Vancouver Foodster Iced Summer Drink Challenge Is On.

Vancouver Foodster has the perfect way to beat the heat this summer with the Iced Summer Drink Challenge. Running from July 5th to 28th, Vancouver Foodster has challenged cafes and restaurants around Metro Vancouver to create their best iced drink for the summer.

There’s plenty of variety so get out and try any or all of the unique Iced Summer Drinks entries prepared by the participating cafes.

The restaurants have entered their favourite chilled beverage, either from their existing menu or come up with a unique recipe for their Vancouver Foodster Best Iced Summer Drink Challenge cup. The chef’s entries range from simple to fancy, their refreshing beverage creation can made of coffee, tea, soda, lemonade, frappe, shake or kombucha based drink, using unique and innovative ingredients.

As with all of Vancouver Foodster’s food challenges, a panel of media judges (including myself, @pigoutyvr and @shelleyhayashi) will taste and crown the Judges’ Choice Best Summer Drink.  The public is also invited to try any or all of the entries, then vote for their fave to claim the title of People’s Choice Iced Summer Drink creation at vancouverfoodster.com/ice-summer-drink-challenge. On social media, tag your iced tea drinks with #IcedSummerDrinkChallengeYVR and see what other’s are enjoying along the Best Iced Tea Challenge.

The participating cafes in Vancouver Foodster Best Iced Summer Drink Challenge are;

VANCOUVER: 

Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria, 808 Davie Street

Paragon Tea Room, 2207 Cambie Street

RICHMOND

Origo Club, 110-6888 River Road

LANGLEY

Ban Cook Dee, 20563 Douglas Crescent

Food by Fanta @ BCD Academy, #107, 20542 Fraser Hwy


Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria, #40, 20160 Langley Bypass

For more details and how to vote for your fave Iced Summer Drink Challenge entry visit vancouverfoodster.com/ice-summer-drink-challenge

Get Supper, Feel Super With Dining Out For Life 2019

Tonight, put your money where your mouth is, by Dining Out For Life.
All day Thursday March 14, 2019 restaurants from New West to Whistler and all stops in between have pledged 25% of their day’s food sales to A Loving Spoonful to help support people living with HIV/AIDS in your community.

From El Santo in New Westminster, to Hunter Gather Eatery & Taphouse in Whistler, and the dozens of other restaurants in between are taking part in BC’s largest restaurant fundraiser.

Just by eating out at one of the participating restaurants, you’re supporting A Loving Spoonful’s programs and services. It’s that easy. For every $3.55 raised, a healthy meal will be provided to someone in need. A Loving Spoonful delivers meals to those affected by HIV/AIDS, helps with nutrition and meal planning, Easter Sunday Dinner with city Chefs donating their time to provide dinners to groups of 50 to 60 people, Family Pantry Program which provides families with healthy pantry staples, healthy Snack Packs for clients and much more.

Visit the Dining Out For Life website to see all the participating restaurants near you, get out and dine. Share your Dining Out For Life experience on social media and follow along at #Vandofl / #DineOutGiveBack, to see where others are dining.

Provence Marinaside celebrates The 12 Days of Bubbles

The holidays are a time for celebration and get-togethers, and what goes better with festive season than raising a nice, glass of bubbly to toast the occasion.  Provence Marinaside  is helping you get into the spirit of the season with The 12 Days of Bubbles.

Running December 17th to 31st, Provence Marinaside, renowned for having the largest list of bubbles in Vancouver, 35 including champagnes, will be offering a specially selected bottle of champagne at 25 percent discount each day leading up to the biggest and bubbliest night of the year, New Year’s Eve, when all the champagnes in their collection (17 in total) will be 25 percent off.
“If the holiday season and the new year isn’t a good enough reason to celebrate with friends, then this should do it,” says Carlson. “ Treat yourself to a bottle of bubbles, raise a glass, and toast to getting your Christmas shopping done early. If you’re still shopping, then you deserve a break with something tasty to eat and bubbly to go with it.”

