VanFoodster’s Food Talks are just like a series of good books, you want to know what the new volume brings. Food Talk: Volume 6 is just around the corner, another occasion for food lovers to mix, mingle and learn with like-minded foodies. As always an interesting line up of speakers is scheduled for February 12, 2013 at Dockside in Granville Island Hotel.
Mark Simpson – Brewmaster of Dockside Brewing Company & Founder of Artisan Food and Beverage Group Inc
The Founder, Winemaker and Brewmaster at Artisan Food and Beverage Group Inc. Mark has decades of experience in brewing and winemaking. Mark wears many hats, he is currently Brewmaster of Dockside Brewing Company and produces his own line of super-premium BC wines under his own Siren’s Call label. Mark is one of the few Certified Cicerones in Canada and has a keen interest in beer culture and food pairing for beer.
James Coleridge – Founder & Maestro of Bella Gelateria
The award winning master gelato maker of Bella Gelateria opened his Vancouver establishment in June 2010. James received formal training at the Italian Culinary Institute and advanced masters training at Carpigiani Gelato University in Italy
Marcus Von Albrecht – Chef & President of Mava Foods and Von Albrecht & Associates
The owner of Mava Foods, has a wide variety of specializations that he brings to the table. Mava is a local food manufacturer that produces; home meal replacements for grocery stores, a food program for 44 elementary schools (MAVAlicious KidsEat) and the Meals on Wheels program for Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby. As well he is the Principal behind XFour Handcrafted Vodka which is B.C’s first handcrafted premium corn and rye based vodka.
Julia Smith – Founder of Urban Diggs Farm
Urban Digs is a family farm that grew out of a quarter acre residential lot on Vancouver’s West Side and now encompasses several acres around South Burnaby, Richmond and Delta. Urban Digs distributes weekly harvest boxes, participates in farmers markets, supplies a number of local restaurants and will be opening for farm gate sales at their Burnaby location in the spring.
Chef Themis Velgis & Shahab Samimi – Co-Founders of Pura Sweeteners
Dubrulle International Culinary School graduate, Chef Velgis is the resident chef and co-founder at Pura Foods with 16 years experience in food production.
Shahab Samimi’s background in the distribution industry enabling him to recognize the niche in the Canadian organic food & beverage distribution channels and leverages this growing demand worldwide. The Pura vision is to replace sugar and artificial sweeteners in foods with a natural and healthier alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners with Pura’s high quality agave syrup.
Food Talks Vol. 6 takes place February 12, 2013 from 6:30pm – 9pm at Dockside in Granville Island Hotel. Each guest will receive 2 tasting glasses of Dockside Brewing Beer, there will also be a draw for prizes and to finish off the evening you will enjoy Gelato by Bella Gelateria. (*Wine, beer, cocktails and other beverages will be available for purchase).
Tickets are available via Eventbrite: $30 per person (eventbrite fee extra) pricing before February 9th. $40 per person (eventbrite fee extra); after February 9th. As always, a donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support the great local charity, Growing Chefs.