An Annual Gala Culinary Celebration by British Columbia’s Leading
Professional Women in the Fields of Food, Fine Beverage and Hospitality
This Year We Honour Vancouver’s Umberto Menghi
Vancouver, BC – On Friday, May 31, at the Four Seasons Hotel, guest of honour, chef and restaurateur Umberto Menghi, will be celebrated in a gala evening of fine food and wine. (Dame Julia Child was the Les Dames d’Escoffier 2012 gala honouree).
An international culinary icon that Vancouver calls our own, Umberto is credited 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 April 15th, it is truly the end of an era for many who have dined with Umberto over the years.
A champagne reception, hosted by Veuve Clicquot, begins the evening before guests are seated at a beautifully decorated, Italian inspired long table as twelve of British Columbia’s most distinguished chefs, peers and friends of Chef Menghi, create a ten course Italian inspired meal. The Master of Ceremony for the evening, the 2002 Italo-Canadian of the year, long time friend, CBC Television’s Tony Parsons.
Special guest chefs (in alphabetical order) Ned Bell, Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver and YEW Restaurant; 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 Houser, Fairmont Hotel, Waterfront; 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 “Grand Cachet’ Chocolat Noir with Grand Marnier Ganache.
Participating wineries include Anthony Von Mandl of Mission Hill Estate Winery; 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.
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 and Outreach Programs.
Les Dames d’Escoffier Celebrates Chef Umberto Menghi
Friday, May 31, 2013
7pm Reception ~ 8pm Dinner
Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver
Price is inclusive of wine, taxes and gratuity at $300 per person.
Tickets available at lesdamesgala.eventbrite.com
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About Les Dames d’Escoffier
Les Dames d’Escoffier is the only organization of its kind: a worldwide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. The invitation-only 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.
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