Tasting Plates East Village – May 18, 2016

tastingplate_eastvillage_x250The East Village, along Hastings Street from Clark to Renfrew, is home to a wide variety of food and beverage purveyors. In the few blocks you can taste the world from butchers and bakers, tacos to tapas, with coffee houses and breweries thrown in too.

The heart of East Van for over a Century, the East Village’s long history has developed a rich collection of businesses. Tasting Plates East Village will introduce diners to a selection of these eateries on May 18th.  As with all Tasting Plates events, tasting platers will check in and receive a map card that will guide them through the ‘hood.

Participating restaurants confirmed so far include:

Nonna’s Table at The Waldorf, 1489 E. Hastings St
Windsor Meats, 2276 E. Hastings St
Di Olivia, 2632 E. Hastings St
Italia Bakery, #104-2828 E. Hastings St
Cannoli King, Food Truck
The Brighton, 2471 E. Hastings St

Early Bird Tickets for Tasting Plates East Village are on sale now from Eventbrite.  $29 per person until April 14, 2016
Advance Tickets, after April 14th, $40 per person until May 15th
Regular Tickets $55 per person



Friday Find: Odd Society Crème de Cassis

East Village Distilled
East Village Distilled

On Powell Street, in Vancouver’s East Village, Odd Society is a small-batch distillery bringing together Old World techniques with New World ingredients.
Odd Society Crème de Cassis is one of the most distinct spirits in their line-up, which also features; East Van Vodka, Wallflower Gin, and Canadian Single Malts.

Vodka, Gin, Vermouth & Creme de Cassis
Vodka, Gin, Vermouth & Creme de Cassis

Crème de Cassis is a rich, dark, sweet liqueur  made with BC Blackcurrants from a secret recipe by fames Master Chef Hervé Martin.  Combining the classic French recipe with the freshness of quality BC produce Odd Society Crème de Cassis creates a warm but fresh palate.  The smooth red liqueur makes a nice sipping drip but the sweet syrupy texture and flavour would also make a great dessert topping, over ice cream or fruit.

Odd Society Crème de Cassis is available from the Odd Society Tasting Room at  1725 Powell Street and from local private liquor stores visit their website to find retailers.
375ml bottle is $22 from the Tasting Room
Tasting Room hours:
Thursday 1-7 pm, Friday & Saturday 1-10:30 pm,  Sunday 1-6 pm

Friday Find: Di Olivia Tasting Bar

DiOlivia_2015-03-11, 21 55 16In the midst of Vancouver’s East Village you’ll find a new bar, but it’s not just any bar, Di Olivia Tasting Bar offers more than 50 varieties of extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars for sale and sample.

Rows of fusti (stainless steel drums) line the walls interspersed with dishes, dips and other Olive Oil based products and accessories. The airtight fusti keep the olive oils and balsamic vinegars at an even temperature and make sure light doesn’t affect the fluids so when you’re sampling it tastes as fresh as the first day.  Available in small, medium and large bottles to take home, your purchases are dispensed straight from the drum, corked and sealed right away for you to take home to enjoy.

Visit the Di Olivia Tasting Bar to try some of the amazing flavours and blends; fruit, chocolate, peppers and spices will whet your palate and inspire all sorts of uses. Owner Lise is a wealth of information on the combinations and recipes to come from the products.

Di Olivia Tasting Bar is located in the heart of the East Village at 2632 East Hasting Street. Visit diolivia.ca to find out more about the bar.

Tasting Plates East Village recap

Last night hungry diners gathered at Pallet Coffee to begin their evening of exploring the flavours of Vancouver Foodster‘s Tasting Plates: East Village edition. The neighbourhood around Hastings and Nanaimo Streets is filled with tastes that awaited the Tasting Platers.

Picking up our Tasting Plate cards at Pallet Coffee Roasters guests were welcomed with a multi-course tasting plate including a savoury sandwich of Beef Brisket topped with remoulade, caramelized onions and gruyere served alongside a Spinach & Wild Mushroom Salad with goat cheese, pecans and egg.  A second plate included the Tasting Cup of either Americano or Cortado with a double baked Almond Croissant and a Rosemary Parmesan Scone.

Next we headed up to Renfrew Cafe, a quiet little family place serving up Okanagan Beef and local Kimchi Pie along with a classic Apple Pie. The warm pastry pockets contrast by the chilled Taiwanese Tea.

Back on Hastings, the newly opened Di Olivia Tasting Bar was overwhelming with choice. With over 50 extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars to sample and savour it was hard to pick a favourite.  Owner Lisa Funaro had also created a number of flavour combinations and dips using the Olive Oils to show the versatility of the oils.

Next up was Platform 7, where the funky rail-themed cafe served a choice of Espresso, Americano or Cortado and a selection of neighbourhood made cookies from Gluten-Free Epicurean, Black Rock Bakehouse and East Village Bakehouse.

Up the block Windsor Meats tempted Tasters with a rich bowl filled with a House-Made Biryani Meatball (chicken, pork, basmati, spices, vegetables) heaped with Butter Chicken Sauce and an edible Nasturtium.

Across the street, the funky and bustling Jackalope Neighbourhood Dive serviced up the kind of comfort food you’d expect your ‘local’ to serve; Smoked Ham on Buttermilk Chive Whipped Potatoes & Roasted Asparagus served with a Cornbread and Pimento Cheese.

Finally our nightcap came from a quartet of shots from the bottles at Odd Society Spirits; East Van Vodka, Wallflower Gin, Bittersweet Vermouth and Crème de Cassis.  Sipped in progression the four made a progression from potent punch to sweet syrup.

As with all Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates editions there was newly discovered location and flavours from familiar favourites.

Visit vancouverfoodster.com for to watch for the next Tasting Plates and check out the current Vancouver Foodster Pizza Challenge on now (which I’m privileged to be judging so watch my instagram for tasty pics)

Tasting Plates East Village coming March 11th

tastingplate_march2015_webgrxTake a trip to the East Village with Tasting Plates on March 11th. Your travelling taste buds will thank you for it as they venture through the village.  The neighbourhood surrounding Hastings and Nanaimo streets is home a diverse selection of tastes. Tasting Plates East Village  early bird tickets are on sale now, just $29 until Wednesday February 18th.

Tasters will check in at Pallet Coffee Roasters to receive their Tasting Plates Card and then venture off to explore the flavours of the neighbourhood.

For the restaurant list, more details & to buy tickets for Tasting Plates East Village visit eventbrite.ca .

Early-bird tickets until February 18th – $29
Advance Tickets – $45
Regular Tickets – $55

Tasting Plates heads East!

tastingplates_1_bThe next edition of Tasting Plates, presented by Vancouver Foodster, heads to Vancouver’s East Village neighbourhood. Restaurants centered around the Nanaimo and Hastings Street area, will take part in the food event on November 27th from 6:30 to 9:30. Each of the eateries will offer up a tasting plate from their menu.  While tasting their plates participants can mingle amongst other food lovers, chat with the Chefs and learn about each restaurant.
After visiting the registration location, diners are free to roam between the restaurants at their leisure, dine and network across the neighbourhood. Tickets include a tasting plate at each location and some included beverages (drinks will also be available for purchase at most places)

Early-Bird tickets for Tasting Plates East Village are on sale now for just $24.50 / person until October 31, 2013. After October 31st tickets are $40 until November 22nd when regular priced tickets are $50.