We are thrilled to announce our next event! After much anticipation, we are finally hosting our first sit-down family style event at our new longtable! It will be a very special celebration of wine, seafood and some amazing people. Joining us for the evening will be Chef Erin Vickars of Outer Shore’s Passing Cloud, F.I.S.H.—our favourite local, sustainable and organic seafood supplier, and Paul Brunner, Proprietor of Blue Grouse Winery. You will feel additionally good about pulling up your seat, as proceeds from this event go to support a charity that has become very close to our hearts—Project CHEF.
As some of you well know, we are crazy about seafood. How could we not be, with the bounty of our local waters available throughout the year! May marks the launch of the Spot Prawn harvest in BC waters—a season that only lasts a few weeks, and that yields some of the most delectable seafood morsels the oceans have to offer. For this event, we’ll taste this year’s local spot prawns and other ocean fare, with a much-anticipated seafood boil. Chef Erin will share stories of the ocean and her travels onboard the Passing Cloud Schooner. Paul will be sharing stories of the vineyard, as we sip wines from the new releases of Blue Grouse Winery, in the beautiful Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island.
We hope you’ll join us at our family table for this celebratory dinner!
Chef Erin Vickars
This is a collaboration that we love! Some of you might remember Broadway Wine Shop alumni, Chef Erin Vickars, from a few years back. We miss her dearly as part of our team, but are ever so proud of all that she’s accomplished to date. It was in fact Erin who introduced us to Project Chef years ago, when she discovered that our then preschooler, Chase was seriously into food. When Erin earned her Red Seal certificate, Chase thought that she actually received a red mammal-from-the-ocean seal and he illustrated that in a special card to congratulate her! Erin’s work spans over a decade, having worked with many prestigious chefs and restaurants, like Café de Paris, Diva at the Met, The Vancouver Club, Bishop’s and a staging at Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, under Chef Dominique Crenn in 2016 (to name a few). Recently, Erin was featured in Where Women Cook, where she shares a raw and detailed journey of her culinary career.
Erin brings her passion and love of cooking on board Outer Shore’s Passing Cloud, a 70 ft classic wooden schooner designed by William James Roué, famous for designing the legendary fishing schooner, Bluenose. Outer Shores is a niche travel company that explores our coastal waters on amazing journeys of scenery, wildlife, culture and of culinary cuisine. Erin embraces the challenges of cooking at sea and creates beautiful meals showcasing our amazing local producers, as well as foraged foods—sea asparagus, Dungeness crab, spot prawns, edible kelp, rockfish and more— found along the trip. We feel honoured that Erin will be at the shop for this special event literally two days before she leaves to Haida Gwaii for her next expedition.
Blue Grouse Winery
We are delighted to have Blue Grouse Winery in the house for our event. Heading up the wine for the evening will be Proprietor Paul Brunner who is joining us from Blue Grouse Winery in the beautiful Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. We recently held a surprise birthday party for winemaker, Bailey Williamson and it was such a fun time. We loved hearing about their passion for making exceptional wines from their sustainably farmed vineyards. We knew we had to have them in the shop for another event.
Blue Grouse is one of the oldest wineries on Vancouver Island and the property itself has a colorful history. Ironically enough, the property was first planted with 100 different varietals the same year our wine shop opened, way back in 1986! These were pruned down to the varietals that would grow best in the Cowichan Valley. In 2012, the Brunner Family became the new owners of the property and winery. They are dedicated to being good stewards of their land and have put together a fantastic team. They craft some truly delicious wines from their estate fruit as well as blending sourced grapes from the Island and Okanagan for their Quill line.
Once again, we’re teaming up with our great neighbours and favourite seafood shop, Fresh Ideas Start Here (F.I.S.H.), who are legendary in the local world of seafood. F.I.S.H. specializes in fresh, locally-sourced, sustainable, Ocean Wise seafood—a store owned and operated by Jenice Yu, who launched her first store in Burnaby in 2008, which quickly became a hit with seafood aficionados and chefs from the most reputable restaurants in the city such as Maenam, Bishop's, Osteria Savio Volpe, Coquille Fine Seafood, L’ABATTOIR, Boulevard and Farmer's Apprentice. Jenice comes from a family that is well-established in the fishing and seafood industry. Her passion is to educate people about the stellar seafood that comes from our BC waters and the joys of eating the best fresh fish.
Proceeds from the event will go to Project CHEF, a local non-profit that is all about connecting kids with the age-old human traditions of sourcing, understanding, preparing, and enjoying real food. Since starting the program they have reached over 8400 students from Vancouver schools with over 4800 parent and community volunteers. We are also happy to say that we have our dear friend, Barb Finley, the founder of Project CHEF joining us as well!
This event will be communal sit-down longtable style. It will be a casual yet intimate setting. It also means that, thanks to our cozy quarters, space is very limited, so please act soon to secure your spot(s).
Tickets are $70 per person and must be purchased either online, in person at the wine shop or by phone at 604-734-8543.
We are so excited about this event. We look forward to seeing you!
The Broadway Wine Shop Family | Estd. 1986
Please note: Tickets are non-refundable so if you are not able to attend, please pass them onto a lucky friend!