l’Epicerie Gourmande Brings French Flair To Thanksgiving-To-Go

l'epicure Gourmande

l’epicerie Gourmande


Thanksgiving is coming up soon for us Canadians, and that means (or can mean) cooking up a large turkey.  Perhaps you would like someone else to take on the cooking for you this year?  If so, you may want to try l’Epicerie Gourmande.  Read their announcement below.


(Vancouver, BC)  – To paraphrase Shakespeare – ‘would a roast turkey by any other name taste so good?’ It does when it’s called ‘le dindon’ – the French name for our iconic celebratory bird.  With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, people are starting to think about the annual groaning board of turkey with all the fixin’s.

Not everyone has the time, or the kitchen space, to prepare the full traditional feast. That’s where L’Epicerie Gourmande comes to the rescue. Located in the Granville Island Market, L’Epicerie is an authentic French rotisseur and gourmet shop – just like the ones along the Rue de Rivoli in Paris. Under the ownership of Chef David Izquierdo, a native of Marseilles and alumni of the kitchens at Provence Restaurants and Salade des Fruits, L’Epicerie specializes in succulent meats cooked on a Doregrill Neoflame Rotisserie imported from France.  The shop also features many other prepared-foods-to-go along with premium EVOO, balsamic vinegars and gourmet condiments.

L’Epicerie is offering a very special three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving Dinner-To-Go value-priced at $24.99 per person. If you want only the turkey main course, that is available for $14.99.

Roast turkeys

Roast turkeys

Thanksgiving Prix-Fixe Menu


Duck Confit Tartlet
Porcini Mushroom Custard,
Organic Mixed Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Main Course
Rotisserie-Roasted Boneless Turkey Leg
Thyme Demi-Glace, Citrus Cranberry Sauce,
Truffled Mashed Potatoes,
Maple Butter Roasted Squash,
Autumn Vegetables

choose one
Mixed Berry Charlotte
White Chocolate Mango Mousse

L’Epicerie also is offering other seasonal entrees, side dishes, condiments and desserts – enough to satisfy the individual preferences of everyone around your dinner table. It will be posted in the next day or so to their Facebook page.

The prix-fixe Thanksgiving Menu and seasonal features are available from October 10th through 13th. It’s easy to order Thanksgiving-To-Go by calling 604-653-7317. 24 hours minimum advance notice is required.

When placing your order, state the day and time you wish to pick up your dinner. You’ll also be asked for a deposit – L’Epicerie Gourmande accepts Visa, Mastercard and debit cards. Then, on the appointed day and time, pop into L’Epicerie and take Thanksgiving home with you. The shop is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Très simple, n’est-ce pas?

Contact Details

L’Epicerie Gourmande

Granville Island Public Market,
NE Corner

1689 Johnston Street
Vancouver, BC  Canada

Open 7 days a week:
9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Phone: 604-653-7317
T: @LepicerieGourm 

Le Grand Bistro Americain Hosts a Wine Safari to Savor on September 21

South African Winemakers’ Dinner

Chef Shawn Martin’s dishes paired with the wines of Paul Cluver, Angela Jordaan, and Kathy Jordan

Sunday, September 21, 2014

South Africa flagKirkland, Washington — On Sunday, September 21st, Le Grand Bistro Americain proprietor Ted Furst and Executive Chef Shawn Martin will be hosting a special 5-course dinner featuring 7 wines from South Africa, where wine has a history dating back more than 350 years – possibly the oldest wine tradition in the New World.  Joining them will be winemakers Paul Cluver of Cluver Wines, Angela Jordaan of Jardin Wine Estates, and Kathy Jordan of Radford Dale, to share stories about their “wine farms” and the status of winemaking in South Africa today.  The event starts at 6:00pm with a reception in the South Dining Room, followed by dinner at 6:30pm.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase wines from the dinner at special reduced prices.

