The Dish n’ Dazzle Tasting, held at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel on May 16 2012 , was an event sponsored by Wines of Argentina to benefit the British Columbia Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) .  The Dish N’ Dazzle featured more than 80 different wines from 22 wineries, tastings from some of Vancouver’s top restaurants and a cocktail showdown.

Dish n’ Dazzle is the BCHF’s signature fundraiser and showcases some of BC’s top chefs and industry-leading bartenders. It is also an event that helps take care of its own. The BCHF provides financial support for individuals within the hospitality community who are coping with extraordinary costs arising from a serious health crisis. The Foundation also awards scholarships and bursaries to students enrolled in hospitality programmes in BC. For food and wine lovers Dish n’ Dazzle is one of the “it” events to mark on your calendar and the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver was certainly the perfect venue to be wined and dined.

Pier 7's Restaurant and Bar's Dish N' Dazzle tasting : Halibut Ceviche with Mango and Avacado


A stunning contrast of flavours and freshness of ingredients was a signature of each of these amazing dishes that were available for tasting.

Wines of Argentina were the sponsors of this years Dish N’ Dazzle event.  More than 80 different wines from Argentina were available for tasting at the event.

Wines of Argentina from the Dish N' Dazzle 2012








The night would not have been complete unless you also visited the cocktail “shakedown”, the competition for the Derek Vanderheide trophy which took place throughout the evening. Six of Vancouver’s top bartenders including Katie McDonald (Veneto Tapa Lounge), Justin Taylor (YEW Restaurant + Bar), Grant Sceney (Fairmont Pacific), Trixie Blumel (Shangri-La) and Katie Sita (CinCin), faced off against one another to create the best Argentinean-inspired cocktail. Each of the bartenders did an amazing job.  The winner of the cocktail shakedown was Katie McDonald.

Dish N' Dazzle 2012 Cocktail Showdown


Winner of the Dish N Dazzle Cocktail Showdown Katie McDonald

Dish n’ Dazzle really is an amazing event, yet is also remarkably affordable and presents great value at $75 per person. Be sure to keep your eye out for next years’ installment as it is sure to be yet another night to remember.

Full article of this event can be found here Vancouver Observer

Pictures of Dish N’ Dazzle 2012 can be found on Flickr and my Facebook FanPage



















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