SWAG: Win Two Tickets To Sunday Night’s “Farms To Forks” Moveable Feast At PICA

October 19, 2012 

Farms to Forks goes down this Sunday, October 21st inside the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. The awesome culinary event in support of Growing Chefs is bringing prominent chefs and mixologists together with BC’s best growers and producers for a fun night of food, wine, beer, and cocktails. To join dozens of foodies moving from tasting station to tasting station on this gastronomic adventure, here’s what you need to do…

1) Like this post and Scout on Facebook (if you haven’t already).

2) Follow @scoutmagazine on Twitter and retweet the following: I’m fixing to win two tickets to Farms To Forks via @scoutmagazine http://wp.me/plxHU-f8U

The winner will be chosen at random late this evening. Good luck!

Sun, Oct. 21 @ 5:30pm | Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (1505 W 2nd) | Tickets $149 | Details 

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

April 26, 2012 

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

The GOODS from PICA

(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

15 Of The Best Restaurants In Town Prepare For This Sunday’s “Farm To Forks” Party

October 18, 2011 

Growing Chefs! second Farm To Forks harvest kitchen party takes place this Sunday, October 23rd at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA).  If you dig the people who supply us with fresh local food and don’t mind at all if Vancouver’s very best chefs prepare plenty of it for you in a casual, walkabout environment, then don’t miss out. Hosts Margaret Gallagher and Fred Lee of the CBC will be on hand to guide diners through PICA’s many classroom kitchens, supping morsels from Bishop’s, West, La Quercia (and over a dozen other great restaurants) as they go. The proceeds from the night go to Growing Chefs!, a local non-profit that aims to support and encourage the development and growth of urban agriculture and to provide an avenue for chefs and growers to engage in the community. They also bring chefs into our local elementary schools to teach children about cooking and the importance of food sustainability (we’ve seen first hand the impact the program has had on our kids, and believe its creator, Helen Stortini, is an absolute saint). See the complete list of restaurants that will be in attendance (and what they’ll be cooking) after the jump… Read more

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

News from Scout supporter PICA

(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

Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA)

October 4, 2008 

Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts
1505 West Second Ave (at the entrance to Granville Island), Vancouver BC
Telephone: 604.734.4488
Website: www.picachef.com | Twitter | Facebook
Email: info@picachef.com

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The Team

Executive Chef & Program Director – Julian Bond

About Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

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Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts offers two diploma-granting professional programs in the Culinary Arts and the Baking & Pastry Arts. Additionally, this culinary centre offers programs for the casual home-chef and industry professionals including intensive wine studies, restaurant operations management and hospitality entrepreneurship.

The onsite restaurant and bakeshop at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts were founded to create a ‘real-world’ training experience for the school’s professional Culinary and Baking & Pastry Arts students. Open to the public five days a week for a la carte dining and available for private events, weddings and catering functions, the restaurant at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts gives guests both a fine-dining experience and a glimpse at the world’s future great Chef’s in training.

Memberships

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Accredited by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency of BC (PCTIA)
BC Career Colleges Association BC Chefs’ Association
BC Restaurant & Foodservices Association
International Association of Culinary Professionals
National Association of Career Colleges
Tourism Vancouver
Ocean Wise

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