Fall in love with Hart House


I was recently invited to taste the Chef Harvest Menu at the Hart House , located at Deer Lake in Burnaby and was blown away by the food and experience!

The Hart House is a Heritage House located in the middle of Deer Lake Park, right across from the Burnaby Museum. As I walked into the restaurant, I felt instant comfort and calmness by the grand foyer fireplace and warmed up as I took my jacket off for complementary coat-check. We were seated at a lovely table complete with spectacular day-time views of Deer Lake, a white table cloth, candles burning and jazz playing in the background. For a moment, I thought I was transported back in time to another era.

IMG_9639Our lovely server immediately asked if we wanted to try any cocktails and recommended the Maple Bourbon New Fashioned. For those of you who know me well, know that I LOVE a good Old Fashioned so I couldn’t say no. It was delicious – made with Basil Hayden bourbon, Triple Sec, maple syrup and topped with an orange peel.

Then, it was onto the Chef’s Harvest Menu. Executive Chef Mike Genest has put together an incredible fall-inspired menu that runs until October 31. There is an optional wine pairing (2.5, 5 or 8 ounce option) for each course, and they accommodated my request to modify the offerings to all BC wine! I was amazed to learn they can simply do anything! If you prefer a BC Wine flight/pairing, or even a rose-only flight/pairing, you’ve come to the right spot. The Hart House offers an extensive wine list to work from and will try and accommodate guests requests.

Dinner kicked off with a basket of complimentary warm bread and butter. Then, we were offered a complimentary amuse bouche – roasted parsnip with garlic aioli.

IMG_9650Our first course was the Butternut Squash Soup with pumpkin seed pesto and parmigiano-reggiano. This was paired with the Black Swift un-oaked Chardonnay from West Kelowna’s, The Hatch Winery.

IMG_9660The next course was an optional mid-course pasta or risotto which changes every night depending on what Chef looks to feature. We opted for the Chorizo, Asparagus and Mushroom Risotto cooked in an Porcini broth. This was paired with a Pinot Noir from Lillooet’s Fort Berens Winery.

The next course was a delicious and tender sous vide beef brisket with root vegetables and the most amazing mashed potatoes I’ve ever tasted – made with Mascarpone and Olive Oil (to die for!). This was paired with a Merlot from Penticton’s Time Winery.

IMG_9665Our final course was dessert. I opted for the Dark Chocolate Banana Granace with chocolate shortbread, banana gel, brown butter cremeux, brulee banana and caramel chocolate whipped ganache. This was paired with Black Brant, a fortified wine from Okanagan Fall’s Wild Goose Winery.

The entire meal was memorable with excellent service throughout. I highly recommend the Hart House to anyone looking for an amazing meal in a stunning space.

The three course Chef’s Harvest Menu is available now until October 31 for only $36 per person!


Our BC Wine Lineup included the following wines:


Uncorked: A Celebration of Science & Wine



Iconic Wineries of British Columbia and Science World come together in Vancouver for a one-of-a-kind event to “uncork” the science of wine, November 14th

Vancouver, BC (October 2, 2019) – Iconic Wineries of British Columbia in partnership with Science World at TELUS World of Science proudly presents ‘Uncorked: A Celebration of the Science of Wine,’ a new wine-themed event unlike any other. On Thursday, November 14th, for one night only, internationally acclaimed winemakers, viticulturists and chefs from Iconic Wineries of British Columbia will showcase the science, craftsmanship and terroir that make Okanagan wines so extraordinary.

‘Uncorked: A Celebration of the Science of Wine’ will transport guests into the world of fine winemaking with fun, hands-on activities, and interactive seminars as we “uncork” the science behind the incredible wines we all enjoy.

Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with winemakers and viticulturists; learn about the science of winemaking via seminars, interviews and Q&A sessions; and — best of all — taste exceptional wines from the most exciting wineries in the Okanagan Valley, including:

  • Mission Hill Family Estate Winemaker Ben Bryant showcases wines from the 2019 Canadian Winery of the Year.’
  • CedarCreek Estate Winery Winemaker Taylor Whelan builds upon three decades of winemaking history in the Okanagan with his estate-grown, organically farmed wines.
  • CheckMate Artisanal Winery Winemaker Philip McGahan harnesses the effects of climate change to produce Canada’s first-ever perfect 100-point score for a table wine.
  • Martin’s Lane Winery Winemaker Shane Munn uses gravity alone to produce exceptional wines that have captured the ‘World’s Best Pinot Noir’trophy in London.
  • Road 13 Vineyards General Manager Joe Luckhurst pours award-winning wines from the winner of the 2018 ‘Canadian Winery of the Year’ Award.

Guests will have an opportunity to sample fine wines from each winery paired with culinary delights by Chef Patrick Gayler from Mission Hill’s Terrace Restaurant, named by Travel + Leisure magazine as ‘One of the Top 5 Winery Restaurants in the World.’ Chef Neil Taylor will present culinary offerings from CedarCreek’s new Home Block Restaurant, nominated by enRoute magazine as one of ‘Canada’s Best New Restaurants’ in 2019.

Seminars taking place throughout the evening include:

  • Synthesis: The Science of Blending Wine
    Blending helps to create distinctive wines with complex texture and flavours that reflect specific varietals and vineyards and, of course, are a pleasure to drink. Learn about the decisions that are made during blending and try it out yourself!
  • Evolution: The Science of Aging Wine
    Wine changes continuously as it moves from grape to bottle and even within the bottle. We will learn about the various techniques and vessels used to age wine and how with the passage of time, each result in different aromas and flavours that characterize a fine wine.
  • Innovation: Technology and the Modern Organic Vineyard
    Learn how precision organic farming and the use of state-of-the-art technology, such as drones in the vineyards, enables winemakers to produce wines of exceptional quality.
  • Terroir: The Science of Soil
    Ancient volcanic and glacial soils, combined with the unique climate of the Okanagan Valley, make this one of the last great undiscovered wine regions in the world. See and taste how the multitude of soil types found throughout the valley impact the vines, resulting in incredible wines with distinct character.

Additional attractions include a sparkling wine lounge, silent auction, blind tastings, and more hands-on activities developed by the Science World team.

“We’re looking forward to bringing this exciting new event to local wine and science lovers,” says Janet Wood, President and CEO of Science World. “Partnering with Iconic Wineries of British Columbia allows us to serve outstanding food and wine to event-goers while offering hands-on science learning to those who might not otherwise experience what Science World has to offer.”

Adds Darryl Brooker, President of Mission Hill Family Estate: Working in partnership with Science World we have created a one-of-a-kind event that showcases the unique climate, dramatic landscape and winemaking techniques that make the Okanagan Valley so unique. This is an unprecedented event that everyone — from wine connoisseurs to new enthusiasts alike — will find accessible, informative and, most importantly, fun! We are incredibly proud to be a part of it.”

Tickets are available now for $89 from scienceworld.ca/uncorked. Proceeds will support Science World’s On the Road program, which last year brought live science performances to 41,500 students throughout BC who otherwise might not have had a chance to visit TELUS World of Science.

Uncorked: A Celebration of the Science of Wine
Thursday, November 14
7–10 pm
Science World at TELUS World of Science
1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver

Tickets $89 from scienceworld.ca/uncorked