Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks Vol 13 on October 27

Would you like to enjoy some appetizers, then listen to some interesting speakers on food, and have a chance to ask them questions?  If so you may want to attend the next Food Talks, themed UBC Food Systems, and held at UBC on Oct 27.  Details of the event and how to purchase your tickets are below.

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

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

Theme: UBC Food Systems

  • 54,000 people are on campus daily during the school year
  • UBC Food services operates 40 restaurants featuring many different types of cuisines, in popular branded restaurants as well as their own concept restaurants.

Our Speakers Line-up:

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David Speight

Executive Chef, UBC Food Services

David is a homegrown Vancouver talent who has been cooking professionally for the past twenty years. He has successfully completed culinary programs both locally at Vancouver Community College as well as from the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Prior to leading the team at UBC, David held the Executive Chef position at Rogers Arena, Monk McQueen’s Seafood & Oyster Bar and Bridges Restaurant on Granville Island. Chef Speight believes that food found in the Pacific Northwest Region is amongst the best in the world and looks to provide guests with local, sustainable, organic offerings wherever possible.

In Chef Speight’s current position as Executive Chef at the University of British Columbia he oversees Wescadia Catering, Sage Restaurant, the Point Bar & Grill, Athletics & Recreation as well as the new mobile food truck fleet that consists of five individually themed food trucks. In his short time at UBC he has already won the UBC Chef’s Challenge cooking competition (twice) and played a key role in the inaugural long table Harvest Dinner feeding 750 students, faculty and staff on the lawns of Main Mall. He is partnering with the UBC Farm to increase the amount of locally grown produce on campus

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Colin Moore

Director, Food Services UBC

Colin has 35 years of experience as a Food Service & Retail Operations Leader working with many global brands including; Starbucks, Yum Restaurants and Walt Disney. Colin started his food career working in Hospitality Services at the University of Guelph where he graduated with a Commerce degree in Hospitality & Tourism.  As the Food Services director at UBC, he is responsible for the strategic planning and successful operation of all 35 brands and 40+ restaurant locations including: Residence Dining, Retail Operations, Central Commissary, Catering, 2 full-service restaurants, and a mobile food truck fleet. UBC Food Services is an important part of Student Housing and Hospitality Services at UBC. UBC  Food Services has been serving the 55,000+ students and 15,000+ faculty and staff for the past 80 years and takes pride in supporting many campus initiatives, partners  and student events throughout the year. UBC Food Services is proud to be the primary and preferred choice to the UBC campus and continues to work with the campus community to ensure we are always providing an experience that exceeds our customers’ and employees expectations.

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Victoria (Vicki) Wakefield

Purchasing Manager – Student Housing & Hospitality Services

Vicki is no stranger to sustainability. In procurement circles, she is affectionately known as the ‘queen of green.’ It is a well-earned moniker, considering the years she has spent incorporating ethics and the environment into purchasing policies.

With 20 years in the public and private sectors, a Certified Professional Purchaser and member of the Purchasing Management Association of Canada. Vicki is known throughout the country for her dedication to social responsibility and for her willingness to share what she has learned.

In 2005 Vicki was hired by the City of Vancouver to implement the purchasing policy on ethical and sustainable purchasing, along with a list of admirable expectations from City Council. Vicki’s responsibilities included implementation of the new green policy, training buyers and educating vendors that wished to do business and were not sure how to compete under the new criteria of “green”.

Vicki continues her work in Sustainability now at the University of British Columbia formally with Supply Management as the Manager of Logistics and Sustainability and now as Purchasing Manager for SHHS. Vicki is an advisory committee member for the Sustainable Purchasing Network, and a well sought after speaker on Sustainable and Ethical Purchasing in Canada.

Vicki sits on the CAUBO National Procurement Board representing UBC and the West.

Vicki presented at the 2005 McMaster University Supply Chain Symposium, 2006 state of the Fraser Basin Conference, 2008 ACTE Conference in Alberta, UBC Leading Practices Forum in 2007, 2008 and 2009, PMAC National Conference in Quebec City this past June and was featured recently on the cover of B2B Canadian Manufacturing Magazine.

