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your complImentary guide to downtown this holiday season

CHRISTMAS downtown Vancouver 2017

great gift Ideas festive fashions all that glitters stocking stuffers holiday glam

also inside DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR HOLIDAY EVENTS CALENDAR FESTIVE RECIPES CHRISTMAS MARKET Q&A


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Santa Claus is coming to downtown Vancouver this holiday season to do his shopping, dining and entertaining – and you should, too! You’re invited to make incredible holiday memories in the downtown core, be it while you brunch and shop with girlfriends, pick out gorgeous German Christmas ornaments for the tree, go on an amazing virtual sleigh ride across Canada or watch Santa’s brass band play your favourite carols in a waterfront winter wonderland. No matter whether those on your list have been naughty or nice, you’ll find all your gift-giving needs met here, right at the heart of the city. From the exclusive and luxurious to practical, everyday gifts, they’re all available in downtown Vancouver. Business in Vancouver and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association have partnered with participating advertisers, retailers and service providers to bring you the best of the season that downtown has to offer. Use this magazine as your guide as you make merry in downtown Vancouver this Christmas!

contents GREAT GIFT IDEAS Festive Fashion

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Winter Warmers

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Accessorize Right

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All that Glitters

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Christmas Time

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Holiday Glam

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Kid Stuff

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Stocking Stuffers

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Under the Tree

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the shops Walking Tour Alberni Street Hastings West Granville Street Robson Street

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THINGS TO DO Holiday Events Calendar Christmas Market Days & Nights Downtown

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festive recipes Cocktails49 Main Course 50 Desserts52 Wine & Cheese 56

All gift items were available at press time. Product availability may vary throughout the holiday season.

your complementary guide to downtown this holiday season

CHRISTMAS downtown VancouVer 2017

GReaT GiFT ideas FesTiVe FasHions all THaT GliTTeRs sToCKinG sTUFFeRs HolidaY GlaM

Publisher: Sue Belisle  EDITOR: Noa Nichol  Sales: Eve Abrams  Design: Randy Pearsall, Madison Hope  Sales Operations Manager: Michelle Myers  Administration: Marie Pearsall

Production: Rob Benac, Annette Spreeuw 

Head Office: 303 Fifth Avenue West, Vancouver, B.C. V5Y 1J6, 604‑688‑2398, fax 604‑688‑1963, www.biv.com Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association: downtownvancouver.net

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festive fashion When it comes to dressing up for the holidays, downtown Vancouver retailers have you covered from head to Twinkle toe!

A Design Lab Boots Available at Hudson’s Bay

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B Red Lace Lingerie Available at La Vie en Rose

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1009 Robson Street 604.684.5600 lavieenrose.com

C Flower Detail Bomber Jacket Available at Joe Fresh 540 Granville Street 604.681.4200 joefresh.com

D Made in Canada Purse Muff Our best-selling fur purse muff is both an elegant handbag and a great “keep you warm” accessory. $995 Snowflake, 1135 W Georgia Street 604.681.9322 snowflakecanada.com

E Sequin Star Dress Available at Guess 700 West Georgia Street Unit 006D 604.683.3946 guess.ca

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J Ladies’ Leather Vest Available at OK Boot Corral $119.99 205 Carrall Street in Gastown 604.684.2668 okbootcorral.com

K Chantelle Champs Elysees Demi Bra Demi bra available in sizes B-E 32-38 and F cup 32-36. | $135 La Jolie Madame, 849 Hornby Street 604.669.1831 lajoliemadameboutique.com

A Chantelle Champs Elysees Demi Bra Demi bra available in sizes B-E 32-38 and F cup 32-36. | $975 La Jolie Madame, 849 Hornby Street 604.669.1831 www.lajoliemadameboutique.com


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winter warmers ’Tis the season to bundle up and get cosy. Downtown Vancouver’s retailers can help.

A Pom-Pom Hat Available at Joe Fresh 540 Granville Street 604.681.4200 joefresh.com

B Hunter Women’s Original Tour Gloss Rain Boots Available at Hudson’s Bay

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C HBC Collection Throw Available at Hudson’s Bay 674 Granville Street 604.681.6211 thebay.com

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D Motorcycle Jacket Available at OK Boot Corral $239.99 205 Carrall Street in Gastown 604.684.2668 okbootcorral.com

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G Wrap Up Robes  Wrap Up is an exclusive collection of bathrobes. One size. | $285-$360 La Jolie Madame, 849 Hornby Street 604.669.1831 lajoliemadameboutique.com

H ED by Ellen Degeneres Mugs Available at Hudson’s Bay 674 Granville Street 604.681.6211 thebay.com

I Reindeer Slippers Available at La Vie en Rose 1009 Robson Street 604.684.5600 lavieenrose.com

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B A High-Shine Metallic Dinky Purse Available at Coach

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B Ladies’ Boots Large selection of styles in store. Available at OK Boot Corral. $269.99 205 Carrall Street in Gastown 604.684.2668 okbootcorral.com

C Glitter Belt Available at Topshop 674 Granville Street 604.681.6211 topshop.com

D Rimowa Topas 29” E-Tag Multiwheel This luxury Rimowa luggage is made of duralumin, with a built-in high-tech electronic tag. | $1,475

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Rimowa Limbo 26” E-Tag Multiwheel Made of robust polycarbonate and supported by strong aluminum frames, with built-in electronic tag. | $1,205

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all that glitters Looking for a little festive sparkle? Downtown Vancouver retailers can help you bring home the gold this holiday season!

