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  • Nov7

    Roundel Cafe-1

    Vancouver Foodster’s latest tasting extravaganza will take place in Vancouver’s East Village on November 27 from 6 to 9:30 pm. Check out some of the newer and lesser-known spots from Powell to Hastings and from Commercial Drive to Renfrew. 
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  • Sep27

    Guanaco Salvadoran cuisine/Ayote pupusa
    [Guanaco Food Truck's Salvadoran cuisine: Ayote pupusa]

    Vancouver Foodster’s latest tasting extravaganza will take place along West 4th Avenue on October 6 from 4 to 9 pm. Think of it as a lazy Sunday roving dinner experience along Kitsilano’s best-known shopping street.
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  • Feb18

    Food Talks Volume 6-6

    Last week, Dockside Brewing opened its lovely bar and lounge space to host Vancouver Foodster’s 6th edition of Food Talks Vancouver.

    Richard Wolak aka Vancouver Foodster

    Richard Wolak is the man behind Vancouver Foodster, Food Talks, and Tasting Plates.

    Food Talks Volume 6-26

    A variety of appetizers and decadent desserts were prepared by Dockside’s Executive Chef Simon McNeil and his team for a large group of attendees.

    Fire roasted chili prawns with garlic Ancho jelly Irish Dubliner & glazed pear lollies with house quince butter Mini Banh Mi Sliders with hoisin mayo and siracha smear Petite pistachio financiers Food Talks Volume 6-7
    [Fire roasted chili prawns with garlic Ancho jelly, Irish Dubliner & glazed pear lollies with house quince butter, Mini Banh Mi Sliders with hoisin mayo & siracha smear, petite pistachio financiers]

    Each guest received two sampler-sized Dockside craft beers and the chance to mingle and nibble before the speaker portion of the evening started.
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  • Jan28

    Mobius Coffee & Tea

    Prepare to experience some of the newest and tastiest offerings on Wednesday, February 20 from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm as Vancouver Foodster, Vancouver’s essential online food and drink guide, presents the 2nd annual Tasting Plates Vancouver: Downtown Edition

    “When I first started Vancouver Foodster over 3-1/2 years ago, it was because I had a great passion for food and wanted to share it with the public,” explains Richard Wolak, Editor and Publisher of Vancouver Foodster. ‘Tasting Plates Vancouver’ is a chance for people to try something different, foods from restaurants, food trucks, cafés and bakeries in Vancouver!”

    To kick off the evening, special musical guest Gio Levy will perform an acoustic set at the Vancouver Fanclub (registration venue) beginning at 5:30 pm.

    Key lime macarons
     
    Participating restaurants will offer tasting plates of their food, showcasing the restaurant while promoting their food and chefs. The ticket price will include tasting plates at each of the restaurants throughout the evening. Beverages will be included at some of the restaurants (to be noted on Tasting Card); wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails will be available for purchase at each restaurant on the tour. Vegetarian options will be available at many of the participating restaurants.

    Soho Road Indian cart

    Enjoy a self-paced foodie tour around Vancouver’s popular Coal Harbour and the West End, while socializing with friends over dishes and drink. This fun food networking event aims to connect Vancouver’s vibrant food community.

    Participating restaurants include:
    Pink Elephant Thai
    Lolita’s Cantina
    Zachary’s on Robson
    Betty on Burrard
    Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery
    Soho Road Food Truck
    Soirette Macaron & Tea
    Vancouver Fanclub

    Vancouver Foodster 2nd Annual Tasting Plates Vancouver: Downtown Edition
    Date: February 20, 5:30 to 9:30 pm
    Registration: Vancouver Fanclub, 1050 Granville Street; guests will show their printed or digital tickets and pick up a Tasting Plates Map Card.
    Tickets: Available in advance, online only
    Before February 17: $35 per person (Eventbrite fee extra); $100 for 4 pak of tickets/$135 for 6 pak
    After February 17: $45 per person (Eventbrite fee extra)

    $3 from each ticket purchase will support Project Limelight Society.

    Note: ALL tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however they are transferrable with printed proof of ticket. Tasting Plates Vancouver is produced by CMI Chat Media Inc.

