Side Dishes: Downton Abbey owner in Vancouver for afternoon teaLady Fiona Carnarvon
(Vancouver Sun) – Some of the best lines in the soon to expire Downton Abbey TV series (sniff, sniff) come from the kitchen, with head cook Mrs. Patmore dishing out delicious lines like: “If the family is like sardines, my Lady, the staff are like maggots.” And: “Chilled soup should be an exquisite mouthful, not a bucket of slop.” Or: “Listen to me and take those kidneys up to the servery before I knock you down and serve your brains as fritters.”
You can be quite assured that when Lady Fiona Carnarvon, owner of Highclere Castle, the setting for the Crawley family in the series, does afternoon tea in Vancouver on Friday, March 4, her manner will be ship shape. Quite!
She’ll be at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for afternoon tea and to celebrate the Season Six finale. If tickets ($115) are still available, you can hold out your little pinky and sip right along with her. The tea, with a 1920s theme, begins at 4 p.m. with sparkling wine. Lady Carnarvon will give a talk and Christopher Gaze, artistic director of Bard on the Beach will be Master of Ceremonies. Guests are invited to dress in 1920s era outfits if they like. A portion of the proceeds will benefit KCTS 9 (PBS). For reservations call 604-443-1816 or email at [email protected].
Mrs. Patmore’s Bowl
If you really want to get downright Downton, do your baking and mixing in Mason Cash Caneware bowls, just like kitchen servants Mrs. Patmore and Daisy Mason. English company Mason Cash has been making kitchenware since 1800 and the designs haven’t changed much over the hundreds of years. The Caneware line has been in use since 1901 and is available in seven sizes. They’re sometimes called yellow ware, after the colour of the local clay, or bargeware, because they were packed on barges to be shipped to markets. They cost $24 to $130, and are available at Gourmet Warehouse and Ming Wo kitchen stores.
Still in The Mood for Tea?
If the British can do it, the French can do it better. That would seem to be the message behind Lauduree Boutique and Tea Salon. Macaron and viennoiserie perfection, beautiful teas, all coming to Vancouver this spring. The long-lived French patisserie (born in 1862 in Paris) will be located at 1141 Robson St. Consider it your little trip to Paris if funds are low.
The Big Lebowski Brewery And Bowling Tour
If you’re a fan of the stoner cult film The Big Lebowski, Vancouver Brewery Tours has something right up your alley. Throw on your bathrobe and shades, grab your growler and join the Big Lebowski Brewery and Bowling Tour. There’ll be Lebowski (The Dude)-inspired oat soda (“Two oat sodas, Gary!,” he says, ordering barley beer) at Big Rock Urban Brewery and Storm Brewing, a costume contest, and bowling at Grandview Lanes. “As an ardent Lebowski fan, I’m excited to offer a tour that not only highlights some of our amazing local craft breweries but also pays tribute to a film loved by so many, but that’s just, like, our opinion, man,” VBT founder Ryan Mackey says, all Dude-like. Tickets are $85, beer and bowling included. Book online at vancouverbrewerytours.com or phone 604-318-2280.
Macarons Fights Cancer
Well, not really. But buying them at Faubourg Paris on Macaron Day, March 20, will help cancer research. They’ll be selling them for half price that day ($1) and all the proceeds will go to BC Cancer Foundation. Owner Franck Point will match the amount raised. Last year, the three Faubourg locations raised $7,000 from sales and donated $14,000 to the foundation. This year, they’re aiming for $10,000 in sales. Macaron Day takes place in several global cities with bakeries donating to different causes. French Made Bakery will be donating part of their macaron sales to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, and holding macaron baking classes on March 19 and 20 for $110, of which 25 per cent will be donated.
Ideas for Healthy Families
The third annual Healthy Family Expo takes place Sunday, March 6 at Vancouver Convention Centre, offering solutions to healthy eating. Thirty five food and beverage vendors (samples!) will be part of the 100-plus exhibitors. The Active Kid Zone has a rock wall, fire truck bouncer, hamster ball track and entertainers. Tickets are $15 at the door and kids under 12 are free. For more information, visit HealthyFamilyExpo.com.