Less than 200 advance tickets remaining for the 2012 Spot Prawn Boil

The Spot Prawn Festival is just 3 days away, and over 700 tickets to the Spot Prawn Boil have been sold to date. Less than 200 remain for advance sales, and it's looking like we'll sell out of these before advance ticket sales close at 11:55pm on Friday, May 4th.

Make sure you buy your tickets today to guarantee your spot (prawns)!

Spot Prawn Boil Single Admission: $12

Each admission to the Spot Prawn Boil includes:

  • 1 plate of 3 succulent BC spot prawns plus a selection of sauces, salad, and Terra Breads baked goods
  • Access to the drink tent for free samples from R&B Brewing, Mogiano Coffee, and Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery
  • 1 entry to the Yew Prize Draw for You

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Souvenir Package: $42

Great for out-of-town visitors. This combo includes:

  • 1 plate of 3 succulent BC spot prawns plus a selection of sauces, salad, and Terra Breads baked goods
  • Access to the drink tent for free samples from R&B Brewing, Mogiano Coffee, and Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery
  • 1 signed Vancouver Cooks 2 cookbook with recipes for spot prawns and more
  • 1 Spot Prawn Festival T-shirt
  • 1 Spot Prawn Festival tote bag--take your souvenirs and live spot prawns home in style
  • 1 entry to the Yew Prize Draw for You

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New Member Combo: $45

Valued at over $72, this combination gets you:

  • 1-year membership to the Chefs' Table Society
  • $2 off your Spot Prawn Boil admission
  • Member discounts and perks from Chefs' Table Society partners
  • 1 plate of 3 succulent BC spot prawns plus a selection of sauces, salad, and Terra Breads baked goods
  • Access to the drink tent for free samples from R&B Brewing, Mogiano Coffee, and Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery
  • 1 signed Vancouver Cooks 2 cookbook with recipes for spot prawns and more
  • 1 entry to the Yew Prize Draw for You

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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.

2011 Spot Prawn Festival Raffle Winner

Congratulations to ticket number..... 0126193!

Our lucky winner gets to enjoy:

  • One night stay at the newly refurbished Rosewood Hotel Georgia 
  • A day out on a boat prawn fishing
  • Dinner at C Restaurant
  • Lunch at Hawksworth Restaurant

Thank you to everyone who supported us by buying tickets 

See you next year!

Join Us For The 5th Annual Spot Prawn Festival

Spot Prawn Festival - May 7, 2011 from 11am - 3pm

5th Annual BC Spot Prawn Festival
Saturday, May 7th – 11 am to 3 pm
False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf (just west of Granville Island)

On Saturday, May 7th the city's top chefs prepare a spot prawn boil at False Creek's Fishermen's Wharf benefiting The Chefs’ Table Society. Meet local chefs and fishermen at this fifth annual prawn boil featuring demonstrations from Vancouver's top chefs including Bishop's Andrea Carlson; Ned Bell, Executive Chef of Rosewood Hotel Georgia, The Pear Tree's Scott Jaeger, Provence Restaurant’s Alessandra Quaglia and Tojo as well as a BC wine tasting, live music and autographed cookbooks. The Vancouver Aquarium provides kids exploration of fabulous fish and other cool creatures through hands-on activities and other family friendly events.

This is a free family event with cooking demo’s and kids activities. Tickets for the prawn boil are available at $10, which includes fresh, off-the-boat spot prawns, salad side dish and Terra Breads to mop it all up with! Also included is a BC wine sample tasting and samples of Mogiana coffee. Tickets available on site; check back soon to pre-purchase your tickets online.

EDIT: online ticket sales are now open! Visit the Spot Prawn Festival page for full details or start grabbing your tickets below.

Canada's largest Spot Prawn Festival and Prawn Boil makes fresh, right off the boat, local spot prawns available for hundreds to taste so after you've been inspired by the demo’s, grab your own bagful off the fishing boats ($12 per lb) and recreate the chef inspired dishes at home.

