First Annual Art and Wine in the Vines

On July 15 and 16, in the Okanagan will be the First Annual Art and Wines in the Vines.  Here is the press release for this interesting event.  Enjoy!

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Okanagan Falls, B.C. (July 6, 2017): Wine tastings, plein air painting sessions, and a fresh summer brunch menu await guests attending Art & Wine in the Vines, a collaborative affair hosted by Liquidity WinesNoble Ridge Winery and The Federation of Canadian Artists. The weekend-long festival, taking place on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16, invites the public to explore the relationship between fine art, exquisite wines and local cuisine in the heart of British Columbia’s renowned wine and artisan region, the Okanagan Valley.

Open to guests of all ages, Art & Wine in the Vines

features a colourful roster of events intended to connect people with artists, vintners and culinary purveyors from the Okanagan Valley. The art walk event allows attendees to wander freely between the adjoining Liquidity Wines and Noble Ridge Winery vineyards and participate in festivities occurring at both sites; alternatively, guests can hop aboard a shuttle connecting the vineyards (the shuttle will run at regular intervals throughout the weekend). Along the art walk path, artists will demonstrate plein air painting and lead interactive tutorials (11am to 4pm; times vary by artist) while wine-tasting stations will keep guests refreshed. Tickets cost $15, and include art walk admission as well as wine tastings, a commemorative glass and shuttle access. Tickets can be purchased online at the Liquidity website.
Vancouver based sculptor Marie Khouri will be presenting an exclusive lecture on Saturday the 15. During the lecture, Khouri will share insight into her process, artistic practice and personal history, including the influence of her Egyptian and Lebanese roots. Though at this time the event is fully booked, art aficionados are encouraged to include their names on a wait list by calling 778-515-5500, ext 2, or emailing info@liquiditywines.com.

Before exploring the vineyards, attending seminars and chatting with artists, guests can enjoy Liquidity Winery’s Sunday brunch, hosted in the airy bistro whose stunning view of Vaseux Lake is an art piece unto itself. The dishes at  Liquidity Bistro are crafted with seasonal ingredients sourced from nearby farms, with brunch features including a flavourful smoked salmon eggs benedict topped with fresh artisan greens; maple custard stuffed multigrain croissant with seasonal fruits, hazelnuts and yoghurt; the Liquidity Burger served in a brioche bun with pinot noir mustard; and other tantalizing selections. Brunch takes place on Sunday, July 16 between 11am and 3pm, and tickets are $25 (including tax and gratuity). Reservations must be made in advance either online or by phone at (778) 515-5500. Guests are advised to mention they are attending the art walk in the reservation notes. For more details on Art & Wine in the Vines and to purchase tickets click here.

Summer is Fun at Road 13 Vineyards

I received this press release from Road 13 Vineyards about their new wine releases and all the fun you can have at their tasting room if you venture to the south Okanagan to see them.  It looks like a lot of fun.  Give it a read and go have some fun this summer.

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Oliver, B.C. With the arrival of those long, hot summer days here at
Road 13 Vineyard it’s an exciting time to celebrate our newly released vintages. The warmer weather brings the season for wine tripping, leisurely al fresco lunches, lakeside picnics and of course, a chilled out glass of fRose™ on Road 13’s sunny patio overlooking the Okanagan Valley.

The team at Road 13 Vineyards is excited to launch new vintages of 2016 Marsanne, 2015 Syrah Malbec and 2015 Syrah. The 2016 Marsanne is  a perfect summer sippers with favours that are complimentary to the wonderful round texture in this white wine. The overall impression of the 2015 Syrah is of a rich, complex wine of distinction, one with excellent structure and a purity of expression that is unmistakably ‘BC Syrah’. Meanwhile the 2015 Syrah Malbec is a strong bold red that is dark and dense in colour and pairs very well with various meats and cheeses.
Bottle shots and tasting notes for the above wines are available here
Road 13’s extreamly popular fRose™ – a pink wine slushie, perfect for hot Okanagan summer days, can be found in the lounge and includes a GoVino wine glass to keep. Joe Luckhurst coined the word fRose™ while pining for an ultra cold glass of Honest John’s Rosè on the patio after a long summer’s day at the winery. The Luckhursts’ perfect recipe came with a bit of trial and error and a few willing friends – needless to say it is now a hit that has hit patios across North America for which Luckhurst owns the registered trademark.

