Tasting Plates Fraserhood on July 20 – Get Your Tickets

Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates event continue through the summer.  The next one for July 20 is in the Fraserhood neighbourhood.  Enjoy a warm summer evening and taste lots of delicious bites.  Full details below.

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Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in the Fraserhood neighbourhood. This tasting extravaganza will be centred on Fraser between Kingsway and 28th Ave, and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

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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 Cards and menus.

 

Some of the Participating Restaurants: 

Straight outta Brooklyn

701 Kingsway (at Fraser), Vancouver

Web: http://straightouttabrooklynpizza.com/

Twitter: @straightbkpizza

Style of Pizza: New York style

The “New York Pizza” dates back to 1905 when Gennaro Lombardi, an immigrant pizzaiolo from Naples, began to serve pizza in his Little Italy grocery store. Lombardi created a unique pizza style similar to that from the old country. He still focused on a thin crust and high quality ingredients, but his pizzas were served ‘to go’ and ‘by the slice’. His influence led to the emergence of Italian American Pizzaiolos who began to make quality slices all over the immigrant neighbourhoods in Brooklyn.  To this day, Brooklyn is renowned for having New York’s best pizza. Our aim is to bring a little New York to Vancouver by giving you an experience that is straight outta Brooklyn…

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Nammos Estiatorio

3980 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Web:http://www.nammos.ca/

Twitter: @NammosVan

Cuisine: Greek

Supporting Local Free Range Farm’s, Fish Markets, and fresh Seasonal Produce to bring you the finest Greek Tapas. OPA!

 

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Commodity Juicery

3975 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Web:http://www.commodityjuicery.com/

Twitter: @CommodityJuice

Cuisine: Juice Bar

Commodity Juicery was created by three young female entrepreneurs who had a vision to make health food & drinks more accessible to the everyday consumer. We specialize in cold pressed juices, nutrient dense smoothies, immunity shots, cleansing programs, plant based meals, snacks & treats all made with whole organic ingredients.

 

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Chomp Vegan Eatery

3586 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Web:http://www.chompveganeatery.com/

Twitter: @ChompVegan

Cuisine: Vegan

CHOMP gives you the best of both worlds with organic, gluten-free, plant-based meals that meet most dietary restrictions while being delicious enough for anyone and everyone to enjoy.

With CHOMP’s healthy alternative takeaway meals, event catering, and customizable weekly meal delivery service, it’s easier than ever to eat clean without sacrificing taste!

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Fairy Cakes

3586 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Web:http://www.fairycakescupcakes.ca/

Twitter:  @FairyCakes_YUMM

Cuisine: Bakery

 

More restaurants may be featured

Purchase Tickets Here: 

 

Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $198 for a 6 pack of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 6 pack, tickets only $33 each). Regular Tickets $55 per person after July 17, 2016.

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 Foodster Cheesecake Challenge – It’s On!

I think most people can agree that cheesecake is a wonderful dessert.  Serve it with a coffee, or maybe a late harvest or ice wine if you dare.  Richard Wolak aka Vancouver Foodster asked me if I would like to be a judge for his Cheesecake Challenge and I enthusiastically agreed.  The Challenge started and will close on May 8.  Follow along as I taste and tweet about each cheesecake creation, and even better, go visit the participating restaurants and bakeries, and vote for your favourite cheesecake.  Here is the official announcement.  Enjoy!

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Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Cheesecake Challenge. I have invited restaurants, cafes and bakeries from all over the city to enter their cheesecake into this challenge, some have their cheesecake on their menus and others have created a special cheesecake just for this challenge. Each restaurant, café and bakery will be featuring their cheesecake on their menu from April 14 – May 8, 2016.

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How Does this all Work? For the public challenge, you are invited to go out and order any or all of the cheesecakes in this challenge, then you decide who you think has the best cheesecake 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 address is @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #CheesecakeChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the event.

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite cheesecake’s – 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 cheesecakes or go solo or with a friend – just remember to VOTE for your favourites between April 14 – May 8, 2016.

