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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Cat-Tail Pickles

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Cat-Tail Pickles Melanie Priesnitz I was not a child to play with swords. I much preferred making dandelion soup, so I have only recently discovered how much fun having a fencing duel with cat-tails can be. If done at the right time of the year you get the added bonus of covering your opponent with either fluff or pollen. I have lately found myself with a surplus of cat-tails and am discovering all sorts of uses for them – there are a plethora. Typha latifolia, commonly known as cat-tail is a common…
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The Grapevine Devour Picks

The Grapevine Devour Picks: Devour! Street Food Party Robie Tufts Park Thursday, November 3, 4pm-8pm Participating trucks include Gecko Bus, Cheesecurds, Donair Trailer, Nomad Gourmet, and T-Dogs. Participating vendors include Carl’s Independent, Frais Catering, Tap Root Farms, Julian’s Feel Good Food, Union Street Cafe, The Noodle Guy, Le Caveau, and Cake Lady. Shorts Program: Look Who’s Coming to Dinner Al Whittle Theatre Friday, November 5, 12:30pm-2pm With “Food First, Lobster Fra Diavolo, Sunday Lunch, So Good To See You, Candice & Peter’s Smokin’ Hot Date, Home Suite Home”, and “The Cannoli”. Price: $15 Bitters Workshop with Jeffrey Van Horne &…
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Dinner Out: Wines of Nova Scotia Dinner 2016, Restaurant LeCaveau and Lightfoot and Wolfville Winery

Dinner Out: Wines of Nova Scotia Dinner 2016, Restaurant LeCaveau and Lightfoot and Wolfville Winery Scott Campbell This year was the 10th anniversary of the Wines of Nova Scotia Dinner at LeCaveau. This fantastic dinner is presented alongside the famous wines of Domaine de Grande Pré Winery and one other local winery. This year the rising star of the Valley vineyards – Lightfoot and Wolfville – was featured as the second winery in this exclusive wine and dining event. Our evening started off with an Amuse of BC Albacore Tuna Tartare served with hazelnuts, tamari, caramelized ginger, and cilantro. The…
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WHO’S WHO: Jason Lynch – A Grand Chef in his own Domaine!

WHO’S WHO: Jason Lynch – A Grand Chef in his own Domaine! Mike Butler Three or four times a year, my partner Ian and I like to go out for a very formal dinner. We dress up (shirts and ties and non-Coverse shoes) and we take our time with the meal … it’s a big deal for us! We eat together all the time but these special occasions are something we both look forward to. This year, for our 6th Anniversary, we chose to dine at Le Caveau, part of the Domaine de Grand Pre Winery. It was August 21…
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Dinner Out: The Port Pub Bistro Wine Pairing Dinner with Planter’s Ridge Winery

Dinner Out: The Port Pub Bistro Wine Pairing Dinner with Planter’s Ridge Winery Scott Campbell I seem to be spending a lot of time in Port Williams lately. Between new breweries and distilleries opening up and fantastic restaurants that have been there for a while – I keep finding myself drawn back to “the Port” for many delicious and tantalizing reasons. Last week The Port Pub Bistro gave me yet another reason to go back. The Port Pub Bistro presented an intimate dinner with Chef Charlie Burtt, and exclusive wine pairings with Planter’s Ridge Sommelier, Gabrielle Pope, to a room…
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Crafting the Perfect Pairing for Cider Making in Nova Scotia

Crafting the Perfect Pairing for Cider Making in Nova Scotia Julie Glaser, Ross Farm Museum, Hwy #12, New Ross Ross Farm Museum and Muwin Estate Wines are launching ‘Cider Days’, a weekend of activities on October 22 and 23, that focus on the centuries-old craft of cider making, but with a twist – they want the public to participate in the creation of a new product, ‘The People’s Cider’. Muwin, who produces the award-winning Bulwark brand ciders, in partnership with Ross Farm Museum, want more Nova Scotians to be aware of the myriad heritage varieties of apples still growing unattended…
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Family Fun in the Valley: Share Thanksgiving By Laura Churchill Duke

Family Fun in the Valley: Share Thanksgiving Laura Churchill Duke This year, why don’t you consider Sharing Thanksgiving with a newcomer family? Our family has participated in this program for the past two years and can’t wait to do it again this year! Engage Nova Scotia has put together this wonderful program where your family is paired with a newcomer who joins you for your Thanksgiving dinner. Simply go to the website and indicate when you are having your meal (Sunday or Monday) and then indicate who else will be at your table. The organization will match you and connect…
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Dinner Out: Devour Food Film Festival is Coming Soon! By Scott Campbell

Dinner Out: Devour Food Film Festival is Coming Soon! Scott Campbell   Next to Christmas… and maybe Thanksgiving… my favourite holiday is The Devour Food Film Festival. This November the sights and smells of amazing movies and delicious dinners will fill the streets of Wolfville as The Devour Food and Film Festival hits the town.    Last Friday night I had the pleasure of participating in one of the first Devour Food Film Festival events of the season – a taste of things to come so to speak. A small group of Film Foodies gathered at Restaurant Le Caveau for…
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Charcuterie & Wine By Craig Campbell

Charcuterie & Wine Craig Campbell   Charcuterie & cheese are very popular items to have with wine, especially so during the heat of summer or early fall when one doesn’t necessarily want to cook over a stove or oven in near thirty degrees. Charcuterie also serves as a great sharing plate with friends over a social gathering or as a shared appetizer in a restaurant. It’s loosely defined as cured meat. It encompasses bacon, ham, salami, rillettes, paté, or sausage among other things. There’s a wide world of charcuterie out there. Whether it’s imported Prosciutto di Parma from Italy, or…
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Dinner Out with Christy Ann Conlin

Dinner Out with Christy Ann Conlin By Scott Campbell When my editor told me that the upcoming issue of the Grapevine was going to celebrate the literati among us by featuring great summer reads I was pretty excited. I knew exactly what I was going to do. One of the best summer reads available is Christy Ann Conlin’s, The Memento. This follow-up to her bestselling novel, Heave, was described by Caroline Adderson as “a grab bag of Gothic delights.” So I had an idea. What if I contacted Christy Ann and asked her to join me for dinner at a…
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