A Stittgen Maple Leaf pendant and lapel pin Celebrate Canada 150 with the sterling silver Stittgen Maple Leaf pendant and lapel pin. Designed and crafted in Vancouver. | $195 each Stittgen Fine Jewelry, 791 W Georgia Street and 1457 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver 604.682.1158 / 604.925.8333 stittgen.com

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C Spirit Beads Necklace Sterling silver bead with chain included, engraved with various animal figures. | $70-$80 Bill Reid Gallery Shop, 639 Hornby Street 604.682.3455 billreidgallery.ca

A Stittgen Maple Leaf pendant and lapel pin Celebrate Canada 150 with the sterling silver Stittgen Maple Leaf pendant and lapel pin. Designed and crafted in Vancouver. | $195

A Tahitian pearl necklace with sapphires & diamonds set in 18 karat white gold Palladio Jewellers | Price upon request

Stittgen Fine Jewelry, 791 W Georgia Street and 1457 Bellevue Avenue, West Vancouver 604.682.1158 / 604.925.8333 www.stittgen.com

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A Honica Galaxy Bracelet and Earrings One of a Kind Earrings | $105 and Bracelet | $425

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A Pink Ladies’ Watch Available at Guess 700 West Georgia Street Unit 006D 604.683.3946 guess.ca

B Rado True Blaze Available at Ann-Louise 701 West Georgia Street #D011A 604.669.1433 annlouise.ca

C Breitling Galactic 36 Sleek Edition Available at Time & Gold 565 West Georgia Street 604.683.1812 timegold.ca

D I.N.O.X. Men’s Watch Available at Hudson’s Bay 674 Granville Street 604.681.6211 thebay.com


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holiday glam

Find these fabulous Christmas cosmetics at your favourite downtown Vancouver beauty retailers.

A Covergirl Melting Pout Glitz Top Coat Available at London Drugs

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B KÊrastase Paris Aura Botanica Holiday Trio Available at Suki’s

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C NYX Lippie Countdown Advent Calendar Available at London Drugs 710 Granville Street 604.448.4802 londondrugs.com

D AG Hair Holiday Duos Available at Zennkai Salon 722 Granville Street 604.687.2150 zennkai.com

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E Omorovicza Christmas Cracker Available at Nordstrom 799 Robson Street 604.699.2100 shop.nordstrom.com

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F AmopĂŠ Pedicure Gift Set Available at Shoppers Drug Mart 104-201 748 Burrard Street 778.330.4711 shoppersdrugmart.ca

G Rimowa Limbo Beauty Case Available at Artino

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H Ruby Red Eau de Parfum Available at Michael Kors 701 West Georgia Street G057 604.630.2323 michaelkors.ca

I Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Available at Sephora 1045 Robson Street 604.681.9704 sephora.com


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From toys to togs, downtown Vancouver retailers have everything little ones hope to see under the tree on Christmas Day!

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A Red Hooded Bear Sweater Available at Joe Fresh 540 Granville Street 1W6 604.681.4200 joefresh.com

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B Native Shoes AP Luna Boots Available at Nordstrom 799 Robson Street 604.699.2100 shop.nordstrom.com

C Bath Bombs, Melts, Oils and Bubble Wands Available at Lush 1020 Robson Street 604.687.5874 lush.ca

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stocking stuffers

This Christmas, fill their stockings with a bounty of treats from downtown Vancouver retailers.

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A Dylan’s Candy Bars (10 Pack) Available at Hudson’s Bay 674 Granville Street 604.681.6211 thebay.com

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C Christmas Raccoon Sleep Mask Available at La Vie en Rose 1009 Robson Street 604.684.5600 lavieenrose.com

D Canada Cup Ornament Available at Starbucks 1301 Robson Street 604.801.5820 starbucks.ca

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shop hundreds of stores and specialty markets in downtown Vancouver to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

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B Links of London Holiday Charms Available at Holt Renfrew

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C BB Dakota Dress Available at Hudson’s Bay 674 Granville Street 604.681.6211 thebay.com

D Lips & Heart Clutch Available at Guess 700 West Georgia Street Unit 006D 604.683.3946 guess.ca

E Sarah Jessica Parker Heels Available at Hudson’s Bay 674 Granville Street 604.681.6211 thebay.com

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G Loison Panettone Available at Urban Fare 1133 Alberni Street 604.648.2053 urbanfare.com

H Bosca Leather Desk Accessories Bosca desk accessories offer a classic design that is perfect for a modern or traditional office. $130 + up CHARALS, 171 Robson Street 604.689.3497 charals.com

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The first stop on the tour will be the waterfront Christmas district. You won’t be able to leave without humming something about a waterfront winter wonderland! A  Stroll through the rustic gates into the Vancouver Christmas Market. Sip Glühwein, sample delicious German food and browse through homey artisan crafts. The market is full of kid-friendly activities including a vintage carousel and craft stations. vancouverchristmasmarket.com B   Walk east along the seawall toward Canada Place. Look for the five bright sails. In the evenings, these sails are lit up and make for a great photo op. View the Avenue of Christmas Trees, vintage handcrafted animated Woodward’s displays and Rudolph’s Theatre. Kids activities on site. canadaplace.ca C   Walk to the end of the promenade to FlyOver Canada with Santa. Help Santa search for his missing elves during an exhilarating flight across Canada and then on to the North Pole. Stop by the festive outdoor deck to enjoy holiday music and performances, Christmas lights, hot drinks and seasonal snacks. flyovercanada.com


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D   Leave Canada Place, crossing mid-block, and walk south past the fountains and through the little park on the other side. Swing into Mink Chocolates for some real hot chocolate. E   Go east on West Hastings and right on Seymour to Cartems Donuterie (543 West Pender). There will be a seasonal doughnut to try, but we also recommend the whiskey bacon doughnut and a glass of milk, of course. F   Walk west on West Pender and take a left on Granville Street. You’ll find Holt Renfrew just a bit up the hill. Head upstairs to the second floor and peruse the curated Christmas collection of treats and gifts from around the world. G   Browse your way through festively decorated Pacific Centre mall. Stop off at the Four Seasons Hotel (accessed from inside the mall) to vote for your favourite out of the 60‑plus trees on display at the Festival of Trees. H   Head out the doors on West Georgia Street. Walk south along Howe Steet toward Robson Street. For a few dollars, rent skates and skate Vancouver’s only free outdoor ice rink. See the 50-foot-tall, Rockefeller-style Christmas tree while you are there! robsonsquare.com


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I   Walk up Hornby (north, toward the mountains) and dip into the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver to take in its beautiful displays. Come out on the other side near Alberni Street. You’ll want to stop and take a peek at the iconic window displays by Dior, Hermès and Moncler, while walking down the Alberni luxury district to shop at stores such as Tori Burch, Burberry, Versace, Montblanc and Prada. Take a break on the Thierry patio. After all this walking you deserve a delicious pastry! J   The sweetest lane in the city can be found in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Vancouver (655 Burrard). A stunning gingerbread house created by the Hyatt staff serves as the centrepiece for gingerbread creations designed by secondary schools, professionals and amateur culinary artists. K   Walk south on Burrard. Stop for a peek at the beautifully decorated Christmas tree gallery at the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver. L  Continue walking up the hill (south) on Burrard toward the St. Paul’s Lights of Hope. Every year, Vancouver’s downtown hospital is decked out in 10 kilometres (that’s seawall length) of Christmas lights. The volunteer-built display aims to inspire hospital donations. You can’t miss it but it’s best seen at night. We ho-ho-hope you enjoyed this tour!


