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  • Sep26

    Rain or Shine Ice Cream-8
    [Rain or Shine Ice Cream’s Josie Fenton and Blair Casey]

    Tantalize your taste buds next month at over a dozen fabulous Kitsilano restaurants! Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates will showcase West 4th dining establishments on Tuesday, October 7.

    Each restaurant will be serving up sampler dishes for guests to enjoy. This is a fun and engaging way to meet fellow foodies, the chefs behind our local food scene, and learn about their passion for cooking. Vegetarian options will be available at many of the participating restaurants.
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  • Aug29

    Food Talks logo

    Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks series is back with Volume 11: Innovation in our Food Community.

    Meet and mingle with fellow foodies on Tuesday, September 16, when five speakers will be featured for an engaging talk about their passion for our food community. There will be a Q&A following the talk, allowing guests the chance to engage with the speakers.

    The evening will kick off with a cup of coffee or tea in the café, followed by the speakers at 7 pm. At 8:15, there will be a Q&A, with mingling and networking to follow. Food, wine, and other beverages will be available for purchase during the event.

    Here’s the lineup for Volume 11:

    Bomber Brewing

    Ken Beattie, Beer Educator, Eureka Beer Guide
    Ken’s passion for the beer industry started in BC in 1987 when hired as a summer student with Molson Breweries. Ken spent 10 years with Molson, beginning his sales career in Northern BC and finishing his tenure in Downtown Vancouver. As of July 2013, Ken is the Executive Director of the BC Craft Brewers Guild, representing half of the 70 owned and operated craft breweries and brewpubs in BC, with the aim of producing and promoting premium hand-crafted beers that are truly BC, showcasing the brewers’ talents on a global level.
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  • Nov13

    Food Talks logo

    Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks series will wine down the year with Volume 10: All about wine!

    Meet and mingle with fellow foodies and wine lovers on December 3, where six wine industry panelists (who need no introduction) will be featured for an engaging talk about all things wine. There will be a Q&A following the talk, giving guests the chance to engage with the speakers, along with a prize draw.
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  • Nov7

    Roundel Cafe-1

    Vancouver Foodster’s latest tasting extravaganza will take place in Vancouver’s East Village on November 27 from 6 to 9:30 pm. Check out some of the newer and lesser-known spots from Powell to Hastings and from Commercial Drive to Renfrew. 
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  • Sep27

    Guanaco Salvadoran cuisine/Ayote pupusa
    [Guanaco Food Truck’s Salvadoran cuisine: Ayote pupusa]

    Vancouver Foodster’s latest tasting extravaganza will take place along West 4th Avenue on October 6 from 4 to 9 pm. Think of it as a lazy Sunday roving dinner experience along Kitsilano’s best-known shopping street.
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  • Jun21

    Tasting Plates Summer route/stamp card

    I’ve attended past Tasting Plates Vancouver events put on by Vancouver Foodster (aka Richard Wolak); as each neighbourhood gets covered, there’s always something new to discover in our city’s abundant food scene.
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  • Apr29

     Chef Karen Barnaby
    [Chef Karen Barnaby]

    Vancouver Food Talks returns in June with its eighth edition in the series, celebrating one year of hosting inspiring speakers from our local food community! This edition of Food Talks is themed 5 Iconic Women Chefs

    Each of these inspiring women will talk about what they do and their role as a woman chef in the food community. 

    Volume 8’s five women chef speakers will be:
    Chef Karen Barnaby
    Karen has lived and worked in Toronto, cooking at The Rivoli and the David Wood Food Shop. In Mexico, she worked as a private chef. Vancouver has been her home since 1991 where she has held the position of Executive Chef at both the Raintree Restaurant and the Fish House in Stanley Park. Her current role is Chef of Product and Business Development for Albion Fisheries, Intercity Packers, and Fresh Start Foods under the Gordon Food Service umbrella.

    Chef Meeru Dhalwala
    Meeru Dhalwala was born in India and moved to Washington, DC, at a very young age with her parents. In DC, she worked with various international non-profit organizations on human rights and economic development projects. She received a Master’s degree in Development Studies from Bath University in England. In 1995, Meeru moved to Vancouver and joined her husband, Vikram, to work at his newly opened restaurant, Vij’s. She quickly took over the menu responsibilities and has been creating new dishes since the summer of 1995.

