Written By Anya Levykh Causes / Folks / Food Events Oct 11, 2013 A Decade of Passions Done Right SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestIt started out as a small cooking class at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks; a tiny little fundraiser a residence and care centre in the West End for those living with HIV/AIDS. The Dr. Peter Centre opened in September 2003, and that was the first year that food writer and stylist Nathan Fong held Passions, an annual fundraiser for—and at—the Dr. Peter Centre.Top Photo: Center: Observatory pheasant cassoulet, blueberry salad, shitake bacon, bone marrow Right: Beaucoup Bakery owner Jackie Ellis holding her milk-chocolate rice pudding with cinnamon-blackberry compote and hazelnut streusel In that first year, there were nine chefs, 100 guests and $7,000 raised. Fast-forward a decade and Passions has become one of the most important food events in Vancouver, with chefs vying for the chance to wow guests with their culinary creations (and one-up their colleagues). This year, two dozen of the city’s top chefs gathered to put on a feast for hundreds of guests who paid upwards of $250 for the privilege of attending what has been named Vancouver’s best “boutique” fundraiser. The result was some very happy palates and the surpassing of the million-dollar mark in funds raised over the last ten years.Left: Forage EC Chris Whittaker with his mushroom and fromage frais terrine with wild greensRight:Nathan Fong (front, fourth from left, with all of this year’s participating chefs and mixologistsStandouts included: local glazed pork cheek with Okanagan orchard fruit compote and sage from Fraîche’s new executive chef Nicholas Lim; the heirloom tomato, peach and basil salad with prosciutto from Provence Marinaside ECs Jean-Francis and Alessandra Quaglia; pheasant cassoulet with blueberry salad and shitake bacon served over bone marrow from The Observatory at Grouse Mountain EC Dino Gazzola; forage mushroom and fresh cheese terrine from Forage EC Chris Whittaker; humpback prawn and scallop ceviche with mango, avocado, passionfruit and tomato from Oru EC Darren Brown; and the milk-chocolate rice pudding with blackberry-cinnamon compote and hazelnut streusel from Beaucoup Bakery & Café owner Jackie Ellis. The winner for me, however, was one of the simplest dishes there, a charred leek and vegetable terrine with romesco sauce from owner/executive chef Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co. The study in textures and flavours made for a wholly satisfying mouthful of over-the-top umami. And, lest you think it’s all about the food, think again. Mixologists Lauren Mote of Bittered Sling and Grant Sceney of Fairmont Pacific Rim were on hand creating food-friendly cocktails like Sceney’s Shiso Classy. Picture Victoria gin infused with shiso, Osake Junmai Nama Nigori sake, ginger-honey syrup with Bittered Sling Moondog bitters, and a fresh shiso leaf. Or Mote’s The Associate, another gin concoction with black tea, bergamot, auburn crab apple, lemon, and Bittered Sling Lem–Marrakech bitters. It was the perfect finish to an outstanding night.Photos: Anya LevykheventsPassionsVancouver SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Anya Levykh Anya Levykh was born on the shores of the Black Sea, in what was formerly the USSR. The cold, Communist winters were too much for her family, and, before she was four feet tall, they had left for warmer climes in the south of ... Read More You may also like Causes / Longform November 3, 2017 The Politics of Food – Part 1 In the next three issues, food writer Jill Van Gyn investigates the complex web of beliefs, values and opinions surrounding our food and its sources. ... Read More Causes / Victoria August 28, 2017 Vikram Vij Helps Raise Funds with Dinner for Power To Be Vikram Vij leans in beside me on a soft, teal chair on the stunning waterfront patio. The large outdoor kitchen behind us conjures images of ... Read More Causes / Events March 28, 2017 10 Questions for Food Activist Arlene Stein Arlene Stein is a Canadian food activist and the executive director and founder of Canada’s largest food symposium, Terroir, which takes place ... Read More Awards / Causes November 13, 2016 Gold Medal Plates BC To Take Place Nov. 17 in Victoria GOLD MEDAL PLATES B.C’s COMPETING CHEFS FOR 2016! Victoria – 2016 is an Olympic year and B.C.’s Gold Medal Plates will be celebrating ... Read More Causes August 25, 2016 Support women’s education, buy Les Dames wine! Proceeds to @lesdames scholarships August 22, 2016 – BRITISH COLUMBIA – It is high time that the dynamic women in British Columbia’s evolving wine industry get the recognition ... Read More Causes / Chefs March 16, 2016 Syrian-Inspired Dinner at Cook Culture to Help A New Victoria Family One chef, three hours, seven dishes, and an exciting introduction to Syrian cooking. Well known local Chef Cosmo Meens is pairing up with Cook ... Read More Comments are closed.