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Celebrate the New Season with Our New Spring Menu!

Print The first crocuses and daffodils have awakened at last from winter’s sleep, and the sun pushes back the night’s curtains a little earlier each day… the first tidings of Spring have arrived!  As the birds return to singing sweet songs and the bumble bee queens build their honey pots, our chefs have also been inspired by the changing season – to wit, the launch of our new Spring Menu, created by Chef Reto Ballat.

carrot image “For me, spring is all about the fresh ingredients, the new produce bought fresh from the market,” says Chef Reto. “No longer do we need to dig through barrels of vegetables stored from last year’s harvest – our sources are renewed and our palettes refreshed.”illustration_spinach as Smart Object-1

And what better way to celebrate than with a new Spring Menu?  Drawing on past years’ experiences of cooking in Zurich, Switzerland’s Eden au Lac Hotel, Reto’s latest repertoire features the sea- salted and meadow-grown flavours of Mediterranean France: Barolo-braised Rabbit Breast, light and succulent Lobster meat, bright rhubarb, young  spinach, olive oil, and crisp white wine.  “When I sat down to plan the menu, all my old favourites came to mind,” Reto reflects. “I remembered cooking in so many different places, and the French Mediterranean was definitely Number One.”

lobsterWhile the menu especially emphasizes our steadfast devotion to locally-sourced ingredients, we’re proud to feature lobster as a seasonal East-coast treat – another celebration of Spring’s tidings. Lovingly folded into delicate handmade pasta, and bathed in an ambrosial white wine butter sauce, the ravioli is “well worth the effort.” The Rabbit Breast is Reto’s personal favourite, hailing once again to his earlier culinary exploits abroad. “We take care to braise it only until it’s perfectly tender,” he explains, “and for me, spring potatoes and baby carrots have always marked the change of seasons. It’s like tasting the rebirth – the ideal Easter celebration.”

Without further ado, we present our new Spring Menu in its luscious entirety. Enjoy!Microsoft Word - 2013 Spring Menu.docx

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Wedding Inspiration for 2013

Love and relationships are common themes this month, so it’s no wonder our professional caterer’s minds have turned to weddings!  And with hints of spring and hope for summer emerging from under winter’s chilly veil, chances are good that there’s a wedding or two in the making…  So for fellow wedding planners and enthusiasts alike, here are a few sparks of inspiration we’ve come across that might strike your fancy:


Wedding Venues

1. The Waterfall Building.  2. Rocky Mountaineer Station.  3. Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre / Courtesy of Larissa Addison – Luxe Photography.  4. Capilano Suspension Bridge.  5. False Creek Yacht Club.  6. Vancouver Art Gallery.  7. VanDusen Botanical Garden.  8. Westside Grand.


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Choose a Seat, not a Side5 Things Her Side Should Know About Him

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candle aisleHappily Every After Starts Here


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And because food and wedding parties go together like a bride and groom, here are a few of our favourite reception menus we’ve designed to complement any style of wedding:

Wedding Menu - Gourmet Buffet

Wedding Menu - Cocktail Dinner

Wedding Menu - Plated Dinner & Family Style

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Festival of Lights


Are you ready to experience the city’s most dazzling holiday tradition?  We can hardly wait!  The annual Festival of Lights is about to begin at VanDusen Botanical Gardens, and we’re excitedly preparing to take part in the magic.


Opening December 7th, this spectacular display of twinkling trees and sparkling shrubs is a must-see event, ideal for the entire family.  Scads of volunteers and gardeners have been hard at work since Thanksgiving, checking every one of thousands of bulbs and delicately stringing them across the boughs of the Garden’s multifarious botanicals to create the finest light exhibition yet.


Meanwhile, we’ve been putting together a show of our own, carefully planning and preparing the perfect comfort food staples to serve at four different booths inside the illuminated Garden.  Imagine the smell of fresh popcorn blending with that of fall cedar, the spicy aroma of hot apple cider lacing the brisk winter air, the warmth from a bowl of gourmet chili spreading through mittened palms, the pop and sizzle of traditional Bavarian sausages grilling under sparkling boughs…  No matter which part of the Garden’s Winter Wonderland you’ll be wassailing in, hot and delicious fare will always be close by!


Here’s a more detailed picture of the gourmet goodies you can expect to sample from our Festival of Lights feast:

hotchocolate whitebkgdHot Chocolate Stand: steaming mugs of our famous hot chocolate topped with creamy marshmallows, hot and spicy apple cider, assorted souparomatic teas

Chili & Soup Bar: deep bowls of chili chock-full of local veggies and spicy seasoning, generous servings of our favourite soups made lovingly from the freshest sausageingredients

Gingerbread Wood BBQ Hut: smoky Bavarian sausages hailing the traditional baked potatoChristmas Homeland, piquant Tandoori chicken wrapped in soft warm tortilla topped with  succulent mango chutney400-04314475

Truffles Truck (from December 16th): classic poutine with rich gravy and real cheese curds, giant baked potatoes bedecked with sour cream, bacon, and cheese, crispy hand-cut french fries, juicy BBQ  pulled pork sandwiches, hot and buttery popcorn

In addition to these delectable offerings, our Garden Cafe inside the Visitor’s Centre will be open, serving more substantial fare and our usual menu of cold, hot, and alcoholic beverages.

The Festival of Lights runs every evening from 4:30-9pm until January 1st (excluding Christmas Day, when the Garden is closed).  For more details on the many festive goings-on to see and do at this event, check out VanDusen’s web page.  Get your tickets, friends and family together – this is an incredible holiday experience that you won’t want to miss!

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