Get Early Bird Tickets For Tasting Plates Commercial Drive

East Vancouver’s Commercial Drive neighbourhood is a dining destination with a diverse restaurant scene, that welcomes exploration. Explore it for yourself on September 4, 2019 with Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates  Commercial Drive.   

As with all Tasting Plates, visitors will get to explore the neighbourhood with their friends and fellow foodies, while sampling the fare that Commercial Drive chefs have prepared for the evening.  Vancouver Foodster invites chefs to create a tasting plate of bites unique for the evening or curated from their menu. 

Tasting Platers will check in at the welcome desk to collect their Tasting Plates cards and maps then hit the streets with their taste buds at the ready.

Tasting Plates Commercial Drive on September 4th has so far included the following restaurants in the line-up;

Federico’s Supper Club: 1728 Commercial Drive
Grounds for Coffee: 2088 Commercial Drive
Fratelli Bakery: 1795 Commercial Drive

Watch for more restaurants to be added as the date nears.

Tickets are available now via Eventbrite (fees may apply)
Ultra Early-Bird tickets: $30 per person until August 9, 2019
Early-Bird Tickets: $36 per person after August 9, 2019
Advance Tickets $45 per person after August 23, 2019
Regular $60 per person after September 1, 2019

Tasting Plates Fraser & Main – recap

Last night Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates headed to Fraser & Main Streets for a roaming food tour of the diverse neighbourhood. Centred on Fraser and Main Streets, around King Edward, Tasting Plates patrons found something for everyone’s taste as they roamed the evening’s eateries. As with all Tasting Plates events, patrons will checked in to recieve at the fist stop – Main Street Honey Shoppe – to receive their Tasting Plates map. Then it was off to try each restaurant’s ‘tasting plate’ or ‘tasting cup’. Check out #TastingPlatesYVR on social media to see some of the other patron’s posts of their experience.

Tasting Plates Fraser & Main included the following establishment

The Main Street Honey Shoppe for a tasting of their wide variety of their own pure and natural honey, and honey products, produced by their own local beehives.
Nammos Estiatorio, brought us a taste of Greece with their trio of flavours: Zucchini & Cheese Fritter, Keftes (grilled Greek meatball), and Deep-Fried Pita topped with Tarama (fish roe paste)
Eclettico Art & Coffee, a calm, quaint cafe and gallery plated a pair of food and drink pairings; Apple & Triple Cream Brie Panino + Bacio Rosa (Italian Lemonade, Wildberry Puree & Lime drink), as well as an Espresso Shot + Torroncini biscuit

Quesava, brought a quartet of gluten-free plant-based treats to the table to highlight their delicious good-for-you, ethically sourced foods; Porky Empanada (vegetarian, filled with smoked, spiced jackfruit), Bruschetta (topped with eggplant, zucchini ratatouille & vegan cheese on sourdough), Garlic Cheese Popper (plant based baked bites), & Vanilla Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co, welcomed patrons with a glass of Sangria or fresh fruity Lemonade, then rolled out three slices of their handmade pizza fresh from the forno; Vegan Beyond Sausage (topped with Beyond Sausage, fresh veggies and balsamic reduction), Vegetarian Farmers Market (topped with today’s finds from the market – Kale, Rhubarb, Cherry Tomatoes, Pea Shoots), and Parma Flatbread (topped with Schinken Speck Ham, Mozzarella, Crimini Mushrooms, Mango and Arugula)

If this edition of Tasting Plates along Fraser & Main whet your appetite, why not check out an upcoming edition when Tasting Plates visits North Vancouver’s Lonsdale neighbourhood on June 12th, then Tasting Plates ventures to Richmond June 19th, or check out what’s new in the East Van Vegetarian scene on June 26th. Tickets are on sale now for all three events.

3rd Annual Pizza Palooza Corners Vancouver Pizza

Wednesday night, the snow was coming down but the pizza ovens were heating up Vancouver Foodster’s 3rd Annual Pizza Palooza.  Guests visited all corners of downtown Vancouver to try out some of the city’s pizzas and flatbreads.  From Neapolitan, to Lebanese, and Indian, to Roman, the ovens and flattops were cranking out the pies for the crowds of guests exploring the world of flavours.