Visitors to Road 13 Vineyards can enjoy tastings in The Castle, a legacy of the winery’s former owners, or the Executive Lounge, a contemporary view-centric space where guests can enjoy a sit-down tasting of the entire Road 13 Vineyards portfolio accompanied by charcuterie boards that includes a selection of meats, cheese, condiments, crackers and bread.

Fans of “breakfast wine” or those guests wanting to beat the summer rush will like Road 13 Vineyards’ ‘Start Your Day‘ tour. The $25 tour begins at 9:30am and includes a tour of the sparkling cave and barrel room followed by a tasting in the lounge with fresh baked pastries.

Looking to add a little sparkle to your day? Guests can visit the ‘Sparkling Cave

with a tour that departs daily at 11am. Learn the traditional method of sparkling winemaking while sipping on Road 13’s ultra popular Sparkling Chenin Blanc. The $40 tour also includes the barrel cellar and an Executive Lounge tasting complete with charcuterie board.
Click here for reservations and full tour information. Tours must be booked in advance.

There’s so much Happening this Summer at Road 13 Vineyards: 

July 1 Afternoon Canada Day BBQ

Canada’s 100th birthday is almost here! Stop in to Road 13 Vineyards for

a glass (or bottle) of Road 13 wine with lamb kofta, veggie pakora and tacos by the Vagabond Kitchen food truck. Drop in to the casual event to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. Club members and one guest are complimentary.
Class in Glass: paint pARTy
July 6, August 3 & October 2, 2017 | 6:30pm
Join Road 13 for an evening of painting and wine-ing! Laura Luckhurst will be teaching a evening of painting featuring one of her orignal art pieces.  Tickets are $55 each and include all materials and a glass of wine. Class starts promptly at 6:30pm. Additional wine & charcuterie available to purchase.
Culinary Workshop & Dinner
July 20,  August 17 & October 5, 2017 | 4:00pm
Join Road 13 at Backyard Farm for three cooking workshops with Chef Chris Van Hooydonk where guests will help prepare a three-course dinner to be enjoyed later that evening. Each course will be paired with Road 13 wines. Guests can choose from the hands-on culinary workshop or dinner only, seating for both is limited.  Click here to for more information and to book.
$120/workshop & dinner ticket or $85/dinner only
Road 13 Dinner
July 22 &  August 12 | 6:15pm
Join Road 13 Vineyard originals, Pam & Mick Luckhurst for a fun four-course meal at the winery. Backyard Farm’s Chef Chris Van Hooydonk’s summer feast is priced at $135 and includes Road 13 wines deliciously teamed up with each course.  Book here.
Proprietor’s Dinner – Fall Wine Festival
September 30 &  October 6, 2017 | 6:15pm
This early fall event sells out every year so book early to avoid disappointment.  With the can’t lose combination of Luckhurst and Van Hooydonk, Pam and Mick will be serving up new fall vintages with seasonal Okanagan ingredients  prepared by Backyard Farm.  This four-course is $135 and can be booked here, with an optional shuttle add on.
Christmas in July – Road 13 Vineyards Wine Advent: 
Holiday Gift Guide planning is soon to be in full swing. Road 13 is offering a short cut to the wine lover’s heart during the holiday season with an advent calendar featuring a hand-wrapped selection of the Luckhurst family’s favourite treats. Road 13 Vineyard’s “12 Days of Christmas” will begin on December 13 with a dozen days of delight counting down Santa’s arrival. Advent calendars can be ordered online or by calling 250.498.8330 starting in November.
Upgrade your Road 13 Advent Calendar for an additional $75 to include the Road 13 Wine Check – a safe and convenient way to transport up to 12 bottles of wine. Shipping is free to addresses in British Columbia and Alberta or just $20 to other major centres in Canada. Each calendar features a mix of red and white wines.*

About Road 13 Vineyards:

