Dumpling Fest Vancouver on November 7 – Get Your Tickets

Who doesn’t like dumplings?  They are made around the world.  Some are boiled, others are baked, and some are fried.  The fillings are varied.  You can get vegetarian ones or ones filled with meat.  Growing up in a Ukrainian family, we had perogies filled with cottage cheese and potatoes, or sauerkraut and potatoes quite often, and they are delicious.  I even wrote an article about pairing perogies with Viognier.  Here is the article on my perogie and wine pairing!

Vancouver Foodster is featuring dumplings in his upcoming Dumpling Fest on Nov. 7.  I will be there.  I hope you will too.  Here is his announcement.

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Join us and tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants between Olympic Village, Chinatown and Commercial Drive areas of East Van serving up different kinds of dumplings, from Cantonese soup dumplings, to Russian Pelmeni to Indian Kofta to Korean Mandoo and more. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday November 7 from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster and Tasting Plates.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates and Bowls 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 Dumpling Fest Passports and menus.

Participating Restaurants/Establishments

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Hon’s Wonton House

25 E 2nd Ave, Vancouver

Web:http://www.honswontonhouse.com/

Instagram: @honswonton

Cuisine: Cantonese

Since 1972, Hon’s Wonton House, situated in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, has been creating and sharing traditional Asian Comfort Food with customers of all generations. Using rustic, locally sourced ingredients and time-honoured Cantonese recipes, customers can be transported through tastes and aromas back to the infamous and familiar wonton houses of the Guangzhou.

From hand-made wontons and Pan fried Potstickers, to well spiced and simmered broths and noodles, Hon’s flavor filled menu will not disappoint.

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Hey Dumplings!

208 Keefer Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.heydumplings.com/

Instagram @heydumplings

Cuisine: Russian

Traditional hand-made dumplings with a delicious twist.

Hey, Dumplings! are Pelmeni- a Russian dumpling which means “ear bread”. Stuffed with meat or potato, the basic dumpling is boiled and served with a side of sour cream. But Hey, Dumplings! are more than your basic dumplings. Let’s eat some.

Bombay Indian Kitchen and Bar
1018 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Web: http://bombaykitchenbar.com/
Instagram: @bombaykitchenandbar
Cuisine: Indian

Serving authentic Indian cuisine with dishes from the Bombay region of India, with Malai Kofta our Indian dumplings.

More surprise restaurants will be announced prior to the event

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Tickets:

Ultra Early-Bird Tickets: $29 per person before October 23, 2018

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person after October 23, 2018

Advance Tickets $50 per person after November 2, 2018

Regular $60 per person after November 4, 2018

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.

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Vancouver Foodster announces the Pasta Challenge

Fall is here and you may start thinking of hearty, filling dishes, and glasses of red wine.  Why not try out some pasta dishes from Vancouver Foodster’s Pasta Challenge?  Details are below.

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Vancouver, BC – Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Pasta Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their pasta dishes into this challenge, some of the restaurants have created a special pasta creation just for this challenge and others have entered their top choice off their existing menu. Each restaurant will be featuring their pasta creation on their menu from October 4-28, 2018.

Here are a few of the unique creations:
Sopra Sotto Pizzeria

Chitarrine e Tartufo

Price: $22

Created by: Chef Enrico Fratoni

Description: A tower of fresh “spaghetti alla chitarra” made in house, served in a delicious truffle sauce with a variety of mushrooms and topped with parmigiano.

Ingredients:  Fresh Pasta, Truffle Sauce, Variety of mushrooms, and Parmigiano cheese

Offered: Every day during lunch and dinner

Sopra Sotto Pizzeria

1510 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Phone: (604) 251-7586

Web: http://www.soprasottovancouver.com/

Instagram @soprasotto.vancouver
Orto Artisan Pasta

Orto Ricotta Gnocchi

Price: $25

Created by:

Description: Home made ricotta gnocchi, Haida gwaii chanterelles, proscuitto chips

Offered: Lunch and Dinner

Orto Artisan Pasta

1600 Mackay Rd, North Vancouver

Phone: (604) 929-0203

Web: http://ortoartisanpasta.com/

Instagram @ortoartisanpasta

 

The Italians Kitchen and Bar

Spaghetti Mare e Monti

Price:  $27.00

Created by: Chef Matteo Vincenzi

Description: Mare (Sea) e Monti(Mountains) a dish that combines flavours and elements from the sea and the mountains. Fresh mussels and clams, mushrooms, truffle pate served with handmade fresh pasta. Inspired by Italian culinary tradition.

