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

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Vancouver Foodster’s Burger Challenge is On!

Vancouver Foodster

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 14, 2016

Vancouver Foodster presents the 3rd Burger Challenge 

Vancouver, BC – Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Burger Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their Burger creations into this challenge, most have created a special creation just for this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their burger creations on their menu from October 14 – November 6, 2016.Here are some of the unique creations in this challenge.

Storm Crow Alehouse

The StormbringerThe Stormbringer

Price: $17

Created by: Kyle Depape – Assistant Kitchen Manager

Description: Elk, bison, venison patty and stuff with cheese, on a brioche bun smothered in a roaster kale and sunflower seed aioli,  topped with rootbeer bbq sauce, frizzled onions, mixed lettuce and tomato and garnished with a bacon sword.

Main Protein Ingredient: Elk, Bison and Vennison

Offered: Daily 11am – 11PM.

Storm Crow Alehouse

1619 West Broadway, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 428-9670

Web: http://www.stormcrowalehouse.com/

Twitter: @crowalehouse

Instagram: @stormcrowalehouse/

Argo Café

Braised Short Rib Portabellini BurgerBraised Short Rib Portabellini Burger

Price: $14.95

Created by: Chef Denis Larouche

Description: Shortrib beef, portabello mushroom, 4 cheese, crispy onions, roquefort mayo, hand cut fries

Main Protein Ingredient: Beef

Offered: at lunch 11-4 Monday to Friday, Thursday and Friday evenings 5-9 Saturday 8-2

Argo Café

1836 Ontario Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 876-3620

Web: http://www.argocafe.ca/

Twitter: @argocafe

Instagram: @argoatnight
Hopcott Meats

Cajun Bacon BurgerCajun Bacon Burger

Price: $9.99

Created by: Chef Chris Papp and Chef Ty Stinson

Description: Made with Hopcott’s hormone free, dry aged ground beef mixed with our secret Cajun spice blend, Hopcott’s own double smoked bacon, homemade onion straws, jalapeno jack cheese, mustard aioli, lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun.

Main Protein Ingredient: Beef

Offered: Offered for lunch.  Available 11am to 3pm, 7 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

See the complete line-up of Burger creations and participating restaurants here
http://vancouverfoodster.com/2016/10/14/vancouver-foodster-3rd-burger-challenge-3/

Voting: The public is invited to order these Burger creations at the participating restaurants keeping in mind this criteria – originality, creativity, uniqueness,  traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste. People can vote the same day after trying the creation and they can vote once a day throughout the promotion. People will be encouraged to Vote for their favourites from October 14 -November 6, 2016.

With a smartphone, customers will be able to vote from their table in the restaurant right after they have eaten the Burger creation. 

We will announce the winning restaurants and their Burger creations on November 7, 2016.

Vancouver Foodster Best Pizza Challenge is On!

Best Pizza ChallengeAre you like me, that loves pizza?  Vancouver Foodster has announced his Vancouver Foodster Best Pizza Challenge running March 5-28. 2015 at restaurants all over Vancouver and beyond! You taste & vote.

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

After you have tried each of the pizza 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 March 28, 2015.

The pizzerias are scattered throughout the Vancouver lowermainland.  Each restaurant has produced a “special” combination of toppings for this contest.  Here is a list of the pizzerias and their creations.  Enjoy and vote!

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

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite pizza 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 3 restaurants or more to share and taste the different pizzas or go solo or with a friend – just remember to VOTE for your favourites between March 5 – 28, 2015. 

Here are the 14 Pizza creations in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

The Pizzerias

Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria

Pizza Pomo Verde

Description: Urbani’s Spicy Fennel Sausage, Carozzi Tellagio Fromaggio, Fior di Latte, Fresh Fennel, Green Apple Chive Slaw

Price:  $16

Created by: Executive Chef Will Lucas

Offered: from 11:30am daily

Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria

6011 Hastings Street, Burnaby

Tel:  604-299-8002

Twitter:  @CottoEnoteca

Web:  http://cotto.ca/

 

Steel Toad Brewpub

Duck Confit Pizza

Description: Duck Confit, barbeque sauce (sauce is made in-house). It’s Sweet and tangy with a touch of spice. 12″ thin-crust forno fired, topped with Gouda cheese.

