Earlier this year, Vancouver-based restaurant chain Earls Kitchen + Bar unveiled a test kitchen at one of its downtown locations and a product-development team that included some of the city’s most accomplished chefs.

Who knew cereal could be so political?

We've been witnessing a wave of TV commercials featuring parents that haven't traditionally been given much visual representation in popular culture or advertisements.

The latest example is from Cheerios Canada. The touching ad features two Québécois dads, André and Jonathan, who tell their story about adopting their daughter Raphaëlle, who is of African descent.

While an ad like this shouldn't be a controversial subject in Canada in 2014, it does remain a potentially risky subject for companies to address.

A lot has changed at Blueprint over the past few months. The Vancouver-based entertainment and hospitality company saw the departure of its executive chef Brett Turner last spring. In August, Blueprint moved its head office to Gastown, and the following month, closed the popular Shine Nightclub after a 14-year run.

Vancouver's newest farmers market, the Hastings Park Winter Market, debuted on Sunday (October 5) to nice weather and good crowds at the PNE.

The market featured about two dozen stalls and a half-dozen food and drink trucks selling everything from crepes and pakoras to chili and meatball sandwiches.

The vendors are scattered about a bit, but if you know where Jimmy's Lunch or Hunky Bill's food stands are during the PNE, you won't go astray.

There are a number of Oktoberfest celebrations going on across the Lower Mainland this month, but this weekend, one of the largest ones is taking place in Vancouver.

Harvest Haus opened last night (October 2) at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre plaza and continues through the weekend, ending Sunday (October 5). The event is presented by the Social Concierge, which are the same organizers of Diner en Blanc and the Deighton Cup.

The Vancouver International Film Festival’s 2014 B.C. Spotlight Gala takes place at the Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton Street) on Saturday (October 4) at 6:30 p.m.

Alan Lee, who founded and ran the popular Lee’s Donuts in the Granville Island Public Market, has died at age 70.

The amiable owner of one of the market’s original vendor spots passed away on September 19, three days from the 35th anniversary of his opening day. Lee had been dealing with a kidney ailment for several years.

Lee and his wife, Betty-Ann, attended Granville Island’s July 1979 kickoff and decided to start their business there, securing a lease within weeks.

Ever since, their cosy spot just inside one of the market’s south doors has been a mecca for lovers of fresh-made doughnuts, locals and vistors alike, many of whom know the fryer schedule and show up to get their favourites while they are still warm.

Back in June, the Vancouver Canucks launched a new slogan: “Change is Coming”. The announcement came around the same time that Willie Desjardins was hired as the new head coach, and shortly after Trevor Linden was named president of the team’s hockey operations.

With one of Canada’s largest wine festivals—the Vancouver International Wine Festival—still five months away, the Arts Club Theatre’s Chef Meets B.C. Grape is a popular fall event for local oenophiles. The local theatre company hosted the California Wine Fair in April, but its fall wine-tasting fundraiser—now in its 10th year— is meant to showcase B.C.

Over 8,000 kilometers separate Vancouver and Munich, but don’t be surprised if you see people walking the city streets wearing lederhosen and dirndls. Oktoberfest is upon us, and stein-swinging parties are being planned around the world.

In Vancouver, Steam Whistle Brewing will host an Oktoberfest event at the Imperial (319 Main Street) on Saturday (September 20). The Toronto-based brewery’s signature Pilsner will start flowing at 8 p.m.

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