Sink Your Teeth Into @VanFoodster 4th Pizza Challenge & More

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
Twitter: @josheatstweets
Instagram @itsjosheats

Some of the participating restaurants in the Vancouver Foodster Pizza Challenge are:

Piva Modern Italian, 787 Columbia Street, New Westminster

La Ruota Pizzeria – Bulgolgi Pizza

Bowen Island Pizza Company, 123 Carrie Cates Ct, North Vancouver (inside Lonsdale Quay)

Backcountry Brewing, 405-1201 Commercial Way, Squamish

La Ruota Pizzeria, 1168 The High Street, Coquitlam

Novo Pizzeria,  2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Bay Moorings Restaurant, 6330 Bay Street, Horseshoe Bay

Visit for the complete list is participating restaurants and to vote on your favourite pizzas.

As well, get your tickets for Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plate East Village coming April 18th and Food Talks Vol. 16 coming May 8th at Dockside Restaurant.

Get your tickets for Vancouver Foodster Pizza Palooza – Feb 21

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;

Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria – 808 Davie Street, Vancouver

Ignite Pizzeria – 508 West Cordova, Vancouver

Davie Dosa Company – 1235 Davie Street, Vancouver

Manoush’eh – 620 Davie Street, Vancouver

Stretch Roman Pizza Co. – 415 Abbott Street, Vancouver

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 3rd Pizza Challenge

Vancouver Foodster has just launched the 3rd Pizza Challenge with a dozen city restaurants signed up to participate. Until March 26th, 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.

The participating restaurants have been challenged to be as creative as they would like or create a perfect classic pie that will wow the tasters. 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

Corey Basso: Executive Producer of Whitecaps FC Broadcasts, Announcer, Reporter at Bell Media Vancouver
Twitter: @CDBasso

David Peng:  Blogger at Picky Diners and Vancouver Foodie Pulse
Twitter: @pickydiner

The participating restaurants in the Vancouver Foodster Pizza Challenge are:


Caffe Mangia Pizzeria, 2211 Manitoba St.
Twitter @caffe_mangia

Grain Tasting Bar (inside the Hyatt Regency), 655 Burrard Street
Twitter:   @Grain_Bar

Megabite Pizza, 1005 Granville Street
Twitter: @megabitecanada

Novo Pizzeria, 2118 Burrard Street
Twitter @NOVOPizzeria

Olympia Pizza, 3205 West Broadway
Instagram: @olympiapizzakits

Ragazzi Pizza, 2996 E. 22nd Avenue, Vancouver
Twitter:   @RagazziPizza


Pizza Garden, 4464 Beresford Street
Twitter: @PizzaGardenCa

Port Moody

Spacca Napoli Pizzeria, 2801 St Johns Street, Port Moody
Twitter @Spacca_NapoliPM

West Vancouver

Bay Moorings Restaurant, 6330 Bay Street
Instagram: @bay_moorings

North Vancouver

Alberello Pizzeria, 115 W 15th Street,
Twitter @Alberellopizza

Hearthstone Brewery Tap & Forno, 1015 Marine Drive
Twitter: @hearthstonebeer

Fort Langley

Mangia e Scappa Italian Foods, 23238 Mavis Ave
Twitter: @mangiaescappaif


Vancouver Foodster’s Pizza Palooza – recap

What could be better than a half dozen great slices of Pizza in one night? Hungry diners got to experience just that last night on Vancouver Foodster’s Pizza Palooza 2017.

Checking in at Dogwood Brewing, patron’s collected their Pizza Palooza and headed out on a tour of some of the best and brightest pizzeria’s Vancouver has to offer.

We experienced New York Slices, Neapolitan, Roman, and even a South Asian take on the pizza.

First up was Dogwood Brewing, a hidden oasis, Vancouver’s only organic brewery packed the house by offering a taster of their brewed-on-site beers along with a bite of the house-made Rocky Mountain Flatbread pizzas




At Kalai’s Dosa Hut, on Fraser Street, the Pizza Dossa brought a touch of South Asian flavour to Pizza Palooza. The thin, light gluten-free dosa was topped with fresh veggies and cheese.

Straight Outta Brooklyn at Fraser and Kingsway served up their always satisfying slices of Classic (Pepperoni), Original (Margherita) and White (4 Cheese).