Price: $16

Created by: Chef Robbie Robinson created the pizza, forno chef Cameron Lewis perfected it.

Offered: After 11am Mon – Fri, after 10am Sat – Sun

Steel Toad Brewpub

97 East 2nd Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-709-8623

Web: http://steeltoad.ca/

Twitter: @SteelToadBeer

 

Alberello Pizzeria

Verde Noce 

Description: Verde Noce translates green walnut. House-made pesto base with toasted walnuts, roasted red and yellow peppers, caramelized onion, oyster mushroom sautéed in garlic oil, and aged mozzarella topped with fresh soft goat cheese & basil.

Price: $14

Created by: Azin Etesami (Owner/pizza lover) and Cristina Marianetti (Chef)

Offered: all the time

Alberello Pizzeria

115 W 15th Street, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-770-4484

Web: http://www.alberellopizzeria.com/

Twitter @Alberellopizza

 

Lombardo’s 2go

The Roma

Description: Thin, crisp, baked to perfection. A hand tossed thin crust filled with salami, ham, mozzarella and quark cheese. Baked at 700 degrees to a crisp and delicious finish. Available exclusively at Lombardo’s 2go.

Price: $4 per piece

Created by: Giulia Lombardo

Available: Mon – Fri 11am – 7pm, Sat – sun 12pm – 6pm

Lombardo’s 2go

1641 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 428-8646

Twitter:  @LombardosPizza

Web:  http://lombardos.ca/

 

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar

Pizza Bianca Gorgonzola

Description:  It is a pizza which combines the salty sweet flavor of prosciutto di parma with the sharp creaminess of a Gorgonzola piccante on a base of Sam Marzano tomato sauce. The prosciutto and gorgonzola are bridged by dried figs that have been bloomed in Red Moscato Wine and Honey. The pie is finished with organic arugula.

Price: $15

Created by: Chef Patrick Doré

Offered: all the time (11am-11pm Monday-Friday and 11am-10pm on Sundays) and will be offered on both our restaurant and bar side.

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar

765 Beatty Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-688-6368

Web: http://www.frankiesitaliankitchen.ca/index.php

Twitter: @FrankiesItalia1

 

The Bibo

Pizza Montanara

Description: Montanara means something that comes from the mountain, all the ingredients remember flavour from woods, mountains, forest and wild nature.

Price $24

Offered: Thursday: dinner; Friday-Saturday-Sunday: lunch and dinner

Created by: Chef Marco Di Stefano

The Bibo

1835 W 4th Ave, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-6177

Twitter: @TheBiBo

Web:  http://www.thebibo.com

 

 

Il Castello Pizzeria

Zucca

Description: Pancetta, fior di latte, crispy sage, and toasted pine nuts on top of a butternut squash puree base.

Price:  $17

Created by:

Offered: Tuesday-Sunday Dinner.

Il Castello Pizzeria

119 East 2nd Street, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-987-4992

Web: http://ilcastellopizzeria.com/

Twitter: @IlCastelloNVan

 

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria

Patate Pancetta

Description: Crème Fraîche, Fior di latte, Thinly sliced roasted potatoes, Pancetta, Carmelized Onions, Romemary, Basil, Grana Padano, & lemon juice.

Price:  $16.25

Created by: Chef Don Letendre

Offered: From open to close daily.