Road 13 Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery located on the Golden Mile Bench in Oliver, BC. The winery has a short yet colourful past and continually receives ongoing critical acclaim for making white, red and rosé varietals that are a quintessential expression of Okanagan Valley terroir. Accolades continue to pour in for Road 13 Vineyards who claim the success is “All About the Dirt.” In 2016, Road 13 Vineyards took third place in Wine Align’s National Wine Awards having maintained a spot in Wine Align’s top 10 for the past eight years.
In addition to the award-winning wines, Road 13 Vineyards is a destination in itself, offering guests two unique experiences: feature tastings in the “Castle,” or a more leisurely tasting of the entire Road 13 wine portfolio in the Executive Lounge. Visitors are encouraged to stay a while and bring a picnic whilst enjoy the stunning views of the Oliver- Osoyoos Wine Country.

For more information visit road13vineyards.com or visit socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Tasting Plates Vancouver Stadium District: Get Your Tickets

Here is the lastest Tasting Plates for the summer from Vancouver Foodster.  I haven’t been to them before so am looking forward to trying these new places. Enjoy!

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Join us and explore the Stadium District area (centered around Robson/Cambie to Expo Boulevard to Abbott Street) and tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants and cafes. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday, July 12 from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates and Tasting Cups for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants 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!

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

Some of the Participating Restaurants/Establishments

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Papparoti

193 Keefer Place

Web: www.papparoti.ca

Twitter: @PappaRotiCanada

Cuisine: Café

PappaRoti – the buttery, coffee-caramel coated “father of all buns” that first took Malaysia by storm in 2003 and has since opened over 400 café locations worldwide – and is now developing throughout Canada.

Our coffee buns are freshly baked every 20 minutes in our stores, which attract people of all nationalities and age groups. Light enough to pass off as a snack rather than a meal, these delicious coffee-caramel buns are soft and fluffy, with a crispy top layering of coffee caramel, served alone or in combination with our various signature hot and cold beverages.

In addition to the coffee buns Papparoti is also proud to pronounce its new product offering the Pappa Rollie a soft and flaky croissant-like texture pastry with Kaya (young coconut filling jam) inside – this item is a sure win amongst all our customers!

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Hendricks Resto-Lounge

433 Robson Street in The Westin Grand

Tel: 604-647-2521

Web: http://hendricksrestaurant.com/

Twitter: @hendricksyvr

Instagram: @hendricksyvr

Inside the Westin Grand, Vancouver, overlooking the city’s vibrant Library Square Hendricks Resto-Lounge offers a contemporary twist on the classics. With a subtle nod to West Coast lounge culture, Hendricks is both a full-service restaurant showcasing clean, modern cuisine as well as an old-school cocktail bar stirring up decadently crafted cocktails. Hendricks features a rotating roster of live musical performances and DJ sets on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

 

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Stretch Roman Pizza Co.

415 Abbott Street, Vancouver

Web: http://stretchpizza.com/

Twitter @stretchpizza

Cuisine: Italian pizzeria

Meet the Roman pizza, inspired by the popular gourmet street food of Rome.

The Italians call it “pizza al taglio”, we call it a perfect slice of pizza!

Starting with the use of high quality, authentic Italian flour and a lengthy 48-hour dough making process, we produce a product that is light and airy with a slight crispiness to the crust.

 

Watch for more restaurants and establishments soon

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before June 30, 2017

Advance Tickets $45 per person after June 30, 2017

Regular $60 per person after July 9, 2017

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 at least 48 hours in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Participating restaurants subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

Join Bistro Pastis with their Alsatian Menu in June

Colmar in Alsace (Image courtesy Wikicommons Tizianok)

Colmar in Alsace (Image courtesy Wikicommons Tizianok)

Alsace is a wonderful region in northeastern France.  The confluence of German and French wine and cuisine.  Beautiful gingerbread-style houses.  I’ve been there once and would love to go again.  But in case you are like me, longing to visit, or have yet to visit, you can experience the cuisine of Alsace at Bistro Pastis till the end of June.  Here is their special menu for me and you.