The festival kicks off the spot prawn season, which continues on for six to eight weeks allowing the public an opportunity to buy live, locally sourced and sustainable prawns directly off the dock daily from 1 pm at Fishermen’s Wharf (just west of Granville Island).

Parking: Please note on May 7th only PARKING IS OFF SITE with a drop off zone at the bottom of 1st Avenue and Creekside Drive Map.

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

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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).

Canadian Chefs’ Congress Presents “Mystery Kitchen Tour”

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Local culinary stars supporting the Canadian Chefs' Congress are reprising their Mystery Kitchen Tour. This time we are located in the beautiful Vancouver Club, one of Vancouver’s oldest, and a Class “A” Heritage building. And, as is fitting for the slightly more formal setting, this dinner is a sit down affair. Seven courses**, paired with wine, prepared and served by seven world class chefs.

Which culinary icons will be preparing the cuisine at the July 30th dinner? Be one of the lucky 100 guests to find out!

Date: Friday, July 30, 2010
Time: 6pm – 10pm
Location: The Vancouver Club -map-
Suggested attire: Smart business casual*
Capacity: Limited to just 100 lucky guests
Price: $125 per person

The chefs – We’ll never tell.
The wines – Some of the best.
The menu – It’s a mystery…
The beneficiary – Young chefs, farmers, fishers, gardeners, foragers & artisanal food producers. read on

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.

Join Us For The 4th Annual Spot Prawn Festival

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The Chefs’ Table Society of BC is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Spot Prawn Festival. Lasting for the duration of the season, the six to eight week Spot Prawn Festival will kick off on Saturday May 8th from 12pm – 3pm with a community and family-friendly event at False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf.

This rain or shine launch will feature delicious spot prawn dishes, spot prawn specials at the award-winning Go Fish, a gathering of Vancouver’s chef and restaurant community, and the arrival of the season’s first spot prawns as local fishermen return to the wharf with their catch. Get all the details after the jump…

Launch date: Saturday May 8th, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Duration: The Spot Prawn Festival will run for eight weeks
Buying times: After 1pm daily
Location: False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf | MAP

The annual Spot Prawn Festival will provide another local, fresh, and sustainable ingredient for our restaurant chefs and home cooks to enjoy. Those who take pride in serving the bounty of British Columbia can use this annual six-to-eight week window of opportunity to purchase live, locally sourced and sustainable spot prawns directly from our local fishermen at False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf and at participating restaurants serving local spot prawns. At $12 per pound for the public ($10 for Chefs’ Table members), they are an excellent and affordable alternative to the farmed tiger prawns.

This year the Spot Prawn Festival is proud to feature wine samples from Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery, a kids play area from the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Program, a special guest speaker from the David Suzuki Foundation, and entertainment from local blues-rock band Terminal Station. As the Chefs’ Table Society is continuing to spread awareness for it’s latest cookbook Vancouver Cooks 2, festival goers can purchase books at the festival and have them signed by their favourite Vancouver chefs.

The festival creates a virtual ‘spot prawn frenzy’, as the event is growing bigger and better each year! Bringing energy and excitement down to the docks, attendees will flock to local fishermen at the wharf generating long line-ups for spot prawns bought fresh off the boats.

Local. Sustainable. Delicious. Join us for the 4th Annual Local Spot Prawn Festival!

“Vancouver Cooks 2” Launch At Dirty Apron

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Over 100 of Vancouver's leading chefs, restaurant industry types, and food & wine media attended the Vancouver Cooks 2 Launch event at the Dirty Apron Cooking School on Wednesday October 15th. Chefs served up samples of their recipe from the book, and guests sipped on Mission Hill Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and the R&B Sungold Wheat Ale. Attendees joined in the celebration to launch Vancouver Cooks 2, which is now available at participating restaurants and Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks, and book stores.

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