Welcome to the BCHF's spring newsletter!
Our spring is off to a great start, as we recently received over $18,000.00 in proceeds from Tourism Vancouver’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival Grand Tasting gala, an online lottery we ran in conjunction with the event, and the Festival’s Street Food City program. Thanks to Tourism Vancouver, all the participating businesses, and of course our outstanding volunteers!
The receipt of these funds aligns well with the increasing number of people turning to the BCHF for help.  To date, in 2019, we have had 12 requests for assistance and are on track to distribute over $37,000 already.
The increasing need makes our upcoming fundraising events (such as DISH and the Golf Tournaments in Victoria and Vancouver) more important than ever, and finding corporate sponsors is vital to our success. We hope, as well, to increase the number of Monthly Donors, as the steady supply of revenue they provide is crucial for the slower times in our fundraising season. Payroll Deduction programs are also an easy way for both front-line workers and business owners to contribute to the BCHF.
Please help us get the word out to others in our biz! The generosity of the BC hospitality industry is legendary, and we’re confident that when people learn more about the BCHF they will want to help us look after our own.
BCHF Scholarships
Our 2019 Scholarship program is well underway and we would like to thank our generous sponsors.
Sommelier Scholarships. Congratulations to the winners:

  • Matthew Landry – Stable House Bistro
  • Jennifer Ellan – Fiore Famiglia
  • Shawn Jones – Nomad Restaurant
  • Erin Korpisto – Nightingale/Cin Cin
  • Suzanne Cody – Okanagan College
  • Meghan McDowell – Vijs Rangoli
  • Ann Brydle – Cascadia Liquor
  • Aron Veen – Tap Restaurant
  • Melissa Lu – Bluewater Café + Raw Bar
  • Michael Littleford - Nightingale/Cin Cin

This year’s Sommelier Scholarships were sponsored by Sunrock Vineyards, Hester Creek, Da Silva Vineyards and Winery, Okanagan Crush Pad, and Authentic Wine & Spirits Merchants. We thank them for their support!
Culinary Scholarships . D eadline closed on March 31. Each autumn, the BCHF awards culinary scholarships in partnership with the Chefs’ Table Society of BC.

The BCHF also awards Hospitality Scholarships . The recipients of these scholarships are second and fourth-year students chosen by the program deans, chairs, and faculty from the post-secondary institutions they attend. We will be presenting cheques within the next few weeks.

The Greg King Scholarship. The program has recently benefited from silent auction items donated by the Cactus Club Café and the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts . We thank them both for their generosity!  Read more...

A full update on scholarships will be included on our website and in the next newsletter.
Special Dinners Benefit BCHF
The BCHF is thrilled that L’Abattoir restaurant has chosen our organization to receive partial proceeds from a series of 3 very exclusive dinners. Only 8 guests will attend each event, and tickets are being sold by online auction to raise as much money as possible.

The dinners will be held at No.1 Gaoler’s Mews, located directly behind L’Abattoir’s Gastown location. Chef Lee Cooper and a renowned guest chef will prepare special menus that will be served on bespoke table settings accompanied by crystal glassware.

The auction for the first dinner sold out and all proceeds, an amazing $5,500, has been donated to BCHF! - The dinner took place March 19 th and featured Chef Kyle Connaughton, and Katina Connaughton of Single Thread Farm - Restaurant - Inn in California. It was a once in a lifetime experience. Read the Vancouver Sun's article on the event!

Subsequent 2019 No. 1 Gaoler’s Mews Dinners will be:

Online auctions for dinner tickets will open here a month prior to the event

Funds raised will go to a culinary scholarship named for L’Abattoir and presented by Chef Lee Cooper and to the beneficiary fund.