  • Jan16

    Poutine

    Here’s all you need to know about the upcoming Festival de la Poutine de Vancouver Festival, returning this year on Saturday, March 9:

    Day program (noon to 5 pm):
    – Afternoon entertainment for kids (shows, temporary tattoos, magicians, clowns and more)

    – Taste delicious homemade poutine with your kids for only $5
    
- Customize your poutine with a unique salad bar

    – 2 pm Hugo le chansonnier performance

    – 3 pm Liftoff rock concert

    Evening program (starting at 6 pm):
    – Experimental poutine tasting (the most original yet tasteful poutines ever made) all night
    – 9 pm Hugo le chansonnier performance
    
- Tunes spun by DJ K-Maro
    – 10 pm Liftoff rock concert


    Festival Poutine poster detail

    Festival de la Poutine de Vancouver
    Date: Saturday March 9 2013, noon to 5 pm: free entrance for kids; 6 pm to late: DJ, rock concert, and experimental pouting tasting
    
Venue: Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver
    
Tickets: Day: $10 adults, with free entrance for kids; Evening: $20 adults – both ticket prices include one poutine serving
    Arrive early to taste all the poutines while they last (I heard that last year’s event ran out of poutine before the end of the night)!

    The Festival de la Poutine is organized by Organisation Francophone.

  • Jan14

    Noodle Mania YVR/Bob Likes Thai Food
    [Noodle Mania YVR/Bob Likes Thai Food Kanom Jeen: minced tuna curry, rice noodles, Ga Chai,
    Kaffir lime, garlic, shallot, chili, fish sauce, veggies]

    Vancouver Foodster’s Noodle Mania got underway yesterday with an afternoon/evening tour through 10 of Vancouver’s noodle restaurants and tea rooms.

    Shaktea on Main
    [Main Street's Shaktea]

    Unlike past Tasting Plates Vancouver events, this one covered a much wider portion of the city, taking in South Granville, East Van (and Little Vietnam), Kitsilano, Yaletown, The Drive, and Kerrisdale. Diners converged at Main Street’s Shaktea, an adorable little tea shop in the busy 21st Street stretch, for event registration.

    Shaktea on Main Shaktea on Main

    Three teas were set up in glass pots: Vanilla Black, Organic Cinnamon Swirl Rooibos, and Spiced Pear. It’s events such as this that give foodies a way to discover potential new gems not on their radar.

    Living in Kitsilano, I’m spoiled with eateries (and two tea shops), not to mention countless cafés. Noodle Mania was set up to allow its participants to create their own route. I already had a strategy in place for both amount of eateries I’d be visiting as well as transportation (a combination of driving and leaving my car at Canada Line to pop into Yaletown for two of the tour stops, Urban Thai Bistro and Yaletown L’Antipasto).

    Noodle Mania YVR/Soho Tea Room
    [Noodle Mania YVR/Soho Tea Room DIY fish soup/lobster bisque broth with rice noodles]

    I also aimed to try as many restaurants that were new to me as possible, leaving a couple of places off my itinerary simply due to time, energy, and belly. After four stops, I was already feeling pretty full. Richard Wolak (aka Vancouver Foodster) warned those attending to arrive on an empty stomach, and he wasn’t kidding!
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  • Nov6

    Your burger is served

    Get ready to vote for your favourite Vancouver burger! Richard Wolak (aka Vancouver Foodster, the man behind Vancouver Food Talks and Tasting Plates), created a new challenge for chefs around the city.

    The Best Burger Challenge has officially kicked off and diners are encouraged to vote for their favourite burger until November 30. Chefs were invited to dream up their to-die-for creation. Each burger is available at its restaurant, for lunch or dinner. Beef, bison, lamb, chicken, turkey, veggie: all will be judged on originality, creativity, uniqueness, price, value, and taste.

    Here’s a link to the different creations on offer, from Ace Burger’s Coffee Rub Burger, to Black + Blue Steakhouse’s B+B Burger.

    Think you can fit all 29 restaurants in? Voting will take place from November 28 to December 3 online. Burger challenge postcards are available at each participating restaurant to keep track of your favourites.

    And follow along at @VanFoodster with the #BestBurgerChallenge hashtag.

  • Oct18

    Taste Yaletown Premiere

    Last night’s Taste of Yaletown Premiere brought out a packed crowd of food-loving Vancouverites to try some of the dishes featured in this year’s lineup of fixed-price menus around Yaletown.

    Taste Yaletown Premiere-2

    Girl on Wax DJ Aimee Hawker
    [Girl on Wax DJ Aimee Hawker]

    Bites from Glowbal Grill Steaks and Satay, George Ultra Lounge, New Oxford, Hamilton Street Grill, Cache Lounge & Bistro, Killjoy, Minami, Society, and Yaletown L’Antipasto were some of the area eateries featured at the event, prepared by some of the neighbourhood’s favourite chefs.