Here are the 6 Cheesecakes in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

 

Dunns Famous

Dunn’s Famous Strawberry Cheese Cake

Description- Original Montreal recipe baked in house and fresh strawberries, glazed with strawberry sauce

Price- $9

Offered: All day, everyday

Dunns Famous

827 Seymour Street,Vancouver

Tel: 604-682-8938

Web:  http://www.dunnsfamousbc.com

Twitter: @DunnsFamousBC

 

Truffles Fine Foods

Truffles Fine Foods

Truffles Fine Foods

Jarred Cheescake

Price: $5

Created by: Chef Dave Bell

Description:  Jarred Cheescake, topped with berry compote

Offered: 9:30am-6pm, VanDusen Garden Kitchen

Truffle Fine Foods Cafe

5151 Oak Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-505- 4961

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Truffle Fine Foods Café

785 Davie Street, Vancouver

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Truffle Fine Foods Cafe

777 Columbia Street, New Westminster

Web: www.trufflesfinefoods.com/café

Twitter: @trufflesfoods

 

American Grille

American Grille

American Grille

Xango Cheese Cake

Price: $10

Description: with Crisp tortilla, caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream

Created by: Chef Danilo Ibara

Offered: All the time

American Grille

7571 Westminster Highway, Richmond

Tel: 604-232-2804

Web: http://american-grille.com/

Twitter: @GrilleYVR

 

Italia Bakery

Italia Bakery

Italia Bakery

Sea Salt Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake 2-way

Price: $2.99

Description: The bottom cheesecake is a chocolate baked cheesecake with a whipped no bake cheesecake top, garnished with roasted pecans, caramel and ganache.

Created by: Chef Sam Pero

Offered: All the time

Italia Bakery

2828 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604.251.6800

Web: http://www.italiabakery.ca/

Twitter: @italiabakery

 

Baguette and Co.

Baguette and Co.

Baguette and Co.

French Style Cheesecake

Description: Our cheesecake is an unbaked cheesecake, made of a french white chocolate, and lemon mousse (made with creamcheese), crushed raspberries and a crust made out of a french sablé flavoured with cinnamon and lemon. G/F

Price: $5.95

Created by: Chef Agathe Verpillat

Offered: All day, everyday

Baguette and Co.

3273 W Broadway, Vancouver

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2509 Main Street, Vancouver

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1102 Davie Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.baguetteandco.ca/

Twitter: @baguetteandcobc

 

Small Victory Bread & Coffee

Small Victory Bread & Coffee

Small Victory Bread & Coffee

The Sunset

Description:

Price: $6.50

Created by:

Offered: All day, everyday

Small Victory Bread & Coffee

1088 Homer Street, Vancouver

Web: http://smallvictory.ca/

Twitter: @sv_bakery

 

Make sure you pick up one of the Cheesecake Challenge postcards available at each of the participating restaurants and keep a record of your favourite Cheesecake creations. Remember to Vote for your favourites daily, all the voting details are here.

Our Media judges for this challenge are:

Drex

Radio host weeknights of Drex Live on CKNW

Twitter: @drex

 

Karl Kliparchuk

Wine, Food & Travel Writer for MyWinePal

Twitter: @MyWinePal

 

Sheri Radford

Editor of @wherevancouver , as well as Childrens Books Author

Twitter: @sheriradford

BCWAS 8th Generation Vineyard Event April 21

Come out to the BCWAS 8th Generation Vineyard wine tasting on Thursday April 21 and experience more BC wine.  There are so many BC wineries around now.  I am in particular VERY interested to try their Riesling and Pinot Noir, as I did a BC Riesling Review last year, and this year I am now starting my BC Pinot Noir Review. Here is the tasting announcement from the BCWAS.

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Join us for a fun tasting with Stefanie Schales of 8th Generation Vineyard!

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        Photo credit 8th Generation.

When Stefanie and Bernd Schales decided to call their winery “8th Generation” they really meant it. Their families have been making wine in Germany since 1783 – that’s a lot of history!

Stefanie studied architecture while Bernd followed the family tradition by becoming a winemaker. He studied at the State Academy for Viticulture & Oenologie of Weinsberg in Germany, and went on to make wine in Germany, New Zealand and South Africa.