Alsace Feature Menu

June 8th to 30th, 2017

Appetizers:

alsatian onion tarte
shaved spring vegetables, crème fraiche
$16

beef consommé
alsatian dumplings, brunoise mire poix
$12

smoked sturgeon carpaccio
fingerling potato salad, remoulade
$16

Mains

perch a la sauvigny
pan seared perch in cream sauce, buttered egg noodles, glazed asparagus
$30

choucroute garni
braised pork belly, house made sausage,
sauerkraut, potatoes

$29

beer braised duck leg
Roasted apples, pomme sardelaise, green beans
$29

Desserts

rhum baba
caramel sauce, “the kraken” rum raisin ice cream
$10

citrus madeleine
candied citrus zest
$9.50

 

Although there are no wine pairings shown, classic Alsatian wines are made from Pinot Noir, Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Muscat d’Alsace, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer.

You can make a reservation to Bistro Pastis on OpenTable at this link.

Tasting Plates Riley Park on June 14 – Get Your Tickets

Join Vancouver Foodster in the Riley Park neighborhood and tantalize your taste buds at a selection of restaurants, cafes and other establishments centered in and around Main Street between 16th – 30th avenues. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday June 14 from 6pm until 10pm.

Each restaurant and establishment will be serving up Tasting Plates, Cups or Bowls for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants/establishments throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating places.

If you haven’t been to Vancouver Foodster’s 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!

Registration: Main Street Honey Shoppe – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Passports and menus.

Some of the Participating Restaurants/Establishments

The Main Street Honey Shoppe

Main Street Honey Shoppe

Main Street Honey Shoppe

4125 Main Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.mainstreethoney.com/

Twitter: @MainStreetHoney

Instagram: @mainstreethoney

Cuisine: Honey and bakery cafe

Farm fresh honey and honeybee products available in the heart of Vancouver. Come taste test honey varietals from all across the world (from blueberry to buckwheat to fireweed to manuka), shop for handmade beeswax candles, boost your immune system with the hive’s amazing array of natural health products, or just enjoy a hot cup of tea with a drizzle of the sweet stuff.

Bob Likes Thai Food

Bob Likes Thai Food

Bob Likes Thai Food

3755 Main Street

Web: http://www.boblikesthaifood.com/

Twitter: @boblikethaifood

Instagram: @boblikesthaifood

Cuisine: Thai

Authentic Thai, with dishes from the Northern Thailand region, wonderful flavours.

The August Market

The August Market

The August Market

3958 Main Street

Web: https://www.facebook.com/The-August-Market-1551040715171178/

Twitter: @theaugustmarket

Instagram: @theaugustmarket

Cuisine: Urban Market

We sell fresh produce, local products, bulk goods, curated grocery, dairy, beverages on tap including kombucha, ginger beer, cold pressed juice, nut milks, cold brew coffee and tea, prepared salads, grab and go food.

The Juicery Co

The Juicery Co

The Juicery Co

4236 Main Street

Web: http://www.thejuiceryco.ca/

Twitter: @TheJuiceryCo

Instagram @TheJuiceryCo

Cuisine: Juicer cafe

The Juicery Co is an Organic, Cold Pressed Juice & Nut Mylk Shop with tasty dishes that also delivers throughout Metro Vancouver. As a family they have decided to share their knowledge of juicing with their community to provide others with the specific nutrients they require to improve quality of life.

Caffe Artigiano

Caffe Artigiano

Caffe Artigiano

4010 Main Street

Web:https://www.caffeartigiano.com/

Twitter:@CaffeArtigiano

Instagram:caffeartigiano

Cuisine: coffeehouse

Locally based Italian style artisan coffee house & roaster. Hand sourced single origin coffee expertly brewed & crafted as well as simple, fresh food

More restaurants and establishments to be announced soon

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $39 per person before May 31

Family/Friends 4 pack of tickets $140 ($35 tickets each) *get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pack.

Advance Tickets $45 per person after May 31

Regular $60 per person after June 11

Purchase at this link.

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

Ticket price includes tasting plates, cups or bowls at each of the participating restaurants and establishments throughout the evening. (Beverages are included at some places 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 at least 48 hours in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Participating restaurants and establishments subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

Spring Winemaker’s Dinner With Howling Bluff May 15

Do you like BC wine?  Have you ever attended a BC Wine Appreciation Society event, such as this excellent sounding winemaker’s dinner with Howling Bluff?  The menu and wines look fantastic.  Check it out and sign up if you are salivating.

