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

It’s Tasting Plates Vancouver 5th Anniversary! Get Your Tickets.

It is hard to believe that Tasting Plates has been around for 5 years.  It seems like only yesterday that Richard @vanfoodster started these very successful events, but it is true.  In addition to Tasting Plates he has also been offering Brunch Crawls during Dine Out Vancouver.  Congratulations to Richard on his ongoing success.  Come and enjoy the 5th Anniversary Tasting Plates with Richard, and of course me!  Here is the announcement.

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Join us and celebrate our 5th Anniversary of Tasting Plates and tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in downtown Vancouver. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday March 8 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: Marquis Wine Cellars – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Passports and menus.

Participating Restaurants and Establishments:

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Patron Tacos & Cantina

265 Robson Street

Tel: 604-558-3368

Web: http://www.patrontc.com/

Twitter: @patrontc

Instagram @patrontc

Cuisine: Mexican

Relaxed, modern eatery serving contemporary Mexican fare & specialty margaritas.

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Ten Ten Tapas

1010 Beach Avenue #3

Tel: (604) 689-7800

Web: www.TenTenTapas.com

Twitter: @TenTenTapas

Instagram: @tententapas

Unique small plates, entrees, cocktails & live jazz in a refined space with waterfront seating.

Tartine Bread and Pies

1069 Davie Street

Web: http://tartine.ca/davie-street/

Twitter: @tartinebnp

Cuisine: Bakery and eatery

Inspired and imagined by Jo-Ann, the bakery is simply an extension of her love for people and food. Muffins, breads, tarts and treats. Our menu is full of variety. We cater lunch functions with hearty sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries.

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Marquis Wine Cellars

1034 Davie Street

Twitter: @MarquisWineCell

Web: http://www.marquis-wines.com/

Cuisine: Wine store

For the wine collector or wine aficionado you can visit the cellar which offers high end bottles of wine from all over the world, perfect for that special occasion whatever that may be. The stores website is a valuable resource as well such as the information on Food and Wine pairing, personally I love the section showcasing the Best of BC that features wines from all over British Columbia.

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Meinhardt Fine Foods

609 Granville Street

Web: https://www.meinhardtfinefoods.com/

Twitter: @MeinhardtFoods

Instagram: @meinhardtfinefoods

Cuisine: Specialty foods

Meinhardt Fine Foods offers imported food products from around the world, including a large selection of prepared foods in the deli case.


Saj & Co.

813 Davie Street

Web: https://www.facebook.com/sajco

Twitter: @Sajnco

Cuisine: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

Home style freshly baked lebanese saj breads with a fine selected natural ingredient mixes blended live on the saj top.

 

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before January 31, 2017.

Advance Tickets $45 per person after January 31, 2017

Regular $60 per person after March 1, 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.

Port Moody Tasting Plates – What To Try

Vancouver Foodster took us to a brand new part of the lower mainland for his latest Tasting Plates experience, Port Moody.  Located to the northeast of Burnaby, the restaurants and breweries wanted to show us what they have to offer.  There are several breweries in Port Moody, and during this event we sampled craft beers from two of them; Moody Ales and The Parkside Brewery.  There was also sweet and savoury at the Tasting Plates.  Enjoy the pictures that I took during the event, along with my brief commentary.

My Port Moody Tasting Plates Notes

Starting off with savoury, we visited Spacca Napoli Pizeria and Meat Craft Urban Butchery.  Spacca was very busy, and from discussions, seems to be busy all the time.  They offered us a meatball, frittelle (a fried fritter that had pieces of seaweed inside), Rigatoni Bolognese, and a slice of Neapolitan style pizza.  I really enjoyed the flavour of the tender meatball along with the tomato sauce.  The slice of pizza was also good, but could have been served hotter.