    All of the dishes I tried were delicious, but these three (from George, Minami, and Society) were my favourite tastes of the evening.

    George's crispy brome lake duck, local butternut squash & sweet potato purée, truffled Brussel sprouts
    [George's crispy brome lake duck, local butternut squash and sweet potato purée, truffled Brussel sprouts]

    Minami's Aburi salmon oshi sushi
    [Minami's Aburi salmon oshi sushi]

    Society's Cherry cotton candy cheesecake
    [Society's cherry cotton candy cheesecake]

    If you haven’t yet heard about this 10 day tasting menu event, visit my recent post for menu links and pricing. Taste of Yaletown runs through October 27.

    Minami chefs
    [A pair of smiling Minami chefs]

    Another event added to this year’s Taste of Yaletown event is Shake Up Yaletown, on October 25 from 5-8 pm. This evening will gather Yaletown’s best bartenders as they create some fantastic cocktails exclusive to the event. Shake Up Yaletown will be held at Minami. Sample cocktails as well as items from their menu. Click here for details.

  • Oct14

    Kangarillo Road Winemaker's Lunch-1

    CIBC and the Yaletown Business Improvement Association are back with the 8th Annual Taste of Yaletown, a chance to sample three course menus from various Yaletown eateries. Prices are set to $25, $35, and $45. I’ve included each restaurant’s menu price(s) as well as links to the various menus below.

    Taste of Yaletown Premiere banner

    If you’re interested in whetting your appetite for Taste of Yaletown’s 10 day run, pick up tickets for the Taste of Yaletown Premiere. A $59 ticket includes food samples from participating restaurants as well as two complimentary refreshments. Online advance ticket sales end Tuesday.

    Here’s an updated list of participating restaurants. Visit the website for additional updates. Taste of Yaletown will be held from October 17 to 27. A percentage from each participating restaurant’s sales during the event will be donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

    Bistro Sakana – View the $35 menu
    Brix Restaurant – View the $35 menu
    Caché Bistro & Lounge – View the $35 menu
    Chinois – View the $25 menu
    George – View the $25 menu
    Glowbal Grill Steaks & Satay – View the $35 menu
    Hamilton Street Grill – View the $25 menu | View the $35 menu
    Hapa Izakaya – View the $25 menu
    Hurricane Grill – View the $35 menu
    killjoy – View the $25 menu
    Milestone’s Grill & Bar – View the $25 menu
    Minami Restaurant – View the $35 menu | View the $45 menu
    New Oxford – View the $25 menu
    Provence Marinaside – View the $35 menu
    Raw Canvas – View the $45 menu
    Simply Thai – View the $35 menu | View the $45 menu
    Society – View the $25 menu
    Urban Fare – View the $25 menu
    Urban Thai Bistro – View the $25 menu
    Yaletown Brewing Company – View the $35 menu
    Yaletown L’Antipasto – View the $25 menu | View the $35 menu

  • Jul11

    A selection of French cheeses

    Last night, Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks Volume 2 got underway at the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre. An amazing array of appetizers from Ebo Restaurant was served along with Painted Rock wines prior to the talks.

    Bocconcini with tomato, sprouts, balsamic reduction
    [Bocconcini with tomato, sprouts, balsamic reduction]

    Homemade roti with curry dipping sauce
    [Homemade roti with curry dipping sauce]

    Smoky tomato consommé
    [Smoky tomato consommé]

    Pouring Painted Rock Syrah
    [Pouring Painted Rock Syrah]

    Five speakers from the food and wine industry brought their passion to the room for an evening of inspirational and educational discussion.

    Jason Pleym, Wendy Boys, John Skinner, Debra Amrein-Boyes, Adam Chandler
    [Jason Pleym, Wendy Boys, John Skinner, Debra Amrein-Boyes, Adam Chandler]

    Here’s a brief overview of each speaker’s talk.
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  • Jun7

    Food Talks Volume 1
    [Richard Wolak, Vancouver Foodster]

    Earlier this week at W2 Woodwards Community Media Arts Café, food lover and writer Richard Wolak launched the first edition in his Vancouver Food Talks series. Appetizers, iced tea, and a glass of Misconduct Wine were served pre-event, courtesy of W2’s Chef Karen McAthy. Five prominent speakers each gave a short talk about what drives their passion within the food industry.

