Les Dames d’Escoffier Honours Chef John Bishop

John Bishop

HONOURING A CULINARY HERO

Les Dames d’Escoffier, BC Chapter, alongside some of this country’s finest chefs, to honour John Bishop, founder of farm-to-table dining

(Quick link to ticket purchase http://lesdames.ca/les-dames-descoffier-honours-chef-john-bishop )

October 3rd will be a green letter day in Vancouver’s food scene. It’s the day when the BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier will honour John Bishop – Vancouver’s iconic chef, restaurateur, slow food proponent and the person who created the farm-to-table movement in Canada’s restaurant scene.  This is the third such special gala evening produced by Les Dames – the first in 2012 honoured Julia Child (on what would have been her 100th birthday), last year’s honoree was restaurateur Umberto Menghi.

At a stunning single long table for 100 guests (the cities longest) on the 2nd floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, industry luminaries, long time guests and family will join television host, and long-time Bishop’s fan, Fanny Keefer at an elegant champagne reception hosted by Moët & Chandon, followed by a multi course dinner from some of the country’s finest chefs, all former Bishop’s Alumni,  to honour John Bishop.

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Joining Les Dames for this extraordinary culinary celebration are some of Canada’s top chefs, many of them flying in to Vancouver create their course for this special dinner.  The all-star brigade, under the leadership of Les Dames d’Escoffier member and Culinary Capers Catering award-winning Executive Chef Margaret Chisholm,  includes Bishop’s alumni chefs Michael Allemeier, Wendy Boys, Adam Busby, Andrea Carlson, Claire May, Ron Shaw and Jeff VanGeest.  Legendary Vancouver caterer, and Les Dames d’Escoffier member, Lesley Stowe will be contributing her famed Death by Chocolate which she created for Bishop’s. The host chef for the evening is Ned Bell, Executive Chef Four Seasons Hotel and YEW Restaurant & Wine Bar.

Wine has also played a pivotal role at Bishop’s. As the BC wine industry grew up alongside the restaurant John offered the very best of the local vintages alongside some of the world’s best old world wines; wines for the evening include Domaine Chandon Classic Brut, Leeuwin Art Series Riesling, Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Estate Chardonnay, Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Chardonnay, Tinhorn Creek Cabernet Franc, Painted Rock Syrah, Montresor Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG, Marisco The King’s A sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough and Taylor Fladgate Late Bottled Vintage Port.

Tickets are priced at $325 and can be purchased at http://lesdames.ca/les-dames-descoffier-honours-chef-john-bishop .

 All funds raised go to support the outreach and scholarship programs of the BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, including Project Chef and Growing Chefs.

This year’s theme, ‘Into the Garden with John,’ pays tribute to John Bishop’s pivotal role in changing the way Canadian chefs prepare meals.  Back in 1985, when Bishop opened his eponymous restaurant on West 4th Avenue in Kitsilano, farm-fresh ingredients and the 100-mile diet were no more known than arugula. Ingredients generally came from one giant supplier to restaurants while convenience and processed ingredients were the mainstays of Canadian kitchens.   Inspired by Alice Waters (Les Dames d’Escoffier member, San Francisco Chapter) in Berkley, Bishop vowed to change that and embarked on a new style of restaurant, one that worked closely with farmers to grow for him and where the menu reflected what was available locally and in season. He truly was the chef who first sowed the seeds of this city’s culinary transformation.

Farmers Gary and Natty King, long time suppliers and friends, of Hazelmere Organic Farm and Susan Davidson of Glorious Garnish & Seasonal Salad Company were just some of the collaborators growing for Bishop’s.  Fish was from our oceans, beef from local ranches and fruit was preserved at the peak of their ripeness for plates well into the winter.

Without John, fine dining in Vancouver would not be where it is today and where, in 1985, the idea of farm to table dining was literally ‘ground-breaking’, today it is rare for a chef not to work with local ingredients.  Chef Bishop changed the way we eat and how we cook,” says Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter President, Stephanie Jaeger. “His collaboration with the Kings and their farm started a culinary revolution.”

Another legacy of John’s is the people who have been trained and mentored by him, many who have gone on to shape BC’s restaurant industry. Vikram Vij, VIJ’s, Rangoli, Vij’s Railway Express, Shanik; My Shanti, Vij’s at Home; Andrey Durbach and Chris Stewart, The Abbey; The Sardine Can, La Buca, Commissary, Pied-a-Terre;  Dennis Green , Avenue Grill, Barbara-Jo’s, Green Chef  and pastry chef Dawn Gourley,  Giovane Cafe & Bakery, Bel Café, Lucky’ s donuts,  are all alumni as are the fine chefs participating in the dinner.

More about John Bishop

John opened Bishop’s just over 25 years ago in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver. An inaugural recipient of The Governor General’s National Table Award, Vancouver Magazine’s Chef of the Year  and Cuisine Canada’s Edna Award for Lifetime Achievement,  Bishop is the author of four books ( Simply Bishop’s; Fresh; Cooking at My House;  Bishop’s) and the subject of the documentary film Deconstructing Supper.

