Dozens of popular Vancouver eateries are planning to dim the lights and break out the candles for Earth Hour this Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Sutton Place Hotel executive chef Michael Deutsch has drawn up a special Earth-friendly dinner menu and Earth Day cocktails for both the upscale Fleuri Restaurant and more casual Gerard Lounge.

“It’s not all raw, but we have components to it that use less energy,” Deutsch explained. “For the (albacore tuna tataki) appetizer we don’t require any electricity.... We do it with a blowtorch, so it just sort of scorches the skin, meaning the middle of it is still sashimi.”

The tataki is served with a cold mango, celeriac and cinnamon basil salad and whipped crème fraiche sabayon.

For the second course, Deutsch plans to serve mushroom consommé, kept warm in a gas-powered portable stove. It comes with Dungeness-crab salad with hearts of palm and tarragon froth.

Next comes chicken “sous vide,” which means cooked in bag, served with potato gratin, creamed blue cheese, mushroom tapenade and striped beets. He admitted that dish will require use of the oven, but said the effort is what counts.

“It’s hard to do an Earth Hour menu where everything’s cold, because a lot of people don’t like three courses of cold,” he said. “I know I don’t like that, but we try to do as much as we can.”

The prix-fixe menu is $45 per head, and includes the hotel’s renowned chocolate buffet for dessert — a perfect excuse to linger late into the night in the candlelight.