Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 6:30pm Semiahmoo Secondary, South Surrey
About the Event Blues and Bites Gala Fundraiser:
Blues and Bites was an evening of fine food, local wine and great Blues music. Featuring Chef Peter Bucher and his team of culinary apprentices, local and international cuisine will be paired with wine and served from “Top Chef Style” tasting stations.
We are raising funds in order to continue providing services, education and support to families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in our community and throughout BC. ASD affects 1 in every 68 children born today. It is condition that has no cure and can cause mild-to-severe impairment to those affected. As a result, the financial burden for families coping with ASD is considerable.
Live entertainment will be provided by Harpdog Brown and the Travelin’ Blues Show. Harpdog is the recipient of the Maple Blues Award for Harmonica Player of the Year for 3 consecutive years; Blues Artist of the Year Nominee for the Western Canadian Music Awards – also for two consecutive years; and recently crowned Blues Artist of the Year at the Fraser Valley Music Awards
About 250 attendees are expected and there will be a silent auction, mystery balloon prizes, our ever popular wine board and more during the evening.
for more information contact email@example.com or 604-817-1526
More about Blues and Bites Gala Fundraiser:
About the Chef:
Born in 1954, and raised in Switzerland, as a son of a chef, Peter got acquainted with the hustle and bustle of a busy restaurant kitchen very early in his boyhood, earning his weekly allowance in helping his dad by the stove side. Not even sixteen yet, he moved to the city of Berne, where he underwent the rigorous cook’s apprenticeship, which, as he puts it today, was no picnic, even by the standards of those days. Done at age eighteen he found the fanciest restaurant in Berne, where he completed the waiter’s apprenticeship to build up on his gastronomy skills. At twenty, the armed forces “invited” him to boot camp to “turn him into a man” once and for all, but he counted the months, weeks and days, as he couldn’t get out of there fast enough.
Back and behind the stove again, Peter really found his passion and spent the next six years working with some of the most established chefs all over Switzerland and finally, with his greatest mentor aside from his father, the legendary Mr Ernesto Schlegel, who by then was the owner/chef of the prestigious Grand Café Du Theatre in Berne. “The man walked on water as far as we were concerned, and we worked for peanuts just to be allowed to breathe the same air” he smiles. “His passion for excellent food, his hunger for simplicity and authenticity and his anal attention to details changed my life. You could not be around him and not change, impossible!”
At age twenty-six Peter entered into a contract with Hilton International and began his one year assignment as Chef Tournant at the Harbour Castle Hilton in Toronto, where he learned to also venture into food mass production, often cooking for up to 4000 guests at the adjacent Convention Centre. A cross Canada trip ended up in Vancouver and Peter needed a job to earn enough money for the flight back to Switzerland. Little did he know, but when he walked into the Holiday Inn Harbourside for the first time, he had no idea that this would be “his hotel” for the next fifteen years. One promotion came after another and just prior to Expo, Peter was promoted to Executive Chef, a position he held for ten years. During that time, he fanatically competed in Culinary Arts competitions and captained the Vancouver team to their Grand Gold medal at the 1988 Olympics in Frankfurt Germany, and represented the country while on Team Canada in Singapore in 1990. That same year, the hotel was acquired by New World Hotels and they invited him to China and Hong Kong for an orientation tour and Peter got his first introduction to real East meets West Fusion Cooking, and back in Vancouver, the New World Harbourside became cutting edge in this new food movement that rocked this city. Also, another new passion had begun to emerge; the training and mentoring of young chefs and apprentices, so much, that Peter only six years later accepted a high school culinary teaching position in the Mission school district. Since these beginnings in 1996, Peter has mentored hundreds of young culinarians, and his efforts of inspiring and infusing food passion into youth, in the most meaningful ways, continues. Only recently, and with the help of numerous chefs and volunteers, he lead the Food Services Directorate in serving 20,000 meals to over 1800 athletes and participants during the BC Winter Games in Mission in February 2014.
Chef Natham Hyam – Head Chef Instructor, Aboriginal Culinary Program, Chilliwack
Chef Stephen Wade – Chef Instructor, Ace-It Cooks Training Program, Burnaby
Chef Brian Roodenrys – Chef Instructor, Semiahmoo Secondary, Surrey
The guest Chef’s will be accompanied by their apprentices who are currently enrolled in the above programs.
to the amazing companies and individuals that have donated to our auction…
Pacific National Exhibition * Thrifty’s Foods * David’s Tea * EA Games * White Rock Beach Beer Co. * Nicole Lundy * Vancouver Symphony Orchestra * Amie Stafford Photography * ReThink Real Estate Group * Pacific Inn Hotel and Resort * Washington Avenue Grill Restaurant * Innovative Fitness * The Drama Class * Kathy Baker Artist * Urban Body Laser * Ballet BC * Arts Club Theatre * Red Truck Brewery * Jodie & Brian Wickens * Yuk Yuk’s * Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub and Guesthouses * Keg Restaurant * Jean Lewis * Elaine Kenny * White Rock Laser & Spa * Glass World * Debra & Todd Antifaev * Save On * Central City Brewers & Distillers * Leanne Laine Fine Art * Nourish Hot Yoga & Wild Card Juice Bar * Ocean Park Pub * Firehall Arts Club * Vancouver WhiteCaps FC * GoodLife Fitness * Spa Utopia Health & Wellness Center * Absolute Spa Group * C-Prime Modern Italian * Century Plaza Hotel & Spa * Civil Rights Now! * Fernie Brewing Company * Deborah Cooper – Love White Rock Living * Medicare for Autism Now! * London Drugs * the Westin Whistler * Maura Majano * Fedewich & Witt Notaries Public * Kingfishers Waterfront Pub & Grill * Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park * Brittania Mine Museum * Vancouver Aquarium * Silken Laumann* Nicole Kaler * the Nerpio Family * Purdy’s Chocolatier * Glass World * Autism Warrior Mom Shirley Hewko * Artist Darren Hewko * Vancouver Circus School * Imperial Painting * Caribou Candle Co. * Gabi & Jules * Avon Canada * White Rock Players Club * Fly Over Canada * Nature’s Fare White Rock * Anne Moye * City of Surrey * Mink Chocolate Café * Sapporo Kitchen * City Centre Community Association * The Spud Shack Fry Co. * Mink Chocolate Café * Langley Liquor Store *
all you can eat gourmet food….two glasses of wine….live, award winning Blues music…an amazing silent auction….our famous wine board…..mystery balloons…and more! all in support of the Autism Support Network!