BC Restaurant Hall of Fame
Sep 18, 2019
BC Restaurant Hall of Fame 
Monday, October 7th 2019
Italian Cultural Center
Reception at 5:30 pm and Dinner at 6:30
If you don’t attend, you will miss:
  1. This year’s outstanding inductees.  Click here to see who there are.
  2. The pre-event complimentary Riedel Wine Glass tasting Value $125 (You take home your own set of three premium Riedel varietal specific red wine glasses).
  3. The Industry cocktail reception “schmooze” with 450 of the industries top influencers and talent featuring premium cocktails, beer from Granville Island Brewing and Steller’s Jay Brut bubbles.
  4. The incredibly entertaining Jody Vance, well known media personality as our Master of Ceremonies.
  5. A fabulous Italian themed dinner with wines from the See Ya Later Ranch and Sunrock Vineyards.
  6. Entertaining presentations of our Inductees.
  7. Incredible silent auction items with part proceeds to benefit the British Columbia Hospitality Foundation.

Tickets including the tasting are $199 or tables of 10 at $1900.

Call Sherri at the BCRFA to reserve at 604-669-2239 or to register online click here. There is limited availability.

Lower Mainland Professionals to be recognized
Aug 16, 2019

The Restaurant Hall of Fame celebrates those who have made significant contributions to the restaurant business and to grow our industry’s professionalism. “Our province is blessed with considerable talent. This year’s group of inductees has worked tirelessly on behalf of the industry and their leadership inside and outside of the industry makes them incredible role models,” says Ian Tostenson, president and CEO of the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association (BCRFA).

The 2019 Lower Mainland Hall of Fame inductees will be honoured on October 7, 2019:

– Susan Mendelson is chef/owner of The Lazy Gourmet (Vancouver), one of Vancouver’s first catering companies, and the author of many successful cookbooks for kids and adults around the world. Susan’s passion for great tastes and presenting impeccable food for events of every size and scope has influenced a generation of cooks and entrepreneurs. Her commitment to elevating the tastes and service that we are known for here in BC is something we are pleased to celebrate.

– Frank di Benedetto and Bruce Fox have both driven restaurant growth on a large scale. Their passion for this industry and for promoting the potential of careers in restaurants make them each perfect for the Hall of Fame.

As owner of FDF Brandz (Vancouver), Frank operates over 175 locations of Ricky’s Family Restaurants, FatBurger, Famoso Pizzeria and ABC Family Restaurants. Since his first job at McDonald’s in Prince George in 1969, Frank has driven growth and introduced new burger concepts to the province. We recognize his appetite for development and commitment to innovation.

Bruce is responsible for bringing over 200 franchisees into the restaurant community. Bruce is super passionate about helping great people find business success in restaurants. Through his career with Boston Pizza, Opa! Souvalaki, Good Earth Café and now Browns Restaurant Group, Bruce has helped pair brands with locations and people to give BC consumers great dining choices.

– Meeru Dhalwala, co-owner/chef of Vij’s and Rangoli Restaurants (Vancouver), is being inducted for her excellence as a chef and mentor. Meeru runs one of the only all woman kitchens in the province. She mentors home cooks trained in the traditional Indian ways to brings them into her restaurant kitchens. She has changed the face of Indian cooking in Canada through her inspired menus and her cookbooks geared to the everyday cook.

– Barb Finley is a chef, educator and the founder of Project Chef. We are inducting her for her leadership in bringing the love of healthy local food and cooking to children and families at schools in Vancouver. Barb’s ability to translate the love of wholesome, nutritious meals to the next generation in a hands on way is helping to make our industry stronger and helping professionals connect with the next generation.

“The individuals being inducted in 2019 are true professionals whose generosity of spirit and strength of passion and contribution make the BC Restaurant industry world class,” says Bob Parrotta, Chair of the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame. “We couldn’t be more honoured to recognize the diverse efforts and accomplishments of the 2019 inductees. These people set a high benchmark for future years.”

Early bird tickets for the October 7 gala are now available for purchase online or by phone: 604-669-2239

2019 Hall of Fame Inductees from the Island Announced Today
Aug 15, 2019

The BC Restaurant and Food Services Association today announces the Vancouver Island inductees into the 2019 BC Restaurant Hall of Fame. The two consummate professionals who have earned the province’s highest honour for hospitality professionals are Ronald St. Pierre of Locals Restaurant (Comox Valley) and Gary Hynes of Eat Magazine (Victoria).

Ronald St. Pierre, owner/chef of Locals Restaurant, is being honoured as a Local Champion. St. Pierre’s commitment to local is proudly displayed on his seasonal menus, his wine list and in his supplier relationships. With this award, we are celebrating his steadfast belief that locally sourced food tastes better, lasts longer, has an economic benefit and provides for a unique customer experience. “Ronald’s leadership in provided a local food and beverage experience that can be measured in blocks and miles to the plate makes us proud to recognize his constant pursuit of excellence and passion,” says BCRFA President and CEO Ian Tostenson. “His hard work connects us with the bounty of our province and that makes us all proud British Columbians.”

Gary Hynes is being post-humously inducted as a Friend of the Industry. As editor and publisher of EAT Magazine for 19 years, Gary worked to tell the stories of the people in front of and behind the plate. He liked to bring out the best in people and to inspire others in British Columbia to eat well and to celebrate the bounty of our province through the lens of the restaurants, farmers and producers. A passionate cook and writer, Gary owned and ran an award winning inn and restaurant before he moved to the Island. He knew every aspect of the restaurant trade.

“We are recognizing Gary because he did what he loved and he inspired countless others to excel in their craft and to bring the best to the table,” says Hall of Fame chairperson Bob Parrotta of Butchart Gardens. “Gary’s contribution to our industry is measured in EAT’s amazing following and his ability to profile others above himself. He is missed by foodies on the Island and around the province.”

This year’s Island inductees are amazing people who share their passion and pass along their love of food and hospitality freely.

Early bird tickets are now available for purchase online or by phone: 604-669-2239