It’s Tasting Plates Vancouver 5th Anniversary! Get Your Tickets.

It is hard to believe that Tasting Plates has been around for 5 years.  It seems like only yesterday that Richard @vanfoodster started these very successful events, but it is true.  In addition to Tasting Plates he has also been offering Brunch Crawls during Dine Out Vancouver.  Congratulations to Richard on his ongoing success.  Come and enjoy the 5th Anniversary Tasting Plates with Richard, and of course me!  Here is the announcement.

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Join us and celebrate our 5th Anniversary of Tasting Plates and tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in downtown Vancouver. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday March 8 from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates and Tasting Cups 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.

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!

Registration: Marquis Wine Cellars – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Passports and menus.

Participating Restaurants and Establishments:

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Patron Tacos & Cantina

265 Robson Street

Tel: 604-558-3368

Web: http://www.patrontc.com/

Twitter: @patrontc

Instagram @patrontc

Cuisine: Mexican

Relaxed, modern eatery serving contemporary Mexican fare & specialty margaritas.

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Ten Ten Tapas

1010 Beach Avenue #3

Tel: (604) 689-7800

Web: www.TenTenTapas.com

Twitter: @TenTenTapas

Instagram: @tententapas

Unique small plates, entrees, cocktails & live jazz in a refined space with waterfront seating.

Tartine Bread and Pies

1069 Davie Street

Web: http://tartine.ca/davie-street/

Twitter: @tartinebnp

Cuisine: Bakery and eatery

Inspired and imagined by Jo-Ann, the bakery is simply an extension of her love for people and food. Muffins, breads, tarts and treats. Our menu is full of variety. We cater lunch functions with hearty sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries.

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Marquis Wine Cellars

1034 Davie Street

Twitter: @MarquisWineCell

Web: http://www.marquis-wines.com/

Cuisine: Wine store

For the wine collector or wine aficionado you can visit the cellar which offers high end bottles of wine from all over the world, perfect for that special occasion whatever that may be. The stores website is a valuable resource as well such as the information on Food and Wine pairing, personally I love the section showcasing the Best of BC that features wines from all over British Columbia.

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Meinhardt Fine Foods

609 Granville Street

Web: https://www.meinhardtfinefoods.com/

Twitter: @MeinhardtFoods

Instagram: @meinhardtfinefoods

Cuisine: Specialty foods

Meinhardt Fine Foods offers imported food products from around the world, including a large selection of prepared foods in the deli case.


Saj & Co.

813 Davie Street

Web: https://www.facebook.com/sajco

Twitter: @Sajnco

Cuisine: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

Home style freshly baked lebanese saj breads with a fine selected natural ingredient mixes blended live on the saj top.

 

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before January 31, 2017.

Advance Tickets $45 per person after January 31, 2017

Regular $60 per person after March 1, 2017

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 at least 48 hours in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Participating restaurants subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

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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

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

West End Brunch Crawl on January 19 – Get Your Tickets

Westend brunch crawl

Westend brunch crawl

Dine Out Van Fest does brunch! Presented by Vancouver Foodster and the West End BIA, this new event is sure to please anyone who loves Sunday brunch! Visit over 8 restaurants through-out the West End neighbourhood of Vancouver and taste all sorts of dishes on this unique food crawl. Using your “passport” as your guide, you will enjoy everything from fresh juices, smoothies and coffees, to eggs benny, pancakes, French toast, omelettes, pulled port, bacon, seafood, desserts and so much 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 mingling brunch event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.

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

Time: 10am – 2pm

Participating venues include some of the West End’s finest dining establishments including:

Marquis Wine Cellars

1034 Davie Street

Twitter: @MarquisWineCell

Web: http://www.marquis-wines.com/

Cuisine: Wine store <a wonderful wine store. Check out the Specialty room!>

Buckstop

833 Denman Street

Web: http://www.buckstop.ca/

Twitter: @BuckstopDenman

Cuisine: Barbq

1789 Restaurant

1789 Comox Street

Web: http://www.1789.ca/

Twitter: @1789Restaurant

Cuisine: Steak Seafood

WE. Coffee Inc.

