GOODS | Sommelier Cage Fight Pitting Wine Against Wine At “Vancouver Urban Winery”

March 28, 2014 

Vancouver Urban Winery is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 |vancouverurbanwinery.com

Vancouver Urban Winery is located at 55 Dunlevy Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-566-9463 |vancouverurbanwinery.com

The GOODS from Vancouver Urban Winery

Vancouver, BC | Two Sommeliers enter the ring, but only one exits with their ego intact. Equal parts ‘Bloodsport’ and ‘Sideways,’ this seminar sees instructors David Stansfield and Lisa Cook pitting their favourite wines against each other in a vicious cage fight for wine geek supremacy from 7pm to 9pm on Sunday, March 30th. You act as the judge and jury over five rounds of tasting in this epic rematch, and you can expect flights of wine served blind alongside tips and tricks on reading labels and understanding aromas and flavours. It’s perfect for novices and enthusiasts alike. Tickets are $40 + GST. Purchase through Vancouver Urban Winery or phone 604.566.9463 to book. Read more

GOODS | Les Amis Du Fromage Set To Host “Petit Four Pastries” Pop-Up Next Saturday

March 27, 2014 

Les Amis du Fromage | East Van: 843 E. Hastings, 604-253-4218 | Kits: 1752 W. 2nd, 604-732-4218 | www.buycheese.com

Les Amis du Fromage | East Van: 843 E. Hastings, 604-253-4218 | Kits: 1752 W. 2nd, 604-732-4218 | www.buycheese.com

The GOODS from Les Amis Du Fromage

Vancouver, BC | Spring is here, and we can’t think of a better time to host a Pop-Up shop for our friends at Petit Four Pastries. We recently discovered Petit Four Pastries during a visit to the Bakers Market in South Vancouver.

This pop-up will showcase the talents of the four bakers: Ada, Alyssa, Carol and Minnie and feature their decorative cookies, confections and small, bite-sized desserts – otherwise known as… petit four! The pop up pastry shop will be open on Saturday April 5th from noon until 5pm at the East Vancouver location of les amis du FROMAGE located at 843 East Hastings. Take this opportunity to do some sweet shopping and show some support for this new start-up business.

Petit Four Pastries is a fun-filled collaboration between four bakers who come from three different cities and backgrounds: Minnie – a native of Hong Kong – was focused on make-up artistry. Alyssa – originally from Moose Jaw – worked throughout Europe in childcare. And while they didn’t know each other while in New York, both Carol and Ada had corporate positions in the finance and advertising industries, respectively.

Two years ago, they met in pastry school in Vancouver – and decided that Petit Four would be one forum that would allow them to work together – creating delicious and beautiful treats – with a little bit of humor and a whole lot of heart.

Since opening in January 2014, they have been growing fast – selling out weekly at the Vancouver Bakers’ Market and taking frequent custom / special orders. Read more

GOODS | Dockside Prepares For A Market-Themed Easter Buffet On Granville Island

March 27, 2014 

Dockside Restaurant is located at 1253 Johnston St. in Vancouver BC | 604-685-7070 | docksidebrewing.com

Dockside Restaurant is located at 1253 Johnston St. in Vancouver BC | 604-685-7070 | docksidebrewing.com

The GOODS from Dockside

Vancouver, BC | The world-famous Granville Island Market is the iconic symbol of BC’s rich food bounty and this Easter, Dockside Restaurant at the Granville Island Hotel is celebrating the feast with a market-themed brunch buffet. Executive Chef Simon McNeil and the Dockside team have created the Family Traditions Easter Sunday Brunch Buffet with a menu of themed stations inspired by the fresh foods at the Granville Island Market. Each station is a delight unto itself, packed with creations made from scratch in Dockside’s kitchen.

