodies and wine enthusiasts from all corners of the GVRD to experience the best in dining and drink at an affordable price. For the restaurants it is all about connecting with new customers, dazzling existing ones and creating exclusive three course tasting menus that highlight culinary finesse. This year’s Taste of Yaletown also features the most participating restaurants the event has ever had.

The participating restaurants in 2010 are:

Bistro Sakana
Brix Restaurant
Cactus Club Café
Capones Restaurant & Live Jazz Bar
Charm Modern Thai Bar
Earls Kitchen & Bar
George Ultra Lounge
Glowbal Grill & Satay Bar
Goldfish Pacific Kitchen
Hamilton Street Grill
Hapa Izakaya
Hub Restaurant
Hurricane Grill
One Hundred Days
Rodney’s Oyster House
Section (3)
SNS Lounge
Simply Thai
Society Lounge
Sweeney’s of Yaletown
The Keg
Urban Thai Bistro
Yaletown Brewing Co.

In addition to being a dining event, Taste of Yaletown is community-based and directed at raising support and awareness for an important, food-related cause. During the 2010 event, all participating restaurants will donate 10% of their evening sales on Oct XX, 2010 to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and the public will be encouraged to come out to dine in support of the cause. Since 2005, over $110,000 has been raised, demonstrating YBIA and its partner restaurants’ commitment to the community.

Taste of Yaletown 2010 is presented by title sponsor, CIBC. Dedicated to supporting local communities, CIBC, will not only be presenting the entire event in October, but will also extend the Taste of Yaletown brand out for a special private event in January 2011.

Please visit www.yaletowninfo.com for menu details from each participating restaurant.



September, 2010 (Vancouver, BC) – Vancouver’s CRU Restaurant is welcoming the change of the seasons by stirring up its menu with some exciting new dishes and offering a dinner special to theatergoers.

As well as the ever-popular Salade Niçoise, CRU’s lunch menu now includes dishes that provide comforting warmth in even the gloomiest weather:  Cavatelli Bolognese, Mushroom Truffle Risotto, or Crispy Duck Confit served with warm bacon vinaigrette and spätzle goat cheese hash.

The restaurant’s award-winning small plates menu still has favourites like Syrah-braised Beef Short Rib and the “Cellar Door” Caesar, but has expanded to include some new taste combinations, such as
·         Warm Ricotta Flan, Caramelized Onion Tart or Brandy-cured Liver Terrine
·         Pan-seared Qualicum Bay Scallops on cod brandade, with lemon-caper foam and pancetta chips
·          “Bacon & Eggs on Toast” crispy pork belly, soft-poached egg on toasted brioche with maple dijon

CRU’s three-course prix fixe menu also features a selection of seasonal dishes such as
·         Riesling-poached Pear with toasted filberts, gorgonzola & baby greens
·         Roasted Pork Loin, pearl barley and wilted kale, oloroso sherry shiitake cream
·         Mushroom Truffle Risotto with parmesan curls and fresh pea tendrils
·         Warm Apple Spice Cake with sour cream mousse and caramel drizzle

Guests who order prior to 6:30 pm can take advantage of CRU’s Pre-Theatre Dinner Special.  If they present tickets to any Arts Club, Playhouse or Pacific Theatre production they will receive 15% off their dinner bill.

CRU Restaurant
1459 West Broadway, Vancouver
Pre-theatre Dinner Deal
15% Off
5:30 – 6:30 Daily



Our new Preferred Share Wine Club makes it even easier for you to enjoy Laughing Stock’s wines. Preferred shares pay regular dividends of wine deliveries direct to you door and we have created two levels of shares for you to consider:

Series A Preferred is designed for collecting and cellaring by providing guaranteed full-case allocations on any or all or our releases including Small Cap limited production wines. Whether you enjoy getting a case of Portfolio every year (at Futures pricing of course), or want to receive some of your other favourite wines, this membership streamlines the process, provides free shipping within BC and other shareholder benefits.

Series B Preferred is for a diversified selection of 6 specially selected Laughing Stock wines delivered direct to your door 3 times a year.

Other shareholder benefits include:

  • Preferred access to newly released wines
  • Free shipping within BC for Series A shareholders and for re-orders of 1 case or more for Series B shareholders
  • Invitation to winery events, including some shareholder-only events
  • Complimentary tasting room tastings and private tour – with advance notice

And more! Full details are available on our website: laughingstockvineyards.com




Alexandre Bilodeau, Canada’s first 2010 Olympic Gold medallist will be the honourary ambassador at Vancouver’s Gold Medal Plates event on Friday, October 29th, at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. 11of the Region’s most feted and talented chefs will battle it out to see who will be named the area’s best chef. After tasting the chef’s amazing creations, Alexandre may even be found up on stage with headline entertainers – Barney Bentall and Colin James!

