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Dine Out Vancouver starts Jan. 16

Canada's largest annual food and drink festival returns to Vancouver Jan. 16 through Feb. 1, 2015.

While chefs cook up mouthwatering menues, organizers are crafting out-of-the-box culinary events and hotels are offering special rates and packages.

Just some of the options:

Street Food City - a lunchtime gathering of the city's best food carts.

Brunch Crawl - a series of tasting tours of Vancouver's brunch hotspots.

The Grape Debate - a wine-centric debate with top industry experts sparring with facts and humor.

Six Course Discourse - a rapid-fire presentation of the city's top chefs along with food and wine tastings.

Dinner at the Birdcage - a drag show with dinner in a swank caberet space.

More than 230 restaurants are participating at C$18, C$28 and C$38 price points. Menus will be revealed and reservations open on Jan. 7.

More than 20 hotels are offering rooms priced at C$78, C$108 and C$138.

Seattle Wine and Food Experience

The Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE) where wine, food and spirits are the main attraction returns to the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall Feb. 21 and 22.

The Grand Tasting gastronomical event, Sunday Feb. 22,  includes "featured experiences" such as the Les Dames d’Escofier Alley’s culinary products, food and beverages. 

Other “featured experiences” include:

·  The QFC Advantage Lounge

·  Northwest, California and International Wines

·  Sip Northwest Distillery Row

·  Tim's Cascade Snacks Beer and Cider Exhibit

·  Top Pot Doughnut and Coffee Bar

·  Stella Artois Bistro & Chef Stage, Ste Michelle Wine Estates Tasting Bar, Wente Vineyards Aroma Experience

Check out the SWFE 2014 event video

New to this year’s SWFE is a Saturday Feb. 21 night kick-off event hosted by Seattle magazine. POP! Bubbles & Seafood will feature the Pacific Northwest's bounty of seafood from many of Seattle's best restaurants and Champagne, sparkling wine, cider and beer. 

Les Dames d'Escoffier Seattle, is the beneficiary of the events to support their efforts in funding scholarships for women in the culinary, beverage, and hospitality industries.

TICKETS: Tickets on sale now at

·  SWFE BIG $125 (includes tickets to POP! And SWFE early admission VIP)

·  SWFE VIP $70 (early admission, custom tote bag, special VIP area)

·  SWFE General Admission $55

·  POP! Bubbles & Seafood  $65

Beer PDX

Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America hits Portland April 14-17. Presented by the Brewers Association, this is the leading industry event
that serves both brewpubs and packaging breweries.

Meet industry experts from around the globe, connect with customers.

CBC conference schedule
Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®

33rd Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival

This four day festival in Paso Robles Wine Country is a celebration of the innovation, triumphs, and character of this spectacular region, May 14 - 17, 2015. New this year:  a new RESERVE Only ticket level and an option to pre-order a picnic lunch for the Grand Tasting experience. Tickets are on sale at

Early Bird Ticket Specials: $10 discounts on Premium RESERVE, Premium Grand Tasting and Festival ticket levels are available until March 15, 2015. Discount does not apply to RESERVE Only, Locals Only, Designated Driver or Seminar tickets.

Kathy Casey tapped in top 10

Kathy Casey has been named as one of the Top 10 Most Influential People of the Past 25 Years by Cheers Magazine. Kathy along with celebrity mixologists, bar owners, and cocktail enthusiasts were chosen for their direct impact on raising the bar in the cocktail culture.

Touted as the original "Bar Chef" by fellow Top 10 “King Cocktail” Dale DeGroff, Kathy has been an early pioneer in the bar-chef movement, bringing the kitchen to the bar, and elevating the cocktail scene worldwide.

She is the owner of Kathy Casey Food Studios® – Liquid Kitchen®, a global food, beverage, and concept development agency.

Paul Mackay of El Gaucho Retires

El Gaucho CEO Paul Mackay announced his retirement, passing his crown to son Chad Mackay. Paul was in the restaurant business for over 40 years, and the El Gaucho group currently has five restaurants. Chad has plans to add restaurants in Oregon and Alaska, and to expand the Inn at El Gaucho.

Wildwood Spirits Gets Best In Show

Wildwood Spirits Company, owned by John Howie and Erik Liedholm, received a Best In Show award at the 2014 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition for their Kur Gin, in addition to a Silver Medal for Stark Vatten vodka.

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