EAT! Vancouver Dinner Series pairs celebrated Canadian chefs with local favourites

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The upcoming EAT! Vancouver festival includes the chance for food lovers to sit down to exclusive meals prepared by visiting culinary greats at some of Vancouver’s top restaurants.

The Dinner Series is an exciting addition to the expanded week-long EAT! Vancouver events and hands-on culinary experiences, and connects Canada’s broad and vibrant dining scene with some of the host city’s most acclaimed restaurants. These intimate gatherings (all in the 30 to 120 guest range) afford attendees the chance to try food prepared by guest chefs from other cities without leaving Vancouver.

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Among the incredible talent heading into Vancouver’s restaurant kitchens are chefs like Susur Lee, Mark McEwan, and Anna Olson. Here’s a look at a few of the incredible evenings taking place as part of EAT! Vancouver’s Dinner Series.

Connie DeSousa, Jessica Pelland, and Andrea Carlson at Burdock & Co.

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Photo courtesy EAT! Vancouver

It’s all about girl power with this trio of dynamic Canadian female chefs. Vancouver’s Andrea Carlson welcomes Calgary’s “primal ballerina” Connie DeSousa (Charcut Roast House) and Jessica Pelland (recently appointed by DeSousa to take the stoves at her newest venture, Charbar) to Main Street’s Burdock & Co. This meal is one of the Dinner Series’ most intimate, with only 34 guests per seating.

When: Tuesday April 28, 2015 (Seatings at 5:30 and 9 p.m.)
Where: Burdock & Co. Restaurant, 2702 Main Street
Price: $135.00 includes sparkling welcome, five-course dinner, wine pairings and gratuity (taxes not included).
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Michael Caballo, Tobey Nemeth, and Joël Watanabe at Bao Bei

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Vancouverites can score “the toughest reservation in Toronto” without leaving the 604 when chefs Michael Caballo and Tobey Nemeth of the celebrated restaurant Edulis join Chef Joël Watanabe at the award-winning Bao Bei restaurant. Bao Bei is one of Vancouver’s signature restaurants in Chinatown thanks to their high-end brasserie-style approach to Chinese fine dining with a Western flair.

When: Tuesday April 28, 2015 (Seatings at 5:30 and 9 p.m.)
Where: Bao Bei Restaurant, 163 Keefer Street, Chinatown
Price: $135.00 includes sparkling welcome, five-course dinner, wine pairings and gratuity (taxes not included)
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Jesse Grasso and Wesley Young at Wildebeest

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Heed the meaty call of the culinary wild when Jesse Grasso of Toronto’s sensational The Black Hoof visits Chef Wesley Young at Gastown’s acclaimed Wildebeest. Pairing with this amazing meal will be the amazing and elusive wines of Ontario’s Charles Baker and Norman Hardie, and new & classic cocktails from the bartenders of The Black Hoof and Wildebeest – some of Canada’s best.

When: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Where: Wildebeest Restaurant, 120 West Hastings Street
Price: $135.00 includes five-course dinner, wine/cocktail pairings and gratuity (taxes not included)
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Andrew Winfield and Chris Whittaker at Forage

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Canadian cuisine will be centre stage at this meal pairing Calgary’s Andrew Winfield (River Café) and Vancouver’s Chris Whittaker (Forage). Both the River Café and Forage are known for their focus on local and seasonal ingredients, as well as house-made charcuterie.

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Where: Forage, 1300 Robson Street
Price: $135.00 includes sparkling welcome, five-course dinner, wine pairings and gratuity (taxes not included)
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As a tremendous perk to attending a Dinner Series event is that each ticket includes admission to the three-day EAT! food expo and tasting event at BC Place.

Please note: All Dinner Series events are restricted to persons 19 years of age and older. Anyone under the age of 19, including children, babies or strollers will not be admitted. Food and beverage offerings may contain nuts or other food allergens. Chefs will be making creations based on the best available seasonal offerings. No Substitutions are possible. Allergies cannot be accommodated. Please drink and eat responsibly. Consume at your own risk. All sales are final. Tickets will not be replaced, refunded or exchanged for any reason whatsoever.

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Lindsay William-Ross Lindsay is a Senior Editor at Vancity Buzz, and currently runs the site's Food section. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she spent the last two decades in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her MA, attended culinary school, and was an English professor (among other things). Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancitybuzz.com
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