Past Meetup

Half-price Dinner @ Pacific Institute for Culinary Arts (Granville Island)

Price: CA$26.00 /per person

Pacific Institute for Culinary Arts

1505 West Second Avenue · Vancouver, BC

How to find us

ask for the Social Butterflies table

Location image of event venue


Pre-Payment is REQUIRED for this event.

**RSVPs are now open, and your pre-payment will guarantee your spot. Since I have to guarantee the reservation with my personal credit card, you MUST pay in advance.**

I choose to use PayPal to avoid the lengthy emailing back-and-forth that goes into arranging payment for this event any other way. You can also pay by email money transfer, or arrange to meet up with me in Vancouver in accordance with my work schedule. If you absolutely cannot pay by any of these ways, you may pre-pay by mailing me a cheque well ahead of the event date - send me a meetup message to arrange that.

I have eaten at this restaurant with Social Butterflies more than a dozen times, and the quality of the food and presentation is outstanding. On Mondays through Thursdays, their three-course prix-fixe menu is only $26 (plus beverages, tax & gratuity).

WHAT A GOOD DEAL. The food is magnificent. I cannot say enough good things about how tasty it always is. We often split a bottle of wine between 4 - 6 people, and with the half-off feature it is guaranteed to be a super-cheap and DELICIOUS meal.

As with most prix-fixe menus, there are three options for appetizer, three for entree, and three for dessert. There are windows to watch the students in the kitchen preparing the luscious desserts, which is lots of fun in itself.


In order to make a reservation at this restaurant, I have to guarantee it with my personal credit card, and if someone doesn't show up, we have to pay for their food anyway. Therefore, I will be collecting $24 per person prior to the event (via PayPal or email money transfer). Then you'll only have to pay for your beverages, tax & gratuity. If you pre-pay and then cannot make it to the dinner, I will refund your payment as soon as I receive payment from another member who is taking your spot.

Receipt of your payment confirms your spot. In other words, once I receive your payment, your RSVP "I'm going" will remain "I'm going." Until you have paid, it might be changed to "not going" if someone else pays before you.


I schedule this event frequently, so you will have other opportunities if you aren't sure you can make it this time.

Parking is free in the garage under the restaurant, and the location is transit-friendly (just at the entrance to Granville Island).

The menu changes every week and there is always a vegetarian option on request, but feel free to check out the current offerings on their web site:

Click here for Sample Menus (


About the Restaurant:

Experience fine cuisine, prepared by tomorrow's great chefs: Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts was founded to create a 'real-world' training experience for the school’s professional Culinary and Baking & Pastry Arts students. Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts was the first private training facility in Canada with a fine dining restaurant on the premises.

Students in our Culinary Arts program operate the restaurant for the final portion of their training. "Real-world" experience ensures our students are prepared for placement in top restaurants and hotels worldwide. Under the direction of our Chef Instructors, students design and prepare a three-course menu weekly. To master all aspects of restaurant organization, our Restaurant Instructors guide students through formal guest service.

Our menus change weekly so that we are able to offer our guests a constant source of the freshest quality foods available, as well as a variety of seasonal choices.


Please note additional optional "event fee"/donation of a loonie per person, to help cover the meetup web site costs (a 1-month term as organizer costs me $19, and while I am willing to foot the bill, I would like to offset some of the cost). You can pay this in advance via PayPal if you would like. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~