Spacca Napoli pizza, pasta, and meatballs

Spacca Napoli pizza, pasta, and meatballs

Meat Craft Urban Butchery offered us a choice of a mini-smokie in a bun topped with slaw, and a side of potato salad.  Although the specialize in meat, their slaw and potato salad were excellent.  One smokie was garlic flavoured, and the other two had beer from either Yellow Dog or Moody Ales.  I tried the Moody Ales flavoured smokie.  It was grilled lightly.  You could get the flavour of the ale without it being over-powering.  A place to visit to buy more smokies, kebabs or other meats for the future.

Meat Craft Urban Butchery with grilled sausages, slaw, and potato salad

Meat Craft Urban Butchery with grilled sausages, slaw, and potato salad

With some food in me, the next stops were to Moody Ales and The Parkside Brewery.  Both offered us 4 beers to taste.  My preference was for the darker, brown ales, while my friend preferred the lighter lagers.  Between the two breweries, and the others just down the street, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  I have also been told that on weekends you can find food trucks beside the breweries, so grab a bite and a brew!

Moody Ales Lager, Brown Ale, IPA, and Hopped Red Ale tasters

Moody Ales Lager, Brown Ale, IPA, and Hopped Red Ale tasters

The Parkside Brewery Pilsner, Pale Ale, IPA, and Murray Mild flight

The Parkside Brewery Pilsner, Pale Ale, IPA, and Murray Mild flight

After our fill of savoury food and beer, it was time for dessert.  First stop was Rocky Point Ice Cream, a well-loved establishment in Port Moody, and the new Gabi & Jules pie shop.  Rocky Point Ice Cream made 3 special treats for us:  a mini Sweet Georgia Brown sundae, a strawberry ice cream with basil and balsamic reduction in a chocolate cup, and a mini ginger-molasses and pumpkin spice ice cream sandwich.  All were very tasty.  I enjoyed the sundae and the chocolate cup the most.  The sandwich cookie was a little too hard, and would have been spectacular if it was a bit softer.  The basil and balsamic reduction showed flair and really worked with the strawberry ice cream.  I highly recommend this place for ice cream.

Rocky Point Ice Cream creations for Tasting Plates Port Moody

Rocky Point Ice Cream creations for Tasting Plates Port Moody

Gabi & Jules rounded out the evening with a slice of pie; mine being apple and blackberry.  Apple pie is in general my favourite type of pie.  The blackberries, scattered throughout, added a floral note to the pie.  It was not overly sweet, and the crust was very flaky.  Enjoyed this with a cup of decaf coffee.

Gabi & Jules apple blackberry pie and a decaf coffee

Gabi & Jules apple blackberry pie and a decaf coffee

Thanks to all the restaurants and breweries for letting us sample from them, and for Vancouver Foodster for branching out of the well-known foodie areas of Vancouver.

1st Ever Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates in Port Moody Sept 21

The newest Tasting Plates adventure takes you to Port Moody.  You can either drive there, or take a skytrain to Lougheed Mall then a bus.  It is an easy ride.  There are several craft breweries in Port Moody, and you get to try 2 on this Tasting Plates event.  I will be there.  Join me!

Here is the tasting announcement.

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Tasting Plates Port MoodyTantalize your taste buds at several restaurants and breweries in Port Moody. This evening tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 9:30 pm 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: Gabi & Jules – 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: 

Gabi & Jules

2302B Clarke Street

Twitter: @gabiandjules

Instagram:@gabiandjules

Type: Bakery

 

The Parkside Brewery

2731 Murray Street

Twitter: @ParksideBrewery

Instagram: @parksidebrewery

Type: Brewery

 

Spacca Napoli Pizzeria

2801 St Johns Street

Twitter @Spacca_NapoliPM

Instagram:@pizzeriaspacca

Type: Italian Cuisine

 

Moody Ales

2601 Murray Street

Twitter: @MoodyAles

Instagram:@moodyales

Type: Brewery

 

Rocky Point Ice Cream

2800 Murray St

Twitter: @RPIceCream

Instagram: @rockypointicecream

Type: Ice Cream

 

Meat Craft Urban Butchery
114 Moody Street
Twitter: @MeatcraftPM
Instagram:@meatcraftpm
Type: Butcher and meats

Early-Bird Tickets: $33 per person before August 31, 2016

Advance Tickets: $45 per person after August 31, 2016

Regular Tickets $60 per person after September 18,, 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.

