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 Bar / Recipes February 27, 2020 Kuma Bitters For those who can’t be bothered to finesse and monitor the blending process of the three-jar method written about in March| April’s Bar 101, here ... Read More Food News October 1, 2019 Rancho Vignola – Vancouver Island Harvest Sale Rancho Vignola – New Crop Nuts & Dried Fruit is hosting its annual Vancouver Island Harvest Sale on November 29th and 30th at ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Food Heroes / Sustainability August 30, 2019 An Evening with Chef Ned Bell and Ocean Wise On August 20, 2019, Ocean Wise and Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours teamed up to present the first in a series of speaker events in ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Dessert / Recipes / Sponsored February 26, 2018 DIY Blueberry & Lemon Curd Shortcakes in a Jar Are you in need of some inspiration? Foods in a jar just seem to taste better, after all we do eat with our eyes first. A Do-It-Yourself Blueberry ... Read More Comments are closed.