The South African wine culture has grown parallel to the country’s social development.  While they are 7th in the world’s wine production, their output did not have a presence in the USA until the 1990’s after apartheid ended, due to product boycotts.
Cluver Wines

Paul Cluver is a family-owned, family-run wine business, located in the cool-climate Elgin Valley, approximately 70km south-east of Cape Town. The property has been in ownership of the Cluver family since 1896. Recognized as pioneers of wine in the area, the focus is on producing elegant wines that are expressive of the terroir.

Jardin Wine Estates

Gary and Kathy Jordan have been making world-class wines since 1993 on a farm with a 300 year-old history. He’s a geologist; she’s an economist.  Gary’s parents bought the 146 hectare Stellenbosch property in 1982, and embarked on an extensive replanting program, specializing in classic varieties suited to the different soils and slopes.  Jardin is the trade name for Jordan Wine Estate in North America.

Radford Dale

Radford Dale combines modern winemaking and traditional values to create some of the finest, rarest wines in the Cape. These wines are strongly site-driven, natural and balanced.   This world-class range is made with the utmost care and in exceedingly limited quantities.

2012 Radford Dale ‘Renaissance’ Chenin Blanc


caviar, blini, crème fraiche

duck tartare, quail egg, parmesan tuile

mushroom and boursin dartoise

oyster shooter, green apple mignonette


2013 Jardin Chardonnay

2013 Cluver Chardonnay

Razor Clam Crudo

shallot, caper, black lava salt, blood orange oil & chervil


2012 Cluver Pinot Noir

2009 Jardin Cabernet Sauvignon

Grilled Quail

egg fettuccine, wild mushrooms, truffle poultry jus


2011 Radford Dale ‘Nudity’ Syrah

Rack of Venison

moroccan spices, rich bread pudding, piperade,

kale, candied shallot


2013 Cluver Gewurztraminer

Huckleberry Cheesecake

pistachio ladyfinger crust


The dinner is priced at US$120 per person (7 glasses of wine and 5 courses!), excluding tax and gratuity.  Seating is limited.  For reservations call 425-828-7778.  Upcoming Le Grand Bistro Americain special wine dinners are presently scheduled for October 16, December 4; January 29 and February 26, 2015.


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Tasting Plates Kitsilano West 4th on October 7

Time for another Tasting Plates from Vancouver Foodster.  This one is in Kitsilano on West 4th Ave.  Enjoy.


Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in the West 4th neighborhood in Kitsilano at this 2nd annual West 4th Avenue edition. This tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 9:30pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.  Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants and cafes throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

If you haven’t been to our previous Tasting Plates events, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on City Lights (view here).

Visit our Tasting Plates site and view our past events, photos and more!

  • Vegetarian options will be available at many of the participating restaurants.
  • Bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family or come solo.
  • A food networking dinner event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.

Visit each of the participating restaurants at your leisure by bike, moped, transit, car, walking, skateboarding or carpooling.

Registration: TBA-this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards.


Participating Restaurants: 


Rain or Shine Ice Cream

1926 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://rainorshineicecream.com/

Twitter: @rainorshineYVR

Cuisine: Ice Cream



Las Margaritas Restaurant

1999 West 4th Avenue

Web: http://www.lasmargaritas.com/

Twitter: @LasMargaritasBC

Cuisine: Mexican


WholeFoods Vancouver

Whole Foods Market

2285 West 4th Ave

Web: www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Twitter: @WFMVan

Cuisine: Organic & Natural Grocery Store



05 tea


2208 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://o5tea.com/

Twitter: @O5Tea

Cuisine: Tea Tasting Bar


The Indian Oven

2006 4th Ave W, Vancouver

Web: http://theindianoven.com/

Twitter: @TheIndianOven

Cuisine: Indian






2214 West 4th Avenue

Web: http://www.jacksonsmeatanddeli.com/


Cuisine: Meat store and Deli

Jackson’s Meats & Deli is unique from its competition in that it is the oldest Meat Market in Vancouver.  Jackson’s boasts six generations of butchers starting in Maidenhead, England in 1856, and has been a part of Vancouver’s heritage since 1911.