Guests can enjoy vegetable delights from “The Garden”, delicious meats from “The Butcher”, local seafood from “The Wharf”, fresh baked goods at “The Bakery” and classic brunch items at “The Coop”. In a tip of the hat to Vancouver’s other iconic food market, this year’s Easter Buffet also includes a “Night Market” station with a wide range of Asian favourites like dumplings, BBQ pork and duck and sticky rice. Dockside’s Brunch Buffet is the next best thing to walking though Granville Island Market with a chef on call to make anything which takes your fancy. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS | “La Pentola” Turns In Its Winter Menu For New Celebration Of Italian Spring

March 26, 2014 

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

The GOODS from La Pentola

Vancouver, BC | La Pentola, situated inside Yaletown’s OPUS Hotel, is lightening up for spring with a new range of dishes and drinks on the menu. New fresh flavours reflect the spring season and lighter libations will be appearing at the bar this month.

“We’re ready to showcase the best of Spring’s seasonal produce on our new dinner menu,” says La Pentola’s co-owner & Chef, Lucais Syme. “We have daily deliveries of freshly harvested vegetables, fish and meat and we’re introducing citrus elements and fresh herbs to the new dishes. I’m looking forward to working with nettles this Spring – this wild and interesting superfood has a subtle but deep flavour that I think our guests will really enjoy.”

Nettle risotto with parmigiano reggiano will be appearing on the menu, alongside paccheri with octopus in saffron tomato sauce; smoked veal tongue salad with salsa rosa and crouton; and smoked duck breast with sunchokes, Amarena cherries, porcini mushrooms and rapini. Dinner menus are priced at $55 or $75 per person for seven or ten courses, and include antipasti, pastas, main courses and dessert.

Pastry chef Matt Wilson has also given his desserts a springtime makeover and he will be offering fresh takes on favourite flavors such as dark chocolate ganache with blood orange sorbetto; olive oil ganache with poppy seed gelato and Meyer lemon; cheesecake gelato, porcini and pine nut crumble; and Granny Smith apples with honey gelato and black tea soda. Read more

SCOUT LIST: 10 Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now & Next Week

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by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

MAKE | Scoot in to Homesteaders Emporium for a one hour workshop on Wednesday that will lay out a plan for you to make milk from nuts at home. That’s everything from how to choose and prepare nuts to how to process them into milk.
Wed, March 26 | 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm | Homesteader’s Emporium (649 E Hastings St) | DETAILS

ARCHITECTURE | Get to know a little more about the architecture of the city at an evening lecture focusing on the iconic Vancouver Special that popped up so prolifically across the city in the 1960s. Local architect Stephanie Robb will be at Vancouver Special (the store) on Main Street this Thursday night to discuss the work that she has done in refreshing, updating and transforming a number of these homes in the city. There are no tickets, so just come by. Bonus: snacks and a cash bar
Thurs, March 27 | 6-9 pm | Vancouver Special (3612 Main St) | Free | DETAILS

IMAGINE | Vancouver’s distinct character and urban aesthetic emerged from a series of urban planning policies and decisions that have been made over the years. This Thursday night the Museum of Vancouver, together with Vancouver Urban Sketchers, will take a look at unrealized urban development projects that might have changed the way we see ourselves as a city today. From The Museum of Vancouver:”Vancouver has been shaped by multiple decisions about what we chose to do and not to do. The built environment surrounding us provides clues about the nature of these debates, but it doesn’t tell us the full story. Vancouver Imagined: The Way We Weren’t, guest curated by Jason Vanderhill of Illustrated Vancouver, showcases the work of architectural illustrators and model makers in the context of unrealized urban development projects, and provides a unique way to understand the city. Had these projects been given full assent, Vancouver would look dramatically different than it does today.” You don’t need to be a skilled sketch artist to participate in this event. You just have to be curious. Paper, pens, and pencils will be provided but you are encouraged to bring your favourite sketchbook and preferred drawing implements.
Thurs, March 27 | 6-8pm | By donation | Museum of Vancouver 1100 Chestnut St | DETAILS

