A feast for the eyes and the taste buds!
Our 10th annual fundraiser, Colour Your Palate, is on Tuesday April 11, 2017 at the Victoria Conference Centre.
The first 100 ticket holders will be entered into a prize draw. Don’t delay … this event usually sells out!
Must be 19 years of age or older to attend this event.
What’s new this year?
Since 2007, Colour Your Palate has raised funds for the artsREACH program through a culinary competition and silent auction. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this signature fundraiser, we wanted to add something special to the event and host it in a larger venue, so that more people could experience and enjoy this incredible culinary experience.
Naturally, it made sense to add wine to an event focused on food, so when an opportunity with the Naramata Bench Wineries Association (NBWA) was offered to us, we just couldn’t say no to the idea of integrating their wine into our event!
As our exclusive wine provider, the NBWA will showcase 19 of its wineries. Interspersed amongst the chefs, these wineries will provide and pour promotional wine for tasting throughout the event and donate wine packages to the silent auction.
The secret ingredient is … yellow?
Victoria’s version of the Iron Chef with a twist is the annual signature fundraising event for the artsREACH program. The event pits local chefs against each other to create a colour-inspired canapé, using a randomly drawn colour. Colours in previous draws include: yellow, blue, red, purple, orange, and green.
With their colour drawn one month before the event, chefs select their ingredients, experiment and perfect their canapé before the competition.
At the event, professional judges blind-taste and vote for winners in three categories: “Best Tasting Savoury Creation,” “Best Tasting Sweet Creation,” and “Most Colourful Creation.” Guests visit each chef’s station and sample each canapé. This year guests will also be invited to taste wines presented by up to 21 wineries from the Naramata Bench Wineries Association.
Guests vote for their favourite canapé as part of the “People’s Choice” award, bid in the Silent Auction and can win a fabulous door prize!
- Castro Boateng, Castro Boateng Catering
- Sam Harris, Agrius Restaurant
- Nicholas Waters, Toque Catering
- Ian Goard, Hotel Grand Pacific
- Rob Cassels, Saveur Restaurant
- Kalpesh Jain, 10 Acres Group
- Shelley Richards, Shel’s Kitchen (Pender Island)
- Mark Wadsworth, Bear Mountain Resort
- Tom Corless, Bridgeman’s Bistro (Mill Bay)
- Brendan Walker, Lure Restaurant
- Aaron Hubley, Pizzeria Prima Strada
- Tung Vo, Bard & Banker
- Thomas Yesdresyski, Sooke Harbour House
- Bench 1775 Winery
- Deep Roots Winery
- Elephant Island Winery
- Hillside Winery
- Kettle Valley Winery
- La Frenz Winery
- Lake Breeze Vineyards
- Lang Vineyards
- Misconduct Wine Co.
- Monster Vineyards
- Moraine Estate Winery
- Perseus Winery
- Poplar Grove Winery
- Quidni Estate Winery
- Red Rooster Winery
- Terravista Vineyards
- Therapy Vineyards
- Tightrope Winery
- Upper Bench Estate Winery
Our Esteemed Judges
Spend the night
The Hotel Grand Pacific has set up a special “Colour Your Palate” room rate for April 10 & 11. The rate is $139 plus tax. Please book soon, as this special rate will only be available up until two weeks prior to the event. Overnight parking is $18 per night. Street parking on Quebec street is based on availability (City of Victoria), or there is an open pay parking lot 2 blocks down on Quebec street (near the Laurel Point Inn). Call 250-386-0450 or 1-800-663-7550.
The Harbour Towers Hotel is also offering a special Colour Your Palate rate of $105 per night plus tax for a Standard Room with 1 Queen or two Double Beds. Ask for the “artsREACH Colour Your Palate” group rate and the reduced parking rate of $5 per night. Rooms will be based on availability and cannot be guaranteed. Call 1-800-663-5896.
Get home safe
L.A. Limousines is excited to be partnering with artsREACH to assist with this year’s Colour Your Palate. Book limousine or car service for the event and they will donate 15% of the base rate back to artsREACH! Let them be your fun way there and your safe way home. Call 250-391-9000 or email email@example.com to book your service.
In 2016 we raised $20,000 for our programs! Read about last year’s event.