Dine Out™ Van Fest does brunch!

Tourism Vancouver Dine Out Festival and Vancouver Foodster presents:  Dine Out™ Van Fest does brunch! Presented by Vancouver Foodster, these events are sure to please anyone who loves brunch. Visit 6+ restaurants in each of the neighbourhoods as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl using your “passport” as your guide. 

3-Crawl Ticket Pack:  Choose any 3 crawls for $115 provides the best value where people can choose any 3 of the 6 brunch crawls and save over $20 per ticket. For single tickets, Early Purchase Discount: Save $15 before December 31st, 2015. Regular price tickets are $60 after December 31, 2015.

Tickets are now on sale through Tickets Tonight 

January 16, 2016 — Gastown Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of Gastown’s finest restaurants, including Bao Down, Capilano Tea and Soda Co., Prado Café, Small Flower, Zero Zero Pizzeria and more.

January 17, 2016 — Olympic Village Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of Olympic Village’s finest restaurants, including Bao Down Gastropub, Milano Coffee, Solly’s Bagelry, Whole Foods and more.

January 23, 2016 — Downtown Vancouver Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of Downtown Vancouver’s finest restaurants, including Marquis Wine Cellars, Meinhardt Fine Foods, Saj & Co., Truffles Fine Foods and more.

January 24, 2016 — North Van Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of North Vancouver’s finest restaurants,including Cook Culture, Rosemary Rocksalt, Two Daughters Bakery, Bowen Island Pizza Co, Bean around the World and more.

January 30, 2016 — Yaletown Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of Yaletown’s finest restaurants, including Bella Gelateria, Lime and Moon Pie Co., Small Victory Bakery + Coffee, Xoxolat, Zend Conscious Lounge and more.

January 31, 2016 — Main Street Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of Main Street’s finest restaurants, including Radicle Juice, Rosemary Rocksalt, The Honey Shoppe and more.

* All brunch crawls run 10am-2pm.

General Admission: $60*
Early Purchase Discount: Save $15 before December 31st, 2015
3-Crawl Ticket Pack: Choose any 3 crawls for $115

Tickets now on sale through Tickets Tonight

Vancouver Foodsters Tasting Plates Yaletown on October 15

Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in the Yaletown neighborhood downtown Vancouver. This tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 9:30pm 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 and cafes 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!

  • Vegetarian options will be available at many of the participating restaurants.
  • 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 walking, bike, moped, car, or carpooling.

Registration: Bella Gelateria Yaletown -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards.

Participating Restaurants: 

bella

BELLA GELATERIA YALETOWN

1089 Marinaside Crescent

Web: http://www.bellagelateria.com

Twitter:@BellaYaletown

Feature: Pizzeria & Gelataria

 

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

xololat

XOXOLAT

1271 Homer St, Vancouver

Twitter: @Xoxolat

Web:http://www.xoxolat.com/

Cuisine: Chocolatier

 

An edible gallery of all things chocolate displaying only the finest of the world’s chocolates, specializing in Single Origin and Estate chocolates, and, treats pairing fun & unusual flavours with chocolate.

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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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KROKODILE PEAR 

518 Davie Street

http://www.krokodilepear.com/

Twitter: @krokodilepear

Cuisine: Juicer

This popular Kitislano juicery known for their organic smoothies and cold pressed juices on tap, opening soon in Yaletown.

 

romers

 

ROMER’S BURGER BAR 

1039 Mainland Street

Web: http://romersburgerbar.com/

Twitter: @romersburger

Cuisine: Burgers

EAT good food. Keep it FRESH. Keep it simple. Be CREATIVE. Let seasons and farmers be our guide. Be good to the PLANET, and all who are on it. LAUGH. SHARE. Do what you do best: with us, it’s BURGERS.

More restaurants to be announced soon

 

Purchase Tickets Here:

 

Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $120 for a 4 pack of tickets or $162 for a 6 pack of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pack or a 6 pack). Regular Tickets $50 per person after October 12, 2014.

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.

Come Enjoy Vancouver Foodsters Creme Brulee Challenge On Now!

Do you have a bit of a sweet tooth?  If so, why not try out these unique Creme Brulee creations and vote for your favourite?  On now is Vancouver Foodster’s Creme Brulee Challenge.  I am one of 4 judges for this competition.  I will be visiting and making my tasting notes and voting for my favourite.  You should too.  Details of the event are below. Enjoy!

