West Shore restaurants hosting candlelit meals

Romantic dinners are a part of annual B.C. Hydro Power Smart event

Romance won’t be the only motivation on Oct. 22, when B.C. restaurants and communities turn off the lights and allow customers to dine by the light of a flickering flame as part of B.C. Hydro’s Candlelight Dinner initiative.

“It’s the right thing to do. It’s making awareness of how much you can conserve,” said Westin Bear Mountain Resort executive chef Mark Wadsworth. “It’s a bit of a fun night. It’s a little bit dark, it’s nice, intimate and romantic (with the lights off at the restaurant).”

Bella Montagne at the Westin will see a slightly minimalist, but tasty menu on Oct. 22, with free dessert to end the evening, Wadsworth said.

He’s been part of similar initiatives at restaurants from Whistler and Vancouver to the United Kingdom and said he’s happy to be involved in a program that is all about reducing carbon footprint.

Langford restaurants taking part in the program include Metropolitan Bar and Grill on McCallum Road, the Galloping Goose Grille at Langford Lanes and The Noodle Box on Phipps Road.

Visit bit.ly/1t4vTa3 for more on B.C. Hydro’s Candlelight Dinner and a list of other participating Greater Victoria restaurants.

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