    Chef Susan Mendelson
    Susan has shared her recipes on radio, television, and in her 10 cookbooks. After 30 years, Susan still feels passionate about delicious and beautiful food and believes that only the finest ingredients should go into any food that is created. Susan has supported several key organizations, donating a percentage of her book royalties to Big Sisters of BC, the Vancouver Jewish Family Service Agency Food programs and others.

    Chef Angie Quaale
    Angie Quaale founded Well Seasoned in 2004 after working for several years in hotels and fine dining. Her successful career has focused on commercial food sales, menu development, and retail food distribution.

    Chef Merri Schwartz
    A deep passion for food and agriculture led Schwartz to found Growing Chefs! Chefs for Children’s Urban Agriculture in 2005. This Vancouver-based, non-profit organization pairs chef volunteers with elementary school classrooms, where chefs help students plant, grow, and cook their own vegetables. Schwartz founded Growing Chefs! with the hope that sustainable practices will become integral to living and cooking in Vancouver and beyond.
    Enjoy tasty appetizers prepared by the chefs at The Westin Grand followed by the talks. After the speakers, Richard Wolak, Founder of Food Talks, will moderate a Q&A, offering the audience a chance to ask questions and engage with the speakers. There will also be a draw for prizes. Wine, beer, cocktails and other beverages will be available for purchase.

    Growing Chefs will be the event’s designated charity, an organization that educates children on the food community in public schools.

    Food Talks Volume 8
    Date: Tuesday, June 11, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
    Venue: The Westin Grand, 433 Robson Street, Vancouver
    Early Bird Tickets: $18 per person before April 30 (11:30 pm); Advance Tickets: $30 per person after April 30. After June 8, regular tickets will be $40 per person.
    All tickets exclude Eventbrite fee.
    A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Growing Chefs.

  • Feb18

    Food Talks Volume 6-6

    Last week, Dockside Brewing opened its lovely bar and lounge space to host Vancouver Foodster’s 6th edition of Food Talks Vancouver.

    Richard Wolak aka Vancouver Foodster

    Richard Wolak is the man behind Vancouver Foodster, Food Talks, and Tasting Plates.

    Food Talks Volume 6-26

    A variety of appetizers and decadent desserts were prepared by Dockside’s Executive Chef Simon McNeil and his team for a large group of attendees.

    Fire roasted chili prawns with garlic Ancho jelly Irish Dubliner & glazed pear lollies with house quince butter Mini Banh Mi Sliders with hoisin mayo and siracha smear Petite pistachio financiers Food Talks Volume 6-7
    [Fire roasted chili prawns with garlic Ancho jelly, Irish Dubliner & glazed pear lollies with house quince butter, Mini Banh Mi Sliders with hoisin mayo & siracha smear, petite pistachio financiers]

    Each guest received two sampler-sized Dockside craft beers and the chance to mingle and nibble before the speaker portion of the evening started.
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  • Jan28

    Mobius Coffee & Tea

    Prepare to experience some of the newest and tastiest offerings on Wednesday, February 20 from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm as Vancouver Foodster, Vancouver’s essential online food and drink guide, presents the 2nd annual Tasting Plates Vancouver: Downtown Edition

    “When I first started Vancouver Foodster over 3-1/2 years ago, it was because I had a great passion for food and wanted to share it with the public,” explains Richard Wolak, Editor and Publisher of Vancouver Foodster. ‘Tasting Plates Vancouver’ is a chance for people to try something different, foods from restaurants, food trucks, cafés and bakeries in Vancouver!”

    To kick off the evening, special musical guest Gio Levy will perform an acoustic set at the Vancouver Fanclub (registration venue) beginning at 5:30 pm.

    Key lime macarons
    Participating restaurants will offer tasting plates of their food, showcasing the restaurant while promoting their food and chefs. The ticket price will include tasting plates at each of the restaurants throughout the evening. Beverages will be included at some of the restaurants (to be noted on Tasting Card); wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails will be available for purchase at each restaurant on the tour. Vegetarian options will be available at many of the participating restaurants.

    Soho Road Indian cart

    Enjoy a self-paced foodie tour around Vancouver’s popular Coal Harbour and the West End, while socializing with friends over dishes and drink. This fun food networking event aims to connect Vancouver’s vibrant food community.