More restaurants to be announced soon.


Purchase Tickets Here:

Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $120 for a 4 pack of tickets or $162 for a 6 pack of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pack or a 6 pack). Regular Tickets $50 per person after October 4, 2014.

Note: Eventbrite fee and GST is extra on all tickets purchased online.

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. (Beverages are included at some restaurants which will be noted, you are welcome to purchase wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails at each of the participating restaurants).

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

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Argentine-style with Brunch at Good Wolf and Decero Wines

Finca Decero

Finca Decero

This event sounds like a very good time.  An Argentine style BBQ plus wines from Argentinean winery Decero.  I have tried Decero’s wines before and have recommended them.  BBQ rates highly with me too, so enjoying both together, would be a great way to cap off our wonderful summer, before the October-November rains are upon us.  Below is the announcement for this event.  Buy your tickets before they sell out!


September 9, 2014, (Vancouver, BC) – It’s nearly fall and there’s the scent of an Argentine BBQ in the air at Good Wolf. Richard Goodine, owner of Good Wolf, and Stephanie Morton-Small, Export Director for Decero Wines, are hosting an ‘asado’ or Argentine BBQ brunch.

This event will be a fun and casual opportunity to taste Decero’s new Remolino’s Vineyard Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Amano wines. The all-inclusive brunch menu will include roasted pig-on-a-spit, brunch-style accompaniments and other delicious meats.

Brunch starts noon and carries on until 4 pm on Sunday, 21 September. Cost is $30 per person, which includes the meal and paired wines.

Argentine Asado with Decero Wines

Sunday September 21st 2014
Brunch reservations will be taken from noon – 4 pm
$30 per person plus taxes and gratuity
Tickets & information: events@goodwolfe.ca

Good Wolf kitchen & bar

1043 Mainland Street, Yaletown
Vancouver, BC

About Good Wolf kitchen & bar: Good Wolf is a neighbourhood bistro, neither pretentious nor unapproachable. West Coast inspired, rooted in traditional techniques, the menu celebrates the ingredients.

Good Wolf website here

Finca Decero

Decero is located in the Argentine foothills of the Andes. These vineyards are one-of-a-kind vineyard, where each vine is nurtured by hand, and the winemaking is without compromise. Decero means ‘from scratch’, and the winery is therefore fortunate to be free from constraints of tradition, allowing for an ‘amano’ or ‘by hand’ approach that is human, sustainable and sensitive to natural differences. Decero wines are distributed in BC by Appellation Wine Marketing.

Decero website here

Introducing two NEW cocktails at Joe Fortes

Long live summer!  If that is how you feel you may want to go to Joe Forte’s downtown and try the 2 new cocktails on their patio.  Details from Joe Fortes is below.  Enjoy.


Joe Fortes is prolonging the summer season with its fresh herb inspired cocktails – Introducing two delicious and refreshing cocktails, Wild Thyme and Garden Gnome!

Wild Thyme

incorporates organic unpasturized  cream honey blended with fresh thyme adding natural sweetness to hibiscus infused vodka by Absolut while balancing the sweetness with the acidity of some fresh lemon.

Wild Thyme cocktail

Wild Thyme cocktail

Garden Gnome

A refreshing blend of basil, cucumber syrup and cranberries this hibiscus infused vodka cocktail is the perfect patio drink!

Garden Gnome cocktail

Garden Gnome cocktail

*Absolut Hibiskus offers the slightly acidic, berry-flavor of hibiscus underlined by sweet notes of pomegranate.
Joe Fortes’ rooftop patio is scheduled to be open until October 5th, so right now is the perfect time to enjoy these two new cocktails on the patio before it’s closed!

