Kick off Summer 2018 with a flavourful evening during Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates West End. As with all Tasting Plates, the neighbourhood’s restaurants and eateries will offer participants a tasting plate or cup that best exemplifies their establishment and chef. During the evening, join other foodies and friends to sip and savour the flavours both new and established. Visit with others over the bites, as questions of some of the chefs, learn about the West End and enjoy the last day of Spring.
Starting at Milano Coffee at 849 Denman Street, Tasting Platers will check in to receive their Tasting Plate passport and menu, then off they’ll go to complete the passport and get their fill of the West End. Other eateries on Tasting Plates West End, along Denman and Davie Streets, include;
Davie Dosa Company, 1235 Davie Street, Vancouver
Pasture to Plate, 1061 Denman Street, Vancouver
Tartine Bread and Pies, 1069 Davie Street, Vancouver
Advance Tickets: $45 per person until June 18, 2018 Regular Tickets: $60 per person after June 18, 2018 *Eventbrite fees and tastes extra
Ticket price includes a tasting plates at each of the participating eateries throughout the evening. (Beverages are included at some locations, as noted on menu, you are welcome to purchase wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails at each of the participating restaurants).
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:
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
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
Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates starts 2018 with a visit to Mount Pleasant. The ever changing East Vancouver neighbourhood is due for another tour from the roaming restaurant hunt. Join friends and foodies on Wednesday February 7, 2018, for a taste of the ‘hood, along Main Street, between 3rd and 16th. The eclectic neighbourhood is sure to tantalize taste buds as you explore. Check in at the registration establishment, then set off and find out what the locales’ restaurant chefs and cafe owners have created for their tasting plates and cups. Along with way visit with fellow food enthusiasts, the chefs and owners themselves. Tasting Plates Mount Pleasant includes Mexican restaurant Maizel, 2815 Main St, Ignite Pizzeria, 2588 Main St, Panidor Cafe Bakery 3080 Main St plus more establishments to be added. Get $35 early-bird tickets, on sale now until January 23rd. After January 23rd, $45 advance tickets are on sale until February 4th, then $60 tickets last minute. Tickets are available on Eventbrite
This week, Vancouver Foodster presented the first edition of Holiday Market, a great evening of browsing, shopping and tasting.
The event brought together two dozen vendors at 4 locations around South Granville, Kitsilano and Mount Pleasant. The evening’s vendors included a mix of food products, artisans, and gift ideas just in time for Holiday shopping. New enterprises, established ventures and collaborations were all presented by the vendors to educate the participants on their wares and services.
All participants checked in at Milano Coffee Roasters on West 8th Avenue which was filled with Holiday Market patrons anxious to see what lay ahead.
Within the cafe, Milano was warming everyone up, serving a duo of their award winning coffees to sip while browsing the vendors around the room including;
Olympia Komianos: Jeweler, Olympia showed her beautiful, rustic hand made silver and gold jewelry.
Foodie Books: Cookbooks by Brad Hill – The North Shore Foodie, The East Van Foodie, The Gastown Foodie are all part cookbook, neighbourhood restaurant guide and history book.
Hayat’s Garden: Floral salads and nutritious, athletic foods created by Saj & Co
Livia Sweets: a small, boutique bakery creating homestyle goodies for sale in cafes and markets around the city.
Whipped and Beaten: a brand new Vancouver baker creating gluten-free and traditional cakes and pastries.
Faculty Brewing: The False Creek brewer works in collaboration with Milano to brew the 599 Cold Brew ESB also serving their popular Citra (citrus based) Pale Ale.
Next up we visited Meinhardt Fine Foods at 14th & Granville in South Granville, where the store itself is a treasure trove of sweet and savoury gifts for everyone on your lists. Here we found even more new and established vendors to show us what they’re all about;
Meinhardt’s kitchens prepared some of their renowned bites for patrons to indulge in as they walked over the threshold. Perfectly balanced housemade Egg Nog, Fried Shrimp of savoury crackers, and Curry Chicken.
ARC Iberico: reminiscing of Spain, we sampled some Chorizo, Iberico Ham and more.
Sal de Ibiza: now in North American Sal de Ibiza presents 30+ products all touched by the Queen of Salts, Fleur de Sel.
Paw Paw’s Cocktail Cherries: Paw Paw is a Southern US term of endearment for Grandfather, who in this case, is on the bottle of these sweet, tart and perfect cocktail cherries.
Justea: Ethically, fair-trade tea direct from Kenyan farmers served their vibrant Purple Rain and Purple Mint teas, yes they’re really purple.
‘Tis the season for shopping and browsing the Holiday Markets around the city and on December 6th Vancouver Foodster introduces a Holiday Market like no other. A night of tastings to celebrate the Holiday Season, Vancouver Foodster’s Holiday Market explores a trio of neighbourhoods to see what merchants have in store.
South Granville, False Creek and Kitsilano welcome holiday explorers to visit a selection of markets that will feature various vendors offering a selection of savoury and sweets, plus beverages for guests to enjoy and peruse. Market visitors will have a chance to browse, try and perhaps purchase many different foods and beverages throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the producers and chefs, and learn about each of the participating vendors and markets.
Guests will check in at Milano Coffee Roasters, at 156 West 8th Avenue to receive their Market Passport and Menu before setting off to explore the rest of the Holiday Market.
In addition to Milano Coffee Roasters the Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market also includes;
Meinhardt Fine Foods 3002 Granville Street, Vancouver
Be Fresh Market Cafe 1900 West First Avenue, Vancouver
Silk Road Tea 2066 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets for Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market are on sale now from Eventbrite. Ultra Early-Bird: $18 per person before November 22, 2017 Early-Bird: $25 per person after November 22, 2017 Regular $30 per person after November 29, 2017