Journeys With Heart - Taste of France: Enjoy wine and appetizers while learning about Chef John Bishop's upcoming culinary riverboat tour on the Rhone River to raise money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Sunday, Feb. 26, 35 p.m. at Beachside Forno, 1362 Marine Dr., West Vancouver. Admission by donation. Info: www.journeyswithheart. com. Oscar Party: Hamilton Street Grill will host a night of Academy Awards festivities Sunday, Feb. 26, 4-6 p.m. at 1009 Hamilton St., Vancouver. Indulge in gourmet popcorn, classic retro canapÃ©s and cocktails while viewing the awards on large flat screens. Tickets: $20. Reservations and info: 604-331-1511 or www.hamiltonstreetgrill.com.
Test Your Tastebuds: Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts will host a blind tasting challenge Wednesday, Feb. 29, 9: 30 a.m.-noon as part of the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival. Participants in three categories - hospitality professionals, chefs and cooks, and consumers - will taste and answer questions about wines. Sponsored by The Mark Anthony Group. Fee: $30. Registration: 604-873-3311. The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is located at 101-1505 West Second Ave., Vancouver.