Gold medal Plates is a chance to eat some food while donating to a worthy cause – the Canadian Olympic athletes. Top chefs from Vancouver are paired with olympic athletes and compete for the Gold Medal Plate. There are about 12 chef stations – each serving the chef’s competition dish and you are often served by the paired olympic athlete. The dishes are also each paired with a local wine/beer. Our favorite dishes of the night included the Kingyo dish which was a sashimi dish beautifully plated and served with a small tea light cleverly wrapped with a slice of white radish, Toshi’s sablefish, and Boneta’s beef ravioli.
Arrive early. We had thought it was a sit-down dinner but really it is a free-for-all with people lining up at each of the 12 stations. The stations close at about 7:30pm so that people can then sit down at their tables for the live auction part of the night. Simon Whitfield and Adam Van Koeverden were the olympic hosts for the night. Jim Cuddy and Barnie Bentall were the evening’s entertainment. The auction evening finishes off with the awarding of the gold medal plate to the top chef and auctioning off a private dinner for 10 cooked by the bronze, silver and gold chef, respectively.
Cost: $300/pp tax-deductible