Truffles Cafe at VanDusen Gardens – New Food and Wine

As if the beautiful gardens are not enough, VanDusen now has an added incentive.  They are offering charcuterie and wine at their Truffles Cafe.  So talk a walk through the gardens, then stop in the cafe to enjoy a nibble and sip of wine.  Here is the latest announcement by VanDusen Botanical Gardens.


Charcuterie Tray

Charcuterie Tray

( Vancouver , BC ) –  It seems as if tapas-style plates and charcuterie are the current darlings of Vancouver ’s food scene. They completely reflect the city’s casual approach to dining and to life in general. The trend has not gone un-noticed by Reto Ballat, Executive Chef for Truffles Café at VanDusen Botanical Garden . “In Europe , we have always eaten this way. It’s relaxed and civilized” says the Swiss–trained, former Relais et Chateaux chef. In response to Vancouver ’s increasing fondness for this style of eating, Truffles Café is pleased to introduce its Charcuterie Platter.

Value-priced at only $18, the Charcuterie Platter is ample enough for two people. It includes Prosciutto and Genoa Salami along with a rotating selection of cheeses. The current platter features Brie, Smoked Cheddar and Aged Parmesan accompanied by dried fruit, fresh grapes, candied pecans and artisan biscuits. Also on the Platter is Chef Reto’s house-made pear and vanilla confiture. The confiture will also change regularly to reflect seasonal ingredients. 

What’s charcuterie without wine? As Truffles is now licensed, they are pleased to offer a selection of BC wines, beer and cider.  Wine is priced at $8 per glass. However, if you want enjoy a glass of wine with the Charcuterie Platter for Two, the total price is only $28, a saving of $6.

“It’s how I, and my friends, like to eat” says Truffles Café Manager Scott Arnold. “I can imagine people sitting on our patio, looking out at the fantastic view of VanDusen, lingering over the Charcuterie Platter with Wine for a light lunch, or at the end of a hectic work day. You don’t even know you’re in the middle of a bustling city.” 

Doesn’t that sound wonderful?  Isn’t it how life is meant to be lived?  So live a little and enjoy a leisurely sip and nibble at VanDusen’s Truffles Café.

Charcuterie Platter for Two – $18, Charcuterie Platter with Wine (2 glasses) – $28

Where is VanDusen Botanical Garden?

Truffles Café is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (later in the summer) in the Visitor Centre at VanDusen Botanical Garden – between W.33rd Avenue and W.37th Avenue on Oak Street in Vancouver .


Check out VanDusen’s facebook page for daily updates on the Garden. For further information on Truffles Café,