Introducing the 2020 Half Corked Marathon Virtual Festival

Have you run the Half Corked Marathan in the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country in previous years.  Guess what?  COVID has cancelled the in-person event, but there is a VIRTUAL run now, plus lots of other related fun events that will happen by a travelling roadshow.  Read about it in this press release below.  Cheers!

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Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country transitions its signature sold out event due to the pandemic; now featuring a multi-destination roadshow, virtual marathon and online wine experiences.

OLIVER, B.C. (August 12, 2020): This month, Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country will launch a transformed version of its award-winning signature event. The six-week long Half Corked Marathon Virtual Festival is a multi-faceted, mixed-reality wine festival, which will bring all the elements and magic of British Columbia’s famed wine run to participants in a safe and responsible way. 

“Our small team has worked exceptionally hard to innovate during this challenging time and bring all the elements of our well-loved event directly to our participants,” says Jennifer Busmann, executive director of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country. “Communities in B.C. and Alberta have been welcoming and supportive as we have worked with them collaboratively to ensure the safety of each of our Roadshow locations. Our pandemic-proof format will ensure the well-being of both our participants and winery teams, while delivering thoughtful, educational and engaging content to help share the story of our incredible region.”

Originally inspired by Bordeaux’s Medoc Marathon, the Half Corked Marathon has attracted thousands of participants to the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country region over the past twelve years, to run between the vines while sampling the region’s wines at eighteen stations along the route. 

Available exclusively for 2020 ticket holders, the Half Corked Marathon Virtual Festival will include:

Half Corked Marathon Roadshow: Between August 23 and September 8, 2020, participants are invited to attend a Half Corked Marathon Roadshow in a dozen communities across British Columbia and Alberta, where they can enjoy wine tasting and local treats, enter contests for high value prizes and collect their Participant Race Pack, which includes two bottles of wine, tasting picnic pack from Oliver Eats Ltd., tote bag and more. All Roadshow events are in partnership with local communities, with approved permits in place, and will closely adhere to local health and safety regulations with strict health checks and required distancing at every venue.

The Roadshow schedule includes: Oliver (August 23rd); Kelowna (August 24th); Kamloops (August 25th); Abbotsford (August 27th); Burnaby (August 28th & 30th); Cloverdale (August 29th); Vancouver (September 1st); Victoria (September 2nd); Castlegar (September 5th); Cranbrook (September 6th); Calgary (September 7th); and Edmonton (September 8th). 

Half Corked Marathon Virtual Route: Participants will receive access to the virtual race route, which takes viewers on a journey between the vines, along the river and through the middle of some of our best known and loved wineries. The footage, which participants can enjoy at their leisure, captures the magic of running through the region’s vineyards with endless South Okanagan blue skies beyond, punctuated by encouraging messages from winemakers along the way. 

Costume & Skit Contest: For the past thirteen years, participant’s creative costumes have helped set the Half Corked Marathon apart from other running events and this year will be no exception. All participants are encouraged to enter photos of their costumes and comedy skit videos virtually, via email (to hcm2020@oliverosoyoos.com) or on social (tagging #HCM2020) for the chance of winning high value prizes. Submissions are open until August 14th and online voting will be open from August 19th to 22nd via the Half Corked Marathon Facebook page.

12 Days of Half Corked Marathon Virtual Wine Festival: Starting on September 12th and running for 12 days, Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country will roll out a series of educational sessions hosted by many of the region’s winemakers and winery principals, exclusively for participants. Segments will include wineries sharing their love of a specific varietal; behind the scenes winery tours; vertical tastings of well-loved and signature wines; spotlights on regenerative farming; food and wine pairing inspiration; and cooking demos hosted by many of the region’s wine industry icons. 

Giveaways: will run throughout the festival and will include multiple Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country “Cellars”, a bottle from each of the region’s 44 member wineries, valued at $1100 each; magnums of wine from Black Hills Estate Winery and C.C. Jentsch Cellars; a two-night stay at Silver Sage Winery; exclusive experiences at Culmina Family Estate WineryStoneboat Vineyards and Castoro de Oro Estate Winery; new wine releases from Hester Creek Estate Winery and Hidden Chapel Winery; and more. 