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Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Crème Brulee Challenge. Restaurants and bakeries from all over the city were invited to enter their crème brulee into this challenge, most have created a special crème brulee just for this challenge. Each restaurant and bakery will be featuring their crème brulee on their menu from April 11-30, 2014.

How Does this all Work? For the public challenge, you are invited to go out and order any or all of the creme brulee in this challenge, then you decide who you think has the best creme brulee 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 #CremeChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the challenge.

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite creme brulee 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 crème brulee’s or go solo or with a friend– just remember to VOTE for your favourites

Here are the 9 Creme Brulee dishes in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

Gramercy Grill

Chocolate Cherry Creme Brulee

Chocolate Cherry Creme Brulee

Chocolate Cherry Creme Brulee

Price: $7

Created by: Chef Dennis Huang

Offered: Nightly after 5pm

Gramercy Grill

2685 Arbutus Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-730-5666

Web:  http://www.gramercygrill.ca/

Twitter: @gramercygrill

 

Cafe One

Banana Choconutty Crème Brulee

Banana Choconutty Crème Brulee

Banana Choconutty Crème Brulee

Price: $6

Created by: Pastry Chef Gabriela Gandolfo

Offered: All Day

Cafe One (inside Sheraton Wall Centre Vancouver Hotel)

1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC

Tel: 604 893 7205

Web: www.sheratonvancouver.com

Twitter: @WallCentreHotel

 

Kingston Taphouse 

Salted Caramel Apple Creme Brulee

Salted Caramel Apple Creme Brulee

Salted Caramel Apple Creme Brulee

Price: $5

Created by: Chef Simon McLeod

Description:  Caramelized granny smith apples with a salted caramel custard.‎ Finished with a touch of citrus salt.

Offered: all day

Kingston Taphouse and Grille

755 Richards Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-681-7011

Web: http://kingstontaphouse.com/

Twitter: @TheKingstonPub

 

The Bakeshop

Salted Honey Creme Brûlée

Salted Honey Creme Brûlée

Salted Honey Creme Brûlée

Price- $4.75

Created by: Meg Reed

Description: Flaky pastry filled with creamy earl grey creme, finished with a crispy layer of bruleed honey and rock salt

Offered: Tuesday – Friday  8am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm

The Bakeshop

4021 MacDonald Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-762-2471

Web: http://www.vancouverbakeshop.com/

Twitter:  @VanBakeshop

 

Catch 122

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“krehm broo-LAY”

Price: $7

Description: Cointreau custard, sugar biscuit, lavender meringue, pineapple, mint

Created by: Chef Ian Errington

Offered: all the time

Catch 122

122 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-731-3474

Web:  http://catch122.com/

Twitter: @catch122

 

The Apron

Bread and Butter Crème Brulee

Bread and Butter Crème Brulee

Bread and Butter Crème Brulee

Price: $10

Description: The elegance of a classic vanilla bean Crème Brule mixed with the comfort of bread pudding, served with biscotti

Created by: Chefs Robert Uy, Michael Stavely and team

Offered: Dinner 5pm – 11pm

The Apron

3099 Corvette Way, Richmond

Tel: 604-303-6565

Web: http://www.westinvancouverairport.com/dining

Twitter: @apronyvr

 

Novo Pizzeria

Toasted Hazelnut Creme Brûlée

Toasted Hazelnut Creme Brûlée

Toasted Hazelnut Creme Brûlée

Price: $8

Description: Frangelico Ganache, rosemary & pine nut cookies, orange granita

Created by:  Carmine Paradiso and Charles Richard

Available:  All the time

Novo Pizzeria

2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel:    (604) 736-2220

Web:  http://www.novopizzeria.com/

Twitter:   @NOVOPizzeria

 

Bella Gelateria

Creme Brûlée and Cardamon Gelato

Creme Brûlée and Cardamon Gelato

Creme Brûlée and Cardamon Gelato

Price: $5.50

Description: Creme Brûlée and Cardamon Gelato

Created by: Gelaterie Maestro James Coleridge

Offered: All day, everyday

Bella Gelateria

1001 W Cordova St, Vancouver

Tel: 604-569-1010

Web: http://www.bellagelateria.com/

Twitter: @bellagelateria

 

