Taste Of Yaletown serves up flavours.

Yaletown is in the midst of a flavourful festival of fixed price menus for Taste of Yaletown.

Running until October 27, 2017, Taste of Yaletown is an annual celebration of Yaletown’s restaurants. Two dozen of the neighbourhood chefs are offering special prix fixe lunch and dinner menus, tastings, and unique pairings that show their eateries at the very best.

Set menus are priced at $25, $35 & $45 with some restaurants making offerings at all three levels.  Taste of Yaletown lets patrons explore the world through the diversity of its restaurants, from Tom Yum at Simply Thai, Mexican at the recently opened Fayuca, Italian fare at La Pentola or Yaletown L’Antipasto, taste the mediterranean at The Greek by Anatoli, grab a sweet and savory slice at Lime & Moon Pie Company, chocolate and whisky at Xoxolat and so many more.

For the full list of participating restaurants and menus visit yaletowninfo.com

Tasting Plates – Chinatown : October 18th on sale now

One of our oldest neighbourhoods is also one of the most vibrant and fast-changing.  Tasting Plates – Chinatown on October 18th takes us on a tasty tour around the downtown district.

As with all Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates, gather your friends and family, check in at Klaus’s Kaffee Haus to collect your Tasting Plates card and map, then set out to explore what the chefs of Chinatown have to present on their tasting plates and cups. Along the way, meet other foodie friends and the chefs who are bringing new life and flavours to the neighbourhood.

The establishments taking part in Tasting Plates – Chinatown so far include:

Klaus’s Kaffee Haus – 291 E Pender St

Straight Outta Brooklyn NYC Pizzeria – 648 Main Street

Umaluma – 235 E Pender St

Dalina – 687 Main St

Today is the last day for Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person
Advance Tickets $45 per person after October 9, 2017
Regular $60 per person after October 14, 2017

 

Get Early Bird Tickets for @VanFoodster Tasting Plates UBC

It’s still more than a month away but now is the time to get your ultra early bird tickets for Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates UBC – Westbrook Village coming September 27, 2017.

Like a city within a city, Westbrook Village has blossomed over the last few years to become a destination filled with everything the UBC community needs to feed their appetites.

As new developments have popped up, the selection of food and dining options has grown with them.  Vancouver Foodster and the local chefs and eateries have partnered to show off the neighbourhood for a Tasting Plates tour.  Like all Tasting Plates, patrons are invited to visit and explore the area to taste what the Chefs have created to best show off their establishments.
Grab your family, friends and fellow foodies, to stroll the ‘hood and explore with your tastebuds.

The line-up of restaurants for Tasting Plates UBC – Westbrook Village will be revealed in early September but Ultra Early Bird tickets are on sale already, for just $29, saving you money over the full price $60 tickets.

Get your tickets now on Eventbrite:
Ultra Early-Bird Tickets: $29 per person until August 31
Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person until September 14
Advance Tickets $45 per person until September 24
Regular $60 per person after September 24

Don’t forget before visiting UBC – Westbrook Village, Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates visits Commercial Drive on August 23rd.

 

Get your tickets for Tasting Plates Commercial Drive – Aug 23

Commercial Drive is known for it’s diverse restaurant scene, experience it for yourself on August 23rd with Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates  Commercial Drive.   

As usual with Tasting Plates, patrons will get to explore the neighbourhood with their friends and fellow foodies, while sampling what Commercial Drive chefs have prepared for the evening.  Vancouver Foodster invites chefs to create a tasting plate of unique or curated from their menu morsels.
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 August 23rd has so far included the following restaurants in the line-up;

Federico’s Supper Club, 1728 Commercial Dr
Rosemary Rock Salt, 1350 Commercial Dr
Falconetti’s East Side Grill, 1812 Commercial Dr
77K Freeze Iceberg Lounge, 2240 Commercial Dr
Famoso Neapolitan Pizza, 1380 Commercial Dr
Turks Coffee Lounge, 1276 Commercial Dr

Tickets for Tasting Plates Commercial Drive are on sale now

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person until August 8
Advance Tickets $45 per person from August 9-20
Regular $60 per person after August 20

Harmony Arts Festival kicks off Friday

As other festivals come and go, Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver is still going strong after more than a quarter century.   Centred on the Ambleside Waterfront from Ambleside Pier to John Lawson Park, the festival packs August 4th to 13th with music, arts, film and food, much of it free!