Ingredients: Mussels, clams, mushrooms, truffle pate, cherry tomatoes, garlic, white wine, red chilli pepper, parsley.

Offered: Dinner daily Tuesday – Sunday

The Italians Kitchen and Bar

1220 Bute Street, Vancouver

Phone: (604) 559-5034

Web: n/a

Instagram @theitalians_vancouver

 

The media judges are:

Areta Wong

Blogger of Foodgressing

Twitter: @foodgressing

Instagram: @foodgressing

 

Tara Lee

Writer for Inside Vancouver and other publications.

Twitter: @VanGlutton

Instagram @vanglutton 

 

David Grange

Blogger for BCFoodieBlogger

Twitter: @BCfoodieblogger

Instagram: @BCfoodieblogger

Here is the full list of Pasta Creations in this years challenge
http://vancouverfoodster.com/2018/10/04/vancouver-foodster-pasta-challenge-3/

We will announce the winning restaurants and their Pasta creations on October 29, 2018.

Pizza Palooza on February 21 – Get Your Tickets!

If you love pizza, why not try pizza from more than one restaurant, and find out which is your favourite?  Vanfoodster’s Pizza Palooza is coming up on Feb 21, and here is your chance to do just that.  Here is his announcement.

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Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants centered in downtown Vancouver! This is our 3rd annual pizza tasting extravaganza and it is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

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You may have a chance to taste many types of pizza from Neapolitan to Roman to NY style, South Indian, Lebanese and more!

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.

See last year’s Pizza Palooza dining tour here

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

Registration: tba -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Pizza Palooza passports.

Participating Restaurants:

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Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria

808 Davie Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.firecrustpizzeria.com/bc-menu/

Instagram: @firecrustdavie

Style of Pizza: Neapolitan

Inspired by authentic pizzerias in Naples, Firecrust is keeping true to Neapolitan pizza’s origins by providing products that focus on simplicity, freshness and contain high-quality ingredients. With over 350 possible combinations, you can customise our Neapolitan pizzas and salads to your heart’s desire. You’ll not be disappointed as all our Neapolitan pizza bases are made with non-GMO 00 flour and our tomato base is made strictly from San Marzano tomatoes.

 

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Ignite Pizzeria

508 West Cordova, Vancouver

Web: http://www.ignitepizzeria.com/

Instagram @ignitepizzeria

Style of Pizza: Artisanal

Located at the crossroads of Gastown and Pacific Station, Ignite Express provides you with genuine, refined pizzas at the right price.

Our pizzas are cooked in an artisanal, stone-fired oven and are made of the freshest ingredients. We created a low sodium dough that rests for more than three days, making it very light and easy to digest.

You can either take out or enjoy your slices inside in a very modern and minimal setting. Freshly out of the oven, Ignite Express is perfect for your on-the-go lunch.

 

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Davie Dosa Company

1235 Davie Street, Vancouver

Web: http://daviedosacompany.com/

Twitter @daviedosa

Instagram @daviedosacompany

Style of Pizza: South Indian

Davie Dosa Company brings an exotic culinary experience of traditional Southern Indian cuisine and delicious cocktails to a vibrant neighbourhood.

 

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Manoush’eh

620 Davie Street, Vancouver

Web: https://www.manousheh.ca/

Instagram @manoushehbc

Style of Pizza: Lebanese Flatbread

Manousheh is the cherished national pie of Lebanon. It has a reserved place on the country’s breakfast table and has the unique ability to be worked into every meal of the day, due to its simple versatility.

