SEEN IN VANCOUVER #499 | A Masterpiece Goes For A Late Night Ride At The Aquarium

ChiefOfTheUnderseaWorld

There are few pieces of art that are so evocatively emblematic of Vancouver as Bill Reid’s bronze orca whale masterpiece, Chief of the Undersea World. The 18ft high, 1.587 ton beauty has guarded the entrance of the Vancouver Aquarium since 1984, so it’s been seen and appreciated by millions upon millions of people over three decades (goodness knows how many wishes I’ve made at its water fountain base). It was removed a couple of years ago and put in storage for safe-keeping while the Aquarium’s new plaza and entrance went under construction. On a late night last week, it was carefully returned to its foundation with the help of a crane, a flatbed truck, and probably some math. The Aquarium had the foresight to film both the removal and the return, and they are sharing the fascinating footage – presented in time-lapse format – with us today. Take a look…

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GOODS | “Night At The Aquarium” Date Set For June In Support Of Ocean Conservation

March 20, 2014 

Ocean Wise is the seafood sustainability program founded by the Vancouver Aquarium | 604-659-3596 | www.oceanwise.ca

The GOODS from Ocean Wise

Vancouver, BC | With the addition of 55,000 square feet of amazing exploration space at Vancouver Aquarium this summer, the Aquarium’s signature fundraising gala, Night at the Aquarium, presented by PCL Construction Group, will be an event you won’t want to miss. Taking place on June 19th, Night at the Aquarium is a celebration of our oceans and raises funds to support the Aquarium’s conservation, research and education efforts, including its national sustainable seafood program Ocean Wise™.

Be among the first to experience the Aquarium’s expansive new venue, which will be the stunning backdrop to this year’s Night at the Aquarium. Vancouver’s top philanthropic and corporate leaders will be joined by passionate Ocean Wise chefs, like Executive Chef Ned Bell of YEW Seafood + Bar and Chef Rob Clark of The Fish Counter, as they delight guests with diverse culinary experiences.

Guests are invited to bid on unique live and silent auction items such as an unforgettable fishing and wildlife adventure at Langara Island Lodge. You will be whisked away on a charter flight to a luxurious four-night, all-inclusive stay where the best salmon and halibut fishing on a private boat awaits you. There are also once-in-a-lifetime opportunities such as accompanying the Aquarium’s head veterinarian for a day on his weekly rounds to get the clinical low-down on the animals under his care. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Forage Chef Chris Whittaker Wins Again At “Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown”

November 22, 2013 

Ocean Wise is the seafood sustainability program founded by the Vancouver Aquarium | 604-659-3596 | www.oceanwise.ca

Ocean Wise is the seafood sustainability program founded by the Vancouver Aquarium | 604-659-3596 | www.oceanwise.ca

The GOODS from Ocean Wise

Vancouver, BC | After a delicious battle for chowder supremacy at the Vancouver Aquarium, defending champion chef Chris Whittaker of Forage Restaurant again earned the title of 2013 Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion in Vancouver at the sold-out, annual event.

Thirteen top Ocean Wise chefs from British Columbia joined the sustainable seafood movement at the ever-popular Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown by presenting their best, ocean-friendly seafood chowders, paired with beers, to an eager crowd of 600 people. A panel of celebrity judges sampled each mouth-watering chowder and crowned chef Chris Whittaker of Forage as 2013 Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion in Vancouver. After indulging their taste buds in all 13 Ocean Wise chowders, guests at the event chose chef Ned Bell of YEW Restaurant + Bar as the winner of the People’s Choice award.

Chef Whittaker impressed the judges’ panel for the second year in a row with his enticing recipe for Creamy B.C. Spot Prawn Chowder, featuring the classic flavours of bacon, white wine and thyme, and finished with smokey chicharon and poached egg.

Chef Bell’s choice of Ocean Wise humpback shrimp, pink peppercorn cream and BC Cranberry & Okanagan Apple Relish culminated in a mouth-watering chowder named The Big Red, which won the crowd’s allegiance with ease. Chef Paul Cecconi of Brodo Kitchen and Catering with CodFathers Seafood Market won the award for best pairing – Outlandish Mussel-Saffron Chowder paired with Red Racer ESB beer by Central City Brewers and Distillers.