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BCWASThe BCWAS is delighted to announce our 2017 spring dinner! This dinner is all about the awards. Glowbal at Telus Garden has won awards for architecture and design as well as – importantly – the food. We think it will be a great place to host owner Luke Smith of Howling Bluff Estate Winery. Luke has won too many wine awards to mention here: in addition to two Lieutenant Governor’s Awards, he’s also garnered several Gold medals in Canadian and international competitions. Join us as we beat the winter blues! (After this winter, the blues will take a lot of beating!)

The Chef at Glowbal Telus Garden has crafted a menu especially for us:

Hamachi Crudo
Meyer Lemon, Fennel, Dill, Grapefruit
2015 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Roasted Lamb Loin
Charred Cipollini Onion and Seabuckthorn Berry Relish
Wild Mushroom Crumb, Wild Stinging Nettle, Puffed Huckleberry Jus
2013 Three Mile Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir

Charred Yarrow Meadows Duck Breast
Spring Peas, Morel Mushrooms, Smoked Fingerling Potatoes
2013 Century Block Pinot Noir

Slow Cooked Beef Tenderloin
Crispy Bone Marrow, Caramelized Onion and Blue Cheese Tart
Baby Spinach, Cherry Bordelaise Sauce
2012 Sin Cera (blend of Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot)

Seared Foie Gras, Dark Chocolate, Rye Cake, Beet Root
2009 Fort Summa Quies Pinot Noir dessert wine

Alternatively, for vegetarians we have something special as well:

Truffled Arancini
Meyer Lemon, Fennel, Dill, Grapefruit
2015 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Roasted BC Mushrooms
Charred Cipollini Onion and Seabuckthorn Berry Relish
Wild Mushroom Crumb, Wild Stinging Nettle, Puffed Huckleberry Jus
2013 Three Mile Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir

“Peas & Carrots”
Spring Peas, Slow Cooked Baby Carrots, Morel Mushrooms, Smoked Fingerling Potatoes
2013 Century Block Pinot Noir

Caramelized Onion and Blue Cheese Tart
Creamed Spinach, Crispy Walnuts, Soubise
2012 Sin Cera (blend of Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot)

Sorbet Trio
2009 Fort Summa Quies Pinot Noir dessert wine

Howling Bluff Estate Winery

Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
Time: 6:30pm (please arrive earlier to be seated)
Place: Glowbal at Telus Garden, 590 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Price: $159 Members / $174 Guests via Interac e-transfer to info@bcwas.com
OR $165 Members / $180 Guests via Paypal (below)
​Important things to note:There will be pre-arranged seating at this dinner. When you sign-up, e-mail us at info@bcwas.com and let us know your chosen dinner companions, and we will do our best to fit everyone in.​

Members $165.00 CAD
Non-Members $180.00 CAD

​Alternatively, cheques can be mailed to: BC Wine Appreciation SocietyPO Box 48912 Bentall Station, Vancouver, BC  V7X 1A8 ​  (Note: Receipt of your payment is required to hold your seat – please notify us by e-mail if you are mailing a cheque.)

2017/2018 BCWAS membership: Join us now, and your membership is good until March of 2018. Only $40 for more than a year of our fun and fabulous events! Click here to become a member of the best wine club in town. http://www.bcwas.com/membership.html

Questions? Contact us at membership@bcwas.com

Please note – there are no paper tickets for our events. Once your purchase is completed you will be added to our attendees list. Please check in when you arrive.

Please make sure you have a safe way home: take transit, call a cab, or ask a friend to be a designated driver. We will have free transit tickets on hand for those who take transit home.

Please note that we are unable to provide refunds. If you purchase a ticket but cannot attend the event, please let us know with as much advance notice as possible and we’ll try to re-sell your ticket, but we cannot guarantee this.

Tasting Plates Burnaby Heights May 17 – Get Your Tickets

Being a Burnaby resident, I like when people realize that there are restaurants east of Boundary.  Vancouver Foodster has his upcoming Burnaby Heights Tasting Plates on May 17.  Come out to Burnaby and see what we have to offer!  Announcement for the event is below.

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Join us as we return to Burnaby Heights and tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants centered in and around Hastings Street. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday May 17 from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates and Tasting Cups for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants 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!