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David D. Kitts           

Professor,  Food Science, Food Chemistry and Toxicology, Food Nutrition and Health, Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

Dr. David Kitts is a Professor in the Food Science program within Food Nutrition and Health, in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Kitts teaches undergraduate courses in Food Chemistry (3rd year) and a graduate course in  Food Toxicology and Risk Assessment.  Dr. Kitts’ research program has focused on the areas of food chemistry and toxicology; specifically establishing structure-function relationships between many minor bioactive constituents of food constituents at both the cellular and molecular level with nutritional and toxicological significance. He has worked on characterizing the antioxidant-bioactivity of many pigments found in foods, such as Maillard Reaction products and numerous anthocyanin phytochemicals present in soft fruits. He has also worked to find ways to stabilize natural folates and characterize antioxidant capacity of the major vitamin E isoforms.  Dr. Kitts has authored, or co-authored over 200 peer reviewed publications and book chapters. He serves on scientific boards for the Canadian Sugar Institute and Danone Canada and is currently the Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.

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Véronik Campbell

Academic Programs Manager at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm

Véronik combines her experience managing environmental and social food research and education programs with a business and entrepreneurial approach to transform our food system. Connecting industries, researchers, students, and community members, Véronik facilitates the development and implementation of innovative agri-food systems solutions that lead to thriving and robust economies, environments, and communities. “I eat three times a day and then I spend the rest of my day thinking about food; how we grow, transform, eat, and waste it. Sounds a bit intense, but I quite like it.”

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 some appetizers by Chef Christopher Krogh and Chef David Speight of Sage Restaurant, followed by a wonderful line-up of speakers who will talk about our theme: related to the food community at UBC.  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 will be available for purchase).

Location:

Sage Restaurant – 6331 Crescent Road, Vancouver

Tickets:

Adults: $16

UBC Students: $8

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.

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.

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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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Tasting Plates Mt Pleasant

Upcoming Events – Tasting Plates, Food Talks and More

These events are all put on by Vancouver Foodster, who seems to have an endless amount of energy.  Enjoy!

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September 18 – Tasting Plates in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood with 7+ restaurants, bakeries, cafes and food trucks. Announcing 3 of the participating restaurants, we haveChicha Restaurant, Baylor’s Groceteria, Bonchaz Bakery Cafe with more to be announced soon. Tickets on sale now at http://tastingplatesyvr.com/tasting-plates-mount-pleasant-september-18/

September 24– Food Talks Vol 9 at Lost + Found Cafe in Gastown. Tickets on sale today at https://foodtalksvolume9.eventbrite.com/
with 5 speakers, Q & A, appetizers, desserts, coffees & draw prizes. Announcing 2 of the participating speakers, we have Chef Andrea Carlson (owner of Burdock & Co and Harvest Community Foods), Felix Schellenberg (Owner of Chilcotin Harvest and Pasture to Plate) with more to be announced soon.

October 6 – Tasting Plates W 4th in the Kitsilano neighborhood with 8+ restaurants, bakeries, and cafes.  Announcing 2 of the participating restaurants, we have The August Jack and O5 Tea Bar with more to be announced soon. Tickets on sale now at
https://tastingplateswest4th.eventbrite.com/

CHALLENGES

Vancouver Barista Beverage Challenge is on now and running through September 25. You are invited to try any of the 8 participating Baristas beverage creations at 5 cafes in Vancouver and Surrey and Vote. You can then VOTE for your favourite Barista Beverage Creations (you can vote once per day through out the promotion, voting ends on September 25, 2013).. Details here http://vancouverfoodster.com/2013/08/28/vancouver-barista-signature-beverage-challenge/ and then VOTE http://bit.ly/15xjnE4 

Vancouver Chefs Dishes Festival runs September 6-30 with 15 Chefs participating from 15 restaurants in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond and Langley. Customers will vote on their favourite Chefs dishes through-out the challenge.- details here http://vancouverfoodster.com/chefs-dishes-festival/

Food Talks Vol 8

Vancouver Foodster's Food Talks Vol. 8

Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks Vol. 8

Vancouver Foodster is prolific at putting on foodie events.  Upcoming is his 8th Food Talks.  This one features 5 inconic female chefs in the Vancouver lower mainland.  The talks are always interesting, and there is a Q&A period at the end where you can hear each of the speakers answer, and feed off of each other’s comments.  Quite entertaining.  Here is the press release about this event.

