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Gary Theal

Wed. June 4th 2008 6:00 p.m. @  Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa: Haro's-Mission Hill Wine&Dine (No Minors) 6:00 p.m.
Tickets at: Sidney Pier Hotel 655-9700

Local and sustainable are culinary buzzwords that speak volumes about promises we make to our bodies and our planet. From the crafting of fine wines from locally grown Okanagan grapes to responsibly enjoying the ocean’s bounty, we have the opportunity to make informed choices that are still absolutely delicious.

On Wednesday, June 4, Haro's Restaurant + Bar and Executive Chef Gordon O’Neill will welcome Ingo Grady, Director of Wine Education for Mission Hill Family Estate Winery and the Vancouver Aquarium’s Mike McDermid to present an entirely Ocean Wise™ dinner accompanied by Mission Hill wines. Chef O’Neill has developed a menu that highlights fresh, sustainable west coast seafood expertly paired with Mission Hill prestigious Reserve and Special Lot Collection wines. Dinner is $95 per person, including taxes and gratuity.

McDermid heads up the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise initiative, a conservation program created to help restaurants and their customers make environmentally friendly seafood choices. He will be on hand to discuss the program’s impact on the natural marine environment. Ocean Wise has been running since 2005 with well over 100 partner restaurants throughout Western Canada.

With the promise of late spring breezes overlooking the stunning waterfront, the evening will begin on Haro’s seaside terrace. Crisp white wines and delectable seafood platters will be set against a backdrop of sweeping ocean views and live jazz guitar stylings by Gary Theal. Guests will move into the dining room to be seated for the remaining five courses. Guests are encouraged to make a night of it by booking a room at The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa for an additional $169, including a full gourmet breakfast for two. Overnight guests will be welcomed by a Chef’s amenity and bottle of Mission Hill wine to toast the evening or take home and enjoy later.

With only 50 seats are available for this enticing dinner, call The Sidney Pier Hotel toll-free at 1.866.659.9445 or 250.655.9700 to make dinner and room reservations soon.


Reception Sharing Platter
Shucked Oysters, Poached Spot Prawns, Dungeness Crab Rice Paper Rolls, Baby Vegetables, House Breads
Mission Hill Five Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio

Small Plates

Vancouver Island Sea Scallops
Fresh Fava Bean Succotash , Seaweed Bed, Crispy Leek Frites
Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Gris 2006
Halibut Fillet
Dungeness Crab Ravioli, Crab Bisque Sauce
Mission Hill Reserve Riesling 2007
Local Spot Prawns
Wild Salmon Wild Rice Croquette, Cherry Tomato Confit and Basil Oil
Mission Hill Select Lot Collection Sauvignon Blanc Semillion 2006
Seared Sablefish
Smoked Sablefish Mash, Saffron Buerre Blanc
Mission Hill Select Lot Collection Chardonnay 2006

Dessert Sharing Platter
Salt Spring Island Artisan Cheese from Moonstruck Farm
Selection of Chocolate Truffles
Mission Hill Reserve Merlot 2006

Gary Theal (Standards, Jazz, Orchestral, Big Band...etc)

Available for solo, duo, trio, etc. … to big band, orchestral or theatre engagements. Gary is a relatively  new guitarist on the local scene and has played in numerous venues on the island. His background features everything from solo and small group work to big band, orchestral theatre and touring. Studied in both classical and jazz, his wor... more info
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