Big Night 2014

Vancouver Magazine‘s Big Night, Feb 7, 2014 was again a success for Les Dames BC with $3000 raised in a raffle of two great prizes benefiting our LDBC Scholarship program.

Wall of Wine – Stock or start your wine cellar with 100 bottles of fabulous wine donated by members and valued at over $2,000.

Dame Dinner of a Lifetime – A fabulous dinner for 8 prepared in your home by a Dame Chef and her crew along with a magnum of Champagne and paired wines valued at $2000! Turn your 2014 birthday or any other special date in your life into a gala dinner for your best friends.

Wall of Wine

Les Dames’ Wall of Wine

As in past years Big Night showcases the top restaurants and wineries their judges panel have awarded gold medals to and include restaurants such as the award winning Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar, Cactus Club Cafe, Hawksworth, Hy’s, Memphis Blues BBQ Restaurant Thierry, Tojo’s and Vij’s. Guests will experience a delectable evening of food and wine as top chefs from these ten restaurants serve specially created dishes expertly paired to the best wines available in BC.

Attendees met the city’s best chefs and dined on exclusive dishes paired with winning wines. It was the tasting menu of the year, with each course prepared and served by a celebrity chef and matched with the perfect wine!

For more information and to be put on the list of invitees for next year, please contact:
Vancouver magazine
Christina Sobrepena
Tel: 604.877.4113604.877.4113
christina.sobrepena@tc.tc

Green Tables

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In 2006 Les Dames d’Escoffier launched “Green Tables” our very own farm-to-fork initiative, to showcase the work of LDEI chapters engaged in linking urban and rural farms and gardens to school, restaurant and kitchen tables. Les Dames d’Escoffier BC supports two Green Tables initiatives, Growing Chefs! and Project CHEF. These programs teach school children about the importance of fresh, nutritious food with hands on experience that inspires them to make better food choices throughout their lives.

Les Dames d’Escoffier now accepting scholarship applications

Les Dames d’Escoffier British Columbia Scholarships

Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter is accepting applications for our Scholarship Awards, supporting the advancement of women in hospitality and culinary fields. Awards are based on merit and ability, and vary in amount according to the program they support.

We offer these scholarships to women of all ages who are keen to begin basic training in these areas and to women already skilled in these fields, who seek to refine their expertise.

Applicants must be B.C. residents. We also work with other organizations to provide additional scholarship opportunities such as the Cacao Barry, Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, and Vancouver Pastry Training Centre

http://lesdames.ca/scholarship/

Dames Dine Around – Oh What a Night!

It’s one of the most fun and best value culinary fundraisers of the year: The Les Dames d’Escoffier Dine Around.  Over twenty restaurants, vineyards, gardens and cooking schools from Vancouver to Whistler, Victoria to Kelowna, North Vancouver to White Rock donated one “table” for a concurrent dinner party.

Each restaurant was priced exactly the same, with each restaurant donating the food menu and table and a winery donating the wine. Restaurants designed their menu to highlight their own cuisine.

Tables were in the dining room or in a very special location like the kitchen or wine room. And some locations offered an outdoor dining experience in the form of a “picnic” dinner.

Dame Dinner of a Lifetime

All proceeds from the dinners were donated to Les Dames d’Escoffier, BC Chapter, for scholarship and outreach funding.

Additionally, a gourmet raffle was held featuring select Les Dames d’Escoffier member products such as a $100 Shaughnessy Restaurant at Van Dusen dining gift certificate, gourmet baskets, cookbooks and cooking classes from the Dirty Apron Cooking School with tickets drawn that night both online and live at an after party at the Hamilton Street Grill in Yaletown.

Thank you to everyone: Restaurants, Wineries, Guests and Dames, for making this a very, very special night!

Les Dames d’Escoffier celebrates Umberto Menghi

An Annual Gala Culinary Celebration by British Columbia’s Leading

Professional Women in the Fields of Food, Fine Beverage and Hospitality

An Evening in Tuscany

Following the single long table format, a beautifully decorated formal Italian table for 100 guests was set inside Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver. The host chef was Ned Bell, Executive Chef of Four Seasons Hotel and YEW restaurant + bar. The MC was the 2002 Italo-Canadian of the year, CBC Television’s Tony Parsons.

