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Chocolate Challenge At The Gourmet Warehouse May 10

9 Apr

ChocolateChallenge2018The Chocolate Challenge is back at the Gourmet Warehouse on May 10, 2018. If you love chocolate, this is the place to be.  The Chocolate Challenge is truly a decadent event for chocolate lovers.  This event pits local chocolatiers against each other to create something amazing, both beautiful and delish, with chocolate.  You have the opportunity to taste their creations and vote on them.  This event is a fundraiser for 3 great local charities, specifically the Strathcona Backpack Program, Project Chef and the Vancouver Firefighters `Snacks for Kids` Program. Tickets are $79 and 100% of ticket sale proceeds go towards these charities. As well, there will be a silent auction featuring a host of items including a round trip flight and hotel accommodations to San Francisco, hands-on sushi making workshop, chef’s table tasting menus at some local restaurants and more all to help raise funds.  To keep you fed and hydrated during this evening event, there will be gourmet food stations situated around the store along with a wine bar.  Event gets under way at 6:30 pm.  Come out and try some amazing chocolate, socialize with other chocolate lovers and support local charities doing great work in our community. To purchase tickets for this event, visit Gourmet Warehouse.  

Delish Cooking Classes At Gourmet Warehouse This Spring

27 Mar

PaellaPartyThe Gourmet Warehouse has another round of delicious cooking classes lined up this Spring. These classes are a great way to spend an afternoon and meet some like-minded food lovers. Personally, we also like the shopping after the cooking class as participants are offered a 10% discount for purchases made the day of your class. We have set out a couple of their upcoming classes that caught our eye.  For a full line up of all the classes Gourmet Warehouse is offering visit Cooking Classes.

Paella Party – Saturday, April 28, 2018

Chef Cindy Low invites you to a taste of Spain.  Spain is the home of paella and endless tapas. Come learn the secrets to making a great paella and delish tapas. Some of the dishes you will learn to make include:

  • Chicken and Chorizo Paella with Spanish Rice, Saffron and Vegetables
  • Prawns With Garlic
  • Tapas Platter
  • Salad with romaine, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, olives and sherry vinaigrette
  • Blood Orange Ice Cream

You will be able to eat the dishes that are made after class, so bring your appetite. Cost of this class if $75. To register, visit Gourmet Warehouse.

Modern Thai Kitchen – Saturday,  June 16, 2018 

In this demonstration class, Chef Cindy Low will teach you how to make some delicious Thai food. She’ll also pass on some tips on how to buy, use and store the ingredients. You will learn how to make the following dishes:

  • Thai Salad with ripe papaya, apples, organic greens, fresh Asian herbs, chili lime dressingThaiHomeCookingGW
  • Grilled chicken skewers, spicy peanut dippinig sauce
  • Chiang Mai Noodle Bowl – egg noodles in a light coconut curry broth with prawns, vegetables and Asian herbs
  • Pineapple fried rice with chorizo, egg, fresh pineapple & Thai basil
  • Lychee ice cream

Come hungry, you will get to eat everything that is made the day of the class. After class, everyone has the opportunity to shop in store with a 10% discount on items purchased the day of your class. Cost of the class is $75. To register, visit Gourmet Warehouse.

Bon appetit!

Photo Credit: Gourmet Warehouse

Some Delish Cooking Classes Coming In 2018

27 Dec

EastCountryPatesA New Year is upon us.  Who hasn’t made a resolution to learn something new.  We try and kick our cooking skills up a notch.  Thus love spending time at cooking classes learning new dishes especially this time of year when it’s cold outside.  We’ve put together a selection of upcoming classes whether you are a beginner or seasoned cook, we are sure you can take away something from these classes to do at home.

French Gastronomy Series: East Country Pâtés – Uncommon Cafe – January 24, 2018

Valentine of Tartine Maple introduces a cooking class series that will take you on a culinary tour of France. Each class in the series brings you food from a different region of France. While learning about culinary and cultural facts, Valentine will prepare a main dish and sides typical of the chosen region. The first class in this series begins January 24th entitled French Gastronomy Series: East Country Pates. This class will focus on East “Terroir”. You will learn to make:

  • Chicken Liver Mousse: The easiest pate.
  • “Terrine Campagnard”. A rich meat pâté, delicious served for appetizer with bread and pickles.
  • Pâté en Croûte: the richness of a warm porc and poultry pâté cooked in puff pastry.

