Tasting Plates Olympic Village Wednesday, July 8

Have you ever been to Olympic Village?  It is just around the corner from Science World.  You will know you are there when you see big, really big, metal bird sculptures.  But besides that there are plenty of restaurants in the area to try. Vancouver Foodster has put together Tasting Plates Olympic Village for you to enjoy on July 8.  Details from Vancouver Foodster are below.


Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants and establishments in the Olympic Village neighborhood in Vancouver. This tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

Participating Restaurants: 


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Big Rock Urban Eatery

310 West 4th Avenue

Web: http://bigrockurban.com/

Twitter @BRUeateryYVR

Cuisine: Brewery and Restaurant



Aqua Sushi & Juice

1764 Manitoba Street

Web: http://www.aquajuicebar.com/

Twitter @aquajuicebar

Cuisine: Sushi and Juice


Rouge Bistro

91 W 2nd Avenue

Web: n/a

Twitter: n/a

Cuisine: Westcoast


Milano Coffee Roasters

156 West 8th Avenue

Web: http://www.milanocoffee.ca/


Cuisine: cafe and coffee roastery



De Dutch Pannekoek House

410 West 2nd Avenue

Web: http://www.dedutch.com/

Twitter: @dedutch

Cuisine: Dutch


More restaurants and establishments to be announced soon

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. (Beverages are included at some restaurants which will be noted, you are welcome to purchase wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails at each of the participating restaurants).

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

Julia Child’s Special Theme Dinners at Bistro Pastis Till September

Just when you think it couldn’t get any better, Bistro Pastis sent me this email advising me that they will be celebrating Julia Child‘s centenary now through to early September, with new menus every two weeks.  So if you missed Menu #1, below is Menu #2 that starts today.  Maybe have a Julia Child’s pilgrimage to Bistro Pastis every other week?  Sounds fun to me.  You will see in the menu below, it shows the cookbook page of each item.  Nice.


We continue the summer-long celebration of her centenary with a second menu inspired by recipes found in Mastering the Art of French Cooking: Menus will change every two weeks from now through early September.

Reservations are a good idea: 604-731-5020 / www.bistropastis.com

As Julia would say “Bon Appetit!”

Menu #2: July 17 – August 5, 2012

– Appetizers –

Gratin d’Endives au Jambon (P. 156/497)
Gratin of Belgian Endives Wrapped in Ham, Sauce Mornay

– or –

Oeufs en Meurette à la Bourguignonne (P. 121)
Red Wine Poached Hen Egg, Mushrooms, Bacon and Red Wine Sauce

– or –

Vichyssoise, Poireaux et Pomme de Terre (P. 39)
Cold Leek and Potato Vichyssoise, Chives

– Main Course –

Blanquette de Veau à l’Ancienne (P. 362)
Slow Cooked Veal, Carrots, Turnip, Mushrooms, Pearl Onions and Rice Pilaf

– or –

Sole à la Dieppoise (P. 214)
Poached Sole, Mussels and Shrimp, Pomme Vapeurs

– or –

Epaule d’ Agneau de Pré-Salé (P. 335)
Braised Lamb Shoulder with White Beans, Roasted Tomatoes

– Dessert –

Pêches Cardinal (P. 630)
Vanilla-Poached Fresh Okanagan Peaches and Raspberries, Vanilla Ice Cream

– or –

Crêpes Fourrées Frangipane (P. 652)
Crêpes Baked with Almond Cream, Dark Chocolate Crème Chantilly

$39.00 / Person

Bistro Pastis
2153 W 4th Ave. Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7 | Tel: (604) 731.5020 | Fax: (604) 731.5039

Tasting Plates Vancouver Summer Edition – Get Your Tickets

If you like a bit of a restaurant crawl (similar to a pub crawl, but this one is food-based), then consider attending the Tasting Plates Vancouver Summer Edition.  Here are all the details you need to know, including participating restaurants, day and cost, from @vanfoodster ‘s press release.  Partial proceeds donated to support Project Limelight. I attended the February event and had fun. Enjoy!


Vancouver Foodster presents “Tasting Plates Vancouver” – Summer Edition

Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates Summer Edition

Vancouver, BC – Prepare to experience some of the newest and tastiest offerings on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from 6 to 10 p.m. as Vancouver Foodster, Vancouver’s essential online food and drink guide, presents “Tasting Plates Vancouver” Summer Edition.

Participating restaurants will offer tasting plates of their food to the guests, thereby showcasing their restaurant and promoting their food and chefs.
The event is a roving tour that brings guests to the participating restaurants, cafes & food trucks, throughout the evening and they will walk, bike, transit, drive or car pool around East Van (Main Street, Fraser Street & Kingsway (between Main & Fraser) to the various participating restaurants.
Let your taste buds travel the city with Vancouver Foodster. Participating restaurants include:

More restaurants to be announced soon!

These are some of the tasty dishes to whet your appetite – offered at our previous event in February. and photos from our previous event in February.
Advance Tickets: $30 per person (eventbrite fee extra) before June 23, $100 for 4 pak of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pak (eventbrite fee extra) before June 23rd. *Regular Tickets $40 per person (eventbrite fee extra) after June 23 – ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Project Limelight. (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 they are transferrable with printed proof of ticket.  Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc
Tickets are available for purchase online only at http://tastingplatesyvrsummer.eventbrite.com/

What to Expect at the Grand Taste #TasteofTulalip

Taste of Tulalip wine glass

The Grand Taste at the Taste of Tulalip on Nov 12 should be amazing, with over 100 wineries (65 WA, 20 Napa, 20 Italian) with multiple food stations throughout. I think this event has something for everyone, so if you are a wine person, or a foodie, or both, there will be lots to enjoy. Some teasers of the food and wine that you could enjoy at the Grand Taste.