    Below is a quick recap of what each speaker offered; a Q&A session and prize raffle followed. Specially created treats from Soirette Macarons were handed out as we exited the event.

    Food Talks Volume 1
    [Mike McDermid, Manager, Ocean Wise Program at the Vancouver Aquarium]

    Mike McDermid, Manager, Ocean Wise Program at the Vancouver Aquarium:

    1.2 billion people rely on seafood as a dietary substance. Based on current extraction rates, we’re running out of stock and soon. Started in 2005, Ocean Wise helps to empower consumers to make the right choice.

    It’s hard for chefs to know what the impact is of certain fish species caught. Vancouver Aquarium stepped in to help them decide. And the chefs were happy to have the help. At the end of the day, they wanted to know that they were doing right by our oceans.

    People all over North America started to contact Ocean Wise for information. Within six to seven years, the program has grown to 3,100 active sources: an incredible amount of buying power. The Ocean Wise network helps connect sources with the chefs, stores and markets, making it easy for consumers to identify what the right choices are. They’ve started to change the way that seafood is both sourced and its fisheries operated. Fisheries now get value for their product.

    Local, seasonal, organic, fair trade: “We’re just starting to get there with seafood.”

    Food Talks Volume 1
    [Stephanie Yuen, East Meets West author]

    Stephanie Yuen, East Meets West author and food columnist:

    Compared to 30 years ago, there are about 1,000% more Asian restaurants in Vancouver. Asian food in Vancouver does a tremendous amount of good for its food scene. Stephanie went on to talk about her latest book, East Meets West, then discussed the importance of freshly sourced products, avoiding shark fin fishing, and our local Asian food community. Her book will be launched this Saturday, June 9, from 2 to 4 pm at Shaktea, 3702 Main Street.

    Food Talks Volume 1
    [Hunter Moyes, Chef, Waldorf Hotel; founder Vancouver Tiffin Project]

    Hunter Moyes, Chef, The Waldorf Hotel:

    NGO’s have problems bringing out numbers to events, but when food is involved, that number triples. Three key issues that Hunter discussed were local vs. imported produce, waste, and food security.

    CSA (community-supported agriculture) relies on a large number of small-consumption clients. Being part of food industry, why not take that number and get a small number of large-consumption clients to make a difference?

    We’ll fall back onto small farmers as gas prices continue to rise. Moyes has launched a Vancouver version of the Tiffin Project. Originated in India in 1880, this is a meal delivery system where hundreds of thousands of meals are delivered and catered without waste.

    Moyes formerly worked at Burgoo West Point Grey. There he saw how thousands of dollars of take-out containers went out the door. This led him to think about a local campaign. He’s gathered a group of Vancouver restaurants to eliminate take-out waste. Profit margin: $4 of each reusable container goes towards researching ways of eliminating more waste. As well, proceeds will serve to educate the public. Follow his project on Twitter: @TiffinProject

    Food Talks Volume 1
    [Trevor Bird, Top Chef Canada; Fable Kitchen Restaurant Executive Chef]

    Trevor Bird, Top Chef Canada and Fable Kitchen Restaurant Executive Chef:

    Trevor’s all about bridging the gap with sourced food. Fable Kitchen wants to know about the animals they serve. What’s their life span? Where are there genetics from?

    “Just because it’s local doesn’t mean it’s sustainable”. Chef Bird then went on to colourfully describe his experience being on Top Chef Canada and how he respects Carl Heinrich for what he’s learned from him. Bird is glad that the Food Network chose Carl as the winning Top Chef Canada.

    Food Talks Volume 1
    [Roberta LaQuaglia, Vancouver Farmers Markets]

    Roberta LaQuaglia of Vancouver Farmers Markets:
     
    The public has taken to the farmers markets. Community is developed through the markets, creating small villages with temporary stalls. Roberta believes that the public should be educated about their food sources and options.

    Markets have a vibe. Farmer’s markets equate to laughter, good times, music, etc. People get connected with “their market”. There’s a pride associated with it. Vancouver Farmer’s Markets are grateful for their customer base.

    Growers have to feel that it’s worth their while to come in and sell their product. The average age of BC farmers is 54. Therefore, new farmers need to get introduced to the community so that the current generation can retire while passing on their knowledge.

    On a humorous side note, Trevor Bird proposed starting a celebrity farmer movement.

