Vancouver's Bridges sets table for Candlelight Dinner

Image of Bridges restaurant at night

Enjoy an evening of ambiance, energy conservation & delicious desserts on October 22

Posted by Tanya Fish

For 30 years, Bridges has been an iconic landmark on the waterfront of Vancouver's Granville Island. A favourite spot for both locals and tourists to grab a bite, it can be a busy place.

The restaurant's popularity is why, until this year, it hasn't been a part of BC Hydro's Candlelight Dinner. But that ends on October 22.

"The Candlelight Dinner is something that has been on our radar for the past few years," explains Susan Sharun, events manager at Bridges. "October is a busy time for us for events and the date hasn't worked with our schedule in the past, so we're thrilled to finally be taking part this year."

The Candlelight Dinner will be served up in Bridges' Bistro & Pub and diners will be treated to a complimentary dessert with the purchase of their entrée. Perhaps a slice of Chocolate Decadence Cake or a Buzz-Saw Sundae will get your mouth watering? Did we mention the restaurant has its own pastry team and some of best gelato in town? All desserts are made in house.

Diners can also indulge in half price wine by the glass or carafe — a Wednesday night staple at Bridges — and the perfect pairing for a candlelight dinner.

Held annually, the Candlelight Dinner is a one-night event where restaurants in select communities across B.C. volunteer to turn down their lights and serve dinner by candlelight. It's all about demonstrating how simple actions — such as dimming the lights — can make a big difference when it comes to saving energy.

See a full list of B.C. restaurants taking part in the 2014 Candlelight Dinner

Views, tasty dishes & energy efficiency on the menu at Bridges

Conveniently located next to the Granville Island Public Market, Bridges offers incredible views and a delicious menu that is updated each season. Three dining areas provide guests with the option to enjoy the likes of scallop and prawn fettuccine in the upscale dining room, or to chill out in the casual vibe of the Bistro & Pub.

Bridges holds about 180 events a year — anything from corporate functions to family parties and weddings. The structure that's home to the 750 seat restaurant was built over 30 years ago and was the original building on the island. Not surprisingly, it requires regular upkeep and little repairs here and there to keep it in tip-top shape for guests and staff.

"When it does come time for upgrades and equipment replacements, we are mindful of opting for energy efficient options," explains Sharun. "We have been slowly switching over all of the restaurant's lighting to energy efficient LEDs — including the 96 light bulbs in the dining room chandelier that were all replaced last year."

Bridges also features two separate kitchens. During quieter times, instead of having both up and running, they turn off the lights and power down as much as they can in one, all in an effort to reduce their electricity use.

When it comes to the food, executive chef Shane McNeil and his team do their best to source local ingredients for their dishes wherever possible. They prepare as much as they can in house, reducing their carbon footprint.

Lots to celebrate this October

There are 73 restaurants in six communities across B.C. taking part in the Candlelight Dinner this year. See a full list of restaurants participating in this year's Candlelight Dinner. And don't forget to make your reservation for October 22.

The Candlelight Dinner is just one of many special events BC Hydro Power Smart promotes as part of Power Smart Month, held every October. Power Smart Month — dubbed 'Offtober' in 2014 — aims to increase awareness about the benefits and ease of using energy efficiently at a time when electricity use begins to increase during the colder, winter months.

Tanya is a member of BC Hydro's digital communications team.