Registration: tba – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Passports and menus.

Some of the Participating Restaurants

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The Gray Olive Cafeteria

4190 East Hastings, Burnaby

Tel: 604-566-9664

Web: http://www.thegrayolive.com/

Twitter: @TheGrayOlive

Cuisine: Comfort Food/Westcoast

The Gray Olive Cafeteria is the brainchild of three brothers who come from very different professional backgrounds, yet have a singular passion for great food. It’s more than a restaurant; we’re dedicated to fostering a culture that encourages creativity and draws inspiration from anywhere and everywhere, including our guests. But above all, our mission is to provide mouthwatering cuisine with a touch of nostalgia.

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Glenburn Soda Fountain

4090 Hastings St, Burnaby

Web: http://glenburnsoda.com/

Twitter: @glenburnsoda

Instagram @glenburnsoda

Cuisine: Desserts and Ice Cream Treats

Glenburn is a throw-back to a simpler time and an opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasures of a hand-made dessert. Glenburn offers a wide range of ice cream treats including sundaes, milkshakes and malts. Candy and soda syrups along with nostalgic toys and treats round out the offerings.

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Brokenrice Vietnamese Restaurant

4088 Hastings Street, Burnaby

Web:https://www.brokenrice.ca/

Twitter:@BrokenriceBBY

Instagram: @brokenriceca

Cuisine: Vietnamese

Broken rice (com tam) originally consisted of grains which were broken during the process of harvesting and cleaning the rice. Traditionally eaten by the Vietnamese working class as it was cheaper to buy, broken rice gained favour in wider circles due to its unique flavour and texture. Today, broken rice is softer in texture than it’s cast-off ancestor and has become distinctly Vietnamese.

Brokenrice Vietnamese Restaurant aims to celebrate all of what Vietnamese cuisine has to offer – fresh, vibrant ingredients and delicious flavour profiles – with a contemporary approach. We are continually striving to present classic dishes using modern cooking applications and local, sustainable ingredients.

 


Fortuna Bakery

4240 Hastings St, Burnaby

Tel: 604-298-9610

Web: http://www.fortunabakery.com/

Instagram: @fortunabakerybby

Cuisine: Italian bakery and deli

Offering decadent, layered pastries, along with classic & fruit-topped cakes, plus coffee.

 

More restaurants to be announced soon

 

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before May 7

Advance Tickets $45 per person after May 7

Regular $60 per person after May 14

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 at least 48 hours in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Participating restaurants subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

Vancouver Mac and Cheese Challenge April 6 – 30, 2017

Mac and Cheese; we all grew up with it, but as we grew up, so did the Mac and Cheese.  Below are creations by 4 restaurants in the Vancouver lower mainland to show us their take on Mac and Cheese.  Lucky, me; I’m one of the judges.  I will be sure to try to pair each dish with a glass of wine and/or beer, and be sure to tell you via Instagram and Twitter.   Keep an eye for my posts.  Here is the announcement from Vancouver Foodster.

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Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Mac & Cheese Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their mac and cheese into this challenge, most of the restaurants have created a special mac and cheese just for this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their mac and cheese on their menu from April 6-30, 2017.

How Does this all Work? For the public challenge, you are invited to go out and order any or all of the mac and cheese creations in this challenge, then you decide who you think has the best mac and cheese creation for the People’s Choice award winners. 

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 #MacChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the challenge.

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite mac and cheese 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 night of it, visit a couple restaurants or more to share and taste the different Mac and Cheese creations or go solo or with a friend – just remember to VOTE for your favourites between April 6-30, 2017.

The Creations

Here are the Mac and Cheese creations in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

Mosaic Grille

The Mac Daddy

The Mac Daddy

Price: Full      $36; Half        $24; Taster    $16

Created by: Executive Chef Jeff Szombaty & Jo Ong Sous Chef

Description: Canadian lobster. cavatappi. olive oil cured sundried tomato. havarti-gouda mornay sauce. truffle essence

Offered: 4:30pm- 10:30pm daily

Mosaic Grille

655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel:   604-639-4768

Web:  https://vancouver.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

Twitter:    @HyattVancouver

Instagram: @HyattVancouver

Tour de Feast

In your Belly Mac & Cheese

In your Belly Mac & Cheese

Price: $14.50

Created by: Chef DJ

Description: Casareccia pasta, gruyere cheese, sauce maornay, twice cooked organic Fraser valley pork belly, truffle Parmesan bread crumbs.