This year’s Gala inspiration and guest of honour was chef and restaurateur Umberto Menghi, an international culinary icon that Vancouver calls our own. Umberto Menghi is credited, by his chef colleagues, with starting the gourmet food scene in Vancouver with the opening of Umberto’s, the little yellow heritage house, on the corner of Hornby and Pacific in 1973. With the closing of Umberto’s and IL Giardino in April, it is truly the end of an era for many of us who have dined with Umberto over the years.

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The evening started with a champagne reception, hosted by Veuve Clicquot and was followed by a sit down dinner with twelve of British Columbia’s most distinguished chefs, peers and friends of Chef Menghi, as they created an Italian inspired meal. We toasted Umberto’s illustrious career with fine wines by Anthony Von Mandl’s Mission Hill Family Estate; Werner Schonberger’s Select Wines and Spirits; Continental Importers Jose Valagao; Tony Holler of Poplar Grove Winery and Nicholas Sabanis of Vintage Corks Ltd. with Duckhorn Vineyards.

Special guest chefs (in alphabetical order) Ned Bell, Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver and YEW restaurant + bar; Dame Margaret Chisholm, Culinary Capers Catering; Rob Feenie, Cactus Club Café; Bruno Feldieson, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver; David Hawksworth, Hawksworth at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia; Dana Hauser,  Fairmont Hotel, Waterfront;  Greg Hook, Chocolate Arts; Michel Jacob, Le Crocodile; Quang Dang, West; Hidekazu Tojo, Tojo’s; with Benton Brothers Fine Cheese presentation by Vista d’Oro’s Dame Lee Murphy;  Dame Mary Mackay, Terra Breads; Dame Lesley Stowe, Raincoast Crisps; and Dame Ann Kirsebom’s ”Callebaut & Grand Marnier Grand Cachet’  Chocolat noir with Grand Marnier Ganache. The exquiste Chocolate used by the chefs for the evening is sponsored by Cacao Barry. 

All proceeds will go to the Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Scholarship Fund, supporting the advancement of British Columbia women in hospitality and culinary fields, as well as food outreach programs that include Project Chef and Growing Chefs.

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Les Dames d’Escoffier “Dame Dinner of a Lifetime” – Big Night 2013

Dame Dinner of a Lifetime

Images courtesy of Culinary Capers Catering and Special Events, Photos:  imps.ca

This year on February 8th, 2013 Vancouver Magazine hosts Big Night and again they have invited Les Dames BC to host a raffle benefiting our organization and the programs we support. This year we will be raffling our “Dame Dinner of a Lifetime”, a fabulous dinner for 8 prepared in your home by a Dame Chef and her crew along with a magnum of Champagne and paired wines! Turn your 2013 birthday or any other special date in your life into a gala dinner for your best friends.

This year Vancouver magazine is excited to announce that Big Night will be moving to a new venue, the Jewel Ballroom (on 8th off Granville) . As in past years Big Night showcases the top restaurants and wineries their judges panel have awarded gold medals to and include restaurants such as the award winning Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar, Cactus Club Cafe, Hawksworth, Hy’s, Memphis Blues BBQ Restaurant Thierry, Tojo’s and Vij’s. Guests will experience a delectable evening of food and wine as top chefs from these ten restaurants serve specially created dishes expertly paired to the best wines available in BC. The event also features a raffle for the spectacular “Dame Dinner of a Lifetime” benefiting Les Dames d’Escoffier.

Invite 8 of your best friends for the Dame Dinner of a Lifetime

Courtesy Culinary Capers Catering, Photo: Amy Hockley

Limited tickets are still available but they’re going fast for this annual sell-out event so it’s recommended guests reserve theirs now. Where else can you meet the city’s best chefs and dine on exclusive dishes paired with winning wines for only $99? It’s the tasting menu of the year, with each course prepared and served by a celebrity chef and matched with the perfect wine!