FILM | Finding Vivian Maier is playing at the the Vancity Theatre. The story of this exceedingly talented American street photographer is a fascinating one. A nanny for a series of well-to-do families, Maier was the sort of woman who would have been described as introverted and plain. When she died in 2009 those who knew her would never had suspected that the contents of the storage locker that she left behind would soon elevate this solitary and unassuming woman to topic books and films and international gallery exhibitions, but that is what happened. An amateur historian purchased the contents of Maiers locker in a thrift auction to discover in excess of 100,000 photographs (many of them on undeveloped rolls of film) that he immediately saw as significant. Any personality, depth or poignancy that wasn’t evident in the way that the woman presented herself to the world is clearly visible in the photographs that she took. Her images (predominantly in Chicago and New York during the 1950s and 1960s) convey a strong and clear sense of time, place and feeling that have compelled critics to compare her to the likes of world renowned artists such as Diane Arbus, Weegee, Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Finding Vivian Maier pieces together the life and works of this mysterious woman and offers a posthumous guess at the motivations and vision that inspired her.
March 28 – April 09 | Various Times | Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St) | $11 DETAILS

SIEZE THE NIGHT | Carpe Noctem is a group exhibition featuring the artwork of 20 talented illustrators. Head to The Fall Gallery on Seymour Street Friday night to catch opening night and enjoy a line-up of diverse works that range from pencil and pen to animation and computer generate images from student artists currently enrolled in Emily Carr’s Illustration Gallery Practices class of 2014.
Fri, March 28 | 7pm | The Fall Gallery (644 Seymour St) | DETAILS

LIPSERVICE | There’s a Jimmy Fallon-style lip-sync battle happening at The Imperial this Saturday night that should be worth a few laughs. Lipservice organisers have wrangled a line-up of brave locals to hit the stage with 30-60 second lip sync performances and have asked Vancouver comedy team The Sunday Service to MC the insanity. Funds raised will be donated to imagine1day (a local charity that supports development in Ethiopia).
Sat, March 29 | 8pm | The Imperial 319 Main Street | $20 | DETAILS

THINK | The Vancouver Institute presents an evening lecture about the sustainability of oceans on Saturday night. Professor Rashid Sumaila is the Director & Professor, Fisheries Economics Research Unit at the UBC Fisheries Centre and he’ll be speaking about global issues such as “fisheries subsidies, illegal fishing and the economics of high and deep seas fisheries”. This is the last Vancouver Institute lecture of the Spring 2014 season. Get in on it.
Sat, March 29 | 8:15pm | Lecture Hall 2 | Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, UBC | DETAILS

EAT LOCAL | The Winter Farmers Market fills the Nat Bailey Stadium parking lot on Saturday. Stinging nettles are just coming in to season and there are usually some kicking around the market. Full of iron and tasting like spring, pick them up and feast upon them while you can. Also hook yourself up with hearty root vegetables, fresh bread, dried fruits and scores of other locally-grown goodies.
Sat, March 29| 10am – 2pm | East Parking Lot of Nat Bailey Stadium 4601 Ontario St | DETAILS

BLIMMERY | It’s time for Blim’s Spring Community Market. There will be clothing, accessories, vintage trinkets, pottery and hand made jewellery as well as live music, gourmet chocolates and the occasional cupcake, so hook yourself up!
Sun, March 30 | 12-6 pm | Heritage Hall (3102 Main) | Free | DETAILS 

EXILE | A new plant forward, ethical, wild, and indigenous eatery called Exile is set to open in the West End on Thursday. Read the full story in Scout’s photo essay here.
Thurs, March 26th | 1220 Bute Street | DETAILS

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s shops and streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy, and uncooperative camera.