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Stretch Roman Pizza Co.

415 Abbott Street, Vancouver

Web: http://stretchpizza.com/

Twitter @stretchpizza

Cuisine: Italian pizzeria

Meet the Roman pizza, inspired by the popular gourmet street food of Rome.

The Italians call it “pizza al taglio”, we call it a perfect slice of pizza!

Starting with the use of high quality, authentic Italian flour and a lengthy 48-hour dough making process, we produce a product that is light and airy with a slight crispiness to the crust.

 

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before February 11, 2018

Advance Tickets $45 per person after February 11, 2018

Regular $60 per person after February 18, 2018

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 and everyone is welcome.

Get Your Tickets for Noodle Mania on January 10, 2018

Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in Vancouver! This 5th annual noodle tasting extravaganza is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

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See Richard Wolak (Creator/Founder of Noodle Mania and VancouverFoodster.com) on the Global TV Morning News Saturday Chef with Chef Ui Ratsomjit in 2016.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Bowls or 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.

You may have a chance to taste all sorts of noodles from chow mein to spaghetti to mac & cheese, pho, pad thai, ramen and more. Touring many ethnic eateries and tasting noodle dishes including American, Chinese, Filipino, Hong Kong, Indian, Italian, Southern, Taiwanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and more.

If you haven’t been to our previous Noodle Mania event, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on Food Finds (view here).

Visit each of the participating restaurants at your leisure by car or use transit.

Registration: tba -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Noodle Mania passports.

Participating Restaurants

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1741 Robson St, Vancouver

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

Instagram @flowerandhorseinspring

Cuisine: Yunnan style of Chinese cuisine

 

Robba da Matti

Robba Da Matti 

1127 Mainland Street,  Vancouver

Web: http://www.robbadamatti.com/

Twitter: @Robba_daMatti 

Instagram: @robba_damatti

Cuisine: Italian

Yaletown’s Italian Tapas wine bar, a family-run, authentic Italian restaurant. We source the highest quality imported ingredients from Italy & combine them with seasonal ingredients.

Watch for the full line-up of restaurants in January

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before December 22.

Advance Tickets $45 per person before January 7, 2018.

Regular $60 per person after January 7, 2018

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

Ticket price includes tasting bowls or 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 and everyone is welcome.

Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market on December 6

The holidays are coming, so why not treat yourself before you treat others?  Coming up is Vancouver Foodster’s Holiday Market.  Details are below.  See you there!

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Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market on December 6

 

Join us for a night of tasting to celebrate the upcoming holiday season at several markets around the city roving through a few neighborhoods from South Granville, to False Creek to Kitsilano. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday December 6 from 5pm until 9pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each market will feature multiple vendors serving up a wide selection of savoury and sweets, plus beverages for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to try many different foods and beverages throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the producers and chefs, and learn about each of the participating vendors and markets.

Kick off your holiday cheer with us, taste local and international food and drink. It’s the perfect evening to do something festive, catch up with friends, and get some holiday shopping done.

Registration: Milano Coffee Roasters – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Holiday Tasting Passports and menus.

 

Featuring these Markets:

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Meinhardt Fine Foods

3002 Granville Street, Vancouver

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

Twitter: @MeinhardtFoods

Instagram: @meinhardtfinefoods

Neighborhood: South Granville

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

They will be featuring a multi-vendor showcase of local and international food and beverages.

Milano Coffee Roasters

156 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://www.milanocoffee.ca/

Twitter:@MilanoRoasters

Instagram @milanoroasters

Neighborhood: False Creek

The Milano taste was developed from a century of artisanship in the Italian coffee tradition. This distinguished taste comes from the skill of the torrefazzioni – a secret method roasting and blending, closely guarded, personally taught, and handed down generation to generation.

They will be featuring a multi-vendor showcase of local food and beverages.

 

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Be Fresh Market Cafe

Web: http://www.befresh.ca/

Twitter:@befreshlocal

Instagram @befreshlocal

Neighborhood: Kitsilano

At Be Fresh, we believe that food should be enjoyed and to fuel your body, which is why we only create meals with delicious and healthy ingredients.

