Spot Prawn Festival Kicks Off 8-Week BC Spot Prawn Season

BC spot prawns make their triumphant return on Saturday, May 5th at False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf, just off the entrance of Granville Island. The Spot Prawn Festival celebrates its sixth year of sustainability and participation in the Eat Local movement. It's an outdoor gathering of spot prawn enthusiasts and Chefs, complete with a Spot Prawn Boil, cooking demos, and the opportunity to purchase these tasty crustaceans fresh off the boat.

The Chefs' Table Society of BC once again hosts this growing festival, and they expect to draw hundreds of people to feast and learn about this truly sustainable and local indulgence.

As popular as they may be today, it is only recently that these succulent morsels began to enjoy well-deserved fame on their home turf. Until six years ago, BC spot prawns were imported to Japan in its entirety; Steve Johansen of Organic Ocean explains that it took a fishing trip with Chef Robert Clark to realize that spot prawns needed to stay here in Vancouver.

"Rob Clark and I came up with the idea five years ago. It's really because I had Rob out here fishing and he wanted [to use] the prawns, but I told him it was all going to Japan. So that winter, we came up with the idea of a Spot Prawn Festival to keep all the 'Luv' at home. It didn't make sense to ship all these beautiful prawns and be stuck eating farmed tiger prawns that are not very good."

And it's a good thing they did. Steve describes that BC spot prawns are "like eating sugar. These spot prawns, all day long when we are fishing, we eat them alive out of the trap. They are sweet, succulent, and melt-in-your-mouth tender."

If product quality alone is not enough to get you down to the dock, know also that our local Pacific Prawn Fishermen's Association--the Festival's title sponsor--represents one of the most sustainable fisheries in the world. Instead of cutting down the man-made rainforest to make room for expanding tiger prawn farms, BC prawn fishermen like Organic Ocean catch them in "clean glacier water, and they are wild and grow naturally, so that you can feel good about eating them." And BC spot prawns are as local as they get. Steve mentions that when they are fishing, they are fishing only 5-6 miles away from downtown Vancouver.

So for 8 short weeks, you can do your part to eat local and sustainably, and delight your taste buds at the same time. BC spot prawns are available in the early afternoon daily from False Creek Fishermen's Wharf for $12 a pound.

And with all the cooking tips and inspirations you will take back from the Spot Prawn Festival, you won't run out of ways to enjoy these crustaceans.

Spot Prawn Festival Quick Links

Special thanks to Welbert Choi for use of his photos from last year's Spot Prawn Festival.

Join us at the Chefs’ Table Society 2010 Annual General Meeting

Membership registration and renewal will be available

All members and new members wishing to sign up are welcome


Where:

The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

1505 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC (on Granville Island)


When:

Monday November 29th, 2010


*3:00pm - 4:00pm: - Annual General Meeting & Presentation


*4:00pm - 5:00pm: - Mix and Mingle, refreshments will be served


RSVP to Gemma Bishop: info@chefstablesociety.com


AGM Agenda:

  • Approval of minutes from 2009 Annual General Meeting
  • Report of the Vice President
  • Report of the Secretary
  • Presentation of financial statements
  • Short Presentations from board members
  • Clefs' d'Or Scholarship Presented to the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts
  • Mix and Mingle, refreshments will be served
  • Membership renewal and sign up

Cinema to Savour Presents Ratatouille

Ratatouille

On Monday November 22, 2010, The Chefs’ Table Society of BC and the Vancouver International Film Centre will host Cinema to Savour at the Vancity Theatre, for a family friendly evening of film and food. Guests will enjoy delicious

French fare prepared by Scott Jaeger of the Pear Tree Restaurant, and get a taste of his talents before enjoying the Disney Pixar animated classic, Ratatouille.

Centered on a specific culture, each ‘Cinema to Savour’ movie night showcases the food of a selected top chef. These chefs choose films that have been inspirational to them and prepare and serve food that reflects the film and cultural theme of the evening. Poised to attract a wide audience of Vancouverite foodies and movie buffs, Cinema to Savour is the perfect way for moviegoers to engage with Vancouver’s top chefs and industry members.

Chef Scott Jaegar will share with the audience why he selected the film and will prepare and serve French-inspired finger food during the family-friendly evening. The Olive Oil Merchants will offer an olive oil tasting and delicious appetizers will be paired with wines from Desert Hills and Saturna Island Estate wineries, with local craft beer from R&B Brewery Co. Guests will nosh on treats catered to parents and kids, including popcorn and lemonade provided by Terra Breads,  coffee and hot chocolate from Caffe Artigiano, and delicious chocolate mice provided by The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts.

Join over a dozen of Vancouver's most celebrated chefs and food personalities for an evening of French-inspired film and food at the Chef's Table Society of BC’s Cinema to Savour at the Vancity Theatre.

Ratatouille, Cinema to Savour tickets are $55 for adults and $15 for kids and can be purchased through the Vancity Theatre at www.viff.org. Each guest will have an opportunity to purchase a copy of Vancouver Cooks 2 and have their cookbook signed by Vancouver Cooks 2 editors and contributing celebrity chefs.

Tickets include film viewing, food, beverages and chef/audience discussion. Event proceeds will benefit the Chefs’ Table Society of BC and the Vancity Theatre. For more information call 604-683-FILM (3456).

Join Us For “Cinema To Savour” At Vancity Theater July 12th

On Monday July 12, 2010, The Chefs’ Table Society of BC and the Vancity Theatre will kick off Cinema to Savour, the most delicious film festival to ever hit Vancouver screens. Guests will enjoy Italian fare prepared by one of Canada's top chefs, Pino Posteraro of Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill, and get a taste of his talents after supping from Campbell Scott's foodie classic, Big Night, starring Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub.

Each ‘Cinema to Savour’ movie night showcases the food of a local celebrity chef who has found inspiration in the film being presented. Big Night is the first film in the four-part series; subsequent events run in the Fall, Winter and Spring. Pino Posteraro will share with the audience why he selected the film and will prepare and serve Italian-inspired bites together with local culinary giant John Bishop. Their food will be paired with wines from Burrow, Luongo & Associates, local craft beer from R&B Brewing Co., and finished with Caffe Artigiano coffee and fabulous biscotti provided by Terra Breads.

Poised to attract a wide audience, Cinema to Savour is a perfect way for foodies and movie buffs to engage with Vancouver’s top chefs and restaurant industry leaders.

Cinema to Savour takes place on Monday, July 12th at 7pm. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased through the Vancity Theatre at www.viff.org. Tickets include a Vancouver Cooks 2 cookbook, film viewing, food, beverages and chef/audience discussion.

Event proceeds will benefit The Chefs’ Table Society of BC and the Vancity Theatre.

For more information call 604-683-FILM (3456).

The Chefs Table Society of British Columbia is a collaborative dedicated to creating a foundation for the exchange of information between culinary professionals throughout the province. The society supports innovative and sustainable programs that inspire, educate and nurture chefs, producers and the local food industry. For more information please visit: www.chefstablesociety.com.

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