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Alberni street

Celebrate the season with festive décor, twinkling lights and comfortably appointed cafés brimming with holiday treats in downtown Vancouver’s VERY own “luxury zone”.

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cour this chic district for iconic brands like Prada, Versace, Burberry and Hermès. The hub of highend global luxury, Alberni provides an exclusive and pleasurable experience you won’t soon forget – including valet parking along the street or at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Glittering gifts Perfect presents can be found through the doors of LFX Jewelry, including one-of-a-kind handcarved and -crafted jadeite pendants. Listed as one of China’s 500 most valuable brands by the World Brand Lab, the company’s ranking rose from 197th to 166th in 2012 and its filigree technique has been designated an Intangible Cultural Heritage of China by that government. lfxjewelry.com

See and be scene Alberni is the area for tastemakers – the place to see and be seen. And some of the best places to be seen – and enjoy award-winning dining, to boot – are the Glowbal Group’s restaurants. Whether you go for sustainable seafood at Coast, sizzling steaks at Black+Blue or grilled delicacies on The Roof, all three eateries will be decorated, for charity, from the end of November throughout the holiday season. glowbalgroup.com

Holiday party perfection Blubird on Alberni carries fresh, young fashion – plus plenty of accessorizing baubles – at an “affordable luxury” price tag. Find the perfect holiday dress here – or hop up to Robson Street to access fast and fun fashion.

SHOP TILL YOU DROP A 2,500-square-foot Rolex store has opened in Alberni’s Shangri-La Hotel, featuring beautifully designed, gorgeously crafted watches and gifts. After shopping, be sure to head to the hotel lobby to catch a swoon-worthy Christmas display, featuring a two-storey tree with all the trimmings. Next, stroll over to the corner of Burrard and West Georgia streets to view the iconic holiday windows at Dior – and to do a little luxury shopping inside.

Seasonal fare Searching for gift baskets? Look no further than Urban Fare on Alberni, where experts put together perfect holiday hampers filled with an assortment of fine foods. Not only is this gourmet grocer the only downtown location selling exclusive Thomas Haas chocolate (the champagne truffles are to die for), you’ll also find oddball artisanal food items in the aisles that are guaranteed to take your holiday entertaining to the next level. urbanfare.com

Treats at Thierry Slide up to the counter at Thierry for handcrafted French chocolates, macarons and pastries, including Black Forest cake for Christmas dinner and buttery, flaky croissants for next-day holiday brunch. Take home pretty, prepackaged treats like madeleines, biscotti and cookies that will make you look like a seasonal superstar, or simply stop by to recharge mid-holiday shopping spree. thierrychocolates.com


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batch chocolate ganache bars (perfect stocking stuffers) and Mink’s gold medal-winning Mermaid’s Choice chocolate, which defeated submissions from around the world in the categories of best ingredients, best taste, best texture and most unique. minkchocolates.com Fodder for Foodies It seems like kitchen supply store Cook Culture on Howe Street carries every culinary gadget under the sun, including modern classic cookware to suit every type of stove, cook and budget. Choose from brand names like Staub, Hario and more. Downtown holiday fun definitely includes walking through this inspiring shop to see what’s new – and see what little tool you just can’t go home without. cookculture.com Hot Spot Sandwiched by the Vancouver Club, Terminal City Club and Mink Chocolates, Lot 19 in Hastings West offers a small yet serene public space in the heart of the city. Walk under the twinkling holiday lights or take five from Christmas shopping on unique public art that doubles as a bench. This locals’ secret hot spot is a great place to do some festive people watching, too. hastingswest.com/lot19


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his happening ’hood is easily accessed by all three SkyTrain lines and boasts some of the best people-watching spots in town (try the Lennox Pub at Granville and Robson or Starbucks on 700 Granville Street).

fairies danced in your head? Sugarfina, located in Nordstrom Pacific Centre, offers serious candy for adults with a sweet tooth or two, featuring treats like single-malt scotch cordials and maple bourbon caramels. sugarfina.com

ALLEY OOP Visit the laneway south of West Hastings between Granville and Seymour to play and socialize. This public space, painted in bright pink and yellow, boasts basketball hoops and, on special occasions, an LED-lit tiki bar. Grab a slice of Vancouver’s best cheesecake from Trees Organic Coffee and savour it at a bistro table or join a game of HORSE at the hoops. Just be sure to call “Car!” when people drive down the alley – this pedestrianized laneway is shared by all.

key of christmas Tickle the ivories at the public piano – part of Vancouver’s Keys to the Streets program – at the Orpheum Theatre. While this vibrantly painted instrument can be played by anyone, watch out for special singalongs throughout the holidays. keystothestreets.com

CITY CENTRE With 90-plus retailers, including Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, Kate Spade, Ted Baker London, Apple, Sephora and the Disney Store, there’s no better place to get great gifts than Pacific Centre. Check out the mall’s many twinkling lights, plus a plethora of holiday displays to get your festive spirit up. Dip over to the Four Seasons Hotel to see the city’s best-decorated Christmas trees at the annual Festival of Trees. cfshops.com Christmas Candy Yearning to relive simpler times, when sugar plum

Musical Must Studio Records – Vancouver’s first vinyl store and live music venue in one – features local acts, open-mic nights and headliner shows throughout the holiday season. Live out your diva dreams on Karaoke Monday or salsa and merengue to your heart’s content every Tuesday. Craft beer, cocktails and pizza served nightly. studiorecords.ca window wow Festive window displays and a Christmas section chock full of glittering ornaments and holiday entertainment items make Hudson’s Bay a definite December destination. Head downstairs to Topshop for fun festive fashions and book a makeover with one of the Bay’s beauty consultants for a glam holiday party look. thebay.com