They will be featuring a multi-vendor showcase of local food and beverages.

 

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Silk Road Tea

2066 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://silkroadteastore.com/

Twitter: @silkroadtea

Instagram @silkroadtea

Neighborhood: Kitsilano

Silk Road imports & blends organic, premium loose teas, & produces organic skincare, haircare & bodycare products.

They will be featuring their line-up of teas and other products.

 

Tickets

Follow us on Instagram: @Vanfoodster

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Ultra Early-Bird: $18 per person before November 22, 2017

Early-Bird: $25 per person after November 22, 2017

Regular $30 per person after November 29, 2017

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

Ticket price includes tasting at each of the participating markets throughout the evening.

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. Participating markets and vendors subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

Tasting Plates North Van BRUNCH on November 25

If you live in Vancouver, but have not spent much time across the Lions Gate Bridge and into North Vancouver to try the restaurants there, here is your chance.  Richard @vanfoodster is having a Tasting Plates North Van Brunch on Nov 25.  Below is his announcement.

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Join us and explore the Lower Lonsdale area of North Vancouver and tantalize your taste buds at a selection of restaurants and cafes. This brunch tasting extravaganza is on Saturday November 25 from 10am until 2pm 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, and learn about each of the participating places.

Check out our most recent Tasting Plates Brunch tour here!

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

Registration: Welcome Parlour – 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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Maru Korean Bistro

125 2nd St E, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-566-6292

Web: http://www.marukoreanbistro.com/

Instagram: @marukoreanbistro

Chef Bobby Shin and David Jo’s first restaurant after Bap’s Kitchen catering service. Here, we minimize the usage of artificial food ingredients and MSG for health of customers and try to offer the best meal at all the times with our heart and soul. Our restaurant is inspired by the “Baek ban jip”, a folksy dining restaurant that offers home style and casual foods.

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The Juicery Co

254 1st St E, North Vancouver

Web: http://www.thejuiceryco.ca/

Twitter: @TheJuiceryCo

Instagram @TheJuiceryCo

The Juicery Co is an Organic, Cold Pressed Juice & Nut Mylk Shop that Delivers throughout Metro Vancouver. As a family they have decided to share their knowledge of juicing with their community to provide others with the specific nutrients they require to improve quality of life.

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Two Daughters Bakery

121 E 1st Sreet (rear), North Vancouver

Web: http://twodaughtersbakeshop.com/

Twitter: @TwoDBakeshop

Instagram @twodaughtersbakeshop

A gluten-free, vegan bakery that provides delicious, fresh- baked goods that appeal to everyone!

Welcome Parlour Ice Cream

277 8th St E, North Vancouver

Web:http://welcomeparlour.com/

Twitter: @welcomeparlour 

Instagram @welcomeparlour

Welcome Parlour Ice Cream is North Vancouver’s one & only authentic, artisan ice cream parlour. Our delicious ice creams are uniquely hand crafted using the best local NATURAL ingredients & are made freshly in artisan small batches with our culinary partner Eleanor Chow Waterfall of Cadeaux Bakery. We offer 11 delicious flavour at Welcome Parlour that rotate seasonally, always offering 2 amazing dairy free options

Watch for more restaurants/establishments which may be added closer to event date.

Follow us on Instagram: @Vanfoodster

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Early-Bird Tickets: $36 per person before November 17, 2017

Advance Tickets: $45 per person after November 17, 2017

Regular $60 per person after November 22, 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 event. (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.

Best Sandwich Challenge

Vanfoodster’s Vancouver Sandwich Challenge is On!

