Tasting Plates North Vancouver

Tasting Plates_NVanTake a walk down food memory lane. Coming up Tuesday July 23, Lower Lonsdale in North Vancouver is the location for the next edition of Tasting Plates Vancouver presented by Vancouver Foodster from 6pm to 9:30pm.

Each of the seven restaurants will be serving up Tasting Plates for guests to enjoy and give them the chance to walk through the different types of restaurants, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants in the burgeoning Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood.

The evening kicks off with the check-in location, Cafe of Contemporary Art , 40 Esplanade E, North Vancouver (Twitter: @cafca140 ) where guests exchange their tickets for a Tasting Plates Card.  While there browse the Myconceptstore by Dirk Fleischmann art exhibition.

Then visit the half dozen other restaurants creating Tasting Plates:

The District
13 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Twitter: @districtsocial

El Matador
131 W Esplanade #2, North Vancouver
Twitter: @elMatadorsocial

Pier 7 Restaurant
25 Wallace Mews Rd, North Vancouver
Twitter: @pier7restaurant

91 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Twitter: @FishworksLOLO

Anatoli Souvlaki
5 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Twitter: @AnatoliSouvlaki

Gusto di Quattro
1 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver
Twitter: @GustoDiQuattro

Advance Tickets are still available for $35 per person (plus eventbrite fee), until July 21st, then regular tickets are $45 per person (eventbrite fee extra).

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. (Beverages are included at some restaurants which will be noted, you are welcome to purchase wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails at each of the participating restaurants).

Paulie’s Kitchen at Yaletown Distilling Company

The Distillery Bar  There’s a new kid in town! Yaletown has welcomed a new addition to Mainland Street, but it’s a relative to a long time resident.The Distillery Bar

Yaletown Distilling Company is an offshoot of the Yaletown Brewing Company, capitalizing on the recent trend in local craft distilleries.  Featuring herbal infused vodkas and gins distilled in an imported Bavarian still which creates some of the bar’s unique cocktail concoctions.  On a sunny day The Distillery Bar’s large patio is sure to be a big draw, similar to the neighbouring Yaletown Brewing Company it’s bound to be a local gathering place for some great refreshing cocktails. Visiting shortly after the beautifully ‘old-world’ restaurant lounge opened our drinks seemed to take quite a while (as did those for diners at the next table) and there was a few service bugs that will surely be worked out with experience.
Paulies KitchenAdjoining the bar is Paulie’s Kitchen an Italian meatball bar & cafe to supply the drinkers with some hearty meaty fare.  Since it is a meatball bar the menu is extensively meat based. The hand rolled meatballs are available in chicken, beef & veal, pork or veggie and can be served on their own as an appetizer or with your choice of pasta and sauce.  Which is what I chose, while the serving was on the small side it was a very tasty.  Looking around the large patio we were seated at the Hero sandwiches and flatbreads looked to be Paulies Kitchenpopular amongst diners. There are a few other stuffed pasta dishes on the menu and a 3 “Dinner” choices on the menu; Osso Bucco, Brick Oven roasted Chicken and Shrimp Scampi. The later was chosen by my companion and while the taste was great the garlic butter base was a bit excessive leaving qPaulies Kitchenuite a bit of butter behind in the dish.
Overall The Distillery Bar and Paulie’s Kitchen are worth a return visit and hopefully will become longterm Yaletown inhabitants like their sister bar has been.

Yaletown Distilling Company is located at 1131 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Ph: 604.669.2266



Food Talks – Volume 8

Food TalksIt’s time to get your tickets for the next edition of Food Talks on June 11th. This eighth edition celebrates the 1st anniversary of Vancouver Foodster hosting these great evenings of food knowledge and networking.  The guests are always terrific and inspiring and this edition features 5 of the city’s legendary, groundbreaking women chefs.

Chef Karen Barnaby: Chef, award-winning author, columnist are just some of her titles.  Chef Barnaby is well known for being the former Executive Chef at the Raintree Restaurant and the Fish House in Stanley Park.  Her current role is as Chef of Product and Business Development for Albion Fisheries, Intercity Packers, and Fresh Start Foods.

Meeru Dhalwala: One half of the duo behind the renowned Vij’s and Rangoli restaurants, Ms Dhalwala and her husband Vikram Vij have created a restaurant empire that is a leader in sustainability and social responsibility.

Susan Mendelson: In 1979, Ms Mendelson founded Vancouver’s legendary The Lazy Gourmet catering company. After 30 years of catering and penning multiple cookbooks this scion of food service shows no signs of slowing down.

Angie Quaale: Well Seasoned Gourmet Food Store was begin in 2004 by Angie after a many years in hotel & fine-dining food service.  Also a champion BBQ pit master, the entrepreneur has won numerous accolades for her involvement in the Langley community.

Merri Schwartz: After a career working in some of Vancouver’s top kitchens, Schwartz founded Growing Chefs! Chefs for Children’s Urban Agriculture in 2005. This Vancouver-based, non-profit organization pairs chef volunteers with elementary school classrooms, where the chefs help the students plant, grow and cook their own vegetables.

Food Talks: Volume 8 takes place June 11th at 6:30pm at The Westin Grand. Join your fellow foodies to mix, mingle and enjoy some appetizers by the hotel’s chefs before sitting down to listen to the speakers. After host Richard Wolak will lead a Q & A session with the panel.

Tickets are required and available in limited quantity from Eventbrite: Advance Tickets: $30 per person Regular Tickets: $40 per person after June 8th
As always, $3 from each tickets is donated to Growing Chefs!.