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria

1380 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: 604-251-2292

Web: http://www.famoso.ca/locations/bc_commercial_drive.php

Twitter: @FamosoPizzeria

 

Pizza Fabrika

 

Dark Matter Ale Sausage

Description: Dark matter ale sausage, braised beef short rib,  sautéed mixed mushrooms, and red onion

Price:  $15

Created by: Chef Michael Wiese

Offered: 5pm until late, nightly

Pizza Fabrika

1680 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604.559.1680

Web: www.pizzafabrika.ca

Twitter: @PizzaFabrika_CA

 

Novo Pizzeria

Pizza con burrata e speck

Price: $23

Description: San Marzano tomatoes, Aleppo pepper, burrata, DOP speck, baby heirloom pomodori, vincotto pearls, basil oil.

Created by:  Carmine Paradiso and Charles Richard

Offered:  All the time

Novo Pizzeria

2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel:    (604) 736-2220

Web:  http://www.novopizzeria.com/

Twitter:   @NOVOPizzeria

 

Bella Gelateria Yaletown

Monte Carlo

Price: $18

Description: Goat Cheese, Spinach, Sundried Tomatoes, Fior Di Latte, Italian Rosemary Chicken (Local Fresh Free Range from Rossdown Farms)

Created by: Chefs team collaboration.

Offered:  Lunch and Dinner daily.

Bella Gelateria Yaletown

1089 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver

Tel: 778-737-7890

Web: http://bellagelateria.com/yaletown/

Twitter @BellaYaletown

 

Pizza Barbarella

The Hawaiian Punch

Price: $18 ($13 for lunch-sized version)

Description: Brown sugar-glazed and house-smoked fresh pineapple and hot capicollo, with bocconcini and aged mozzarella, tomato, finished with grana padano, served on our organic, sourdough crust. Softens the cynicism of even the most ardent pizza purist.

Created by:  n/a

Available:  Lunch, dinner daily and happy hour (weekdays 3pm-5pm)

Pizza Barbarella

654 East Broadway, Vancouver

Tel: 604-210-6111

Web: http://www.pizzeriabarbarella.com/

Twitter: @PizzaBarbarella

 

Ragazzi Pizza

Cotto é Crudo

Description: Prosciutto and bocconcini topped with a salsa fresco and basil

Price: $13.95

Created by: Manager Paul Teixeira

Offered:  Thursday to Sunday Only

Ragazzi Pizza

2996 E. 22nd Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-433-2235

Web: http://www.ragazzipizza.com/

Twitter:   @RagazziPizza

 

Pizza Carano

Spicy Coconut Kale

Price: $15

Description: coconut cream, kale, peanut satay marinated mushrooms, fior di latte, coconut flakes, chili oil

Created by: Chef Trevor Hagenbuch

Offered: Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm to 10pm, and Sunday, 4 to 9pm.

Pizza Carano

4241 Fraser St, Vancouver

Tel: 604-877-1270

Web: http://www.pizzacarano.com/

Twitter: @PizzaCarano

 

Make sure you pick up one of the Pizza 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/pizza-challenge/

 

Vancouver Foodster Presents the Fish and Chips Challenge

Vancouver Foodster Fish and Chips Challenge

Vancouver Foodster Fish and Chips Challenge

Have you ever participated in one of Vancouver Foodster’s Challenges?  Mac and Cheese, and Creme Brulee are two challenges that come to mind.  The winning Creme Brulee from Novo Pizzeria was amazing BTW.  Don’t miss out on the latest Challenge: Fish and Chips.  Read the press release below, and participate.  Have fun!  Follow me too as I visit each restaurant and send out a tweet.

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 #FishChipsChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the challenge.

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

Here are the 7 Fish and Chips dishes in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

Ban Chok Dee

Thai style Fish and Chips

Price: $12

Description:  Seasoned Lime Leaf Singha Beer-Battered Cod with Herbal Chili Paste and Peanut Pineapple Tamarind Sauce served with Hand-Cut Battered Pumpkin and Salted Taro Fries and a Plum Sauce with Cucumber and Ground Peanut. Lime Slices and Mini Dill Pickles on the side.