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GOODS | Cibo Trattoria Set To Host A Farm-To-Table Beef & Wine Supper On April 2nd

March 24, 2014 

Cibo Trattoria is located in the Moda Hotel at 900 Seymour Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-602-9570 | CiboTrattoria.ca

Cibo Trattoria is located in the Moda Hotel at 900 Seymour Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-602-9570 | CiboTrattoria.ca

The GOODS from Cibo Trattoria

Vancouver, BC | Cibo Trattoria is offering guests a unique opportunity to sample true farm-to-table freshness by highlighting one of its local producers, Campagna Farm, during a one-night-only, four-course beef-themed dinner paired with hand-selected Italian wines on Wednesday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Located in Abbotsford, BC, Campagna is a private, 280-acre farm owned by the restaurant itself and operated by Sandra and Leonardo Zambrano, a husband-and-wife team of veterinarians who purposefully and responsibly raise cattle for Cibo’s menu. Campagna’s herd is fed a proprietary blend of all-natural hay and grain as well as red wine for a minimum of 30 days, resulting in a product that marries the authentic flavour of beef with the trademark tenderness of veal.

“I’m very proud of our relationship with high-quality, local food producers, and on this night, we’re excited to showcase our very own Campagna Farm,” said Cibo Executive Chef Faizal Kassam, who receives the whole animals and, along with his team, carefully butchers each with a keen eye on using every available part in his cooking.

“This dinner is about celebrating good food,” said Cibo GM & Wine Director Robert Stelmachuk, who thoughtfully selected wines from the trattoria cellars to perfectly complement each course. “And while Faizal’s menu speaks for itself, the wine pairings only serve to further accent the robust flavour and exquisite texture of each unique dish.” Tickets to the one-night-only event are $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and may be purchased by calling 604.602.9570 or emailing robert[at]cibotrattoria.ca. Seating is limited. Take a peek at the menu after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Naramata Bench Wineries’ “Wine For Waves” Benefit To Support Ocean Wise

March 24, 2014 

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The NBWA has created a unique culture, presenting their wines and region with enthusiasm in fun and accessible ways

The GOODS from the Naramata Bench Wineries Association

Naramata, BC | Wine For Waves, presented in partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium in support of its national sustainable seafood program Ocean Wise, is set to take place from 7pm to 9:30pm on Friday, May 2nd at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. Enjoy the best of the Naramata Bench wineries while sampling tantalizing culinary offerings from YEW restaurant + bar and six other Ocean Wise restaurant partners; and the Naramata Bench’s own Hillside Winery Bistro, Lake Breeze Vineyards The Patio restaurant, Red Rooster’s Pecking Room Patio Grill, Poplar Grove Winery’s The Vanilla Pod, and Upper Bench Winery and Creamery. Proceeds to benefit Ocean Wise. Tickets and details here. Read more

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 | The Acorn Artist Series Gets Set To Profile Ryan Mathieson On March 21st

March 19, 2014 

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The Acorn is located at 3995 Main Street in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604-566-9001 | www.theacornrestaurant.ca

The GOODS from The Acorn

Vancouver, BC | The Acorn Artist Series shines a light on artists in Vancouver whose work we admire greatly and wish to proliferate in our own humble way. Each month we make a new artist postcard that gets handed out to our guests who are free to frame it, mail it, or fold it into an airplane and surprise their neighbour. This month, we’re featuring Ryan Mathieson, an emerging artist who lives and works in Vancouver, BC. He has exhibited at the Western Front, the Audain Gallery, East Van Studios and Pith Gallery in Calgary, AB. The launch of Mathieson’s postcard goes down with music from DJ Patrick Campbell at The Acorn on Friday, March 21 from 10pm – 2am. Read a quick Q&A with the artist after the jump… Read more

SCOUT LIST: 10 Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now & Next Week

March 18, 2014 

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by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

CRAFT NIGHT | Part store, part workshop, Collage Collage in the Fraserhood encourages imagination and creativity and arms you with the glue stick to pull it all together. This week they’re holding an Easter-themed grown-up craft night. The shop’s resident craft experts have combed through Pinterest to develop a fantastic line-up of artsy creations that will blow the typical Easter Bunny stuff out of the water. Don’t resort to cheap, store-bought trinkets. Grab a friend and get crafty! Register online.
Tues, March 18 | 7-9pm | Collage Collage (621 Kingsway @ 15th + Fraser) | $30 | DETAILS

