Sustainability made palatable

West Shore restaurant participates in candlelight dinner for the environment

Basilico Ristorante and Lounge manager Jenn Partridge says the candlelight dinner event offers an intimate setting for diners.

What could be more romantic than dinner by candlelight? How about helping out the environment at the same time?

B.C. Hydro’s Candlelight Conservation Dinner is taking place on Oct. 25 throughout the province and on the West Shore. Only one West Shore restaurant is participating this year, Basilico Ristorante and Lounge, and is offering a dining experience rarely enjoyed these days.

The lights will be dimmed to a minimum and the candles will be lit to provide the majority of the light in the restaurant.

Co-owner Dawn Whitton said this is the third year the restaurant has participated in the event. Along with the candlelight the staff makes an extra effort to conserve electricity consumption in the kitchen and throughout the restaurant.

“It’s very romantic,” Whitton said. “It just makes us more aware of it, more conscious of it.”

Whitton said for previous events some patrons have come specifically for the candlelight dinner, while others arrived unaware of the special event. Either way, she said everyone, including the staff, had a good time and that’s why they continue to take part. “They really got into the spirit of and really enjoyed themselves,” Whitton said. “It was a really fun night for all of us.”

Basilico will also be offering half-price pizza for the event as an added bonus.

The event begins at 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made at 250-391-5589.


There are many other restaurants throughout Greater Victoria participating. For a full list visit and search for “candlelight.”



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