Tasting Plates – Latin American Flavours in Vancouver

Vancouver Foodster tried something new today.  Instead of having Tasting Plates cover a small region/neighbourhood in Vancouver, it covered a style of food, in this case Latin food.  It took a short drive from one place to the next, but the tasty food that awaited us was well worth it.  Enjoy the pictures and my short comments about the food and event.

A.G.R.O. Roasters

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Tasting Cups will include:

  1. A variety of organic coffees from Latin America including, Columbia, Peru and El Salvador. <The coffee here was very fresh, aromatic, and flavourful.  I sampled the El Salvador beans.>
AGRO Roasters Organic El Salvador coffee

AGRO Roasters Organic El Salvador coffee

 

Chicha Restaurant

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Tasting Plate includes all 3 items:

  1. Ensalada De Quinoa: Mango, avocado, roasted red pepper, red onion, cilantro, mint. Jalapeño Huacatay dressing.
  2. Bolas De Yuca: Croquettes stuff with assorted cheese and chilies. Served with a Huancaina sauce.
  3. Calamari and chorizo Anticuchos: Skewers served with a basil and aji Amarillo mash, Peruvian black olive aioli. <Although I enjoyed all the items from Chicha, the calamari and chorizo skewer was my favourite.  It was interesting to pair the flavour and texture of the calamari, with the spice and oiliness of the chorizo sausage.>
Chicha: Ensalada De Quinoa, Bolas De Yuca, and Calamari and chorizo Anticuchos

Chicha: Ensalada De Quinoa, Bolas De Yuca, and Calamari and chorizo Anticuchos

 

La Mezcaleria

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Our Tasting Plate includes all 3 items:

  1. PACIFIC RED SNAPPER CEVICHE: Tomato, lime, red onion, serrano and cilantro. <This ceviche was wonderful.  Full of citrus and spice.>
  2. GUACAMOLE: Fresh avocado, cilantro, lime, onion, jalapeño and tomato.
  3. TOSTADA OAXAQUENA DE FRIJOLES: Refried cowboy beans with Mexican cheese, fresh tomato, lettuce and sour cream served on a corn tostada
La Mezcaleria: Pacific Red Snapper Ceviche, Guacamole, and Tostada Oaxaquena de Frijoles

La Mezcaleria: Pacific Red Snapper Ceviche, Guacamole, and Tostada Oaxaquena de Frijoles

 

Las Tortas

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Tasting Plate includes all 3 items:

  1. Cochinita Pibil Torta <nice and juicy pork here.  Added flavour from the taquera salsa I added!>  In case you are wondering about how to make a torta, here is a recipe for Cochinita Pibil Torta.
  2. Tortilla chips w taquera salsa
  3. Churros
Las Tortas on Cambie

Las Tortas on Cambie

Las Tortas: Cochinita Pibil Torta, Tortilla Chips, and Churros

Las Tortas: Cochinita Pibil Torta, Tortilla Chips, and Churros

Sal y Limon

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Tasting Plate includes all 2 items:

  1. Ceviche tostatas
  2. Chicken tinga tostadas <My favourite tstada of the evening.  The chicken had so much flavour, without being spicy hot.  The ceviche was also top quality.>
Sal y Limon preparing the tostadas

Sal y Limon preparing the tostadas

Sal y Limon Cheviche tostada and Chicken tinga tostada

Sal y Limon Cheviche tostada and Chicken tinga tostada

Guanaco Food Truck

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Tasting Plate will include all of these items:

1) Hand-made tortilla filled with pork chicharrón* or ground chicken, vegetables, cheese, loroco and savory refried black beans.

-Chicharrón/Pork <I had this version of the tortilla.  It was a nice mix of pork with the cheese, with lots of flavour and creaminess from the melted cheese.>

-Pollo/Chicken

2) We will be serving pupusas in appetizer sizes and pieces of fried cassava

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1) Our Vegetarian Tasting Plate we will offer bean and cheese, zucchini and cheese or just plain cheese with loroco. (V)

-Queso Y Frijoles/Cheese & Bean -Ayote/Zucchini (V)

-Queso/Cheese & Loroco

ALL PUPUSAS ARE SERVED WITH YUCA FRITA.

Stepping up to Guanaco Food Truck

Stepping up to Guanaco Food Truck

 

Guanaco Food Truck: Pork Chicharrón tortilla, fried cassava, and salad

Guanaco Food Truck: Pork Chicharrón tortilla, fried cassava, and salad

El Azteca

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Our Tasting Plate includes all 3 items:

  1. Ceviche de pescado (fish)
  2. Guacamole mumuca (V)
  3. Cochinita Pibil

 I unfortunately ran out of time so was not able to visit El Azteca, but will put it on my list for the future.

Tostadas are fun to eat and very messy.  Fun I think in the summer on the patio with your friends and family.  Here is a receipe so you can make your own tostadas.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tasting Plates Latin American Flavours – Get Your Tickets

Tantalize your taste buds at several Latin American restaurants all over Vancouver.  This evening tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 10:30 pm 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 Latin American restaurants throughout the evening, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

Latin American cuisine refers to typical foods, beverages, and cooking styles common to many of the countries and cultures in Latin America. During our event you will have the chance to taste and experience dishes from Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Peru and different regions of Mexico. You will also have a chance to try a variety of Latin American food and drink which may include ceviche, tortillas, tamales, tacos, pupusas, arepas, empanadas, tortas along with various salsas and other condiments. Desserts that you may have a chance to try include dulce de leche, alfajor, rice pudding, tres leches cake, teja and flan. You may also have a chance to try and experience beverages such as horchata, chicha, mate, hibiscus tea, cacao and aguas frescas.

