Liberty Merchant Company is once again hosting Taste BC to gather British Columbia’s food and beverage industry in an effort to raise money for the BC Children’s Hospital’s Oak Tree Clinic which specializes in providing care and services to sufferers of HIV/AIDS. The second annual celebration of local food and drink takes place:
Date: January 22, 2009
Time: 4:30-7:30 p.m
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel (655 Burrard Street)
Event goers will not only indulge in tastings from some of the finest restaurants, wineries, breweries and cheese purveyors in BC, they will also benefit one of the province’s most vital medical institutions. Along with the great food and drink, the attractions include live music, door prizes and a silent auction that features luxury items, including local experience packages and delicious products made by British Columbia’s own.
According to Regan Schwartz, the Director of Marketing at Liberty:
I know dieting is a new year’s resolution for everyone, but I think all of us would agree that Taste BC is one event the diet can be put on hold for. Not only is it a gastronomical celebration of all that’s great about British Columbia, the gathering also benefits people in our community who need our help more than ever
Tickets can be purchased at all Liberty locations for $49.99 each.
By Guest-writer Alicia Woodside
While waiting to be seated this holiday at Earls, I was pleasantly surprised by an offering of warm, delicious mulled wine. The popular restaurant was using a very unique and appealing way to keep customers pleased during the busy holiday rush. After quickly finishing my mug, I requested Earls’ recipe, which uses a simple and flavourful array of ingredients that would please guests at any gathering this winter. Mulled wine is a winter evening delight and a great addition to bring warmth, comfort, and style to any occasion this winter.
- 2 bottles red wine: A Zinfandel or Merlot (avoid oak-aged wine, and choose a decent bottle- it doesn’t have to be expensive as it is just being heated anyway)
- 2 cups water
- ½ cup cognac
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 10 cracked cardamom pods
Heat-up the flavour elements by bringing the two cups water, cinnamon sticks, and cardamom pods to a boil in a saucepan. Once it boils, lower the heat, and add the wine to the aromatic mixture you have created. Gently heat the wine to a simmer, without allowing it to boil, for anywhere from twenty minutes to two hours. Just before serving, stir in the cognac.
For a gathering, continue to steep the wine as guests arrive to welcome them with the amazing fragrance of fruit and spices. Serve in mugs, and keep the wine warm throughout the evening in a thermos, as guests are likely to want more
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Despite being the the midst of exam season, I still managed to go out and celebrate a friend’s birthday at The Blarney Stone on Saturday night. The Blarney Stone is more “grungy bar” than modern Gastown joint. However, I was quite impressed by the size of the venue! Two floors with a pool table and a moderately large dancefloor on the bottom floor. On the second floor, picnic-style benches fit about six to a table – perfect for having a drink or looking out of the castle-like window openings to the floor below. However, despite spending my previous New Years Eve Celiah (“cay-lee”) dancing in Scotland, the live Celtic music at the Blarney Stone is not my preferred genre of music. Then again, with 2 for 1 shooters for $6.50, you could just drink a lot and drown out the music.