WHENWednesday, September 21, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM (PDT) – Add to CalendarWHEREGabi & Jules – 2302B Clarke St, Port Moody, BC V3H 1Y8 – View Map

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.

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.

Tasting Plates Downtown South on Sept 16 – Get Your Tickets

The latest Tasting Plates is coming up September 16; This one featuring restaurants in the Downtown South area of Vancouver.  I am quite excited with the list of restaurants, especially C Prime Modern Italian Steakhouse & Wine Bar, as they participated in the Calamari Challenge in June and made a FANTASTIC tasting dish with cheese stuffed calamari, bathed in a wonderful tomato sauce.  I can hardly wait to try their Tasting Plates offering.  You will see me there, and the other venues so please sign up before the tickets sell out.  It will be a lot of fun.  Here is the announcement by Vancouver Foodster.

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Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants and establishments in the Downtown South neighborhood (between Bute to Yaletown’s edge and Burrard to Nelson). This tasting extravaganza goes 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!

  • 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 and establishments at your leisure by walking, transit, bike, moped, car, or carpooling.

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

Participating Restaurants: 

C Prime Modern Italian Steakhouse & Wine Bar

1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.cprime.ca/

Twitter @cprimesteak

Instagram: cprimesteak

C|Prime is a modern and sophisticated approach to authentic Italian cuisine. C|Prime delivers incredible food and a fashionable atmosphere, all while taking guests on a bold flavour journey through upscale Italy, while incorporating hints of New York City.

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Beyond Coffee

1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.century-plaza.com/beyond-coffee/

Twitter @dine_at_beyond

Beyond coffee located in the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, open for breakfast lunch and dinner featuring housemade gelato, Illy coffee, paninis and more.

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Los Amigos Taqueria

1118 Davie Street, Vancouver

Web: https://www.facebook.com/losamigostaqueria

Twitter: @losamigostacos

Cuisine: Mexican

Serves authentic Mexican Tacos that are healthy, fresh and fast.Back in 1974, in the heart of Downtown Mexico city, our first Taqueria was open. The authentic recipes past on by generations bring you today a taste of Mexico in the West End, Vancouver. Our Menu includes fresh ingredients, gluten free, and vegan friendly. An option for everyone, with a variety that promises quality and unforgettable flavour.

 

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Ganache Patisserie 

1262 Homer St.

Web: http://ganacheyaletown.com/

Twitter: @ganacheyaletown

Cuisine: Desserts Café

Since opening in 2003, Ganache has established a reputation for its creative modern twists on classical recipes and desserts.

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Truffles Fine Foods Café

785 Davie Street

Web: www.trufflesfinefoods.com/café

Twitter: @trufflesfoods

Cuisine: Café and catering

Truffles Kitchen features homemade sandwiches, entrees, and more along with baked goods, desserts and a full range of hot and cold drinks to enjoy side, plus a grab and go case to take-out.

 
Saj & Co.
813 Davie Street, Vancouver
Web: https://www.facebook.com/sajco
Twitter: @Sajnco
Cuisine: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Home style freshly baked lebanese saj breads with a fine selected natural ingredient mixes blended live on the saj top.

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Bella Gelateria Yaletown 

1089 Marinaside Crescent

Web: http://www.bellagelateria.com

Twitter:@BellaYaletown

Cuisine: Pizzeria & Gelataria

Italian Napoletana pizzas, unique Italian desserts married with gelato from award winning Maestro James Coleridge.

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Early-Bird Tickets: $29 per person before September 8, 2015

Advance Tickets: $40 per person after September 8, 2015

Regular Tickets $60 per person after September 14, 2015.

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.

 

Tasting Plates Chinatown – A Few Photos to Tantalize You

Tasting Plates Chinatown wrapped up last week.  All the restaurants were around Main street and it was a short walk to each one, which was good as parking is difficult in this area.  Added bonus was the sunny weather.  Below are a few photos from my foray and some comments on the food.  Enjoy.

