Bob Foulkes is a different kind of kitchen wizard, although there were moments in the last few years when he would have happily traded chefs' whites for Harry's wand.
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October 2012 "Thank you for organizing this great event. Our group had a great time. The walking tour was great, (tons of food facts), the cooking session was fun and the meal delicious. Everyone enjoyed wine and I even went out the next day and bought a bottle of each. We will definitely return to Bistro 101 sometime soon!" - Joan C. (Granville Island Tour, Cooking Class & Dinner in Bistro 101)
May 2012 "I just wanted to say how thoroughly our group enjoyed the event last night - it exceeded our expectations. Your dining room staff, especially Richard, were overly professional and made our night very memorable. Chef Julian was charming, professional, and exceptionally entertaining. I hope they know how great they were and I hope my group wasn't too big of a burden. Please pass on my thanks to them. I would readily recommend your program. Thank you!" - Dominic and Angie (Jack n Jill Iron Chef Challenge)
May 2012 "Just a quick note to thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable Granville Island Public Market Tour and lunch @ Bistro 101. There were so many enthusiastic comments and smiles for every aspect. We especially liked the 'background' information from the chefs, ingredients and how we helped the students learn. Please let all the staff and students know how much we valued our day at PICA and Granville Island." - Maureen B. (Dogwood/Glen Pine Centres, Coquitlam, BC)
April 2012 "I thought I would touch base with you and let you know that we had a great time on Friday night. Chef Bernard was lots of fun and we did learn a lot. On top of that, the service in the dining room provided a terrific way to enjoy our delicious meal. We all want to do this again sometime. Thanks." - Joan A (2 Hour Private Cooking Class for 4 People)
June 2011 "Thank you for teaching us how to cook at my party. We all had lots of fun, learned a lot, and the food was fantastic. All of my friends have had very good comments and said you were a wonderful teacher. I think the best thing was the mashed potatoes. Best mashed potatoes ever! I just want to say thank you again for giving me and my friends a great experience we'll never forget." Marissa (Teen Birthday Cooking Class)
November 2009 "Chef Tim was a terrific instructor and great host. We’ll hopefully be back in the summer! I’ve since made crème brûlée three times for friends and its turned out great. I would even feel comfortable making it for my French (France) in-laws."Andrea M.
July 2009 "Everything was done very well, from the meal planning, cleanliness of the kitchen and knowledge demonstrated by Chef Bernard. It was a very pleasant experienceand I can't think of anything that could be done better."Gregg M.
May 2009 "We had an awesome time last Friday! It was great fun and Chef Simon was great! The menu was amazing! Everything, from instruction, Chef to hands-on making the food, lots of dialogue, explanation why things are done a certain way, lots of good tips while cooking. Keep doing what you do!"Nadia & Tony
April 2009 "I have been meaning to email you sooner, to thank you for a wonderful experience at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. Our lesson was fantastic, and both Matt and I learned a great deal. We have been raving about it to friends and family, and look forward to coordinating another lesson with you in the future."Kumiko & Matt
March 2009 "We enjoyed the class very much. Chef Simon was outstanding; he gave us lots of information; plus we had a lot of fun. We enjoyed being in a professional kitchen, the instruction was informative but not overwhelming. We received information that we can use at home as well as some great insights as to how to prepare for a meal for a dinner party. From start to finish everything went well."Romana & Jeff
February 2009 "Just dropping a line to thank you and Chef Simon for a wonderful afternoon of culinary education and gastronomical delights. We had a lot of fun."July
January 2009 "I did want you to know what a great time we had at the lessons. I wish I could do this more often. I loved it. Both Chefs were brilliant in their own ways and we learned so much from both of them. It was a really great way to spend our time. Thank you for coordinating this so well for us." - Amanda & Todd
January 2009 "I just wanted to say thank you so much for the whole event. My husband as well as all the guests had a blast! I really appreciate your patience and understanding through out the whole planning process. The staff and all involved were amazing. Thank you Thank you Thank you!" - Saran
"It has been a few weeks since our cooking class and I apologize in not getting this off to you sooner. We wanted to thank both you and Chef Bernard for an absolutely fabulous experience. I wanted to thank you for all the work you did to organize our class on short notice. All the details were taken care of and we had so much fun in our class!' -Earle Family
January 2008 "I just wanted to let you know how much Dave enjoyed his cooking lesson on Saturday. Chef Bernard was amazing! Dave already wants another course for his next birthday! Thanks again." -Kelly C.
December 2007"I can't let another day go by to tell you what a great time my guests and I had Friday night. I don't know if Tom told you but the five couples that we had invited had never really met each other before Friday - well, maybe a couple of the guys had golfed a game or two before hand. Well it didn't take long before Chef Bernard broke the ice when he got everyone involved with tasks at hand. Making pasta turned out to be a real hit and the crab and wild mushroom ravioli were worth all the effort! It was one big love-in at the end of the night and I can't thank you and Chef Bernard enough for ensuring that everything went smoothly and giving everyone a party to remember. I also want to thank you for the cookbook - it's giving me some great recipes to try out. Please pass on my thanks to Chef Bernard." -Lori B.
"I just wanted to let you know that both Lisa and I had the best time last night (October 2006). Chef Bernard ROCKS!!!! We just loved him. He is an excellent teacher and the menu he chose was so perfect. One of our favourite dishes is one that a chef does for us at lunch which is a herb encrusted halibut; we order it off the menu. Chef Bernard had chosen a black sesame encrusted halibut; he couldn't have made a better choice for the two of us! And the curry sauce .... divine. I can assure you that Lisa and I will be back at least once every 6-8 weeks, but only with Chef Bernard! Adam was also excellent and very on top of keeping me in wine for the whole class, a service that was most appreciated, I assure you. Thank you to you, Giulia, and all your excellent staff for making our first experience at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts a most fabulous and memorable one."- Alexandra W.
" I had a wonderful time at my cooking class. Chef Bernard is delightful and the food divine!"- Scotti M.
" It seems as though we, the McEwen family, were with you just yesterday, but it has been over a month since that great day (August 23, 2006). Our instruction, then eating each course with good Canadian wine was perhaps the best part of our one week in Vancouver. All four daughters have been busy using your memorable recipes. We do not have Sablefish in the Monterey Bay area however we were so impressed with it that my two daughters ordered the fish when we ate at the William Tell, as Chef Johannes suggested - excellent. Our best meal after our meal at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. Thank you for making wishes come true. Even the Guide-Dog was content." -Trudie M. (Carmel, California)
" Please accept my sincere thanks for a great day! Chef Katsu is just that, an extraordinary Chef. Please extend my thanks and gratitude to him, especially for the last ounce or two of his most favourite Sake."- Mark H.
"Hi: Thanks for all your help organizing this. [Our husbands] had a great time and loved Chef Bernard and want to come back - so successful it was in large thanks to your help, patience and hard work. Thanks so much." -Julie & Heather
"I've been meaning to e-mail you and thank you again for arranging our cooking classes with some awesome chefs! We had so much fun and I'm sure we'll do it again sometime - with our hubbies :)" -Donna & Shauna
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