Multi-course dinners, like the meetings of megalomaniacal poker players, bring individuals together with the hopes of forging table-size kingdoms before someone throws a Yahtzee. Build an empire by dessert with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a three-course prix fixe meal for two at Section 3 (a $90 value) in Yaletown.
Section 3 crafts cuisine derived from local sources with VQA wines and old-fashioned cocktails accenting the lineup. A three-course fixed menu fills the famished with a starter choice of either carrot and lemongrass purée or arugula with shaved parmesan and a dew of olive oil and lemon juice. Complement the opening act with a shower of applause or an optional BC VQA wine pairing of 2008 Desert Hills chardonnay ($8.50 for 5 oz.) that holds mouthward courses steady.
Diners lacking clairvoyant gifts can hurl celery darts at the menu to choose among main dishes such as the baseball sirloin steak in a mushroom peppercorn sauce or the lemon-butter-sauce-drizzled pan-seared salmon. Alternately, patrons who pursue a meatless path can tread through hunger fogs on the hearty foundations of herbed white cheddar and cauliflower gnocchi, complemented by an optional pairing of the 2008 Desert Hills pinot grigio or 2008 Desert Hills cactus blend (both $8.50 for 5 oz.). In the third course, tongues snuggle up with a duo of warm chocolate brownie and chilled vanilla-bean ice cream, allowing patrons to linger longer in the restaurant's low-lit interiors to wrap up a night of longing gazes or rounds of competitive napkin-folding.