After immigrating to Canada from Germany, Stefanie and Bernd purchased their first vineyard, in OK Falls, in 2003. In 2007, they bought the winery in Summerland. Our BCWAS September bus tour has been there twice, and each time the stop was one of our highlights!

8th Generation makes Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Meunier Rosé, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah as well as two frizzante-style bubblies and their flagship Riesling.

Stefanie and Bernd with the 9th generation.                  Photo credit www.spiegel.de.

Stefanie is bringing 12 wines with her, so we’ll get to taste almost everything! 

Wines being poured include:

·         2015 Integrity frizzante

·         2014 Confidence frizzante

·         2014 Chardonnay

·         2015 Riesling Classic

·         2014 Riesling (Best Riesling in Canada at the All-Canadian Wine Championship)

·         2013 Riesling Selection

·         2015 Riesling Selection tank sample

·         2015 Pinot Meunier Rosé

·         2012 Pinot Noir

·         2014 Cabernet/Merlot

·         2013 Syrah

·         2015 RedOne

 

And because we know how much you love your wine and cheese, we’re also going to have a few platters from Les Amis du Fromage.

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The beautiful new tasting room at the winery..             Photo credit: 8th Generation

Date:  Thursday April 21, 2016

Time: 7:30-9:30

Place: our regular venue, De Dutch Pannekoek House, Vancouver Convention Centre West, located in the western corner, lower (seawall) level, near the Olympic Torch.

Price:  Members: only $39/ Guests: $55

Click here to sign up: http://www.bcwas.ca/latest-news/join-us-for-a-fun-tasting-with-stefanie-schales-of-8th-generation-vineyard

Directions:

Transit:  It’s a short walk from both Burrard and Waterfront Stations.

From Burrard Station: walk down (north) on Burrard to the new Convention Centre.

From Waterfront Station: walk west to the new Convention Centre.

You can either walk west along Waterfront Rd to the Olympic Torch, then go across the plaza towards the water and down the stairs, or, follow the seawall along in front of the Convention Centre until you come to the restaurant.

Driving: You can park under the Convention Centre West. Follow the signs for the seaplane terminal. Use the doors closest to the Tap & Barrel. Parking can be expensive, though. You may be able to find cheaper parking a few blocks away.

As always, we recommend that you take transit, and we will provide you with a free ticket home.

2016/2017 BCWAS membership: Join us now, and your membership is good until the end of March 2017. Only $40 for a whole 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 events@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 BC 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.

Calgary International Beerfest on May 6 and 7 – Get Your Tickets

Calgary International BeerfestThe Calgary International Beerfest is rated as one of the 10 best beer festivals in the world.  The 2016 edition will cover over 250,000 sq ft on Stampede Park in Calgary making it the largest beer festival in Western Canada! Everyone will find a new favourite with over 500 local, national and international craft beers, while being able to sample tasty food from over 30 of Calgary’s best restaurants, pubs and eateries.

If you are in BC and enjoy tasting new beers, you may want to consider catching a short flight to Calgary and expanding your beer horizons.  I think there is a lot going on to keep you busy if you attend one day, or both days.  It sounds like lots of fun.

When?

Friday May 6: VIP 3pm to 10pm – General Admission 4pm to 10pm

Saturday, May 7: VIP 1pm to 9pm – General Admission 2pm to 9pm

Where?

  • BMO Centre at Stampede Park
  • 20 Roundup Way

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This is an 18+ event. Please bring a piece of government issued photo ID for admission to the event

Tickets?

  • Online Advance Tickets: $19
  • Weekend Passes: $30
  • Beer Geek VIP: $25
  • Beer Geek VIP Weekend Passes: $40
  • Tickets at the door are $25 and entrance is subject to capacity

Tickets available at www.albertabeerfestivals.com

VIP Beer Geeks

VIP Beer Geeks get several perks, costing only $6 more than General Admission tickets! They have their own separate entrance, early access to the event and free access to one Cooking with Beer Seminar and Brew Master Seminar of their choice. They will also receive a sampling mug, a Beerfest program and Beer Geeks will get first crack at meeting the brewers and sampling their beers! The first 100 VIPs through the door each day will receive tickets to Calgary Oktoberfest on September 23 and 24.