After the class, you get to sit in the restaurant and enjoy the food with a glass of wine. For $65, you get a cooking class, great meal and bit of a culinary tour. To register, visit Eventbrite.

The Raspberry Trio – Gourmet Warehouse – February 4, 2018 

Chef Steven Hodge, Owner/Chef of West Vancouver’s “Temper Pastry & Chocolate” hosts this demonstration class.  You will learn three different techniques to use raspberries in a dessert to create some amazing dishes including:RaspberryTrioGourmetWarehouse

  • Light raspberry mousse
  • Raspberry gelee
  • Dark chocolate sponge
  • Raspberry spherification

After class, everyone has the opportunity to shop in store at Gourmet Warehouse with a 10% discount on items purchased the day of your class. Cost of the class is $79. To register, visit Gourmet Warehouse.

Thai Home Cooking – Gourmet Warehouse – March 18, 2018 

In this demonstration class, you will learn classic Thai cooking techniques and get to know some staple Thai ingredients including how to buy, use and store them. You will learn to make the following dishes:

  • Coconut Galangal chicken soupThaiHomeCookingGW
  • Corn Cucumber salad with salted duck eggs
  • Eggplant & pork stir-fry with Thai basil
  • Red curry chicken with kabocha squash

After class, everyone has the opportunity to shop in store with a 10% discount on items purchased the day of your class. Cost of the class is $79. To register, visit Gourmet Warehouse.

Bon appetit!

Giving The Gift Of Experience This Holiday Season – 2017

20 Dec

JustForYouGiftsIt’s that time of year when gift giving is front of mind for the holiday season.  We love to receive thoughtful gifts over the holiday season, but with more people downsizing and living in condos, space becomes an issue.  Thus, over the years we have been fans of  giving the gift of experience. Not only is it fun, but you are also creating memories, not just for the few minutes you are opening your gift, but for the many hours while the recipient enjoys the gifted experience. In East Vancouver, there are some great options for gifting an experience. We have set out below a sampling of ideas that speak to us.

Vancouver Brewery Tours

Founded in 2013, Vancouver Brewery Tours offers behind the scences excursions to craft breweries.. Vancouver Brewery Tours offers walking tours as well as ones in their comfortable vans that take you to various breweries for some VIP treatment.  From first hand experience, we can attest that tour guides are knowledgeable about beer, the brewing process and the collaborative community behind the making of beer.  They offer a variety of tours on different days of the weekend and/or weekends. To see what’s offered, visit Vancouver Brewery Tours.

Federico’s Supper Club – Dinner & Dancing

What about a gift certificate for an evening of dinner and dancing? Federico’s Supper Club offers amazing Italian food, wine and impeccable service. You will regularly find owner, Federico Fuoco, belting out tunes but they regularly bring in lots of local talent to mix things up including nights featuring ABBA music, 80s and R&B.

Les Amis Du Fromage – Wine & Cheese Tasting

If you know someone that loves cheese, you may wish to consider purchasing a ticket(s) to one of Les Amis Du Fromage’s upcoming wine & cheese tasting classes in 2018. They have some delicious classes lined up for the New Year.

The Gourmet Warehouse – Cooking Classes

Have a foodie in your life that loves cooking? Or someone that wishes to kick up their cooking skills a notch to impress that special someone? The Gourmet Warehouse offers some delicious and fun cooking classes. In the New Year they are offering the art of cheesemaking and these ones tend to sell out. Most classes are demonstration vs. hands on, but certainly informative.  

The Cultch – Live Theatre

This is a favourite spot of ours. The Cultch has an amazing array of talent that graces their stages whether drama, comedy, musical, historical, they cover all the bases. In the New Year, first on our list is Hot Honey Brown, but there are many other great productions already lined up.

Off The Eaten Track Walking Tours

The ladies behind Off The Eaten Track Walking Tours provide some delicious walking tours in which you get to taste your way around the City. Every tour offers something a little different, but always tasty.  It’s a fun way to spend some time with friends. To see what tours are offered, visit Off The Eaten Track Tours.

The gift of experience is a gift that keeps on giving, the memories will stay with them for many years to come.  Add to that, it’s eco-friendly and supports local. Win win all around as we see it.

Shop Local With These East Van Shops

19 Dec

WhiteChristmasFinished your Christmas shopping? If not, the countdown is on. We recommend skipping the craziness that is the malls. Why not stop into one of these great local businesses that will a) not only appreciate the business, but b) offer some truly great service.  We’ve set out a few of our favourite spots we think are great for gift giving. Note, many of the stores have extended hours this week to help you with your Christmas shopping.