BACH | American baroque specialist Tanya Tomkins is playing the complete cello suites of J.S. Bach at the Orpheum this week and it’s going to be pretty amazing. Tuesday evening’s show is already sold out but there are still tickets available for Wednesday night when Tomkins will play Suites 2, 3 & 6. This concert is presented by Music on Main and Early Music Vancouver – two local organizations with a passion for good classical music. Get in on the action here.
Wed, March 19 | Bar opens 7pm | Concert 8pm | Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour) | DETAILS

ART | Presentation House Gallery is having an opening reception for a new Stan Douglas show this Thursday night. Stan Douglas: Synthetic Pictures will feature new works that include large format photographs (of the sort Douglas is famous for) as well as a series of abstract imagery (Corrupt Files) that are “…photographic scans extracted from Douglas’ film works, reduced to patterns of data.” The big draw will be a massive panorama that reconstructs postwar Hogan’s Alley in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood. “The digitally reconstructed scene, rendered with intricate historical accuracy, is translated into a black and white photograph, and thus confuses distinctions between artifice and realism.” Hogan’s Alley was an ethnically diverse area with a strong black community in postwar Vancouver that was destroyed in the ’70′s in order to make way for the construction of the Georgia Viaduct. Douglas reconstructs a sense of time and place with his work, giving us a detailed look in to Vancouver of the past. Stan Douglas: Synthetic Pictures continues to May 25th.
Thurs, March 20 | 7pm | Presentation House Gallery 333 Chesterfield, N Van | Free | DETAILS

PECHA KUCHA | Pecha Kucha Night goes down this week. As per usual, the gathering of local creatives will be presenting 20 images for 20 seconds each on what inspires/drive/tickles them. This month’s line-up includes Malcolm Levy (New Forms Festival), Grant Lawrence (author and CBC Radio personality), Nikolas Badminton (DesignCulutreMind), Erin Ireland (To Die For Banana Bread), and several others. It’s always inspiring, and it has a habit of selling out, so don’t wait on it! Scoop tickets while there are still some available.
Thurs March 20 | Doors 6:30 | Vogue Theatre (918 Granville) | $15 | DETAILS

GROW | The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation is holding a gardening workshop this week that will focus on increasing the food producing capacity of your home garden. Participants will learn about everything from smart garden design (including factors to consider when making your site selection and planning garden layout) to yield estimates, methods for calculating seed needs and how much space you’ll need to establish between rows. This is a hands-on planning workshop, so it’s a good idea to come with the approximate dimensions of your garden area as well as an understanding of your household’s weekly veggie consumption. Spring is here, folks. Get planting!
Thurs, March 20 | 6-9pm | SPEC 2060 Pine St. | $49 | DETAILS

LAUGH | Order a grilled cheese sandwich and a beer from the concession and settle in for a movie at the Rio this Friday night. The ‘Midnight Movie’ is Monty Python & the Holy Grail. Brilliant dialogue and side-splitting humour abound. “I don’t want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper. I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.” If you’re feeling inspired, dress up in a film-related (read: grab some coconuts) costume and take $2 off of the admission price.
Fri, March 21 | 11:30pm | Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) | $8/$6 | DETAILS

SAUSAGE PARTY | Rain City Chronicles has joined forces with Bestie (hooray for sausages!) to present a German-themed storytelling evening that is at the top of our list of things to do this week. Das Lexikon is a fun-filled night of German themed storytelling (inspired by German vocabulary handpicked by Rain City Chronicles)  German beer and a delicious bratwurst dinner by Bestie (vegetarian options also available). And what better place to have it unfold than the Vancouver Alpen Club, an institution with a century’s worth of local German history. Rain City Chronicles believes that everyone has a great personal story to tell and they make it their business to create opportunities for our communities to share them. So get into it! This is going to be priceless stuff. Get sorted with tickets here.
Sat, March 22 | Doors 6:30pm | Vancouver Alpen Club (4875 Victoria Dr.) | $38 | DETAILS