    Participating restaurants include:
    Pink Elephant Thai
    Lolita’s Cantina
    Zachary’s on Robson
    Betty on Burrard
    Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery
    Soho Road Food Truck
    Soirette Macaron & Tea
    Vancouver Fanclub

    Vancouver Foodster 2nd Annual Tasting Plates Vancouver: Downtown Edition
    Date: February 20, 5:30 to 9:30 pm
    Registration: Vancouver Fanclub, 1050 Granville Street; guests will show their printed or digital tickets and pick up a Tasting Plates Map Card.
    Tickets: Available in advance, online only
    Before February 17: $35 per person (Eventbrite fee extra); $100 for 4 pak of tickets/$135 for 6 pak
    After February 17: $45 per person (Eventbrite fee extra)

    $3 from each ticket purchase will support Project Limelight Society.

    Note: ALL tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however they are transferrable with printed proof of ticket. Tasting Plates Vancouver is produced by CMI Chat Media Inc.

  • Jan14

    Noodle Mania YVR/Bob Likes Thai Food
    [Noodle Mania YVR/Bob Likes Thai Food Kanom Jeen: minced tuna curry, rice noodles, Ga Chai,
    Kaffir lime, garlic, shallot, chili, fish sauce, veggies]

    Vancouver Foodster’s Noodle Mania got underway yesterday with an afternoon/evening tour through 10 of Vancouver’s noodle restaurants and tea rooms.

    Shaktea on Main
    [Main Street’s Shaktea]

    Unlike past Tasting Plates Vancouver events, this one covered a much wider portion of the city, taking in South Granville, East Van (and Little Vietnam), Kitsilano, Yaletown, The Drive, and Kerrisdale. Diners converged at Main Street’s Shaktea, an adorable little tea shop in the busy 21st Street stretch, for event registration.

    Shaktea on Main Shaktea on Main

    Three teas were set up in glass pots: Vanilla Black, Organic Cinnamon Swirl Rooibos, and Spiced Pear. It’s events such as this that give foodies a way to discover potential new gems not on their radar.

    Living in Kitsilano, I’m spoiled with eateries (and two tea shops), not to mention countless cafés. Noodle Mania was set up to allow its participants to create their own route. I already had a strategy in place for both amount of eateries I’d be visiting as well as transportation (a combination of driving and leaving my car at Canada Line to pop into Yaletown for two of the tour stops, Urban Thai Bistro and Yaletown L’Antipasto).

    Noodle Mania YVR/Soho Tea Room
    [Noodle Mania YVR/Soho Tea Room DIY fish soup/lobster bisque broth with rice noodles]

    I also aimed to try as many restaurants that were new to me as possible, leaving a couple of places off my itinerary simply due to time, energy, and belly. After four stops, I was already feeling pretty full. Richard Wolak (aka Vancouver Foodster) warned those attending to arrive on an empty stomach, and he wasn’t kidding!
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  • Dec14

    Noodle-making demonstration: Garley Leung
    [Garley Leung demonstrates noodle making at Dragon Feast of the Century Lunch, 2011]

    Tantalize your taste buds at several noodle restaurants throughout Vancouver as Vancouver Foodster sets the event’s focus on noodles, expanding the Tasting Plates event to a full leisurely afternoon. You will sample all types of noodles, from chow mein to spaghetti to ramen, udon, pad thai and more. This tour encompasses many ethnic eateries and noodle dishes from American, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, Vietnamese, and other cultures.

    Each restaurant will be serving up either tasting bowls or plates. Vegetarian options will be available at many of the participating restaurants. This all ages event welcomes foodies to join the city’s vibrant food community and meet the chefs behind some of Vancouver’s noodle restaurants. Who knows? You may discover your own secret noodle haunt gem during this event!

    This is a roving, self-paced tour that can be enjoyed by moped, bike, driving, walking, skateboarding or carpooling depending on your mood, the weather, and favourite form of transport.

    Participating restaurants: 
    Urban Thai Bistro (Thai)
    Chau Veggie Express (Vietnamese)
    Bob Likes Thai Food (Thai)
    Hai Phong (Vietnamese)
    Soho Tea Room (Hong Kong & Taiwanese)
    Yaletown L’Antipasto (Italian)
    Fet’s Bar & Grill (American)
    Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar (Italian)
    The Mac Shack (American)

    Vancouver Foodster Noodle Mania
    Date: Sunday, January 13, 2013, 3 to 8 pm
    Venue/Registration: Shaktea, 3702 Main Street; this is the starting point where your printed or digital tickets will be shown in order to get a Noodle Mania Tasting Card.
    Advance Tickets: $30 per person (plus Eventbrite fee) until January 10th; $100 for a pack of four tickets; $120 for a pack of six tickets
    Regular Tickets $40 per person (plus Eventbrite fee) after January 10th

    All tickets must be purchased in advance. Ticket price includes tasting bowls or plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Project Limelight Society, a free theatre program for kids that inspires them to look inside themselves and discover their inner strengths, explore their hidden talents, develop confidence and form lasting friendships.

