Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks Vol 15 – recap

Tuesday night, Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks Volume 15 “From Your Roots” brought food enthusiasts together at Pacific Restaurant Supply.  Attendees gathered early in the Pacific Restaurant Supply Test Kitchen, a unique and surprising food preparation and service, event space atop the restaurant supplies showroom.  Snacking on Cannolis and other baked delights from Italia Bakery and Milano Coffee, guests mingled amongst themselves and the speakers before they spent the evening listening and learning about the food roots of the five presenters.

For Food Talks, Vancouver Foodster always reaches out to his vast network of chefs and food purveyors, and Volume 15 was another impressive line-up of speakers;

Speakers at Food Talks Vol 15 include;

Jason Gilron – President, Pacific Restaurant Supply

Ian Bruce – Founder, Umaluma Gelato

Paul Grunberg – co-owner L’Abbatoir and Osteria Savio Volpe

Caren McSherry – Founder, The Gourmet Warehouse

Brian Turko – Owner & Master Roaster, Milano Coffee

In discussing their roots in the food industry, a common theme for most of the speakers was that their current positions in the food industry came to them after trying other ventures or as a way out from things in their life that weren’t working.  Caren McSherry worked as a Flight Attendant, picking up a love for food from around the world,  while Jason Gilron worked in kitchens until marriage and children prompted a move to more family friendly work hours. Ian Bruce went from fisheries to IT to film industry before finding a passion for Gelato.  Paul Grunberg found a natural affinity to food and cooking while struggling with academics and Brian Turko went from welfare to master roaster. From all their journeys we can discover that it’s never too late to find your passion and pursue it.  Surely a lesson everyone can apply to their lives.

Food Talks is just one of the plethora of foodie events put on by Vancouver Foodster, upcoming Tasting Plates North Van Brunch is coming up on November 25th, Vancouver Foodster Burger Challenge is on until Sunday and Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market – a night of tasting takes place December 6th. For more information visit



Food Talks Vol 15 coming November 7th

One of the most interesting food events in the city returns this November, Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks.

Themed “From Your Roots”, Food Talks Vol 15 takes place November 7th at Pacific Restaurant Supply. Meet and mingle with other food fans and spend the evening listening to notables from Vancouver’s food scene.

Speakers at Food Talks Vol 15 include;

Jason Gilron – President, Pacific Restaurant Supply
Gilron shares his years of experience in food preparation

Ian Bruce – Founder, Umaluma Gelato
Umaluma brings a healthy alternative to the ice cream scene with their non-dairy gelato

Brian Turko – Owner & Master Roaster, Milano Coffee
Turko uses brings his family’s rich coffee history in his pursuit of the perfect blend

Paul Grunberg – co-owner L’Abbatoir and Osteria Savio Volpe
Restaurateur and host brings his experience at some of the city’s top dining rooms to his own properties.

Caren McSherry – Founder, The Gourmet Warehouse
A fixture in Vancouver’s food scene, McSherry has been instrumental in bringing gourmet food to the general public.

After the speakers talk, host Richard Wolak, Founder of Vancouver Foodster, Tasting Plates and Food Talks will lead the panel for a question and answer session.

Food Talks Vol 15 “From Your Roots” takes place November 7th, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, at Pacific Restaurant Supply, 1020 E Cordova St. Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite.

Picks of the Week – November 2, 2016

Halloween has come and gone, and this weekend Daylight Saving Time ends giving us that precious extra hour of sleep or time for the picks of the week

Learn: Tonight at Vancouver Aquarium, celebrate Ocean Wise Month learning about the Sustainable Food Chain at Food Talks: From Boat to Table 

Laughs: Tonight, Irish comedian-actor Dylan Moran brings his Off The Hook comedy tour to the Vogue Theatre

Songstress: Local singer/songwriter Hannah Georgas plays the Commodore Ballroom on Wednesday night

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Bakersfield Mist continues until November 20th at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage.


Empire of the Son
Empire of the Son

Trio: At The Cultch, three shows are running this week; in partnership with Diwali Fest, The Elephant Hunter plays until Saturday, The Piano: A Concert Catastrophe closes Sunday, and Empire of the Sun runs until November 13th.

Tea: Saturday at Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, experience The 2016 Vancouver Tea Festival from 10am – 6pm

MissBard: At the Firehall Arts Centre, the Richardson Award Winning Miss Shakespeare runs from November 5 – 26th

Touchdown: The BC Lions regular season wraps up Saturday with a visit from the Saskatchewan Roughriders at BC Place

Supper: Saturday evening, the Fillmore Family Foundation presents the 17th and Final Prairie Fairies Fowl Supper at the Hellenic Centre

Queens: Spend Saturday night with your favourite tipsy Auntie Shanda at Studio with Shanda at XY YVR, this week featuring special guest Vicky Vox

Gear: For the first time, The Odyssey Nightclub welcomes Montreal’s Testosterone Gear party on Saturday night

Popera: Modern classical pop group Il Divo performs on Sunday night at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Fisherman: Rapper Mac Miller and his multiple alter-egos take to the stage at the Vogue Theatre on Sunday night.