Creativity does not always have to be in top-end restaurants.  You or I can be creative when we make our meals for example. Add arugula to a salad or top it on pizza for example.  Some dishes you may not think of as being creative, but there again you would be incorrect.  Take for example a sandwich.  How many different types of proteins, sauces, spreads, vegetables, pickles, grilled veggies, types of breads, wraps, etc. you could combine to make a sandwich.  As such Vancouver Foodster has just launched his Vancouver Sandwich Challenge, and I am one of the judges.  Watch my Instagram and Twitter posts when I visit each of the participating restaurants.  I will try to offer a suggested wine to pair with each sandwich.  You can also visit these restaurants till the end of the month and vote for your favourite sandwich. Here is the official announcement for the Sandwich Challenge. Enjoy.

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Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Sandwich Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their Sandwich creations into this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their Sandwich creations on their menu from September 7-30, 2017.

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

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite sandwich creations – 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 sandwich creations or go solo or with a friend– just remember to VOTE for your favourites 

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

Delizie

Vesuvio

Price: $12

Created by: Chef Rosangela Atte

Description: like the volcano that symbolizes Naples. It’s an explosion (no pun intended) of typical Neapolitan flavors and textures: the crusty in-house made bread, the juicy veal cutlet, the sweet and tangy plum tomato sauce, the succulent eggplant fries, the gooey smoked provolone, the peppery and crisp arugula and savory in-house made pesto.

ingredients: -In-house made ciabatta, Veal cutlet(veal from Columbus Meat Market), Fried eggplant, Italian plum tomato sauce, Smoked provolone, Arugula, In-house made pesto(nut free)

or $16 with side salad or soup.

Offered: all the time.

Delizie

22266 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge

Tel: (604) 467-1711

Web: http://www.delizie.ca/

Twitter: @deliziebakery

Instagram: @deliziebakery

 

West Village Cafe

Chilli Chicken Sandwich

Chilli Chicken Sandwich

Price: $8.99

Created by: Chef Tim Cuff

Description: Local and in-house roasted chicken lightly seasoned with house made hot sauce, sundried tomato pesto, pickled shallots, garlic mayo, swiss cheese & arugula on toasted sourdough. Pairs best with a side of soup or seasonal mixed bean salad.

Offered: daily after 11am

West Village Cafe

#160 – 5620 152nd Street, Surrey

Tel: (604) 372-2083

Web: https://www.facebook.com/West-Village-Cafe-618382875024012/

Twitter: n/a

Instagram: @west_village_cafe_

 

Caffe Artigiano

Paulino Piadina

Price: $10

Created by: Chef Dawn Doucette

Description: Breaded chicken breast, roast garlic aioli, mozzarella, marinara sauce & arugula. Served in Italian Piadina flatbread.

Offered: all the time.

Caffe Artigiano

2154 West 41st Avenue

Web: https://www.caffeartigiano.com/

Twitter: @CaffeArtigiano

Instagram:@caffeartigiano

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Caffe Artigiano

763 Hornby Street

Web: https://www.caffeartigiano.com/

Twitter: @CaffeArtigiano

Instagram:@caffeartigiano

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Caffe Artigiano

3154 Highland Blvd

Web: https://www.caffeartigiano.com/

Twitter: @CaffeArtigiano

Instagram:@caffeartigiano

 

Rosemary Rocksalt

The Rocksalt Reuben

Created by: Scott Robertson

Price: $10.50

Description: Your choice of bagel… best on our signature Rosemary Rocksalt with Montreal smoked meat, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, egg, green pepper, red onion, and pesto cream cheese.

Offered: all the time.

Rosemary Rocksalt

2515 Main Street

Web: https://rosemaryrocksalt.com/

Twitter:@RoseRocksalt

Instagram: @rosemaryrocksalt

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Rosemary Rocksalt

1350 Commercial Drive

Web: https://rosemaryrocksalt.com/

Twitter:@RoseRocksalt

Instagram: @rosemaryrocksalt

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Rosemary Rocksalt

1669 Lonsdale

Web: https://rosemaryrocksalt.com/

Twitter:@RoseRocksalt

Instagram: @rosemaryrocksalt

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Rosemary Rocksalt

333 Brooksbank Avenue

Web: https://rosemaryrocksalt.com/

Twitter:@RoseRocksalt

Instagram: @rosemaryrocksalt

 

Solly’s Bagelry

Sesame Sunrise Eggel

Price: $9.50

Created by: Leah Markovitch

Description:Delicious double layered cold and hot breakfast sandwich made with a layer of lemony Avocado and crunchy veggies and a second layer of melted Edam over a hot poached egg.

