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April 15th Canada Kicks Off National Take Out Day

14 Apr

CanadaTakeOutAs you may know, local restaurants are struggling in our new reality.  We have in the last week permanently lost 3 restaurants which are part of the heart and soul of Commercial Drive.  Cabrito Tapas, Federico’s Supper Club and Storm Crow Tavern have permanently closed.  We are sorry to see them go, but understand there are slim margins in restaurants and many factors that played a role in their decisions, a pandemic being the tipping point from which they couldn’t come back.

In order to help those in the food services survive during this pandemic, a movement has been started to encourage Canadians across the country to help support this industry which employs millions. Wednesday, April 15th kicks off the first national Take Out Day which restaurant owners and those in the food services industry hope you will make a weekly event for those that are financially able to. We hope you will consider participating whether it’s weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.  Every bit helps these businesses be here in The After of this pandemic. To learn more about the campaign and what restaurants are participating, visit Canada Takeout.  To learn more about what East Van businesses are operating take-out and delivery services, we invite you to check out our previous feature Support Local Where You Can which is updated regularly.

Dine Out Vancouver Festival Returns January 17 to February 2, 2020

30 Dec

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Dine Out Vancouver Festival returns January 17th to February 2, 2020. This festival brings together over 300 restaurants, wineries, craft breweries and suppliers for 17 days of dining and culinary events.   This festival evolves each year and provides a little something for all tastes.    The big reveal of which restaurants are participating happens Thursday, January 9th.  Once the list is revealed, you are invited to check out the price fix menus online and make your reservation for brunch, lunch or dinner.  Price fix menus are $15, $25, $35 and $45. Beverages, tax and tip not included.

Each year a number of special culinary events take place during Dine Out and we have to say there are some pretty great ones happening this year.  We’ve highlighted a few that caught our eye, but check them out for yourself. Note, if you like what you see, we recommend booking your space, these events do sell out. Here’s, a sampling of what’s available. For the full rundown of special culinary events during Dine Out Festival Vancouver, visit Special Events.

BBQ, Fried Chicken & Brewery Tours With Vancouver Brewery Tours 

  • January 17, 2020; January 18, 2020; January 24, 2020; January 25, 2020; January 31, 2020; February 1, 2020
  • 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM
  • $105.99*

Vancouver Brewery Tours invites to come and enjoy Vancouver’s best barbecue, fried chicken and craft beer. They’ve handpicked three of their favourite businesses in Vancouver for this tour. Your journey begins with some delicious free-range chicken at Juke Fried Chicken – voted #1 for Best Chicken in the Georgia Straight Golden Plates Awards 2019. Next on down the line is award winning pit stop at Memphis Blues for some messy, low and slow cooked barbecue. Finally, you will visit Vancouver’s newest craft brewery Container Brewing. For tickets, visit Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

Coffee, Brunch, Donuts & Beer Tour With Vancouver Brewery Tours 

  • January 18, 2020; January 19, 2020; January 25, 2020; January 26, 2020; February 1, 2020; February 2, 2020
  • 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • $105.99*

You’ll want to roll out of bed early for this tour.  Vancouver Brewery Tours is hosting an epic morning of coffee, brunch, donuts and beer. You will kick off your morning at Agro Roasters coffee shop which will include a behind the scenes coffee tasting and info about bean sourcing and roasting processes.   After that, you will make your way to  the Truck Stop (at Red Truck Beer Company) for a tasty brunch. Next you will land at   Brassneck Brewery for a tour and flight of beer and mere steps away you will end your tour on a sweet note at Cartems Donuts. For tickets, visit Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

Dim Sum ChinaTown Tour – January 18 – February 2, 2020

  • 50 East Pender Street
    January 18, 2020 – February 2, 2020
  • 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • $94.50

Did you know Dim Sum means “Point of the Heart”. We did not, but they say it lives up to its name in Vancouver’s Chinatown. It was originally a Cantonese family tradition (sometimes called Yum Cha (drink tea)) with small, shared dishes, often served in bamboo steamers, Dim Sum has become a staple for lovers of food worldwide.  You are invited to come learn more about Chinatown’s history and visit a couple of Dim Sum restaurants for tastings as well as a tea ceremony.  This tour is provided by Canadian Craft. For tickets, visit Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

Tasting Class: Dessert Wine At River District Vancouver November 14 – POSTPONED

5 Nov

ClusterGrapesIf you have a sweet tooth and love wine, you may wish to check out this Tasting Class happening Thursday, November 14th at the Everything Wine store in River District. Dessert wines are definitely something you see and taste more in the winter months and Everything Wine has you covered with respect to a selection. You are invited to come learn how dessert wine is made and the different styles that are made.  After an introduction to the types of dessert wines, you will, of course, get to taste some of the best in the world.   The tasting class gets under way at 6:30 pm and will run till 8:00 pm.  Tickets are $35 and available for purchase online at Everything Wine.

Sake & Umeshu: Japan Visits Vancouver At Everything Wine October 3rd

1 Oct

SakeBottleOn Thursday, October 3rd Everything Wine located in River District in SE Vancouver is hosting Sake & Umeshu Tasting Class: Japan Visit Vancouver. You will have the unique opportunity to meet four luminaries of sake and umeshu (plum wine) who have come to Vancouver from Japan. They will introduce you to the making of sake and umeshu and discuss their historic breweries and products alongside finger food and of course tastings.  Cost of the class is $30 and it happens this Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  If you haven’t already been to this store, they have a beautiful space for conducting workshops and lots of free parking close by.  For tickets or more information, visit Everything Wine Vancouver.