“As the sold-out nature of this event demonstrates each year, the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown is a fun and delicious way to celebrate sustainable seafood,” says Ann-Marie Copping, Ocean Wise manager at the Vancouver Aquarium. “Overfishing is the single biggest threat our oceans face today. In fact, we’re already fishing the last 10 per cent of all large, predatory fish from our oceans. It’s heartening to bring together our sustainability-conscious chefs and suppliers to share their passion with consumers who deeply care about the health of our oceans. We are so grateful to our partners, participants and guests for their support.”

This year’s sixth annual Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown in Vancouver showcased 13 top Ocean Wise chefs who joined the sustainable seafood movement by competing head to head in this friendly competition. Their original, ocean-friendly seafood chowders were paired with beers that highlighted each chowder’s flavour profile. The diverse ingredients of the chowders ran the spectrum, from Ocean Wise Dungeness crab chowder with salmon bacon to Ocean Wise smoked oysters and chanterelle chowder. A list of participating chefs and their bios can be found here.

This year’s panel of distinguished judges included:

· Guy Dean – Vice president and chief sustainability officer, Albion Fisheries Ltd.
· Rob Clark – Co-owner of The Fish Counter and Ocean Wise chef partner
· Chester Carey – Serious Beer program instructor and certified cicerone
· Sid Cross – Food and wine aficionado
· Andrew Morrison – Founder of Scout Magazine
· Tim Pawsey – Food and wine journalist
· Jamie Maw – Food and wine journalist

During Ocean Wise month in November, consumers are invited to join the sustainable seafood movement by eating ocean-friendly seafood to keep our oceans healthy. Look for the Ocean Wise symbol next to a seafood item for the Vancouver Aquarium’s assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice. Read more

GOODS | The Vancouver Aquarium Hosting Their “Toast To The Coast” On October 18

October 15, 2013 

The Ocean Wise symbol is the Vancouver Aquarium’s assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice | oceanwise.ca

The GOODS from Ocean Wise

Vancouver, BC | More than a dozen of B.C.’s finest Ocean Wise restaurants, twelve of its top wineries, and numerous businesses, professionals and conservationists will unite on October 18th for a common goal – to raise funds for aquatic conservation by contributing to Toast to the Coast, presented by CIBC, Vancouver Aquarium’s fetching annual fall fundraising event.

More than 500 dazzling guests are expected to gather at 7:30 p.m. for this celebration of superb food, delicious wines and fascinating undersea life. The event, now in its eighth year, always sells out. In 2012, Toast to the Coast raised more than $100,000 for the Aquarium’s conservation, research and education programs, supporting important initiatives such as Ocean Wise™, its national, award-winning, sustainable-seafood program.

Guests at Toast to the Coast are never at a loss for discussion points with the thousands of mesmerizing jellies on display, along with the other 50,000 beguiling aquatic creatures found at the Aquarium. As music wafts through the space, guests will wander the subtly-lit galleries while quaffing stellar B.C. wines from wineries like Poplar Grove, Howling Bluff and Mission Hill, nibbling Ocean Wise canapés from the celebrated chefs at the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver, Yew Seafood + Bar, The Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl Winery and TUC Craft Kitchen, and falling for the seductions of Soirette macarons and sweets from xoxolat.

Over the course of the evening, guests will have an opportunity to bid on amazing silent auction items that include a Whistler weekend getaway at the Westin complete with Ziptrek experience and Oakley Airwave Goggles that display speed and altitude, navigate, and interface with a smartphone. Four tickets to December’s Pearl Jam concert are among the fundraising booty on offer. Read more

GOODS: Big “Night At The Aquarium” Raises Over $350,000 To Help Protect Aquatic Life

Ocean Wise is the the seafood sustainability of the Vancouver Aquarium | 604-659-3596 | www.oceanwise.ca

The GOODS from Ocean Wise

Vancouver, BC | The Vancouver Aquarium’s annual fundraising gala, Night at the Aquarium, presented by PCL Construction Group, raised over $350,000, for the non-profit society. One hundred per cent of the event’s proceeds support the Aquarium’s conservation, research, and education programs, including its Ocean Wise™ program, which was created to address overfishing, the single biggest threat our oceans face today.

“Our magical signature gala is an unforgettable night where we invite our supporters to celebrate our shared commitment to aquatic conservation,” said Dr. John Nightingale, Vancouver Aquarium president and CEO. “Their support allows us to rescue and rehabilitate injured animals, to ignite the curiosity and passion of tomorrow’s conservationists, and to continue our work as a global leader in aquatic research. Night at the Aquarium is our most significant fundraising event and brings together community partners near and far to connect with the important conservation, research and education initiatives we lead.”