Calgary International Beerfest – a Sampling Event

Upon entry, each guest will receive an official sample cup to use throughout the event and take home afterwards. All beer and food can be sampled by purchasing sample tokens. Tokens are sold in sheets of 10 for $10. Each sample is a minimum of 2 tokens, but food and specialty beers may cost more. Each beer sample is a legal 4 ounces, which is 1/3 of a bottle of beer.

Festival Highlights

  1. Brew Master Seminar – Hosted by Craft Beer Market
  2. Cooking with Beer Seminar – Hosted by Rickard’s
  3. People’s Choice Awards – Presented by Metro
  4. Live Local Music at Village Square, Mill Street and Black Bridge Brewery Stages
  5. ATB Financial Beer University
  6. The Distillery District (in case you need a break from beer)
  7. ABF Social Media Lounge

Tasting Plates Central Richmond on April 13

The next Tasting Plates by @VancouverFoodster is coming up April 13.  I heard that the last one held in Richmond was a great success and everyone had a good time.  Don’t miss out on this event.  Here is the announcement with restaurant listing.  Enjoy.

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Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants centered on Number 3 Road and area from Bridgeport to Westminster Highway in Richmond,  This evening tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 10 pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

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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 throughout the evening, 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). See our previous Tasting Plates Richmond dining tour here.

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

  • 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, roller skates, 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:

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American Grille

7571 Westminster Highway, Richmond

Web: http://americangrille.blogspot.ca/

Twitter: @GrilleYVR

Cuisine: American

The Apron

3099 Corvette Way, Richmond

Web: http://www.westinvancouverairport.com/dining

Twitter: @apronyvr

Cuisine:Regional/Local

The apron is small restaurant with a big bite. Featuring Contemporary West Coast cuisine made with the freshest ingredients from local providers, a creatively cultivated cocktail list, and local craft beer on a rotating tap; the apron truly reflects Richmond’s finest. The apron is conveniently located inside the Westin Wall Centre Vancouver Airport Hotel and is easily accessed on through the Canada line as well as other major transportation routes.

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Harold’s Bistro & Bar

7551 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Web: http://www.sheratonvancouverairport.com/harolds-bistro

Twitter: @HaroldsBistro

Cuisine: Contemporary American

 

 

CAVU Kitchen Bar

5911 Minoru Blvd , Richmond

Web: http://www.cavukitchenbar.com/

Twitter: @CAVUKitchenBar

Cuisine: Contemporary

 

More restaurants to be added!

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Early-Bird Tickets: $29 per person before March 25, 2016

Advance Tickets: $40 per person after March 25, 2016

Regular Tickets $55 per person after April 10, 2016

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.

BCWAS Covert Farms Wine Tasting on March 8 – Get Your Tickets

An announcement from the BC Wine Appreciation Society for their upcoming wine tasting downtown. Enjoy!

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 Join us for a unique tasting with Derek Uhlemann, Farm Chef at Covert Farms Family Estate Winery !

  

                                        Photo credit carpediemwinesales.com.

 “Farm Chef” – now that’s a cool job title!  And Derek has some great stuff to work with at Covert Farms.

 All the produce – including the over 40 different kinds of crops and the wine grapes – is organic. If you visit during the summer or fall, you will find yourself bringing home not just wine but tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, beets, corn, peppers, onions, melons … whatever is in season. Oh – they also have bacon!

 

                                   

                                    Derek at the Similkameen BBQ King competition.     Photo credit Osoyoos Times.

 We are very pleased to welcome Derek to visit us here in Vancouver! He’ll be able to tell you all about the great line-up of wines he’s bringing with him, and you’ll be able to buy some, too.

 Wines being poured include:

2015 Sparkling Zinfandel

2014 Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon 

 Amicitia White Vertical (Roussanne, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon)

–       2008

–       2012

–       2013

–       2014

 2014 Rosé (Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah)

 2013 Amicitia  (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot)

2013 MDC (Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah)

 

Barrel Samples:

2013 Zinfandel Grand Reserve

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Reserve 

2015 Super Tuscan Grand Reserve

And because we know how much you love your wine and food pairings, we’re also going to have a few appies on hand!

