ChefmeetsBCGrape – thanks for the memories!

For the last week, we’ve been celebrating the finer things in lifedecadent BC wines and amazing local cuisinewith our  ChefmeetsBCGrape series of fundraisers. What follows is a recap of just a few of the highlights from the three very different events.

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
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Director of Wines of British Columbia, Miles Prodan, welcomes guests with host Dawn Chubai and Arts Club’s Interim Executive Director Valerie Prodanuk.

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p2b bistro and bar took home Best Overall Dish honours.

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A long line forms at Forage’s station.

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[LtoR] Alycia Dolighan and Maggie Anderson, our event partners at Wines of British Columbia.

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The Arts Club development team: [LtoR] Kathy MacKenzie, event organizer Gigi Wong, Morgan Wood, and Annie Wu.

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Our hard working 50/50 volunteers Glenda Sherlock and Micheline Albert (LtoR).

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 wineriesChef 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.

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[LtoR] Chefs Jeff Van Geest, Jenna Pillon, and Brock Bowes

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Guests enjoy watching chefs plate the dishes and chatting with 10 winemakers pouring wines from across the region.

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Chefs Jenna and Brock plating the main course.

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.

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[LtoR] Arts Club’s Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd, Bistro Pastis owner John Blakeley, and Mission Hill’s Fine Wine Consultant Steven Lane.

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Guests enjoy an entertaining cooking demonstration.

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Seared scallops with aerated foie gras, potato crumble, green apple beurre blanc with reserve chardonnay 2012.

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.

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Celebrate Culture Days this Sunday!

CD 2014-leaderboardACT production doorThis weekend, artists and arts organizations across Canada are opening up studios and venue halls to present interactive demonstrations, performances, workshops, block parties, and so much more, for the 5th annual Culture Days celebration. The Arts Club is getting in on the action with two FREE back-to-back events this Sunday afternoon in-and-around our home base on Granville Island to show you some of the behind-the-scenes activities at our theatre.

Join us for an exclusive tour to see how our elaborate sets and costumes are created for the stage. For those of you who missed our popular LEAP festival in March, we’re reprising four play readings to showcase new works from some amazing up-and-coming playwrights. No need to reserve a space or hold a seat, just show up to the following locations.

Schedule for Sunday, September 28:

1. Tour of the Arts Club Production and Costume Shop
Production Shop on Granville Island
1377 Cartwright Street
12:30–1:30 PM

Stephan Baeuml, our director of production, along with Ace Martens, our technical director of the production shop, will be your tour guides with plenty of theatrical tricks up their sleeves to tell you about. Our design and technical team are busy creating the set and costumes for the period drama Saint Joan. They’ll explain the many facets involved in taking the sets, props, and costumes from designer’s sketches to opening night!

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Props and costumes in the works for the upcoming production of Saint Joan

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Costume sketch for Joan of Arc
by Christine Reimer



2. Reading of works by LEAP Playwriting Intensive alumni

Revue Stage on Granville Island
1601 Johnston Street
2–4 PM

Sit back and listen to a series of short play readings by the alumni of our LEAP Playwriting Intensive, a free youth program now entering its 9th year. Top Vancouver professional theatre actors will read plays by Scott Button, Moses Caliboso, Bonnie Duff, Avash Islam, and Chloe Packer. This event is of particular interest to high school students interested in applying for this year’s LEAP program. Staff and alumni playwrights will be on hand for a post reading Q&A and to speak more about the LEAP program.

LEAP is made possible by the generous support of the Y.P. Heung Foundation, RBC Foundation, and Program Patron Bonnie Mah.

LEAP Program leader Shawn Macdonald at festival readings in March 2014.

LEAP Program leader Shawn Macdonald at festival readings in March 2014.

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The return of…glamourama (and Nicola Cavendish!)

The audience was on their feet Wednesday night for the opening of 4000 Miles, and the remarkable return of Nicola Cavendish to the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. We laughed along with Nicola’s impeccable comedic timing in the role of the 91-year-old grandmother, Vera, watching as she turned simple moments (like folding laundry) into memorable scenes, and connected with her co-star, Nathan Barrett (Leo).

Enjoy the photos from the big night below, and see the full album on our Facebook page. Congratulations to the company of 4000 Miles, and we wish you a successful run!


The girls of 4000 Miles, Agnes Tong (Amanda) and Ella Simon (Bec).


Nathan Barrett (Leo) celebrates with friends.


Jill Daum and John Mann joined in on the festivities.

The cast of  with the director, Roy Surette.

The cast of 4000 Miles with director Roy Surette.


4000 Miles is now playing at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until October 12. Tickets start at just $29 and are available here and by calling 604.687.1644.

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