The event’s 350 guests were treated to a dizzying array of sustainable delights from 16 of B.C.’s top Ocean Wise restaurants and chefs, including Chef Rob Clark, who served an exquisite spot-prawn taco for the sold-out VIP reception, and Chef Wayne Harris of the Vancouver Shangri-La Hotel, who created a heavenly seared halibut with creamy coconut and apple salad. In addition to being one of 22 wineries and distilleries present at the event, Mission Hill’s Chef Matthew Batey of the vineyard’s Terrace Restaurant created an exquisite smoked scallop with hazelnuts and vanilla crème. New this year was a champagne reception, courtesy of Tattinger. Read more

GOODS: Top Vancouver Chefs To Compete In 2012 “Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown”

September 27, 2012 

The Ocean Wise symbol is the Vancouver Aquarium’s assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice | oceanwise.ca

The GOODS from Ocean Wise

Vancouver, BC | Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program proudly announces the 12 Vancouver Ocean Wise finalists who will compete head-to-head at this year’s 2012 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown, presented by Rickard’s and Granville Island Brewing. This year’s event takes place on November 21 at the Vancouver Aquarium. Tickets are available at vanaqua.org/chowder-chowdown.

“This friendly, but competitive, cook-off brings together 12 of Vancouver’s top chefs as they showcase their original ocean-friendly seafood chowders, paired with craft beer, at this fun and delicious consumer event,” says Mike McDermid, Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise partner relations manager. “The winner, who will be crowned 2012 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion, will be selected by a celebrity panel of judges, and guests are invited to vote for the People’s Choice winner at what promises to be memorable evening of unique and flavourful chowders, all in support of sustainable seafood.”

See the line-up of local Ocean Wise chefs contending for the winning title of Vancovuer Aquarium’s 2012 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion after the jump… Read more

GOODS: The Vancouver Aquarium Hosting Their “Toast To The Coast” This October 12

August 27, 2012 

The Ocean Wise symbol is the Vancouver Aquarium’s assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice | oceanwise.ca

The GOODS from Ocean Wise

Vancouver, BC | Mark your calendars for Vancouver Aquarium’s annual Toast to the Coast event, which takes place on Friday, October 12, 2012. One of the Aquarium’s signature fundraising events, Toast to the Coast directly supports the Aquarium’s conservation, research and education programs.

Each year, over 500 of Vancouver’s inspired individuals come together to celebrate aquatic conservation in style as the Vancouver Aquarium is transformed into a magical after-hours experience. Guests connect with aquatic life while they nosh on exquisite canapés from leading Ocean Wise restaurants, sample the best of B.C.’s local wines, boogie to live music and leave with chic items from the silent auction.

Set against the magical backdrop of the Aquarium at night, this year’s Ocean Wise partners include new participants Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek and Wild Rice, joined by some of Vancouver’s favourite seafood restaurants such as C restaurant and YEW Restaurant + Bar. Enjoy B.C.’s best wines including pours from Quail’s Gate Estate Winery, Blasted Church Vineyards and Hillside Estate Winery. Read more

GOODS: Yew To Host “Ocean Wise” Supper To Celebrate World Oceans Day On June 8

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The GOODS from Ocean Wise

Vancouver, BC | Executive Chef Ned Bell at YEW restaurant + bar and Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver has always been a strong proponent of sustainable seafood – but this World Oceans Day on June 8, he’s taking his commitment to another level as the venue debuts as a new partner of Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program.

If you know anything about culinary master Ned Bell, you know you won’t be disappointed by the sumptuous Ocean Wise dinner he’ll be serving up that evening. Inspired by the oceans of the world – Indian, Pacific, Atlantic, and Southern – the dinner will celebrate our connection to the ocean. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: A Night Of Food & Wine In Support Of Conservation At The Vancouver Aquarium

Ocean Wise is the the seafood sustainability of the Vancouver Aquarium | 604-659-3596 | www.oceanwise.ca

The GOODS from Ocean Wise

Vancouver, BC | Thursday, June 21 is the sixth annual iconic Night at the Aquarium gala fundraiser, the Vancouver Aquarium’s signature fundraising event. All proceeds of the event are a critical source of funding for the Aquarium’s conservation, research and education programs.