About Big Night:
February 8, 2013; 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Jewel Ballroom
Tickets are $99 (plus applicable taxes and fees) through bignight2013.eventbrite.ca

For more information, please contact:
Vancouver magazine
Christina Sobrepena
Tel: 604.877.4113
christina.sobrepena@tc.tc

VANCOUVER’S MOST ELEGANT DINNER PARTY

Les Dames d’Escoffier presents “Julia in Paris”

Saturday, September 8th, 2012 – Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver

A beautiful summer evening, a stunning parisienne styled formal long table set for 73 people on the roof top – pool deck of the Four Seasons Hotel.* Ten of the region’s best chefs. Ten courses all touched with a soupcon of French cuisine. A champagne reception to start, a cognac and chocolate bar to end…..This truly was Vancouver’s most elegant dinner party! Check out the pics!

Special guest chefs included (in alphabetical order) Dame Andrea Carlson (formerly of Bishop’s) with her new restaurant Burdock & Co; Bala Kumanan, Hy’s of Canada (Celebrating their 50 year anniversary); Bruno Feldeisen, Executive Pastry Chef, Four Seasons, Vancouver; Hidekazu Tojo, Tojo’s; Kerry Sear, Four Seasons, Seattle; Lee Cooper, L‘Abattoir; Dame Lee Murphy, Vista d’Oro; Les Amis du Fromage withDame Lesley Stowe, Raincoast Crisps; Dame Margaret Chisholm, Culinary Capers CateringNed Bell, Four Seasons, Vancouver and Yew Restaurant; Scott Jaeger, The Pear Tree with Artisan breads by Dame Mary Mackay, Terra Breads; Chocolates by Thomas Haas, Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates and Dame Ann Kirsebom’s Grand Cachet chocolate noir with Grand Marnier liqueur.

The diners raised $26,400 for scholarships, outreach – including Growing Chefs and Project Chef, both of whom we fund, as well as a donation to the Julia Child Foundation who support the Legacy Awards. Scholarships and Legacy Awards may be available for deserving candidates in your organization, or organizations you support,  we encourage you to see our Scholarship page for further information.

Les Dames d’Escoffier is a leadership culinary organization composed of women who have not only achieved success in their professions, but who contribute significantly to their communities. Since its incorporation in 1976, Les Dames d’Escoffier has followed its mission to elevate the profession through mentoring the members and helping worthy students succeed in their culinary careers.” —Grand Dame Julia Child

JULIA CHILD 100th BIRTHDAY DINE AROUND

Julia Child 100th Birthday Party

“CANADA’S LARGEST DINNER PARTY”
August 15, 2012 – Les Dames d’Escoffier Chapters and culinary institutions across the world celebrated Julia Child’s 100th Birthday (August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004). Here in BC we through a dinner party to end all dinner parties.

40 restaurants, cooking schools and culinary venues across 500 kilometers from Whistler BC, to Vancouver to Victoria,  as well as a restaurant in our neighboring Seattle, each donated a single table or cooking class  of 4 – 12 seats creating a set Julia Child inspired multicourse dinner with a printed keepsake menu. Each restaurant was then paired with a donating winery or wine agency to provide the wine to match the menu.

The dinner occurred at the same time on the same night across the Province and raised $14,800.00. All proceeds from the dinners was donated to Les Dames d’Escoffier, BC Chapter, for scholarship, “Green table” and outreach funding.

A special Julia Child birthday cake, prepared by the culinary students of PICA (Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts) was on display in the lobby of the Four Seasons August 13-15, presented at an after dinner reception at Yew in the Four Seasons Hotel.

BIG NIGHT 2012

Big Night

will be Big Boost for LDBC’s Scholarship Fund

The Les Dames d’Escoffier B.C. Chapter was proud to spread the word of their organization to more than 500 food and wine lovers attending Vancouver Magazine’s Big Night on Feb. 10, 2012 and raised over $4000.00 in the process.

Les Dames, chosen as the feature organization for the event, will be raising funds for its scholarship fund through a silent auction and “wall of wine” raffle featuring almost 100 bottles of fabulous wine donated by members and valued at over $2,000.

Vancouver Magazine organizes Big Night to celebrate their Best-in-Category wines from their annual Wine Awards as well as the winning restaurants from their annual Restaurant Awards.

Big Night is always a hot ticket in the city, bringing together the Who’s Who of Vancouver’s vibrant culinary scene.