Our ChefmeetsBCGrape Signature Tasting, last Wednesday night, kicked off the series in style with an incredible array of BC VQA wines and delicious pairing plates to sample. The ballroom of the Vancouver Convention Centre East was the perfect locale for over 500 guests to enjoy local wine and cuisine. Thanks to host Dawn Chubai (Breakfast Television) and judges Sid Cross, Nathan Fong, DJ Kearney, and Rhys Pender.
And, congrats to the restaurant and winery winners:
- Best Overall Dish - p2b bistro & bar + Church and State Wines
- Best Overall Dish runner up - Savory Chef Foods + Osoyoos Larose Estate Winery
- Best Paired Plate - La Pentola della Quercia + JoieFarm
The signature tasting was presented in association with the Wines of British Columbia. Photos by Mark Halliday. For more photos, visit out Facebook page.
Up next, on Thursday night, was the more intimate Uncorked Kitchen Party at a Kitsilano gallery space. The evening combined the collective talents of three Okanagan-based chefs who know their way around wineries—Chef Brock Bowes (Sonora Room Restaurant at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery), Chef Jenna Pillon (Terrafina at Hester Creek), and Chef Jeff Van Geest (Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek)—who each created three courses with three bites, in tandem, incorporating the elements of water, sun and earth on each plate.
This event was presented in association with the Oliver Osoyoos Wine County.
And finally, last night, Bistro Pastis was the host restaurant for the Mission Hill Family Estate dinner. Guests dined on seared scallops, ballotine of quail, braised beef short ribs and coconut and chili panna cotta. Each dish was accompanied by a select Mission Hill Family Estate wine and fine wine consultant Steven Lane was on hand to explain all about the wines and food pairings.
Presented in partnership with Mission Hill Family Estate and Bistro Pastis.
All proceeds from the series will assist with our youth programs and community engagement initiatives.