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Cooking Classes Around East Van This Fall

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.

Wine & Cheese – Appies for Parties – The Uncommon Café – November 22, 2017 

Love cheese and planning a party, then this class is for you. The Uncommon Café is hosting a cooking class on November 22nd that’s all about the appies emphasis on the cheese. They will teach you how to whip up easy appies with little fuss and muss.  You will learn to make:

  • Mini Bacon & Cheddar Cheese Quiche
  • Blue Cheese, Walnut and Pears Crispy Triangle
  • Ricotta & Prosciutto Puff Pastry Rolls
  • Flaky Parmesan Bread Sticks
  • Goat Cheese Bourekas
  • Mini Oven Raclette

After class, you will get to either take the goodies home, or eat them after your cooking class. If you wish to do this, they’ll have a green salad on hand to go with your freshly made goodies.  Registration is available through Eventbrite.

Chocolate Lovers Class – Trout Lake Comm. Centre – November 19, 2017 

Love chocolate? This might be the workshop for you. Chef Valentine of Tartine Maple will be conducting this class Sunday, November 19th at Trout Lake Community Centre.   You will learn to make:

  • Chocolate Mousse
  • Lava Cake
  • Chocolate Truffles
  • Chocolate Sauce

This is a demonstration class, but all the recipes will be provided and the Lava Cake you get to enjoy before you leave. The rest of the treats, you take home. The cost is $60 and registration is through the City of Vancouver

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.

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. Bon appetit!

 

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Cooking With Beer With Chef Adrian Beaty Is Back At The Italian Cultural Centre – CANCELLED

2 Oct

CookingWithBeerICC.pngIf you love beer and cooking, you may wish to check out this fun cooking class at the Italian Cultural Centre being offered again on November 3rd.  Chef Adrian Beaty is hosting Cooking With Beer which is a farm to table dining experience featuring organic beers from Dogwood Brewing.  This is a demonstration cooking class in which Chef Adrian will teach you how beer can bring out the flavours in a variety of foods.  He’ll be covering appetizers, main course, salad and dessert with a focus on eating and cooking locally.  Tickets for non-members are $69 without a beer or $76 with two beers and available from the Italian Cultural Centre.  If you wish to bring a bottle of wine, you are welcome to do so. We’ve set out the menu below which we have to say sounds pretty tasty:

MENU

BC BUZZ HONEY AND BEER BREAD

MT LEHMAN CHEESE CO. CHEDDAR AND BLONDE ALE SOUP

OCEAN WISE MUSSELS STEAMED WITH HOUSE CURED JOWL BACON, RED RUSSIAN GARLIC, ROSEMARY, AND PALE ALE

ALDERGROVE NUT FED PASTURE RAISED PORK LOIN SERVED ON A BED OF BEER BRAISED GREENS AND TOPPED WITH A BACON, STOUT, AND ONION JAM

CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH VANCOUVER ISLAND SEA SALT AND BEER CARAMEL

Photo Credit: Italian Cultural Centre

 

What’s On East Van: September 15, 2017

15 Sep

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Lots happening in East Van this next week.  Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out cool events for the upcoming week. Beyond the week, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Tango Lessons – Italian Cultural Centre – September 15, 2017

Looking for a perfect date night?  We suggest trying out a tango lesson at the Italian Cultural Centre. This is currently a weekly event happening on Friday nights until the end of October. Classes run from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Cost is $20 per person per class, or you can register by the month at a cost of $60.

Vancouver Fringe Festival – September 7-17, 2017

This is the last weekend to catch the Vancouver Fringe Festival.  In East Van, you find shows at The Cultch and Firehall Arts Centre. To see a full listing, visit Vancouver Fringe Festival.

First Pick Handmade – Heritage Hall – September 16 & 17, 2017

First Pick Handmade brings together 27 Canadian men’s and women’s fashion accessory designers. The Heritage Hall will be transformed into a 3,300 square foot pop up boutique with a variety of items for men and women. Event runs Saturday (11:00 am – 7:00 pm and Sunday (10:00 am – 6:00 pm). Admission is $3 at the door.

