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Highlights from DinnerPartyYVR 2016

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My fourth time participating in DinnerPartyYVR was awesome! All of the dinners together raised over $23K for charity! Thank you to everyone who helped me with my dinner, and helped to raise funds for the charity that I support: Quest Food Exchange-Giving Page! <-----You can still donate to my fundraising efforts!

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IMG_20160409_204946920Andres my Sous Chef for the evening

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Thanks to Nick for teaching a new and amazing way to make the most delicious croutons!

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The Yemenite Spice mix that I made, and coated my butternut squash with before roasting it, and then pureeing into the soup.

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The Pork Tenderloins were rubbed with a marinade of Porcini Mushroom powder, brown sugar, chili flakes and olive oil. I let them sit in the marinade for just over 24 hours before we grilled them.

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The Dry Sodas that I served with dinner were a hit!

For dessert I did my vanilla bean panna cotta. Thanks so much to Zwilling Canada for the really nice Sorrento Double Walled glass tea cups that I used for my dessert! They were the perfect size!

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Dinner Party YVR 2016

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12400676_10153387270139779_9008594027135311494_n This Saturday (9 April 2016) I will be participating Dinner Party YVR, for my fourth time! I'm really grateful that I have had the chance over the past couple of years to meet such a fun food community and be able to give-back by doing something that I love: COOKING!

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People sign up to participate and to cook dinners in their homes. All the money from the tickets sold, goes to the charity of the Hobby Chef's choice.

The #DPYVR organizers Annika & Crystal do a great job in bring people together for this awesome event!

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The charity I support is Quest Food Exchange.

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Quest partners with local wholesalers, supermarkets, and farmers who donate surplus food.  Quest assists individuals each month through partnerships with local social service agencies by providing their clients with access to Quest's not-for-profit grocery markets and by delivering raw food materials to agencies for their own meal programs.

They have four grocery markets where clients that are referred (through their social services agency), can go to shop.

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The Quest Mandate is to:

  • Reduce Hunger with Dignity
  • Build Community
  • Foster Sustainability

I think that what they are doing is really great, because it allows people to shop for groceries of their choice, at an affordable price,  and it redirects food that may have gone to waste otherwise.

 

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On my visit, I met with Calvin, who gave me a tour of the facility. They have a really big warehouse where they are able to store all of the surplus foods that are donated to them, and they have a new walk-in freezer now, which is so important to them, because they can now have accept more frozen items.

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If you're looking for a good cause to either donate or volunteer with. I would highly suggest that you contact Quest. What they are doing is so good.

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My DinnerPartyYVR dinner is SOLD OUT, but you can still make a donation to my fundraising for Quest Food Exchange: Liam's Dinner Party YVR Chimp Donation Page

All support is very much appreciated!

 

#dinnerpartyyvr 2015!!

So excited to be cooking for my third time for #DinnerPartyYVR!! E02ianR3_400x400

If you didn't know, DinnerPartyYVR is a great event where hobby chefs around Vancouver get to host dinner parties on one night, with all of the money from the dinners going to their chosen charities!

The first time I participated, I was a Sous Chef to Clement Lau, the second time, I hosted my own dinner, and this time I am excited to work with Chef Clement Chan from Le Tigre Truck & Top Chef Canada!!

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Chef Clement and I are hosting the Cressy Group Dinner, and you could win tickets to our table!!

Select a #dinnerpartyYVR meal and make your donation by 6 pm on Wednesday, March 4, to automatically enter for a chance to be invited to this very special Cressey Dinner Party at the Meccanica Penthouse. Their meal will benefit the Quest Outreach Society.

Find a meal!One of the most decorated chefs in Vancouver, Clement Chan, along with 12-year old #dinnerpartyYVR veteran Liam Lewis, will host a dinner party for some special dinner guests. Diners will be treated to a gourmet meal in Cressey’s luxurious Meccanica Penthouse.

The Cressey Dinner Party will be a surprise for all dinner guests. What we can reveal though are some local and/or seasonal ingredients selected by grocery partner Whole Foods Market that will be featured in Clement & Liam’s meal:

  • Halibut and/or Lamb
  • Asparagus and/or Artichoke
  • Freekeh and/or Kamut

How to join the Cressey Dinner Party

  • Select a meal listed on the Meals Page located in Vancouver, and make your donation for the number of seats chosen. The chosen meal cannot be private or located in Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary in order to be entered into the draw.

  • With your ticket purchase, you (and any of your dinner companions) will automatically be entered to join the Cressey Dinner Party which takes place on the same evening as #dinnerpartyYVR.

  • A random draw on Wednesday, March 4 @ 6:01 pm will select 6 lucky dinner guests that will have the opportunity to attend the Cressey Dinner Party.

  • If you are selected, you have the choice of accepting the invitation to the Cressey Dinner Party or declining it in order to attend the meal you had originally chosen.

  • If you accept the invitation to the Cressey Dinner Party, your original meal seats will go back on sale and your donation will now benefit the charity chosen for the Cressey Dinner Party.

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!!