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Downtown is packed with plenty of fun, festive events from things to eat to singalongs to ways to give back to your community. Here’s our Christmas bucket list that is sure to make your holidays bright. THROUGH DECEMBER 10 Bill Reid Creative Journeys A comprehensive introduction to Bill Reid’s life and work. 604.682.3455 billreidgallery.ca SEPTEMBER 13-DECEMBER 10 Intangible: Memory and Innovation in Coast Salish Art Six artists illustrate Coast Salish art as a thriving art tradition. 604.682.3455 billreidgallery.ca

NOVEMBER NOVEMBER 1-DECEMBER 31 Window Gallery View Maria Mazuelos’ recycled paper art at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre. 604.879.9888 roundhouse.ca

NOVEMBER 2 A Celebration of Science and Reason Scientists Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris will discuss science and reason with Matt Dillahunty at the Orpheum. vancouvercivictheatres.com NOVEMBER 2-4 Program 1 An evening of visual storytelling by two celebrated dance artists. 1.855.9875.2787 balletbc.com NOVEMBER 2-8 ISCM World New Music Days Music from nearly 50 countries and more than 25 concerts and outreach events by some of Canada’s best musicians. 604.879.9888 roundhouse.ca NOVEMBER 3 Early Music Vancouver Concert at Christ Church Cathedral. 604.682.3848 thecathedral.ca

NOVEMBER 3-4 Grease Presented by Karen Flamenco at the Vancouver Playhouse. vancouvercivictheatres.com

NOVEMBER 6 Ani DiFranco In concert at the Vancouver Playhouse. vancouvercivictheatres.com

NOVEMBER 4 World New Music Days Concert at Christ Church Cathedral. 604.682.3848 thecathedral.ca

NOVEMBER 8 Let It Be A celebration of the music of the Beatles at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. 1.855.985.5000 ticketmaster.ca

NOVEMBER 4-5 Vancouver Health Show Inform yourself on healthy choices for your family, pets, self and home. 250.590.6180 healthshows.com

NOVEMBER 8-12 Circle Craft Market Shop from hundreds of B.C. and Canadian artists and artisans. circlecraft.net

NOVEMBER 5 Raffi In concert at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. 1.855.985.5000 ticketmaster.ca

NOVEMBER 10 FUSE: Conjuring Performances, music and unexpected surprises make FUSE Vancouver’s favourite art party. 604.662.4719 vanartgallery.bc.ca

November 22 - December 24 Vancouver Christmas Market

November 24 - JaNuary 7 The Peak of Christmas

The city’s signature yuletide celebration offers its largest festivities to-date, with more than 75 huts stuffed with sweets, treats, and treasures. Discover authentic German delicacies and be dazzled by the glittering carousel, a 30-foot tall walk-in Christmas tree, live entertainment, and more! Jack Poole Plaza, 1055 Canada Place www.vancouverchristmasmarket.com

Wrap yourself in the magic of a white Christmas. Join us at Vancouver’s North Pole where you can visit Santa’s workshop, meet real reindeer and stroll through the Gingerbread Village. Grouse Mountain’s annual holiday festivities begin November 24. Believe in all things Christmas. 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver 604.980.9311 • grousemountain.com/christmas

November 23 - JaNuary 7 Christmas at FlyOver Canada

December 1 Concert and Sing-Along

Join Santa on a magical flight across Canada and onto the North Pole! 999 Canada Place Way 604.620.8455 • FlyOverCanada.com\Christmas

St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church invites you to bring the whole family and join us for a special music concert with choirs, brass and organ. Also included is a traditional Christmas Carol sing-along. 7 p.m. 1022 Nelson at Burrard • 604.260.6413 standrewswesley.com


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NOVEMBER 12 Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker At Queen Elizabeth Theatre. 1.855.985.5000 ticketmaster.ca NOVEMBER 12 Classical Concert Series Come for a tea and tour of the Roedde House Museum before the concert. 604.684.7040 roeddehouse.org NOVEMBER 14 Songbird North Featuring four exceptional singersongwriters ranging from renowned veterans to up-and-coming writers. 604.879.9888 roundhouse.ca NOVEMBER 14-19 Jersey Boys At Queen Elizabeth Theatre. 1.855.985.5000 ticketmaster.ca NOVEMBER 15 Ocean Wise Chowder Showdown Taste original chowders and vote for your favourite! 604.659.3474 vanaqua.org NOVEMBER 16 Lights of Hope A display of hundreds of thousands of holiday lights on the facade of St. Paul’s Hospital. 604.806.9850 lightsofhope.helpstpauls.com NOVEMBER 17 West Coast Symphony Concert at Christ Church Cathedral. 604.682.3848 thecathedral.ca NOVEMBER 18 Curator’s Lecture: Anna Reynolds This lecture will look at the varied ways artists have been depicted in artworks over time. 604.662.4719 vanartgallery.bc.ca NOVEMBER 18-19 VSO at the Movies Jurassic Park at the Orpheum. vancouvercivictheatres.com

NOVEMBER 19 Solo Famenco The Kasandra Ensemble is at once a feast for the eyes, the ears and the soul. 604.879.9888 roundhouse.ca NOVEMBER 20-29 Sonologues A series of unique audio installations with a 16-speaker system. 604.879.9888 roundhouse.ca NOVEMBER 21-DECEMBER 2 12 Days of Holiday Shopping Members receive 20 per cent off regular-priced merchandise in the Gallery Store. 604.662.4719 vanartgallery.bc.ca NOVEMBER 22 Peter Mansbridge: Live Coast to Coast At Queen Elizabeth Theatre. 1.855.985.5000 ticketmaster.ca NOVEMBER 22-25 Dance in Vancouver Four days of performances showcasing some of B.C.’s most exciting artists at Scotiabank Dance Centre. 604.606.6400 thedancecentre.ca NOVEMBER 22-December 24 Vancouver Christmas Market The city’s signature yuletide celebration, at Jack Poole Plaza, offers its largest festivities to date! 604.229.3292 vancouverchristmasmarket.com NOVEMBER 23-25 Parallel 01 Acclaimed New York-based pianist Uri Caine performs original compositions. 604.879.9888 roundhouse.ca NOVEMBER 23-JANUARY 28 Canyon Lights Be amazed by the hundreds of thousands of lights throughout Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. 604.985.7474 capbridge.com

NOVEMBER 24 Orpheum 90 An evening celebrating the Orpheum’s 90th anniversary. vancouvercivictheatres.com