Offered: All day, 7 days a week.

Solly’s Bagelry

368 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://www.sollysbagelry.com

Twitter: @SollysBagelry

Instagram: @sollysbagelry

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Solly’s Bagelry

4071 Main Street, Vancouver

Twitter: @SollysBagelry

Instagram: @sollysbagelry

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Solly’s Bagelry

2873 West Broadway, Vancouver

Twitter: @SollysBagelry

Instagram: @sollysbagelry

 

Smokehouse Sandwich Co.

Eve

Price: $11.99

Created by: Chef Rico Verzosa

Description: Smoked Short Ribs with Red Wine and Apple reduction served with Arugula and Sorel on toasted bun with Aioli.

Offered: all the time.

Smokehouse Sandwich Co.

108-5188 Westminster Hwy, Richmond

Web: http://www.smokehousesandwich.ca/

Instagram: @smokehousesandwich

 

Tasting Plates Burnaby Heights May 17 – Get Your Tickets

Being a Burnaby resident, I like when people realize that there are restaurants east of Boundary.  Vancouver Foodster has his upcoming Burnaby Heights Tasting Plates on May 17.  Come out to Burnaby and see what we have to offer!  Announcement for the event is below.

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Join us as we return to Burnaby Heights and tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants centered in and around Hastings Street. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday May 17 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: tba – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Passports and menus.

Some of the Participating Restaurants

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The Gray Olive Cafeteria

4190 East Hastings, Burnaby

Tel: 604-566-9664

Web: http://www.thegrayolive.com/

Twitter: @TheGrayOlive

Cuisine: Comfort Food/Westcoast

The Gray Olive Cafeteria is the brainchild of three brothers who come from very different professional backgrounds, yet have a singular passion for great food. It’s more than a restaurant; we’re dedicated to fostering a culture that encourages creativity and draws inspiration from anywhere and everywhere, including our guests. But above all, our mission is to provide mouthwatering cuisine with a touch of nostalgia.

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Glenburn Soda Fountain

4090 Hastings St, Burnaby

Web: http://glenburnsoda.com/

Twitter: @glenburnsoda

Instagram @glenburnsoda

Cuisine: Desserts and Ice Cream Treats

Glenburn is a throw-back to a simpler time and an opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasures of a hand-made dessert. Glenburn offers a wide range of ice cream treats including sundaes, milkshakes and malts. Candy and soda syrups along with nostalgic toys and treats round out the offerings.

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Brokenrice Vietnamese Restaurant

4088 Hastings Street, Burnaby

Web:https://www.brokenrice.ca/

Twitter:@BrokenriceBBY

Instagram: @brokenriceca

Cuisine: Vietnamese

Broken rice (com tam) originally consisted of grains which were broken during the process of harvesting and cleaning the rice. Traditionally eaten by the Vietnamese working class as it was cheaper to buy, broken rice gained favour in wider circles due to its unique flavour and texture. Today, broken rice is softer in texture than it’s cast-off ancestor and has become distinctly Vietnamese.

Brokenrice Vietnamese Restaurant aims to celebrate all of what Vietnamese cuisine has to offer – fresh, vibrant ingredients and delicious flavour profiles – with a contemporary approach. We are continually striving to present classic dishes using modern cooking applications and local, sustainable ingredients.

 


Fortuna Bakery

4240 Hastings St, Burnaby

Tel: 604-298-9610

Web: http://www.fortunabakery.com/

Instagram: @fortunabakerybby

Cuisine: Italian bakery and deli

Offering decadent, layered pastries, along with classic & fruit-topped cakes, plus coffee.