Created by: Executive Chef Parinya and Chef Ladda

Offered: All the time

Ban Chok Dee

20563 Douglas Crescent, Langley

Tel: 778-278-3088

Web: http://www.banchokdee.com

Twitter: @BanChokDeeThai

 

Morocco West

Moroccan style Fish and Chips

Price: $21

Description: Green Pea Beer-battered Chermoula Halibut with Homemade Taro Chips and Wasabi Mayonnaise

Created by: Chef Nourdine Majdoubi

Offered: All the time

Morocco West

795 Jervis Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-563-8466

Web: http://moroccowest.com/menus/

Twitter:  @MoroccoWest

 

U & I Thai

U and I Thai Northeast Fish & Chips

Price: $10.95

Description: Crispy on the outside, tender and delicious on the inside. Cold-water Halibut fish fillets, hand-dipped in a light batter and golden fried. Served with vegetable fries, Fresh fruits and three Thai style sauces.

Created by: Chef A-guan Phutyeam

Offered: All the time

U & I Thai

3364 Cambie St, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 875-6999

Web: http://uandithai.com/

Twitter: @uratomjit

 

Las Tortas

El Dorado Taco Salad

Price: $7.95

Description: El dorado grilled Fish, ensalada verde with Tortilla Chips in a creamy chipotle salsa dressing

Created by: Chef Moises Toyber

Offered: All the time

Las Tortas

3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-569-1402

Web:  http://www.lastortas.ca/

Twitter: @LASTORTAS

 

Pier 7 Restaurant

“The East West Connector”

Price: $16

Description: 2 pieces of Tempura battered house smoked sockeye salmon, spicy cucumber and napa coleslaw, nori tartar sauce

Created by: Chef Michael Mikoda

Offered: Served all day

Pier 7 Restaurant

25 Wallace Mews Rd, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-929-7437

Web: http://pierseven.ca/

Twitter: @pier7restaurant

 

Tapas 23

Pescado Frito

Price: $10

Description: Spanish Battered Halibut, served with a Chipotle Caper berry Tartar Sauce and House Hickory Chips

Created by: Chef Perry Mlynowski

Offered: Dinner nightly

Tapas 23

3941 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-628300

Web: http://www.tapas23.com/

Twitter: @Tapas23YVR

 

Five Elements Café

Casa Basa 

Price: $10.95

Description:  Vietnamese style fish and chips creation with coconut Panko crusted Basa fish on a bed of Papaya Salad with a mix of cassava and sweet potato fries along with some Panko crusted pineapple wedges and Fried lotus root, with two sauces, garnished with basil leaves.

Created by: Chef Victoria Mekong

Offered: Dinner nightly

Five Elements Café

1046 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel:  (604) 559-5938

Web: http://www.fiveelementscafe.com/

Twitter: @5ElementsCafe

 

Make sure you pick up one of the Fish and Chips Challenge postcards available at each of the participating restaurants and keep a record of your favourite Fish and Chips creations. Remember to Vote for your favourites daily, all the voting details are at http://vancouverfoodster.com/fish-and-chips-challenge/

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

krehm broo-LAY

krehm broo-LAY

“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/

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Granville Island Brewing pulled pork poutine and Lager Hefeweizen and Scottish Ale

Vancouver Foodster’s 3rd Annual Poutine Challenge is on!

How are your arteries?  Hopefully you have been exercising and taking vitamins so they are all clear because Vancouver Foodster’s 3rd Annual Poutine Challenge is underway.  And it is up to you to taste and vote for your favourite poutine.  Here is the announcement.  Although I love wine, I suggest having a beer with these culinary creations.  Try a lager or a Scotch ale.

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Vancouver, BC –After a successful couple of challenges in the past two years, here is our 3rd Poutine Challenge featuring 12 restaurants in Vancouver and Richmond that runs from Feb 7-28th.

