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The grand tasting hall at Rocky Mountaineer Station

Event supports BC Hospitality Foundation

Tourism Vancouver’s Dine Out Festival’s second annual Grand Tasting attracted more than 400 guests to Rocky Mountaineer Station to celebrate the launch of Dine Out’s 17th season with 36 beverage tastings, 14 restaurants and a Nespresso bar. Guests wandered the grand hall tasting and sipping, all in support of the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF), which helps hospitality workers facing financial crisis due to health-related causes, as well as offering scholarship programs to foster the next generation of industry leaders. 

The Dine Out Vancouver Festival brings together hundreds of chefs, some 300 restaurants, countless wineries, craft breweries, distilleries, vendors, producers, hotels and more for 17 days of dining, food-forward events and experiences designed to feature the best flavours of Vancouver.

Since 2008, the BCHF has helped more than 200 people, with upward of $835,000 granted to beneficiaries and 160 scholarships amounting to $218,500.

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Paul McCloskey, The Arbor owner; Cheryl O’Shea, pastry chef; and Brian Luptak, executive chef, show off their vegetarian kimchi hot dog in a miso brioche bun with sweet black sesame mustard

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Lucas Pavan, Dine Out Vancouver Festival producer, and Paul Sontz, Tourism Vancouver’s manager of Cultural Tourism and Ticket’s Tonight business development

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Fred Lee, CBC’s man-about-town; and Dana Lee Harris, BC Hospitality Foundation executive director

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Rick and Jammie Leong, Precision Graphics co-owners

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Tyler Russell, Sage Hills Estate Winery sales director; and Aly Lane, Sage Hills marketing director

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Jessica Loungo, AmoVino director; and Marisa Varas, AmoVino director

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Alana Drozduke, Mondiale Beverage brand ambassador; and Paul Jordan, Mondiale Beverage owner

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Hiroko Kuroyanagi, Chura Primo stylist; and Matt Bone, Supra Distribution economic manager

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Nada Hayek, Capilano University design student; and Aidan Hanlon, Grin Technologies repairs and manufacturing

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Hart House Restaurant’s spiced lamb and pork hock terrine

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La Mezcaleria’s classic tortilla soup

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The Arbour’s vegetarian kimchi hot dog in a miso brioche bun with sweet black sesame mustard