DIN­ING TOURS & CLASSES

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IN MY KITCHEN Home cooks from di­verse cul­tural back­grounds host groups of up to six guests for hands-on cook­ing classes, fol­lowed by a com­mu­nal meal. Guests re­ceive tra­di­tional fam­ily recipes and shop­ping guides. All in­gre­di­ents pro­vided. Cus­tom ex­pe­ri­ences avail­able upon re­quest. On­line reser­va­tions re­quired (year-round). Ages 11+. $75-$125. (Sa-Su). Lo­ca­tions vary. www.in­myk­itchen.ca

VAN­COU­VER FOODIE TOURS Learn about food his­tory and sam­ple award­win­ning Van­cou­ver cui­sine on walk­ing tours that ex­plore the best of Granville Is­land Pub­lic Mar­ket, Gas­town, food carts and gourmet des­ti­na­tions (year-round). $57-$112. Daily. 604295-8844 or toll-free 1-877-8049220. www.food­i­e­tours.ca Par­tial X Map 1: B5

SPE­CIAL EVENTS

FEAST OF FIELDS Wan­der this har­vest fes­ti­val to taste food and drink by BC chefs, bak­ers, vint­ners, brew­ers and farm­ers (Sep 9). Book tick­ets on­line. $95, 13-18 $45, 6-12 $15, un­der 5 free. Shut­tle bus ser­vice avail­able for $15. 1-5 pm. UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Dr. 604-856-5757. www.feast­offields.com Map 2: D1

SCO­TIA­BANK PAS­SIONS More than 20 of Van­cou­ver’s top restau­rants and chefs come to­gether on Granville Is­land for this an­nual gala that ben­e­fits the Dr. Peter AIDS Foun­da­tion (Sep 26). 6:30 pm, VIP 5:30 pm. $225, with cham­pagne re­cep­tion $300. Per­for­mance Works, 1218 Cartwright St. 604-331-3452. www.dr­peter.org/pas­sions Map 6: C7

AL­BERNI

Steak­house bLACK + bLUE This glam­orous steak­house fea­tures a meat ag­ing cel­lar with Hi­malayan rock salt bricks that ab­sorb mois­ture, mak­ing meat more ten­der and flavour­ful. Menu fea­tures premium beef in­clud­ing Wagyu from Ja­pan. Heated

rooftop pa­tio boasts a ded­i­cated bar and kitchen. $$-$$$. L/D (daily). 1032 Al­berni St. 604-637-0777. www.glow­bal­group.com/black­blue X map 1: B5

Seafood

JOE FORTES SEAFOOD & CHOP HOUSE San Fran­cisco-style restau­rant fea­tures an oys­ter bar. Daily chef’s creations, plus 50 kinds of fresh fish and premium oys­ters and over 200 wines on the award-win­ning wine list. Heated Rooftop Sports Gar­den, open in sum­mer. Live en­ter­tain­ment daily. Reser­va­tions sug­gested. Valet park­ing evenings and week­days. $$$. L (M-F), D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su). 777 Thur­low St. 604-669-1940. www.joe­fortes.ca Par­tial X map 1: B5

Chi­nese

KIRIN RESTAU­RANT In this ven­er­a­ble spot with ele­gant decor,

fresh-from-the-tank seafood is a spe­cialty, and the dim sum de­lights. $$$. L/D (daily). 1172 Al­berni St. 604-6828833. X map 1: B5 201-555 W. 12th Ave. 604-879-8038. X map 2: d2 7900 West­min­ster Hwy., Rich­mond. 604-303-8833. X map 3: C3 350 Gif­ford St., New West­min­ster. 604528-8833. www.kir­in­restau­rants.com X map 2: E4

Dessert

THIERRY Dessert, Where to Dine Awards 2018 and 2017. Choco­lates and pas­tries are the spe­cialty of three-star Michelin choco­latier Thierry Bus­set. Sweet creations served along­side ice creams and sor­bets, espres­sos, wines, spir­its and lunch items. Dine in­doors or on the heated pa­tio. $. Open late daily. 1059 Al­berni St. 604-6086870. www.thier­rychoco­lates.com X map 1: B5

ChI­Na­TOwN/RaIlTOwN

Chi­nese BAO BEI CHI­NESE BRASSERIE Chi­nese, Where to Dine Awards 2018. Best Chi­na­town, Van­cou­ver mag­a­zine since 2014. This vin­tage-in­spired restau­rant of­fers up tra­di­tional Chi­nese food with a twist, in­clud­ing man­tou, a steamed bun filled with braised short rib, pick­led cu­cum­ber, peanuts and hoisin. $-$$. D (daily). 163 Keefer St. 604-688-0876. www.bao-bei.ca map 1: C7

Fu­sion KISSA TANTO Tucked away on the sec­ond floor, this Chi­na­town gem de­liv­ers a mod­ern menu of Ja­pane­seI­tal­ian fu­sion in a glam­orously retro set­ting that re­calls the jazz bars of yes­ter­year. In­ven­tive cock­tails, plus sake, wine and lo­cal beer. $$-$$$. D (Tu-Sa). 263 E. Pen­der St. 778-3798078. www.kissa­tanto.com map 1: C8

Québé­cois ST. LAWRENCE Restau­rant of the Year and Best New Restau­rant, Van­cou­ver mag­a­zine 2018. This ac­claimed eatery serves hearty recipes from Canada’s French-speak­ing East Coast, in a homey din­ing room adorned with black-and-white fam­ily pho­to­graphs. Wash it all down with wines from France and beer from Québéc. $$-$$$. D (Tu-Sa). 269 Pow­ell St. 604-620-3800. www. st­lawrencer­estau­rant.com map 1: C8

COal haR­bOUR

Re­gional: Up­scale BOTANIST Best New Restau­rant, Where to Dine Awards 2018. Con­tem­po­rary cui­sine in­spired by the di­verse ecol­ogy of the Pa­cific North­west. Four unique spa­ces in­clude the cham­pagne lounge, cock­tail lab, din­ing room—which of­ten fea­tures live mu­sic—and a wel­com­ing glass-walled gar­den with more than 50 dif­fer­ent plant species. $$$. B/L/D (daily). Fair­mont Pa­cific Rim, 1038 Canada Pl. 604-695-5300. www. botanistrestau­rant.com X map 1: B6

Seafood CARDERO’S RESTAU­RANT Not far from Stan­ley Park, the cre­ative kitchen line-up at this restau­rant in­cludes the pop­u­lar Cardero’s sal­mon, baked on a cedar plank in a wood­burn­ing oven. Live mu­sic nightly in the ad­ja­cent Live Bait Ma­rine Pub. $$. L/D (daily). 1583 Coal Har­bour Quay. 604669-7666. www.van­cou­ver­dine.com X map 1: a4

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