GOODS | Chef Julian Bond Of PICA Gets Inducted Into BC Restaurant Hall Of Fame

The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) is located at 1505 West Second Ave | 604.734.4488 | www.picachef.com

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(VANCOUVER, BC) | Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) congratulates Julian Bond, Executive Chef, Program Director & Vice President on his induction into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame under the ‘Industry Award’ category. Chef Julian will join 10 other equally talented and notable inductees honoured in five separate categories at the September 30th BC Restaurant Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony.

Over the span of Chef Bond’s 25 years in the Food and Hospitality industry, both internationally and locally, Chef Bond has been endlessly contributing as a professional, as an educator, as a mentor, as a founding member and most importantly as a leader. All of these qualities embrace BC Restaurant Hall of Fame’s mandate for the Industry Award category – “All nominees must have attained a high level of excellence and brought honour to British Columbia hospitality industry through ongoing dedication to the development of the hospitality industry in British Columbia”. Read more

GOODS: Cicerone Chester Carey Hosting A Fine Supper Paired With Good Beer At PICA

October 9, 2012 

The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) is located at 1505 West Second Ave | 604.734.4488 | www.picachef.com

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VANCOUVER, BC | On Tuesday, October 16th Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts hosts a celebration of beer. Join Serious Beer program instructor and Certified Cicerone, Chester Carey, for an evening of beer talk and learn how well these brew-tastic beverages can pair alongside a menu of fine food. This intimate Fall dinner event begins at 6:30 PM and $60 (HST included) gets you five-courses of tasty fare artfully paired with five tastings of local craft and international beers. Tickets are available online here. Check out the menu (with beer pairings) after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Pacific Institute Of Culinary Arts Needs A Pastry Instructor

The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) is located at 1505 West Second Ave | 604.734.4488 | www.picachef.com

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(VANCOUVER, BC) | Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is on the hunt for a Pastry Chef Instructor. This position reports to the Executive Pastry Chef. The main responsibilities include delivering instruction of relevant and current curriculum using a variety of teaching methods and standardized assessment tools in our student-operated restaurant, Bistro 101. Get all the details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts’ Chef Julian Bond Receives Mentorship Award

April 26, 2012 

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(VANCOUVER, BC) | This year’s 23rd Annual Vancouver Magazine ‘Restaurant Awards’, held on Monday, April 23rd, added a new category of special distinction in recognition of an individual who has gone above and beyond when it comes to teaching and mentoring the next generation of cooks and chefs. Proudly Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts’ Executive Chef Julian Bond became the inaugural recipient of the ‘Mentorship Award’. The award joins industry-lauded ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’, ‘Green Award’ and, Front-of-House Service Award’ under the auspicious ‘Special Awards Category’.

In front of a room full of peers, friends as well as, former students Julian Bond had this to say about receiving this new and prestigious award, “We all meet here once a year and when I walk around the room I see former students now sous chefs, executive chefs all in a world of their own making and that makes me extremely proud”. Julian further went on to say, “We are all cooks but to truly become a chef we must pass on our craft and pass it on correctly”. Read more

GOODS: The Pacific Institute Of Culinary Arts Is Hunting For A Restaurant Instructor

March 23, 2012 

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The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) is located at 1505 West Second Ave | 604.734.4488 | www.picachef.com

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(VANCOUVER, BC) | Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is looking for a Restaurant Instructor (evening shift). The Restaurant Instructor reports directly to the Director of Food and Beverage Services. The main responsibility of this position is to train Culinary and Baking & Pastry Arts students in all aspects of food and beverage service in a full service restaurant environment. Following the Institute’s curriculum and objectives, the Restaurant Instructor organizes, directs, and coordinates the students and resources of the restaurant to achieve an outstanding customer service experience for our guests. Details on the position and how to apply after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Chef Toshitsuga (“Ted”) Hara Joins The Baking & Pastry Arts Program At PICA

February 23, 2011 

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The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) is located at 1505 West Second Ave | 604.734.4488 | www.picachef.com

The GOODS from The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

Vancouver, BC | Former two decade long Executive Pastry Chef for Vancouver’s illustrious Pan Pacific Hotel, Chef Toshitsuga (Ted) Hara is a welcome addition to Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts’ (PICA) Professional Baking & Pastry Arts program.  “We could not have found a better combination of experience, passion and prestige to complement our existing team of internationally trained faculty members” adds Executive Chef and newly elected Chefs’ Table Society of BC President, Julian Bond… Read more

Give The Gift Of Creativity With Pica’s Food Writing Course

December 16, 2010 

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Have a creative person high up on your Christmas list who is tricky to shop for? Registrations for the Food Writing In The Modern Media Landscape course at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts are still being accepted online here, and nothing says I love you better than go learn something…

It’s a fun class, but a serious one. Over five Monday evenings beginning January 24th, students will examine Vancouver’s current print media landscape and discuss the opportunities within it; tackle the local food blogs to see what works and what doesn’t; find out how to carve a niche as a blogger; learn how to write restaurant reviews; be shown the implications and applications of social media; become familiar with the tools of the trade, and taught how to work to their strengths. Each student will be shepherded through the blog building process from idea to launch; have their concept and brand peer-reviewed through lively, honest discussion; and leave the course armed for a successful entry into the local blogosphere.

