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October 7, 2010
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Nicole McLuckie, Communications Manager
604.687.5315 x243, nmcluckie@artsclub.com




             Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes Ripe for the Picking
                      Arts Club announces fall series of
                    2010 Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes
VANCOUVER, BC— The Arts Club Theatre Company is pleased to announce a fall series of its 2010
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Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes from October 19 to November 22. This season marks the 10 anniversary
of this delicious fundraiser that combines cooking instruction by renowned Vancouver chefs with great
wine at gorgeous private homes around the city. Due to popular demand, the Arts Club has lined up this
fall session, in addition to the usual spring session, that will take advantage of seasonal delicacies.

Each fun and information-packed three-hour class starts with a glass of bubbly, before guests takes part
in the creation of a decadent three-course meal. During the evening, the chefs impart their culinary
wisdom and treat guests to kitchen stories, hints, and tricks of the trade that will benefit any home cook
from beginner to gourmet. Two special evening classes are scheduled this fall: one class will be held at a
beautiful classic home decorated by boutique interior design firm McIntyre Cresswell Design Group, and
as a special treat, guests at “The Singing Chef” Lillooet Fox’s class will enjoy live jazz, sung by the multi-
talented chef herself, while they sip wine and gain culinary expertise.

The talented chefs for 2010’s fall Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes are: October 19, Laurent Devin from
Bistro Bistrot; October 29, Lillooet Fox, from Love That Chef; November 1, Quang Dang, from Diva at the
Met; November 10, Alain Rayé, from La Relegadé; November 16, Jeremie Bastien, from Boneta; and
November 22, Tina Fineza, from Flying Tiger.

IN BRIEF: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes run from October 19 to
November 22 in private homes throughout the city. Tickets for each of these fundraising events for the
Arts Club Theatre Company are $125 and include a $50 tax receipt. For tickets and info, call Christine
Overvelde at 604.687.5315 x248. A full list of chefs and dates is available at artsclub.com

Photos are available at http://www.artsclub.com/photos/celebrity-chef-cooking-classes-
2010.htm The username is journalist and the password is photos4media

Due to the intimate nature of these events, tickets for media may come available for the occasional class. Please
contact Christine Overvelde, Manager of Special Events, at covervelde@artsclub.com if you are interested in
participating in a class.


CHEF BIOS
LAURENT DEVIN—Bistrot Bistro
Laurent and his wife Valerie opened Bistrot Bistro in December 2007 drawing inspirations from their
childhood memories in provincial France. Having inspirational styles of French country fare, their dishes
are invented to share with friends and family over long, cozy conversation. True to tradition, the wine
program must be essential, focused on food compatibility, diversity, and above all else, value.


TINA FINEZA—Flying Tiger

Following graduation from Dubrulle Culinary Institute, Tina worked at Lumiere under the tutelage of Chef
Rob Feenie and Chef Frank Pabst, Star Anise with Chef Julian Bond, and Diva at the Met under the
guidance of Chefs Michael Noble and Chris Mills, before becoming the Chef de Cuisine at Bin 942 when it
opened in 1999. In 2004, Chef Tina followed her passion to the United States and joined the highly
acclaimed Relais & Châteaux property, the Ryland Inn in Whitehouse, New Jersey. In 2006 and 2007, Chef
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      The Arts Club Theatre Company, now in its 47 season, is a not-for-profit registered charity that operates two
           theatres on a year-round basis, the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and the Granville Island Stage.
                  The company also tours a three-show mini-season throughout the province annually.
                            CHARITABLE REGISTRATION NO. 11921 3551 RR0001
Tina visited Asia on a research trip. This was the motive in opening The Flying Tiger; creating a menu of
Modern Asian Street food, unparalleled in this city to date. This led Chef Tina to join the faculty at The Art
Institute of Vancouver Culinary School, instructing Asian cuisine.


LILLOOET FOX—Love that Chef
An experienced and valued private chef, Lillooet Fox is the menu designer and owner of Love that Chef.
Fox received her culinary education at The Dorothy Wright Culinary School of the Arts (her mother’s
gourmet kitchen!). It was there that she received her priceless “Masters in Yummy,” her passion for food,
and the connection between delicious cuisine and comfort that makes her cooking so delectable. Love
That Chef caters to busy executives and families who want to enjoy the best food possible but don’t have
the time to prepare it. One call does it all—whatever your culinary needs are, Love that Chef will fulfill
them.

QUANG DANG— Diva at the Met
Modern. Avant-guard. Cutting edge. Quang Dang, executive chef of Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver’s Diva
at the Met, brings his Pacific Northwest style to the table with a contemporary flair. After completing a 3-
and-a-half year apprenticeship at Diva at the beginning of his career, he also participated in a number of
international food competitions such as the 2003 Bocuse D’Or in Lyon, France and the National Chaine
des Rotisseurs in Winnipeg in 2002, catching the attention of David Hawksworth of West who made him
the restaurant’s Junior Sous Chef.

In 2006, with the buzz surrounding Quang growing, he moved on to become Executive Chef de Cuisine at
C Restaurant where he, arguably, produced the most definitive seafood restaurant in the country. Today,
Chef Dang has come full circle, returning to the very place he began his career. His expertise and ballsy
approach bring a new definition to one of Vancouver’s most elegant dining rooms. Dang has brought
even greater influences of sustainability to the restaurant, including sustainably harvested seafood, local
farmers, and hand-crafted ingredients from the Pacific North-west.

JEREMIE BASTIEN—Boneta
As one of Canada's youngest executive chefs, Jeremie Bastien has the restaurant industry in his blood.
His father, Chef Richard Bastien, is the chef/ owner of three of Quebec's most popular restaurants: Café
des Beaux Arts in Montreal's Museum of Fine Arts, Lemeac in Montreal, and Le Mityoen in Laval. At just 16,
he helped his father open Le Café des Beaux Arts and after high school graduation Jeremie attended IT HQ
in Montreal to study culinary arts. During this time, Jeremie worked for his mentor, Ian Perreault at Area
Restaurant, where he fondly recalls learning to fillet his first fish under the watchful eye of Chef Perreault.

After graduation Jeremie worked in France for David Zuddas at the Michelin-starred L'Auberge de la
Charme, at Area in Montreal, and with Nancy Oaks at Boulevard in San Francisco. A call from Lumiere
restaurant in Vancouver inspired Jeremie's move northward where he met his future partners Mark Brand
and Neil Ingram. After three years working at the Relais Gourmands property, Jeremie signed on as
Executive Chef at Boneta Restaurant.

ALAIN RAYE— La Régalade
Alain Rayé is an award-winning chef who worked in gourmet restaurants throughout France before
moving to Vancouver. People flock to the comforting French country fare served at his award-winning
bistro, La Régalade. Alain has written two cookbooks, Un table pour deux and La Régalade: Simple French
Bistro Food at Home.




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      The Arts Club Theatre Company, now in its 47 season, is a not-for-profit registered charity that operates two
           theatres on a year-round basis, the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and the Granville Island Stage.
                  The company also tours a three-show mini-season throughout the province annually.
                            CHARITABLE REGISTRATION NO. 11921 3551 RR0001

				
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