 

Owner/winemaker Gene Covert with his 1952 farm truck.        Photo credit urbanmommies.com.

Date:  Tuesday March 08, 2016

Time: 7:30-9:30

Place: our regular venue, De Dutch Pannekoek House, Vancouver Convention Centre West, located in the western corner, lower (seawall) level, near the Olympic Torch.

Price: Members: only $39/ Guests: $55

Click here to sign up:  http://www.bcwas.ca/latest-news

Directions:

 Transit: It’s a short walk from both Burrard and Waterfront Stations.

From Burrard Station: walk down (north) on Burrard to the new Convention Centre.

From Waterfront Station: walk west to the new Convention Centre.

You can either walk west along Waterfront Rd to the Olympic Torch, then go across the plaza towards the water and down the stairs, or, follow the seawall along in front of the Convention Centre until you come to the restaurant.

Driving: you can park under the Convention Centre West. Follow the signs for the seaplane terminal. Use the doors closest to the Tap & Barrel. Parking can be expensive, though. You may be able to find cheaper parking a few blocks away.

As always, we recommend that you take transit, and we will provide you with a free ticket home.

2016/2017 BCWAS membership: Join us now, and your membership is good until March of 2017. Only $40 for a whole 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 events@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 BC 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.

Do You Like Beer, Are Artistic, and Live in Alberta?

Here is a cool contest that came across my email.  The Alberta Beer Festivals has a contest to have someone design a label for a beer specially made for their Craft Beer Festival.  You have to be an Alberta resident to apply for this contest, but it would be cool if BC Craft Beer organizers also did something similar here.

If you are from BC and traveling to Calgary in May, or to Edmonton in June, why not try to go to one of these beer festivals?

Here is the press release from the Alberta Beer Festival.

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Alberta Beer FestivalEvery year, Alberta Beer Festivals partners with the Olds College Brew Master Program to brew a beer to celebrate the Calgary International Beerfest (May 6/7) and the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival (June 3/4).  This year, ABF is holding 3 separate contests to help us CHOOSE the style of our beer, then NAME the beer, and finally design the beer LABEL for the beer.
Click HERE for a list of awesome prizes you could win!

 

NAME IT contest – February 1st to February 7th, 2016

Last week’s contest helped us name the beer and the winning name is RALE YARD RED ALE!  Congratulations Tamara Konrad of Edmonton, Alberta who wins some great prizes for having her name chosen. Thank you to everyone who participated! Now that we have a name, it’s time to Label It!

 

LABEL IT contest – February 16th to March 4th, 2016

You voted on the style and the name, now we want you to design the beer label for Rale Yard Red Ale, the official 2016 ABF beer:

  1. Go to www.albertabeerfestivals.com/label-it
  2. Review the label requirements and start designing
  3. Submit your label design before noon on March 4th, 2016 to be entered to win!

 

Design the LABEL for the official 2016 ABF beer and win! Alberta Beer Festivals wants you to design the beer label for its official 2016 beer. The winning entry will receive a fantastic prize pack, including an invitation for them and a friend to be beer judges at the Calgary International Beerfest. The winning entry will be showcased at the Calgary International Beerfest in May and at the Edmonton Craft Beer Festival in June. The winner will also be invited to be part of the team that brews the beer on March 9th, the media launches in both Calgary and Edmonton in April, and will be featured in an article in Branded Magazine!  Contest open to all Alberta residents.

 

Vancouver’s Thai Confusion – Great Thai Tapas

Thai Confusion logoThis past week had the official opening of Thai Confusion by owner Thai Keattivanichvily, who also owns Bob Likes Thai Food.  What makes this restaurant different is that Tai is introducing Vancouverites to “Grub Gam” or Thai tapas.  Thai Confuion is located on Pender (117 West Pender) across the corner from Tinseltown, where Wild Rice used to be located.   The restaurant is nicely decorated and has solid wood tables that are not covered up.  I enjoy the look and feel of wood, more than having everything covered up with table cloths.   We were treated to several of their dishes, along with signature cocktails and some of the wines served at the restaurant.