For more information and questions about the 2020 Half Corked Marathon Virtual Festival, please visit www.oliverosoyoos.com/half-corked-marathon-virtual, or follow on Facebook: www.facebook.com/halfcorkedmarathon.

About Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country

Uncork the Sun in Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country and encounter colourful characters, award-winning wineries, and stunning scenery which all give this decorated region its unique glow. Situated at the very southern tip of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, in one of the warmest areas of Western Canada, the region’s 44 wineries have won more accolades than any other wine region in Canada. The sunny slopes of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country are also the perfect place to enjoy fine dining with winery views, the opportunity to stay on a winery and wake up surrounded by vines, and to experience compelling annual events such as the Half Corked Marathon, Pig Out food and wine festival and Savour the Sun winemaker dinners.

For our full list of winery members, visit www.oliverosoyoos.com/category/wineries

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Granville Island Delivery Co. Launches Campaign to Support Granville Island

If you have been hesitant to go to Granville Island during COVID, why not let Granville Island deliver to you.  Here is the press release about their offering.

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Vancouver, B.C. (August 10, 2020): In March, Michelle Ng, founder of Vancouver Foodie Tours launched Granville Island Foodie Delivery days after pausing food tours due to the pandemic. With deliveries in full swing, Michelle and her team took on the challenge of finding more ways to give back to the Granville Island community. Today marks the launch of their new website Granville Island Delivery Co. (GIDC), as well as their #GranvilleIslandLuv campaign to further rally community support.

 

Customers can shop on the new and improved website, GranvilleIslandDelivery.co for Public Market favourites from popular merchants such as Lee’s DonutsOyama Sausage Co.Benton Brother’s Fine Cheese, and much more. The GIDC team has put their 10 years of Public Market expertise to good use in building curated baskets, including Wellness in a BoxCharcuterie and Cheese, Yes Please!, and Sweet Treat, perfect for gifting. For specialized seasonal goods, don’t miss the monthly Market Box, with items personally selected by Michelle to reflect the best of the season. Whether to select a few items or opt for curated baskets, the new site allows shoppers to browse and order easily online.

The one-stop-shop brings together multiple Granville Island merchants on one online platform, where shoppers can browse the pages like they would the aisles of a market, from the comfort and safety of their own homes (without those pesky seagulls). The website also features “Meet the Artisans” series, a detailed behind-the-scenes look at the talented artisans of the Public Market and Granville Island.

Along with the new website, GIDC launches #GranvilleIslandLuv campaign to directly benefit the merchants of Granville Island who are facing unprecedented levels of change and revenue losses due to the pandemic. The first goal is to raise awareness of the community’s challenges as most vendors do not have an avenue to promote or sell their goods online. The majority of Granville Island businesses rely on foot traffic for sales, an important and valued portion of which are local Vancouverites, and a large portion of which is generated by national and international tourism. Every purchase made through GranvilleIslandDelivery.co helps support small businesses. With a purchase of any curated baskets or monthly Market Box, $5 of each sale benefit merchants in need. That is not all, a social media contest featuring the hashtag #GranvilleIslandLuv asks followers to share a photo of Granville Island or goods purchased from a Granville Island merchant to win the monthly Market Box.

“We are excited to provide our support for Granville Island merchants,” says Michelle Ng, president & founder of Granville Island Delivery Co. “It’s more important than ever to support local merchants, artisans and their craftsmanship. With Granville Island Delivery Co., our aim is to spread joy with each package, while uplifting the Granville Island community.”

The delivery service offers free shipping for orders $99 and over in Vancouver, or $10 discount on flat rate shipping in Greater Vancouver via local courier Novex. For more information on delivery rates, products, and online orders, visit GranvilleIslandDelivery.co.

About Granville Island Delivery Co.

Michelle Ng, President & Founder of Vancouver Foodie Tours, started her renowned guided food tour company in 2010 out of a passion for food, people, and the multicultural city of Vancouver. In March 2020, with the support of CMHC Granville Island, Michelle launched Granville Island Delivery Co. to spotlight the legacy of Vancouver’s iconic culinary and cultural destination. To this day, the company is committed to supporting Granville Island merchants and restaurant partners by bringing the best Public Market experience to residents of Greater Vancouver. GranvilleIslandDelivery.co

Blue Mountain Pairs Up with les amis du FROMAGE for Innovative Virtual Cheese and Wine Tasting

Les Amis du Fromage has a fabulous selection of cheeses and Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars, top sparkling wine.  Enjoy both together!  Here is a press release about how you can enjoy this through a guided online event.

