Cook like a Chef…Relais & Chateaux Style

Growing up, I had the luxury in travelling in one of the finest hotel chains in the world. My father worked tirelessly in the hospitality industry and the perks was definitely one of the reasons why he’s still there after 35 years. So when I was invited to Sonora Resort’s Cook Book launch, I was thrilled.

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Rated as one of the most luxurious hotels in Canada by Tripadvisor, Sonora Resort does not disappoint when it comes to incorporating nature, epicurean indulgences, and  luxe accommodations to their one-of-a-kind property.  In addition to being a Virtuoso member (an invitation-only consortia featuring luxurious properties worldwide),  the resort boasts its prestigious Relais & Chateaux emblem, an exclusive membership that recognizes the creme de la creme hotels and restaurants. Sonora Resort is one of the three properties representing BC.

Held at Miele’s Vancouver Gallery and Design Centre, the gallery provided the perfect vantage point for Executive Chef Terry Pichor and his team to entertain with a live cooking demonstration and guests to peruse the pages of the coveted cookbook. The cook book was the dream menu, one that you would only dream of cooking in your kitchen for your valued guests. My favourite was the quail egg yolk ravioli where fresh pasta sheets were stuffed with a creamy filling that melted in your mouth. It was pure decadence. After spoiling my tastebuds with the ravioli, I indulged in the fois gras parfait. How can you say no? The parfait tasted like ice cream and complemented with huckleberries, cedar gelee, and walnut sable. To be honest, I had no idea what cedar gelee is nor where I can find the ingredients to make walnut sable, but the thought of being able to make this at home was so tantalizing.

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In a city filled with gourmet restaurants on every corner, it is hard to stay in for dinner.  Should you, however, feel the mood to challenge your culinary skills, pick up a copy of this cookbook and celebrate the inner epicurean in you. Special kudos to PR superstar, Sophia for yet another fabulous event.

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