NOVEMBER 30 The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses At Queen Elizabeth Theatre. 1.855.985.5000 ticketmaster.ca

NOVEMBER 24 The Tenors: Christmas Together Tour At Queen Elizabeth Theatre. 1.855.985.5000 ticketmaster.ca

NOVEMBER 30 Flamenco Rosario A flamenco performance that is full of emotional power, technical brilliance and stirring music and singing. 604.606.6400 thedancecentre.ca

NOVEMBER 24-DECEMBER 3 Scuba Claus See the jolly man swimming at the Vancouver Aquarium! 604.659.3474 vanaqua.org NOVEMBER 25 Charity Craft Fair Buy gifts of social benefit at Woodward’s Atrium, with 100 per cent of admission (and sponsorship) proceeds donated to the BC Fire Fighters Burn Fund. picatic.com/CCF17 NOVEMBER 25-26 Family FUSE Weekend: The Action of Expression Explore a variety of ways in which artists’ ideas and stories can be revealed through movements, gestures and performative processes. 604.662.4719 vanartgallery.bc.ca NOVEMBER 25-26 Homes for the Holidays A seasonal self-guided tour – and fundraiser – of five beautiful homes in Vancouver. 778.379.5437 homesfortheholidays.ca NOVEMBER 26 Will’s Jams Live multimedia children’s concert. 604.879.9888 roundhouse.ca NOVEMBER 29 Trailer Park Boys Christmas comedy at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. vancouvercivictheatres.com

NOVEMBER 30 - JANUARY 1 Festival of Trees Tour an enchanted forest of decorated trees at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and CF Pacific Centre mall to raise funds for the most urgent needs at BC Children’s Hospital. 604.875.2444 bcchf.ca/fot NOVEMBER 30 - JANUARY 6 The Bright Nights Christmas Train and Stanley Park Train Plaza sparkle with three million twinkling lights. 604.257.8531 brightnights.ca

DECEMBER DECEMBER 1-2 Early Music Vancouver: Messiah Handel’s greatest known work at the Vancouver Playhouse. vancouvercivictheatres.com DECEMBER 1-28 Karaoke Christmas Lights Tour A Vancouver Trolley annual tradition, visiting festive light displays. 604.8091.5515 vancouvertrolley.com DECEMBER 3 Rogers Santa Claus Parade The perfect kickoff to the holiday season, with a downtown Vancouver route! facebook.com/Rogers.Santa.Claus. Parade

December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 - 24 Breakfast with Santa

December 24 & 25 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Want to make the holidays unforgettable? There is no better way to do so than by treating your family to a wonderful breakfast with face painting, a magic show and a visit from the jolly man himself. Breakfast with Santa is available December 2, 3, 9, 10, and December 16 - 24. 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver 604.980.9311 • grousemountain.com/christmas

St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church invites you to celebrate this special time of year. Christmas Eve: 10:30 a.m. morning service; 3 p.m. jazz vespers; 5 p.m. young children & families; 7 p.m. family service; 9 p.m. candlelight & music; 11 p.m. candlelight Christmas Eve service. Christmas morning service at 10:30 a.m. 1022 Nelson at Burrard • 604.260.6413 www.standrewswesley.com

December 17 Quiet Christmas Service

December 31 Family New Year’s Eve Celebration

Looking for an oasis in what is often a hectic and sometimes challenging time? Join us at St.Andrew’sWesley United Church for this Service in worship and celebration of the season. 7 pm 1022 Nelson at Burrard • 604.260.6413 standrewswesley.com

Celebrate the kick-off of 2018 with fun for all ages. Sled down our Sliding Zone, skate, or be awed by the magical outdoor Light Walk. Enjoy incredible performances throughout the night as well as a special 9:00pm countdown for the little ones. This year’s celebration will be something to remember! 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver 604.980.9311 • grousemountain.com


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DECEMBER 3 Advent Lessons & Carols This candlelit service at Christ Church Cathedral is truly one of the highlights of the season. 604.682.3848 thecathedral.ca DECEMBER 3 Kenny G: The Miracles Holiday & Hits Tour At Queen Elizabeth Theatre. 1.855.985.5000 ticketmaster.ca DECEMBER 3 Christmas With the Bach Choir Your holiday favourites at the Orpheum. vancouvercivictheatres.com DECEMBER 3 A Symphony Tribute to the Music of Prince VSO performs at the Orpheum. vancouvercivictheatres.com DECEMBER 6 Join other community members for a fun-filled afternoon of dancing, cheer and a catered lunch. 604.879.9888 roundhouse.ca DECEMBER 6 A Jann Arden Christmas An evening of popular holiday tunes with Canada’s beloved pop diva at the Orpheum. vancouvercivictheatres.com

DECEMBER 8 Diana Krall: Turn Up the Quiet World Tour At Queen Elizabeth Theatre. 1.855.985.5000 ticketmaster.ca DECEMBER 9 Winter Warm Up Enjoy cider, coffee and a holiday happy hour featuring Filson Santa, with free photography! 604.689.1836 filson.com DECEMBER 9-10 Winter Holidays at the Roundhouse Photos with Santa, cookie decorating and festive outdoor lighting. 604.879.9888 roundhouse.ca DECEMBER 10 Breakfast With Santa Join Santa and his helpers for a pancake breakfast, facepainting, arts and crafts and more. 604.879.9888 roundhouse.ca

Wrap Yourself in the Magic of a White Christmas. The Peak of Christmas November 24 –January 7 Join us at Vancouver’s North Pole where you can have breakfast with Santa, visit his workshop and meet real reindeer. grousemountain.com/christmas Some activities available until Dec. 24.

