Vancouver to Host Prestigious Restaurant Conference

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A dish showcasing the Okanagan’s bounty, at Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek.

Twenty B.C. restaurants to receive distinguished North American restaurant certification

British Columbians know how remarkable the culinary scene is in our province, but we’re chuffed when the rest of the continent acknowledges it, too.

B.C. winners of 2013 DiRoNA certification:

VANCOUVER: Baccus Restaurant at the Wedgewood Hotel, Bishop’s, Blue Water Café + Raw Bar, Chambar, CinCin Ristorante + Bar, Hawksworth, Kirin Restaurant, La Quercia, Lupo Restaurant and Vinoteca, Maenam Thomas Haas Chocolates and Patisserie, Tojo’s, Vij’s and West

WHISTLER: Araxi and Bearfoot Bistro

VANCOUVER ISLAND: Hastings House and Sooke Harbour House

OKANAGAN: Miradoro Restaurant and Tinhorn Creek and Terrace Restaurant at Mission Hill Winery

It was announced today that Vancouver will play host to the Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) Conference this September 15-18 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel.

The conference serves to bring together the continent’s leading chefs and restaurateurs to explore themes that, this year, include trends in West Coast cuisine, sustainability and the future of fine dining. Conference delegates will be from among the 600 North American restaurants that have received a DiRoNA award to date.

“The selection of Vancouver as host for DiRoNA’s 2013 conference is a testament to our city’s growing prominence on the North American culinary stage,” says Pino Posteraro, DiRoNA Vancouver conference chair and chef/owner of Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca.

DiRoNA board chair Joseph DiSalvo says, in a release, that DiRoNA celebrates the art of culinary excellence, and “Vancouver is the perfect place to do that. The region has a vibrant culinary scene that is second to none.”

This year, 20 B.C. restaurants will receive DiRoNA’s Achievement of Distinction in Dining, each establishment selected on the basis of excellence in ambience, cuisine, and service. Award recipients were nominated by Posteraro.

Founded in 1990, DiRoNA is a non-profit organization that promotes fine dining throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. A comprehensive list of DiRoNA restaurants can be found on DiRoNA’s website.