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

And

Truffle Fine Foods Café

785 Davie Street, Vancouver

And

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

and

2509 Main Street, Vancouver

and

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

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