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!Uni Taco (with Pemberton Beef Tartare, Cucumber, Yuzu Kosho, and Crispy Nori) from  The Victor  (and Chef Garett Blundell) with the  Gray Monk  2017 Pinot Gris

!Uni Taco (with Pemberton Beef Tartare, Cucumber, Yuzu Kosho, and Crispy Nori) from The Victor (and Chef Garett Blundell) with the Gray Monk 2017 Pinot Gris

On April 18th at the Vancouver Convention Centre, smack in the middle of #BCWineMonth (all of April), I was asked to attend the sold out annual event: Chef Meets BC Grape.

The event links up restaurants and wineries and challenges to create the best food and wine pairing of the night, with both a panel of local judges, and a consumer choice being awarded at the end. There were also 350+ wines from wineries all over BC, just in case you needed to find your new favourite!

I was tasked with covering the instagram feed with pictures of each of the pairings, and people having a great time (which, let me tell you, they were!).

Trying to get to all 17 was an amazing challenge that pretty much puts me in my organizational element, and I got to chat with people while I basically followed them around the room between tables!

I sampled a few food items here and there, as my diet right now has so many restrictions I didn’t want to chance things, but my goal was to find the best visuals, and some booths definitely delivered. My favourite to photograph of the night was the pairing of the Uni Taco (with Pemberton Beef Tartare, Cucumber, Yuzu Kosho, and Crispy Nori) from The Victor (and Chef Garett Blundell) with the Gray Monk 2017 Pinot Gris.
The set up with the boards and books, and the urchins and seaweed was stunning.

Top prizes ended up being as follows:

Best Pairing: Tinhorn Creek 2016 Merlot with the Miradoro Oxtail Arancini (with Fermented Sunchoke Purée, Cherry Gastrique, Leek Powder & Chervil)

Best Dish: BC Salmon Tartare (with Cured Yolk, Radish, Leek & Pea) from Chef Stacy Johnston of Ocean Wise - which was paired with a Harper’s Trail 2018 Rosé

Consumer’s Pick: PiDGiN’s Sautéed Local Morels and Cultivated Mushrooms with Brown Butter Yuzu Vinaigrette paired with Ex Nihilo 2016 Merlot

You can see my photos of the winning dishes and the amazing panel of judges in the slideshow below - (hover for descriptions).

Still two days left in BC Wine Month, and there are so many out there to discover! Thanks to Wines Of British Columbia for having me out…check them out (esp. on instagram) for everything you ever want to know about what’s going on in the world of BC Wine!

I’m pretty excited that I’ve started blogging and shooting photos for   BC Living  . And check out my new bio page!   You can click here to see it , and be sure to click on that 13 Great Campsites link if you’re planning a trip near Vancouver for Labour Day!

I’m pretty excited that I’ve started blogging and shooting photos for BC Living. And check out my new bio page!

You can click here to see it, and be sure to click on that 13 Great Campsites link if you’re planning a trip near Vancouver for Labour Day!

I’ve done a bunch of work over the last few years for BC Hydro, from portraits, to lighting, to energy efficient oven hoods.  I went searching for where they actually ended up (in newsletters and online as it turns out) and decided to post a few.  On the left is  a story about an ice rink in Surrey  that changed the panelling on the roof over the rink so the ice didn’t melt as fast. On the right is this tiny store, with  a LOT of stuff called Beach Basket Giftware in Langley  that changed all of its lights over to LEDs.  I’ve gone to some strange places, met some very nice people, and photographed a lot of lighting.

I’ve done a bunch of work over the last few years for BC Hydro, from portraits, to lighting, to energy efficient oven hoods.

I went searching for where they actually ended up (in newsletters and online as it turns out) and decided to post a few.

On the left is a story about an ice rink in Surrey that changed the panelling on the roof over the rink so the ice didn’t melt as fast. On the right is this tiny store, with a LOT of stuff called Beach Basket Giftware in Langley that changed all of its lights over to LEDs.

I’ve gone to some strange places, met some very nice people, and photographed a lot of lighting.