DECEMBER 10 Classical Concert Series Come for a tea and tour of the Roedde House Museum before the concert. 604.684.7040 roeddehouse.org DECEMBER 14 Jazz Concert Series At the Roedde House Museum. 604.684.7040 roeddehouse.org DECEMBER 14-19 The Nutcracker Presented by the Goh Ballet. 604.872.4014 gohnutcracker.com DECEMBER 15 VSO Tiny Tots Holiday Hooray! Sing along to frosty favourites at the Vancouver Playhouse. vancouvercivictheatres.com

DECEMBER 15-16 & 18 Christmas With Chor Leoni Favourite tunes in polished settings, sparkling new choral gems, frosty winter songs and familiar sing-along carols. 604.263.7061 chorleoni.org DECEMBER 16 A Baroque Christmas Performance by the Vancouver Chamber Choir at the Orpheum. vancouvercivictheatres.com DECEMBER 16 Bah! Humbug! Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol comes to life in modern-day East Vancouver. 778.782.9286 sfu.ca DECEMBER 16 The Ennis Sisters Annual Christmas Tour From Christmas originals and holiday classics to stories and folkloric recitations. 1.888.732.1682 voguetheatre.com


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For a respite from the holiday season, and year round... DECEMBER 17 The Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols A favourite seasonal service at Christ Church Cathedral. 604.682.3848 thecathedral.ca

DECEMBER 26-27 Contact Winter Music Festival The largest-ever indoor festival to occur in Western Canada. contact-festival.com

DECEMBER 21 Winter Solstice Lantern Festival Lanterns, fire, singing, dancing, music, storytelling and the famous candle labyrinth. 604.879.9888 roundhouse.ca

DECEMBER 28-30 The Nutcracker Whether you’re beginning a new holiday tradition, or revisiting an old favourite, you’ll be enthralled by Clara’s escapades with her Nutcracker Prince. 1.855.9875.2787 balletbc.com

DECEMBER 23 Kids’ Movie at the Roundhouse Bring your kids for a fun, holidaythemed free movie. 604.879.9888 roundhouse.ca DECEMBER 24 Gospel Christmas for the City A beautiful blend of traditional and contemporary gospel music. 604.682.3848 thecathedral.ca DECEMBER 24 Carols for the City A traditional service of the most beloved and cherished Christmas carols. 604.682.3848 thecathedral.ca DECEMBER 24 Mass for the City A traditional eucharist with Christmas music and carols. 604.682.3848 thecathedral.ca

In the Largest Stained Glass Sanctuary in Downtown Vancouver

DECEMBER 31 NYE Vancouver Downtown Vancouver’s waterfront celebration to ring in 2018. nyevan.com

JANUARY JANUARY 1 Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert This charming celebration blends acclaimed European singers and dancers with exceptional local symphonies for a rich cultural experience at the Orpheum. vancouvercivictheatres.com JANUARY 1 Polar Bear Swim Thousands of brave souls (some in costume!) welcome the new year by plunging into the icy cold waters of English Bay. westendbia.com

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Located in Stanley Park, the world’s best city park. Contact our Event Sales Manager, Vivian Leung, at 604-757-7168 to plan your holiday event. For all other information, visit our websites today.

The new Prospect Point Bar & Grill is open daily (except Dec. 25). Event space for 24 to 300 people. prospectpoint.com

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What was Christmas like for you as a child? As a child growing up in Germany, the Christmas season commenced with the arrival of Advent. This is when we started decorating the house and preparing heartier meals. Most importantly, our favourite treats appeared in small baskets on the living room table! I also remember making gifts for family members, and learning a poem or song to share on Christmas Eve. Definitely the most exciting moment was when a bell rang, the door to the living room opened, and we saw the fully lit Christmas tree with all the presents piled below. Christmas music was often playing on the turntable, the room was aglow from the twinkling lights of the tree. I also vividly remember the sweet smells of the fresh tree and freshly baked gingerbread wafting through the air. It was truly a magical time! In fact, I started the Vancouver Christmas Market because I missed the Christmas markets I visited each season while growing up in Germany. I longed for the tradition of meeting with friends at the German Christmas market to share in the festive atmosphere and specialty foods offered during the holiday season.


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What can visitors expect to experience at this year’s market? What’s new? It is our second year at Jack Poole Plaza (home of the Olympic Cauldron and situated next to the Vancouver Convention Centre). However, this year’s market will offer our largest festivities to date with more than 75 huts offering delicious delicacies, Old World confections and one-ofa-kind gifts. New highlights include Canada’s first-ever walk-in Christmas tree. The tree will be 30 feet high and covered with 36,000 twinkling lights that guests can enter for a spectacular light display. Our Christmas Pyramid – a new feature last year – will also grow by one level, adding the Vancouver Christmas Market’s very own flying stage perched 10 feet above the market. This new stage will feature an expanded lineup of holiday entertainment presented daily throughout the run of the market.


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What has surprised you most about the growth of the market over the years? I am very excited about the growth and popularity of the Vancouver Christmas Market and the steady increase in our fan base. It is wonderful to see familiar faces each year while welcoming new visitors to the market. We are pleased to provide Vancouverites and visitors alike with a beloved annual Christmas tradition. What are your top tips for visiting the market? There is so much to experience at the Vancouver Christmas Market so I recommend purchasing a season pass so you can come back as many times as you like. I definitely think everyone should visit our new walk-in Christmas tree, shop the market for that special gift – and be sure to try glßhwein, which is a traditional hot spiced German mulled wine. The smell instantly takes me back to the Christmas markets I used to frequent every holiday season in Germany!


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What’s your favourite thing to eat at the market? A delicious bowl of goulash from Das Gulasch Haus is always wonderful, especially on a cold winter’s day. I am also a fan of spätzle from Das Spätzle Haus. We have some delicious new food items at the market this year: I am really excited to try local wild salmon from E.A.T. Fish, one of our new vendors. Schnappsl Kaffe Haus is going to be offering berliner, a traditional German baked good that is like a doughnut. This delicious treat is often sprinkled with icing sugar and filled with a marmalade or jam filling. I also look forward to sampling some cannoli from Cannoli King. This new vendor is going to be offering seven different types of cannoli this year. Of course, I always enjoy a mug of glühwein! What’s your favourite thing to do at the market? I love meeting with friends and enjoying the abundance of delicious food and beverages, while taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the market. Why should people visit this year’s market? The Vancouver Christmas Market is a wonderful annual holiday tradition. Whether you are on a date night or visiting with friends and family, there is something for everyone! Finally, what is your favourite way to celebrate Christmas in downtown Vancouver? Well, of course, I am biased, but truly my favourite way to celebrate Christmas in Downtown Vancouver is to venture to the Vancouver Christmas Market. I hope to see you there this holiday season! Let the countdown begin! 

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days & nights take a break from shopping and hit the town with your honey! whether you wish to take in a show, have a fabulous meal or dance the night away, you’ll find a holiday happening to suit you here.