Caymus 40th Anniversary Tasting at Seasons in the Park

Caymus Vineyards

Caymus Vineyards

One of the most well regarded Napa wineries is Caymus Vineyards.  Luckily Seasons in the Park is giving you a chance to try some of their wines on September 16, both red and white.  Get your tickets before this event sells out.  See their announcement below.


It’s been over 40 years since the Wagner family founded Caymus vineyards in Napa Valley, and today they are proud to showcase a collection of wines that have a reputation for quality and consistency, produced from the premiere winegrowing regions in California.

Join us to celebrate 40 years with Caymus vineyards !  

2012 40th Anniversary Cabernet

2013 Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir

          2012 Conundrum White           

2013 Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc

Tickets are $35 per person (not including tax & gratuity)


For more information or to purchase tickets, please feel free to contact us!

604.874.8008 or seasonsevents@vancouverdine.com 

Vancouver Foodster Presents the Fish and Chips Challenge

Vancouver Foodster Fish and Chips Challenge

Vancouver Foodster Fish and Chips Challenge

Have you ever participated in one of Vancouver Foodster’s Challenges?  Mac and Cheese, and Creme Brulee are two challenges that come to mind.  The winning Creme Brulee from Novo Pizzeria was amazing BTW.  Don’t miss out on the latest Challenge: Fish and Chips.  Read the press release below, and participate.  Have fun!  Follow me too as I visit each restaurant and send out a tweet.

Share your experiences: Tweet (and don’t forget to tweet or instagram your photos) throughout the challenge, our twitter and instagram address is @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #FishChipsChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the challenge.

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite fish and chips creations – keep these things in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

Get some friends together and make a day or night of it, visit 2 places or more to share and taste the different fish and chips creations or go solo or with a friend– just remember to VOTE for your favourites

Here are the 7 Fish and Chips dishes in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

Ban Chok Dee

Thai style Fish and Chips

Price: $12

Description:  Seasoned Lime Leaf Singha Beer-Battered Cod with Herbal Chili Paste and Peanut Pineapple Tamarind Sauce served with Hand-Cut Battered Pumpkin and Salted Taro Fries and a Plum Sauce with Cucumber and Ground Peanut. Lime Slices and Mini Dill Pickles on the side.

Created by: Executive Chef Parinya and Chef Ladda

Offered: All the time

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai


Morocco West

Moroccan style Fish and Chips

Price: $21

Description: Green Pea Beer-battered Chermoula Halibut with Homemade Taro Chips and Wasabi Mayonnaise

Created by: Chef Nourdine Majdoubi

Offered: All the time

Morocco West

795 Jervis Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-563-8466

Web: http://moroccowest.com/menus/

Twitter:  @MoroccoWest


U & I Thai

U and I Thai Northeast Fish & Chips

Price: $10.95

Description: Crispy on the outside, tender and delicious on the inside. Cold-water Halibut fish fillets, hand-dipped in a light batter and golden fried. Served with vegetable fries, Fresh fruits and three Thai style sauces.

Created by: Chef A-guan Phutyeam

Offered: All the time

U & I Thai

3364 Cambie St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 875-6999

Web: http://uandithai.com/

Twitter: @uratomjit


Las Tortas

El Dorado Taco Salad

Price: $7.95

Description: El dorado grilled Fish, ensalada verde with Tortilla Chips in a creamy chipotle salsa dressing

Created by: Chef Moises Toyber

Offered: All the time

Las Tortas

3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-569-1402

Web:  http://www.lastortas.ca/



Pier 7 Restaurant

“The East West Connector”

Price: $16

Description: 2 pieces of Tempura battered house smoked sockeye salmon, spicy cucumber and napa coleslaw, nori tartar sauce

Created by: Chef Michael Mikoda

Offered: Served all day

Pier 7 Restaurant

25 Wallace Mews Rd, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-929-7437

Web: http://pierseven.ca/

Twitter: @pier7restaurant


Tapas 23

Pescado Frito

Price: $10

Description: Spanish Battered Halibut, served with a Chipotle Caper berry Tartar Sauce and House Hickory Chips