Participating restaurants are showcasing Poutine’s that were specially created just for this challenge and all will be offered in all of these restaurants from February 7 – February 28 and everyone will find a multi-cultural spin at play this year. The public is invited to visit any of the participating restaurants and order the poutine dishes and then decide on which ones they think are worthy of winning the challenge.

These are just some of the unique Poutine’s in this challenge

Chef Culin David of Calabash Bistro has created a Jamaican version Pepperpot Poutine with Jerk Pork Belly

Chef Meeru Dhalwala of Vij’s Rangoli has created an Indian version Paneer Poutine with Spicy Pulled Pork

Chef Segar Kulasegarampillai of Locus Restaurant has created the Locus Wild Boar, Foie Gras and Crackling Poutine

Buckstop Double Smoked Poutine

Chef Henry Besser Rosenberg of Buckstop has created the Buckstop Double Smoked Poutine

The full list of participating restaurants can be found here
http://vancouverfoodster.com/poutine-challenge/

Starting today at 11am everyone will have the opportunity to view the line-up of restaurants and their poutine creations at VancouverFoodster.com

Voting: The public is invited to order these poutines at the participating restaurants keeping in mind this criteria – originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste. People can vote the same day after trying your poutine creation and they can vote once a day throughout the promotion. People will be encouraged to Vote for their favourite Poutine creations from February 7 -28, 2014 http://vancouverfoodster.com/poutine-challenge/  With a smartphone, customers will be able to vote from their table in the restaurant right after they have eaten the poutine creation.

We will announce the winning restaurants and their poutine dishes on March 3, 2014.

Vancouver Foodster Best Pizza Creation Challenge

Vancouver Foodster does it again.  Another food challenge.  This time it’s a pizza creation challenge.  Many restaurants have stepped up to the plate to offer their unique pizza creations to taste.  From a quick scan through the restaurants and their creations, I think we will have a lot of fun trying them. And don’t forget to vote for your favourite pizza.

Also be sure to enjoy a nice glass of wine with these pizzas. Chianti is always classic, but also try a BC Gamay Noir, Italian Barbera, or a California Zinfandel. Here is the press release from Vancouver Foodster.

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Vancouver, BC – Everyone loves Pizza, I chose Pizza for my next challenge said Richard Wolak, this challenge features 14 participating restaurants in Vancouver, Burnaby, and Maple Ridge that runs from June 20 – July 14, 2013.

Participating restaurants have created a new unique pizza creation (this pizza can-not be on their menu currently, they had to create a new pizza creation for this challenge) to enter in this Best Pizza challenge.  Each Pizza creation can be simple to fancy, using unique and innovative ingredients, any type, as nutritious or indulgent as they wanted, perhaps with seafood, meats or vegetarian, I told them to be imaginative.

These are just some of the unique Pizza creations in this challenge:
Lombardo’s Pizzeria has created Pancetta, Grape and Rosemary

Rocky Mountain Flatbread has created their B.C. Flatbread Pizza

 

Nicli Antica Pizzeria has created Bianca con fichi, prosciutto serrano e gorgonzola

The full list of pizzas with details including the participating restaurants are listed here http://vancouverfoodster.com/pizza-challenge/ (all creations can be accessed here starting early tomorrow morning).

How people can Vote for their favourite Pizza Creations?

This time around once people have ordered and tried the Pizza Creations in this challenge at the participating restaurants, if they love that pizza, they can vote on their mobile phones or ipads from their table in the restaurants or later in the day. People can cast their vote once a day, so if they are visiting the other participating restaurants daily or during the promotion they can vote for their other favourites as well.

The public is invited to try these Pizza creations at the participating restaurants, 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 Pizza creations at http://vancouverfoodster.com/pizza-challenge/

We will announce the winning restaurants and their Pizza Creations on July 16, 2013.

Best Chicken Wing Challenge – Taste and Vote

best chicken wings challenge

Best chicken wings challenge

Chicken wings are a staple for many parties, bbqs and sporting events.  It’s also fun to eat with friends on an evening out.  Richard Wolak, aka vanfoodster, has announced his latest challenge, the “Best Chicken Wing Challenge” here in the Vancouver area.  Check out his press release below and further links to the challenge.