Drive-In Movie – River District – September 16, 2017

After a false start last weekend with a last minute cancellation, Drive-In Movies are back at River District. The evening starts off this Saturday with a showing of Wonder Woman at 7:30 pm, followed by The Transformers The Last Knight at 10:00 pm.  Cost is $20 per carload for one movie and $30 per carload for 2 movies.  Gates open at 6:45 pm and is first come first serve

Tailgate Party – Whisky Six BBQ  – September 17, 2017

Whisky Six BBQ at 826 Renfrew Street invites you for a Tailgate Party with BBQ, beer and cocktails. We hear the good folks at Bomber Brewing and Odd Society Spirits will be on hand.  Event runs from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Yoga In The Park – Grandview Park – September 17, 2017

Ocean and Crow Yoga will be hosting free yoga in the park this Sunday, September 17th. Bring your own towel and yoga mat and you are set.

Story Story Lie – Rio Theatre – September 21, 2017

Can you spot a liar? Story Story Lie is an interactive, live and laughter filled show with one simple premise: Vancouver’s best share intimate, hilarious and often embarrassing stories that seem too strange to be true. The catch? Someone’s lying. The audience takes part in an interrogation to reveal who it is. The Westender calls this show “One of the most inventive events on the Vancouver arts calendar” Story Story Lie now moves to a bigger space at The Rio Theatre for its first show in this venue on Thursday, September 21st.  Tickets are available in advance for $10 online or $12 at the door.

Entertainment, Comedy + Live Theatre

If you are looking to listen to music, Columbian group Breaking Boundaries will be performing at Café Deux Soleils on Friday night. Cover is $5-10. If it’s saucy and sexy you are wanting, you may wish to check out Dan Savage’s Hump Festival Tour 2017 happening at the Rio Theatre all weekend.  To see more of what’s on, check our Events Listing. 

What’s On East Van: September 1, 2017

1 Sep

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Lots happening in East Van this next week.  Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out cool events for the upcoming week. Beyond the week, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Tango Lessons – Italian Cultural Centre – September 1, 2017

The Italian Cultural Centre is hosting weekly tango lessons every Friday night for the next 2 months starting September 1st. Classes run from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Cost is $20 per person per class, or you can register by the month at a cost of $60. We think this is a fun date night whether a first date or married many years.

Billy Dixon & The Soul Train ExpressFederico’s Supper Club – September 1, 2017

Dinner, dancing, live music and a fun night out.  Federico’s Supper Club on Commercial Drive is hosting the Billy Dixon & The Soul Train Express Friday, September 1st.  It is a 7 piece band featuring Motown, soul and rock and roll. For $58 you get a 3 course dinner, great service, live show and the opportunity to dance the night away.  For more information, visit Federico’s Supper Club.

Artful Sundays – Napier Greenway – September 3, 2017

This is the last Artful Sunday this summer in the Napier Greenway at the Britannia Community Centre.  You can expect to find local artisans, workshops, demonstrations and live music.  Event happens Noon to 5:00 pm. It is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend.

An Inconvenient Sequel Truth To Power – Rio Theatre – September 4, 2017

Vice-President Al Gore’s movie An Inconvenient Sequel Truth To Power which is a sequel to An Inconvenient Truth happens at The Rio Theatre Monday, September 4th at 4:20 pm. The film brings you up to speed on the issues around climate change.

Opening Reception Photo Exhibit – The Cultch Gallery – September 6, 2017

You are invited to the opening reception happening in The Cultch Gallery Wednesday, September 6th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. They will be showcasing photographs by Wendy D. This is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend. If you miss the opening, exhibit does run until September 30th.

Accordion Noir Festival – Russian Hall – September 7, 2017

The 10th Annual Accordion Noir Festival kicks off at the Russian Hall on Thursday, September 7th.  The festival kicks off with a special first time Accordion Only Bingo Night with includes prizes and musical acts. If you miss Thursday night’s festivities, the festival continues to September 10th. Further information is available at Accordion Noir Festival.