My first wave of students were awesome. They included everyone from booze wonks and home cooks to design lovers and restaurant pros (there was even a highprofile executive chef). I hope to see more Scout readers this time around. It is a class designed for everyone, but with one goal in mind: to give each and every student the skills, discipline and confidence required to become a food writer in the modern media landscape.

The Next “Food Writing In The Modern Media Landscape” Class

November 10, 2010 

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The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is once again permitting me to pollute the brains of would-be wordsmiths through a course entitled Food Writing In The Modern Media Landscape.

Local food writer, editor and restaurant critic Andrew Morrison (Scout, The Westender, Vancouver Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Harry) presents Food Writing In The Modern Media Landscape: a hands-on class that details how one can turn a passion for food, wine and restaurants into a fulfilling hobby or a viable profession. Students will be taught the tricks, tools and realities of the trade (cameras, smart phones, web); explore new platforms like blogs and Twitter; learn how to carve out a niche in the food blogosphere; and be shown how to approach print outlets as a freelancer.

My first group of students were fantastic, and from surprisingly diverse stripes. Among them were a wine nut, a farming fan, a beer aficionado, a food stylist, a design wonk…even the executive chef at one of the best restaurants in Vancouver. The course is fun but intensive, and I’m really looking forward to doing it again. Here’s hoping I’ll get to meet/see some of you when the next round of classes begin in January.

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Sign Up For PICA’s New Food Writing Class (Starts Monday)

September 25, 2010 

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There are only a few spots left for the Food Writing In The Modern Media Landscape course that starts this Monday night at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts next to Granville Island. I’m stoked for it. We’ll be exploring the nature and mechanics of food writing in print and online; the development of a personal style; blog building; the application of social media tools; and much more. For details on how to sign up, plus dates, times, and cost, check after the jump… Read more

Scout Editor To Teach Food Writing In Modern Media At PICA

PICA is located at 1505 West Second Ave in Vancouver, BC at the entrance to Granville Island | 604-734-4488 | picachef.com

PICA is located at 1505 West Second Avenue at the entrance to Granville Island | 604-734-4488 | picachef.com

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Vancouver, BC | Local food writer, editor and restaurant critic Andrew Morrison (Scout, The Westender, Vancouver Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Harry) presents Food Writing In The Modern Media Landscape: a hands-on class that details how one can turn a passion for food, wine and restaurants into a fulfilling hobby or a viable profession. Students will be taught the tricks, tools and realities of the trade (cameras, smart phones, web); explore new platforms like blogs and Twitter; learn how to carve out a niche in the food blogosphere; and be shown how to approach print outlets as a freelancer.

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Dates (Mondays): September 27, October 4, 15, 25, November 1 (15 Hours)
Bring to class: Paper & Pen or Laptop (recommended)
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts
Tuition Fee: $375.00

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Vancouver Food Blogs: What’s Out There That’s Worth A Read?

I’m teaching a class on Food Writing and Modern Media at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts this Fall (details forthcoming) and I’d like to know what new(ish) local food and drink sites I should be referencing when it comes time to talk about the local blogosphere. I have my own favourites – City Food, Tiny Bites, Cherries & Clay, Foodists, Butter On The Endive – but the number has mushroomed over the last couple of years and I could use some guidance from readership. If you know of any good ones worth checking out (or own one yourself), please share the url in the comments below. Much obliged.

The Canadian Chef’s Congress At PICA For Mystery Kitchen Tour

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Vancouver, BC | Sunday, June 27th, 6:30pm to 9pm, Canadian Chefs’ Congress take over the professional kitchens of Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts to host a Mystery Kitchen Tour.  All proceeds go towards this year’s Chefs’ Congress held on Vancouver Island September 11th to 12th; 2010’s focus is Oceans for Tomorrow.

Tickets for the Mystery Tour are $75.00 and can be purchased at www.picachef.com. With a scant 100 tickets available, you’ll have to act fast.  Eight of Vancouver’s top-notch culinary purveyors, sworn to secrecy, are paired with wine and is host to their very own kitchen parties. Make your way thru the corridors of Pacific Institute to all eight food and wine stations ending your mystery kitchen tour with a dessert finale.  This exclusive and mysterious evening of superb food and wine pairings won’t disappoint. Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is situated at the gateway to Granville Island at 1505 West Second Avenue, Vancouver, BC.  To contact please call (604) 734-4488 or visit www.picachef.com. Read more

PICA’s Tim Ellison Achieves WSET Level 3 Assessor Qualification

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(VANCOUVER, BC) | Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) is a dynamic, trend-forward institution committed to providing industry relevant, top-notch educational opportunities. Proudly then, we congratulate Tim Ellison, fresh off a plane from London and newly minted with BC’s fourth and ninth in Canada, Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET®) UK, Level Three Assessor Qualification. After 3 days of intensive study, testing, and evaluations by panels of experts at the WSET® head office in London England, Ellison successfully achieved the highest level of assessment qualification available. Read more

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