Botanist to Host ‘Michelin on the Road’ Collaboration with Acadia Chef Ryan McCaskey

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Vancouver, BC | On Thursday, August 9, Botanist will host an exclusive Michelin on the Road culinary experience with internationally acclaimed Ryan McCaskey, executive chef and owner of Chicago’s Acadia, a Michelin Two-Star restaurant. The tasting menu will be available for dinner service only on Thursday, August 9 for $219.00 CDN per person including a cocktail and wine pairings (plus applicable taxes and gratuity). With limited seating available, advance reservations are required and tickets can be purchased online at

For one night only an inspiring culinary collaboration between Executive Chef Hector Laguna of Botanist and Chef-owner Ryan McCaskey of Acadia will design a coast-to-coast inspired seven-course tasting menu. Chef McCaskey will profile three contemporary dishes inspired by summer in coastal Maine, while Chef Laguna will design three original selections to reflect seasonal flavours of the Pacific Northwest.

Ryan McCaskey describes his style as simultaneously contemporary and classic. “It’s a blend of my early training which is rooted in classical cuisine and technique-driven fundamentals,” he explains. “And I’ve recently shifted to more to subtlety which layers flavors, and incorporates innovative techniques”.

In 2010, McCaskey began plans for Acadia, which was a lifelong dream, and opened the doors in 2011. His menu pays homage to the many summers spent in Maine and evokes the serenity and abundance found across the state in a harmonious balance of old and new. Since opening, Acadia has garnered accolades both nationally and internationally, including the coveted Two-Michelin stars, AAA Five-Diamond and James Beard Foundation nomination for Best Chef (Great Lakes, semi-finalist).

ABOUT BOTANIST | Botanist is ta new addition to Canada’s vibrant culinary scene, located in the heart of Coal Harbour inside Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim. The inviting restaurant space is inspired by the principles of botany, and transports guests into a world where day blurs into night, summer into winter, and food and drink are plenty. Executive Chef Hector Laguna’s menu represents the botany of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, where locally sourced ingredients are coupled with contemporary techniques. With an innovative cocktail bar and lab shaking up chemist-like libations, champagne lounge pouring the world’s finest, a lush garden, and exclusive terroir-driven wine program which supports small-batch sustainable and bio-dynamic farming practices

ABOUT ACADIA | Located in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood at 1639 S. Wabash Avenue, Acadia is the two Michelin-starred restaurant of proprietor and Chef Ryan McCaskey. The restaurant’s elegant and minimalist design sets the stage for McCaskey’s modern American cuisine. Inspired by childhood summers spent in Maine, Chef McCaskey’s menu pays homage to the serenity and abundance found across the state, incorporating subtle nuances and touches throughout the restaurant. Acadia’s global wine list and contemporary twists on classic cocktails complement the various menus from approachable bar offerings to the intricate seven-course chef’s tasting in the main dining room. Acadia has received several accolades such as a “Best New Restaurant” by Chicago magazine, “Best Fine Dining” by CS magazine, 2012 Jean Banchet Award for Best New Restaurant, a Michelin Two-Star rating in 2015, Four Stars by Chicago Tribune’s Dining Critic Phil Vettel in 2016, and more.

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