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Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks series will wine down the year with Volume 10: All about wine!

Meet and mingle with fellow foodies and wine lovers on December 3, where six wine industry panelists (who need no introduction) will be featured for an engaging talk about all things wine. There will be a Q&A following the talk, giving guests the chance to engage with the speakers, along with a prize draw.

Here’s the lineup for Volume 10:

Wine journalist Tim Pawsey aka Hired Belly
[Wine journalist Tim Pawsey aka Hired Belly]

Tim Pawsey
Tim has been covering the food and wine revolution for about 20 kilos. Count 15 kg alone thanks to the blossoming cuisine and wine culture of BC.

Tim writes, tweets, and shoots his own images for columns in the Vancouver Courier and North Shore News. He additionally contributes to WHERE Vancouver Magazine, Taste Magazine, Tidings Magazine, and Montecristo.

Geoff Rogers, DJ Kearney, Sid Cross
[Fable Kitchen Chef Geoff Rogers, Wine Educator DJ Kearney, Sid Cross]

Sid Cross
Sid is an enthusiastic speaker who judges many wine and food competitions including The Lieutenant Governor’s Awards For Excellence in British Columbia Wines and The Canadian Culinary Championships. He’s also The International Wine and Food Society’s Honorary President.

David Scholefield of Okanagan Crush Pad
[David Scholefield of Bartier Scholefield Wines]

David Scholefield
David’s devotion to wine sustained him throughout his long career as senior wine buyer for the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB), where he earned a global reputation for his ability to shepherd allocations of the world’s finest wines onto the shelves of BC liquor stores. David is an Okanagan Crush Pad ambassador as well as the “S” in the winery’s Bartier Scholefield label.

Michelle Bouffard
Michelle moved from her native Québec to Vancouver in 1996 to finish her bachelor’s degree in classical music and learn English. While serving in fine dining restaurants, she took an introductory wine course, which proved to be a revelation. In 2003, she completed her International Sommelier Diploma with top marks and worked as the resident sommelier at Marquis Wine Cellars.

She went on to complete the internationally recognized Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s (WSET) Diploma Programme in 2007 with her first year funded by a scholarship awarded by the Vancouver Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier. Today Michelle is an instructor for the International Sommelier Guild and is a regular guest on French CBC radio.

Michelle and Michaela
[housewine’s Michelle Bouffard and Michaela Morris]

Michaela Morris
Michelle spent several years cycle touring and working her way around Europe before earning a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and French from the University of British Columbia. A one year exchange program led her back to France where she discovered the region of Burgundy and decided to pursue a career in the wine industry. After a five-year tenure at Marquis Wine Cellars, Michaela went on to become the Marketing/Logistics Manager for Liquid Art Fine Wines, a premium-only wine importing company. Michaela was awarded a scholarship by the Vancouver Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier for the internationally recognized Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s (WSET) Diploma Programme.

A familiar face in the wine scene, Michaela has participated in tasting panels for Les Chevaliers des Vins de France, Cornucopia, and the Vancouver International Wine Festival.

Bick Pickle, John Clerides
[Bick Pickle, John Clerides]

John Clerides
John was raised listening to stories about his father’s childhood in a Cypriot mountainside village. His grandfather also tended their vines and made wine, fueling his curiosity about food and wine.
John’s career started in the late 70’s, in the family restaurant. 10 years in the restaurant business gave John a strong foundation for working with people and listening to his customers. Aware of the frustrations locals had by the limited selection of wines and indifferent service, John jumped at the opportunity to open Marquis Wine Cellars in 1986.

Food Talks Volume 10
Date: December 3, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Venue: Vancouver Urban Winery, 55 Dunlevy Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: $20 in advance before November 30 (plus Eventbrite fee); $25 after November 30

Note: Limited tickets available. All ticket sales final. No exchanges or refunds, however tickets are transferrable with printed proof of ticket. All tickets must be purchased in advance online.

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