To start off your dinner, try the Lychee Mimosa made with lychee juice and sparkling wine, which I believe is Averill Creek Charm de L’ile.  It is exceptionally tasty.  A few dishes that stood out for me were the:

  • Three Citrus Salad (Yum Som O) – a salad made with pomelo fruit, a relative of the grapefruit, together with tamarind sauce and chili
  • Thom Kha with a Fried Curry Rice Ball – made with a galangal coconut milk base soup, with basil, lemongrass, and lime; while the rice appeared to be a mixture of white and black rice and/or wild rice
  • Thai Poutine – deep fried sliced of taro root topped with lemongrass, Thai basil, lime lead chili and green curry sauce, and also served with a deep fried soft shell crab.
  • Curry Fish in Banana Leaf (Hor Mok Pla) – Marinated then grilled on a banana leaf with coconut milk, turmeric, red curry paste, kaffir lime and relish

The Three Citrus Salad is a wonderfully refreshing way to start or end a meal, with citrus and bitterness from the pomelo, crunch from pomegranite seeds, saltiness and spiciness from the tamarind suace and chili.  Highly recommended.

Thai Confusion - Three Citrus Salad

Thai Confusion – Three Citrus Salad

The Thom Kha with Fried Curry Rice Ball, is like an Italian Arancini gone Thai.  I loved the texture of the rice; both sticky and crunchy, combined with the wonderful, rich coconut milk based soup.  Another dish not to miss.

Thai Confusion - Thom Kha with Fried Curry Rice Ball

Thai Confusion – Thom Kha with Fried Curry Rice Ball

Thai Poutine.  Who knew?  Well no potatoes here; rather taro root, sliced very thin so that when it is fried, it comes out very crunchy.  I am not sure if the soft shell crab will normally come with this dish, but offers richness to the dish.

Thai Confusion - Thai Poutine with soft shelled crab

Thai Confusion – Thai Poutine with soft shelled crab

Curry Fish in Banana Leaf comes with a small fish, around the size of your hand.  I am not sure the name of the fish, but it is white fleshed, and had no bones, although Tai may have removed the bones ahead of time.  The fish was covered with a paste before grilling. The fish was served on a banana leaf that went into the grill, so you get some smokiness from the banana leaf, together with the flavours from the Thai spices, and the medium texture from the fish.  Another dish you should try.  It is small, so no problem finishing it off.

Thai Confusion - Curry Fish in Banana Leaf

Thai Confusion – Curry Fish in Banana Leaf

Besides the Lychee Mimosa another cocktail we were served was the Bourbon of Bangkok made from bourbon, lime and apricot jam with ginger beer.  A nice contrast of ginger spice, citrus, sweet and the darker flavours of bourbon.  You can also taste a selection of 4 white and 2 red wines and 6 different beers.  Check out their website for the list of their beverages.

This would be a nice place to have a quick Thai tapas meal before going to a hockey or football game, or maybe a movie at Tinseltown.  Enjoy.

 

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Vancouver Foodster’s Pizza Palooza on February 17, 2016 – Get Your Tickets

We all love pizza.  It has bread, vegetables, dairy, and meat (or some combination of this).  Vancouver Foodster has given you the opportunity to try pizzas made by different pizzerias across Vancouver.  This would be an excellent opportunity to see which is your favourite, and maybe try out a few that you had not had a chance yet to try.  The announcement with ticket purchase info is below.  Enjoy!

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Tantalize your taste buds at several of Vancouver Foodster (aka @vanfoodster Richard Wolak’s) favourite pizzerias throughout Vancouver! This Pizza tasting extravaganza is presented by Tasting Plates and Vancouver Foodster.

 

You will have a chance to taste many types of pizza from Neapolitan to Roman to NY style and more! You will have a chance to experience a Pizza themed art show during our event.

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 throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

  • Vegetarian options will be served at each of the participating restaurants.
  • Bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family or come solo.
  • A food networking event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.
  • This is an all ages event and everyone is welcome.

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

Registration:TBA  -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Pizza Palooza Map Cards. (Note: registration will open at 5:30pm).