Don’t forget to try them with wine or beer!

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Vancouver, BC – Everyone loves Chicken Wings and they are a popular dish at local eateries and beyond. I chose Chicken Wings for my next challenge said Richard Wolak, this challenge features 13 participating restaurants and pubs in Vancouver, Coquitlam, and Richmond that runs from May 14 – June 9, 2013.

Participating restaurants are either showcasing Chicken Wings 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 May 14- June 9, 2013. The public is invited to visit any of the participating establishments and order the Chicken Wings creations and then decide on which ones they think are worthy of winning the challenge.

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

  • The Morrissey Pub has created Moe’s Spicy Peanut Chicken Wings
  • Rogue Kitchen & Wet Bar has created Kimchi Chicken Wings
  • Malone’s Bar and Grill has created Salted Caramel Waffle Wings with Zing

The full list with details including the participating restaurants and their Chicken Wings creations can be found here
http://vancouverfoodster.com/2013/05/14/vancouver-chicken-wings-challenge/ starting today!

Voting: The public is invited to try these chicken wings creations at the participating restaurants, and pubs 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 Chicken wings creations between June 7-11, 2013 at
http://vancouverfoodster.com/chicken-wings-challenge/

We will announce the winning restaurants and their chicken wings dishes on June 12, 2013.

Husband vs Wife a Friendly Chef Throw Down at Provence

Marinaside Patio Seafood Platter

Marinaside Patio Seafood Platter

Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus.  But does this also work for chefs cooking?  Let’s find out with the husband and wife chef couple from Provence Restaurants.  Details from this match up / throw down are below.  

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(Vancouver, BC) — On May 23rd Chefs Alessandra and Jean-Francis Quaglia will celebrate 21 years of marriage. Not only are they a couple, but they are also both chefs and business partners owning Provence Restaurants – Provence Mediterranean Grill in Point Grey,Provence Marinaside in Yaletown and the newest venture TWB – The Wine Bar next door to Provence Marinaside. While Jean-Francis is Executive Chef for all locations, he devotes most of his time to Provence Marinaside (P2) while Alessandra casts a watchful eye over Provence Mediterranean Grill (P1). Over the years a friendly rivalry has blossomed between P1 and P2 – each offering slightly different menus and completely different ambiance.
 
On May 29th, Provence Mediterranean Grill will be the site for Husband vs. Wife – a Chef’s Challenge. Who does the better halibut? Alessandra? Jean-Francis? You be the judge.
 
For this one night only P1 will offer a set three-course set menu for $50 (including tax and gratuity but not beverages). The first course is a choice from the restaurant’s antipasti case and dessert is Cherry Chocolate Clafoutis. It’s the main course where the halibut throw down happens. Two very different versions of halibut will be offered – one by the wife, the other by the husband. Guests won’t know who has created which to keep the competition unbiased. At the end of the evening Provence will tally up which main course sold the most and will announce the winner via social media and in its newsletter.
 
The idea came to Alessandra when the family (they have two sons who have grown up in the restaurants) was on a recent vacation. “We had many nights of cooking with the boys and a little competition developed to see who the best cook was. It was a lot of fun, so we decided to try it at the restaurant.”
 
At the moment, this event is planned as a one-off. However, if there is a lot of demand and the event quickly sells out; they may consider repeating it on May 30th and then doing a different competition at Provence Marinaside next month.
 

Get Your Tickets

When: May 29

Cost: $50 (including tax and gratuity but not beverages) per person

Tickets are available on Eventbrite: or  through Provence’s web sitewww.provencevancouver.com 
 
So join us for some ‘all in the family’ fun at Provence Mediterranean Grill on May 29th and you get to pick the winner. It’ll be a halibut of a good time.

