Here is what is happening in Metro Vancouver during May 2019. If you have an event suggestion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. This list is updated as more information becomes available so check back regularly!
May 2: 7th annual Chocolate Challenge at The Gourmet Warehouse
Seven of Vancouver’s master chocolatiers will go head-to-head for The Gourmet Warehouse 7th annual Chocolate Challenge. The proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Vancouver Firefighter Charities Snacks for Kids program, Project Chef, and the Strathcona Backpack Program.
Gourmet food stations and wine bars will accompany the sweet treats and guests are invited to bid on a selection of delectable silent auction items and live auction. Raffle tickets will also be on offer for additional prizes.
The event takes place on May 2 from 6:30 to 9 pm at The Gourmet Warehouse. Tickets are $79.00 per person and include wine and assorted food stations. Tickets: https://gourmetwarehouse.ca/chocolate-challenge-2019-thur-may-2/
May 2: The Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar
Chef/Co-Owner Jeff Park will pair his signature brand of Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine with an array of notable BC wine when the downtown Squamish restaurant hosts an exclusive “Wines of BC’ Dinner”. The four-course dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reception featuring canapés and glasses of Steller’s Jay Brut before Salted Vine Sommelier/Co-Owner Pat Allan showcases varietals from such award-winning producers as Inniskillin Estate Winery, Sunrock Vineyards and See Ya Later Ranch, all paired with a four-course feast courtesy of Park. A limited number of tickets to the event are available for $89 per person plus tax and gratuity and available by calling the restaurant at 604-390-1910.
May 5: Wildebeest & Patron Party
Wildebeest Executive Chef Ian McHale and Bar Manager Alex Black are putting their pairing skills to good use as they create a special dinner using Patron’s unique line of spirits. The six-course meal includes decadent dishes such as wagyu tartare, wakame-poached cod, and Cache Creek ribeye. Find the full menu here including pairings. A limited number of tickets to the one-night-only party & dinner are available for $79 per person plus tax and gratuity.
May 8: DISH
The BC Hospitality Foundation will be hosting DISH (formerly called Dish
DISH, is an acronym for Drink, Indulge, Savour, Help, and these words sum up the spirit of the evening. Guests at DISH have a chance to meet and mingle with Vancouver’s culinary luminaries, as well as to find new
The ticket price is $75 per person plus charges until April 8th; after that date the price increases to $85.
May 8: McDonald’s McHappy Day 2019
When you buy a McDonald’s Big Mac, Happy Meal, or hot McCafé Beverage, $1 will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities and other local children’s charities. Read more here.
May 8: Mealshare Tonight for Tomorrow
A decentralized Mealshare fundraiser happening in 40 restaurants across Canada. For every $1 spent on food that night, $1 will be donated to Mealshare.
Participating restaurants in Metro
May 23: Wildebeest Sausage & Rosé Party
Wildebeest has partnered with Top Drop for the second year in a row with Pink Links – a sausage and rose themed party. The grazing event showcases Executive Chef Ian McHale’s house-made charcuterie, sausages and additional snacks being passed around the room along with delicious and fresh pink wines from Vancouver Island to the hills of Champagne. Tickets are available here for $49 until May 5 for early birds and priced at $55 onwards.
May 23: Thursday Wine Dinners at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – Terroir Mosaic
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will host ’“Terroir Mosaic” as part of the sixth annual Top Drop Vancouver wine festival and welcome Master Sommelier Nick Hetzel, who will detail four unique and iconic wineries from four diverse terroirs in France, California and Hungary while guests enjoy a multi-course feast prepared by Chefs Alex Chen and Roger Ma.
A limited number of tickets are available for $125 plus gratuity and taxes by calling the restaurant at 604-642-2900.
May 23: Henricsson’s Winemakers Dinner at Feast
5 courses thoughtfully crafted by Chef Johann and his team at Feast, each perfectly paired with Henricsson’s wines. Tickets are $220 and available here.
May 24: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver 80th anniversary
To celebrate its 80th anniversary, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver invites the public to drop in on May 24 and enjoy lunch for $19.39, live music, Happy Hour party – and of course, cake! Read more here.
May 26: Bikers for Autism Shuck It Forward Event
Bikers For Autism is raising awareness and funds for individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by announcing the fifth annual edition of its flagship Shuck It Forward event taking place at Chewies Oyster Bar in Coal Harbour (1055 West Hastings) beginning at 12 noon.