A celebration of Canadian excellence, Gold Medal Plates brings together the finest chefs, wines and athletes. Olympic and Paralympic athletes are paired with each competing chef as they serve their signature dish and wine pairing to over 700 guests. 2009 Gold medallist, Chef Rob Feenie, will create the dish for the A panel of culinary judges selects the gold, silver and bronze winners; the gold medal winning chef from Vancouver will go on to compete at the Canadian Culinary Championships held February 18-19, 2011 in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Competing chefs are:
Darren Brown, Coast Robert Clarke, C Restaurant Quang Dang, Diva at the Met Stuart Klassen, Delta Grand, Kelowna Dale MacKay, Lumière Nicholas Nutting, The Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino Nico Schuermans, Chambar Roger Sleiman, Quails’ Gate Winery, Kelowna Cam Smith & Sana Ewart, Joy Road, Penticton Neil Taylor, Cibo Trattoria

Friday, October 29
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, 1088 Burrard St.

5:15 – 6:00 p.m. – VIP Reception – Interviews with chefs and athletes
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Culinary competition
7:45 – 9:00 p.m. – Dessert, hot stove interview with Alexandre Bilodeau, live auction and Vancouver’s gold, silver and bronze medal culinary winners announced
9:00 – 9:30 p.m. – Show featuring Canadian icons, Barney Bentall and Colin James

Gold Medal Plates’ regional competitions begin in October with Edmonton kicking off the cross-country events. It will be Vancouver’s chance to shine and support the athletes in their quest to Own the Podium! Other cities to follow include Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, St. John’s, Edmonton, Toronto and an inaugural event in Saskatoon! Since its inception, Gold Medal Plates has donated more than $4.1 million to support Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes and has elevated the profile of Canadian cuisine and wine. For more information: www.goldmedalplates.com

Canadian Olympic Foundation – The Beneficiary of the events: The Canadian Olympic Foundation is a national charitable organization created by the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) supporting high performance athletes across all winter and summer sports. The Foundation’s mission is to generate support to meet the technical, scientific, medical and coaching needs of Canada’s high performance sport system and assist Canada’s athletes in becoming ambassadors for sport, healthy living and the pursuit of excellence across the nation. Net proceeds from Gold Medal Plates are given to the Canadian Olympic Foundation to support high performance programs such as Own the Podium. To learn more about the Foundation and the programs it funds, please visit www.olympicfoundation.ca.



September 23, 2010, Vancouver, BC – The people have spoken. For the 15th Annual Best of Vancouver issue, Georgia Straight readers have voted Beatty Street’s culinary row as their favourite stop, day and night, for all things food and drink.

Evening hotspot Chambar Restaurant took first place as the city’s Best Independent Restaurant, with daytime counterpart Café Medina awarded as the definitive destination for Best Brunch, and neighbouring culinary playground, The Dirty Apron lauded as Vancouver’s Best Cooking School.

Karri and Nico Schuermans have been entertaining a packed house since opening the doors to Chambar back in 2004. Three years later, their casual approach to offering the finer points of food, wine and service translated into Chambar’s daytime counterpart, Café Medina. Partnering with long time employee, Robbie Kane, the stylish cafe became renowned citywide for its eclectic menus, incredible coffee and tempting Belgian waffles. Never content to rest on their laurels, the Schuermans opened The Dirty Apron Cooking School in 2009 with Chambar’s then sous chef, David Robertson. An instant hit, the culinary playground continues to teach gourmets and toast burners alike the tricks of the trade. And set to open in October, The Dirty Apron Delicatessen will cater to those wishing to align convenience with at-home gourmet.

Chambar serves a unique Belgian and North African influenced menu alongside award winning cocktail, beer and wine programs. Located at 562 Beatty Street, Chambar serves dinner nightly from 5:30pm – midnight. For more information: www.chambar.com

Nestled at 556 Beatty Street, Medina is a quaint café serving connoisseur-savvy coffee, Belgian waffles for sweet sustenance and an eclectic alternative for breakfast, lunch, and brunch. For more information: www.medinacafe.com

The Dirty Apron Cooking School offers a selection of hands-on classes that vary from creating regional classics to understanding ingredient-driven basics and executing essential knife skills. The School and adjacent Delicatessen are located at 540 Beatty Street. For more information: www.dirtyapron.com



On Tuesday October 5th celebrate over 4 decades of estate wine making with Napa Valley’s famed Trefethen Vineyard and Boneta Restaurant.

As one of Napa Valley’s few remaining family wine estates, Trefethen Vineyards has never purchased a single outside grape.

Located in the Oak Knoll District, the estate vineyard is nestled in a verdant landscape of vines at the cooler, southern end of Napa Valley.

Diners will have the opportunity to sample some of the winery’s special library selections, including their signature wine, HaLo, and a gorgeous Chardonnay celebrating their 35th anniversary vintage of this wine.

To highlight these exceptional wines Chef Jeremie Bastien has created a four-course menu of hearty fall dishes including Wild Mushroom Arancini and Parsley Root Ravioli with Brown Butter and Fried Capers.

Expert sommelier and Napa enthusiast Neil Ingram will also be on hand to walk guests through this wonderful glimpse of classic Southern California wine making at it’s finest.

Tickets are $85 per guest and include the four-course menu, wine pairings, tax & gratuity.

For additional inquiries or to reserve your table please call 604.684.1844 or email info@boneta.ca.

Trefethen Wines at Boneta
Tuesday October 5th
1 West Cordova
Dinner promptly at 7PM



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