    Tickets for Food Talks Volume 2 are now on sale via Vancouver Foodster. Visit the event link for information and to purchase tickets.

  • May17

    Food Talks logo

    Richard Wolak, food writer and founder of both Vancouver Foodster and Taste and Sip Magazine has just launched his latest project: Food Talks. This new series of monthly (for now) social gatherings brings together five speakers of different backgrounds and roles from within the food community in and around Vancouver.

    Gravalax with alfalfa sprouts and wasabi mayo
     
    Richard’s new social gathering is more than hearing great people talk about their passion. It’s also a chance for the community to meet and mingle over delicious appetizers presented by the hosting restaurant/event space while sipping on wine poured by a different featured winery at each event.

    A Q&A will follow each of the talks, allowing participants to benefit from a leading panel of experts. The evening will end with everyone taking home a sweet treat from one of Vancouver’s local bakeries.
     
    The Food Talks series kicks off on June 5 with these five well-known food experts:
    Chef Trevor Bird – Top Chef Canada Competitor and Chef/Owner Fable Kitchen
    Stephanie Yuen – Food Writer and “East Meets West” Author
    Mike McDermid – Ocean Wise Manager at the Vancouver Aquarium
    Roberta LaQuaglia – Operations Manager, Vancouver Farmers Markets
    Hunter J. Moyes – Chef at the Waldorf Hotel, Founder of The Tiffin Project
     
    Appetizers will be prepared by W2 Media Café’s Chef Karen McAthy, while this month’s wine will be provided by Misconduct Wine Co.

    Food Talks
    Date: June 5, 7 pm
    Venue: W2 Media Café and Community Media Arts Centre, 111 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
    Tickets: $30 early bird tickets (until June 1; $40 after June 1) available online
     
    For more details, visit the Food Talks website. The series continues on Tuesday, July 10 at EBO Restaurant (Burnaby), and on Tuesday, August 14 (location to be determined).

  • May9

    Night at the Aquarium 2011

    Vancouver Aquarium’s iconic Night at the Aquarium gala fundraiser is back for its sixth annual signature fundraising event. Proceeds raised from this event are a critical source of funding for the Aquarium’s conservation, research, and education programs.

    Night at the Aquarium 2011
     
    There is no other location in Vancouver where you can mingle with more than 50,000 wonderful sea creatures. Guests at the gala will enjoy a selection of wines from around the world paired with delicious Ocean Wise™ dishes prepared by some of Vancouver’s top chefs, including Rob Clarke of C Restaurant, Frank Pabst of Blue Water Café, David Hawksworth of Hawksworth Restaurant (recently named Vancouver Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year) and Ned Bell of YEW restaurant at Four Seasons Vancouver.

    Night at the Aquarium 2011
     
    In addition, gala attendees will enjoy live music and entertainment, and have a chance to bid on dream vacations in the live and silent auctions. This year’s live auction will feature an exclusive vacation package from Sonora Resort. Journey of the Salmon: From the Stream to the Plate will include a two night stay, round-trip helicopter flight for two, a one hour eco adventure tour on the inflatable Polaris vessel, a “raft and snorkel with the salmon” session, a cooking class, a four hour fishing session plus a signed copy of the Tastes of Sonora Cookbook (valued in total at $6,800).

    Night at the Aquarium 2011
     
    “There’s no other event like it. Night at the Aquarium is a magical gala where our guests enjoy an unforgettable evening featuring some of B.C.’s top chefs and fine wines,” according to Dr. John Nightingale, president and CEO of the Vancouver Aquarium. “The funds raised at this event directly support our conservation, research and education programs that help to conserve aquatic life.”
     
    Last year, Night at the Aquarium raised over $350,000; the proceeds were used to support the Aquarium’s many programs including Ocean Wise, a national sustainable seafood program, and its frog propagation program to help preserve the Oregon spotted frog (an endangered species in BC).

    Night at the Aquarium 2011
     
    Tickets are $250 and include an amazing array of Ocean Wise dishes paired with a selection of exquisite wines. This year’s gala features a special VIP reception highlighting BC spot prawns, caviar, and exclusive wines. ‘Virtual tables’ of eight are available for $2,500.

    The Vancouver Aquarium is a self-sustaining, non-profit organization.

    Night at the Aquarium
    Date: Thursday, June 21, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
    Venue: Vancouver Aquarium, Stanley Park
    Tickets: $250; available either online or by phoning 604.659.3527 (partial tax receipt given)

    Photos courtesy of John Heil Photography.