The 12 Days of Bubbles culminates in the ‘bonus day’ of New Year’s Eve. As in past years, Provence will be offering an elegant a la carte menu designed by Executive Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia and Chef de Cuisine Sheldon Maloff especially for the evening, along with live music from Harris and DeBray. Reservations for ‘the bubbliest night of the year’ can be secured with a credit card by calling the restaurant.

If a full bottle of bubble is just too much of a good thing, pop into TWB-The Wine Bar , next door to Provence Marinaside, where all bubbly, including non-champagnes and by-the-glass pours, is 25 percent off as the Daily Deal on Saturdays (Sparkling Saturday) and Sundays (Sunday Funday).

Whichever way you raise a glass, enjoy your bubbly celebrations with your friends and family! For the full list of which bubbles are featured each day, visit provencemarinaside.ca/12-days-of-bubbles-2018

Van Foodster’s #SushiRollChallengeYVR rolls out

Get ready to roll! The Vancouver Foodster Sushi Roll Challenge is underway September 18 – October 7, 2018.

Vancouver Foodster has invited a quartet of Sushi Chefs to create their best sushi roll to enter in the Challenge.  The Chefs were challenged to be creative, and present something best representative of their establishment, whether it be traditional Futomaki, Hosomaki, Temaki or any new creative style of rolled sushi.  Above all, taste needs to be the star, fresh, unique with plenty of umami and care rolled into the foll are all to be considered.

Participating restaurants in the Vancouver Foodster Sushi Roll Challenge include;

Daddy’s Kitchen, 2586 Commercial Drive
Instagram @daddyskitchenpoke

Kitstaya Sushi, 3105 West Broadway
Instagram @kitstayasushi

Riz Sushi & Poke Bar, 2887 E. Broadway
Instagram @RizSushi

Uma Sushi, 450 W 8th Ave
Instagram @umasushi_bar

As with all of Vancouver Foodster’s food challenges, a panel of media judges (including myself) will taste and crown the Judges’ Choice Sushi Roll.  The public is also invited to try any or all of the entries, then vote for the People’s Choice Sushi Roll creation at vancouverfoodster.com/sushi-roll-challenge. When you’re out and about tasting the rolls, tag your images on social media with #SushiRollChallengeYVR, and see what others are enjoying along the Sushi Roll Challenge.

Vancouver Foodster Sushi Roll Challenge takes place September 18 – October 7, 2018.

Get out and maki the most of it!

Provence Marinaside 9th Annual Tomato Festival

La Tomatina, the famed tomato throwing festival takes place in Spain in August, but you don’t have to go across the globe to get a your hand on fresh tomatoes.

For the entire month of August, Provence Marinaside celebrates all things tomato with its Ninth Annual Tomato Festival. You might not get to take out your aggressions by throwing them but you’ll certainly get to enjoy the summer fresh goodness. Provence Marinaside is offering special prix fixe menu that will satisfy even the most addicted tomato-holic.

Whether eaten fresh-picked from the vine, mixed into salsas and salads, juiced, roasted or sun-dried – there are almost as many ways to enjoy tomato’s flavourful goodness as there are varieties.  “They are the taste of the sun, and remind me of long summer days when I was a child in Provence,” says Provence Marinaside’s Executive Chef Jean Francis Quaglia.

Grilled Halibut with Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette
Photo: N Wong

This three-course seasonal menu is priced at $58 with an optional rosé wine pairing which has been carefully selected by Wine Director Joshua Carlson and his sommelier team. The wine pairing is priced at $30 for a different rosé with each course, or only $20 for a smaller pour. Both the individual dishes and the wines are also available à la carte should you so choose.   For the three-course Tomato Festival menu options; starters, mains and dessert visit Provence Marinaside online.

“Locally-grown tomatoes have a more intense flavor profile,” says Chef de Cuisine Sheldon Maloff who worked with Chef Jean Francis to design the Tomato Festival Menu. “They could not be more different from the tasteless varieties you find at the large grocery stores. We are fortunate to work with BC producers who supply us with amazing varieties of heirloom and modern varieties. Local tomatoes just taste so much better.”