NIGHT FOREST | Shadows, noises, animal calls and the sound of snapping branches – walking through Pacific Spirit Regional Park at night can be an intimidating prospect! It’s best to do it in a group. Follow a guide and add more than a few cheerful lanterns and all of a sudden you have a pretty magical Saturday night. That opportunity presents itself this weekend when The Pacific Spirit Regional Park Society hosts Night Quest. It’s a gentle 2km walk along a lantern-lit trail; an outdoor evening of storytelling, campfire music and a bit of wildlife education. Wear your gumboots, pack a flashlight and bring a travel mug as well as a pocket full of change to use at the pop-up Girl Guide concession. This is a really great event appropriate for anyone interested in the mystery of the forest at night (geared toward kids but highly recommended!).
Sat, Mar. 22 | 7-10pm | Pacific Spirit Regional Park, 16th Ave Park Entrance | DETAILS

BUY LOCAL | The Winter Farmers Market fills the Nat Bailey Stadium parking lot on Saturday. Stinging nettles are just coming in to season and there are usually some kicking around the market. Full of iron and tasting like spring, pick them up and feast upon them while you can. Also hook yourself up with hearty root vegetables, fresh bread, dried fruits and scores of other locally-grown goodies.
Sat, Mar. 22 | 10am – 2pm | East Parking Lot of Nat Bailey Stadium 4601 Ontario St | DETAILS

FRESH AIR | A wander around Stanley Park is always inspiring. This Sunday, hit it with a purpose by taking part in a naturalist-led walking tour and learn a little more about the life of the plants and animals of the park as you go. The Stanley Park Ecology Centre will guide you through trails and hidden pockets of the forest to explore the variety of ways in which plants and animals use dead or dying trees to support rich worlds of forest life. This relaxed walking tour meets at the Stanley Park Nature House (located on the south-east shore of Lost Lagoon – just below the viewing plaza at the north end of Alberni Street) and will cost $10.
Sunday, March 23 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm | Stanley Park Nature House | $10 | DETAILS  

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s shops and streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy, and uncooperative camera.

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GOODS | Special Nose-To-Tail Heritage Pig Supper At Yaletown’s La Pentola March 30

March 18, 2014 

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

The GOODS from La Pentola

Vancouver, BC | We’re celebrating the 1st Anniversary of our Famiglia Supper Series on the night of March 30th. Chef Lucais is taking us back to the sold-out event that kicked things off one year ago, the nose-to-tail heritage pig dinner. Working with Windsor Meats, we’ll be serving the best in free range, all natural pork featuring Tamworth & Berkshire breed from Thompson Heritage Ranch. Join us at 6pm to dine family style at a communal table with your neighbours and friends. The cost is $55 per person for 10+ courses. We encourage you to reserve as seating is limited. Read more

Vancouver Gets Set For “BC Distilled”, A Festival Celebrating The Best Local Spirits

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On Saturday, May 10, 2014, sixteen of the province’s leading small-batch distilleries (plus one from the Yukon) will be bringing their gin, vodka, whisky, and other fine spirits and liqueurs to Vancouver for BC Distilled – British Columbia’s premier micro-distillery festival.

In recent years and at an accelerating pace, bottles of local artisanal spirits have been landing on (and flying off) the shelves at restaurants, bars, and liquor stores across the province. Hosted at CBC Vancouver, BC Distilled will not only provide a single-stop opportunity for craft spirit lovers to taste and appreciate a huge number of these new products, but also a chance to meet and greet the people who have been doing the crafting.

Beverages from Bittered Sling Extracts, Walter All-Natural Craft Caesar Mix, and SIP Soda will complement the wide range of spirits on offer, and attendees will also be able to enjoy bites from local restaurants such as Grain Tasting Bar, Forage, Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar, The Distillery Bar + Kitchen, and Edible Canada.