Les amis du fromage – 843 East Hastings Street

For the cheese lover, this is a great spot, but that’s not all they have.  They have a host of kitchen accessories and gourmet condiments perfect for giving gift.  Add to that, they are hosting a Sweet Pop Up Shop with delish items from Lisa Lou’s Chocolate Bar until December 24th.  If you know a true cheese lover, take note of their upcoming Wine & Cheese Tasting classes in the New Year.

Gourmet Warehouse, 1340 East Hastings Street

Who does not love to receive great food at Christmas?  There is such an array of delectable food items in store at Gourmet Warehouse whether for entertaining over the holidays or gift giving.  You can find just about everything here whether it’s small appliances, knives, condiments, baking items or maybe a gift certificate for an upcoming cooking class. There are lots of great gift ideas in store.  This week, they are making it easy for you. Gourmet Warehouse is open 10:00 am to 8:00 pm until December 22nd. Saturday, December 23rd 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and December 24th 8:30 to 4:30 pm.

Bird On A Wire Creations, 2535 Main Street

Bird On A Wire Creations is located near Kingsway on Main Street and features a host of new as well as established Canadian artists. They have an amazing selection of one-of-a-kind items.    If you missed artisan markets and craft fairs, you will find many of local makers in this store.  They are are open 10:00 am to 7:00 pm this week.

Giving Gifts Co., 4570 Main Street

Giving Gifts is a unique concept store made up of 5 rooms with items from over 70 local artists and small businesses in one lovely boutique shop.  The items are also eco-friendly and fair trade made. This store also has a great selection of gifts for kids and toddlers.

Little Mountain Pop Up Shop, 4386 Main Street

The Little Mountain Pop Up Shop is currently hosting ‘Holid-eh!’ featuring over 20 Canadian makers.  A few participants include Fox & Fancy, Bar Skin Bar, True North Trading Post and more.  They are open for holiday shopping until December 24th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and for those last minute shoppers, December 24th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Olive & Wild, 4391 Main Street

If you are looking for some beautiful unique home décor items for gift giving this year, we recommend checking out Olive & Wild. Lots of beautiful items in store sourced locally and globally.

Second Nature Home, 3565 Commercial Street

Second Nature Home is great little shop just steps away from the Commercial Street Café in a great little stretch of road nestled next to the Toso Wood Gallery.  It boasts an array of eco-friendly items from Canadian artisans many of them local.  There is a wide selection of products and we might add great knowledgeable service. This week, they are open Monday to Saturday from 10:30 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday, December 24th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Doctor Vigari Gallery, 1816 Commercial Drive

Doctor Vigari on The Drive boasts quite a collection of art from BC and Canadian artists whether you are looking for large or small pieces, there’s lots of choose from including tiles, prints, jewellery, sculptures, furniture, ceramics and much more.  Also framing is available in store to finish off that perfect piece of art whether purchased in store or elsewhere.

Lala’s On The Drive, 1748 Commercial Drive

A newer addition to The Drive, Lala’s has an array of gift giving items, some silly, some sassy, many just plain fun.  Lots of unique items for gift giving.

Wherever you shop, we hope you will continue to support our local businesses.

 

This New East Van Business Is Sriracha Hot!

7 Dec

 

SrirachaRevolverIn case you hadn’t heard, Srircha is hot this year, literally and figuratively. If you aren’t familiar with Sriracha, it is a type of hot sauce or chili sauce made from a paste of chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt.  It varies in consistency, ingredients and hotness.  We recently met Jordan Hocking, co-owner of the new Sriracha Revolver, an East Van business that’s only been in operation since June of this year, but has been flying off the shelves literally.  Their sriracha-style hot sauce is made in a local commissary in small batches. They use all natural and fresh ingredients to make something unique and delicious. Jordan Hocking works with her business partner and co-owner, Justin Cox, also a tattooer at Funhouse Tattoo on Cambie Street whereas Jordan’s background leans to sales in the wine industry.  They bring a unique combination of talents to Sriracha Revolver. 

