Your scribe is a long time judge (one of 14) for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards #VanMagAwards which just released their 2018 winners on April 16, 2018. This recognition of excellence, service and leadership has turned into the top hospitality event of the year in Vancouver with some 700 industry guests attending at the Sheraton Wall Centre Grand Ballroom for tapas and desserts from 1pm-3pm (Best Patisserie Thomas Haas prepared 600 individual chocolate treats!) followed by the formally announced presentations of the 41 gold awards. This year for the 29th edition all profits are donated in benefit of Dining Out For Life (alovingspoonful.org). Enjoyed as well attending three celebratory after parties at Joey, Boulevard & CinCin. Some award highlights among the many worthy winners:
St. Lawrence: Winner of both Best New & Restaurant of the Year by Chef JC Poirer and his team bringing home Quebecois comfort food.
Alex Chen: Chef of the Year and his gold award Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar for Best Upscale and Best Seafood.
Burdock and Co.: Chef Andrea Carlson’s unique approach to both Best West Coast and Best Brunch.
Lifetime Achievement: Anthony von Mandl the amazing entrepreneur of Mission Hill Family Estate wines.
Jill Spoor: Sommelier of the Year as Wine Director of Fairmont Hotels and Botanist Restaurant Best New Design.
More information and photos at vanmag.com & cbc.ca.
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