Dine Out 2018 serves up more great food events & menus

Now that you’ve had a couple weeks to get over your Holiday indulgences, Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2018 is here to serve you mouth watering events and set menus.

The 2018 line up of food events has been selling fast already and now the set menus have been released for participating restaurants to start taking reservations.   Three hundred + restaurants, wineries, breweries, and suppliers from Abbotsford to the North Shore, are featuring set lunch and dinner menus at $20, $30, and $40 for the 17 day Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

In addition to the set menus, check out over 40 unique food and drink events ranging from food tours, and food trucks to specialist tastings, to international chef collaborations, secret suppers and VQA wine tastings.

A sample of just some of the events include:

The Art of Tea Gastronomy at TWG Tea Salon & Boutique, Vancouver – various dates.
Pop Up Ocean Wise Cafe at Vancouver Aquarium with Chef Ned Bell – 2 seating per night, various dates.
The BC VQA Wine Brunch at Hart House, Burnaby – January 20th. 
Get Shucked Up at Fanny Bay Oysters – January 22nd & 29th.
The Perfect Vegan Pizza Cooking Class at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Company – January 29th
Vancouver World Chef Exchange with Chefs from Bangkok, Tokyo, Beijing, Nashville – various dates & locations

Coming from out of town, or even if you’re local, why not make a night of it and book one a night or package with one of the participating Dine Out Hotel Partners. 

Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2018 runs January 19 – February 4, 2018. For menu information, restaurant and hotel reservations and event tickets visit dineoutvancouver.com



Tasting Plates : Stadium District – Recap

This week, Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates : Stadium District was a journey of discovery around the downtown Vancouver areas surrounding BC Place and Rogers Arena.

As the area grows with development of new residences and hotels, eateries are appearing and upgrading all around the blocks.  Tasting Plates : Stadium District kicked off with everyone congregating at the two month old Pappa Roti at 193 Keefer Place, then taking off on a exploration of the district.

The Tastings Platers experienced an array of flavours and styles on the evening.  Restaurants and chef’s prepared the following plates to show off their menus:

Pappa Roti: Coconut Rollie, a light bun with young coconut filling and Signature Original Coffee Bun, fluffy roti with a delicate caramel crust.  Served with a choice of beverages like Ice Blended Signature Chocolate



Stretch Roman Pizza Co. : the former Zero Zero Pizza keeps serving great pies fresh from the oven;
-Primavera – Mozzerella, Roasted Red Pepper, Artichokes, Roasted Mushroooms, Kalamata Olives, Red Onions, Pecorino Romano

-Prosciutto & Arugula with Lemon Zest
-Paprika Chicken Pesto : Pesto, Mozzarella, Bell Peppers, Olives, Onions, Paprika Marinated Chicken


The Poke Guy :  Feel Good Poke is their motto and they deliver with fresh Ocean Wise wild fish and seafood along with fresh greens and rice.




Their tasting bowl included Ahi Tuna, Sockeye Salmon, Gochujang Spicy Shrimp atop seasoned white rice and greens, with asian slaw and served with a refreshing Passionfruit, Orange, Guava juice.

Hendricks Resto-Lounge : the recently refurbished restaurant within the Westin Grand Hotel offered a tasting duo;




-Ginger Beer Braised Beef Short Rib upon a Celery Root Croquette topped with julienned Veggies
-Buttermilk Brined Crispy Chicken with Spicy Sauce and Lettuce on a plump Bun Slider


Elements Diner: East meets West at the year-old diner with their Tasting Plate and Tasting Cup

– Roasted Beet Salad with Preserved Lemon – Beets, Orange, Fennel, with Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette
– Warmed Salmon Salad on Avocado – Baked Avocado topped with Salmon and Mozzarella
– Chinese Golden Egg French Fries – French Fries coated with Chinese Golden Egg
– Thai Chicken Pineapple Rice Pizza – Pan Fry Chicken, Pineapple, Sweet Chili Sauce on Crispy Rice Pizza
– Lemon Glass Jelly Bubble Tea – House Made Lemon Glass Bubble Tea with Taiwan Glass Jelly
– Dessert was a bonus BC Dome Ice Cream Sandwich – Vanilla Ice Cream, with Black Sesame inside a Pineapple Danish-Style Bun


If this sounds like an event you’d enjoy, look out for upcoming Vancouver Foodster Summer events;
Tasting Plates Metrotown, July 26th
Tasting Plates Commercial Drive, August 23rd
Tasting Plates Kingsway, September 13th

12 Days of Christmas Present Ideas – Day 8

After all the work and that goes into planning and preparing the Holidays baking, meals and snacks today’s 12 Days of Christmas gift idea is a great option for the food lover on your list.