  • Dec5

    Food Talks Vancouver Volume 5/Richard Wolak

    Roughly once a month, Vancouver Foodster’s Richard Wolak organizes Food Talks, bringing together five speakers with a range of talent as wide and varied as Vancouver’s food palate; this month’s event was no exception.

    Food Talks Vancouver Volume 5-1 Food Talks Vancouver Volume 5-3 Food Talks Vancouver Volume 5/John Bishop and Daniel Frankel
    [Daniel Frankel gets a hug from restaurateur John Bishop]

    Inside a warm, holiday-themed Stanley Park Pavilion, guests were treated to beautifully-prepared appetizers leading up to the speakers inside an adjacent room filled with decorated seats that would suit a wedding reception! Talk about posh.
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  • Nov6

    Your burger is served

    Get ready to vote for your favourite Vancouver burger! Richard Wolak (aka Vancouver Foodster, the man behind Vancouver Food Talks and Tasting Plates), created a new challenge for chefs around the city.

    The Best Burger Challenge has officially kicked off and diners are encouraged to vote for their favourite burger until November 30. Chefs were invited to dream up their to-die-for creation. Each burger is available at its restaurant, for lunch or dinner. Beef, bison, lamb, chicken, turkey, veggie: all will be judged on originality, creativity, uniqueness, price, value, and taste.

    Here’s a link to the different creations on offer, from Ace Burger’s Coffee Rub Burger, to Black + Blue Steakhouse’s B+B Burger.

    Think you can fit all 29 restaurants in? Voting will take place from November 28 to December 3 online. Burger challenge postcards are available at each participating restaurant to keep track of your favourites.

    And follow along at @VanFoodster with the #BestBurgerChallenge hashtag.

  • Oct22

    Food Talks Volume 2-2
    [Beta 5 Chocolates]

    Tasting Plates Vancouver returns for its fall edition, taking in Chinatown, Strathcona, and East Van. Get ready to enjoy some of the newest and tastiest offerings in these eclectic parts of town on Wednesday, November 21 as Vancouver Foodster, Vancouver’s essential online food and drink guide, presents Tasting Plates Vancouver Fall Edition.

    Each restaurant will offer a tasting plate, showcasing their restaurant while promoting the food and chefs. Learn about the restaurants, what brings these passionate restaurateurs to Vancouver’s thriving foodie scene, and enjoy great bites with friends in a social setting. Vegetarian options will be available at many of the participating restaurants.

    Tasting Plates is billed as is a roving tour that brings guests to participating restaurants, cafés, and bakeries around different parts of Vancouver on a regular basis.

    Waldorf Hotel Food Cart Festival/PazzaRella Auto Pizzeria oven
    [PazzaRella Auto Pizzeria at Waldorf Hotel Food Cart Festival, 2012]

    Walk, bike, transit, drive or carpool to the following participating restaurants:

    East of Main Cafe 
    Harvest Foods
    Beta 5 Chocolates
    Pazzarella Wood Fired Pizza
    Treasure Green Tea House
    Oyster Express
    Floata Seafood Restaurant
    The Chinese Tea Shop
    Electric Owl
    More restaurants to be added closer to event date

    Beverages are included at some restaurants to be noted on the Tasting Plate Card given at registration. Wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails will be available at each of the participating restaurants.

    Tasting Plates Vancouver Fall Edition
    Date: November 21, 6 to 9:30 pm
    Venue: Beta 5 Chocolates, 413 Industrial Avenue (parking lot) – Registration and starting point
    Tickets: $30; $40 after November 18 (not including Eventbrite fee)
    $100 for a 4-pak of tickets or $120 for a 6-pak of tickets before November 18 (not including Eventbrite fee)

    All ticket sales are final and must be purchased in advance; no exchanges or refunds. Tickets are transferrable with printed proof of purchase. A $3 donation from each ticket sale will support Project Limelight.