A Bread Affair

Apple Apple Wood Smoked Bacon & Maple Creme Brulee

Price: $5.95

Description:

Local Okanagan apples, Oyama Applewood Smoked Bacon &

Maples Maple Syrup Creme Brulee

Created by: Chef Chams Sbouai

Offered: Daily 7:30am – 7pm

A Bread Affair

1680 Johnson Street (on Granville Island), Vancouver

Tel: (604) 514-2353

Web: http://www.abreadaffair.com/

Twitter: @breadaffair

Make sure you pick up one of the Crème Brulee Challenge postcards available at each of the participating restaurants and bakeries and keep a record of your favourite Crème Brulee dishes. Remember to Vote for your favourites daily, all the voting details are at http://vancouverfoodster.com/creme-brulee-challenge/

Our Media judges for this challenge are:

Stephanie Yuen

Food Writer. Author. Broadcaster. Blogger for many publications including her own http://beyondchopsticks.com/

Twitter: @stephyuenyuen

Karl Kliparchuk

Wine, Food & Travel Writer for his own http://mywinepal.com/

Twitter: @MyWinePal

Joyce Lam

Food Blogger for her own http://vanfoodies.com/

Twitter: @vanfoodies

Jeremy Inglett

Food Blogger for his own http://www.foodgays.com/

Twitter: @JeremyInglett

How Was Vancouver Foodsters Culinary Scavenger Hunt?

Have you ever been on a scavenger hunt?  It has been a long time for me, but on Sunday April 6, Vancouver Foodster had his inaugural Culinary Scavenger Hunt in downtown Vancouver.  We had to visit 9 different restaurants and do or get something as outlined on our clue sheet, then bring it back to the start.  Everyone that completed the tasks would be entered for a draw to win fabulous prizes (BTW, I did not win any prizes.  Just attending is a prize for me!)  The event is very similar to Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates, in that you get to sample some small dish at each restaurant, but you also have this additional fun component.  Some of the tasks would be for example, to get the Take Out menu from a particular restaurant, or to get your picture taken with a server at a restaurant.

Where Did We Go?

The restaurants we visited:

A Few Highlights

XOXOLAT – How can you go wrong with hand-made chocolates?  We were treated to a flight of chocolates; some were straight dark chocolate, while others were mixed with other ingredients, like Nacho Chips & Lime or Sour Cherries and Chilies.  I really like this store and with their range of chocolates I am sure everyone will find something they would enjoy.

xoxolat West Coast Breakfast and Sour Cherry and Chilies chocolate bars

xoxolat West Coast Breakfast and Sour Cherry and Chilies chocolate bars

Soirette Macarons & Tea – Macarons are hard to pass up.  They are light and delicate and come in a variety of flavours, and are so very European.  Enjoy them with tea.  I had not been to Soirette before but I did enjoy the two macarons that we sampled.  I in particular liked the lemon flavoured macaron.

Soirette macarons

Soirette macarons

Milestones Yaletown – Milestones surprised me with a Mexican styled breakfast taco.  Each taco chip was topped with chorizo, scrambled egg, scallion and cheese.  I do like Latin flavours and this one had the right amount of spice.  Not sure if this, or something similar is on their regular menu.

Milestones breakfast tacos

Milestones breakfast tacos

Chasers Fresh Juice – If a healthy lifestyle is something you aspire to, then visit Chasers Fresh Juice.  There you can get freshly squeezed orange juice, with the juice coming straight out of the juicer.  They try to purchase as much local and organic ingredients as possible.  They also have gluten free options.  Besides juice they also have baked goods ( I didn’t check into this too much but I did notice it at the back).  Being gluten sensitive, I was glad to hear I could have a nibble along with a sip of healthy juice.

Chasers Orange Juice Maker

Chasers Orange Juice Maker

Marquis Wine Cellars – One of my long-standing favourite wine shops around Vancouver.  Marquis has a wide selection of wines from around the world, and also supports our local BC wine industry.  Today we had a chance to sample BC’s Haywire The Bub sparkling wine and nec-otium Pinot Grigio from Italy.  I really enjoyed The Bub and had it paired with a slice of green apple.