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Vancouver, BC –This is the eighth event in this Food Talks series! This edition of Food Talks features 5 iconic women chefs who will speak about their background and role as leaders in the food industry and community. This Food Talks event will also celebrate our 1st Anniversary of hosting inspiring speakers from our community.

Richard says “I created the Food Talks to educate people in our community about the food that they consume, it is about awareness as much as it is about lifestyle”; Richard also said “ the Food Talk is also a social gathering which is more than hearing great people talk about their passion, it is also a chance for the community to meet and mingle and ask questions from our leading panel of experts”.

Come join us to meet and mingle with other foodies, and to hear some enlightening speakers from the food community.

5 Speakers:

  • Chef Karen Barnaby
  • Chef Meeru Dhalwala
  • Chef Susan Mendelson
  • Chef Angie Quaale
  • Chef Merri Schwartz

The Evening

Enjoy tasty appetizers by the chefs at The Westin Grand followed by a wonderful line-up of speakers who will talk about themselves and their role as a Woman Chef in the Food Community. Following the speakers, Richard Wolak -Founder of Food Talks, will moderate a Q & A where you will have a chance to ask questions and engage with the speakers. There will be a draw for prizes.* Wine, beer, cocktails and other beverages will be available for purchase.

Growing Chefs is our designated charity, support their wonderful organization that educates children on the food community in the public schools.

Tickets

Advance Tickets: $30 per person
Regular Tickets: $40 per person after June 8th
Note: Eventbrite fee extra. A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Growing Chefs.

Purchase tickets here http://foodtalksvolume8.eventbrite.com/

Full details of the event including the Speakers bio’s is here
http://foodtalks.ca/food-talks-volume-8-june-11/

Vancouver Foodster Presents Food Talks Vol. 7 on April 2nd

If you haven’t been to a Food Talk and you are a foodie, where have u been?  Don’t miss out on lucky #7!  The theme for this talk is “Food Trucks“. Here is the info from Vancouver Foodster about his event.

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Roaming Dragon food truck

This is the seventh event in this Food Talks series! This edition of Food Talks is themed Food Trucks: The business & the movement. This event takes on a specific theme and will create discussion and hopefully answer any questions people may have about starting their own food truck, or touch on why food trucks are all the rage in our city and throughout North America!  You will get the inside scoop on the new Food Truck Pods and Festivals the City of Vancouver is planning for the coming summer!

Join us over Appetizers from the chefs at the Electric Owl and then to hear some enlightening speakers from the food community. We are thrilled to be featuring one of the Producers & Creators of the popular Food Network TV Show Eat St.at this edition of Food Talks.

5 Speakers:

  • Jory Simkin and Jason Apple, Roaming Dragon and Gourmet Syndicate Inc
  • Sarb Mund, Soho Road Truck & Food Truck Incubator
  • Councillor Heather Deal, City of Vancouver
  • Clement Chan and Steve Kuan, Le Tigre Truck
  • Audrey Mehler, Paperny Entertainment

The Evening:

Enjoy a wonderful line-up of speakers who will talk about themselves and their role related to the Food Trucks: The business & the movement. There will be a Q & A where you will have a chance to ask questions and engage with the speakers. There will be a draw for prizes.* Wine, beer, cocktails and other beverages will be available for purchase.

Growing Chefs is our designated charity, support their wonderful organization that educates children on the food community in the public schools.

