It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as Vancouver Foodster has launched the 4th Pizza Challenge with restaurants all around the region, from Squamish to to Coquitlam, have signed up to participate. Until April 29th, the public is invited to get out and try any or all of the pizza creations then vote for their favourites to help choose the Pizza Challenge winner.
Once again participating restaurants have been challenged to create a new pizza for the challenge or feature a perfect classic pie from their existing menu. The chefs were advised that the criteria voters will consider when tasting is originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.
In addition to the public vote, a trio of media judges will be tasting the Pizza Challenge entries to choose the Judges Choice Winner.
The Media Judges are:
Tara Lee : Writer for Inside Vancouver and other publications. Twitter: @VanGlutton Instagram @vanglutton
David Grange : Blogger for BCFoodieBlogger Twitter: @BCfoodieblogger Instagram: @BCfoodieblogger
Josh Boettcher : Blogger for josheats.com Twitter: @josheatstweets Instagram @itsjosheats
Some of the participating restaurants in the Vancouver Foodster Pizza Challenge are:
Pizza Pizza Pizza! Early bird tickets are on sale now for Vancouver Foodster’s 3rd Annual Pizza Palooza. Get your fill of great pies as you explore Vancouver’s pizzerias and experience the different styles of pizza and flatbreads from across the world.
A roaming food tour, Pizza Palooza invites food lovers and friends to meet up and register at the to-be-designated restaurant, pick up their Pizza Palooza passport then set off and find what great tastes the participating restaurants are offering for the guests. From Neapolitan to Roman to NY-Style and even South Indian and Lebanese are some of the flavours to find upon the tossed and stretched dough.
The restaurants featured on the 3rd Annual Pizza Palooza include;
Find more details about the restaurants and get tickets online Tickets for Pizza Palooza are on sale online from Eventbrite Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before February 11, 2018 Advance Tickets $45 per person after February 11, 2018 Regular $60 per person after February 18, 2018
Go flat out this June! Get out and taste your way around the world on The Vancouver Foodster Flatbread Challenge. A diverse range of restaurants are participating in this month’s food challenge, which runs from June 4 – June 25, 2014.
The restaurants have created a new flatbread dishes to add to their menu, the public are encouraged to head out and try the dishes then vote on their favourite. When voting, keep these in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste. You can vote for your favourites once per day throughout the Challenge, voting ends on June 26, 2014 with the winner of the People’s Choice will be announced following the close of competition.
As with recent Vancouver Foodster Challenges, there will be a panel of 4 media judges selecting their choices for favourite Flatbread. I have the privilege of being included in the panel for this Challenge along with;
Freelance journalist and broadcaster, and unapologetic glutton, Tara Lee. Twitter: @VanGlutton
Breakfast Television’s movie reviewer and entertainment host on CityTV in Vancouver, Thor Daikow. Twitter: @thordiakow
Radio & Television personality, Weather Anchor on CTV BC, Zahra Alani. Twitter: @ZahraAlani
The Flatbread Challenge participating restaurants are:
Tasting Plates: Main Street edition brought out Vancouver’s food fans and friends out on a beautiful, warm spring night to taste their way around the East Side neighbourhood, from Broadway to King Edward.
Check in started the evening at Tapas 23, the popular spot was already busy, so upon recommendation of Catherine at the desk, Billy and I ventured on to the next stops first.
Shaktea was our first stop. The tea lounge, now under new ownership, was filled of the aromas of teas brewed for the event: French Ear Grey (served hot), Ginger Lemon Herbal Tea and African Dream Rooibos (both served cold). Both cold teas were perfectly refreshing for a warm evening and the French Earl Grey was unique enough that I bought a tin to take home. Shaktea also offered Tasters a couple of tea infused bites Chocolate chilli, Earl Grey infused fudge brownies (a sweet and spicy snack) and Matcha date balls (gluten free and full flavoured).
Near the corner of Broadway and Main, Rosemary Rock Salt is a Montreal style bagelry. The handmade bagels are fresh out of the brick oven at the back of the room, topped with an array of accompaniments; cream cheese, lox, Montreal smoked meat and more. For something sweet, their rugolach pastries are a great snack on its own or a nice ending to your meal.
Miura Waffle Milk Bar is an Asian style waffle sandwich bar it a unique blend of sweet and savoury, often in the same bite. Light waffle “Sandos” (from Sandowicchi, Japanese for sandwich) filled with Karaage, Bulgogi, Hoisin sit alongside Nori natchos with sweet fruit toppings or fresh salsa.
Al fresco pizza was the order at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. Crispy crusted Farmers Market Pizza was topped with balsamic marinated rhubard and chard, pesto and goat cheese. The Naturally Meaty flatbread offered up spicy beef, Italian sausage, veggies and asiago cheese.
One of the great features of Tasting Plates is finding unique dining options and food shops in the neighbourhoods visited. Main Street Honey Shoppe is not somewhere I’d imagine finding tasty bites, but in addition to a wide variety of bottles honey, honey food products and beauty aids there was fresh honeycomb served on cheese, honey almond cake, cheese brownie with honey served from the honey bakery cafe.
Back to the beginning, we returned to Tapas 23 to close off the evening. Seated in a beautifully, landscaped, patio in the back of the restaurant, serenaded by live guitar music and served great tapas it was an amazing oasis on busy Main Street. The Tasting Plate included; Braised Pork ‘Bombas’, Potato crusted chicken wings, Bruselas (crispy, cooked brussell sprouts) and Albondigas (meat ball with roasted red pepper and sundried tomato).