Ragazzi Pizza Co. is a great little neighbourhood pizzeria serving up “Real Italian Pizza” and from the comments as other diners left their pair of slices were indeed at hit; Carbonara (Garlic, Black Pepper, Pancetta, Bocconcini)tasting just like the pasta, and spicy Arrabiata (Salami, Capicollo, ONions, Chilli Flakes, Mozzarella)


ZeroZero Pizzeria is the go to place near International Village and always offers unique and creative toppings like last nights Chorizo and Brussel Sprouts (Spicy Sausage and Crispy, Grilled Spouts) and the Pomodoro (Fresh & Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Oregano and Mozzarella)



The recently opened, Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria was our last stop and was a treat for the senses. Firecrust makes your pizza to order so you can watch it come to life right in front of you. Choose from the menu selections like our Quattro Formaggi (Fior di Latte, Romano, Gorgonzola, Ricotta and Extra Virgin Olive Oil base) and Siciliana (Italian Sausage, Ham, Prisciutto, San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Fior di Latte, Romano and Extra Virgin Olive Oil). Or select your own toppings to create your own pizza to go into the Brick Oven.

After all that Pizza the last thing we want to think of is more food but if tasting tours like this are of interest check out Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates 5th Anniversary in Downtown Vancouver

Pizza Palooza coming February 22nd

What’s better than a good slice of pizza? How about 5 or more great slices in one night? That’s what you’ll get on Vancouver Foodster’s Pizza Palooza 2017, happening on February 22nd.

Like other Vancouver Foodster events, Pizza Palooza is a tour of some of the best and brightest eateries Vancouver has to offer.  For this event, it’s all about Pizza, as patrons get their slices from pizzerias all over the city.

From New York Slices, to Neapolitan to Roman, take a global journey of fresh from the oven pies.  Some of the pizzerias included February 22nd are;

Straight Outta Brooklyn – 701 Kingsway at Fraser Street

Ragazzi Pizza – 2996 E 22nd Ave

Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria – 808 Davie Street

ZeroZero Pizzeria – 415 Abbott Street

Dosa Hut – 7233 Fraser Street

Dogwood Brewing – 8284 Sherbrooke Street

Pizza Palooza Tickets are on sale now on Eventbrite
Advance Tickets are $45 until February 19th, then $60 after.

Tasting Plates Yaletown – Recap

Last night, the wet weather wasn’t enough to stop patrons from taking a walk around the neighbourhood on Tasting Plates Yaletown.

Starting at Rocanini Coffee’s Beatty Street location, the gaggle of hungry Tasting Platers picked up their Tasting Plates cards and maps then descended upon the streets of Yaletown.

TastingPlates_YT_img_9352Rocanini Coffee started off the rainy night with a tasting cup of Cortado – strong espresso and steamed milk topped with micro foam.


TastingPlates_YT_img_9359Then for something sweet On Yoghurt Cafe at 95 Smithe Street dished out their “Ice Fried” frozen yoghurt in pumpkin spice, and strawberry flavours.  Also served alongside was a smooth, strawberry milkshake.

TastingPlates_YT_img_9370On Robson, Straight Outta Brooklyn their tasting plate was a couple slices of their NY style pizza.  I choose the Original – Margherita and a Classic – Pepperoni, both perfectly balanced iconic slices.





TastingPlates_YT_img_9405The three month old, House Special Modern Vietnamese has a flavourful take on traditional south east Asian cuisine. Their tasting plate offered a Shredded Chicken Pomelo Salad on a crunchy Shrimp Chip, a Peanut Sauce Pulled Pork Frybread, Kabocha Wuntun on a zesty Curry.

TastingPlates_YT_img_9417For a cleansing sip Chaser’s Fresh Juice Bar squeezed a jar of their Green Juice – a healthy blend of fruits and vegetables, and for a treat vegan and gluten-free cookies.

TastingPlates_YT_img_9420A couple doors down, dessert came from Lime & Moon Pie Co, serving a tasting plate of pair of favourite mini-pies; a Chocolate Banana Cream Pie and a Sugar Pumpkin Pie both perfect Fall flavours and a nice way to wrap up Tasting Plates – Yaletown.

The next Vancouver Foodster event, Food Talks Vol 14, takes place at Vancouver Aquarium. Buy a ticket now to learn about The Sustainable Seafood Supply.  Then Tasting Plates Chinatown hits that neighbourhood on November 23rd.

Pizza Palooza February 17th

PIzzaPaloozaYou’ve got just one week to get your tickets to Vancouver Foodster’s Pizza Palooza.  Get a taste of the world when you explore Neapolitan, Roman, and New York styles of pizza. While you’re getting your dough fix, there’s also a chance to experience a one of a kind Pizza themed art show; “I Chew-Chew-Chew You“, presented by Hot Wet Art City. IChewChew

Participating Pizzerias include; Straight Outta Brooklyn, ZeroZero Pizzeria, Ragazzi Pizza, Nonna’s Table, and Pizza Garden.

As with Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates, Pizza Palooza participants will check in and pick up a map card outlining their route and tasting options. Then walk, ride, roll your way through the city to find your pizza pleasures.

Tickets for Pizza Palooza are on sale on Eventbrite now. Regular tickets are $55 or get them before February 12 to save $10.