1696 Robson Street

Twitter @WECoffeeInc

Web : www.wecoffeeroaster.com

Cuisine: cafe

Le Parisien

751 Denman Street

Web: http://www.leparisien.ca/

Twitter:@leparisienyvr

Cuisine: French <a wonderful French restaurant. Recommended.>

Just Juice

1107 Davie Street

Web: http://www.just-juice.com/

Twitter: @justjuicebar

Cuisine: Juice and smoothies

Central Bistro

1072 Denman Street

Web: http://www.centralbistro.com/

Twitter: @Centralbistro

Cuisine: Westcoast

Milestones Denman

1210 Denman Street

Web: http://www.milestonesrestaurants.com/

Twitter: @MSDenmanStreet

Cuisine: Westcoast

De Dutch Pannekoek House

1725 Robson Street

Web: http://www.dedutch.com/

Twitter: @dedutch

Cuisine: Dutch

 Event details here 

Registration: Marquis Wine Cellars -this is where you will show us your tickets and will pick up your Dining Passport Map Cards

This event takes place during the Dine Out Festival 2014 presented by Tourism Vancouver.

Vancouver Food Talks Vol 10 – Talk about Wine!

Vancouver Foodster's Food Talks Vol. 10

Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks Vol. 10

This is the tenth event in this Food Talks series! Come join us to meet and mingle with other foodies, and to hear some enlightening speakers from the food community.

Food Talks goes WINE Talks for this edition! Our speakers will touch on all aspects of the wine industry including British Columbia and beyond. You will also have a chance to learn from some industry supporting organizations.

Theme: WINE

Our Speakers Line-up:

  1. Sid Cross – is the Honorary President globally for The International Wine & Food Society and does a weekly posting on their site (blog.iwfs.org)
  2. David Schoelfeld – David was senior wine buyer for the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB), where he earned a global reputation for his ability to shepherd allocations of the world’s finest wines onto the shelves of BC liquor stores. He now is a valued member of the Okanagan Crush Pad team.
  3. Michaela Morris & Michelle Boufard – Michelle is an instructor for the International Sommelier Guild and is a regular guest on French CBC radio. Michaela is a gradate and a guest lecturer for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s (WSET) Diploma Programme.
  4. Tim Pawsey – writes, tweets and shoots his own images for columns in the Vancouver Courier and North Shore News. He also contributes to WHERE Vancouver magazine, as well as to several other publications.
  5. John Clerides – John opened Marquis Wine Cellars in 1986. He has travelled extensively though Australia, Washington, Oregon, California, Italy, Spain, France and Austria, sourcing unique, flavourful, undiscovered wines.

Location: Vancouver Urban Winery

The Evening: Enjoy a wonderful line-up of speakers who will talk about themselves and their passion related to the wine community. There will be a Q & A where you will have a chance to ask questions and engage with the speakers along with a draw for prizes (*Wine, beer, and other beverages will be available for purchase).

Tickets

Early Bird Tickets: $12 per person before November 12
Advance Tickets: $20 per person before November 30
Regular Tickets: $25 per person after November 30 and at the door
Note: Eventbrite fee and gst is extra on all tickets purchased online.

Buy Tickets via Eventbrite:

https://foodtalksvolume10.eventbrite.ca/

Note: Limited tickets available. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however they are transferrable with printed proof of ticket. ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc

Raise a Glass to BC’s Blue Mountain Winery – Free Tastings

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars

I like to pass along info to everyone about free wine tastings, and this one is special because Blue Mountain makes a very nice sparkling wine, that I hope you get a chance to try.  Enjoy and maybe clink a glass with me!

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Raise a Glass to BC’s Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars at TWO Complimentary Tastings & Bottle Signings

May 29, 2012 (Vancouver, BC) – Taste premium wines from BC’s Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars at two FREE consumer tastings.  The events will occur on Thursday, June 7 2012 at Everything Wine’s North Vancouver location and Friday June 8 at Marquis Wine Cellars in downtown Vancouver.  Blue Mountain winemaker Matt Mavety will be on hand to share his passion for the wines and their place of origin.

Wines featured at the tastings will include:

  • Blue Mountain Brut Sparkling Wine
  • 2010 Blue Mountain Pinot Gris
  • 2010 Blue Mountain Chardonnay
  • 2010 Blue Mountain Pinot Noir

 

Thursday, June 7 2012
4:00 – 6:00pM
Everything Wine
998 Marine Drive, North Vancouver

Friday, June 8 2012
4:00 – 6:00pm
Marquis Wine Cellars

1034 Davie Street, Vancouver

 About Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars

Located in BC’s South Okanagan, Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars is distinctive among Canadian wineries in that all its wines are produced exclusively from grapes grown on the estate’s vineyards.  Ian Mavety purchased the land which is now Blue Mountain Vineyard in 1971.  Current owners Ian, Jane, Matt, and Christie Mavety continue to work to realize the potential of the region, utilizing sustainable farming methods and winemaking practices.  Blue Mountain produces complex, age-worthy varietal wines that are consistent in style while allowing the expression of both the terroir and the individual growing season.