December 2, 9 & 16 Opera Angels at Pan Pacific

DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve at Pan Pacific

Embrace the holiday season with classical style. Traditional Christmas culinary delights, accompanied by live performances from popular operas by Burnaby Lyric Opera and Edd Wright. Our heavenly opera buffet will enthrall both young and old alike, creating an evening of warm and lasting memories. 300 - 999 Canada Place • 604.891.2555 panpacific.com/vancouverdining

Experience the magic of the holidays and join us on Christmas Eve at your home away from home for our homemade dinner buffet with a wide variety of delights, including traditional favourites. Live entertainment with Christmas favourites complete the celebration, making this an evening to remember. 300 - 999 Canada Place • 604.891.2555 panpacific.com/vancouverdining

December 3, 10 & 17 Santa’s Brunch at Pan Pacific

December 31 NY’s Eve at Pan Pacific

A festive and fun-filled morning for everyone. Enjoy our sensational market brunch with a wondrous array of delectable favourites. Children will enjoy a special children’s buffet, face-painting, ballooon artistry and, of course, a visit from Santa himself! All accompanied by live, spirited music. 300 - 999 Canada Place • 604.891.2555 panpacific.com/vancouverdining

Bid adieu to 2017 and hello to 2018 with spectacular views, dazzling ambiance and a fabulous buffet. The Pan Pacific Vancouver is renowned for celebrating New Year’s in style. Performances by Burnaby Lyric Opera, followed by live entertainment, will keep you dancing past the stroke of midnight. 300 - 999 Canada Place • 604.891.2555 panpacific.com/vancouverdining

December 4 - 22 Christmas Lunches at Grouse Mountain

January 1, 2018 Oceans 999’s New Year’s Brunch

Looking for that perfect festive venue for an intimate lunch with friends and family? Our popular Christmas Lunches will be taking place at The Observatory Monday - Friday, December 4 - 22, from 11:30am 2pm, with delicious festive offerings to indulge your taste buds. Call 604.998.5045 to book. 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver 604.998.5045 • grousemountain.com

Those New Year’s resolutions can wait! Start the year with some decadence and delight with our famous New Year’s Day Brunch at Oceans 999. With panoramic views of the harbour and mountains, tempting creations from the buffet, and soothing melodies by the live entertainment, you’ll glide into 2018. 300 - 999 Canada Place • 604.891.2555 panpacific.com/vancouverdining

December 6, 7, 13, 14, 15 Winter Solstice at Pan Pacific An Oceans 999 time honoured tradition with a West Coast flair! Perfect for celebrating the festive season with colleagues and friends. Our Winter Solstice luncheon buffets feature seasonal favourites and desserts by our award-winning Pastry team, all accompanied with live music by a gifted pianist. 300 - 999 Canada Place • 604.891.2555 panpacific.com/vancouverdining


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feast Whether you’re heading to a potluck or hosting your own dinner, get a head start on your holiday menu with these tantalizing recipes. From Christmas cocktails to delectable desserts, dash to your kitchen, don your apron and whip up some of the season’s most festive foods!


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cocktails Mary Christmas

Creator: Mary Junqueira  Restaurant: Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant

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Ingredients: 1.5 oz Grand Marnier Pink lemonade tea syrup

Servings: 2 Recipe Instructions: Add a sugar rim to a chilled champagne flute. In a shaker add .5 oz Stoli Vodka, .5 oz Luxardo Maraschino, a drop of grenadine, and a splash of cranberry juice. Shake and pour into the flute and top up with house sparkling wine. Garnish with a cherry and mint spear.

Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaican Hot Buttered Rum

Directions: Shake and serve up in a coupe glass; garnish with a dehydrated lime wheel.

Top of Vancouver R e vo lv i n g R e s tau R a n t take the complimentary elevator ride up to the top of the city. enjoy fine Continental dining at 553 feet (167m) with an unobstructed view of vancouver, the coastal mountains and the ocean. Windows are specifically angled for maximum viewing of the Christmas lights and Carol Ships below.

Large-batch recipe for cocktail base: 1 lb brown sugar 1/4 lb butter Pinch of salt 4 oz fresh apple cider 1/2 oz fresh extracted ginger juice 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp allspice Individual cocktail recipe: Using this prepared cocktail base, select an appropriate mug.

Then add: - 2 heaping tbsp of the prepared cocktail base - 2 oz Appleton Estate Reserve rum - Approximately 6 oz hot water, stir - Cinnamon stick for garnish

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www.topofvancouver.com Blend the above ingredients and bring to a boil before removing from the heat then let cool and store in refrigerator.

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Sablefish With Cranberries, Cashews and Cauliflower by chef Ned Bell from his LURE cookbook

Here the sablefish is seared until the skin is crispy and caramelized, and then served with a sprinkle of crunchy, buttery cashews. A trio of cauliflower preparations – roasted, pureed and shaved raw – echoes these textures and flavours, while a swipe of tart cranberry chutney brings it all to life. Serves four.

CRANBERRY CHUTNEY INGREDIENTS: 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries (12 oz bag) 1/2 cup dried cranberries 2 cups cranberry juice (sweet) 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, plus extra to taste 1-1/2 tsp sea salt, plus extra to taste

Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, and cook for 30 minutes or until the cranberries are tender and the mixture is thickened and saucy. Taste and adjust seasonings with up to a teaspoon salt or red wine vinegar, if needed. The sweet, salty and sour flavours should be balanced. Transfer the cranberry sauce to a blender or food processor, and blend until slightly chunky (or until smooth, if desired). (Chutney can be made several days ahead and refrigerated. Allow to come to room temperature before serving.)

CAULIFLOWER THREE WAYS Ingredients: 2 heads cauliflower, florets only (about 10 cups, divided) 3 tbsp plus 2 tsp olive oil or unsalted butter Sea salt 2 tsp lemon juice

Directions: For the puree, steam half the cauliflower (about 5 cups) in a steamer insert set over a few inches of boiling water for 12 to 15 minutes or until tender but not soggy and overcooked. Transfer the cauliflower to a blender, add 2 tablespoons of the olive oil (or butter) and a teaspoon of salt, and puree until smooth. For the roast-

ed cauliflower, preheat the oven to 400 F. In a large bowl, toss 3 cups of the remaining florets with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Arrange in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until florets are evenly caramelized and golden brown. Toss with a tablespoon of butter if desired. Finally, for the raw cauliflower, use a mandoline to shave the remaining florets (about 2 cups) lengthwise as thinly as possible. Transfer to a medium bowl and toss with the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil, the lemon juice, and salt to taste.

