Last week my palate went on a culinary adventure. I was invited to Passions 2018, a gastronomic focused charity event for the Dr. Peter Foundation at Performance Works on Granville Island, hosted by Global TV anchor Sophie Lui. This year, with ticket sales, sponsorship, a live auction with celebrity auctioneer Fred Lee, and countless donated silent auction items, the event raised over $190,000! Every penny will fund wonderful therapeutic services and the meal program serving over 80,000 meals a year at the Dr. Peter Centre. If you’ve missed out, here’s a recap of the event with photos of the delicious plates served and the amazing chefs I mingled with.
Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar – Chef Quang Dang
Serving fresh Fanny Bay oysters with black pepper, fennel slaw, and sweet juicy apple pearls.
ARC at the Fairmont Waterfront – Chef Karen Suri
Showcasing a melt in your mouth braised Farmcrest chicken & local fragrant earthy mushrooms, on red fife ciabatta toast
Beaucoup Bakery – Chef Betty Hung
One of the desserts at the event, a light and flaky choux pastry ring with a rich praline mousseline cream.
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – Chef Alex Chen
Beautifully crafted, delicate Dungeness crab on nori cracker with fresh wasabi and crème fraiche, topped with ikura (red caviar).
Chicha– Chef Shelome Bouvette
Serving tender Peruvian chimichurri pork tenderloin on a bright beetroot horseradish causa (potato), lima bean huacatay (aka black mint) puree, spicy pickled beets, and crunchy rocoto chilli yam chips.
CinCin– Chef Andrew Richardson
The beef carpaccio with smoked aioli, crispy sour dough breadcrumbs and garnished with a hint of watercress was a delightful take on traditional Italian dish. Chef Richardson has also highlighted his cookbook, “Cin Cin Wood-Fired Cucina.”
Forage– Chef Welbert Choi
Succulent walnut and blue cheese glazed bison bavette served on top of sprouted farro and topped with prosciutto Habanero vinaigrette with a playful puffed charcoal chip.
H2 Rotisserie & Bar– Chef Caitlin Mark
Highlighting H2’s signature rotisserie chicken in the style of a smoked croquette featuring braised free range chicken, carrot puree, tangy pickled beet, spinach, and chard with raw turmeric mustard.
Honey Salt– Chef Jason Labahn & Chef Chris Oliveira
Displaying autumn’s cornucopia of best seasonal vegetables, not only were the charcoal roasted beets served with pistachio and lemon basil delicious but it was one of the loveliest platters highlighting root vegetables. The spread also included chilled and roasted fried smashed local seasonal vegetables, onion dip, avocado goodness dip, and cauliflower hummus.
Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House– Chef Wayne Sych
Chef Sych prepared a stunningly coloured beet cured salmon with smooth horseradish cream cheese, crispy capers, and a hint off micro greens.
La Glace– Owner, Mark Tagulao Elegant display and selection of La Glace ice cream in mini cones.
Minami Yaletown– Chef Alan Ferrer
Showcasing their signature Oceanwise Aburi Salmon Oshi Sushi (flame seared pressed BC wild sockeye salmon, topped with a thin slice of jalapeno, and Miku sauce) & their Albacore Tuna and Kaiso Seaweed Tartare (spicy ponzu vinaigrette, a light wasabi crème fraiche, served with a nutty sesame wonton crisp), had me wanting more.
Market by Jean-Georges– Chef Ken Nakano
I dug into a lovely shot glass filled with creamy roasted Jubilee corn pudding, shiro miso, and topped with aonori (seaweed) and umami sesame Kombu kelp crisp.
Notch8 Restaurant & Bar– Chef William Lew
The display was whimsical, theatrical, and nature-inspired. I picked up a decadent hollowed egg shell filled with creamy ash speckled smoked pheasant, with a wild berry “yolk,” which was laid upon edible savory soil. In the soil I spooned out forest mushrooms, candied tree nuts, grains and seed crisps.
Pacific Yacht Charters – Chef Mardy Ra
Playful colours and flavors, this luscious cured sockeye salmon was paired perfectly with briny sweet ikura, shaved fennel, a piece of pork hock and shellfish gelee, and hints of silky roasted purple cabbage puree.
Provence Marinaside – Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia
An elevated play on the classic BLT, the house cured and smoked maple pork belly, confit tomato, and bright charred romaine coulis, on a brioche cracker was heavenly.
The Observatory– Chef Brendan Robson
An explosion of well-balanced flavor, this tartlet is filled with rich beef tartare and topped with oyster emulsion, sorrel, and horseradish.
Tojo’s– Chef Hidekazu Tojo
One of the highlights of my evening, Chef Tojo personally handed me his amazing melt in your mouth 30th anniversary special sushi, a lightly smoked sablefish & halibut, topped with herring roe and kelp.
West – Chef Bobby Milheron
Westcoast inspired presentation of lightly cooked sweet cherry stone clams, topped with frozen dashi and a light seaweed salad.
Beer by R&B Brewing
Wine by Mission Hill & New Zealand Wine
True Lies – Chiara Fung
Stoli Premium Vodka, lemon juice, charred pineapple syrup, pineapple jam, garnished with dehydrated pineapple slice & pineapple leaves.
Pearadise City – Sabrine Dhaliwal
Belvedere Vodka, lillet blanc, pear, cinnamon, all spice, lemon, bittered sling lem-marrakech bitters.