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A dozen reasons to dine by candlelight on October 27

There are many reasons to dim the lights during dinner. Perhaps you're looking for some romance. Or the pot roast you just plated is a bit overdone, and you're trying to hide the evidence.

On Thursday, October 27, you can dine by candlelight as a way of demonstrating how simple actions, like turning off unnecessary lights, can make a big difference when it comes to saving electricity.

More than 100 restaurants and eateries from around the province are participating in the annual Candlelight Conservation Dinner in an effort to raise awareness about energy conservation.

In addition to providing the mood lighting for your dinner out, the establishments are each providing a special offer for the night, from free appies and desserts, to two-for-one offers and discounts.

You can view the complete list of participants here. And here's a look at a dozen B.C. restaurants that are dimming the lights and dialing up the ambience for the Candlelight Conservation Dinner 2011.

Alchemist Restaurant
4680 Marine Ave., Powell River; 604 485 4141

The name of this Powell River standout comes from the Paulo Coelho novel about a young man on a quest to find a treasure. The treasure here is the classic French cooking with a local flavour.

Try the House Smoked Pork Mille-feuille or the Rack of Lamb Provencal, pictured here. All desserts, like Sticky Toffee Pudding and Profiteroles, are made in-house. Special offer: 2-for-1 dessert.

Bacchus Restaurant
845 Hornby St., Vancouver; 604 608 5319)

A Vancouver stand-out, the modern French cuisine served at Bacchus gets a boost from the indigenous ingredients that are used. The dining room, which exudes sophistication and elegance, is a perfect place to relax. Special offer: free dessert.

Basilico Ristorante
832 Goldstream Ave., Langford; 250 391 5589)

Using only sustainable seafood and local ingredients, the Italian-themed meals at Basilico have a decidedly West Coast slant. Rabbit Cacciatore and Lambsicles, with a spicy Moroccan chilli sauce, are two examples. A recent remodeling provides another good reason to visit. Special offer: 15% off.

Café Brio
944 Fort St., Victoria; 250 383 0009

This Victoria stalwart has an interior constructed in part using salvaged lumber from Esquimalt's Yarrow shipyard. Brio, Italian for lively, spirited and vivacious, serves flavourful food that is much the same. And all menu items come with a wine pairing suggestion that suits. Special offer: 15% off.

Diva at the Met
645 Howe St., Vancouver; 604 602 7788

Using fresh, seasonal ingredients, like the albacore used in the dish pictured here, the food at Diva can be characterized as inventive international cuisine. Take a seat at the Chef's Table and you can watch your meal being prepared. The chefs will even explain exactly how they get the puree so smooth. Special offer: 15% off.

Fishworks
91 Lonsdale, North Vancouver; 778 340 3449

The newest and hottest spot on the North Shore is this seafood restaurant that uses only sustainable – and local – ingredients. Called "stylish" and "consistently appetizing" by the Georgia Straight, the busy Fishworks has a bustling energy about it. Special offer: three-course dinner for $29.

Fraiche
2240 Chippendale Rd., West Vancouver; 604 925 7595

The food at Fraiche is a fresh as you can get. Chef Jefferson Alvarez and his staff often forage in the nearby forest for ingredients like mushrooms and blackberries. If that isn't enough to entice you, perhaps the view from the hilltop dining room will. It looks out from the British Properties and across the inlet to Stanley Park and the sparkling lights of Vancouver. You may never leave. Special offer: complimentary sparkling wine and canape.

Locals
362 - 8th St., Courtenay; 250 338 6493

Twice (in 2009 and 2010) voted "yummiest restaurant" in the Comox Valley 30 Day Local Food Challenge, Courtenay's Locals takes its name to heart, using ingredients from the Comox Valley, like the oysters from Cortes Island pictured here. Those ingredients, and the people who produced them, are as much a part of the restaurant as the Chef. Special offer: complimentary amuse-bouche and mignardise (bite-sized desserts).

Penny Farthing Pub
2228 Oak Bay Ave., Victoria; 250 370 9008

There will be a Halloween theme at the Penny Farthing this year. The rooms will be lit not just with candles but with jack-o'-lanterns. The building that houses the pub is 100 years old and is rumoured to be haunted. So the free entertainment will include ghost stories told by a local historian. Don't look too close at that shadow in the corner. Special offer: tarot card readings, ghost stories.

Salmon n' Bannock
#7, 1128 West Broadway, Vancouver; 604 568 8971

Serving organic wild meats, like bison and salmon (natch), the First Nations culinary traditions celebrated at Salmon n' Bannock include the aboriginal bread, pictured here, that is a staple of the diet. Bannock is used in both sweet and savoury dishes. Special offer: 15% off.

Section (3)
1039 Mainland, Vancouver; 604 684 2777

This hip joint in Vancouver's Yaletown district has been around since 1994 and was once called De Niro's. Actor Robert De Niro didn't like his name being used so in 1999 filed a lawsuit under Section (3) of the B.C. Privacy Act. See where the bistro's new name came from? The food served here is just as clever. Special offer: free dessert.

Wild Rice
117 West Pender St., Vancouver; 604 642 2882

Get some yin with your yang in this place where east meets west. For ten years, Wild Rice has been among the best Asian fusion restaurants in Vancouver. Call it modern Chinese cuisine. Share a plate of Chinatown Sweep (mixed veg with shanghai noodles), some Lettuce Cups (chicken and squab san chau bow) or a few Curried Vegetable Potstickers, pictured here. Special offer: 15% off.

On Thursday, October 27, celebrate Candlelight Conservation Dinner.

Find your little slice of shadow, and sample some savouries while you're there.