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.

Participating Restaurants:

Chicha Restaurant

136 East Broadway. Vancouver

Web: http://chicharestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @ChichaVancouver

Cuisine: Peruvian

GUANACO FOOD TRUCK

2148 Main Street (in front of Brassneck Brewery -for our event)

Web: http://www.guanaco.ca/

Twitter: @guanacotruck

Cuisine: Salvadoran

SAL Y LIMON

Unit #5, 701 Kingsway (at Fraser)

Web: http://www.salylimon.ca/

Twitter: @Salylimonvan

Cuisine: Mexican

LAS TORTAS

3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Web:  http://www.lastortas.ca/

Twitter: @LASTORTAS

Cuisine: Mexican

LA MEZCALERIA

1622 Commercial Drive

Web: http://lamezcaleria.ca/

Twitter: @LaMezcaleriaYVR

Cuisine: Mexican

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EL AZTECA MEXICAN KITCHEN & BAR 

1130 Mainland Street

Web: http://elaztecavancouver.com/

Twitter: @elaztecavan

Cusine: Mexican

More restaurants to be announced soon


Purchase Tickets Here:

Early-Bird Tickets: $25 per person before May 31, 2014

Advance Tickets: $40 per person after May 31, 2014

Regular Tickets $50 per person after June 23, 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.

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Tasting Plates West 4th edition

Tasting Plates West 4th Kitsilano Tickets on Sale

Going to Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates around town is always fun.  I am getting to try food from new restaurants to me, and that I would want to visit in the future.  Here is the latest Tasting Plates, coming up on Oct 6 in Kitsilano.  Details from Vancouver Foodster are below.  Get your tickets soon before they sell out.

FYI, I’ve eaten at the Guanaco Food Truck and they make really tasty Salvadorian food.

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Tasting Plates West 4th editionPrepare to experience some of the newest and tastiest offerings on Sunday October 6 from 4 pm to 9 pm as Vancouver Foodster, Vancouver’s essential online food and drink guide, presents Tasting Plates West 4th in the Kitsilano neighborhood.This event is the highlight of Feast of 4th, as part of their 13 day restaurants festival in their neighborhood.


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, deli & food trucks, throughout the event and they will by moped, bike, driving, walking, roller skates, skateboarding or carpooling. around the 4th Avenue neighborhood from Burrard to Vine..

  • 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

Registration: In the Registration Tent on the SE corner of 4th Ave & Yew -this is where guests will show us their printed or digital tickets and will pick up their Tasting Plates Map Cards.

Participating restaurants

O5 RARE TEA BAR 

2208 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://o5tea.com/

Twitter: @O5Tea

Cuisine: Tea Tasting Bar

Obsessively Sourced, Terroir-Based Tea. O stands from our obsession with Origin. We travel the world learning about the soil on which our tea grows and the people who care for it. Because healthier, better earth yields the teas that we want to share. 5 represents nature’s elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Void. In harmony, these elements express the best qualities that each terroir gives to tea.

ROMER’S BURGER BAR 

1873 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

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.

GUANACO FOOD TRUCK

Location during event – TBA

Web: http://www.guanaco.ca/

Twitter: @guanacotruck

Cuisine: Salvadoran

Guanaco food truck specializing in a Salvadorian staple food, “Pupusas” which is a thick handmade corn tortilla filled with your choice of: cooked pork, chicken, and season beans, mixture of fresh cheeses and seasoned fresh vegetables, Pupusas are an excellent choice for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Guanaco’s food is fresh and sourced locally.

LAS MARGARITAS RESTAURANT 

1999 West 4th Avenue

Web: http://www.lasmargaritas.com/

Twitter: @LasMargaritasBC

Cuisine: Mexican

Serving food more from the north of Mexico, Baja and California.

JACKSON’S MEATS & DELI

2214 West 4th Avenue

Web: http://www.jacksonsmeatanddeli.com/

Twitter:@Jacksons4thAve

Cuisine: Meat store and Deli

Jackson’s Meats & Deli is unique from its competition in that it is the oldest Meat Market in Vancouver.  Jackson’s boasts six generations of butchers starting in Maidenhead, England in 1856, and has been a part of Vancouver’s heritage since 1911.

DONER KEBAB

1956 West 4th Avenue

Web: http://www.donerkebab.ca/

Twitter: @DonerKebabVan

Cuisine: Mediterranean

More restaurants: to be announced within the next couple of days, watch for updates on twitter @TastingPlates and @Vanfoodster

How To Purchase Tickets

Tickets are available for purchase online at https://tastingplateswest4th.eventbrite.com/

Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $120 for a 4 pak of tickets or $162 for a 6 pak of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pak or a 6 pak). Regular Tickets $50 per person after October 1, 2013.
Note: Eventbrite fee and gst is extra on all tickets purchased online.

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants/eateries throughout the event along with a swag gift bag. (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).