To reserve a spot in the Shuck It Forward V oyster shucking competition, contestants must sign up and pay the entrance fee ($100) online or in person at Chewies Oyster Bar (Coal Harbour location), or email email@example.com to make alternate arrangements
May 26: Bells and Whistles Sunday Night Movie Series
The ‘Oat Sodas’ and White Russians will be flowing when Bells and Whistles hosts a special viewing of the Coen Brothers’ 1998 film noir cult classic The Big Lebowski as part of the second edition of its Sunday Night Movie Series at the popular Fraserhood hangout on Sunday, May 26.
That night, disciples of the Dude can tie the room together, trade quips and toss back free popcorn while tasting oat sodas that are part of the new core beer menu for $5.50 a pint during happy hour from 10 p.m. to close. The Bells and Whistles Sunday Night Movie series continues this month with Step Brothers (May 12), Jurassic Park (May 19), Dumb & Dumber (June 2), Rush Hour (June 9) and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (June 16).
Bells and Whistles has also officially welcomed patio season with new always-delicious, always-double cocktails including glasses or group-friendly fishbowls of pink sangria (rosé, brandy, fresh citrus, berries), frozen mai tais (Havana 7 yo rum, Gosling’s dark rum, Cointreau, lime, passionfruit, orgeat) and ‘daisy dukes’ (Havana 3 yo rum, lemon, raspberry, soda).
May 28: Raw Beauty: Winemakers Dinner with Luis Seabra Vinhos
Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is excited to host this dinner pairing the wines from the Luis Seabra Vinhos portfolio with creations by their culinary and pastry chefs and students. Tickets are $120 and available here.
May 30: Thursday Wine Dinners at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – La Paulée Dinner
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will host ’“La Paulée Dinner” showcasing classics from France’s Burgundy and Northern Rhone regions. Styled in the fashion of a traditional ‘La Paulée de Meursault’ celebration that originated in Burgundy, Boulevard’s “La Paulée” event invite guests to bring their own bottle of rare, limited-edition or library wine and break bread with fellow wine lovers while enjoying a regionally themed, multi-course dinner courtesy of Chefs Chen and Ma. A limited number of tickets are available for $125 plus gratuity and taxes by calling the restaurant at 604-642-2900.
May 30: Tacofino Beer Dinner Series Continues at Tacofino Hastings
For the second consecutive year, Tacofino will pair its beloved Baja-by-way-of-West-Coast cuisine with the best of BC’s craft beer community when it continues its monthly collaborative Beer Dinner Series at its Hastings Commissary location (2327 E. Hastings St.) by welcoming Strathcona Brewing Company. Each Beer Dinner Series event offers seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month throughout the spring and summer and pairs a custom, five-course menu with a range of unique and exclusive beer from visiting notable BC breweries. Tickets are available for $55 per person inclusive of tax, gratuity and ticketing fees via Eventbrite.
New Restaurant Openings
Amaranthus, a plant-based restaurant specializing in vegan and vegetarian cuisine, will be opening on May 1 inside River Market in New Westminster. Created by Alejandro Diaz, the owner of contemporary Mexican restaurant el Santo, and Executive Chef Sam Fabbro, this new eatery will focus on showcasing the best of local B.C. produce while providing vegans, vegetarians and gluten-sensitive diners with dishes designed specifically for them.
Menu items include a wild mushroom risotto, a caramelized citrus salad and a roasted celeriac veggie burger with smoked blueberry barbecue sauce. Many dishes have been designed to be prepared either vegan or vegetarian according to the diner’s preference.
May 26: Boozy Brunch at Fable Kitchen
Fable Kitchen is offering their regular popular brunch menu with SPECIAL PRICED DRINKS: $4.25 mimosas and double caesars, $3.50 draft beer and $4 highballs. Brunch is 10 am – 2 pm.
Sunday Porchetta Dinner Feature at The Flying Pig
Starting now, The Flying Pig will be capping off each weekend with a Sunday Porchetta Dinner feature, available for $21 per person at all three Vancouver locations. Sourced from family-run Geldermans Farm in the Fraser Valley, the premium porchetta is slow roasted on site for four hours to create succulent pork meat with a crispy, crackling skin.
Stuffed porchetta will be hand carved and served alongside crackling mashed potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables and house-made gravy for a true farm-to-table feast. As The Flying Pig’s Sunday Porchetta Dinners will be available in limited quantities and are expected to sell out, early seatings are recommended in order to avoid disappointment.