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July 20, 2020 (Vancouver, BC) – Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars is pleased to partner with Vancouver’s les amis du FROMAGE for a unique virtual cheese and wine tasting. The event will be live-streamed on the evening of Sunday, August 23 2020. Ticketholders will enjoy an hour-long guided tasting that will be both informative and indulgent, all in the comfort of their own homes. The interactive event will be hosted by les amis du FROMAGE founder Allison Spurrell and will feature 2 Blue Mountain wines, the Gold Label Brut and the 2017 Pinot Noir Reserve Cuvee.

Tickets for the event may be purchased online starting July 22nd at 9AM. Each $75 ticket is for 2 people. Ticketholders will pick up a package containing a selection of amazing edibles from les amis du FROMAGE to taste along with Allison. Ticketholders can pick up their package from either of les amis du FROMAGE’s locations during the 3 days prior to the event.

Your ticket purchase also entitles you to a 10% discount on the 2 featured Blue Mountain wines when you purchase them online from Marquis Wine Cellars. You will receive a discount code at the time of ticket purchase.
 
Alternately, you can order directly from the winery by Monday, August 17th. Blue Mountain offers FREE BC-wide shipping on orders of 6 or more bottles, so this is a great time to try out the winery’s new releases, including the Blue Mountain 2019 Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc.
 
Then join us for the live-streamed guided tasting on les amis du FROMAGE’s Facebook page.
 
Only 100 tickets will be sold for the event, so don’t wait to get yours!
 
Virtual Cheese & Wine Tasting
$75 for 2 people + Blue Mountain wines
Tickets available online starting July 22nd at 9AM
Streaming on Facebook Live on Sunday, August 23, 2020
6:30pm – 7:30pm
 

About Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars: 

Located in BC’s South Okanagan, Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars is distinctive among Canadian wineries in that all its wines are produced exclusively from grapes grown on the estate’s vineyards.  Ian Mavety purchased the land that is now Blue Mountain Vineyard in 1971.  Current owners Ian, Jane, Matt, and Christie Mavety continue to work to realize the potential of the region, utilizing sustainable farming methods and winemaking practices.  Blue Mountain produces complex, age-worthy varietal wines that are consistent in style while allowing the expression of both the terroir and the individual growing season.
 
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About les amis du FROMAGE: 

les amis du FROMAGE is a family owned and operated specialty cheese store with two locations in Vancouver. With a carefully curated selection of local and imported cheeses, charcuterie and accompaniments, we also specialize in frozen soups and meals, all made in house using top quality ingredients.  Founded in 1985, les amis du FROMAGE is proud to still remain a family owned and operated Vancouver company after over 30 years in business.  Current owners Allison Spurrell and Joe Chaput continue the company’s reputation of offering the highest quality cheeses, cut to order, along with one-to-one customer service.
 
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Rocky Mountain Flatbread Father’s Day Celebrations: Dine In Or Take Out!

Do you have a dad, spouse, or significant other that you would like to celebrate Father’s Day with on Sunday?  You may want to think of Rocky Mountain Flatbread.  Here is their press release about what you can expect, whether you eat in or take out.

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Celebrate Fathers Day at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Celebrate Fathers Day at Rocky Mountain Flatbread (Image courtesy Rocky Mountain Flatbread)

Rocky Mountain Flatbread is excited to offer both dine in and take out options to celebrate Father’s Day this coming weekend. In exciting news for families, the kids play area and kids pizza making are back in time for Father’s Day! Strict new cleaning and safety protocols have been put in place so it’s going to be a bit different going forward but owners Suzanne and Dominic Fielden are very pleased to bring fun family activities back to their restaurants. 

“We did a trial run of reopening the kids play area and kids pizza making this week with new safety procedures in place, and both the kids and staff had so much fun – safely!” says Suzanne Fielden

For the PLAY AREA, Rocky Mountain Flatbread is offering a time slot for each table to play in the sanitized play area with a personal basket of play toys (everything is sanitized after each use). Rocky is also offering Father’s Day cards for kids to colour and write a special message to Dad!