Vancouver Foodster and the Best Burger Challenge

Best Burger ChallengeFrom November 5 – 30, 2012 you can taste the burger creations from 29 restaurants in Vancouver and Burnaby, then vote from November 28 – December 3 for your favourite. Visit www.vancouverfoodster.com/burger-challenge/ to find out all the restaurants and how to vote.

I had an opportunity to visit 3 of the participating restaurants with Media last week.  The burgers were all very different in their style, which I think makes the challenge interesting.  Find what you like.  The three restaurants we visited:

  • Max’s Burgers (521 West 8th Ave, Vancouver)
  • Luke’s Kitchen (2996 Granville St, Vancouver)
  • Whet (1517 Anderson St, Vancouver)

Max’s Burgers

Max’s Burgers produced a “local” burger, where all the ingredients are local.  Plus the hamburger bun is produced on premises. The beef comes from the Honest Butcher on Broadway and the bacon comes from Woodland Smokehouse.  Amber Ale white cheddar for the burger comes from the Okanagan. We were told that since they created this burger it is their top selling burger in Max’s. People like local!  I enjoyed this burger. It was well put together.  I liked the bacon in that it was not too smoky or salty, and the burger was not dripping in sauce.  The patty looked to be 1/2″ thick. Some other Media people mentioned how much they liked the home made hamburger buns.

Max’s also made their version of a Whisky Sour to go with our burger, called “Pomme de terroir“. It is a blend of local Spicebox Whisky mixed with roasted & pureed local Gala apples, and some sugar. A shrub vinegar was also added, and to top it off with R&B Cream ale foam. The baked apple mixed with the sweet spice from Spicebox Whisky was really very tasty.  I’d order it again.

If I were to pair a wine with this burger it may be a California Chardonnay, or maybe Summerhill’s ALIVE Organic Red.

Max's Burgers

Max’s Burgers

Max's local burger

Max’s local burger

Luke’s Kitchen

Luke’s Kitchen also went local but with a twist. They produced a home made veggie burger patty. They spent 2 months with 3 different consulting chefs to create the burger we tried that evening. Some of the ingredients that went into this patty included quinoa, toasted almonds, black beans and more.  To complement the burger they topped it with southern fried beer battered dill pickles and jalapeno peppers and dressed it with home made Granny Smith Chipotle ketchup. Wow. The pickled peppers and ketchup added zing to this burger. The patty had nice texture to it, and you don’t miss that it is not beef.

If I were to pair a wine with this, I may go with a rose wine, maybe from Joie or Haywire.

Luke’s Kitchen is taking local to another level as they will soon be growing their greens onsite, and talked about also raising their own fish at the restaurant too. Very cool and very local.

A side of deep fried pickles and jalapenos

A side of deep fried pickles and jalapenos

A cross section of Luke's veggie burger

A cross section of Luke’s veggie burger

Whet

Our last stop for the evening was Whet on Granville Island. They created a beef burger for this challenge and their twist was a Latin spice influence. They use local ingredients as well, such as the buns from Le Baguette on Granville Island. The beef was mixed with oregano, cumin and other spices.  AAA beef was used for the patty and it came 1/2″ thick on the bun. A Dominican style chimichuri slaw was served on the side.  The beef was very juicy and lots of flavour.  I in particular liked the cumin flavour, plus the actual taste from the grill marks on the patty.  I did not taste the grill from the other 2 burgers. The other thing I really liked was the cheddar cheese that was layered on the burger really stood out.  I like the sharpness of the cheddar.

I’m partial to Latin flavours, and this was my favourite burger of the evening.

They served an R&B Bitter with the burger.  It had nice orange, cherries and spice flavour. It was light body with medium bitterness.  A nice beer to enjoy with this burger.

If I were to have a glass of wine with this, I think I would go with a Ravenswood Zinfandel.

Whet's beef burger

Whet’s beef burger

Give these burgers a try, or try some of the other restaurants, then vote for your favourite burger. Enjoy!