Tickets:

$15 per person before March 29. * $21 per person after March 29 at 11pm and at the door. (eventbrite fee extra). A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Growing Chefs.

Purchase tickets here http://foodtalksvolume7.eventbrite.com/

Full details of the event including the Speakers bio’s is here
http://foodtalks.ca/food-talks-volume-7-april-2/

See the past 30 Food Talks Speakers presentations 

Food Talks Vol 6 Menu and Lineup

Vancouver Foodster's Food Talks Vol. 6

Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks Vol. 6

In a previous post, I let you all know about Vancouver Foodster‘s latest upcoming Food Talks. Now I have the tasty details in this post. Here is the latest details from Vancouver Foodster. Enjoy!

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The 6th Food Talk features 5 Speakers who are all movers and shakers from the food community will take place on Tuesday, February 12th from 6:30pm-9:30pm in the Dockside Lounge at the Granville Island Hotel. Join us for a light dinner of appetizers and desserts while mingling before the talks get underway.

Here is the menu:

Appetizers:

  • Mini Banbh Mi Sliders with Hoisin Mayo and Siracha Smear
  • Fire Roasted Chili Prawns with garlic ancho jelly
  • Irish Dbliner and glazed pear lollies with house quince butter
  • Mini Crab Poutines with melted gouda and charred grape tomatoes
  • Cheese Platter featuring domestic and imported cheeses, compotes and crostini

Desserts:

  • Petit Paris Bress
  • Petit Pistachio Financier
  • Passion Gelee
  • Orange Scented Milk Chocolate Rocher
  • Petit Lemon Lavender Almond Tuilles

There will be a Q & A where you will have a chance to ask questions and engage with the speakers. Each guest will receive 2 tasting glasses of Dockside Brewing Beer, there will also be a draw for prizes and to finish off the evening you will enjoy Gelato by Bella Gelateria.

It is all about supporting Local and for this talk, James of Bella Gelateria will be making a custom gelato flavour featuring the Dark Lager from Dockside Brewing. This gelato flavour will be colaborated by two of our speakers, James Coleridge of Bella Gelateria and Mark Simpson of Dockside Brewing.

Come join us to meet and mingle with other foodies, and to hear some enlightening speakers from the food community.

5 Speakers:

  •  Mark Simpson – Brewmaster of Dockside Brewing Company & Founder of Artisan Food and Beverage Group Inc
  • James Coleridge – Founder & Maestro of Bella Gelateria
  • Marcus Von Albrecht – Chef & President of Mava Foods and Von Albrecht & Associates
  • Julia Smith – Founder of Urban Diggs Farm
  • Chef Themis Velgis and Shahab Samimi Co-Founders of Pura Sweeteners

Tickets: $30 per person (eventbrite fee extra) before February 9th. $90 when purchasing a 4-Person Pak of tickets (get a group of your friends together and save $30) (eventbrite fee extra) * $40 per person after February 9th.– A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Growing Chefs.

Tickets are available at http://foodtalksvolume6-eorg.eventbrite.ca

Full details of the event including the Speakers bio’s is here
http://foodtalks.ca/food-talks-volume-6-february-12/

 

Vancouver Foodster Presents Food Talks Volume 6

Vancouver Foodster's Food Talks Vol. 6

Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks Vol. 6

It is a new year, and we have our first Vancouver Foodster Food Talks for the year.  It is always interesting to hear restauranteurs, chefs, wine makers, and other people associated with providing us with excellent food and drink to talk about their life experiences.  Here is the latest press release from Richard Wolak, aka @vanfoodster about Food Talks Vol. 6.  Get your tickets.  There is gelato in this one!

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Vancouver, BC – The 6th Food Talk features 5 speakers who are all movers and shakers from the food community will take place on Tuesday, February 12th from 6:30pm-9pm in the Dockside Lounge at the Granville Island Hotel.

