Written By Cynthia Annett-Hynes Edibles / Food Events Apr 19, 2011 Fed Up with Julie SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestPhoto: At the Listel Hotel media launch for Dining Out For Life: Mark Wendenburg, Senior Winemaker, Sumac Ridge Estate Winery; Lisa Martella, Executive Director, A Loving Spoonful ; Sheena Sargent, Executive Director, Friends For Life Society.Credit: G. HynesIt was pitching down rain, and my husband and I were both just on the mend from wicked colds. We felt like a bit of dining indulgence. The two of us decided to forgo the stove, ditch doing dirty dishes and go on a date. Cru is about a five-minute walk from our place, just enough to make an arm-in-arm soggy stroll romantic. The cozy restaurant’s Thursday’s date night menu—a three course dinner for two with a bottle of wine for $99 turned out to be a great meal deal if ever there were one. A Riesling-poached Anjou pear with micro greens, Poplar Grove’s Tiger Blue cheese and toasted hazelnut preceded my main course of sweet seared Qualicum Bay Scallops on a bed of tender braised Savoy cabbage, and Steve’s creamy butternut squash risotto. Chocolate truffle torte with peanut butter mascarpone was like finishing up with Reese’s peanut butter cups for grown-ups, but way better. And the wine was no slouch either. Expecting a modest little white to be included, I was surprised and pleased we were offered a bottle of Burrowing Owl Pinot Gris. A hundred bucks for a special night out? Not bad at all.So, on March Thursday 25th, make a date of it at Cru, or any one of the 230 plus restaurants that have signed on to Dining Out for Life. Twenty-five percent of the establishments’ take will go to Friends for Life which provides services to persons with any life-threatening illness including cancer and Hepatitis C, and Loving Spoonful a volunteer driven, society that provides, nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS. Sumac Ridge is this year’s wine sponsor and a dollar from every bottle purchased will also be go to the cause.There’s a cool contest too. Email a photo of your gang having a fine time along with a 100-word caption (firstname.lastname@example.org) on why dining out is important to your team. The best pic and blurb will win Dinner for Eight (5 course meal) in a private dining room at O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar, and will appear in Business in Vancouver.Dining Out For Life is taking place on March 25th throughout Vancouver, Whistler, the Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island. Log on to diningoutforlife.com for a list of participating restaurants and their menus.WineWine EventsWine Reviews SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Cynthia Annett-Hynes ... Read More You may also like Recipes July 3, 2023 May|June Cover Recipe : Polenta Cake with Strawberry-Rhubarb Compote and Lemon Mascarpone Cream A creative take on traditional strawberry ... Read More Recipes March 6, 2023 March April Cover Recipe : Lemony Leek Cod Cakes The unpretentious and delicious fish cake gets an upgrade with chunks of fresh cod, tangy lemon zest, and creamy, sautéed ... Read More Main course / Recipes / Salad November 1, 2022 Vietnamese Lemongrass Grilled Steak Salad All the flavours of southeast Asia are contained in this colourful, crunchy, and protein-rich ... Read More Breads/Pastries / Dessert / Recipes November 1, 2022 Sweet Endings — A Memory of Lemon Pudding Sweet Endings September ... Read More Breads/Pastries / Dessert / Recipes November 1, 2022 Sweet Endings — Chocolate Custard Cake Sweet Endings September ... Read More Dessert / Recipes November 1, 2022 Masterclass — Candied Citrus Masterclass Candied Citrus Holiday ... Read More Comments are closed.