Haywire The Bub and nec-otium Pinot Grigio at Marquis Wine Cellars

Haywire The Bub and nec-otium Pinot Grigio at Marquis Wine Cellars

DeDutch Pannekoek House – was serving a savory Pannekoek with fried bacon and cheese.  Bacon makes everything taste good.  (as a side note, you can get bacon infused chocolate at XOXOLAT.)

A savoury bacon and cheese pannekoek

A savoury bacon and cheese pannekoek

Vancouver Foodster launches the 1st Culinary Scavenger Hunt

culinary scavenger huntA new twist to the Tasting Plates, Vancouver Foodster has combined tasting with solving puzzles.  Sign up and try this inaugural event by Vancouver Foodster.  The details are below.

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Vancouver, BC – Your scavenger hunt is a multi-faceted “tasting experience” through downtown Vancouver with clues, challenges, prizes and more. Following your “map and clues card” as your guide, you will enjoy dishes, bites and treats as well as have a chance to meet the chefs and other notable personalities. This afternoon tasting experience goes from 2pm until 6pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Bring your friends, your significant other, your family or come solo.

Visit each of the participating restaurants, cafes, establishments at your leisure by bike, moped, transit, car, walking, roller skates, skateboarding or carpooling.

Registration: Xoxolat -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Map Clue Tasting Cards.

Participating restaurants, cafes and establishments:

XOXOLAT
1271 Homer St, Vancouver
Twitter: @Xoxolat
Web:http://www.xoxolat.com/
Cuisine: Chocolatier

BELLA GELATERIA
1001 West Cordova, Vancouver
Twitter:@bellagelateria
Web:http://www.bellagelateria.com
Feature: Gelato

Seventeen89 Restaurant
1789 Comox Street, Vancouver
Web: http://www.1789.ca/
Twitter: @1789Restaurant
Cuisine: Steak Seafood

Soirette Macarons & Tea
1433 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Twitter: @SoiretteMacaron
Web: http://soirette.com/
Cuisine: Tea & dessert

Milestones Yaletown
1109 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Web: http://www.milestonesrestaurants.com/
Twitter:
Cuisine: Westcoast

De Dutch Pannekoek House
60-1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Web: http://www.dedutch.com/
Twitter: @dedutch
Cuisine: Dutch

Chasers Fresh Juice
1026 Mainland, Vancouver
Web: http://www.chasersjuice.com/
Twitter: @FreshJill
Cuisine: Juice

The Parlour Restaurant
1011 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Web: www.theparlourrestaurants.com
Twitter: @ParlourYaletown
Cuisine: Pizza

More restaurants, cafes, chefs and establishments to be announced soon.

Details here:
http://vancouverfoodster.com/2014/03/14/vancouver-foodster-culinary-scavenger-hunt-on-april-6/

Purchase tickets via Eventbrite:

http://vancouverculinaryscavengerhunt.eventbrite.ca

Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $120 for a 4 pack of tickets or $162 for a 6 pack of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pack or a 6 pack). Regular Tickets $50 per person after April 4.

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

Ticket price includes dishes, bites and treats at each of the participating restaurants/establishments throughout the afternoon. (Beverages are included at some establishments which will be noted, you are welcome to purchase other drinks 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.

Spicy lemongrass vermicelli noodles at Five Elements

Noodle Mania 2 – My Picks For You

Vancouver Foodster’s Second Annual Noodle Mania has come and gone.  It had an interesting lineup of restaurants and dishes.  We had both sweet and savoury noodle dishes to sample, for vegans and omnivores.  The restaurants and their dishes are below, together with a few of my comments/recommendations and pictures.  Enjoy.

Atithi

  • Veggie noodle samosa with tamarind chutney
  • Chicken chow mein samosa with tamarind chutney

This was actually my last stop during Noodle Mania, but was one of my favourite.  The chef was telling us how on a trip to India last year, that he came across a new “craze” which was to put noodles inside samoas.  He must have liked the taste enough, that he brought the idea back with him to Vancouver.  I enjoy veggie samoas, so I picked the veggie option.  The samosa was full of flavour, with thin rice noodles and vegetables mixed with light curry spices.  I would go back here to have a few more as well as enjoying their other Indian dishes.