Savour Summer Festival Happens at River District Town Centre August 10th

6 Aug

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If are looking for some free summer fun and entertainment, you may wish to check out the Savour Summer Festival happening this Saturday, August 10th at the River District Town Centre, 8550 River District Crossing. The festival features summer games, mini golf, a dunk tank in support of local charities along with the latest craze which we hear is axe throwing?!   We also hear a beer garden will be available for 19+ patrons. If you don’t already know, an Everything Wine store is located across from the River District Town Centre and they will have lots of in store wine tastings happening during the festival.   The event also features live music by lots of local talent including Cory Owens and The Boom Booms.  The festival runs from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm and again it’s free. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Les Amis du Fromage Announces Wine & Cheese Tastings Coming This Fall

1 Aug

 

If you love wine and cheese, you will want to to check out some of tastings that les amis du Fromage has coming this Fall to their East Van location (843 East Hastings Street). If are enjoying Summer and thinking Fall is a long ways off, well these courses are not really that far off .  We’ve set out the two tastings coming up:

Blue Mountain Cheese Tasting-October 21, 2019

Blue Mountain Vineyards and Cellars is located in Okanagan Falls and is a great winery to visit with some beautiful wines.  But you don’t have to travel to the Okanagan to taste some of their wines, you can just make your way to les amis du fromage  on October 21st. Tasting kicks off at 6:30. Tickets are $80. To purchase tickets, visit les amis du Fromage.

Little Farm Winery – November 4, 2019

The Little Farm Winery is based in Cawston, BC and is a small producer of single vineyard Chardonnay. Tasting kicks off at 6:30 pm on November 4th. Tickets again are $80. To purchase your tickets, visit les amis du Fromage.  If you wish to learn more about this sweet little winery, we invite you to check out this nice piece in Montecristo Magazine titled ‘Risk and Romance‘.

If you don’t already know les amis du FROMAGE, has been voted “Best Cheese Shop” by readers of The Georgia Straight and The Courier repeatedly.  They have another location in Kitsilano, but the tasting events are being held at the East Van location. Tickets for these tastings are available online. Although these classes seems a little ways off into the future, these classes do sell out quickly. If interested, we suggest you reserve your spot(s). Refunds aren’t given, but you can transfer your spot to someone else.

Custom Cocktail Class At Everything Wine Vancouver Friday May 31st

28 May

 

Looking for something fun to do this Friday night?  How about learning to make some top notch cocktails.  Everything Wine Vancouver in the new River District has an amazing space for workshops and this Friday it’s all about cocktails.  You will learn to make an Old Fashioned, Gin Sour, Whiskey Sour, Last Word, Dark Angel and a Vodka Martini, apparently with some of the BEST vodka you’ve ever had. The event will be featuring spirits from the Roots and Wings Distillery and not only will you learn to make the cocktails, but you will of course be tasting them as well.  Cost is $25 and there are a few spaces left. To register, call t: 604.416. 1672.

The Wonders Of Wine From Eastern Europe May 15th At Everything Wine Vancouver

6 May
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Many of us know wines from some of the well known wine making regions, France, California, Australia and our own Okanagan Valley.  Have you tried wines from Eastern Europe?  On Wednesday, May 15th Mark Konstantinov will take you on a tour of wines from a sampling of regions such as Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Maldova, Georgia and Hungary. These areas are rich with history, which Mark will touch on during the workshop. You will also have the opportunity to try a number of wines from these regions, we suspect ones you’ve likely never been exposed to.  The event takes place at the Everything Wine store located in River District in SE Vancouver. This is a beautiful store with an amazing selection with a great space for their tasting classes.  Cost of the workshop is $25.00. Class runs 6:30 to 8:00 pm. To register, call Everything Wine Vancouver T: 604.416.1672.

 

Maker Market At The Ellis Building Launches Friday October 26th

24 Oct

MakerMarketAtTheEllisSo in case you missed the news, The Eastside Flea, which was until recently located at 1024 Main Street in the Ellis Building, has moved to the Eastside Studios at 550 Malkin Avenue in Strathcona.  Which we might add is a great cool space. This though left the window open for someone to organize and takeover the space at now vacant Ellis Building and that they’ve done. This Friday, October 26th is the launch of the Maker Market At The Ellis which features you guessed it local makers, food trucks and more.  We see our friends at Sriracha Revolver will be on hand with their amazing spicy sauces AND one of their sauces we hear will be added to a spicy drink collaboration at the bar. Yes there’s a bar, cash only.  This new Makers Market happens from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  If you can’t make this one, two more are lined up Friday, November 23rd and Friday, December 14th. If you are a local maker looking for a cool new spot, they are taking applications for their upcoming markets.  To learn more, visit them on Instagram @makermarketattheellis.

East Van Cider Fest August 22nd At The Wise Hall

14 Aug

EastVanCiderFest2018Liberty Merchant Company presents the 2nd Annual East Van Cider Fest on Wednesday, August 22nd at the Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac Street. In case you hadn’t heard the news, some are touting cider as the new craft beer. However you slice it, cider makers are carving out a niche for themselves in this growing industry with some tasty offerings. The upcoming East Van Cider Fest is the perfect opportunity to taste cider, mead and other spirits from all over BC. The evening will also feature tasty bites from local businesses, a silent auction and door prizes which directly support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.   Tickets for the event are $24.99 and you are asked to bring a non-perishable food event with you. Your ticket includes 10 tasting tokens, a welcome cocktail and a keepsake glass. To purchase your tickets, visit any Liberty Wine Merchants location. In East Vancouver, you can visit them at 1622 Commercial Drive or call them at 604.633.1922. The event gets under way at 7:00 p.m. and goes till 9:00 pm. If you wish to learn more about BC’s growing cider industry, we invite you to check out this informative write up by What’s Brewing

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