Dining

Patrons dine on a patio on King Street in Toronto, Tuesday, September 28, 2021. A new report says restaurants in Canada are ushering in higher prices, shorter menus, smaller portion sizes and reduced hours in a bid to survive inflation and labour shortages.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Evan Buhler

Restaurants usher in higher prices, smaller portion sizes as costs rise, report says

Industry report says half the country’s eateries operating at a loss or just breaking even

 

June 30, 2022 - The L'Apéro Experience, a gourmet dinner cheese board, at L'Apéro Bistro with rose wine. Don Denton photo.

Delectable. Accessible

L’Apéro Wine & Cheese Bistro makes wine and cheese simple

  • Aug 24, 2022

 

April 6, 2022 - Chef Jason Lizert 's Sea Bass at his new restaurant Maestro at Manteo at Eldorado Resorts.. Don Denton photograph.

Mediterranean twist

“Elevated and unexpected” at Maestro’s

  • May 27, 2022

 

BellaBot joined the Smitty’s in Kelowna May 2022 to help staff in seating patrons and shuttling plates (Brittany Webster/Capital News)

VIDEO: The future is now: B.C. restaurant employs robot server to boost business

BellaBot likes scratches behind the ears, singing Happy Birthday, and helping out wait staff

  • May 12, 2022
BellaBot joined the Smitty’s in Kelowna May 2022 to help staff in seating patrons and shuttling plates (Brittany Webster/Capital News)
Karin Kallio from Mark Anthony Wine and Spirits, and Aidan Henry of Brink Events raise a glass to toast the return of the annual pop-up all-white picnic and dance party Diner en Blanc, which returns June 23. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Diner en Blanc returns to Greater Victoria on June 23

Registration for the secret pop-up picnic is opening soon

Karin Kallio from Mark Anthony Wine and Spirits, and Aidan Henry of Brink Events raise a glass to toast the return of the annual pop-up all-white picnic and dance party Diner en Blanc, which returns June 23. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Late 2021 saw the number of restaurant reservations and take-out orders in B.C. soar like there’d never been a pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

British Columbians were back to restaurants in pre-pandemic numbers in late 2021

Survey finds Labour Day weekend busier than 2019, giving operators optimism for 2022

Late 2021 saw the number of restaurant reservations and take-out orders in B.C. soar like there’d never been a pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
A stay in the penthouse at the Hotel Grand Pacific is among the prizes for the raffle attached to the Dine Around and Stay in Town Victoria festival. (Black Press Media file photo)

Dine Around and Stay in Town Victoria adds raffle to meal appeal

Prize packages feature hotel stays, restaurant gift cards; hospitality workers to benefit

A stay in the penthouse at the Hotel Grand Pacific is among the prizes for the raffle attached to the Dine Around and Stay in Town Victoria festival. (Black Press Media file photo)
Dine Around and Stay in Town Victoria runs Jan. 20 to Feb. 6, 2022. Don Denton/Black Press photo

Savour world-class culinary delights during Dine Around, Stay in Town Victoria

The tastiest time for foodies to visit Greater Victoria returns later this…

Dine Around and Stay in Town Victoria runs Jan. 20 to Feb. 6, 2022. Don Denton/Black Press photo
Dine Around and Stay in Town Victoria runs Jan. 20 to Feb. 6, 2022. (Don Denton/Black Press)

Deals return on world-class culinary delights for Dine Around, Stay in Town Victoria

Growing list features 10 hotels and 40-plus restaurants in Greater Victoria

Dine Around and Stay in Town Victoria runs Jan. 20 to Feb. 6, 2022. (Don Denton/Black Press)
September 8, 2021 -Dishes of ( from top left, clockwise) Beef Carpaccio, Spaghetti and Wagyu Meatballs  and Prawn Carbonara at the Lot 1 Pasta Bar restaurant. Don Denton photograph