For KIDS PIZZA MAKING, one family at a time will take part in making pizzas.  Hand washing for the kiddos is a top priority and the staff gives out toppings in individual bowls for the kids to top their pizza with.  We have moved to washable pizza mats, rolling pins and pizza pans for safety. Rocky also offers take-home family pizza making kits!

“We are so excited to be open for dine in and fun family activities in time to celebrate Father’s Day,” says Suzanne Fielden, owner of Rocky Mountain Flatbread.“ We look forward to welcoming you very soon. Happy Father’s Day Dads – You Are Awesome!”

DINE IN OPTIONS

 

Kids can make their pizza at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Kids can make their pizza at Rocky Mountain Flatbread (Image courtesy Rocky Mountain Flatbread)

FATHER’S DAY $5 SLEEVES OF CRAFT BEER
Delicious craft beers from Four Winds, Persephone, 49 Parallel, Phillips, Hoyne, and Strange Fellows are being poured all weekend for only $5 to say “Dads You Are Awesome!”

FATHER’S DAY BRUNCH
House Made Eggs Benny, Omelettes, Scrambler, Chorizo Hash, Brunch Flatbreads and $6 Rocky Caesars are served Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 3 pm.  The kids play area is open with individual time slots for families!

PIZZA MAKING FOR THE KIDS/ OPEN PLAY AREA
On Father’s Day from 5 – 7 pm, the kids can create their own pizzas! Staff will guide the kids to roll out their dough crust and add their favorite toppings for a delicious personal pizza creation.

TAKE OUT OPTIONS:

FAMILY MEAL:
Newly created for Vancouver families is the $60 Family Meal for take out! The Family Meal includes: To Start:  two Small Soups or Salad | Mains: two regular sized traditional or artisan pizzas | Kids Meal:  two kids mozza pizzas | Dessert: four house made double chocolate brownies. Father’s Day kids activities also included!

FAMILY PIZZA MAKING KITS
Our new favourite thing for families is Rocky’s family pizza making kit. We provide the dough, tomato sauce, mozzarella and your favourite toppings to make 2 adult pizzas and 2 kids pizzas. Brownies for dessert and Father’s Day kids activities included! Cost: $45

WHEN WE’RE OPEN:

  • Rocky Mountain Flatbread Kitsilano:  Open Daily 12 pm – 9 pm.  Open for Brunch: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 12 – 3 pm.
  • Rocky Mountain Flatbread Main Street:  Open Monday – Thursday 4 pm – 9 pm.  Open for Brunch: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 12 – 3 pm.

For more information or to make an order for pickup or delivery, please visit RockyMountainFlatbread.ca.

Provence Family Favourite Tomato Tarte is the this week’s French Food Made Easy Kit

Every year I look forward to growing tomatoes in my garden and then making a tomato tarte and enjoying it with a salad and a nice glass of white BC wine (or a rose as described below).  You don’t have to wait for the tomatoes to ripen in your garden to enjoy this dish.  Provence Marinaside has assembled the ingredients and instructions on how to make this dish.  Below is the information from Provence Marinaside.  Enjoy.

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(Vancouver, BC) – This week Provence Marinaside is pleased to present a Quaglia family favourite for the seventh French Food Made Easy Kit  – classic Fresh Tomato Tarte with mixed green salad dressed with Dijon balsamic vinaigrette
Tomato Tarte (photo by Hamid Attie)

Tomato Tarte (photo by Hamid Attie)


The kit is available for $40 and comes complete with everything you need to make this dish at home plus a half baguette:
  • Pastry dough
  • Flour
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Red Onion
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Gruyere Cheese
  • Olives Olive Oil
  • Basil
  • Salad Greens
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
Chef Alessandra Quaglia demonstrates how easy it is to reproduce this dish at home in your own kitchen in this short instructional video.
 
With each new kit, Wine Director Joshua Carlson suggests a featured BC wine pairing to complement the dish and this can also be ordered for an additional fee. This week’s wine pairing is Sea Star Vineyards Blanc de Noir Rosé. This wine is available for an additional $30.
 