Tasting Plates Chinatown coming up November 23rd

tastingplate_chinatown_2016_x250Now is the time to get your early bird tickets for Tasting Plates Chinatown, coming November 23rd.  Presented by Vancouver Foodster, the neighbourhood food tour explores Chinatown’s diverse restaurant scene.

Like all Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates, patrons will check in and collect their Tasting Plates card and map, then set out on foot, bike or by car around Chinatown.

Some of the participating restaurants include:

Pacific Poke : 625 Main Street
Klaus’s Kaffe Haus : 291 E. Pender Street
Lisa Lou’s Chocolate Bar : 1007 Main Street
Bodega On Main : 1014 Main Street
Treasure Green Tea : 227 E Georgia Street
Propaganda Coffee : 209 E Pender Street

Tasting Plates Chinatown Early Bird Tickets are on sale now on Eventbrite for $33 before November 10th, $45 after, then $60 after November 20th or in Person at Tasting Plates check-in.

Get your tickets, grab your friends and fellow foodies and we’ll see you in Chinatown on November 23rd.

Also coming up from Vancouver Foodster, On November 2nd, learn about Ocean Wise month at Food Talks: Volume 14, From Boat to Table: The Sustainable Seafood Chain

Food Talks Vol 13 – recap

Tuesday night, Vancouver Foodster presented Food Talks Vol 13, the latest edition of the interactive educational food lecture series.

Hosted by Sage Bistro at UBC, the topic of the evening was UBC’s food services and how the institution operates 40+ food establishments, catering services and handles 54,000 people on campus every day.

Starting off the evening, Sage Bistro treated guests to a beautifully presented selection of local charcuterie, cheeses, crudités and small-bites.

Then the speakers;

Colin Moore, Director of UBC Food Services who gave an overview of the far reaching work the Food Services division does on Campus.

Professor David Kitts; Professor,  Food Science, Food Chemistry and Toxicology, Food Nutrition and Health, Faculty of Land and Food Systems spoke on the Food Sciences faculty and how its program researches and educates students on Food Security and Safety 

Vicki Wakefield; Purchasing Manager – Student Housing & Hospitality Services talked about how her purchasing decisions play a roll in the sustainability of Food Services programs as well supporting local business and subtly instilling these habits in students too

Véronik Campbell; Academic Programs Manager at the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm discussed the variety of work the Farm does with multi-generations learning production and sustainable farm methods along with its integral part of the UBC Food Services supply chain.

Chef David Speight discussed how all of the program’s pieces fit together to create the optimal end products and experiences for diners and customers.

Together the speakers told a complete story of how UBC Food Services works to create a first class customer experience, educate consumers and students and be a part of the wider community beyond the campus.



Food Talks – Vol 13 : UBC – October 27, 2015

Food TalksIt’s been a while since the last Food Talks so it’s time for a fall edition of Vancouver Foodster’s food education series.

Food Talks Volume 13, takes place October 27, 2015 at UBC’s Sage Restaurant.  This evening allows foodies and their friends to mingle and learn about the UBC food, nutrition and hospitality services. Start the evening with appetizers by Chef Christopher Krogh and Chef David Speight of Sage Restaurant, followed by a line-up of speakers and educators.

Hosted by Vancouver Foodster, Richard Wolak the evening’s speakers include:

David Speight : Executive Chef, UBC Food Services

Colin Moore : Director, UBC Food Services

Victoria Wakefield : Purchasing Manager, UBC Student Housing & Hospitality Services

David D. Kitts :  Professor,  Food Science, Food Chemistry and Toxicology, Food Nutrition and Health, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Véronik Campbell : Academic Coordinator, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm

Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite – Adults $16 / UBC Students $8

Food Talks Vol 12 – April 27

Food TalksSpring is here and with the coming growing season it’s time for a new season of Food Talks.

Food Talks Volume 12 hosted by Vancouver Foodster, Richard Wolak, is coming up next week, bringing a new cycle of great speakers to discuss their food based businesses and relation to the local food chain.

This edition of Food Talks welcomes;

Peter Van Stolk, CEO – SPUD (Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery), online grocery store. 

Dominique and Cindy Duby – Chefs and Co-Owners Wild Sweets, Canada’s only science-based artisan cocoa bean-to-bar chocolate-maker

Takayuki Omi – Chef at The Raw Bar, sushi restaurant at the Fairmont Pacific Rim

Barbara-jo McIntosh – Author and Owner of Barbara-jo’s Books to Cooks located in Vancouver’s Armoury District

Loren Taves – Owner, Taves Family Farms and Applebarn Pumpkin Farm, Abbotsford based artisan vegetable growers and Apple Cidery 

Join other foodies and friends at Momento Coffee House, 577 Great Northern Way, on April 27, 2015 and listen to the distinguished panel discuss Perfectionism in our Food CommunityFood Talks Volume 12 begins at 6:30pm for mixing and mingling over light refreshments before the speaker’s talks at 7:15 followed by a Q&A session.  Tickets are on sale for $20 online now at Eventbrite