Proudly supported by Scout Magazine and Vancouver Magazine, BC Distilled promotes locally-conscious drinking and supports the advancement of the micro-distillery industry within British Columbia.

BC Distilled is also a proud supporter of The BC Hospitality Foundation, which provides financial support for individuals within the hospitality community who are coping with a financial crisis arising from a medical condition. Partial proceeds from the festival will go directly to the BCHF.

“The BC Hospitality Foundation is an organization that positively impacts those who work in the food and beverage industry,” says Alex Hamer, Founder and Event Organizer of BC Distilled. “BC Distilled is honoured to help spread the word about the important work the BCHF does for our professional community.”

www.bcdistilled.ca | Facebook | Twitter: @BCDistilled | Instagram: @BCDistilled | Hashtags: #BCDistilled #BCDistilled2014

Participating Distilleries to Date:

Arbutus Distilleries
Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers
Dragon Mist Vodka
Long Table Distillery
Maple Leaf Spirits
Merridale Ciderworks
Odd Society Spirits
Okanagan Spirits
Pemberton Distillery
Shelter Point Distillery
Sons of Vancouver
SR Winery & Distillery
The Liberty Distillery
Urban Distilleries
Victoria Spirits
Yaletown Distilling
Yukon Shine

BC Distilled Facts

Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014 | Time: 6PM – 9PM
Location: CBC Studios, 700 Hamilton St., Vancouver, B.C. (Studio One)
Price: $39.99 plus service charge until April 4 ($49.99 after April 4)
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GOODS | New York’s Spice Market To Heat Things Up At “Market” In The Shangri-LA

March 17, 2014 

Market by Jean-Georges is located in the Shangri-La at 1128 W. Georgia | 604-695-1115 | marketbyjgvancouver.com

Market by Jean-Georges is located in the Shangri-La at 1128 W. Georgia | 604-695-1115 | marketbyjgvancouver.com

The GOODS from Market by Jean-Georges

Vancouver, BC | From April 4 to 18, MARKET by Jean-Georges will be heating things up with a visit from Anthony Ricco, Executive Chef at New York’s famed Spice Market. Celebrating its tenth year of operation, Spice Market is a timeless paean to Southeast Asian sensuality. Set in Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking District, the restaurant features Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s piquant elevations of the region’s street cuisine served in a casual, sexy atmosphere.

Inspired by the street food Vongerichten enjoyed while traveling in Southeast Asia, Spice Market’s menu authentically uplifts its inspirations while offering guests the additional delight of family-style dining – food comes continuously throughout the meal and is placed at the center of table for all to share. With each new dish, guests are transported to the idealization of a Vietnamese street market or a Thai food stall.

The Spice Market menu at MARKET by Jean-Georges will kick off with visit from Anthony Ricco, who has been a part of the restaurant for nine years. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ricco is both a world traveller and passionate about exotic flavours. From lemongrass and chilies to kaffir lime and cinnamon, playing with traditional dishes and putting his own spin on them is what excites Ricco. Ricco will join Chef de Cuisine Montgomery Lau in the MARKET kitchen as they marry Spice Market menus with the finest and freshest produce from the west coast.

The Spice Market promotion at MARKET by Jean-Georges will include a special $29 Lunch Prix Fixe and $68, 5 course/10 flavour Tasting Menu at dinner. Spice Market items will also be available on the à la carte lunch and dinner menu. From the Yellowfin Tuna with a Lemon Szechuan Vinaigrette and Shrimp Dumplings, Lobster and Shitake Mushroom Sauce to the Vietnamese Coffee Tart with Condensed Milk Ice Cream, the menu will take guests on a fun and flavourful culinary journey through the streets of Southeast Asia. To complement the menu, the lounge will serve a selection of Spice Market’s much-loved cocktails including the Rum Tamarind Punch and Thai Smash infused with Thai basil and grapefruit bitters. Read more

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