Chef Meets BC Grape comes to Calgary

Wines of British Columbia will host the first annual Chef Meets BC Grape Signature Tasting bringing the largest tasting of 100 per cent British Columbia wine to Calgary on May 10, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Calgary.

Chef Meets BC Grape will bring together the creative talents of British Columbia winemakers and chefs from around the city to celebrate the best of BC wine and local cuisine.

Up to 30 BC VQA wineries will pour more than 120 wines at this fun and informative walk-around tasting to showcase the new spring releases. Guests will have the opportunity to compare a variety of exquisite wines representing the distinct growing regions of the Okanagan Valley, Similkameen Valley, Fraser Valley, as well as some of BC’s exciting emerging regions.

Top chefs from 12 Calgary restaurants will compete in a pairing challenge, featuring the finest locally grown and sourced ingredients, to earn awards for Judge’s Best BC VQA Pairing, Judge’s Best Dish Award, and Consumer’s Choice Award for Dish of the Night. 

“We are thrilled to bring BC wine to Calgary in this showcase of exceptional wine and local culinary talent,” said Miles Prodan, “This is a fantastic chance for wine and food enthusiasts to celebrate the taste of British Columbia and discover new favourites among a range of top-quality locally grown 100 per cent BC wines.”

Calgary-based sommelier, wine educator, judge and director for Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts, Brad Royale will emcee for the event.

"It’s high time that BC’s award-winning wineries have paired up with Alberta’s top chefs to showcase the premium talents of both markets," Royale notes. “Together at last. Why have we not done this before in such magnitude? Now is the time.”

Participating restaurants will include: Foreign Concept, CHARCUT Roast House and charbar restaurant, The Guild, River Café, Deane House, Catch, Thompsons, Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro, The Nash, Raw Bar, OxBow, and an Ocean Wise Station featuring Vancouver’s celebrated chef, Ned Bell.

Participating British Columbia Wineries for ChefMeetsBCGrape Calgary:

  • Backyard Vineyards
  • Black Hills Estate Winery
  • Bordertown Vineyards and Estate Winery
  • Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
  • CedarCreek Estate Winery
  • Clos du Soleil
  • Culmina Family Estate Winery
  • Dirty Laundry Vineyard
  • Ex Nihilo Vineyards
  • Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery
  • Haywire
  • Hester Creek Estate Winery
  • Hillside Winery & Bistro
  • Maverick Estate Winery
  • Monster Vineyards
  • Monte Creek Ranch Winery
  • Play Estate Winery
  • Poplar Grove Winery
  • Quails' Gate Winery
  • Singletree Winery
  • St. Hubertus Estate Winery Ltd.
  • Stag's Hollow Winery & Vineyard Ltd
  • Stoneboat Vineyards
  • Sumac Ridge Estate Winery
  • Therapy Vineyards
  • Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
  • Volcanic Hills Estate Winery

Participating Restaurants and Chefs for ChefMeetsBCGrape Calgary:

  • Ocean Wise Station, Chef Ned Bell                                        
  • Foreign Concept, Chef Duncan Ly     
  • CHARCUT Roast House and charbar restaurant, Chef Connie DeSousa and John
  • The Guild, Chef Ryan O'Flynn                         
  • River Café, Chef Matthias Fong                                
  • Deane House, Chef Jamie Harling                 
  • Catch, Chef Jordan Walsh                
  • Thompsons, Chef Hideyuki Hirooka              
  • Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro, Chef Sonam Pontsang          
  • The Nash, Chef Serena Kwong          
  • Raw Bar, Chef Peter Paiva               
  • OxBow, Chef Sean Cutler

Chef Meets BC Grape Signature Tasting

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Hyatt Regency Calgary

700 Centre Street South East, Calgary, AB T2G 5P6


About The British Columbia Wine Institute: 

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