Entertainment, Comedy + Live Theatre

Looking for theatre? Café Deux Soleils has an interesting show happening September 3rd to the 6th called The Gigantic, Enormous, Very Large, Unfathomably Sized Painting which explores the nature of break ups. Rio Theatre is kicking off the weekend with an 80s classic movie The Breakfast Club for their late Friday night movie at 11:30 pm. Of course, it’s also the last weekend to catch PNE Playland. To see more of what’s on, check our Events Listing.

Image: June Hunter

Tango Lessons At The Italian Cultural Centre Friday Nights September-October

30 Aug

TangoDanceIf you are looking for a fun date night, we invite you to check out Tango lessons being offered every Friday night at the Italian Cultural Centre starting this Friday, September 1st. If you are not familiar with tango, it is a partnered dance that originated in the 1880s in Argentina and became so popular it spread to the rest of the world. No surprise why, this is one sexy dance. Starting September 1st, Italian tango instructor Adrian Reda, will introduce you to the world of tango and teach you and your partner the fundamental movements. The class is open to beginners and those with a few steps under their belt. The classes run every Friday for the next 2 months for 1 1/2 hours at a cost of $20 per class or $60 for the month. Classes are also offered in 3 languages, English Italian and Spanish. To register, call the Italian Cultural Centre at 604.430.3337.

Outdoor Pizza & Beer ‘Good Grains’ Happens August 24, 2017

9 Aug

GoodGrainsThe Italian Cultural Centre invites you to an evening of beer and pizza in their outdoor space adjacent to Beaconsfield Park. Outside of having some great beer and authentic Italian pizza, you will learn about BC grains, the bakers and brewers and at the same time meeting some of the bakers, brewers and growers.  The event is about is as local as you can get. Pizza will be made from Fraser Valley grown wheat, beer is from Luppolo Brewing Company and Vancouver’s only organic brewery, Dogwood Brewing. Tickets for the event are $30 per adult and $5 per child.  For tickets call 604.430.3337 or visit their website at Italian Cultural Centre.

What’s On East Van: July 14, 2017

14 Jul

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Lots happening in East Van this next week.  Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out cool events for the upcoming week. Beyond the week, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Playland Nights – July 14, 2017

Playland hosts an adult only evening from 7:00 pm to midnight Friday. You will find beer, wine, special cocktails including Candy Floss Martinis and Snow Cone Vodka and the usual midway games and 25 rides. Advance admission is $26, tickets at the gate are $29.

Tango Lesson – July 14, 2017

Love to dance? Want to learn to dance the tango?  The Italian Cultural Centre is hosting dance lessons Friday nights in July. Classes are from 6:00 – 7:30 pm and cost is $20. To register visit, Italian Cultural Centre.

Eastside Flea – July 14 – 16, 2017

The Eastside Flea happens this weekend at 1024 Main Street. Friday night is their Shop N’Bop which features food trucks, pinball, a select group of artisans, craft beer and cocktails from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. The full market happens Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm each day and features over 50 local vendors.

Free Outdoor Concert – Trout Lake – July 19, 2017

Trout Lake Community Centre is again playing host to a line up of free concerts every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. This week the Soda Crackers take the stage. In the event of rain, the event goes indoors.

Outdoor Long Table Dinner – July 20, 2017

The Italian Cultural Centre is hosting an outdoor long table dinner on Thursday, July 20th a Taste of East Van. The evening is a collaboration with Slow Food Vancouver and showcases local growers and producers. Tickets are $45 for dinner. Wines will be available for purchase. For more info or tickets, visit Italian Cultural Centre.

Entertainment, Comedy, Live Music + Theatre

Playland is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm this weekend. If you are looking for some family entertainment, the Commercial Drive Business Society is hosting free dance and Zumba in Grandview Park from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday. This is a free event, everyone is welcome to attend. Friday night, Trout Lake will be featuring an outdoor movie at 9:00 pm showing Shrek. If you are looking for some thinking theatre, The Cultch is featuring Deviance until July 15th.  The show highlights the fine line between abnormal and unacceptable behaviour. Have a great weekend!

Image: June Hunter

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