There is no other location in Vancouver where you can mingle with more than 50,000 wonderful sea creatures. Guests at the gala will enjoy a selection of wines from around the world paired with delicious Ocean Wise™ dishes prepared by some of Vancouver’s top chefs including executive chefs Rob Clarke of C Restaurant, Frank Pabst of Blue Water Café, David Hawksworth of Hawksworth Restaurant (VIP pre-reception) and Ned Bell of YEW restaurant and Four Seasons.

In addition, gala attendees will enjoy live music and entertainment, and have a chance to bid on a dream in the live and silent auctions. This year’s live auction will feature notable items such as an exclusive vacation package from Sonora Resort. Journey of the Salmon: From the stream to the plate will include a two-night stay, round-trip helicopter for two, one-hour eco-adventure tour on the inflatable Polaris vessel, raft and snorkel with the salmon session, cooking class, four-hour fishing session, and a signed Tastes of Sonora Cookbook for a total value of $6,800. Learn more after the jump… Read more

GOODS: City’s Top Chefs To Compete For “2011 Ocean Wise Chowder Champion” Title

October 31, 2011 

The Ocean Wise symbol is the Vancouver Aquarium’s assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice | oceanwise.ca

The GOODS from Ocean Wise

Vancouver, BC| Twelve of Vancouver’s top Ocean Wise chefs will heat up the Vancouver Aquarium on November 23 as they compete in a cook-off for the title of 2011 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion. “This friendly, but fierce, competition brings together 12 of Vancouver’s best chefs as they compete with original ocean-friendly seafood chowder, paired with local craft beer,” says Mike McDermid, Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise partner relations manager. “The judging panel has selected 12 Ocean Wise recipes submitted by B.C.’s top chefs for what will be an incredible night of great tastingchowder, all in support of sustainable seafood.” The following local Ocean Wise chefs will go head-to-head, creating delicious, sustainable Ocean Wise chowders… Read more

GOODS: The Vancouver Aquarium & Ocean Wise™ Ready For “Toast To The Coast”

October 20, 2011 

The Ocean Wise symbol is the Vancouver Aquarium’s assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice | oceanwise.ca

The GOODS from Ocean Wise

Vancouver, BC| Join 500 foodies and wine lovers in support of the Vancouver Aquarium’s conservation, education and research efforts at Toast to the Coast 2011 on Friday November 4, 2011 from 7:30pm – 11:00pm. Toast to the Coast transforms the Aquarium into a stylishly exotic after-hours experience with 100% of the evening’s proceeds going to support the Aquarium’s commitment to effecting the conservation of aquatic life and waterways. Guest will enjoy canapés from leading Ocean Wise restaurants, sample the best local wines, jive to live music from DJ Leanne and leave with finds from the silent auction and fashion showcase. Get all the details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: The Vancouver Aquarium’s “Ocean Wise” Program Joins The Scout Community

October 19, 2011 

We’ve invited the Vancouver Aquarium’s fantastic Ocean Wise program to join our GOODS section as a recommended local organisation that is worth checking out (look for their sustainable seafood symbol on menus across the city). They’re now proud members of Scout, and as such we’ll be posting their news front and center and hosting a page for them on our curated list of independent goodnesses. We’d like to take this chance to thank them for their support of Scout, and for making Vancouver a more delicious place to live!

Rob Clark with chinook salmon - Mike McDermidRaincoastSablefish at Raincity GrillBC Spot Prawns are one of the many success stories of Ocean Wise. Once shipped directly to Asian and European markets, now the BC Spot Prawn is a preferred dish amongst diners across Canada.Sushi Can Be Ocean Wise Too!Live BC Spot PrawnsMarket SeafoodMike McDermid - Ocean WiseMarketplace IGA SeafoodNot all wild salmon in the same, always check the Ocean Wise seafood page for the latest information on wild salmon.  Closed Containment farmed Coho andOcean Wise Seafood BarOysters at C RestaurantMarket SeafoodPrawns at C RestaurantChowder Chowdown VA 2010 WinnersChowder Chowdown TO 2010Chowder Chowdown 2010NUB.C. Spot Prawn | Neil FisherChef Myke Shaw - Vancouver AquariumBC Sardines - Mike McDermid

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When The Sustainable Seafood Keeners At The Vancouver Aquarium Have Bad Dreams

January 24, 2011 

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