There are now a total of seven French Food Made Easy kits (Prawns Provençal, Fennel-Crusted Lois Lake Steelhead, Oven-Roasted Half Chicken Provençal, Duck Confit, Albacore Tuna, Lamb Sirloin and Tomato Tarte) and two Cocktail Kits (Moscow Mule and Caesar). All are available through Provence Marinaside’s website along with Provence’s Takeout Menu of prepared dishes and Chef Sheldon’s Online Grocery Store for individual ingredient items such as meats, dairy, baking supplies and other miscellaneous items.
 
Provence also offers delivery service for those living in the downtown area (postal codes V6G, V6C, V6E, V6Z, V7Y, V7X, or V6B). The delivery service is available for an additional $10 charge with a minimum $50 order. Kit orders must be placed at least two hours prior to pick up or delivery by calling the restaurant at 604-681-4144 or ordering online. As with Takeout Menu items; French Cooking Made Easy Kits are available between 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. 
Bon Appetit!
 

Provençal Roast Chicken Kit in time for Easter and Passover

Here is another option for you to help with your holiday meal from Provence Marinaside!

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(Vancouver, BC) – Provence Marinaside has added kit numero trois to its popular French Cooking Made Easy Kits. Each kit provides enough ingredients to make two portions. Just in time for Easter and Passover dinners, this third kit features Oven-Roasted Half Chicken Provençal with sautéed vegetables and smoked potato mash. Provence’s Roasted Half Chicken, one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, has been one of its most popular since the restaurant opened their first location in 1997. The kit will be available for $40 starting today, Friday, April 10.
 
“Roast chicken is comfort food in our household, and I believe it is the same in many homes,” says Chef Jean Francis Quaglia. “We all need a little comfort food right now.”
 
In a short video, Chef Alessandra Quaglia demonstrates how easy it is to reproduce this dish at home in your own kitchen.
The Kit includes:

  • Whole Chicken (cut in two)
  • Herbs de Provence
  • Pre-blanched mixed vegetables
  • Smoked mashed potatoes
  • White wine
  • Demi-glace 
  • Olive Oil, Lemon & Seasonings
Photos by Emrys Horton, EPH Photography

Photo by Emrys Horton, EPH Photography

With each new kit, Wine Director Joshua Carlson suggests a featured BC wine pairing to complement the dish and this can also be ordered for an additional fee. “We believe in supporting our local wine producers to help them and help the BC economy,” says Carlson.  This week’s wine pairing is Meyer Family Vineyards  Tribute Series Joanie Rochette Old Main Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 which won Platinum in the 2019 Wine Align Canadian Wine Awards. It is priced at $35.
 
French Cooking Made Easy Kits were first introduced by Provence as a way of helping people cook at home during social isolation. The first two kits, Prawns Provençal and Lois Lake Steelhead have proved so popular that they will remain available on an ongoing basis.
 
These kits are being offered in addition to Provence’s special Takeout Menu of prepared dishes.
 
Kit orders must be placed at least two hours prior to pick up by calling the restaurant at 604-681-4144. As with Takeout Menu items; French Cooking Made Easy Kits will be available for takeout only between 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.  Provence Marinaside will be open Good Friday through Easter Monday for takeout orders.

 Bon Appetit!


8 Ways Rocky Mountain Flatbread Is Serving Families, Front Line Workers And Community During The Pandemic

I received this notification by Rocky Mountain Flatbread on how they are offering to help families and front line workers, and our community in general during the COVID-19 crisis.  

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
8 WAYS ROCKY MOUNTAIN FLATBREAD IS SERVING FAMILIES, FRONT LINE WORKERS AND COMMUNITY DURING THE PANDEMIC


Rocky Mountain Flatbread – like many independent restaurants in BC – is working hard to stay afloat in this unprecedented global pandemic, and owners Dominic and Suzanne Fielden are facing the challenge head-on with the community in mind. In recent weeks, the Fieldens quickly changed their two Vancouver family restaurants to the required take out and delivery-only model but were forced to temporarily close their new Surrey franchise location. The resulting loss of staff and business has been very difficult for everyone involved but this husband and wife team are not giving up. They jumped into action with a creative brainstorming process, asking themselves, “How can we best serve the Vancouver community during this pandemic?” 

“There are challenging times ahead for small independent restaurants, indeed all of us Vancouverites, but it is a little bit more bearable if you feel you can make a small positive difference in a time of crisis,” explains Suzanne.