Veggie noodle samosa with tamarind chutney

Veggie noodle samosa with tamarind chutney

Xoxolat

  • Savory noodle with dark chocolate
  • Sweet noodle with milk chocolate
  • Tasting of different flavoured xoxolat chocolate bars

I was not sure what to expect from a chocolate shop for noodle mania.  They made 2 different noodle dishes, one with dark chocolate and the other with milk.   The dishes were interesting, but I think just having a tiny sample was enough for me.  I do not know that a whole plate would have worked for me.  But besides the noodle dishes, there was a sampling table of various chocolate bars made by xoxolat and those were very good.  I purchased two chocolate bars; one chocolate with lavendar, and the other was tortilla chips and lime with chocolate.

Dark chocolate savory noodles in the making

Dark chocolate savory noodles in the making

Graze Vegetarian

  • Brown rice elbow macaroni in smoky coconut milk based “cheese” sauce topped with toasted nut crumble (GF)
  • Beetroot linguine topped with a porcini infused cashew cream sauce

Graze Vegetarian looked vaguely familiar as I stepped through the doors, but was told by the other foodies I was with that this used to be The Fray restaurant.  Quite a change, with creamy white walls and an elegant wall mural on one wall.  As I try to eat gluten free, I was looking forward to trying their GF “mac and cheese”.  The mac and cheese really did taste very cheesy, but it did have a bit of a sour note to the sauce, which I found out was from fermented coconut milk.  Some people at my table enjoyed the sour tang to this dish.  The other dish was the beetroot linguini which had nice earthy flavour to it, which I quite enjoyed.

Vegan macaroni and coconut milk cheese and beetroot linguini

Vegan macaroni and coconut milk cheese and beetroot linguini

Bella Gelateria

  • Faloudeh Sorbetto – originally from Shiraz in Southwest Iran.  Rose water with rice noodles and fresh lime juice

Toward the end of our tastings, we decided to stop at Bella Gelateria for a palate cleansing sorbetto.  This one had very bold flavours with the rose water and lime juice.  I agreed with my Noodle Mania companions that the flavours were quite intense and maybe could be toned down just a bit, but I did enjoy the flavour combination.  Try this out in the summer while you sit by the convention centre watching the boats in the harbour.

Faloudeh Sorbetto (rose water and lime)

Faloudeh Sorbetto (rose water and lime)

Federico’s Supper Club

  • Strozzapreti con ragu bolognese
  • Rigatoni alla Norma

This was the first stop at Noodle Mania and I really enjoyed their pasta.  In particular I thought the Riagoni was excellent.  I really liked the bright tomato flavour and the bits of eggplant in it.  For those of you who like heartier dishes there was the Strozzapreti con ragu bolognese, which of course is a pasta dish cooked with a meaty ragu sauce.  Beside the meatiness of the sauce, I did also like the buttery component, which may have come from the noodles?

Strozzapreti con ragu bolognese and Rigatoni alla Norma

Strozzapreti con ragu bolognese and Rigatoni alla Norma

Five Elements

  • Pho sate peanut sauce
  • Spicy lemongrass vermicelli noodles
  • Pho – rice noodle soup with beef

Pho soup, for those that haven’t tried it is a flavourful, filling bowl of noodles with various cuts of beef (usually), bean sprouts, basil, lime, in a tasty clear broth.  I usually add some chili sauce to my pho for an extra kick.  I had the pho with meatball and beef brisket.  I picked this dish in particular because beef brisket is always tender, melting in your mouth as you enjoy the rest of your soup.  You can get pho with rare steak, but that tends to be chewier than the brisket.  I just love the flavour and texture of the brisket.  Try some pho on one of these cold, rainy days in Vancouver.  You will be glad you did.

Special pho with meatball and beef brisket

Special pho with meatball and beef brisket

Bob Likes Thai Food

  • Kanom Jeen
  • Pad Thai

Kanom Jeen is a traditional Thai dish consisting of green curry chicken over rice noodles, lime, bamboo shoots, basil, eggplant, and more.  I really enjoyed this dish.  It had bright flavours, was medium spicy, and you also had some crunchy vegetables too.  The sliced cucumber was really a nice accompanyment.  The Pad Thai was also cooked perfectly with it’s fried noodles in tamarind and fish sauce, smoked tofu, peanuts, eggs, garlic and bean sprouts.   I have no problems coming here again to enjoy their Thai food.