January is for food lovers with loads of tasty dining events so wrap up some tickets to put under the tree.

Vancouver Foodster starts off the month with the 4th Annual Noodle Mania.  The roving food tour, seeks out bowls and plates of noodle dishes showcasing Vancouver restaurants and Chefs all around the city.  Noodle Mania Early Bird Tickets are on sale now for $35 until December 22nd.

Food lovers, cooking novices or someone looking to step up their skills will love a Cooking Class from Cook Culture Cooking School in North Vancouver. January classes include a 3-part Cooking Bootcamp, Soups of the World, Plant Based Cooking, Rustic Italian, and many more.

Dine Out Vancouver Festival closes out the month with 17 days of dining events, set menus and tastings.  Restaurants announce their menus on January 9th but Dine Out Event tickets are on sale now, check out weekend Neighbourhood Brunch Crawls, Cocktail Masterclasses, Food tours, Chef classes and dozens more.

Whatever food events you choose you’ll know it’ll be the tastiest gift under the tree!

Tasting Plates : Kitsilano West – Sept 30, 2015

tastingplate_Kits_West_x250It’s your last chance to get Early Bird tickets to the next Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates food excursion. Tasting Plates : Kitsilano West is coming up next week, September 30th. Join fellow food fans and explore the West Broadway neighbourhood, in the heart of Kits, to see what flavours the chefs and restaurants have created for their tasting plates and cups.

Early Bird $29 tickets sales end tomorrow Sept 23rd so don’t miss out on the savings.  After tomorrow, ticket prices start to rise but tickets will still be available at the door so you won’t miss out on the great food being presented by the neighbourhood’s restaurants.

The establishments committed to participate in Tasting Plates : Kitsilano West are:

Darby’s Public House,  2001 Macdonald St

Italian Garden Ristorante & Pizzeria, 3162 West Broadway

Bon Macaron,  2823 West Broadway

The Juicery Co., 3570 W 4th Avenue

Essentia Café,  3498 W Broadway

Tera V Burger, 2961 West Broadway

Get your tickets now on Eventbrite

Early-Bird Tickets: $29 per person before September 23rd
Advance Tickets: $40 per person after September 23rd
Regular Tickets: $60 per person after September 28th.

Tasting Plates Downtown South coming September 16

tastingplate_dt_south_x250Downtown South, Vancouver’s growing neighbourhood surrounding the southern entrances to the City around Burrard and Granville Bridges, south of Comox/Helmcken  is filling with new residences.  Along with the new residents, new eateries are popping up around the ‘hood.

On September 16th, Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates Downtown South invites foodies, their friends and families to visit and explore the flavours of the area.  Early-Bird tickets are on sale now to get the chance to find the tastes being presented by the chefs at:

  • C Prime Modern Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 1015 Burrard St(Century Plaza Hotel)
  • beyond coffee, 1015 Burrard St(Century Plaza Hotel)
  • Los Amigos Taqueria, 1118 Davie St
  • Ganache Patisserie, 1262 Homer St
  • Truffles Fine Foods, 785 Davie St
  • Saj & Co, 813 Davie St
  • Bella Gelateria Yaletown, 1089 Marinaside Cres

Tickets are on sale now at Eventbrite, early-bird tickets just $29 until September 8th.

Tasting Plates Chinatown – August 26th

tastingplate_ChinaTown_x250There’s just a couple of days left to get your early bird tickets for the next Tasting Plates adventure, Chinatown.  One of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods, it has exploded with new restaurants, cafes and diners lately.  Now is your chance to wander through the historic streets, see what’s new and have a taste of the flavours of the ‘hood.

Check out Torafuku, Sai Woo, Treasure Green Tea Company and Propaganda Coffee and the other restaurants expected to join Tasting Plates Chinatown in the weeks to come.

Early Bird Tickets are available until Sunday Aug 16th for $29 each, then Advance Tickets at $40 are on sale until Aug 23 when $60 Regular Tickets take over with a few days left before the event. (Eventbrite fees are extra)

Tasting Plates Olympic Village

tastingplate_olympicvillage_x250Vancouver fast-growing Olympic Village neighbourhood is the location of the next Vancouver Foodster Tasting Plates.  With new food and beverage options popping up regularly, the ‘hood is ripe for exploration on a Tasting Plates.

So far committed to be showing off their chef’s creations are; Big Rock Urban Eatery, Aqua Sushi & Juice Bar, de Dutch Pannekoek House, Milano Coffee Roasters and Rouge Bistro.

Early bird tickets are now on sale for your chance to discover the Village for yourself.  Get your $29 early bird tickets until June 23rd, bring your friends and fellow foodies to experience a fun evening of food and flavours from the Olympic Village