Keeping community in mind, these are the 8 ways that Rocky Mountain Flatbread will support families, front line workers and hospitality staff through the pandemic:  
 
1. KEEPING OUR STAFF & GUESTS SAFE
Rocky Mountain Flatbread has always followed strict Vancouver Coastal Health and Safety Policies, and are following all of the new policies recommended by Public Health in BC. Staff follow the COVID-19 motto:  Stay healthy, Stay safe, Wash your hands, Always social distance, and Disinfect ALL surfaces.

2. CONTACTLESS ONLINE ORDERING, PICKUP AND DELIVERY
Rocky’s full menu of pizzas, pastas and salads are available for takeout and delivery. Here’s how:
  • Effect immediately, customers can make and pay for orders by phone with contactless curbside or patio pick up from 4 – 8 pm daily at our Kitsilano and Main Street restaurants. Find us in Kitsilano at 1876 W 1st Street or on Main Street at 4186 Main Street.
  • As of April 2, Rocky Mountain Flatbread is launching an online pre-order and payment store on their website RockyMountainFlatbread.ca to allow online ordering! 
  • Contactless delivery options are available through Door Dash, Skip the Dishes and Uber Eats.
3. FRONT LINE WORKERS – 25% DISCOUNT and FREE DELIVERY
To say thank you to emergency service front line workers for their tireless efforts during the pandemic, Rocky Mountain Flatbread is offering 25% off all regular priced take out menu items. Because it’s difficult for many front line workers to pick up, Dominic and Suzanne are personally offering to deliver to front line teams and individuals for orders over $100.

Rocky is also partnering with the crowdfunding project Feed the Front Line Canada. The mission is simple: support our local healthcare and hospital heroes who are working in wartime-like conditions and support our local restaurants who are really hurting during this period. So far over $28,000 has been raised, and every Sunday Rocky Mountain Flatbread will be handcrafting 80+ pizzas to feed front line emergency workers. 

4. FAMILY PROMOTIONS
This is a tough time for families who are stuck staying at home… Newly created for Vancouver families is the $60 Family Meal for take out!
The Family Meal includes: To Start:  two Small Soups or Salad | Mains: two regular-sized traditional or artisan pizzas | Kids Meal:  two kids mozza pizzas | Dessert: four house-made double chocolate brownies. Cost: $60 (includes $20 discount). And you just might have leftovers for the next day!

5. FAMILY PIZZA MAKING KITS
Families have always loved to visit Rocky Mountain Flatbread restaurants to create their own pizzas – in fact so did the grown ups! Welcome to the new Family Pizza Making Kit so everyone can still make their own pizza at home!  Included is the dough, tomato sauce, mozzarella, toppings and easy to follow instructions. Cost: $13 per kid | $18 per adult. 

6. FROZEN PIZZA AT WHOLESALE PRICES
Everyday the Rocky team is busy handcrafting pizzas to sell in the frozen section of stores such as Safeway, Choices, Nesters, Whole Foods and other independent grocers. The 10-inch handcrafted frozen pizzas are offered at affordable prices for pick up at both Vancouver locations. Cost: $7.50 – 8 each.

7.  COMMUNITY PARTNER WITH STAFF MEAL 
Rocky Mountain Flatbread has joined forces with the folks at Say Mercy, creating $5 to $10 Staff Meals for people in the hospitality industry who are out of work and for anyone in need. Rocky shall soon be selling very affordable chillis, curries, pizzas and soups at both Vancouver locations.  An additional $2 is automatically added to bills to be donated to the food bank – which so many people are relying on now. Order a Staff Meal on the Say Mercy website by 2 pm; pickup will be at our Main Street or Kitsilano locations. Vancouverites can also donate a staff meal to a person in need. How cool is that? 

8.  COMMUNITY PARTNER WITH BREAKING BREAD
Breaking Bread is an online hub encouraging Vancouverites to support local independent restaurants who are offering take out and delivery options during these unprecedented times. There are many ways to help including: Stay safe, Stay healthy, Wash your hands, Support local! 

“Our hearts absolutely go out to everyone who has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate all the support we have received for our business, and we know at the end of the day we’re going to get through this crisis together,” says Suzanne.

