Peaceful Restaurant launches Spring Festival Gala to celebrate Chinese New Year, support kids with medical needs

Featuring Chinese cuisine, music, and dance, the event will rasie funds for Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children

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      A new culinary extravaganza will celebrate Chinese New Year while raising funds for BC Children’s Hospital’s Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children Enhancement Initiative.

      Taking place at Parq Vancouver’s Grand Ballroom (39 Smithe Street) on Monday (January 28), the inaugural Spring Festival Gala was founded by Charlie Huang, chef-owner of Peaceful Restaurant

      Specializing in Northern Chinese cuisine, the restaurant first opened in 1997 and now has six locations in Vancouver. It has been featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and has been a finalist in several of the Georgia Straight’s Golden Plates awards, including the category of Best Chinese Restaurant for 2018.

      The Spring Festival Gala will feature food carving demonstrations by renowned chefs Lau Pang, Zhao Bin, Chen Yihong, and Yu Shiging, among others. There will also be dance and musical performances and a live auction.

      The winners of East Meets West: A Culinary Collaboration, will also be announced. The competition invited chefs to use Western cooking styles to create dishes to celebrate Chinese New Year. Winning dishes will be on display.

      The only children’s rehabilitation facility of its kind in B.C., Sunny Hill Health Centre helps thousands of kids from throughout B.C. each year who have complex medical, physical, and developmental needs. Some of the children have conditions affecting physical, motor, or sensory development, while others live with the effects of acquired brain injury, prenatal exposure to alcohol or other drugs, cerebral palsy, autism, stroke, or traumatic accidents. 

      The centre is located in East Vancouver. The enhancement initiative aims to raise $12 million to create a state-of-the-art facility on the BC Children’s Hospital campus on Oak Street for its unique patient populations. 

      More information about and tickets ($300) for the Spring Festival Gala can be found here.