Free South African Wine Tasting at Marquis Wine Cellars on Sunday

Sorry for the short notice, but there is a FREE tasting of South African wines at Marquis Wine Cellars downtown, tomorrow 2-5pm (Sunday, Oct 2).  Here is the announcement.  Enjoy!

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On Sunday, October 2 2011, Marquis Wine Cellars will offer Vancouverites a chance to taste wines from South Africa’s Post House and Mooiplaas wineries.  Consumers are welcome to stop by to sample the wines and meet winery representative Sarah Colman.

Post House and Mooiplaas are both located Stellenbosch, the country’s Stellenbosch premier viticultural region.  The two wineries share in the region’s rich history and have become international ambassadors for South Africa’s winemaking community. Winery representative Sarah Colman will be on hand at Marquis to introduce the wines and to answer questions about them.

 
Taste wines from South Africa’s Post House and Mooiplaas wineries
 
Sunday, October 2, 2011
2:00 – 5:00pm
Marquis Wine Cellars
1034 Davie Street, Vancouver
For more information please call 604-684-0445.

Marquis Wine Cellars Social Media Tasting Highlights!

Thank you very much to Mr. John Clerides, the owner of Marquis Wine Cellars, for opening up a variety of sparkling, white, and red wines for us, wine bloggers to try.  What wines did we get to try? There were 14 different wines, and I will outline here in this blog the ones that I liked the most.  These wines are all available at Marquis Wine Cellars, so feel free to go by their shop to pick up a bottle or two.

Onto the wines!  There was one sparkling wine in our tasting line-up which I quite enjoyed.  The Champagne Agrapart NV Terroirs Blanc de Blanc, France, ($54.90) is made solely from the Chardonnay grape.  This wine was medium lemon in colour.  Nice bready, lemon, and apple aromas.  Fine bubble with a dry mouthfeel.  Lemon and some sweet spice on the palate with a long lingering finish.

One white of note was the Lusco do Mino Albarino 2009, Rias Baixas, Galicia, Spain ($24.90).  Rias Baixas is a cooler region in the northwest area of Spain.  The Albarino grape produces a higher acid wine that is very aromatic.  This wine had a light flowery nose.  Light in body with lychee, almond, apple and spice on the palate.  Very tasty.

My second white wine pick was the Domaine Barmes-Buecher Pinot Gris 2006, Herrenweg, Alsace, France ($32.90). This Pinot Gris was quite a deep lemon colour.  Sweet apricot nose.  It smelled very much like an ice wine, with that same level of aromatic intensity. It was though medium body and dry on the palate, with marmalade and apricot flavour.  Quite impressive.

My last white wine choice was the Le Mont Bonnezeaux 2004, Loire Valley, France ($38.90).  Although the variety of grape is not obvious, coming from the Loire Valley, this was a Chenin Blanc.  Another deeply lemon coloured wine. This one had honey and some stone fruit on the nose.  Medium + body, a bit of sweetness.  Round mouthfeel with apple, mushroom, and oak flavours.  An unctus wine.

What about the red wines? My overall favorite was the Domino de Tares Cepas Viejas 2007, Bierzo, Spain ($29.90). This wine is made from the indigenous grape called Mencia. This grape grows in the cooler northwest corner of Spain.  It is a lower acid grape with red fruit aromas and flavours and earthy richness.  The Bierzo region is also being touted as the next Priorat of Spain!  This wine was A deep blackish purple in colour.  Vanilla and sweet black fruit on the nose.  Full body with medium tannins, sweet ripe black fruit, vanilla, with cinnamon spice on the mid palate.  Good acidity to balance the fruit and full body of this wine.  I hope we get to see more Spanish wines from Bierzo at the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival this April as Spain is the theme country!

My other red wine selection was the Domaine Roc des Anges Cepas Viejas 2006, Roussillon, France ($39.90). This is a blend with primarily carignan and I am guessing grenache noir, and syrah from my quick research on the web. This wine is dark garnet in the glass. Dried cherries, licorice, and dried herbs on the nose.  Full of flavour, with ripe cherries and a spicy mid palate.  Dry with medium tannins and medium length.

To go with all the wines at this evening’s tasting was a selection of cheeses from Benton Brothers Fine Cheese and assorted appetizers from Louis Gervais Fine Foods and Catering.