Jordan started making sriracha in 2012 when she was 9 months pregnant with her second child. She made and canned small jars as gifts one Christmas and everyone loved them.  Jordan then started experimenting with recipes. We learnt that most sriracha recipes call for red jalapeños, but Jordan wasn’t a fan of the taste so she substituted Thai chili peppers. Once she had the hot sauce down, she experimented with other recipes and created one based on her favourite flavours Beets + Tequila. In The Spring of 2013, a friend took her sauces to foodie party and next thing you know she was receiving orders and requests to buy her sauces. In 2015, her business partner and long time family friend, Justin had a near death experience. He decided life was too short not to take chances, so they formed a partnership to create Sriracha Revolver. It was a year and a half in the making, but they now have 3 sauces available Beets + Tequila, Cilantro + Lime Sriracha and Clean Mango Sriracha. 

Not only do their sauces pair nicely with a variety of foods, we hear they are perfect for cocktails. Jordan says that each sauce works perfectly in a caesar and encourages those to try tequila instead of vodka in their caesars.   We see a cool new drink in the lounge at Odd Society Spirits with this local business, hint hint, nudge nudge.

If you wish to try these sauces for yourself, you have a few options. They have an online shop open 24/7. Cost of a small bottle is $8 plus shipping.  You can also find their sauces on the menu at a few restaurants around town including The Shameful Tiki Room on Main Street.  Jordan and Justin have lined up a number or retailers already including most recently Gourmet Warehouse which has 2 of their sauces in stock. To see the full line up of retailers, visit their website’s Where To Find Us. If you wish to do a bit of taste testing and buy their gift pack with all 3 sauces, check them out this weekend at Got Craft? happening December 9 & 10 at the Maritime Labour Museum from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you missed them at Got Craft?, you can purchase the Gift Pack at Blitzen Pop Up Shop at 623 Kingsway.  Stop by and see what’s hot in East Van. 

Cooking Classes Around East Van This Winter

11 Oct

Now that cooler temperatures are here, it’s time to get cozy with some great food.  We love spending time at cooking classes learning new dishes this time of year. We have been scouting around and have found a great selection of classes and have set out our favourites below. Whether you are a beginner, seasoned cook or vegan cook, we hope you’ll find something that piques your interest and taste buds.

Holiday Canning – December 4, 2017 – Italian Cultural Centre

You are invited to learn to how to preserve for the holiday season with BenedettaHolidayCanning Diamanti who will be conducting this workshop at the Italian Cultural Centre on December 4th. Benedetta is a graduate of the Slow Food University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy and she will teach you how to make red wine jelly, cocoa jam and a cinnamon scented pear. This is an intimate hands-on class covering the basics, best practices and safety techniques. You will get to take home a jar along with ideas of some delish gifts to make this Christmas.

Chocolate Lovers Cooking Class – December 7, 2017 – Kensington Community Centre

Looking to learn to make some decadent and easy chocolate desserts this holiday season?  If you so, check out this delish class being offered Thursday, December 7th at the Kensington Community Center. You get to enjoy lava cake in class and take the rest of the goodies home. You will learn to make:

  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Lava CakeChocolateLovers
  • Chocolate Truffles
  • Chocolate Sauce

All recipes will be provided and experience is required.  Cost of the class if $50 and registration is through City of Vancouver.

Holiday Side Dishes – Gourmet Warehouse – November 26, 2017

If you have your main dishes down cold, but want to add some new side dishes to your holiday menu, Caren McSherry, owner of the Gourmet Warehouse is leading this demonstration cooking class on Sunday, November 26th. Cost is $79 and you will learn some delish dishes from Caren’s new cookbook “Starters, Salads & Sexy Sides”:

•Roasted butternut squash with crispy halloumi cubes
•Whole roasted cauliflower
•Jacket roasted sweet potato with crispy chorizo and creamy herbed feta
•Whipped rutabaga with crispy shallots
•Wild and mixed mushroom saute

To register, visit Gourmet Warehouse.

French Gastronomy Series: East Country Pâtés – Uncommon Cafe – January 24, 2018

Valentine of Tartine Maple introduces a cooking class series that will take you on a culinary tour of France. Each class in the series brings you food from a different region of France. While learning about culinary and cultural facts, Valentine will prepare a main dish and sides typical of the chosen region. The first class in this series begins January 24th entitled French Gastronomy Series: East Country Pates. This class will focus on East “Terroir”. You will learn to make:

  • Chicken Liver Mousse: The easiest pate.
  • “Terrine Campagnard”. A rich meat pâté, delicious served for appetizer with bread and pickles.
  • Pâté en Croûte: the richness of a warm porc and poultry pâté cooked in puff pastry.

After the class, you get to sit in the restaurant and enjoy the food with a glass of wine. For $65, you get a cooking class, great meal and bit of a culinary tour. To register, visit Eventbrite.

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