Vancouver Restaurants Get Crafty


VANCOUVER — In support of Vancouver’s inaugural Craft Beer Week, from May 10 to 16, at least two local hotspots have thrown their hats into the ring and will be offering guests a unique beer-inspired experience.  

Vancouver’s CRU Restaurant is renowned for using fresh local ingredients in its award-winning food, but the restaurant’s commitment to homegrown excellence doesn’t end there. On Sunday, May 16, CRU will host a dinner celebrating the beers made by the Whistler Brewing Company. Guests will enjoy a five-course dinner menu paired with craft beers for $70.

The dinner will be hosted by Whistler Brewing Company’s president, Bruce Dean, who will introduce guests to the brewery’s full range of all-natural beers — from the light citrus flavours of summer Weissbier to the rich and velvety Black Tusk Ale. Executive chef Alana Peckham has designed a special menu for the evening that will show the beers to their best advantage.

Chambar Restaurant, will also be putting on a five-course meal steeped in beer and paired with authentic Belgian brews, including the restaurant’s own Chambar Ale. The dinner, to be held on May 11 at 7:30 p.m., will be led by Chambar bar manager Wendy McGuinness and Chef Nico Schuermans. Tickets are $100 (excluding tax and gratuity) per person. The menu will feature: Rabbit rillettes à la Kriek, paired with Lederman Kriek; Bison Carpaccio with Petrus Dubbel Brun gelée, paired with Petrus Dubbel Brun draught; Spot prawn and scallop casserole served in broth of Saison Dupont, paired with Saison Dupont; Chambar Ale beef carbonnade, paired with Chambar Ale; and finally, Bière au chocolat, paired with Black Death Porter.


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