Richard says “I created the Food Talks to educate people in our community about the food that they consume, it is about awareness as much as it is about lifestyle”; Richard also said “ the Food Talk is also a social gathering which is more than hearing great people talk about their passion, it is also a chance for the community to meet and mingle over delicious appetizers, taste some local beer and ask questions from our leading panel of experts”.

Richard says “It is all about supporting Local and for this talk, James of Bella Gelateria will be making a custom gelato flavour featuring the Dark Lager from Dockside Brewing. This gelato flavour will be colaborated by two of our speakers, James Coleridge of Bella Gelateria and Mark Simpson of Dockside Brewing.”

Come join us to meet and mingle with other foodies, and to hear some enlightening speakers from the food community.

The 5 Speakers

  • Chef Marcus von Albrecht

    Chef Marcus von Albrecht

    Mark Simpson – Brewmaster of Dockside Brewing Company & Founder of Artisan Food and Beverage Group Inc

  • James Coleridge – Founder & Maestro of Bella Gelateria
  • Marcus Von Albrecht – Chef & President of Mava Foods and Von Albrecht & Associates
  • Julia Smith – Founder of Urban Diggs Farm
  • Chef Themis Velgis and Shahab Samimi, Co-Founders of Pura Sweeteners

Getting Your Tickets

Tickets: $30 per person (eventbrite fee extra) before February 9th. $100 when purchasing a 4-Person Pak of tickets (get a group of your friends together and save $20) (eventbrite fee extra) * $40 per person after February 9th.– A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Growing Chefs.

Tickets are available at http://foodtalksvolume6-eorg.eventbrite.ca

Enjoy tasty appetizers by the chefs of Dockside Restaurant 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. Each guest will receive 2 tasting glasses of Dockside Brewing Beer, there will also be a draw for prizes and to finish off the evening you will enjoy Gelato by Bella Gelateria.

Full details of the event including the Speakers bio’s is here
http://foodtalks.ca/food-talks-volume-6-february-12/

About Food Talks

Founded in May, 2012 by Richard Wolak.
An educational series of Bi-monthly social gatherings that brings together 5 speakers all of different backgrounds and roles from within the food community in and around Vancouver. Each talk will be focussed on stories and issues from within the food community followed by a Q & A, eating and mingling.

Interesting Speakers from Vancouver Food Talks Vol 5

Our speakers at Vancouver Food Talks Vol 5

Our speakers at Vancouver Food Talks Vol 5

Volume 5 of the Vancouver Food Talks was on December 5, 2012.  These talks always have interesting speakers, and Vol 5 was no exception.  We had:

  • John Bishop, Chef, Author & Owner of Bishops Restaurant
  • Daniel Frankel, President – Daniel Group. Owns the Prospect Point Café & Gift Shop, Stanley Park Pavilion, Stanley’s Park Bar & Grill and more
  • Kalpna Solanki, Founder of Martin’s Marvelous Naturals, a line of high-end gourmet Crisps and Granola
  • Hamid Attie, Photographer – Hamid Attie Photography, specializing in the food and restaurant industry
  • Isabelle Ranger, Founder –Namasthe Tea Co.
Karl with John Bishop

Karl with John Bishop

You always learn something new at these talks.  And sometimes the mingling before the talks is just as rewarding.  For this event I had the great pleasure to talk with John Bishop for at least 30 minutes.  We talked alot about wine, in particular aged wines and ports.  John was very generous with his time and is a real easy person to talk to.  I cannot wait to have some time to go over to Bishop’s Restaurant, enjoy a meal and sip some glasses of port!

Each of the speakers told us about how they reached their goals in the food industry.  Some were more planned and others were from the advice of others.  The speakers had varied backgrounds and raised in countries around the world, but they are glad to be here in Vancouver, BC doing what they love.  The love of local and seasonal ingredients was also a big point of discussion.  And for the 2nd time, the topic of gluten free products was discussed.  In Food Talks Vol 4, it was a question from the audience, but in this session we had Kalpna Solanki who acutally produces gluten free products to tell us of her journey.  I think the demand for gluten free products will continue to grow, and that restaurants should try to offer more gluten free options.  It is not just for the benefit of celiacs; there are many people that have some level of allergy to modern wheat and/or gluten.