Note that the Downtown South Tasting Plates is coming up on September 16.  Details here for Tasting Plates Downtown South.

Tasting Plates - Sai Woo dumpling fritter and drumette

Tasting Plates – Sai Woo dumpling fritter and drumette

Sai Woo has been nominated as one of the best new restaurants in Canada.  Not a traditional Chinese restaurant, this one had 3 very tasty bites for us to try.  I particularly liked the Crispy Drummettes with peppercorn glaze.

Le Tigre Kickass rice with freaken chicken

Le Tigre Kickass rice with freaken chicken

Le Tigre Food Truck always delivers with their dishes.  This one is no exception.  You do need to be able to handle a bit of spice, or at least pick out the slices of red chilies.  I really liked the soft poached egg, when I break the yolk and add it into the rice.  It also has the chicken.  Which did I try first?  The chicken or the egg?

Treasure Green Tea Company - White Mojito Oolong with Orange and Lavender Pu-erh iced teas

Treasure Green Tea Company – White Mojito Oolong with Orange and Lavender Pu-erh iced teas

Treasure Green Tea is also not what you would expect in Chinatown.  Most would think of traditional teas, served hot.  These teas were iced, and combined with lavender, orange and mint+lime (Mojito).  All of them delicious.

Floata Seafood Restaurant - BBQ Pork Bun Vegetable Spring Roll Sesame Ball Soya Sauce Chow Mein

Floata Seafood Restaurant – BBQ Pork Bun Vegetable Spring Roll Sesame Ball Soya Sauce Chow Mein

Floata Seafood Restaurant.  This is traditional Chinese food to fill you up.  Nothing really outstanding.  I was a little disappointed as they are a “seafood” restaurant, and there was no seafood served.

Propaganda Coffee - Cappuccino and cold brew coffee

Propaganda Coffee – Cappuccino and cold brew coffee

Propaganda Coffee served it up right with both cold brew and hot coffees.  I have tried cold brew coffee before and it did not thrill me, but I must say that this coffee did have some nice flavour and would try it again.  The cappuccino was also very good.

Torafuku served up their Rye so messy chicken wings and This is not tortellini Negitoro on Brioche.  A big line up to get into this restaurant for a good taste of what they offer.

Tasting Plates Chinatown on August 26 – Get Your Tickets

Have you had a chance to go to Vancouver’s Chinatown lately?  If not, here is your chance to visit some restaurants as Tasting Plates Chinatown is on August 26, starting at 6pm.  I will be there tweeting up a storm, but it would be great to see other people as well, eating, tweeting, and enjoying what Chinatown has to offer.  Here is the official announcement from Vancouver Foodster.  Enjoy!

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Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants and establishments in the Chinatown neighborhood. This tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 10pm 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.

Watch Chef Keev Mah of Sai Woo make Soup Dumplings on Global TV Morning News “Saturday Chef”  (Tasting Plates Chinatown) with host Sonia Beeksma

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!

  • 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 and establishments at your leisure by walking, transit, bike, moped, car, or carpooling.

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

Participating Restaurants: 

958 Main Street

Instagram: TorafukoYVR

Twitter: @torafukuYVR

Web: http://torafuku.ca/

Cuisine: Modern Asian Eatery

A new eatery that just opened from Chef Clement Chan and Chef Steve Kuan who both also own the Le Tigre Food Truck.

158 East Pender Street

Instagram: Doyousaiwoo

Twitter: @doyousaiwoo

Web:http://www.saiwoo.ca/

Cuisine: Globally-inspired cuisine

The restaurant opened recently in Chinatown, Chef Keev Mah leads the kitchen at this historical location.

 

treasure

227 East Georgia Street

Twitter: @TreasureGreen_T

Web: http://treasuregreen.com/

Cuisine: Chinese Tea House

Second-generation tea master, Olivia Cheung runs the tea shop, Established in 1981 by Olivia’s father, Treasure Green Tea Company is the first authentic Chinese tea shop in Vancouver.