Created by: Chef Perry Mlynowski

Offered: Dinner nightly

Tapas 23

3941 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-628300

Web: http://www.tapas23.com/

Twitter: @Tapas23YVR


Five Elements Café

Casa Basa 

Price: $10.95

Description:  Vietnamese style fish and chips creation with coconut Panko crusted Basa fish on a bed of Papaya Salad with a mix of cassava and sweet potato fries along with some Panko crusted pineapple wedges and Fried lotus root, with two sauces, garnished with basil leaves.

Created by: Chef Victoria Mekong

Offered: Dinner nightly

Five Elements Café

1046 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel:  (604) 559-5938

Web: http://www.fiveelementscafe.com/

Twitter: @5ElementsCafe


Make sure you pick up one of the Fish and Chips Challenge postcards available at each of the participating restaurants and keep a record of your favourite Fish and Chips creations. Remember to Vote for your favourites daily, all the voting details are at http://vancouverfoodster.com/fish-and-chips-challenge/

Tasting Plates West Vancouver Edition – Get Your TIckets

Tasting Plates West Vancouver

Tasting Plates West Vancouver

Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in West Vancouver with Vancouver Foodsters Tasting Plates on Tuesday September 23 from 6pm – 9:30pm. I saw chocolates listed and I’m sold!  Tickets available for purchase here.

Participating restaurants include:

Temper Chocolate & Pastry
2409 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Twitter: @Temperpastry
Cuisine: Cafe and pastry shop
Milestones Park Royal
1096 Park Royal S, West Vancouver
Twitter: @milestoneswvan
Cuisine: Westcoast
Truffle House & Cafe
2452 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Twitter: @TheTruffleHouse
Cuisine: French
Caffe al Mercato
2215 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Twitter: @CaffeAlMercato
Cuisine: Italian cafe and deli
Mangia Bevi
2222 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Twitter: @mangiaebevi
Cuisine: Italian
Blue Eyed Marys
1735 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Twitter: @blueeyedmarys
Cusine: Canadian
One more restaurant to be announced soon
The event is a roving tour that will start off at Caffe al Mercato


Arts Club Theatre Company presents CHEFMEETSBCGRAPE!



If you have never attended the ChefmeetsBCGrape, now is your time to attend, to taste BC wine, taste fantastic food by our chefs, and help the Art’s Club Theatre Company!  Check out the announcement below. And buy your tickets!  There are multiple events.


Vancouver, BC—The Arts Club’s ChefmeetsBCGrape fundraising series returns this September with three entertaining evenings that will feature fine BC wines and delectable cuisine pairings as well as incredible access to world-class winemakers and highly-trained chefs.

These events will be social, lively, and informative, and offer the perfect opportunity to showcase both the flourishing wine industry and innovative fine dining establishments in the province. All proceeds will benefit the Arts Club’s community engagement initiatives and youth-focused education programs.

The series opens with the ChefmeetsBCGrape Signature Tasting, which will feature an extensive selection of BC’s award-winning wines perfectly paired with dishes created by top BC chefs. The events continue with two more intimate evenings: the Uncorked Kitchen Party, a new event dedicated to the prolific Oliver and Osoyoos wine region followed by the decadent Mission Hill Family Estate Dinner. This final event will showcase reserve labels from the flagship Okanagan winery, accompanied by a menu of classic French-inspired cuisine.


