The Uncommon Café, 477 Powell Street, is hosting another delicious line of up cooking and baking classes this Spring. Valentine Kitamura owner of Tartine Maple will be leading the classes which will be held at two locations one of which is Trout Lake Community Centre. We’ve set out below a few of their upcoming classes. No baking or cooking experience? No worries, the recipes are easy, Valentine will walk you through it and make it fun.
Eclairs & Cream Puffs: Sunday, April 30th – Trout Lake Community Centre 2-4 pm
Valentine will teach you the basics of Choux pastry which will then be filled with cream and covered with a warm chocolate sauce. The eclairs are the long version that are filled with a bit of heaven. You are asked to bring containers so you can take some of your creations home, that is if you don’t eat them all. This class is $57.14 and runs from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Note, registration for this event is through the Trout Lake Community Centre. Hint: We’ve tasted Valentine’s cream puffs made with pistachio filling that is hands down one of the best things we’ve ever tasted. We guarantee it will impress your guests. Personally, we’d ask for that recipe.
Chocolate Lovers Cooking Class – May 7th – Trout Lake Community Centre 2-4 pm
If you love chocolate and want to learn how to make easy decadent desserts, than this class is for you. Whether you wish to impress guests, or that special someone or keep it all for yourself, no judgment. What you will learn to make in this class is:
- Chocolate Mousse
- Lava Cake
- Chocolate Truffles
- Chocolate Sauce to Drizzle
This is a demonstration cooking class after which you will get to enjoy your Lava Cake. The rest of the goodies you get to take home with you.
Mother’s Day Brunch & Bake – Sunday, May 14th – The Uncommon Café 11-2
You are invited to bring your mom to a fun food event in which Valentine will demonstrate some easy brunch recipes including:
- Beet Soup with Whipped Goat Cheese
- Mini Asparagus & Bacon Quiches
- Homemade Baba Ganoush and Tapenade with Toasted Tortillas
- Eclairs and Cream Puffs for dessert
This class is a demonstration class in which you get to eat all the delish dishes in the dining area after class at The Uncommon Café along with a refreshing Mimosa. There is a bit of hands on for those that wish to participate, or you can sit back and relax. Cost of this class is $69 and there is a $10 discount for early registration. Tickets are available through Eventbrite
If you haven’t heard of Make It! you may be living under a rock. This event founded by siblings Chandler Herbut and Jenna Herbut in 2008, showcases artists, crafters and makers from all over Canada. This year, you will find over 200 exhibitors or ‘Makies’ at the PNE Forum from April 21st to April 23rd. You will find a wide variety of items including some personal favourites such as Beth & Olivia, The Lemon Square, Sea Luxe, Sable Shortbread, Laughing Sparrow, East Van Light, Amara Blue Designs, DIG Leather, Irit Sorokin Designs and Tessa Manu Photography. Alright, so that’s a long list. These are some of the many we will be checking out this weekend. Shopping isn’t the only thing happening at Make It! There will be music, food trucks and a beer garden as well as a silent auction with items donated by the makies with 100% of the proceeds to benefit the Union Gospel Mission. Make It! kicks off this Friday, April 21st at 11:00 am. Tickets are $5 at the door with kids under 12 free.
Love whiskey and great food? Cabritos Tapas on The Drive is hosting another Whiskey and Tapas Experience on Tuesday, April 25th. Their guest, Colin Bussiere, President of Only Hearts Spirits will be walking and talking you through the whiskey they will be pouring that evening. Chef Alex will pair each whiskey tasting with what we expect will be very delish tapas. Tickets for this event are $95 per person and available online at Cabrito Tapas. Event kicks off at 6:00 pm.
