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.