It’s Canada’s largest concurrent dinner party! On Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, more than 40 restaurants from Vancouver, Victoria and the Okanagan are donating a single table in their garden, courtyard, vineyard, urban patio or kitchen table with a multicourse set menu inspired by the bounty of summer gardens, and paired with wine.
Dinners begin at 6:30 p.m. sharp and wrap up no later than 9:30 p.m. Cost per ticket is $79 with all proceeds to Les Dames d’Escoffier, BC Chapter, supporting scholarship and outreach programs like Project Chef and Growing Chefs.
Victoria’s great dining scene include a table on the private patio at Bard & Banker; the iconic Fairmont Empress will seat you in the shade garden and equally iconic Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub takes pub dining to a whole new level. Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar had put craft cocktails on the scene in downtown Victoria, while the setting could not be lovelier on the balcony at The Beach House at Cadboro Bay; Camille’s at Bastion Square is a much loved chef owned dining destination and “diner” dining goes modern at the kitchen table at North 48 restaurant, more than 40 diners in Victoria will also get to enjoy cider compliments of Sea Cider.
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Restaurants include Hamilton Street Grill
, where Chef Neil Wyles has put on an amazing menu; the lovely waterfront setting of Provence Marinaside
; a gourmet table on the lawns of the Hart House Restaurant
in Burnaby; along the sushi bar at Vancouver Magazine’s “Best Japanese”, ZEST
Chef Scott Kidd’s North Vancouver Canyon Restaurant
; The award winning Nicli Antica Pizzeria;
John Blakely’s new West End bistro Left Bank
; six seats have been donated at last year’s favourite, not to mention Vancouver’s best patio, Chill Winston
; Bistro 101, the culinary school restaurant at Granville Island’s PICA
has pulled out all the stops in their unique setting; Granville Island’s Edible Canada
market setting is a perfect way to enjoy true local cuisine; a coveted table at the much anticipated Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
; avoid the lineup at popular Chicha’s Peruvian
and at the country’s best known Indian restaurant VIJ’s
; Fairmont Hotel Waterfront’s ARC
restaurant, home of world class Chef Dana Hauser, caters dinner on their beautiful rooftop patio and the award winning ORU,
at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, has donated 6 seats at their “Curator’s Table”; Yaletown’s packed-every-night Goodwolfe Kitchen & Bar
; Vancouver’s most talked about vegetarian restaurant Graze
; Top Chef Canada Trevor Bird’s Fable
, From Farm to Table
; Union Street’s Kessel & March
Foodshop and Eatery; Vancouver’s most underrated Italian Restaurant, La Terrazza
; Kitsilano’s favourite neighbourhood restaurant Gramercy Grill
Chef Andrea Carlson’s award winning Burdock & Co
. Outside of the Lower Mainland, and just a short ferry ride, Rustique Bistro on Bowen Island
offers a slice of small island living.
RauDZ Regional Table & Spierhead Winery have come together to create a picnic in the Vineyard for 4 guests in Kelowna – while up in Summerland at LOCAL Lounge & Grille a table for 8 on the patio had been donated. Poppadoms in Kelowna has designed a wonderful menu in a private nook on their patio and Naramata Heritage Inn has created an el fresco dinner at the Forest Green Man Lavender Farm; Chef and Sommelier Mark Filatow of Waterfront Wines Urban Eats + Drink offers up a kitchen table for 4, while up in Oliver, Hester Creek Wineries’ Terrafina Restaurant has donated 8 seats in their lovely courtyard.
About Les Dames d’Escoffier
All proceeds from the dinners will be donated to Les Dames d’Escoffier, BC Chapter, for scholarship, educational and outreach funding. Created in the 1970’s to combat the inequality within an industry rife with discrimination in hiring, pay and educational opportunities, the group’s goal was to help open the world of food, wine and hospitality to women. Today, Les Dames d’Escoffier is the only organization of its kind: a world-wide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. The membership, composed of 28 individual chapters across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, is highly diversified and reflects the multifaceted fields of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality. Since its incorporation 25 years ago, Les Dames d’Escoffier has followed its mission to elevate the profession through mentoring its members and helping worthy students succeed in their culinary careers. For more information, visit www.ldei.org and www.lesdames.ca (BC Chapter).
(Image courtesy of Les Dames d’Escoffier British Columbia)