Written By Adam Cantor Events / Places / Restaurants / Victoria Mar 27, 2015 I Went to Culinaire And Ate The Best Bites Ever SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestCulinaire is an opportunity for people in the food and drink industry to impress us and each other with a single, provocative mouthful. This is to say, we are talking about a cocktail party with the best hors d’oeuvres ever. The cornucopia poured out to such an extent that I don’t even know where to begin. I was most impressed by both the diversity and the creativity of the many miniature dishes I sampled. I also revisited some known favourites with pleasure (Hoyne’s Dark Matter, for example), and I got a taste of a whole bunch of different wines. I have to pick something to talk about, though, so here we go.Vista 18 was offering a skewer with deep fried Humboldt squid topped with a Thai chili tartar. I could have eaten a couple of thousand of these. Hudson’s on First, meanwhile, was offering a complex but well blended bite: “Notta Farm” smoked ham hock and foie gras terrine, with preserved peach and endive compote on a rye crisp. It’s a mouth full to even say it, but it came together artfully on my palate.New players in town, the Ruby, offered a rotisserie duck sandwich that garnered an extraordinary line up. I’ve been meaning to go and check out their fancy breakfasts! A few stalls over, Fire and Water’s scotch glazed pork ribs with fennel coleslaw made a big impression on me. Olo, meanwhile, in a beautifully decorated booth, let patrons construct their own vegetarian wraps out of all sorts of pickled delights. As I told you, there was so much that was delicious, I almost feel bad leaving other things out. The Vista 18 crew at CulinaireBesides stopping in with familiar friends at Hoyne, and Lighthouse, I also had a lovely conversation and a number of fine samples at both Unsworth Vinyards, and at Quench, as well. Apparently the people at Quench are fans of my ability to punctuate my articles so very elegantly. Thanks, Quench. I do try to remain on point. Veneto Tapas Lounge, downstairs, was mixing up a cocktail called the “Invictus” which had a punch that cleared my sinuses as it rolled down over my tongue. Amazing!At the Bard and Banker tableFinally, with what little space I had left in my belly, I set to trying a few deserts. Again, there was all sorts of great stuff. Both Discovery and Fantastico had coffee stalls on the go, and I’m sure they were anticipating a run on their taps as people finished eating and made for the after meal refreshment. The Bard and Banker served an in house-made truffle consisting of three chocolates and coffee beans, with a caramelized coco nib. I warn you that this product could be dangerously addictive. I’m sort of craving another one right now.Olo’s gorgeous set-upLovely Vancouver Island wines from UnsworthThe Hoyne table was popularAgain, I apologize to all the amazing booths I left out. Everything was superb, and the effort that went into the event was visible in every level of detail. Thanks for reading, happy tasting, and see you all again soon!Culinaire SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Adam Cantor Born and raised in the mysterious East (by which I mean Ontario and Quebec, not Asia), Adam migrated out to British Columbia in search of adventure and fortune. He had been at different times a scholar, a musician, a poet and a ... Read More You may also like Awards / Drink People / Events / Wine Events / Wine News October 15, 2020 SOMM SMACKDOWN—Rumble at Aura Waterfront Restaurant Strange, interesting, and wonderful things can happen in odd times, and there is no stranger time than now, but something needed to be done to pay ... 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