SABLEFISH Ingredients: 4 (4 to 5 oz) skin-on sablefish fillets Sea salt and coarsely ground black pepper 1 tbsp canola oil 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened 1 lemon, halved Chopped toasted cashews, for garnish Smoked sea salt, to sprinkle

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 F. Use paper towels to pat the fish dry and season with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat until almost smoking. Carefully lay the fish in the pan skin side down. (If necessary, cook the fish in batches to prevent overcrowding, which will keep the fish from caramelizing properly.) Reduce the heat to medium, and cook for 1 minute or until a golden crust forms on the skin. Flip the fillets over, skin side up, and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes or until browned. Place the pan in the oven and roast for 4 minutes or until fish is opaque in the center and flakes easily. Remove from the oven and add the butter to the pan. Allow it to melt while you squeeze the lemon over the fish. Use a spoon to baste each fillet with the buttery juices for about 1 minute. Transfer the fish to a plate and keep warm. Spread the cauliflower puree on each plate. Add the fillets and surround with roasted cauliflower. Spoon 2 tablespoons of cranberry chutney over the fish, and top with the shaved cauliflower. Garnish with a sprinkling of cashews and smoked salt.


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Linzer Torte by Geoff Carkner, executive chef, Pan Pacific Vancouver

dough Ingredients: 300 g all-purpose flour 300 g ground hazelnut 220 g sugar 1/2 tsp ground clove 1 tsp ground cinnamon Zest of 1/2 lemon 2 tbsp vanilla sugar 1 egg 1 egg yolk 300 g butter

filling Ingredients: 350 g lingonberry jam 1 egg yolk 2-3 tbsp heavy cream 40 g slivered almond Icing sugar

Directions: 1. Add all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and start mixing. 2. Cut cold butter in small pieces and add to the dry ingredients while mixing. 3. Add egg, mix just until dough comes together (don’t over mix). 4. Rest dough 30 minutes in fridge. 5. Take 2/3 of the dough and roll out to fit a 9-inch pie shell. 6. Now spread lingonberry jam evenly on the dough leaving 1/2 inch border on the side. 7. Take the rest of the dough and roll into strings and lace the top of the pie. 8. Mix egg yolk and cream and brush on top of the lace and sprinkle with the slivered almonds. 9. Bake at 170 C for 50 minutes until golden brown. 10. Once the torte cools, dust with icing sugar.


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Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Mix and Goose IPA Sauce by chef Ryan Gauthier of Glowbal Restaurant

Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 2 grated cinnamon sticks 3 large eggs 2 cups sugar 3/4 cup grape seed oil 3/4 cup buttermilk 1 scraped vanilla bean 2 cups grated carrot 1 small diced fresh peeled pineapple 1 cup toasted and chopped pecans

Directions: Line cake pans with parchment paper, spray with oil and set aside. Stir the flour, baking soda, salt and grated cinnamon sticks together. Place eggs in a KitchenAid and beat until they have a ribbon effect. Add the sugar, oil, buttermilk and scraped vanilla bean. Mix on medium speed for 4 minutes. Add the flour (dry) mix slowly on low speed until fully incorporated. Take out of mixer and fold in grated carrots, pineapple and pecans. Pour mix in cake pans and bake at 350 F for 25 minutes. You can check with a toothpick to see if it’s cooked. If pick is dry, then cake is done.

Cream Cheese Mix Ingredients: 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter 8 oz cream cheese 4 cups confectioner’s sugar 1/2 scraped vanilla bean

Directions: In a KitchenAid whip the butter and cream cheese until incorporated. Slowly add the sugar and vanilla and mix on low speed until fully mixed.

Goose IPA Sauce Ingredients: 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup Goose Island IPA 4 fluid oz softened butter 1 cup whipping cream 1 tsp Maldon sea salt

Directions: Place the sugar and beer in a sauce pot (preferably one that is a bit higher). Bring to a simmer. Once sugar has fully dissolved do not stir anymore. Boil until the liquid is a dark red amber colour. Stir in butter and remove from heat when melted. Slowly whisk in the cream (make sure it’s at room temperature before adding). Return to heat and cook until thickened, about 3-4 minutes.


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WINE & CHEESE WITH EASE Elsa Macdonald, director of wine education for Arterra Wines Canada, gives her pro tips for perfect holiday pairings.

Selecting Your Cheeses Opting for cheeses with varying tastes and textures entices your guests to try something new. Sparkling wine, like Ruffino Prosecco, is a flexible wine to partner with cheese because the bubbles cleanse your palate with each sip. Not just for celebrations, Ruffino Prosecco and semi-soft cheeses like fontina, Oka and mozzarella or even a fresh goat’s cheese will be crowd favourites at any gathering you host.

Wine Matching Try to balance the intensity of the cheese with the intensity of the wine – strong cheese flavours need to be matched by strong wine flavours so they won’t overpower one another. Inniskillin’s Vidal icewine is a perfect wine to enjoy with a strong, distinctive blue cheese. It’s a saltysweet match made in heaven.


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How Much is Too Much? If serving cheese at a dinner party, opt for individual plates of between three and five cheeses as a bridge before dessert. Including a small taste (15 grams) of a smoked cheese like Gouda or cheddar works well with the rich and opulent style of Robert Mondavi Private Selection bourbon barrel-aged Cabernet Sauvignon before something sweet follows.

Serving Temperature Cheeses are best served at cool room temperatures (17 to 19 C). When it’s cold outside and big reds like Jackson-Triggs Reserve Merlot are on the table, try to bring your aged cheddar or Beemster out of the fridge at least an hour before you plan to serve.

Presentation Choose cheeses with different colours, coatings and forms that will engage your guests. A soft goat’s cheese coated in cranberry or light herbs will add some colour and dimension to your cheese board and stand up to an intense and fruity red like California’s Meiomi Pinot Noir. Other accompaniments like fruits (such as pears, apples and apricots), jams and chutneys, interesting breads and crackers and nuts also create visual interest and add intriguing possibilities.


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