To start off the night, the Pizza Palooza check-in location, Living Produce Aisle in Yaletown brought out some palate cleansing and healthy fresh juices made some some of their wholesome house-grown greens.


Then we were off, and pizza hunting.

One of Yaletown Davie Street’s newest spots Manoush’eh, is a recent winner of the Vancouver Foodster 2018 Flatbread Challenge, and you could taste why from their layers of Lebanese flavours in their offerings.  A dual serving of Falafel Flatbread (house-made falafel mix coated flatbread topped with tahini, tomatoes, pickled turnip and parsley) and Lahm be Ajeen (a thin crust, open face meat pie with organic spiced ground beef, with diced tomatoes and onion)


Just a couple blocks away, a traditional Neapolitan pizza becomes a one of a kind creation as a “You Build” pie from Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria.  Starting with a hand-stretched 6 inch dough we chose from dozens of sauces, meats, vegetable and cheese toppings before our own creations were fired into the stone oven.



Further along Davie Street, into the West End, Davie Dosa Company turned their Indian pancakes into Indian pizza by topping their dosa with curried lamb on one half and vegetables (bell peppers, tomato, carrot, cottage cheese and cilantro) on the other half.  Alongside a zesty lentil soup dip, coconut and tomato/ginger chutneys added more flavour to the Indian pizzas.

Crossing the city to Gastown, the recent addition to the neighbourhood, Ignite Pizzeria Express near Waterfront Station offered a pair of slices from their rotating selection of artisan Neapolitan style pizzas.  The Ignite crew was quickly turning out a variety of topping combinations hot from their oven, like Four Formaggi, Spicy Soppressata, Pesto Chicken, Fresh Ricotta and others.

Finally the original Gastown location of Stretch Roman Pizza Co. offered another pizza pair; Pancetta e Scamozza (pancetta parmigiano and smoked mozzarella) plus Caprese Pizza (bocconcini, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil) piled on their signature long stretched soft dough.

With the snow lightening up during the evening, the 3rd Annual Vancouver Foodster Pizza Palooza was a great evening of flavour exploration.  If this sounds appealing join the next Vancouver Foodster event, Tasting Plates Coquitlam coming March 14th

Noodle Mania 2016 Recap

Yesterday hundreds of hungry foodies slurped, sipped and supped on unique noodle dishes on Vancouver Foodster’s 3rd Noodle Mania event.

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Platform 7 – Kitsilano


Starting off at Platform 7 on Broadway, we checked in to pick up our Noodle Mania Map Cards and were served up a choice of coffee drinks with one of their house baked cookies.


On 4th Avenue in Kits, we found Linh Cafe for Vietnamese inspired French cooking. Chef served a choice of Pho Bo – Hanoi Breakfast, Beef Noodle Soup with braised beef flank and rice noodles or Pho Xao – vegetarian stir fried rice noodles with oyster mushrooms, marinated tofu and fresh herbs and greens.

Next up, we headed up to Bubble Waffle Cafe on West 41st in Kerrisdale, where the newly opened Hainanese quick food Cafe served two of their very tasty speciality soups.  House Special – Fish Soup with Rice Noodle, Beef, Fish Balls, Vietnamese Ham, Siu Choy and Bean Curds or House Laksa, spicy Singaporean Laksa with Chicken Soup, Fish Fillet, Enoki Mushrooms, Vietnamese Ham, Siu Choy and Bean Curd.

A crowded U & I Thai in Cambie Village was next, serving up a dynamic duo of U & I Spaghetti Kee Mao with Chicken – a bowl of pasta tossed in a flavourful oil and herb based sauce with chicken, and Guay Tieow Tom Kha Gai – Coconut, chicken noodle soup with broad noodles.

Crossing over to the West End, Che-Licious on Denman presented a Zen Salad Roll – a tightly wrapped tasty roll of Tofu, Carrots, Cucumber, Lettuce, Pickled Daikon, and Red Peppers as well a bowl of Beef Pho – a savoury hot bowl of pho with rare beef, beef balls, tendon, tripe and onions

Finally, the recently opened Grotto Italian (a sister restaurant to Buckstop, another West End fave), hidden below street level on the west end of Davie, wrapped up Noodle Mania.  A tasting plate of two of their house made pastas; Squash Ravioli in sage and brown butter alongside Pan-seared Gnocchi on smoked Chicken and Mushroom Ragout

The 3rd Vancouver Foodster Noodle Mania successfully introduced us to a number of new players in the City’s noodle / pasta scene and some new foodie friends along the way.

