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Holiday Cooking with Sean Cousins of The Vancouver Club

Last week we were thrilled to be welcomed into The Vancouver Club's kithen for a lesson from Executive Chef Sean Cousins in holiday cooking! We are no strangers to Sean's incredible dishes, and so were over the moon to learn how to create (and sample!) some of them. Sean has been the Executive Chef of the Vancouver Club for the past seven years, and has cooked for world-renowned chefs including Michelle Roux and Ferran Adrià. Before heading down to the kitchen, we had a chat with Sean up in the roof top lounge about the dishes we were about to prepare - Crispy Kale and Foraged Mushrooms – both simple, yet elegant (and tasty!) vegan dishes that feature quality ingredients and simple preparation.

Photos by Ellen Hong of Hong Photography
Dishes by The Vancouver Club
Flowers by The Flower Factory
Candlesticks, marble board, golden spoon and dishes from The Cross
Make-up by Katie Elwood, Hair by Mathison
Stationery by Colleen Winton

Seans' food mission is to emphasize local cuisine, and he does this through his luscious rooftop garden where he grows everything from chocolate mint to cabbage and kale!

As we touched the ingredients, we spoke about how to properly handle an oyster mushroom. Sean showed us how to delicately tear (not cut!) it into pieces in order to showcase it in its natural element.

The fragrance of the fresh mushrooms was earthy and scrumptious. We could not wait to get started!

The mushrooms we used where chanterelle, shimiji , oyster, black trumpets, and hedge hogs.

For the full recipes, please visit the full article on BC Living.

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Winter Styled Desserts

Winter's mystery and a sense of promise was my inspiration for this Winter shoot ♡ The gorgeous ring is by Elsa Corsi, Gown by Bisou Bridal and hair and makeup by Laine shot on location at the Vancouver Club. Winter blooms by Blumen ♡ #CountDownEvents Image by Rebecca Amber !

Delicious, elegant and luxurious all at once. These gorgeous delectable beauties were custom created for our shoot

Deconstructed ingredients of our epic desserts

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Dramatic Wedding Decor at The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver isn't only the home of our annual Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase, but the host to many of our CountDown Events weddings!

To create a very visual experience for one of our recent weddings, we transformed one of the hotels' spaces into a dramatic space with crimson flair. A distinct atmosphere was created using layers of fabric in the lucky red shade mixed with red lanterns and contrasting sleek black furniture.

The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is delighted with the success of the culturally authentic and perfectly delectable Chinese Kitchen. The hotel is the only such kitchen of its kind in downtown Vancouver and is a custom-built facility that combines Four Seasons service with spot on Chinese cuisine. Specialized equipment, like the fiery Turbo Wok, and expert Chinese chefs ensure a perfect, multi-course experience.

(Images by Hong Photography)

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The Boulevard - An Elegant Boutique Bridal Gallery

The 10th Annual Crème de la Crème Grand Wedding Showcase began in the lower lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel. We started the 10 day countdown by transforming the lower lobby into "The Boulevard" - a boutique bridal gallery featuring gowns from Party Skirts, Joanna Delaney, Little Pink Dress, Ivory Bridal, Cachè Couture Atelier, and Bisou Bridal. Photos by Tamiz Photography

Custom gown designed and created by Joanna Delaney.

The Boulevard was elegantly decorated by Upright Decor, with boxwood by Greenscape Design and Decor, signage by TDH Sign Solutions, florals by Celisa Floral, and Rentals by A&B Partytime Rentals.

Custom gown designed and created by Hannah of Little Pink Dress.

Kayla by Kenneth Winston from Ivory Bridal.

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