Highlights of the free festival events include;

Music:
Four Stages to choose from to suit your musical tastes.
ONNI Group Sunset Concerts at John Lawson Park feature the likes of Valdy, Dawn Pemberton, The Paperboys and more
Parc Retirement Living Garden Concerts feature Bobby Bruce’s Nearly Neil and The Solitary Band, Coco Jafra, Lion Bear Fox, Melanie Dekker, Jim Byrnes, The Boom Booms to name just a few.
Hollyburn House Seniors’ Series finds Dal Richards Orchestra and others playing afternoon sets
Live Music at The Silk Purse has live jazz and classic sounds

Arts:
Fresh St. Market Art Market lines Argyle Street with an open air art market keeping the attention on visual arts that have been the core of Harmony Arts Festival since the beginning.
Fresh St. Market Art Market Daylight and Twilight is a multi-media installation featuring photography, film and interactive mediums.
Art Beat invites visitors to walk the beat in Ambleside Beach and Dundarave Village exploring the multitude of artists displaying their works in shops and galleries around areas.
Plenty of other visual arts exhibitions, shows and even competitions take place throughout the Festival to keep your senses amazed.

Film:
After the ONNI Group Sunset Concerts stick around John Lawson Park for free nightly screenings of award-winning films starting at 9pm including classics like In The Heat Of The Night, or From Russia With Love, action hits Jurassic Park or E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, to the contemporary musical Moulin Rouge, or animated Zootopia.

Food:
What’s a festival without great food, Harmony Arts doesn’t disappoint with Artisan Eats, a collection of food trucks at John Lawson Park.  The Park Royal Beachside Patio brings The Fish Shack by Glowbal Group to West Van. The RE/MAX Waterfront Lounge welcomes Caffé Al Mercato to provide al fresco dining alongside the Parc Retirement Living Garden Stage.
Along with these dining options two special ticketed events:
Best of the West is a sold out evening featuring 13 local restaurants paired with 13 wineries celebrating the best BC has to offer.
Mixology Night on the Pier, now in its 2nd year, celebrates the rebirth of cocktail culture with eight of Metro Vancouver’s competing to create the best cocktail as voted by the attendees. Tickets are just $75

With plenty of events to amuse young and old, from day time to evening, there’s sure to be something for your whole family to enjoy at Harmony Arts Festival. Visit harmonyarts.ca for a full list of events and times.

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

Vancouver Foodster Best Chicken Wings Challenge – Recap

From June 8 – 29, Metro Vancouver restaurants offered their own unique entries into Vancouver Foodster’s Best Chicken Wings Challenge.

Like all Vancouver Foodster challenges, the chefs were invited to be as creative as they like to highlight either an already existing menu item or create a wholly unique dish for their entry.

In the 2017 Best Chicken Wings Challenge, seven chefs plated their take on chicken wings, resulting in a great diversity of flavours to sample.  The wings were served at nine different eateries from all across Metro Vancouver, from Langley to North Vancouver.  The public was encouraged to try any or all the Best Chicken Wings entries and then vote on Vancouver Foodster’s website for their favourites to be crowned People’s Choice Best Chicken Wings.  A panel of media judging, including myself, was also busy trying all the selections to choose the Judges’ Choice Winner.  Sabai Thai’s flavourful Deep Fried Tom Yum Wings came out on top of both lists. Visit vancouverfoodster.com to find out the top three winners from each category.

The entries of the 2017 Best Chicken Wings Challenge were (in random order);

Maru Korean Bistro – North Vancouver
Koritalian Snow Wings – crispy, sous vide cooked, parmesan topped wings

 

 

Preston’s – Downtown Vancouver
Comox Chicken Wings – dry rubbed or wet sauces classic whole wings.

 

 

 

House Special – Yaletown
Food Court Wings – wings two ways; hoisin and five spice flavoured served as a food court two item special with rice and veggies.

 

 

 

 

Ban Chok Dee – Maple Ridge & Langley
Massaman Dragon Wings – elaborately presented under a coconut smoke-filled glass cloche, a stuffed wing with rice berry and more in massaman curry

 

 

 

U & I Thai – Cambie Village & Mission
Red Wings with Thai Herbs – mildly, spices dry wings on a slaw of green papaya

 

 

 

 

Storm Crow Tavern – Commercial Drive
Rick’s Elusive Szechuan Sauce Wings – wet and sticky, szechuan sauce coated wings with a sharp spice cooled by the sour crema

 

Sabai Thai Restaurant – Guildford, Surrey
Deep Fried Tom Yum Wings – crispy, mildly spicy, wings served with a sweet dipping sauce and coconut rice.