Good pasta, good karma

Lot 1 Pasta Bar changes the game

  • Oct 18, 2021
September 8, 2021 -Dishes of ( from top left, clockwise) Beef Carpaccio, Spaghetti and Wagyu Meatballs  and Prawn Carbonara at the Lot 1 Pasta Bar restaurant. Don Denton photograph
Chef "Pino” Posteraro opened Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill and Enoteca in Yaletown in 1999, and it’s been on all the “best” lists ever since. Lia Crowe photograph

The Master and the art of Italian cuisine

Chef Giuseppe “Pino” Posteraro’s Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill and Enoteca

  • Jun 23, 2021
Chef "Pino” Posteraro opened Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill and Enoteca in Yaletown in 1999, and it’s been on all the “best” lists ever since. Lia Crowe photograph
Rain Dogs Wine Bar. Photography by Lia Crowe

Rain Dogs & Blind Dates

Victoria wine bar promises unique experience

  • Jun 18, 2021
Rain Dogs Wine Bar. Photography by Lia Crowe
B.C. restaurants are slated to reopen to indoor dining for the first time in nearly a month Tuesday, May 25. (Unsplash)

B.C. restaurants gearing up to welcome patrons indoors Tuesday

‘Restrictions end at midnight Monday so service Tuesday will be wide open,’ says B.C. Restaurant and Foodservices president

B.C. restaurants are slated to reopen to indoor dining for the first time in nearly a month Tuesday, May 25. (Unsplash)
“Circuit-breaker” restrictions on public dining remain in effect over the Victoria Day weekend. File photo

B.C.’s COVID-19 inspectors will be watching how you eat this long weekend

Police also warn that restrictions against large gatherings also remain in effect

“Circuit-breaker” restrictions on public dining remain in effect over the Victoria Day weekend. File photo
Starting in June, Government Street will be closed to most vehicles between Humboldt and View streets. A section of Government Street was transformed into a pedestrian-priority walkway in the wake of COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria plans 10-hour closures of Government Street come June

City’s business relief plan extended, Government St. from Humboldt to View closed noon to 10 p.m.

Starting in June, Government Street will be closed to most vehicles between Humboldt and View streets. A section of Government Street was transformed into a pedestrian-priority walkway in the wake of COVID-19. (Black Press Media file photo)
Find a sunny spot for a rosé. (Zoë Ducklow/News Staff)

Website helps patrons find patios for dining on Vancouver Island

Indoor dining closure and the onset of spring created a need for a patio locator

  • Apr 5, 2021
Find a sunny spot for a rosé. (Zoë Ducklow/News Staff)
Daniel Frankel, Tap and Barrel Group and Brewhall. Lia Crowe photography

Daniel Frankel taps into the Vancouver restaurant scene

Business and hospitality with Tap and Barrel Group owner

  • Mar 22, 2021
Daniel Frankel, Tap and Barrel Group and Brewhall. Lia Crowe photography
Chef Katrina Archibald stands with a chalk wall behind her at the 10 Acres at the Pier restaurant in Sidney.  Don Denton photo

Chat with Chef Katrina Archibald

10 Acres Executive Sous Chef talks ingredients, food, and menus

  • Mar 17, 2021
Chef Katrina Archibald stands with a chalk wall behind her at the 10 Acres at the Pier restaurant in Sidney.  Don Denton photo
Saanich Peninsula Dining and Ethnic Cuisine food. Don Denton photographs

Flavours Of The World

Ethnic cuisine dining choices spice up the Saanich Peninsula

  • Mar 5, 2021
Saanich Peninsula Dining and Ethnic Cuisine food. Don Denton photographs
January 14, 2021 - Executive Chef Ken Nakano from Aura restaurant and the Inn at Laurel Point in the herbs and greens garden outside the hotel.  Don Denton photo

Cooking with fresh, seasonal, local food

A Q&A with Executive Chef Ken Nakano, Inn at Laurel Point

  • Feb 26, 2021
January 14, 2021 - Executive Chef Ken Nakano from Aura restaurant and the Inn at Laurel Point in the herbs and greens garden outside the hotel.  Don Denton photo
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