Hearty thanks to the Sheraton Wall Center for sponsoring the event by donating hotel accommodations for the out-of-town chefs!
Rust Wine Co.
2018 Rosé Magnum

$5 Per Bottle of Rust Wine Co. 2018 Rosé Goes to support
BC’s Hospitality Workers
Available from April 1st, 2019

Get a head start on patio season and support the BCHF at the same time! Rust Wine Co. will generously donate $5 from every MAGNUM (1.5 L) of its 2018 Rosé sold. This is a top-notch single-vineyard wine from south Cawston in the Similkameen Valley, and it’s available in limited quantities, so don’t wait to get yours!

John Schreiner review
Rust Rosé 2018  ($34.99 for a magnum). The wine presents with hue of a red apple. There are aromas and flavours of orange zest and ripe strawberry with a hint of spice on the finish. The soft acidity gives the wine an easy quaffability. 89.

The wine will be sold in select BC restaurants, boutique LRS stores and at the winery and is available to order direct through  orders@bacchusgroup.ca

For inquiries please contact Lesley Brown, BC Sales Manager at   lesley@bacchusgroup.ca  or (604) 347-8970.

Estimated retail price is $34.99 plus taxes
Events Past & Future
The BCHF’s first major fundraiser of the year was a great success. Tourism Vancouver’s Dine Out Vancouver Grand Tasting gala took place January 19 th at Rocky Mountaineer Station, and the BCHF received over $18,000.00 in proceeds from the evening. 

Thanks to Rocky Mountaineer for donating a train trip for 2 as the prize for the online lottery we ran in conjunction with the event. Here is the photo of lucky winner Rahul Kumar shown with Lucas Pavan from Tourism Vancouver and Dana. 
We have plenty more fundraisers planned, however, including the following:
Marquis Wine Cellars - April 13, 2019

Free tasting event including complimentary Panaderia empanadas and live music from a duo including Stephanie Pedraza . Donations to the BC Hospitality Foundation will be welcome.
1034 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Purchase tickets here for a chance to eat, drink, and hobnob with some of Vancouver’s culinary stars. Featured wineries will include: Michael David Winery, Charles Smith, Tom Gore, Meiomi, Paul Hobbs, Bonterra, Fetzer, Ferrari-Carano, Jackson Family, Ashes and Diamonds... Early bird price of $75 ends on April 8, 2019.

Week from May 31 to June 9, 2019

VCBW 2019 kicks off on Friday, May 31, continuing throughout the week with events across the city, culminating with the VCBW Festival at the historic PNE Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9, where more than 100 craft breweries and cideries will be pouring 300+ beers and ciders.  

  • Join the VCBW Festival Team
  • 25% off Sunday tickets
  • Where to go and What to do listings

Monday, July 8, 2019

Enjoy a game with food & beverages at many holes, as well as a sparkling wine reception, dinner, and more.

 Vancouver Golf Tournament - REGISTER HERE
Sunday, July 14th, 2019

A & W Float Fundraiser
A great success last year, when BCHF volunteers sold floats at a Vancouver Canadians baseball game. 
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Enjoy a game with food & beverages at many holes, as well as a sparkling wine reception, dinner, and more.

Victoria Golf Tournament - REGISTER HERE
Signature events in May

  • Spring Westjet Wine Tasting - May 3 and 4
  • Best of Varietal Awards and Reception - May 8
  • Iron Sommelier British Columbia - May 10
  • Putting & Bubbles - May 11
  • Mother's Day Brunch - May 12

Read details and get tickets HERE

 Do you want to help us with any of the events above?

We are looking for volunteers who don’t mind having fun while they help support a good cause! Check out all available opportunities HERE or email lucy@bchospitalityfoundation.com .

 About the BC Hospitality Foundation
The (BCHF) is a registered charity that raises funds to support those in the hospitality industry facing financial crisis due to a health issue. Each year hundreds of hospitality workers across BC face financial challenges and have nowhere else to turn. The BCHF helps them when all other options have been exhausted. In addition, the BCHF offers a scholarship program to foster the development of the next generation of workers and industry leaders.