Participating Restaurants:

Straight outta Brooklyn

350 Robson Street, Vancouver

Web: http://straightouttabrooklynpizza.com/

Twitter: @straightbkpizza

Style of Pizza: NY style

The “New York Pizza” dates back to 1905 when Gennaro Lombardi, an immigrant pizzaiolo from Naples, began to serve pizza in his Little Italy grocery store. Lombardi created a unique pizza style similar to that from the old country. He still focused on a thin crust and high quality ingredients, but his pizzas were served ‘to go’ and ‘by the slice’. His influence led to the emergence of Italian American Pizzaiolos who began to make quality slices all over the immigrant neighbourhoods in Brooklyn.  To this day, Brooklyn is renowned for having New York’s best pizza. Our aim is to bring a little New York to Vancouver by giving you an experience that is straight outta Brooklyn…

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ZeroZero Pizzeria

415 Abbott Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.pizzeria00.ca/

Twitter @zero_zero_pizza

Style of Pizza: Roman

ZeroZero is an authentic Roman style Pizzeria located in central Gastown, Vancouver. We offer a wide selection of healthy pizzas made fresh to order, by the slice or pie. ZeroZero prides itself in creating the perfect crust that is both crunchy and bubbly, set to rest for 72 hours until the dough has risen to perfection. Using gourmet ingredients such as buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto and eggplant marmellata to create decadent and mouth-watering pizzas, ZeroZero is the perfect place to come for lunch or dinner if you want to enjoy a traditional taste of Rome right here in Vancouver.

 

Ragazzi Pizza

2996 E. 22nd Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://www.ragazzipizza.com/

Twitter:   @RagazziPizza

Style of Pizza: Italian Stone Baked

It starts with our traditional dough recipe, made right on site. Our pizza is hand stretched and baked directly on a stone for a light and healthy, authentic Italian crust. We spare no expense, using only the highest quality ingredients. Fresh vegetables, high quality mozzarella cheese, and imported meats help to create flavours and textures found only in Italy.

 

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Nonna’s Table

1489 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.nonnastable.ca/

Twitter: @Nonnas_Table

Style of Pizza: Wood oven fired

Nonna’s Table Café and Pizzeria is situated in the heart of East Van, in the historic Waldorf Hotel. The Waldorf has been a central part of the East Vancouver Arts and Culture community since its founding in 1947. We feature a beautiful home-style Italian restaurant, which boasts a retro Polynesian/Tiki feel. Our pizza recipes have been carefully crafted by Italian Pizza Master, Salvatore Brugaletta, who received professional traditional pizza training in the heart of Italy. Our pizzas are prepared fresh in house, and roasted to perfection in our wood fire pizza oven. We pride ourselves on using nothing but fresh, high quality ingredients, and keeping true to our East Van culture.

 

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Pizza Garden

3011 Main Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.pizzagarden.ca/

Twitter: @PizzaGardenCa

Style of Pizza: Neapolitan

A top-class pizzeria, Pizza Garden has been producing authentic Neapolitan pizzas since 2011.  A unique dining experience for lovers of great Italian pizza, we prepare our pizzas using nothing but the best ingredients.  With Caputo flour imported directly from Italy, tomato sauce prepared from fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes and authentic toppings sourced either from Italy or the best BC farms, each pizza is made to order and then cooked in a wood-burning oven to create an unmistakable Neapolitan taste. Pizza Garden currently has 6 locations across the lower mainland, with another 3 opening soon.

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Hot Art Wet City Gallery

2206 Main (@ 6th), Vancouver

Web: http://hotartwetcity.com/pizza/

Twitter: 

 

Purchase Tickets Here: 

 

Advance Tickets: $45 per person. $165 for a 5 pack of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 5 pack, tickets only $33 each). Regular Tickets $55 per person after February 12, 2016.

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.

