Hyper-Specific City Guide: Entertaining Those Couple-Friends From Culinary School

Consider this a checklist for how to entertain your Double Income No Kids couple-friends from culinary school who are eternally in the honeymoon phase the next time they're in town.

This is part of our Ultimate, Hyper-Specific Vancouver City Guide, featured in the May 2024 issue of Vancouver magazine. We’ve created 25 unique personas and 25 unique itineraries to match. If this to-do list for ‘your culinary school friends’ isn’t helpful, perhaps one of the other 24 bespoke schedules will be. Explore them all here. 

doorway to a prestigious-looking cooking school

Remind them how they fell in love with a cooking class at The Dirty Apron ($190). While prepping lemon-sherry caramelized parsnips in the Vibrantly Vegan class, they’ll finally make plans to open their own restaurant. 540 Beatty St., dirtyapron.com

a dish of green broth and perfectly crusty bread on a table
Photo by Allison Kuhl

See if they can figure out how chef Mike Robbins delivers his incredibly detailed, thoughtfully executed, ridiculously filling tasting menu at AnnaLena for just $144. (There’s a reason he swept the 34th annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards.) 1809 W 1st Ave., annalena.ca

a wood-lined lounge with leather chairs

Count celebrities in the Gerard Lounge at happy hour. Sutton Place Hotel is a go-to for Hollywood visitors, but whether Bradley Cooper is there or not, they won’t be mad about negronis in the woods-and-leather back room of Boulevard restaurant. 845 Burrard St., suttonplace.com

More from the Ultimate, Hyper-Specific Vancouver City Guide here.