  • Presented in association with the Wines of British Columbia
    Wednesday, September 17, 7–9:30 PM
    : Chefmeets
    BCGrape Signature Tasting
    Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
    Tickets: $85 (Groups of 8 or more: $80 per ticket)
    To purchase, visit artsclub.com/events/chefmeetsbcgrape or call the Box Office at 604.687.1644Guests will have the chance to discover lesser known BC VQA wines, taste old favourites, and talk one-on-one with skilled winemakers. More than 90 BC wineries will be pouring in excess of 350 wines. In addition, chefs from 15 restaurants will put out their finest culinary creations in the hopes of winning the Best Plate Pairing and Best Overall Dish awards. A silent auction will offer travel and entertainment packages as well as wine lots.
  • Presented in association with Oliver Osoyoos Winery Country
    Thursday, September 18, 7–10PM
    : Uncorked Kitchen Party
    Westside Grand, 1928 West Broadway, Vancouver
    Tickets: $95
    To purchase, visit artsclub.com/events/chefmeetsbcgrape or call the Box Office at 604.687.1644Part-tasting, part-interactive cooking demonstration, this evening will centre around three top chefs, all based in the South Okanagan, preparing elegant tasting plates. Each dish will be expertly paired with exclusive wines, and 10 proprietors will be on-hand to explain more about the winemaking process. A pop-up tasting room will be stocked with labels from over 30 wineries.
  • Tuesday, September 23, 6–9 PM: Mission Hill Family Estate Dinner
    Bistro Pastis, 2153 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
    Tickets: $160 (with partial tax receipt)
    To purchase, contact specialevents@artsclub.com or call 604.687.5315, ext. 248The Mission Hill Family Estate is famed for producing award-winning wines in the heart of British Columbia’s pristine Okanagan Valley, one of the world’s most exciting wine regions. Featuring a four-course menu with wine pairings, the evening will be hosted by Steven Lane, Fine Wine Consultant for the winery, and include a chef’s demonstration by Bistro Pastis’ proprietor John Blakeley.
Vancouver Foodster's Food Talks

Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks Vol 11 on Sept 16

Vancouver Foodster's Food Talks

Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks

Summer is almost over, and September will mark the start of the school yet, for children, youth, and you!  There is always something to learn, no matter your age.  Vancouver Foodster has been presenting his Food Talks on various topics, with engaging groups of speakers.  Sometime it is on wine, sometimes on food, on being a chef, etc.  There is lots to talk about and learn.  Check out the latest Food Talks info and sign up before it sells out.


This is the eleventh event in this Food Talks series! Come join us to meet and mingle with other foodies, and to hear some enlightening speakers from the food community.

Hosted by Richard Wolak – Founder of Vancouver Foodster and Food Talks

Theme: Innovation in our Food Community

1) Innovating when they started their business

2) How have they achieved their goals

3) Is failing a concern to being innovative

Our Speakers Line-up:

Ken Beattie

Ken Beattie

Beer Educator – Eureka Beer Guide

Ken’s passion for the beer industry began in British Columbia in 1987 when he was hired as a summer student with Molson Breweries. Ken spent 10 years with Molson beginning his sales career in Northern BC and finishing his tenure in Downtown Vancouver. In 1997, an entrepreneurial opportunity in the beverage industry was offered and Ken entered into a three year role as the general manager of a 30 room boutique hotel with a 150 seat liquor primary license in New Westminster.

In 2000, Ken was offered the first district sales manager role for Sleeman Breweries in Western Canada. The opportunity to represent and sell a brand portfolio that included international, national and regional brands that made up the Sleeman portfolio was the next logical step in Ken’s experience. As the provincial manager from 2009 to 2012 Ken oversaw all aspects of the sales process for both the retail and on – premise channels for British Columbia.

Ken is now combining his passion, experience and evolution in the beer industry to pursue his entrepreneurial desire by owning his own company, Eureka Beer Guide, which represents Prud’homme Beer Certification®, Canada’s leading beer training program. This multi-level beer education course has something to offer to everyone from the beer aficionado to the hospitality professional. This opportunity empowers Ken to combine his love of beer, his industry experience and his leadership skills to both industry and non- industry beer enthusiasts.

