Fresh Roots fundraising dinner down to the wire, Nuba turns 20, Absolut embraces a distinctly-Vancouver form of AI

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      You know those saying about how truly great people don't put themselves first, but instead think of others/ We don't either, which doesn't mean there's not at least a kernel of truth to that. 

      Harvest Dinner needs saviours

      Think of it as a chance to not only enjoy hyper-local dining in the great (urban) outdoors, but also to make an instant difference in the lives of kids.

      Pre-pandemic, the Schoolyard Harvest Longtable Dinner was one of the calendar year’s hot tickets, selling out almost instantly. Run by the Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society, the event traditionally starts with a cocktail hour and then includes a multi-course dinner. This year, July 6, meals will be prepared by chefs including Organic Ocean Seafood’s Julian Bond, Ono Vancouver’s TJ Conwi, and Governor General’s Award winner Robert Clark.

      The longtable dinner takes place at David Thompson Secondary School, with ingredients from Fresh Roots’ schoolyard food program and community partners. (For those unclear what Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society is, the mandate is to empower young folk to connect with both community and the food they eat. The gardens here are at David Thompson.) Dinner is $250 per ticket for adults, includes a tour of the onsite gardens as well as live music.

      Where do you come in for all of this? The Schoolyard Harvest Longtable Dinner is hoping to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. But the event has been MIA for the past three years due to the pandemic. Being out of the public eye isn’t always the best thing, and 2023 ticket sales need to pick up for things to go ahead as planned. So, if you want to do something good this weekend.....

      Schoolyard Harvest Longtable Dinner

      When: July 6

      Where: David Thompson Secondary School

      Tickets: $250 per adult here for a good cause. 

      Nuba: The block party starts here....

      Nuba goes big with a birthday bash

      It’s an epic accomplishment, especially considering current Restaurants Canada stats show one out of every two businesses are now unprofitable in Canada since the pandemic. Founded in Vancouver at the turn of the century, Nuba is getting ready to celebrate 20 years of popularizing homestyle Lebanese food on the West Coast.

      Rather than keeping things low-key, the restaurant mini-empire (there are four locations around the city) will host what it’s calling an “epic block party and Lebanese feast. The blowout takes place in front of Nuba’s 146 East 3rd Avenue location on July 16 from 2-10 pm, with reasons to attend live DJs, bar, braised lamb, falafel, traditional salads, and the much-loved cauliflower dish Najib’s Special.

      As for the size of the block party, given how long Nuba’s has been loved in Vancouver, expect the celebration to be on the all-in side of things, to the point where Nuba has a request: “Please kindly RSVP so that we can accurately estimate the amount of cauliflower to prepare!”

      Nuba 20th Anniversay Epic Block Party & Lebanese Fest

      Where: 146 East 3rd Avenue

      When: July 16

      RSVP: They gotta get the cauliflower right, so go here

      Instagram: @nubatown

      AI gets Vancouver Absolut-ly right

      If the Terminator movies taught us anything, its that AI will one day rule the world, at least until Sarah Connor arrives to start sorting things out. Rather than worry about the inevitable, you might as well join the party, Absolut vodka gives you the chance to do exactly just that with a new list of cocktails inspired by Vancouver and the people who live here.

      The vodka behemoth came up with the recipes by running the things that make the city’s various hoods—Yaletown, West End, Coal Harbour, Chinatown, and more—into AI technology.

      Need an example? Kits’ AI cocktail started with the entering of beach logs, poolside, mountain views, and vegetarian eats, and that led to Kitsilano Vancouver (1.5 oz Absolut Vodka, 1/3 oz blue curacao, 1/3 peach schnapps). Entering proud, kinship, rainbow crosswalk, and vivacious into AI yielded Davie Village (1.5 oz Absolut Vanilia, 3/4 oz passion fruit puree, 1/2 oz vanilla syrup and muddle pineapple, topped with champagne and garnished with half a passion fruit.)

      Go here for the hood of your choice. And, you’ll be happy to know, depending on where you live and your tolerance of folks different from you, your annual income, and political beliefs, that no punched into AI the following hoods, most of which you wouldn’t move to even if you won the lottery: [sorry, we're not going there, but you certainly can].

      Absolut Mixed by AI

      What: Drinks inspired by various Vancouver 'hoods

      Where: The Interweb

      Instagram: @absolutvodka