Electric Owl, the 200-seat, Japanese izakaya-themed restaurant and live music venue in the renovated American Hotel in Strathcona, has just opened up. Check it out at 928 Main. (604-558-0928, ElectricOwl.ca).
The Chefs Convention Fabulous Country Classic (CCFCC), a fundraising golf tournament for the Canadian Culinary Foundation takes place at Furry Creek on June 16. The day, which sees each tee box turned into a miniature restaurant, costs $225 and includes a round of golf on the challenging course, a power cart, lunch, dinner, prizes and a variety of activities. Visit CCFCC2011.com for all the details.
The picturesque Hart House on Deer Lake launches its annual garden party series on June 22 (Wednesday) with wine samplings, fresh Nova Scotia lobster and festive Maritime music ($60). Later in the season, the garden parties go on gustatory journeys through the cuisines of Italy, Spain and Provence. Get all the info at HartHouseRestaurant.com (6664 Deer Lake Rd., 604-298-4278).
Medina Café is hosting a fundraising dinner to raise money for cancer research on June 7. The evening (6:30pm start) will include a six-course vegetarian tasting menu by chef de cuisine Jason Lee with bubbles, beer, and wine. Monies raised will benefit the Relay for Life (Canadian Cancer Society) and Ride to Conquer Cancer (BC Cancer Foundation). Tickets are $75, with only 25 seats available. To reserve, vist Medina Café at 556 Beatty St. (604-879-3114, MedinaCafe.com) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.