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Tasting Plates Return To Commercial Drive September 4th

14 Aug

TastingPlatesRichard Wolak of Vancouver Foodster is bringing  back his Tasting Plates to Commercial Drive on September 4th. What is Tasting Plates?  It is basically a culinary roving tour that takes place at different food and/or beverage establishments.  You register for the event at the designated spot in this case, Federico’s Supper Club, 1728 Commercial Drive, the day of the event.  You bring your printed or digital tickets that you purchased online and in turn receive your Tasting Plates Cards and menus.   Thereafter, you wander whether by bike, foot, car or transit to the various venues and nibble away to your hearts content. Each location will have specific menu items on offer for the Tasting Plates.  After registration and a bite at Federico’s Supper Club, we see Grounds For Coffee is on deck which assume will be featuring their much talked about cinnamon buns. A favourite participating is Fratelli Bakery, 1795 Commercial Drive, which is literally a hop across the street from Federico’s Supper Club.  In case you don’t already know, Fratelli Bakery makes many Italian pastries including  breads, cookies, cupcakes, biscotti and cakes. This is our go to place for St. Honore cake. JamJar with delish Lebanese eats is also on board.   The full line up hasn’t been announced for this roving culinary tour, but being how many spots there are on The Drive, we expect the list to grow quickly.   Early bird tickets are now on sale for $36 until August 23rd.  After that date, you can purchase advance tickets for $45 per person and after September 1st, cost is $60 per person.  So purchasing your ticket is the way to go. Tickets are available via Eventbrite. We expect this to be another tasty tour.  TastingsPlatesCD2019

Cooking Class ‘Mexican Fiesta’ At Gourmet Warehouse September 19th

12 Aug

MexicanFiestaLooking to kick up your cooking skills in the kitchen a notch?  You can’t go wrong with Mexican food for a get together. Having brought various ceviches to gatherings with friends, it is always a popular hit and easy to keep some aside to make a vegan option.  On September 19th, Sue Wiebe hosts a class at Gourmet Warehouse showing you how easy it is to put together a Mexican spread with fresh ingredients.  This is an evening class beginning at 6:00 pm. We’ve set out the menu below:

• Shrimp and avocado ceviche

• Fish tacos with tropical slaw and lime crema

• Steak skewers with chimichurri sauce

• Tres Leche Cake with fresh mango and cream

Come hungry, you will get to eat everything that is made the day of the class.  Note, after each class, everyone has the opportunity to shop in store with a 10% discount on items purchased the day of your class. To register, visit Gourmet Warehouse.

Bon appetit!

Photo Credit: Gourmet Warehouse

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.

Fresh Local Produce + Artisans At Community Market August 16th

30 Jul

CucumbersThe Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, 2425 Oxford Street (near Nanaimo and Hastings) is hosting another Community Market Friday, August 16th  from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  You can expect to find fresh produce, preserves, snacks, seeds, popcorn, activities for the kids. There will be some local artisans including Jessica Woo of Perching Art Clay will be back along side City Beet Urban Farm and Golden Era Burger food truck.  We hear there will be some great fresh local produce on hand at a low cost. Also, post market, Kiwassa’s Youth Program will be featuring an outdoor climate change film screening.  For more info,  visit Kiwassa.ca.

Yeast Van Patio Party At Container Brewing August 17th

29 Jul

YeastVan2019The Yeast Van Brewery District Cooperative invites you to their first ever Patio Block Party at Container Brewing, 1216 Franklin Street, happening Saturday, August 17th. Tickets for the event are $20 and include 2 drink tickets.  Extra drink tickets are available for $5.00 each.  Big Day BBQ will be on hand with eats and Dr. Alex will be spinning vinyl.  Lots of great local breweries will be participating in this event including Bomber Brewing, Luppolo, East Van, Off The Rail, Callister, Container, Strathcona, Hastings Mill, Postmark, Coal Harbour, Storm, Parallel 49, Odd Society Spirits, Resurrection Spirits, Andina, Powell, Strange Fellows and Superflux. So grab a ticket now, or at the door. To grab your ticket in advance, visit Eventbrite.

New In Town: Oh Sweet Day! At 1st Avenue & Commercial Drive

15 Jul

 

If you love cheesecake, you will want to check out this newly opened spot, Oh Sweet Day! located at 1706 East 1st Avenue just off the Drive.  The force behind this sweet space is Fanny Lam, a self-taught home baker who turned her love of baking into a blog, then a cookbook then a storefront.  Outside of running a popular blog, writing a cookbook, Fanny has been selling her cakes for 2 years at farmer markets around the Lower Mainland. Lucky for us you can now find her signature cheesecakes as well as mousse cakes, ganache drip cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, shortbread tartlets and cookies at this sweet space off The Drive. If you are looking for gluten free or vegan options, they’ve got that too.  We invite you to stop by and check out this new space. Alternatively, you can drool over the photos on her website at Visit Oh Sweet Day! online or in person. Their hours are currently Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 10-6 and Friday and Saturday 10-7 and closed Tuesday.   You can also find Oh Sweet Day! at farmer markets throughout the Lower Mainland.

Photo Credit: Oh Sweet Day!

Workshop: Preserve The Summer August 7th At Trout Lake Community Centre

9 Jul

Jam-StarAniseHave some beautiful summer produce on hand, maybe some fresh herbs?  Always wanted to learn how to can your summer bounty? Valentine of Tartine & Maple  will be back at Trout Lake Community Centre August 7th  to lead a workshop on the basics of canning.  Valentine will teach you some simple recipes including Blueberry & Lemon Jam, Zucchini Pickles and a Basil Walnut Pesto.  Not only is homemade/handmade the best, once you’ve learned the basics, you can put your own personal twist on each jar you make.  Just think local blackberries are just around the corner.  The 2 hour workshop kicks off at 6:00 pm. Cost is $57.14. At the end of the evening, everyone goes home with a small jar of the recipes made during the workshop. To register, visit Vancouver.ca.

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