People lined up at Radicle Juice for Brunch Crawl Main St

My Main St Brunch Crawl Highlights for DOVF

My last Brunch Crawl for Dine Out Vancouver 2016 was on Main Street.  I had hoped to have a sunny day like my North Van Brunch Crawl, but the weather was rather cold, rainy, and blustery.  Main Street is a happening place for restaurants if you haven’t tried the neighbourhood lately.   Starting around Broadway and moving south to King Edward, you will find many different restaurants to please your taste buds.  For this Brunch Crawl we sampled from:

Starting any morning off, you need coffee, which is what we received from Republica Coffee Roasters, who were serving small samples of their coffee, very strong coffee, inside of The Honey Shoppe.  After coffee, we moved onto enjoying a warm chocolate almond crepe with raspberry honey butter.  The crepe was really nice, and I enjoyed the rich chocolate filling and the fresh tart raspberries.  Also we did try various flavours of honey.  The one I really liked was the Blackberry honey.  Really had a blackberry flavour to it, which comes from the blackberry flowers.

The Honey Shoppe - chocolate almond crepe and honey samples

The Honey Shoppe – chocolate almond crepe and honey samples

Next stop was The August Market where we had a very tasty and healthy bowl containing Greek yogurt and mixed Fruit & Nut granola from Good Habit Foods.  The tartness of the yogurt complemented the fruit and sweetness and crunch of the granola oats. The decadence after that came from The Lemon Square, lemon square.  Tasty lemon, that is not too sour, and has the right amount of sweetness.  Coffee would have worked well with this square.  We also had a small sample of a chocolate almond milk at The August Market which was very tasty.  Light chocolate and nuttiness flavours.

The August Market - Good Habit Foods granola and yogurt and The Lemon Square

The August Market – Good Habit Foods granola and yogurt and The Lemon Square

Radicle Juice pumped us full of fresh fruit juices.  One came from the “heat shot“, made from ginger (lots), apple, and lemon.  It was really spicy, especially if you took the shot all at once, like I did.  To cool down I had a Dragonfly smoothie, made from fresh orange juice, coconut milk, strawberry, pineapple, dragonfruit, and ginger (just a pinch).  Also we enjoyed an acai mini berry bowl that came with chopped banana and coconut water and topped with granola ans seasonal berries.  I would definitely come back for a berry bowl.  Really full of flavour and texture.  Radicle Juice makes all their smoothies and bowls when you order them, with fresh fruit.  Nothing pre-made in purchased tetra packs that I could see.

Radicle Juice acai mini berry bowl heat shot and Dragonfly smoothie

Radicle Juice acai mini berry bowl, heat shot, and Dragonfly smoothie

Our next stop was Nirvana.  The one on Vancouver, Main St.  Not the metaphysical one.  An Indian restaurant that has been around for as long as I can remember.  They provided us with a sampling of Malai kofta on basmati rice, Mozza naan, and Mango lassi.  I enjoyed the kofta with rice.  It was quite filling, and not very spicy.  The mango lassi is a drink made from yogurt and mango.  It was very thick and had nice mango flavour.  If I were to have a wine with this, maybe a nice BC Gamay Noir.

Nirvana - Malai kofta on basmati rice, Mozza naan and Mango lassi

Nirvana – Malai kofta on basmati rice, Mozza naan and Mango lassi

Last stop was Rosemary Rocksalt, for three kinds of bagels.   I really like their bagels as they are dense yet soft to chew, plus they make the bagels right there.  You can watch them putting the bagels into the oven and then removing them, admiring the toasty brownness of the crust and the smell of fresh bread.  Rosemary Rocksalt offered to us a small chunk of bagel, with 3 different toppings: Montreal smoked meat, lox & cream cheese, and vegan cashew spread.  The bagels used, in order to the toppings were sesame, poppyseed, and rosemary rocksalt.  All three toppings went very well with the bagels.  The Montreal smoked meat, and lox & cream cheese are obvious pairings that would work, but vegan cashew spread?  Yes, it tasted and looked fairly similar to hummus.

Rosemary Rocksalt Montreal smoked meat, lox and cream cheese, and vegan cashew spread on bagels

Rosemary Rocksalt Montreal smoked meat, lox and cream cheese, and vegan cashew spread on bagels

Thanks to Richard Wolak, aka Vancouver Foodster for working the Dine Out Vancouver Festival for putting on this event.