About Les Dames d’Escoffier

Les Dames D’Escoffier is an international association of professional women dedicated to supporting the advancement of people in the hospitality and culinary domains as well as fostering industry excellence through educational and charitable activities.  Each year the BC Chapter holds special events to raise funds in support of its local endeavors.  For more information on the BC Chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier, visit www.lesdames.ca

Les Dames Summerdine Raffle Winners

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Many thanks to everyone who made this fundraising event an incredible success (we raised twice as much this year!) and many thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets! If you have any of these winning numbers, please email us at info@lesdames.ca within one week (really, A.S.A.P.) to claim your prize!

Victoria:
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Vancouver:
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A “Summerdine” around from Les Dames d’Escoffier

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It’s Canada’s Largest Concurrent Dinner Party.

One very special table located in over 40 restaurants across the

Lower Mainland, Victoria and the Okanagan

 

On Wednesday, August 6th experience a unique garden themed dinner party. Same night, same time in over 40 restaurants as the BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier host a “SUMMERDINE” around (formerly chef’s table dinearound).

Be part of a cross British Columbia dining experience as a garden themed, single night, summer culinary event offers dozens of top (and some impossible to get into) restaurants across the province in a unique annual dining event.

On Wednesday, August 6th it’s a garden theme on the same night, same time as over 40 restaurants from Vancouver to Victoria and the Okanagan donate a single table in their garden, courtyard, vineyard, urban patio or kitchen table with a multicourse set menu created to inspire the bounty of summer gardens, paired with wine. $79 with all proceeds to Les Dames d’Escoffier.

Further details, restaurant list and to purchase tickets https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/les-dames-descoffier-summerdine-garden-party-tickets-11977925297

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 restaurant;  Chef Scott Kidd’s North Vancouver Canyon Restaurant; The award winning Nicli Antica Pizzeria; John Blakely’s new Westend 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 and Chef Andrea Carlson’s award winning Burdock & Co.

Victoria and Bowen Island

Outside of the Lower Mainland, and just a short ferry ride, Rustique Bistro on Bowen Island takes us into other dining regions. We then move on to Victoria’s great dining scene with 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.

 Okanagan

There are a lot of great restaurants and wineries in the Okanagan, which is why there are a lot of great Les Dames d’Escoffier members in that region, and if you didn’t already wish you lived there this list of participating restaurants will really inspire you.

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.

 A few things you should know;

The entire cost of the dinners have been donated by the restaurants, wineries and cideries with 100% of the proceeds to Les Dames d’Escoffier scholarship and outreach programs, which include Project Chef and Growing Chefs. Please thank the restaurants and please leave a gratuity for the staff.

Menus are set and include wines (Vancouver Island restaurants also include Sea Cider); a complete list of participating wineries will be included in the next communiqué. Food allergies must be discussed in advance and while they will be taken into consideration, please understand the menus are created with care and are set in advance. No substitutions can be accommodated the night of.

Many of the menus have been posted on the Les Dames Summerdine event site, for further information and to purchase tickets please go to;    https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/les-dames-descoffier-summerdine-garden-party-tickets-11977925297

LES DAMES SUMMERDINE – TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Buy your ticket now for AUGUST 6th, 2014

It’s one of the most fun and best value culinary fundraisers of the year: The Les Dames Summerdine.  Over forty restaurants, vineyards, gardens and cooking schools from Vancouver Island to Metro Vancouver to the Okanagan, each donating one table for a concurrent dinner party. This year, our theme is Garden Party!

Each restaurant is priced exactly the same ($79/seat), 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 will be in the dining room or in a very special location like the kitchen or wine room. Some locations will offer an outdoor dining experience in the form of a picnic dinner.

All proceeds from the dinners will be donated to Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter for scholarship and outreach funding, with raffle ticket proceeds going to our Green Tables initiatives, Growing Chefs! and Project CHEF.

Thank you to everyone who is making Les Dames Summerdine a success this year: Restaurants, Wineries, Guests and Dames, and Raffle Prize Donors for making this a very, very special night! Tickets are limited – Please visit http://www.eventbrite.ca/o/les-dames-descoffier-bc-chapter-2466324260 to purchase tickets for this delicious fundraiser.
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Scholarship Reception – 2014

Our annual scholarship awards are the culmination of the fundraising we do each year to support the advancement of women in hospitality and culinary fields.

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. Awards are based on merit and ability, and vary in amount according to the program they support.

Our awards were handed out on Monday April 7th in the active setting of the kitchen at Culinary Capers Catering and Special Events. Our Dame Margaret Chisholm and her talented team offered event attendees delicious menu options, and libations were provided by Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, SpierHead Winery, Summerhill Pyramid Winery and Peacock and Martin.

We congratulate all of our winners for 2014. Do you know someone who should apply for next year?

Click here to view the photos from this year’s event. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.755391887826135&type=3&l=c96c1cd991

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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