PROPAGANDA COFFEE
209 East Pender Street

Instagram: propagandacoffee

Twitter: @ppgdacoffee

Web: http://www.propagandacoffee.ca/

Cuisine: Coffee/Cafe

Stylish cafe featuring Elysian and Timbertrain coffee.

 

 

Le Tigre Cuisine Food Truck

958 Main Street

Web: http://www.letigrecuisine.ca/

Twitter: @LeTigreTruck

Cuisine: Modern Chinese

Modern Asian food truck with kickass dishes from Chef Clement Chan & Chef Steve Kuan .

 

More restaurants to be added soon

Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $148 for a 4 pack of tickets ($37 each) or $198 for a 6 pack of tickets ($33 each) * (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pack or a 6 pack). Regular Tickets $60 per person after August 23, 2015.

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

Purchase Tickets Here: 

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.

Tasting Plates on Commercial Drive on August 12 – Get Your Tickets

Commercial Drive is chock full of really interesting restaurants and cafes. Lots of different restaurants from different regions of the world. So this upcoming Tasting Plates should be a real treat for your taste buds. The details from Vancouver Foodster, your host for this event, are below. Enjoy.

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Tasting Plates collage

Tasting Plates collage

Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants and establishments in the Commercial Drive neighborhood. This tasting extravaganza goes 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 and a brewery 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!

  • 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 and establishments at your leisure by walking, transit, bike, moped, car, or carpooling.

Registration: Federico’s Supper Club – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards and menus.

Special Musical Guest: Lesismore will perform live at Federico’s Supper Club (which is also our registration spot) starting at 6:30pm.

Participating Restaurants: 

FEDERICO’S SUPPER CLUB

1728 Commercial Drive

Twitter: @FedericosClub

Web:http://www.federicossupperclub.com/

Cuisine: Italian

Federico’s Supper Club is one of the best Italian restaurants Vancouver has to offer.  Discover a combination of authentic Italian cuisine and welcoming hospitality, served up in an old school atmosphere complete with live music and dancing five nights a week.

Awarded Italy’s prestigious ‘Quality Seal Certification’, Opentable Diners’ Choice (2011-2015), and multiple Reader’s Choice Awards,  guests are treated to fresh simple ingredients and dishes that are a reflection of old-world Italy with a contemporary twist. Located on The Drive in Vancouver’s ‘Little Italy’, there is something for everyone at Federico’s.  A truly unique experience!  Benvenuti a tutti!

Fratelli Bakery

1795 Commercial Drive

Web: http://fratellibakery.com/

Twitter: @fratellibakery

Cuisine: Italian Bakery

An award-winning-bakery with a reputation for making delicious treats. All of our recipes are original and all of our ingredients are fresh. As a result, we’ve created the best Italian pastries, breads, cookies, cupcakes, biscotti and cakes in town.

Prado Cafe

1938 Commercial Drive

Web: http://www.pradocafe.com/

Twitter: @PradoCafeVan

Cuisine: Café & dessert

At Prado Café we’re about two simple things: crafting the perfect brew and creating a great atmosphere. We feature a constant rotation of specialty locally roasted 49th Parallel beans and quality baked goods, sandwiches, light snacks and sweets.

Strange Fellows Brewing

1345 Clark Drive

Web: http://strangefellowsbrewing.com/

Twitter: @Strange_Fellows

Cuisine: Craft Brewery

Strange Fellows is a craft brewery based in East Vancouver, where West Coast craftsmanship is inspired by the traditions of the Old World and the unique. Our beers go beyond the ordinary, and celebrate that which is strange. We encourage you to follow your passion, and stand out from the crowd.  #KeepItStrange

Bonvita

1458 Commercial Drive

Web:

Twitter:

Cuisine: Juice Bar

More restaurants will be added and announced soon

Early-Bird Tickets: $29 per person before July 28, 2015

Advance Tickets: $40 per person after July 28, 2015

Regular Tickets $50 per person after August 10, 2015.

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

Purchase Tickets Here: 

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.