Picks Of The Week: April 3, 2013

There’s no fooling as we begin April with the glitz and glamour of Bollywood, 3 nights of Canucks and lots more happening around town.

Showbiz: Bollywood style and extravaganza are the big event this week as the first ever Times Of India Film Awards (TOIFA) gets underway in Vancouver with a massive concert on Thursday at Pacific Coliseum, Friday brings out the stars for the technical awards at the VCC then the red carpet is rolled out Saturday for the inaugural awards presentations at BC Place.

Slam: The other big event of the weekend is the return of the Davis Cup to Vancouver’s Thunderbird Sports Arena at UBC as Canada takes on Italy in Quarterfinal tennis action

Sport: Vancouver Canucks take to the ice at Rogers Arena for 3 home games this week; April 4, April 6 and April 8th

Scene: Is dancing the night away at Liberace Thursdays at Celebrities didn’t wear you out, Oasis Ultra Lounge keeps up the hype of their recent renovations with Friday night’s – Attic / Base featuring DJs Adam Dreaddy and Jay Douglas.

Stage: My Turquoise Years starts April 4th at The Arts Club Theatre Company – Granville Island Stage.

Show: Live at The Biltmore Cabaret features The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer for a gig on Saturday April 6th.

Supper: All this month Vancouver’s Provence Restaurants, Marinaside in Yaletown and Mediterranean Grill in Point Grey are featuring a French Tradition of Poisson d’Avril, literally April’s Fish. It’s month-long feature celebrating all things ‘fish’ with a $45 prix-fixe menu at both restaurants.


Vancouver Foodster’s Eggs Benedict Challenge

VanFoodsterEggsBennyThey say breakfast is the most important meal of the day so this must be one of the most important food challenges. Vancouver Foodster is encouraging you to get out and tell everyone where your favourite breakfast is found with Vancouver Foodster’s Eggs Benedict Challenge.
Restaurants from all over the city have entered their eggs benedict into this challenge, most have created a special eggs benedict just for this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their eggs benedict on their menu until April 21, 2013.

Head out and order any or all of the eggs benedict’s in this challenge, then decide who has created your favourite eggs benedict creation.

Remember to share your experiences on Twitter and Instagram throughout the challenge, and tag @vanfoodster and include the hashtag #EggsBenedictChallenge

Keep in mind these points to help you judge your favourite eggs benedicts – originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

The nine participating restaurants are:

In Vancouver

Catch 122 – 122 West Hastings Street

Darby’s Pub – 2001 Macdonald Street

Dockside Restaurant – 1253 Johnston Street

House Guest – 322 Water Street

The Bibo – 1835 W 4th Ave

The Gramercy Grill – 2685 Arbutus Street

Lift Bar and Grill – 333 Menchions Mews

In North Vancouver

Pier 7 Restaurant – 25 Wallace Mews Road

In Richmond

Tapenade Bistro – 3711 Bayview Street

Vancouver Foodster presents the Best Cheesecake Challenge

Vancouver Foodster CheesecakeFrom March 7th to 28th, grab your friends and channel your inner Golden Girls while sitting over a slice of Cheesecake. Picture it – trying your favourite slice of big, rich, decadent cheesecake.

Cheesecake is one of the most popular desserts, everywhere, and everyone has their favourite. With so many great ones to choose from, Vancouver Foodster‘s Richard Wolak has chosen cheesecake as his next challenge. Twelve participating restaurants, cafes and bakeries in Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Richmond will be showcasing cheesecake creations that are specially created just for this challenge or already on their menu. The public is invited to visit any of the participating establishments and order the cheesecake creations.

After evaluating each slice on the criteria – originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste, the public is encouraged to VOTE for their favourite.  They are then encouraged to VOTE for their favourite cheesecake creations between March 26-31. The winning restaurant and cheesecake will be announced on April 1, 2013.

Dining Out For Life 2013

logo_dofl This Thursday, March 7, 2013 dine out and make a difference during the annual Dining Out For Life fundraising event.

Dining Out For Life is BC’s largest restaurant fundraiser, benefiting A Loving Spoonful and Friends For Life, organizations supporting people living with HIV/AIDS.

Restaurants all around Metro Vancouver, Whistler and the Fraser Valley will contribute 25% of their food sales to people living with HIV/AIDS.  Over the last 18 years Dining Out For Life restaurant partners have raised over $3 million for HIV/AIDS support services.

If supporting a great cause isn’t enought there’s an added incentive of the chance to win some great prizes.

Visit any participating Dining Out for Life restaurant tomorrow, March 7 and ENTER TO WIN one of three prize packages donated by Dining Out For Life BC’s partners.

  1. A Weekend Getaway to Victoria – Enjoy roundtrip harbour to harbour flights from Helijet, two nights at the Coast Victoria Hotel Harbourside & Marina, dinner for two at the award winning Blue Crab Bar and Grill plus an Ocean Magic Cruiser Tour, from Prince of Whales, Whale Watching.
  2.  A Night on the Town at the River Rock Casino Resort including a two night stay in a one bedroom penthouse, $250 dinner certificate for Tramonto Fine Dining Restaurant and a buffet breakfast for two!
  3. A Vancouver Sports package including four Touchdown End Zone tickets to a regular season BC Lions game, four tickets to a 2013 Vancouver Giants game and four tickets to a Vancouver Whitecaps FC Match this spring.

Make plans now to invite your Vancouver friends & dine out on March 7,