Unfortunately I did not get a front row seat, so my pictures and videos are limited.  I was able to record Kalpna’s talk and I present it below for your enjoyment.

Thank you to Richard Wolak aka @vanfoodster on Twitter for creating the Food Talks series.  Vol 6 is coming up on Feb. 12, 2013.  Here is the link to tickets.

Food Talks and Tasting Plates

Richard Wolak aka vanfoodster

Richard Wolak aka vanfoodster

Vanfoodster has 3 more events coming up in the New Year.  You may want to consider buying a ticket for you and a friend for Christmas.  Two events you may know about; Food Talks and Tasting Plates with of course new speakers and new venues to eat at, while the other is a brand new event that I’m super excited about called Noodle Mania.  Info on these 3 events are below.  Enjoy!

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February 12 – Food Talks Vol 6 at Dockside Lounge in the Granville Island Hotel – pre-sale tickets on sale now for $20 each at http://foodtalksvolume6.eventbrite.ca/
with 5 speakers, appetizers, beer & Bella Gelateria Gelato. Speakers include Mark Simpson (Brewmaster of Dockside Brewing Company); James Coleridge (Founder of Bella Gelateria); Marcus Von Albrecht (Chef & President of Mava Foods and Von Albrecht & Associates) and 2 more speakers tba.

February 20 – 2nd Annual Tasting Plates Downtown Vancouver with 10+ restaurants, cafes and food trucks- pre-sale tickets on sale now for $20 each http://tastingplatesvancouver2yr.eventbrite.ca/ 

January 13Noodle Mania this tasting extravaganza goes from 3pm until 8pm. Guests will taste all types of noodles from chow mein to spaghetti to ramen, udon, pad thai and more. Touring many ethnic eateries around Vancouver and tasting noodle dishes from American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, Vietnamese, and more. Tickets are now on sale at http://noodlemania.eventbrite.ca/

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for your foodie friends or family members, all of our upcoming events can be purchased as gifts to give. You can purchase the tickets and put them in your recipients name!

If you attended my Tasting Plates event in Chinatown and Strathcona recently, Novus TV featured the event last night on City Lights (see here) tv show.

Vancouver Food Talks Volume 5 on Dec 4 – Get Your Tickets

Vancouver Foodster's Food Talks Vol. 5

Food Talks Vol. 5

This is the fifth event in this Food Talks series! Meet and mingle with other foodies, and hear some enlightening speakers from the food community.  I really enjoyed Food Talks Vol 4.  The speakers were all very interesting.  I look forward to Vol 5, which is being held at the Stanley Park Pavilion.  You can take a peek at the Vol 4 talks at this link.

Our speakers:

  • Chef John Bishop

    Chef John Bishop

    John Bishop, Chef, Author & Owner of Bishops Restaurant

  • Daniel Frankel, President – Daniel Group. Owns the Prospect Point Café & Gift Shop, Stanley Park Pavilion, Stanley’s Park Bar & Grill and more
  • Kalpna Solanki, Founder of Martin’s Marvelous Naturals, a line of high-end gourmet Crisps and Granola
  • Hamid Attie, Photographer – Hamid Attie Photography, specializing in the food and restaurant industry
  • Isabelle Ranger, Founder – Namasthe Tea Co.

The Evening:

Enjoy tasty appetizers from the Stanley Park Pavilion 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. There will be a draw for prizes too! * Wine, beer, cocktails and other beverages will be available for purchase.  More details on the speaker, the evening, and to buy tickets are here.

Growing chefs logoGrowing Chefs is our designated charity, support their wonderful organization that educates children on the food community in the public schools.

Tickets:

$15 per person before December 1st.* $25 per person after December 1st at 11pm and at the door (eventbrite fee extra).

Ticket price includes appetizers in addition to hearing from some great speakers, a Q & A follows.  A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Growing Chefs.