Stock up on kitchen gear at this unique Culinary Garage Sale


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Cooking fans, there’s an upcoming event that you won’t want to miss. The annual Culinary Garage Sale is one of the city’s most unique foodie fundraisers, and it’s a one-of-a-kind chance to get your hands on some pretty special kitchen gear, dishware, and cookbooks.

Held in support of Les Dames d’Escoffier’s B.C. Chapter,  the Culinary Garage Sale is a wildly popular draw, thanks to its eclectic array of used, new, and donated kitchen tools, baking gear, signed cookbooks, magazines, and collectible dishware.

This year, the Culinary Garage Sale features items donated from the estate of chef James Barber, an eclectic collection of his tools of the trade and books, along with, for the second year, a donation from chef Nicky Major (Major the Gourmet) of vintage Martha Sturdy show pieces and platters. Also up for grabs: two never used large circular professional outdoor grills.

From the 2017 Culinary Garage Sale (Les Dames d’Escoffier/Facebook)

The sale benefits Les Dames, which is an invitational organization of women leaders in food, beverage, and hospitality whose mission is education, scholarship, and philanthropy. They support a number of talented women entering and working in the B.C. culinary industry in a number of disciplines.

You may want to head to the sale zone a little ahead of start time–last year 150 people were at the gate when it opened.

Culinary Garage Sale

When: Sunday, September 16. Gates open at 11 am
Where: Parking lot of The Lazy Gourmet – 1605 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom