Tasting Plates – Kitsilano West

As autumn fog rolls in and the leaves create a beautiful mosaic along our sidewalks, a small group of us welcomed the crisp air with another edition of Tasting Plates Vancouver in Kitsilano. We began our evening with delightful cups of coffee and desserts from Essentia Café. Presented beautifully and with intention, the light mango…

Long After the Finale, Chefs Celebrate Canadian Culinary Championships

The last melodic notes from the Gold Medal Plates Canadian Culinary Championships’ gala in Kelowna muted weeks ago and the participating chefs continue to celebrate the occasion. For some time to come, everyone who attended will be humming the tunes by entertainers Barney Bentall, Spirit of the West front men Geoffrey Kelly and John Mann…

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens

There is nothing more romantic and stunning than a million “stars” shining through raindrops that trickle off your umbrella. Yes, Vancouvers rain season is back but that shouldn’t stop you from  embracing the beauty of the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens. It’s been 30 years and they’re still going strong! Take a stroll through…

Hawkers Market: Main Streat Food Party

Vancouver is known for a few major things like…food and expensive real estate. It never ceases to amaze me at how everyone in this city is obsessed about food and willing to try new and fun things. What is the Hawkers Market you ask? It’s an opportunity for local food entrepreneurs to introduce their businesses…

Vancouver Foodster presents the Flatbread Challenge

After a successful Taco challenge comes our Flatbread Challenge featuring 7 restaurants in Vancouver, that runs from June 4 – 26, 2014. The interpretation of flatbread takes on different meanings in many cultures and you will find several variations in the flatbread creations the chefs have entered into this challenge. Participating restaurants are showcasing Flatbread creations that…

What’s your pairing for Oysters?

  This year at the Osoyoos Oyster Festival the question of what pairs best with oysters will be addressed in the second annual Oyster Wine Competition and the first Canadian Craft Beer & Oyster Pairing Competition. Winemakers and brewmasters have until April 17 to submit entries into the respective competitions that will be held at…

Okanagan Fest-of-Ale: Same Time Next Year?

The 19th Annual Okanagan Fest-of-Ale tapped out Saturday bolder and brighter than ever leaving craft beer enthusiasts wondering what’ll they do to top it for the 20th Anniversary in 2015? One of the elements that sets this beer festival apart from many is that it is run by the non-profit society, Okanagan Fest-of-Ale, with part…

Tasting Plates YVR: Fraser Edition

  Just as Vancouver slowly creeps out of winter, the sun remains just a little longer to show us that spring is near. As about 50 people queued in front of Graze on a cool Wednesday night, all of us were buzzing with excitement to begin our mini food adventure around the Kensington-Cedar Cottage neighbourhood…

Meyer Family Vineyards Winemakers Dinner at Forage

  What a fantastic evening filled with award winning wines and sumptuous food; a sold out event and no wonder! Chef Chris Whittaker paired his delicious local and sustainably farmed dishes with JAK Meyer’s consistently elegant Wines. After a short introduction by both men, the first course and flight of wines were presented and it…

BLIND TASTING CHALLENGE event VanWineFest

  The Blind Tasting Challenge is a Trade event that is also open to the public. Trade professionals, servers, chefs, and sommeliers compete head to head with the consumer. The Blind Tasting Challenge is sponsored by the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in partnership with Mark Anthony Brands. Blind Tasting Challenge was created to provide…

SONOMA IN THE CITY and Lake Sonoma Winery

  Sonoma County Vintners is pleased to add Lake Sonoma Winery to the line-up of wineries participating in Sonoma in the City – Vancouver on Wednesday, February 5 2014. Lake Sonoma Winery, recently launched in Western Canada and has a deep British Columbia connection: it is owned by West Coast Wine Partners (WCWP), a partnership between the Quails’…

CHINESE NEW YEAR 2014 YEAR OF THE HORSE

Chinese New Year 2014 Year of the Horse 3D Wall Painting The voices of a group of art students: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mj3wUEx8bkU This event serves not only to celebrate Chinese New Year in Parker Place, but also as a milestone of Chinese Canadian history in Richmond. Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Parker Place…

SUNDAY SCHOOL at Vancouver Urban Winery

The ever popular Sunday School at VANCOUVER URBAN WINERY is back in session. A Wine tasting event hosted by Sommeliers David Stansfield and Lisa Cook, Sunday School is an opportunity to demystify wine. Class content will range from understanding wine labels and terminology to evaluating aromas and flavours to assessing perfect food pairings and gauging…

PARKSVILLE UNCORKED for a great weekend getaway!

Parksville Uncorked is one of the most popular wine tasting events on Vancouver Island. Did you know that Parksville is only about 30 minutes from Departure Bay ferry terminal? That makes Parksville on Vancouver Island the perfect destination for a weekend away.   If you are thinking about a weekend away then mark your calendar for February…