Kanom Jeen and Pad Thai noodles

Kanom Jeen and Pad Thai noodles

Thanks again to Richard ,Vancouver Foodster, for his ongoing efforts to put together this event plus other foodie events around Vancouver.

Do You Like Desserts? Tasting Plates Dessert Edition this Sunday

Seasonal cream puff from Beta 5

Seasonal cream puff – Beta 5

I sent out information about the upcoming Tastes Plates earlier, but I did not have the “menu” from each restaurant at that time.  I now have that info, and hopefully it tantalizes your tastebuds.  Sunday should be a sunny day, so why not indulge!  Here is the menu info from Vancouver Foodster. Chocolates, cheesecake, and more.  I could see pairing many of these with a late harvest wine, Sauterne, Pinot Noir, or Gamay.

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Tasting Plates Desserts April 14 Menu

Rocanini Coffee Roasters

Our Tasting Cup will include your choice or all of these 3 items:

1. Kenya AA Kaiguri /Tasting profile: Floral, lemon, peach, juicy, complex acidity and sweet

2. Papua New Guinea Korgua Estate/tasting profile: intense floral notes, juicy body  with a sweet tropical fruit   finish.

3. Colombia San Augustin Huila/tasting profile: Rich, sweet, with citrus and chocolate notes, ending with a  savory finish

Bob Likes Thai Food

Our Tasting Plate will include this Thai dessert:

1. TUB-TIM-KROB (AKA. CRUNCHY POMEGRANATE)

Water chesnuts, Tapioca flour, Jackfruit, Shaded young coconut,

Coconut milk, Syrup, Pomegranate, Crystal Lime candy, and Crushed Ice…

Beta 5 Chocolates

Our Tasting Plate will include a selection of our desserts along with mini cream puffs and samples from our chocolate kitchen.

Trees Organic

Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 3 items:

1)        New York cheesecake

2)        Marzipan cheesecake (April’s feature flavour)

3)        Coffee

The Bibo

Our Tasting Plate will include all of these 3 items:

1. Tiramisù

2. Chocolate Brick

3. Chocolate Pizza

Vancouver Pie Hole

Our Tasting Plate will include your choice of these items or all of these 3 items:

1. Bourbon Pecan Pumpkin Pie

2. Key Lime Pie

3. Maple French Toast Bacon Pie

Bella Gelateria

Our Tasting Bowl will feature a surprise selection of gelato flavours specially offered for this event.

WE Coffee

Our Tasting Cup will include one of the following beverages paired with the cookies.

1. Signature – Espresso or Macchiato

2. Traditional – 8 oz Latte or Cappuccino

* NEW ITEM – 8 oz Mochachino

3. 8 oz Chai Latte with Soy / Almond Milk

4. Paris Tea / decaffeinated Peppermint Tea

*** All drinks will be paired with a freshly baked WE.’s gluten free cookies or a WE’s power cookie

Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants, cafes and bakeries all over Vancouver! This tasting extravaganza goes from 2pm until 5:30 pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each restaurant, cafe and bakery 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 establishments.

If you haven’t been to our previous Tasting Plates events, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on City Lights (view here).

  • Bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family or come solo.
  • A food networking event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.

Visit each of the participating restaurants,cafes and bakeries at your leisure by bike, moped, car, transit, walking, roller skates, skateboarding or carpooling.

Purchase tickets via Eventbrite

http://tastingplatesyvrdesserts.eventbrite.com/

Registration: Rocanini Coffee Roasters, 127 West 5th Avenue -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards.

Advance Tickets: $35 per person (eventbrite fee extra). $115 for 4 pak of tickets or $150 for 6 pak of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pak or a 6 pak (eventbrite fee extra). Regular Tickets $45 per person (eventbrite fee extra) after April 11.

Tasting Plates Vancouver Ultimate Desserts on April 14

Apple crumble with ice cream

Apple crumble with ice cream

Creamy, silky smooth, vanilla, fruit, totally indulgent, and that is just one dessert.  Think about if you were able to try indulgent desserts at different restaurants, cafes and bakeries in Vancouver? Well you can through an upcoming Tasting Plates event, hosted by Vancouver Foodster.  The event on April 14, will sell out fast, so get your tickets soon.  Vancouver Foodster’s press release is below.