For more information or to make an order for pickup or delivery, please visit RockyMountainFlatbread.ca.

Provence Marinaside Introduces French Cooking Made Easy Kit

If you have ever eaten at Provence Marinaside in Yaletown and crave to enjoy their food again during the COVID-19 crisis, why not let them help you cook their dishes?  Here is their latest announcement. Bon Appetit!

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Provence Introduces French Cooking Made Easy Kit
 
(Vancouver, BC) – Since we are all at home self-isolating, why not take the time to hone your cooking skills? Starting this Thursday (March 26), you can cook some of Provence Marinaside’s iconic Provençal dishes from the comfort of your own kitchen.
 
Priced at $40, Provence’s French Cooking Made Easy Kit consists of the recipe for the selected dish of the week plus enough ingredients to make two servings. The kit also includes half a French baguette.  Each week Chef/Owner Jean-Francis Quaglia will post a demo video to Provence’s website of the selected dish and Wine Director Joshua Carlson will suggest a wine pairing to complement the dish which can be ordered to accompany the kit for an additional fee. Provence’s French Cooking Made Easy kits are being offered in addition to Provence’s special Takeout Menu of prepared dishes. Kit orders must be placed at least two hours prior to pick up by calling the restaurant at 604-681-4144. As with Takeout Menu items; French Cooking Made Easy Kits will be available for takeout only between 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.
 
This week’s dish is Prawns Provençal.  For an additional $35, you may wish to add a bottle of Upper Bench Chardonnay 2018 The Prawns Provençal kit will be available this Thursday through Sunday, March 29 with a new kit available on Monday, March 30. 
Bon Appetit!

Vancouver Foodster presents the Vancouver Soup Festival

It’s winter; it’s cold; it’s time for soup.  Join Vancouver Foodster with his Vancouver Soup Festival.  His announcement is below.  I see pozole in the list, which is one of my favourite soups.

Enjoy!

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The 2nd Annual Vancouver Foodster Soup Festival running January 9 – February 2, 2020 at restaurants all over Vancouver!  You taste & vote!

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

After you have tried each of the Soup creations at the participating restaurants, you can then VOTE for your favourites (you can vote once per day through out the promotion, voting ends on February 2, 2020.

The Soups

How does this work? The restaurants will be featuring different soups in each of the 3 weeks in the festival, you are invited to visit the restaurants, order the soups and then VOTE for your People’s Choice favourites from each week’s offerings. We will have 3 sets of winners with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place each week over the 3 week period.

Share your experiences: Tweet and Instagram share your photos throughout the festival, our twitter and instagram address is @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #SoupFestYVR please include this hashtag in all your social share mentions.

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

Get some friends together and visit 2 places or more to taste the different soup creations or go solo or with a friend– just remember to VOTE for your People’s Choice favourites

Here are the soup creations for the festival, note which soups are featured during the specific dates: 1st week of the festival which runs from January 9 – 16, 2nd week January 17-24; and 3rd week January 24- February 2 (*restaurants listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us).

The Chopped Leaf

Mexicali

Mexicali

Featured: Week #1 January 9-16

Price: $4 small and $6.50 large

Description: A hearty soup made with tomatoes, black beans, onions, banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, garlic & spices

Offered: Soup will be available all day

Created by: the team

Dietary notes: This soup is Vegan and Gluten Free.

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Tuscan Kale

Tuscan Kale

Featured: Week #2 January 17-24

Price: $4 small and $6.50 large

Description: A vegetable medley made with tomatoes, onion, celery, carrots, kale, lemon juice & spices

Offered: Soup will be available all day

Created by: the team

Dietary notes: This soup is Vegan and Gluten Free.

Spicy Creamy Tomato

Spicy Creamy Tomato

Featured: Week #3 January 24 – February 2

Price: $4.50 small and $6.50 large

Description: A smooth and savoury base kicks a classic tomato flavour up a notch.

Offered: Soup will be available all day

Created by: the team

Dietary notes: This soup is Gluten Free.

The Chopped Leaf

488 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 609-2467

Web: https://www.choppedleaf.ca/

Instagram @thechoppedleaf

 

Noodle Arts

No.3 Lanzhou Beef Noodle Soup

Lanzhou Beef Noodle Soup

Featured: Week #1 January 9-16

Price: $14.95

Description: traditional hand pulled beef noodle soup.

