Roy Recommends – Victoria Symphony – The Red Violin October 5th

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Lara St. John

The Victoria Symphony has many wonderful performances throughout the year. One of note is coming up Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6 – The Red Violin. Enjoy music from two fabulous films – The Red Violin and West Side Story.

The symphony will be playing four pieces:

  • Fanfare for the Common Man, Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
  • Concerto for Orchestra, Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994)
  • The Red Violin Suite, John Corigliano (1938- )
  • Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990).

Renowned Canadian violinist Lara St. John will make her debut with the Victoria Symphony to play the Red Violin Suite. Lara has been described as “something of a phenomenon” by The Strad and a “high-powered soloist” by The New York Times. She has been playing violin since she was two. Amazing!

Leonard Bernstein’s masterwork Symphonic Dances from West Side Story will also be performed. West Side Story is Bernstein’s most popular work. It’s based on the retelling of Romeo and Juliet and set in New York. Dances has been described as profoundly difficult, but well worth the effort. It will be wonderful to hear I’m sure!

It is always a pleasure to listen to the Victoria Symphony and The Red Violin is a particularly beautiful piece. The performance will be at the Royal Theatre – 805 Broughton Street, just a few blocks from Chateau Victoria. You can buy tickets here. The prices range from $18 to $55.

Roy Recommends

Roy has been a Concierge at the Chateau Victoria since 2004. He loves people and he loves Victoria. His favourite part of being a Concierge is introducing guests to the many hidden treasures that Victoria has to offer.

Cookin’ on the Coast Airs Tonight with our Very Own Vista 18 Executive Chef – Garrett Schack

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Chef Schack - Cookin on the Coast

New for the fall of 2013, Cookin’ on the Coast is a half hour cooking series which will replace YUM TV on CHEK Television. Delicious and innovative, Cookin’ on the Coast’s focus will be on the great sustainable food we have on Vancouver Island, and the remarkable dishes created by Chef Garrett Schack. Chef Schack is Executive Chef at Vista 18, Chateau Victoria’s well-loved rooftop restaurant and we here at Chateau Victoria couldn’t be prouder to see him returning to television this fall.

Chef Schack’s love of food started at the professional culinary arts program at Camosun College in Victoria, British Columbia. Upon graduation, he headed to Australia and South East Asia. This awoke his passion for working with the rich flavours found in fresh, localized ingredients. Garrett returned to Victoria with a new approach to West Coast cuisine. He worked at a selection of Victoria’s best restaurants before rising to the heights of the long-established Vista 18. He puts great importance on getting to know local farmers and food providers and is always on the look-out for new ideas and interesting ingredients. He has developed a strong team in the kitchen and with other chefs in the food community. He wants to bring the television viewers recipes that teach and inspire and the love of cooking that he enjoys at work and at home.

Between preparing an array of uniquely West Coast dishes, Chef Schack will hit the road to visit other wonderful restaurants and eateries that embrace our local food culture. Plus he’ll show you fantastic pairings with local brews, wines and cocktails. You won’t want to miss this delightful show airing tonight at 10:30pm. Visit CHEK TV for other air times.

Cookin’ on the Coast. Monday night at 10:30pm, Tuesday at 1:00pm and Wednesday at 11:00am. We’ll be posting the teasers, and other fun information for you on our website, so be sure to check back regularly.


Chateau Victoria Awarded Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor

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We are so thrilled to announce that Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites has been awarded the 2013 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor – The world’s largest travel site!

The Certificate of Excellence is awarded to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews. Winners are located all over the world. Only businesses in the top 10 percent receive this award. We feel honoured to be in that top 10 percent!

Travellers love our location, newly renovated Traditional rooms, cleanliness, and Vista 18 rooftop restaurant. We want to thank our guests for helping to gain us this coveted award with your great reviews. You are the reason that we try so hard to make every stay enjoyable.

In fact, if you haven’t yet written a review on Trip Advisor, we’d love it if you took a few minutes of your time to share your own experiences at Chateau Victoria with the world. We promise to read every one of them.

We’d also like to thank our staff. They work so hard to meet and exceed expectations. We appreciate all your efforts. Let’s keep up the great work!

Chateau Victoria’s Fabulous Rooftop Restaurant – Vista 18 – is Participating in This Year’s Feast of Fields September 22nd

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Chateau Victoria is excited that our restaurant with a view, Vista 18, will be participating in the Feast of Fields harvest fundraiser festival this Sunday September 22nd from 1-5pm at Metchosin Farm – 542 Woolton Road, Metchosin.

Feast of Fields was created to bring together local chefs, farmers, fishers, ranchers, food artisans, vintners, brewers, distillers and other beverage producers to experience the harvest, gourmet style. Learn more and buy tickets here.

Vista 18 at Feast of fields

Executive Chef Garrett Schack has created a delicious dish just for this event:

Dragon Fly Farms Black Belly Lamb Kebab on a Origins Bakery Gluten Free Naan with Tree Island Yoghurt Tzatziki.

Chateau Victoria and Vista 18 we are proud supporters of the Feast of Fields and all that they do to support sustainable agriculture. Come see Vista 18 at Feast of Fields this Sunday and enjoy the best local food around.

Feast of Fields corn display