As of July 2013, Ken is the Executive Director of the British Columbia Craft Brewers Guild, which represents half of the 70, owned and operated craft breweries and brewpubs in BC. These artisans produce and promote premium hand crafted beers that are truly BC and showcase their talents to the world.


Steve Hodge

Steve Hodge

Pastry Chef and Owner of Temper Pastry

Steven Hodge grew up in Dundarave. After graduating from West Vancouver secondary high school, Steven spread his wings and moved to California to attend Whittier college, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration in 2000. Realizing his undeniable passion for cooking, he went on to complete the le cordon blue program at the California school of culinary arts in Pasadena in 2002. Specializing in none other, than pastry and chocolate.

After spending eight years in California, completing his apprenticeship at Dominic’s Restaurant in West Hollywood, Spago Catering, and Porto’s Bakery. Steven moved back home to Vancouver in 2004, where he assumed the executive pastry chef position at coast restaurant, part of the global group.
 Constantly striving to better his craft, Steven then decided to apprentice with the sugar art team of Patrice Cordier and Dominique Jerry in 2005. Soon after, with a taste for adventure, Steven and his wife Lara moved to London England where he spent three years working in some of the world’s most renowned restaurants; Le Caprice Restaurant, Gordon Ramsay’s 3 Michelin star restaurant, Royal Hospital Road, and the famous, Wolseley Restaurant.

In 2008, Steven and Lara returned home to Vancouver, where Steven was given the opportunity to work alongside renowned pastry chef Thomas Haas. He spent four and half years fine tuning and perfecting his skills under the guidance of Thomas.

In 2014, Steven opened Temper Pastry in Dundarave. Using only the highest quality of ingredients, temper offers the richest, handcrafted chocolates, flakiest pastries and melt-in-your-mouth desserts, as well as a selection of gourmet sandwiches, quiches, and roasted Stumptown coffee.

Rosie Priest

Rosie Priest

Kombucha Purveyor at O5 Tea

Rosie Priest works for o5 Rare Tea Bar in Kitsilano, the shop is dedicated to hosting, entertaining, creating and sharing some of the most unique teas on the planet, and it was here that Rosie discovered a love of fermented tea: kombucha. Having always had a love for beer and fermentation itself, it made sense to start creating fermented tea drinks – which itself works as a perfect effervescent platform to express the teas natural flavors and to make the tea sing. As kombucha popularity is on the rise, Rosie is becoming more and more attracted to the simplicity of expressing simple ingredients, moving away, unlike a lot of kombucha brewers, from heavily flavored kombuchas, Rosie focuses on perfecting the artesian craft of fermentation.


Lauren Elbe

Lauren Elbe

Founder – Nuez Milk

Lauren Elbe is a personal trainer and the creator of the Nuez Beverage Co. a Vancouver based brand that makes organic, fresh made, preservative free almond and hazelnut milks. After her first bite of a European tomato, Lauren began to question why conventional grocery store food was so lacklustre. Lauren has studied holistic nutrition and has become passionate about local food and what “good” food means for flavour, our health, our communities and the environment. “I dream of a world where food can just be food. Where I don’t need to analyze the ingredients list of a product to try to decipher if there are ingredients that aren’t going to serve me, a world where food is made in kitchens and not laboratories.”

Yashar Nijati

Founder – Yummus Organics

bio & photo to come

If you haven’t been to our previous Food Talks events, Novus TV featured our Vol 3 on City Lights (view here).

The Evening: Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea by Lost + Found Cafe followed by a wonderful line-up of speakers who will talk about themselves and their passion related to the food community.  There will be a Q & A where you will have a chance to ask questions and engage with the speakers along with a chance to mingle and network with the speakers and guests afterwards (*Wine and other beverages along with food will be available for purchase).

Buy Tickets via Eventbrite:

Early Bird Tickets: $15 per person before August 29, 2014

Regular Tickets: $25 per person after August 29, 2014

Note: Eventbrite fee and gst is extra on all tickets purchased online.

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc.

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