Offered: Soup will be available all day

Created by: the team

Dietary notes: n/a

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Lamb Soup

Lamb Soup

Featured: Week #2 January 17-24

Price: $16.95

Description: Lamb with Tofu and Cabbages.

Offered: Soup will be available all day

Created by: the team

Dietary notes: n/a

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Featured: Week #3 January 24 – February 2

Price: $15.95

Description: Chicken Noodle Soup

Offered: Soup will be available all day

Created by: the team

Dietary notes: n/a

Noodle Arts

1739 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel:(604) 673-5688

Web:https://noodlearts.com/

Instagram: @noodlearts_vancouver

 

Mi Casa Mexicana

Birria

Birria de Res

Featured: Week #1 January 9-16

Price: medium $10 and large $15

Description: From the Jalisco region of Mexico this soup features beef stew, cilantro, onion, lime, corn tortillas and salsa roja.

Offered: Soup will be available all day (closed on Monday and Tuesday)

Created by: the team

Dietary notes: n/a

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Mole de Olla

Mole de Olla

Featured: Week #2 January 17-24

Price: medium $8 and large $12

Description: From the Mexico City region this soup features beef, zucchini, green beans, corn, cilantro, onion, lime, corn tortillas and salsa roja

Offered: Soup will be available all day (closed on Monday and Tuesday)

Created by: the team

Dietary notes: n/a

 

Pozole

Pozole Rojo

Featured: Week #3 January 24 – February 2

Price: medium $10 and large $15

Description: From the Mexico City region this soup features corn hominy, chicken/pork broth, onion, lettuce, radish, oregano, lime. Served with tostadas, sour cream, and spicy salsa pozolera.

Offered: Soup will be available all day (closed on Monday and Tuesday)

Created by: the team

Dietary notes: n/a

Mi Casa Mexicana

2015 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-346-7084

Web: https://micasamexicana.net

Instagram @micasamexicana.yvr

Enjoy A New Year’s Eve Family Pizza Party at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Many children love pizza.  As well as adults.  Why not enjoy making your own pizza together with your family at Rocky Mountain Flatbread for New Year’s Eve?  Check out this offer by Rocky Mountain Flatbread.  Enjoy!

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Vancouver, BC – Rocky Mountain Flatbread has the perfect New Year’s Eve party planned for Vancouver families – and the best part is that no babysitter is needed! The family-friendly festivities include dinner, balloon twisting, face painting, pizza making and an early New Year’s Eve count down. New Year’s Eve pizza parties will be held at the Rocky Mountain Flatbread Kitsilano and Main Street restaurants in Vancouver and at the newly opened South Surrey location.

Children having fun

Children having fun

Date/Time: Dec 31, 2019.  There are two dinner seatings available – 4 pm and 6.30 pm.

On the menu: 

New Year’s Eve two-course dinner includes: your favourite house made soup or salad followed by a choice of artisan pizza.
The kid’s dinner includes:  Pizza making or pasta, warm chocolate brownie for dessert and a drink.
** Gluten free and plant based menu items are available. Rocky Mountain Flatbread is nut free.

Tickets: $20/per child (includes kids aged one year & older) & $25 per adult . Tax and gratuity not included.
Reservations very recommended. To book, contact a representative at one of the locations below:

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Kitsilano, 1876 W 1st Ave, Vancouver
Reservations: Call 604-730-0321 or email info@rockymountainflatbread.ca

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Main Street, 4186 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
Reservations: Call 604-566 9779 or email info@rockymountainflatbread.ca

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Surrey, Unit 105, 5570 152nd St, Surrey, BC
Reservations: Call 604 372 1297 or email surrey@rockymountainflatbread.ca

About Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Rocky Mountain Flatbread takes pride in providing sustainably produced, local food that connects the farm, family and community. Visit the two Rocky Mountain Flatbread restaurant locations in Vancouver (Main Street & Kitsilano), new locations in South Surrey and Calgary, or the original restaurant that started it all in Canmore, Alberta. Food court locations include Rocky Mountain Flatbread Express in Banff. For more information, visit rockymountainflatbread.ca.