 

More restaurants to be announced soon

 

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before May 7

Advance Tickets $45 per person after May 7

Regular $60 per person after May 14

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 Mac and Cheese Challenge April 6 – 30, 2017

Mac and Cheese; we all grew up with it, but as we grew up, so did the Mac and Cheese.  Below are creations by 4 restaurants in the Vancouver lower mainland to show us their take on Mac and Cheese.  Lucky, me; I’m one of the judges.  I will be sure to try to pair each dish with a glass of wine and/or beer, and be sure to tell you via Instagram and Twitter.   Keep an eye for my posts.  Here is the announcement from Vancouver Foodster.

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Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Mac & Cheese Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their mac and cheese into this challenge, most of the restaurants have created a special mac and cheese just for this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their mac and cheese on their menu from April 6-30, 2017.

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

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite mac and cheese creations – keep these things in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

Get some friends together and make a night of it, visit a couple restaurants or more to share and taste the different Mac and Cheese creations or go solo or with a friend – just remember to VOTE for your favourites between April 6-30, 2017.

The Creations

Here are the Mac and Cheese creations in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

Mosaic Grille

The Mac Daddy

The Mac Daddy

Price: Full      $36; Half        $24; Taster    $16

Created by: Executive Chef Jeff Szombaty & Jo Ong Sous Chef

Description: Canadian lobster. cavatappi. olive oil cured sundried tomato. havarti-gouda mornay sauce. truffle essence

Offered: 4:30pm- 10:30pm daily

Mosaic Grille

655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel:   604-639-4768

Web:  https://vancouver.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

Twitter:    @HyattVancouver

Instagram: @HyattVancouver

Tour de Feast

In your Belly Mac & Cheese

In your Belly Mac & Cheese

Price: $14.50

Created by: Chef DJ

Description: Casareccia pasta, gruyere cheese, sauce maornay, twice cooked organic Fraser valley pork belly, truffle Parmesan bread crumbs.

Offered: 7 days a week 10 am to 2:30 pm

Tour de Feast

319 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver

Tel: (604) 980-1811

Web: http://tourdefeast.com/

Twitter: @de_feast

Instagram: @tourdefeast319

Storm Crow Tavern

Mother of Dragons Mac and Cheese

Mother of Dragons Mac and Cheese

Price: $16

Created by: Chef Sam Cargnelli and Allie Szakacs

Description:   Semolina macaroni in a carbonara-style sauce with parmesan, Two Rivers smoked bacon, Golden Ears Cheesecrafters Gold Creek Munster-style cheese with Neufchâtel crèma and house-made spicy ketchup topped with a Dragon’s Egg (a mac and cheese ball wrapped in a Red Devil pork sausage, with a cheese curd center!)

Offered: Offered during lunch and dinner

Storm Crow Tavern

1305 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 566-9669

Web: http://www.stormcrowtavern.com/

Twitter: @stormcrowtavern

Instagram:  @stormcrowtavern

Hopcott Meats

Pulled Beef Mac & Cheese

Pulled Beef Mac & Cheese

Price: $9.95

Created by: Chef Christina Sepidoza

Description: Slow cooked Hopcott beef brisket, pulled and then braised in red wine and aromatic vegetables piled on top of macaroni with aged cheddar and cheese curds, topped with homemade onion straws and special house ketchup

Offered: During lunch hours: 10:30 to 4:00, Seven days a week

Hopcott Meats

18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows

Tel: 604.465.7799

Web: http://www.hopcottmeats.ca/

Twitter @HopcottFarms

Instagram @hopcottfarms

 

Make sure you pick up one of the Mac and Cheese Challenge postcards available at each of the participating restaurants. Remember to Vote for your favourites daily, all the voting details are at

http://vancouverfoodster.com/mac-and-cheese-challenge/ 

Our Judges

Our Media judges for this challenge are:

Karl Kliparchuk

Wine, Food & Travel Writer for MyWinePal

Twitter: @MyWinePal

Areta Wong

Blogger of Foodgressing

Twitter: @foodgressing

David Grange

Blogger for BCFoodieBlogger

Twitter: @BCfoodieblogger

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