Provence Marinaside Patio
Photo: N Wong

The Ninth Annual Tomato Festival, starts tomorrow, August 1 and continues throughout the month at Provence Marinaside, located at the foot of Davie St. and across from the Quayside Marina in Yaletown.

22nd Annual Where to Dine Awards Announced

Earlier this week, Where Vancouver Magazine presented their 22nd annual Where to Dine Awards at D/6 Bar and Lounge in the Douglas Hotel.

Attendees mixed and mingled with the finalist over delicious bites from the Parq Vancouver restaurants; D6, Honey Salt, BC Kitchen, 1886, Mrkt East and The Victor. Then as man-about-town Fred Lee hosted the ceremony, Where magazine presented the 2018 restaurants selected where to dine in Vancouver and Whistler.  Where readers were asked to select 22 of the 29 awards with the remaining selected by the magazines critics and editors.

The Where To Dine Awards went to;

READERS’ CHOICE – VANCOUVER

Vikram Vij received the first award of the afternoon

Indian: Vij’s Restaurant
Chinese: Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie
Japanese: Miku Restaurant
Asian: Chi Modern Vietnamese Kitchen
Latin: Cuchillo
Italian: Savio Volpe
Patio: Cactus Club Cafe
Pub Fare: The Irish Heather
Beer Experience: Parallel 49 Brewing
Seafood: Blue Water Cafe
Food Cart: Japadog
West Coast: Coast
French: Le Crocodile
Steak: Gotham Steakhouse & Bar
European: Bauhaus
Brunch: Twisted Fork Bistro
Fine Dining: Hawksworth Restaurant
Dessert: Thierry
Hotel Dining: Notch8 Restaurant & Bar at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

READERS’ CHOICE – WHISTLER

Casual Dining: Caramba! Restaurante
Après-Ski: Dusty’s Bar & BBQ
Fine Dining: Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar

CRITICS’ CHOICE

Fanny Bay Oyster Bar received the Sustainable Seafood Award, presented with BC Seafood Alliance, Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre went to  for best exemplifying the practices of sourcing, serving and promoting sustainable species outlined under the Ocean Wise Program.

Five Sails Restaurant received the Silver Service Award, presented by members of Les Clefs d’Or BC, for consistently delivering the ultimate guest experience: an exceptional combination of food, service and hospitality.

Frank Pabst of Blue Water Cage received the Leadership Award for his impact on Vancouver’s dining scene.

Mary Mackay of Terra Breads received The Les Dames d’Escoffier Trailblazer Award recognizing her long-time commitment to excellence.

Where Vancouver food editor Tim Pawsey presented The Salmon House on the Hill with the Editor’s Choice award.  Botanist as Vancouver’s Best New Restaurant,  and Hunter Gather as Whistler’s Best New Restaurant.

To check out more details on all the winners of the Where To Dine 2018 list, pick up a copy of the May edition of Where Vancouver Magazine.

Dining Out For Life 2018 Tonight

What’s for dinner? Why not eat out tonight and do good while dining out.
Today, Thursday March 22, 2018 Dining Out For Life from Fraser Valley to Whistler and all across Metro Vancouver helps support people living with HIV/AIDS in your community.

From Bravo Restaurant in Chilliwack, El Santo in New Westminster, to Bowen Island Pizza in North Vancouver, The Reef Restaurant on Commercial Drive in Vancouver to HY’s Steakhouse, or Avalanche Pizza in Whistler,  plus dozens of restaurants are taking part in BC’s largest restaurant fundraiser. Visit the Dining Out For Life website to see all the participating restaurants near you.

You can give just by eating, dine out at one of the participating restaurants, and the restaurant in turn donates 25% of their day’s food sales to A Loving Spoonful.  The proceeds of Dining Our For Life go towards providing A Loving Spoonful’s free programs and services like delivering meals to those affected by HIV/AIDS, nutrition and meal planning, Easter Sunday Chef Dinner, Family Pantry Program, Snack Packs and more.