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Vancouver, BC – Prepare to experience a new kind of Tasting Plates event, this time guest will indulge in dessert at many different restaurants, cafes and bakeries around Vancouver. This tasting extravaganza goes from 2pm until 5:30 pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each restaurant, cafe and bakery 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 establishments.

  • Bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family or come solo.
  • A food networking event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.
  • From sweets to savoury desserts along with hot chocolate, juices, tea and coffees
  • Visit each of the participating restaurants,cafes and bakeries at your leisure by bike, moped, car, transit, walking, roller skates, skateboarding or carpooling.

Registration: Rocanini Coffee Roasters at 127 West 5th Avenue -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards.

Participating restaurants:

  • Bella Gelateria
  • WE. Coffee 
  • Beta 5 Chocolates 
  • Bob Likes Thai Food 
  • Rocanini Roasters
  • The Bibo 
  • Vancouver Pie Hole
  • Trees Organic 

more restaurants and bakeries may be announced soon. Click below
For additional details about each participating eatery

Purchase tickets via Eventbrite:

http://tastingplatesyvrdesserts.eventbrite.com/
Advance Tickets: $35 per person (eventbrite fee extra). $115 for 4 pak of tickets or $150 for 6 pak of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pak or a 6 pak (eventbrite fee extra). Regular Tickets $45 per person (eventbrite fee extra) after April 11. Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants, cafes and bakeries throughout the event.

“When I first started Vancouver Foodster over 3-1/2 years ago, it was because I had a great passion for food and wanted to share it with the public,” explains Richard Wolak, Editor and Publisher of Vancouver Foodster. ‘Tasting Plates Vancouver’ is a chance for people to try something different, foods from restaurants, food trucks, cafés and bakeries in Vancouver!” Richard Wolak

Vancouver Foodster presents the Best Cheesecake Challenge

Do you have a love affair with cheesecake?  I may not go that far, but I really do enjoy a well-made cheesecake.  Vancouver Foodster in his latest challenge has restaurants creating a custom cheesecake for us to try and vote for our favourite.  Some are even gluten-free, which I appreciate!

The details about the contest are below from Vancouver Foodster.

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Vancouver, BC –Since Cheesecake is the number one selling dessert in most of the restaurants that serve this divine creation around the city, I chose Cheesecake is my next challenge said Richard Wolak, this challenge features 12 participating restaurants, cafes and bakeries in Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Richmond that runs from March 7-28th.

Participating restaurants are either showcasing Cheesecake Creations that were specially created just for this challenge or already on their menu and all will be offered in all of these restaurants from March 7 – 28th. The public is invited to visit any of the participating establishments and order the Cheesecake creations and then decide on which ones they think are worthy of winning the challenge.

These are just some of the unique Cheesecake creations in this challenge:

Satori Factory has created a Vanilla Bean Apple Pie Cheesecake (Gluten free)

Satori Factory cheesecake

Satori Factory cheesecake

Bella Gelateria has created a Amalfli Coast Limoncello Cheesecake gelato with sorrento lemon zest

Bella Gelateria cheesecake

Bella Gelateria cheesecake

Fable Kitchen has created a Gorgonzola Cheesecake

Fable Kitchen cheesecake

Fable Kitchen cheesecake

The full list with details including the participating restaurants and their Cheesecake creations can be found here
http://vancouverfoodster.com/2013/03/06/vancouver-foodster-cheesecake-challenge/ starting today!

Voting: The public is invited to try these cheesecake creations at the participating restaurants, cafes and bakeries keeping in mind this criteria – originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste. They are then encouraged to VOTE for their favourite Cheesecake creations between March 26-31 at http://vancouverfoodster.com/cheesecake-challenge/ 

Vancouver Foodster Presents Food Talks Volume 6

Vancouver Foodster's Food Talks Vol. 6

Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks Vol. 6

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

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

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

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

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

The 5 Speakers

  • Chef Marcus von Albrecht

    Chef Marcus von Albrecht

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

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

Getting Your Tickets

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

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

Enjoy tasty appetizers by the chefs of Dockside Restaurant followed by a wonderful line-up of speakers who will talk about themselves and their passion related to the food community. There will be a Q & A where you will have a chance to ask questions and engage with the speakers. Each guest will receive 2 tasting glasses of Dockside Brewing Beer, there will also be a draw for prizes and to finish off the evening you will enjoy Gelato by Bella Gelateria.

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

About Food Talks

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