I be dazzlin’ and you be dishing.  More than just a showcase featuring 19 Chilean wineries, Dish ‘N Dazzle 2013 was a spectfabulous event with salivilicious dishes from 12 of Vancouver best restaurants such as new emerging culinary stars, Forage and La Pentola della Quercia.

2013dazzle 039-2 FORAGE: Stinging nettle and Halibut Cheek Canneloni topped with a morel mushroom puree. 


DishNDazzle007LA PENTOLA DELLA QUERCIA:-Confit leg, sauteed liver and foie gras terrine, with cannellini beans, duck prosciutto and shaved walnuts

And yes, desserts were present as CHEF ANN KIRSEBOM served up Grand Marnier Dark Chocolate and CAFE PACIFICA wowed us with cinnamon cream tart with fresh carica, Chile mountain papaya macerated in pisco and lemon syrup garnished with cilantro foam.



Other dishes served were as follows:

CLOUGH CLUB – fresh green peas, ricotta and bacon, drizzled in olive oil

PIER 7 RESTAURANT – Pulled chicken tosada topped with cumin spiced black beans, tomatillos and salsa verde

ORU – Chicken, chorizo and sweet potato filled croquettes served on smoke corn picadillo

CIBO TRATTORIA – Seared Scallop with creamed nettle puree and crispy elderberry

GOTHAM STEAKHOUSE AND COCKTAIL BAR – Mini lobster cob salad on brioche served with a side of lobster bisque

BISTRO 101 at PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF CULINARY ARTS (PICA) – Prawn and avocado mousse served on a nori crisp

CAFE PACIFICA – Chorizo Seared Qualicum Bay Scallop & Tarte a Serena Libre Merken

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John Boudreau “shakes it up” with his concoction “Stormy Heather” made with Glenmorangie “The Original” Scotch Single Malt Whiskey and topped with Sexy Foam


Shaking it up at the Cocktail Hour

And in between sipping the Chilean wines, there were cocktails.  Well, others call them cocktails but to me they were shooters from The Distillery Bar, UVA Wine Wine, Killjoy Barbers, The Mix by Rics (Whistler), Pidgin, Veneto Lounge and finally the winning cocktail, Middle Earth from Lauren Mote of Kale & Nori and Bittered Sling.

2013dazzle 248-2 The cocktail contest was organized by Jay Jones (The Donnelly Group) with the judging panel consisting of Sophie Lui (Anchor, Global TV), Mijune Pak (Follow Me Foodie, WE Vancouver) and Robert H Holl-Allen (Vancouver Magazine’s Bartender of the Year).


Wining it up With Chilean Wines

I’ve been attending the Wines of Chile wine events even before they joined forces with the BC Hospitality so I am always happy to see some of my favorite Chilean wineries such as:

  • Carmen
  • Car Men Air Cellars
  • Casa del Bosque
  • Casa Marin
  • Concha Y Toro
  • Con Sur Vineyards + Winery
  • Emiliana Vineyards
  • Vina Errazuriz
  • Vina Falernia
  • J. Bouchon
  • Vina Koyle
  • Vina Maipo
  • Montes
  • Santa Carolina
  • Vina San Pedro
  • Vina Santa Rita
  • Terra Andina
  • Undurraga
  • Vina Ventisquero


BCHF Executive Director Alan Sacks says, “It was another fabulous Foundation event and the attendees loved it. The restaurants and mixologists outdid themselves and the wineries showcased the best that their cellars can produce. The outpouring of support from the industry has been incredible, allowing us to continue helping people in the hospitality trade in times of financial crisis due to a medical condition. There’s a lot of work still to do, but we’ve made great progress.”

The silent auction and raffle raised $40,000 for the Foundation, making it another successful Dish ‘N Dazzle event.

The Foundation is also gearing up for their 2013 Golf Tournament, which will take place on Monday, July 15 at Westwood Plateau in Coquitlam, in partnership with the BCHA (BC Hotel Association), BCRFA (BC Restaurant & Foodservice Association), ABLE BC (Alliance of Beverage Licensees); BC Lodging and the CRFA (Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association). Registration is open and sponsorship opportunities are available. Click HERE to help continue to support the BC Hospitality Foundation.





The BC Hospitality Foundation is the industry’s charity of choice, providing financial support for individuals within the hospitality community who are coping with a financial crisis arising from a health or medical condition.

The foundation’s mission is to offer financial assistance, beyond traditional medical benefits and insurances, to individuals within the hospitality community in their times financial need. As well, it is committed to supporting the industry’s next generation by providing scholarships to selected students enrolled in hospitality, culinary and wine programmes in BC.

For more information, please visit bchospitalityfoundation.com or follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.



Editor in Chief of Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver.

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