Chef Jason Harbo at the Lighthouse Bistro and Pub in Nanaimo watches a flaming pan closely in the kitchen. The chef has created a menu featuring many items that use sustainably and locally sourced ingredients, grown on Vancouver Island.

Care for some funny with your food? Your Valentine’s dinner treat awaits

Comedy, sustainability in spotlight at waterfront Nanaimo bistro and pub in February

For many couples, Valentine’s Day and thinking about how to spend it is no laughing matter.

But what if there were an easy way to inject humour into the evening and increase your chances of going home smiling? What if you could enjoy a delicious meal together and follow it up with some of the funniest comedy you’ll hear this winter?

The folks at the Lighthouse Bistro and Pub on the beautiful Nanaimo waterfront can help you out on both counts.

Nanaimo’s comedy central welcomes you

Your home for comedy and gourmet cuisine in the Hub City is partnering with comic Peter Hudson for Lovers in a Dangerous Time, happening Thursday, Feb. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the spacious Lighthouse pub.

The lineup includes featured performer Dr. Sean Proudlove, a CBC Radio and TV veteran who has appeared on such shows as The Debaters, Comedy Now and Just For Laughs. Tickets are just $10 and can be combined with dinner in the pub (reservations advised, scroll to bottom).

Cooking up something special for you in February:

  • Working together Starting Feb. 24, Chef Jason Harbo and his staff will launch the Sustainability Dinner Series in the bistro. It’s a joint venture with the Farmship Growers Co-operative, Vancouver Island University and Unsworth Vineyards.
  • Think and eat local The dinner series, as with the regular menu, features specially designed menu items that use local ingredients grown by local farmers. Also available are wines produced in a sustainable way. “The world is changing and we want to be a part of making that change,” says Lighthouse general manager Thom McCann.
  • Indigenous menu items One of the dinners in the series will focus on traditional Indigenous foods and preparation methods, to allow diners to experience true local culture.
  • Seafood fans rejoice Fresh and local is the mantra for seafood at the Lighthouse. “When we look at the fish we bring in, if it’s not coming from a sustainable fishery, we’re not bringing them in,” McCann says. Such items as mussels, clams and crab are also locally sourced, he adds.

Wintertime lovely on the waterfront

If you haven’t been down to the harbour lately, it’s a great place to observe nature, with seabirds, boats, high tides and the occasional stormy day making for interesting watching. If you enjoy such activities and want to keep warm while doing it, both the pub and bistro in the Lighthouse offer front-row seats to the action on the ocean.

And on those chilly winter weekend evenings, stay warm listening to some of the best live music on Vancouver Island. You can follow what’s up with the Lighthouse Bistro and Pub on Facebook.


View of the sunset from the deck outside the Lighthouse Bistro and Pub.

Unsworth Vineyards is a partner in the Lighthouse Bistro and Pub’s Sustainability Dinner Series.

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