The BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) is pleased to announce it will receive 100% of the proceeds from a series of 3 intimate dinners held at L’Abattoir’s No.1 Gaoler’s Mews over the coming months. The dinners, each of which has only 8 seats available, will be collaborations between L’abattoir’s Chef Lee Cooper and internationally renowned chefs. In order to maximize the funds raised for the BCHF, tickets will be sold via an exciting online auction. The first dinner, on March 19th, will feature Chef Kyle Connaughton and Katina Connaughton of SingleThread in California, which just received its third Michelin star.
L’Abattoir introduced its No.1 Gaoler’s Mews dinner series in 2017, and the program was an immediate hit, with tickets selling out within minutes of being released. No.1 Gaoler’s Mews is a “restaurant within a restaurant” – an intimate space in a 19th century brick and beam heritage building tucked behind L’Abattoir’s Gastown location. The exclusive dinners held there take fine dining to new heights, as the table is prepared with crystal glassware and bespoke settings, there is custom décor, and guests receive keepsake gifts. Guests watch their multi-course dinner being prepared, and each dish is paired with premium wines. At this year’s dinners, the lucky 8 will also enjoy tasting the work of award-winning chefs from Vancouver and beyond.
The 2019 dinners are a reboot after a brief hiatus, during which L’Abattoir explored options that would make the dinners not only a one-of-a-kind epicurean experience, but also a way for the restaurant to give back to the community. Chef Cooper notes that donating the event proceeds to the BCHF will “allow us to use our passion project to serve a higher purpose, as it gives us a way to support the local hospitality industry.” The BCHF’s Executive Director, Dana Harris, says the partnership between the charity and the restaurant is an inspiring example of the BCHF’s core mission, which is that the hospitality industry works together to take care of its own. Furthermore, a portion of proceeds from each dinner will be earmarked for at least one culinary scholarship named for L’Abattoir.
The online auction for the 8 tickets available for the first dinner will open here a month prior to the event. The dinner on March 19th will include a multi-course menu paired with premium wines, and will be designed and executed by Chef Cooper, Chef Kyle Connaughton, and Katina Connaughton. The Connaughtons’ SingleThread Restaurant in California has just been awarded its third Michelin star (read Michelin review here).
Subsequent 2019 No. 1 Gaoler’s Mews Dinners will be:
- Friday August 9th featuring Chef Derek Dammann of Maison Publique and McKiernan Luncheonette
- Friday November 8th featuring Canadian culinary icon Chef Rob Feenie of Cactus Club Cafe
Details on the dinners will follow in the coming months.