Written By Cynthia Annett-Hynes Edibles / Food Events Apr 19, 2011 Sweet Openings, Swirly Slurps and Upcoming Holiday Fests SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterestphotos, clockwise from upper left: Joe Fortes owner Dottie Kanke with Vancouver Fire Fighters Union Local 18 President Gord Ditchburn (R) and Vancouver Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society Director Al Gregory (L). Kevin Green of Joe Fortes demonstrates proper shucking technique. Brioche stuffed with shrimp salad. Joe Fortes owner Bud Kanke (L) with the famous Frenchy (R).Have you ever dined at La Regalade in West Vancouver? If so, you’re familiar with the amazing pastries put out by Steeve Rayé, son of the restaurant owners, and a professional pastry chef for well over a decade. In fact, even if you haven’t eaten at La Regalade, you may have tasted some of Steeve’s creations at other restaurants, as he routinely supplies the sweet stuff to several lucky clients. And now, he’s opened up his own little patisserie/café on West 4th, just a few short steps west of MacDonald. Mainly this is a commercial kitchen to better facilitate orders for his many clients, but the street front is now a charming little eat-in shop that features hazelnut pain au chocolat, pain pistache, and a wondrous variety of sweet and savoury brioche filled with anything from chocolate to fresh shrimp salad. I wandered in the other day with a friend and we sampled a couple of the pain, a heady blue cheese and pear tart, and one of the brioche off the lunch menu, stuffed with a chunky, light shrimp salad. www.steeveraye-pastry.comMeanwhile, Joe Fortes held their eighth annual Slurp and Swirl gala fundraiser last week, in support of Vancouver Firefighters Charitable Society. MC for the night was Dawn Chubai of Breakfast Television. Fresh shucked oysters, multiple wine tasting stations, special performances by Candy Girl Cabaret, and a general air of frivolity and festivity were the highlights. Well, that and some very yummy canapés.And coming up next week, the very first annual Vancouver Christmas Market will be opening in the outdoor plaza of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Wednesday, November 24. This is the first German-style Christmas market in the Lower Mainland, featuring lighted and decorated wooden huts, each featuring a different vendor, plus lots of German and Bavarian food and wine, activities for kids like gingerbread decorating and candle-making, and…did I mention the food?If you’re outside of Vancouver, the West Coast Christmas Show at the Tradex in Abbotsford next weekend might be more your thing. Hundreds of vendors (all indoors!) selling artisan foods, relishes, crafts, gifts, etc.And if you’re a fan of the Vancouver Bakers Market, take note, they’ve moved to a new location by the Olympic Village, effective this weekend, which also marks the start of their holiday-themed markets, so you can stock up on gingerbread, stöllen, mincemeat pies and even vegan and gluten-free options.festivalsHolidaysRestaurant Openings SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Cynthia Annett-Hynes ... Read More You may also like Food / Recipes October 25, 2021 Sopa Paella Try the iconic Valencian dish as a hearty fall soup brimming with seafood and chorizo. We were going through a heat wave in Victoria when I ... Read More Food / Recipes October 25, 2021 It’s a Pancake Day! That crisp edge in the fall air stirs up a craving for comfort that sometimes only a stack of hot pancakes can deliver. So get your cast-iron pan ... Read More Breads / Food / How to Cook / Recipes July 13, 2021 Rosemary and Feta Potato Loaf A delicious homemade bread is always a welcome treat that can really set the mood for a good day. This is an approachable recipe to bring to holiday ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News January 28, 2021 CITY EATS February | March 2021 If you haven’t yet taken advantage of Victoria’s free local delivery program, Downtown Delivers, you have until February 15 to try it ... Read More Food News / Pantry / Review January 28, 2021 Some Like It Hot — A Hot Sauce Tasting Party A Hot Sauce Tasting Party Gillie Easdon gathered 15 local, house-made hot sauces and four brave souls to taste-test them. It was a mid-October, late ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News December 7, 2020 EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide. Not just for the holidays! Bolen Books Flavor by Yotam Ottolenghi ($45.00) Cat’s Meow Trivet ($6.95) Book Seat ... Read More Comments are closed.