The commercial landscape along East Hastings in the Hastings Sunrise area has seen a few changes lately and we expect there will be a few more in the coming months. We went to check out the most recent addition, being Plenty + Spare located at 2168 East Hastings Street. If you need any inspiration, they are conveniently located next to East Village Bakery. Plenty + Spare had their grand opening one week ago today after spending a few weeks getting organized in their new space. They carry their own line of soap and skincare products that are made without a long list of items you don’t want in your skincare products which are locally sourced whenever possible. The store also has a selection of houseware items which they will be adding to in the coming weeks and months. If you can’t make it over to this part of East Van, their products are also available in a number of other retail locations including a few favourites of ours such as The Soap Dispensary and Much & Little on Main Street, Scout & Co. in Steveston and The Good Omen in New Westminster. For a full rundown of where their products are available, visit their website at Plenty + Spare. On the other hand if you wish to learn to make products yourself, you may wish to check our their do-it yourself workshops they will be hosting. Self-Care Sunday Workshops begin Sunday, April 30th at a cost of $56 per person. Plenty + Spare is open Wednesday to Friday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Stop by and support this great new addition to our local business community.
If you missed this amazing show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival or more recently at The Cultch, you will have one chance to catch it Thursday, April 20th at The Havana Theatre. The Berlin Waltz is a one-woman show created by Devon More. She will share with you her tales from a 100 mile pilgrimage through the former border zone of the infamous Berlin Wall. You will hear Devon recount stories told over many glasses of beer and schnapps. Her story will touch on the ripple effects of the Cold War. The evening includes humour, satire, sock puppets, paranoia, propaganda, slam poetry and live music. This is not your average history lesson and with all the talk of a ‘wall’ south of the border, this history lesson couldn’t come at a better time. The show begins at 8:00 pm in the Havana Theatre located in the Havana Restaurant, great spot for a bite before or after the show. Cost of the show is Pay What You Can.
What people are saying about the Berlin Waltz:
“More’s Berlin Waltz stands as a love letter to a city, an intimate encounter between biography and history, and also, a call for action.”
“Devon brings the history of the Cold War to life. … you’ll exit the performance to ruminate on the show’s poignant message about achieving the impossible through the power of people and art.”
Vue Weekly Edmonton 2016
Do you ever wonder how to be in any given situation? Maybe you ‘should’ have said this, or ‘should’ have done that. What do you think of someone that didn’t say the ‘right’ thing? Whether it’s family, friends or co-workers, we are often second guessing ourselves to what avail? Creator and choreographer Tara Cheyene Friedenberg will endeavor to shed light on our ‘shoulds’, ‘woulds’ and ‘coulds’ by bringing you a blend of dance, theatre and comedy all on one stage in How To Be. This performance has some local talent behind it include Marcus Youssef and Josh Martin. How To Be kicks off April 12 at The Cultch for a short run to April 15th. Tickets are available from $20 online or by phone.
The Cultch is bringing something pretty cool, literally and figuratively, to the Britannia Ice Rink this month. Specifically, Le Patin Libre which is a new kind of award-winning ice dancing without the sparkles and stereotypes, but with a whole lot of attitude and sophistication. Le Patin Libre was founded in 2005 by world class ex-figure skaters. Bored of the stereotypes associated with ice dancing, and desperate to escape the narrow parameters of sequins and sparkles, Le Patin Libre’s initial performances were simple but beautiful presentations on frozen ponds. Audiences loved them, but we understand the more conservative world of Canadian figure skating was unsupportive. Thanks to residencies offered by private ice rink owners in France, they were able to dedicate themselves seriously to their research and continue experimenting with the ice dancing genre. Their rebellious and boundary pushing creativity has opened up the genre in new and exciting ways. Now, in partnership with arts organizations and community ice rinks, Le Patin Libre are able to use their passion for ice skating to gather a mix of people including sport fans, art aficionados, people who might not normally spend time together, to enjoy this amazing performance. They bring their performance Vertical Influences to Britannia Ice Rick, 1661 Parker Street, April 18 to 30, 2017. Coming off a sold-out European tour, you have the opportunity to see this inventive Canadian group break boundaries before they explode on the international scene. Tickets for this show are available online from The Cultch, adults $46 and children $20. Evening performances begin at 7:00 pm with a number of matinee performances.
What people are saying about Vertical Influences:
“One of those rare shows I could willingly have sat through all over again …
A pure body rush. Astounding”
★★★★★” — The Guardian, UK
Photo Credit Rolline Lapointe