Offered: 7 days a week 10 am to 2:30 pm

Tour de Feast

319 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver

Tel: (604) 980-1811

Web: http://tourdefeast.com/

Twitter: @de_feast

Instagram: @tourdefeast319

Storm Crow Tavern

Mother of Dragons Mac and Cheese

Mother of Dragons Mac and Cheese

Price: $16

Created by: Chef Sam Cargnelli and Allie Szakacs

Description:   Semolina macaroni in a carbonara-style sauce with parmesan, Two Rivers smoked bacon, Golden Ears Cheesecrafters Gold Creek Munster-style cheese with Neufchâtel crèma and house-made spicy ketchup topped with a Dragon’s Egg (a mac and cheese ball wrapped in a Red Devil pork sausage, with a cheese curd center!)

Offered: Offered during lunch and dinner

Storm Crow Tavern

1305 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 566-9669

Web: http://www.stormcrowtavern.com/

Twitter: @stormcrowtavern

Instagram:  @stormcrowtavern

Hopcott Meats

Pulled Beef Mac & Cheese

Pulled Beef Mac & Cheese

Price: $9.95

Created by: Chef Christina Sepidoza

Description: Slow cooked Hopcott beef brisket, pulled and then braised in red wine and aromatic vegetables piled on top of macaroni with aged cheddar and cheese curds, topped with homemade onion straws and special house ketchup

Offered: During lunch hours: 10:30 to 4:00, Seven days a week

Hopcott Meats

18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows

Tel: 604.465.7799

Web: http://www.hopcottmeats.ca/

Twitter @HopcottFarms

Instagram @hopcottfarms

 

Make sure you pick up one of the Mac and Cheese Challenge postcards available at each of the participating restaurants. Remember to Vote for your favourites daily, all the voting details are at

http://vancouverfoodster.com/mac-and-cheese-challenge/ 

Our Judges

Our Media judges for this challenge are:

Karl Kliparchuk

Wine, Food & Travel Writer for MyWinePal

Twitter: @MyWinePal

Areta Wong

Blogger of Foodgressing

Twitter: @foodgressing

David Grange

Blogger for BCFoodieBlogger

Twitter: @BCfoodieblogger

Vancouver TheatreSports Western World – Laugh Without Limits

Vancouver TheatreSports Western World Cast

Vancouver TheatreSports Western World Cast

Vancouver TheatreSports’™ improvisers will demonstrate their lightning fast wit as they play the ‘Hosts’ to our audience ‘Guests’ in Western World – an improvised parody inspired by the popular TV series Westworld. Opens April 6 and runs through to May 13, 2017

Each night features a totally new ‘episode’ under the watchful eye and guiding mind of Robert (sometimes Roberta) Ford. Guests begin their Western World adventure with an orientation. “Who are these hosts? What roles do they play?” are just some of the many questions that only VTSL’s esteemed Guests can answer. Throughout the show Guests help craft the storyline that becomes the basis for the second half of the show. In this artificial world of improvised comedy anything can, and will, happen.

If things get too out of hand, Ford can always step in with “Stop all motor functions” and hit the reset button. Even if you have never seen Westworld, VTSL’s Western World will be filled with enough western movie clichés and quick-thinking action to ensure an evening of ‘laughs without limits.’

Mosey up to the Neil Macrae Bar and Lounge and treat yourself to our limited-edition Western World themed cocktails specially designed by our Bar Manager Paul Belsito Interested in our bar menu? Click here to view.

To see ticket prices and show length for all our shows, click here.

Belated Celebration of Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates 5th Anniversary

It was Vancouver Foodster‘s 5th Tasting Plate Anniversary on March 8, and Richard went all out to impress us with the participating downtown venues.  We started off with a sip of red and white Chilean wine at Marquis Wine Cellars.   A celebratory drink for a celebratory occasion.

Our Tasting Plates crawl took us to visit:

By the time I visited all the venues, I was thoroughly, pleasantly stuffed.

