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If you check out the guest list below – you’ll know this will be a busy interesting hour.
We start with Executive Chef David Hawksworth and his Chef du Cuisine Quinton Bennett.
They created a Spring Journey Menu which includes ingredients from all over of and several from Alberta. We’re talking true local at Hawksworth. The menu features a uniquely illustrated map of the province, which shows the origins of each dish. The menu also highlights the full flavor potential of our BC.
Spring Journey Menu requires full table participation. This is a shared experience.
Here’s the menu…Enjoy!!
- asparagus and ricotta salad prosciutto, grape 22
- albacore tuna radish, burnt nori emulsion 24
- pan roasted scallop popcorn sweetbread, chanterelle, green apple 26
- pacific squid peanut, nashi pear, crispy pork chili vinaigrette 24
- spring velouté pickled potatoes, watercress 21
- foie gras parfait pear, walnut, brioche 27
- pork belly kohlrabi slaw, apple, apricot, chicharrón 25
- poached pheasant rhubarb, garlic herb aioli 25
- chicken breast ibérico, charred asparagus, buttermilk 42
- sablefish barley, black garlic, king oyster mushroom 51
- yarrow meadows duck breast beets, horseradish, chamomile, split jus 43
- pacific halibut chaga broth, foraged greens 46
- alberta beef striploin shortrib croquette, caramelized onion royale, spinach, red wine jus 57
- lobster tail squash and mushroom agnolotti, black truffle, hazelnut 49
- lamb merguez, lemon yogurt, cauliflower 52
For Two, Sharing:
- alberta beef ribeye
- german butter potato, wild mushroom, bone marrow, green peppercorn, red wine jus 130
- Spring Journey Menu
- peas curd, elderflower
- prawn sea vegetable, wild rose
- smoked salmon maple, spruce, horseradish
- pheasant allium, almond cream
- bison pine, nettle, wildberries, carrot
- chaga mushroom, chicory
- rhubarb wood sorrel
Unsworth pours at Vij’s (Chris Turyk-Unsworth & Mike Bernardo –Wine Director)
I don’t believe there’s any tougher wine pairing challenge in Vancouver than Vij’s.
Vikram has repeatedly stated that there are 5 layers of spices in many of his dishes and it takes a brilliant wine director choosing exceptional wines to pair with a wild spiced meal.
Chris Turyk new what he was doing when he and Father Tim brought their new releases in Vij’s last week and poured with Mike’s food choices.
We started with:
- Charme De L’lle
- Pinot Gris
2016 Pinot Noir and 2015 Reserve
And I think I saw some Tim Buck wine go by as well.
From the kitchen Mike presented:
- Mini Mutton Kebabs
- Sweet Potato and Spiced Ricotta “cookies”
- Lamb Popsicles
- Spiced Cassava Fries
- Vegetables (Cauliflower, spinach. potato)
- Vegetable Papri
Boutinot Wines (Rhone Valley)
(Chief Winemaker Eric Monnin, The Wine Diva plus rep Matt Thirlwell and Canada Rep Megan Cole)
We met at Ancora Dining and Patio. (Across from Granville Market – foot of Howe St)
Eric Monnin brought with him six wines from his portfolio. (I think he mentions that they now make 20 Million bottles)
Poured on the day were
- Domaine Boutinot La Fleur Solitaire CDR Blanc
- The Tea Leaf – (South Africa) 2016
- Le Petit Chat Malin Rose 2017
- Domaine Boutinot Les Cerisiers CDR Rose
- Domaine Boutinot La Cote Sauvage Cairanne CDVR 2014
- Domaine Boutinot Les Coteaux Schisteaux Seguret CDRV 201
As always Daenna van Mulligen (The Wine Diva) brought her invaluable experience to the table. A very welcomed partner.
Eric was as charming as his wines.
With Eric were Matt Thirlwell from Vintage West and Megan Cole Representative for Boutinot in Canada. We asked both for an overview on Boutinot – its history and place in the World of Wine
…and finally its friend Chef Ned Bell with insight into the upcoming BC Shellfish Festival in Courtney-Comox. June 8-17
Ned is all about shellfish sustainability. All you have to do is “just ask him” and off he goes.
An award-winning list of local, national and international celebrity chefs has now been announced for the 12th annual BC Seafood Festival, a 10-day celebration in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, B.C. from Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 17, 2018. Tickets to select public events will go on sale starting at 9:00am on Friday, April 13th.
This year the 2018 event is unveiling the next generation of the festival by extending the highly anticipated BC Seafood Festival Signature Weekend to three-days featuring new events and celebrations including celebrity chef demonstrations, award-winning shellfish and seafood tastings, interactive & educational displays, and competitions including the famous Fanny Bay Oyster Shucking Competition and the OceanWise™ Chowder Challenge. Guests and visitors may purchase a Signature Weekend Day passes to enjoy some of these weekend highlights:
- Learn to Cook BC Seafood at two different Celebrity Chef Demonstration stages
- 15+ Seafood Tasting Stations – Meet the Producers and Chefs
- 15+ BC Craft Beer, Wine and Spirit Tasting Stations
- Live Music Performances
- Largest Kids Interactive Zone featuring numerous Touch Tanks and Interactive Displays, and Seafood Cooking Classes, plus the first visit to the Festival by the Vancouver Aquarium AquaVan!
Check out the website below. You won’t believe the list of chefs attending.
It’s like a culinary all-star game.
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STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON
Top Drop Vancouver 2018
At least 15 of the very best winemakers and principals – all in one room.
- Domaine Taupent-Merme
- Dtina (Croatia)
- St.Innocent (Oregon)
- SpottsWoode (St Helena)
- Ridge Vineyards (Cupertino)
- Yalumba – Barossa (Jane Ferrari)
- Alpha Box and Dice – (Australia)
- Blackbird Vineyards (California)
- Bella Wines ( Naramata)
- Kurtis Kolt – Organizer. Co-founder)