Food Teasers from the Grand Taste Menu

  • Seafood Cobb Salad Shaker with Handmade Chanterelle Mushroom Tortellini with local blue cheese, hazelnuts, olives, roasted fennel, winter squash, mascarpone sage sauce
  • Dungeness Crab Pot Pie with roasted corn, potato, shallot, dungeness crab bisque
  • Wagyu New York Strip with mache, fresh beets, sherry vinaigrette, almond butter
  • Caramelized Scallop with sweet potato puree, bulls blood micro greens, bourbon macerated madagascar, vanilla bean champagne beurre blanc, cinnamon dusted onion
  • Braised Apple Wood Smoked Pork Belly with fried shallots, caramelized onion, cranberry glaze
  • Hawaiian Blue Marlin with lemongrass curry sauce, shiso macadamia nut pesto
  • Double Chocolate Nitrogen Ice Cream & Pistachio Nitrogen Ice Cream
  • Malted Milk Balls

Grand Taste Wine Teasers

  • 21 Grams:  100-case collaboration between Waters Winery, Gramercy Cellars and artist Makoto Fujimura
  • Reynvaan “The Contender Syrah”, 2008:  Seattle Metropolitan Magazine’s Top 100
  • Corliss Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005:  94 pts Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
  • “Poet’s Leap Riesling”, 2010:  Armin Diel of Germany
  • Charles Krug “Lot XIV Zinfandel Port”:  released only to Tulalip Resort in Washington State
  • Sparkman Cellars Lumiere Chardonnay, 2009: gotta love this 91 pts “juice”, Wine Spectator

If you have time this long weekend, don’t miss this event.  Tickets for Taste of Tulalip are here. Enjoy!

What’s New At Hester Creek Estate Winery?

Hester Creek Estate Winery in the South Okanagan has been slowly changing, putting several different pieces together, in the vineyards, the winery and around the winery, to put together a unique experience for their customers.  I enjoyed a few hours with General Manager Mark Sheridan and winemaker Robert Summers talking about the winery and some of their wines.  We met at Central Bistro in the west-end of downtown Vancouver.  Central Bistro is cozy, they source local ingredients as best as they can, and try to showcase BC VQA wines.  Hester Creek’s wines are on their list.

One of the things that you will notice with their wines is the changing of their bottle labels.  The new labels will be officially unveiled during the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Fair in April.  The new label still keeps the logo of Hester swimming after a fish in the creek, but it is now smaller, and bringing forward the name of the winery and varietal(s).  It is very classy looking.  Another related labelling item is that their back label will have a ScanLife code which you can scan with your smart phone / iphone and it will provide you with a flavour profile and food pairings.  If you have not heard of a ScanLife code, it is a square shaped grid that can encode a significant amount of information.

What is in the bottle is also very important.  Winemaker Rob Summers described how they have improved their vineyards, installing drip irrigation, and now are using 100% Ganimede fermenters, which pump over the cap with their own CO2 produced during the fermentation process.  These fermenters according to Rob makes brighter fruit flavours and softer tannins.

Speaking about their wines, I was able to try two wines with Rob and Mark. The first wine was their Pinot Blanc 2009 ($15.99).  It had aromas of flowers, peach and melon on the nose for me.  Very vibrant fruit with medium acidity and a bit of roundness on the palate.  A long minerally finish.  I’d enjoy this wine this summer with some shellfish.  The other wine was their Reserve Cabernet Franc 2008 ($25.99).   Cabernet Franc grapes typically have an aroma profile that contains a cedar note.  For some reason the Cabernet Franc grapes do not have this cedar component, and instead have raspberry and strawberry aromas and flavours.  Something unique with their terroir, and that is what is so interesting about wines, and where they are produced. Their Reserve Cabernet Franc had a very fruity nose with raspberry, strawberry and some oak.  Lots of bright raspberry fruit flavour.  Medium acidity with a vanilla undertone and nutmeg spice.  Medium length with a cherry / spice finish.  In both cases, there was bright, vibrant fruit, and that is a character theme they want to have across their wines.

The Next Chapter for Rob Summers is his “The Judge” ultra-premium wine.  With this wine he wants to show that he has something special at Hester Creek, when the weather, terroir, and vineyard practices all mesh together.  This wine is a blend of his best lots in the cellar of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, to produce a wine that will age for several years.  The wine from each grape is matured for up to two years separately, then are blended together and the blend is then further aged.  Only 200 cases of The Judge will be produced.

On top of the wines, there are 6 villas where you can stay, a stylish curved bar, an executive barrel room, a dining room, and a gift shop.  And if you are a foodie, Hester Creek is offering a teaching kitchen that seats up to 14 people.  Past chefs have included Chef Neil Taylor of Vancouver’s Cibo Trattoria, Chef Heinz Schmid of Kaleden’s Catering Done right, and famed restauranteur Umberto Menghi.

That is Part 1 of my article on Hester Creek.  Part 2 will be in summer this year when I visit Hester Creek Winery’s winery.  I am looking forward to it.  Enjoy!