If this sounds like an event that’s up your alley, check out the upcoming Vancouver Foodster Neighbourhood Brunch Crawls, part of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, tickets are on sale now.


Dine Out Events – Palate Promenades-Granville Island Discoveries.

This Saturday Feb 1st, the last event of the 2014 Dine Out Vancouver Festival brought out a big crowd of participants to Granville Island.
Palate Promenades – Granville Island Discoveries, presented by Vancouver Foodster and Granville Island, was indeed a day of discovery. Granville Island is one of Vancouver’s most popular destinations for food, entertainment and arts, this event shone a spotlight on the many one-of-a-kind food and drink destinations.  A very large crowd lined up early at Granville Island Hotel to register and get tasting the island.
Billy (@billyforce) & I were early and got on our way around Granville Island and discovered a number of spots that we’d never tried before.

Dockside Chef RichardThe first stop was also in Granville Island Hotel, Dockside Lounge, where Chef Richard served up Dockside’s Legendary Chili Squid which was paired with Dockside Brewery’s Marina Light Lager, a nice clean compliment to the spicy bites.







GIB Tour Guide TomNext up was a visit to Granville Island Brewery, one of the Islands best known destinations and original tenants. Self proclaimed beer-geek Tom, gave us a behind the scenes tour of the well-known microbrewery. From the grain and hops to the bottling line and every step in-between we learned the ins and outs of the process of creating its famous beers.
After, we were treated to a trio of tasting samples of;
Island Lager – their stable staple, Robson Street Hefeweizen – a Bavarian beer with a hint of banana, and their two week old Auld Skool Scottish Ale – a dark, coffee-like newcomer to their lineup.   To eat, was a new addition to the brewery’s menu – a very nicely-done, Pulled Pork Poutine.



The world famous Granville Island Public Market was the next location for a number of our Palate pleasers.
Inside the market we found;

Oyama SausageOyama Sausage for a taste of Terrine de Campagne (a more rustic pate-type terrine), Saucisson (a French, dry-cured sausage) and Cornichon.



Jackson's PoultryJackson’s Poultry
served up their spicy Buffalo Chicken Wings and house-made Turkey Finochio Sausage (turkey meat with fennel).




Chocolatas offered a pack of three of their delectable handmade chocolates; Lavender, Salted Caramel and Chocolatas Dark Ganache. 




A Bread AffairFormerly within the Market but now in an expanded location just across the street, filled with scent of fresh baking, A Bread Affair is a carb lovers paradise.  Serving up some of their fresh bread topped with their Pistachio and Chive spread and Roasted Pecan and Cranberry dip, along with a rich and gooey Chocolate Cookie to go.






Liberty Wine MerchantsAlso across from the Market is Liberty Wine Merchant, where we had a taste of Naramata based, Nichol Vineyards’ 9 Mile White and Syrah, just a couple of wines from their vast selection in store.







Liberty DistilleryThen it was down the street to Liberty Distillery, who were serving tastings of their Truth Vodka and Railspur No 1 White Whiskey. They also gave 10 minute tours of the distillery, abbreviated from their normal 30 minute tours available to the public.







Artisan Sake Down Railspur Alley we found Artisan Sake Maker who offered their Granville Island OSAKE – Junmai Nama-zake – an unpasteurized and unfiltered sake. Served alongside was their R-ice Cream – their in-house made ice cream made with SakeKasu (fermented rice mash from the Sake process) and a Nuka Cookie (made with rice-bran)






Agro CAfeNext door was the last stop of the afternoon, Agro Cafe, well known for their coffee, I didn’t know they had an extensive food menu as well. In addition to a handcrafted hot beverage we were choose their Bacon Mornay Mac & Cheese and Pesto Pasta Salad from the selections on offer. Both were perfectly cooked pasta nicely coated with the accompanying sauce (the Classic Shepard’s Pie looked good too).




While Dine Out Vancouver Festival may have ended if this sounded like an event that you’d like to take part in, Vancouver Foodster offers similar events throughout the year.