What did I get to Sample?

Marquis Wine Cellars

  • Terrapura 2015 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($20.78 + tax) – A full bodied round, ripe, soft dark-fruited wine.
  • Terrapura 2014 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc ($19.04 + tax) – Exhibiting lots of New World tropical and herbal character.

Both wines are reasonably priced at Marquis, and easy to enjoy.

Terrapura Chilean wines at Marquis Wine Cellars

Terrapura Chilean wines at Marquis Wine Cellars

Ten Ten Tapas

  • Octopus Conserva,
  • Mushrooms on Toast and
  • Salmon Mi Cuit

Ten Ten Tapas is a bit hidden at the base of the Burrard bridge along Beach Avenue, but should not be missed.  They created some very nice tapas for us to enjoy.  In particular, I really liked the Salmon with the dill, as those tastes always go well together.  The octopus was also quite nicely; not over-done which made it soft to chew.

Ten Ten Tapas Octopus Conserva, Mushrooms on Toast, and Salmon Mi Cuit

Ten Ten Tapas Octopus Conserva, Mushrooms on Toast, and Salmon Mi Cuit

Meinhardt Fine Foods

  • Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad- tahini, lemon, parsley, red onion
  • Mushroom Leek Soup- crispy leeks, cream, truffle oil
  • Prosciutto & Brie “Sandwich”- fig crostini, arugula, aioli
  • Zesty Lemon Bar- pate sucree base, fresh raspberries
  • Superfood SweetHARDT- vegan, paleo, chocolate heart

This was my last stop, and I was already stuffed from Patron Tacos & Cantina.  But nevertheless, devoured these tasty tasting plate dishes.  The food was all very healthy.  I really enjoyed the roasted cauliflower and chickpea salad.  Roasted cauliflower has such nice flavour combined with the texture from the chickpea.

Meinhardt Fine Foods Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad, Mushroom Leek Soup, Prosciutto and Brie sandwich, lemon bar and chocolate heart

Meinhardt Fine Foods Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad, Mushroom Leek Soup, Prosciutto and Brie sandwich, lemon bar and chocolate heart

Patron Tacos & Cantina

  • Sopecito – Handmade thick corn tortilla, topped with beans & shredded chicken. Garnished with green tomatillo sauce
    lettuce, feta cheese, sour cream and Pico de Gallo.
  • Flautita – Deep fried corn tortilla filled with our delicious “BARBACOA”. Topped with green tomatillo sauce, sour cream and feta cheese.
  • Enchilada – Corn tortilla with shredded beef. Topped with red sauce. Garnished with sour cream and feta cheese

This was probably my favourite stop during the Tasting Plates event.  I know good Mexican food, having travelled extensively in the Southwestern USA very often.  The food at Patron would measure up to any food that I have eaten in Phoenix, Tucson, or El Paso.  All freshly made sauces.  Not made too spicy so the gringos here in Vancouver can enjoy, but they do provide you with a variety of hot sauces to add the heat if needed.

Patron Tacos & Cantina Sopecito, Flautita and Enchilada

Patron Tacos & Cantina Sopecito, Flautita and Enchilada

Saj & Co.

Flowers (Breadbowl hummus salad with different flavours and different breads!)

Eating here I felt very healthy. The salad bowl was edible. Again more chickpeas; this time made into hummus.  Really fresh Middle-eastern food.  This place is very tiny so if you are going to go during the day for your lunch break at work, I’d suggest going before the noon-time rush.  The small, round chocolate cakes were also very good.  Not sweet.

Saj & Co. Breadbowl with hummus salad and chocolate cake

Saj & Co. Breadbowl with hummus salad and chocolate cake

Tartine Bread & Pies .

Apple Pie Three Ways:

  • Salted Caramel Apple
  • Dutch Apple
  • Blackberry Apple

If you like pies, then give Tartine a try.  I am partial to apple pies, so my favourite was the salted caramel apple pie, but all the pies were done very well.  I didn’t have time to enjoy them with a cup of coffee, but maybe on my next trip there on my own I will.

Tartine Bread & Pies Apple Pie Three Ways

Tartine Bread & Pies Apple Pie Three Ways