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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 Returns January 18th to February 3rd

14 Jan

dineout2019imageCanada’s largest restaurant festival gets under on January 18thDine Out Vancouver 2019 returns with over 300 restaurants participating within Greater Vancouver.  Something new we noticed this year is 4 options for the prix-fix menus being $15, $25, $35 and $45. Dine Out, we think, is a great opportunity to try new restaurants you may not normally go to.  During the festival there are also many special foodie related events available such as Get Crafty hosted by Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. on Main Street. There’s also an Introduction to Dim Sum at Dynasty Restaurant that looks intriguing. If you have a particular restaurant, you wish to try again make your reservation early. Popular spots do book up early.

If you are looking for suggestions of where to go to, The Georgia Straight, runs down 8 new restaurants to try which include 3 new East Van Spots, Brewhall, Sopra Sotto and Restaurant Yugo.   Local blogger, Fabulously Frugal has set out her favourites for best value.

Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2017 Happens January 20 – February 5

9 Jan

DOVF_Logo_StampDine Out Vancouver, Canada’s largest restaurant festival gets under way January 20th for its 15th season with over 280 restaurants participating. For the restaurants participating in Dine Out, they will be offering 3 prix-fixe menus, $20, $30 or $40. As in past years, there are also a number of special events as part of Dine Out. The gang at Off the Eaten Track Tours is offering a few delish tours including Sip, Savour & Shop Main Tour,  Discover Railtown Culinary Tour and Discover The East Village Culinary Tour. Vancouver Foodster’s Richard Wolak will be doing two brunch crawls in East Vancouver.  First up, will be the East Village Brunch Crawl on Saturday, January 28th followed by the Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl on Sunday, February 5th.  If you wish to participate in any of the special events during Dine Out, we recommend purchasing tickets promptly, many sell out quickly.  If you have a particular restaurant, you wish to try again make your reservation early.  Many fill up quickly and reservations open Monday, January 9th (today).  For a full rundown of all the participating restaurants and events, visit Dine Out Vancouver.

Check Out What’s Happening For Dine Out In East Vancouver

16 Jan

DOVF_Logo_StampDine Out Vancouver, Canada’s largest restaurant festival gets under way January 16th with lots of delicious events on the horizon.  There are over 270 restaurants participating in this year’s event with prix-fixe menus ranging from $18 to $38.  Each year, they seem to up the ante with the special events.  In East Vancouver, there are quite a number of notable mentions.

First up, Vancouver Brewery Tours is offering a brewery tour and East Side Food Tour for $71. They will be making stops at some favourite East Van breweries including Bomber Brewing and new arrival Strange Fellows Brewing and then over to Big Lou’s Butcher Shop, La Grotta del Frommagio, Famoso Neopolitan Pizza and East Side Beer Food. Next up for events, Richard Wolak of Vancouver Foodster has organized a number of brunch crawls around the City. In East Vancouver, Richard will be conducting the Commercial Drive Brunch Crawl on Sunday, February 1st making stops at Federico’s Supper Club, Famoso Pizzeria, Bakery Sate and Stateside Craft. If you prefer to check out some delicious spots on Main Street, Richard will be leading the tour on the Main Street Brunch Crawl on Saturday, January 24th making stops at Rosemary Rocksalt, Miura Waffles, Radicle Juice, Nirvana and East End Chai.  Off The Eaten Track Tours will be hosting two great tours. First up is the Main Street Hidden Gem Tour which hits four great spots on Main Street including The Shameful Tiki, The Honey Shoppe and Trafiq.  They will also be hosting a Best Bites of the East Village for $50 which will make stops at Saltenas, Windsor Meats, Steam Tea House and Jackalopes Drive.   If you prefer to check out some restaurants during Dine Out, we’ve set out a list of those participating in this year’s event in East Vancouver.  Note, most participating restaurants take reservations, but a few are first come first served.  For a full listing of restaurants, visit Dine Out:

Cafe Kathmandu

Caffe Roma and Lounge

Campagnolo Roma

The Cannibal Café

Carthage Café

Chicha Restaurant


East Is East

Federico’s Supper Club

Graze Vegetarian

Romer’s Burger Bar – River District

The Reef on Main Street

The Five Point

Bon Appetit!

Silk Road Dishcrawl on Commercial Drive April 16th

3 Apr


What is Dishcrawl you might ask?  The concept is billed as “food, fun and exploration”.   Dishcrawl emerged in San Francisco in 2010 and is expanding to a number of major cities including Vancouver.  Each city has an Ambassador that organizes culinary walking tours.  The Ambassador takes the group from restaurant to restaurant to try dishes chosen for their tour.

In the upcoming tour taking place on April 16th, Vancouver Ambassador, Yana Kim, will take you on a Silk Road Adventure.   The tour highlights restaurants along Commercial Drive. You will be visiting 4 restaurants which are currently being kept secret.  Ssshh … but hint they are being announced on Dishcrawl’s Twitter account (Twitter@DishcrawlVan) if you wish to sign up for the latest details.  One restaurant has been announced which is  Carthage Café, 1851 Commercial Drive. Carthage Cafe features French and Tunisian cuisine.   Dishcrawl promises an unforgettable evening for the senses which will take you from India to Europe.   To participate in this exotic gastronomic adventure, tickets are $60 and can be purchased online at Dishcrawl.

FeastVan Raises $2,500 For Strathcona Backpack Food Program

8 Mar

FeastVanPoster2013Kudos to organizer, Joe Chaput, who announced yesterday that FeastVan raised over $2,500 for the Strathcona Community Center Backpack Food Program. FeastVan was created to introduce diners to the fabulous array of restaurants in East Vancouver while at the same time raising funds for the Strathcona Backpack Food Program. This program was established to bridge the gap for low income families and help provide school age children with healthy food over the weekends when they do not have access to school lunch programs.    FeastVan was held from January 18th to February 3rd and during that time, $1.00 from each meal of participating restaurant was donated to the Backpack Program.  Some funds were raised from beverage sales and donations from customers and staff.   Participating restaurants in East Vancouver that deserve a shout out for participating in this worthy event include:  The Acorn, Au Petit Chavignol, Bao Bei, Campagnolo Roma, The Cascade Room, East of Main, Eigth 1/2 Restaurant Lounge, El Camino’s, Habit, Harvest Community Foods, Les amis du FROMAGE, Les Faux Bourgeois, Nicli Antica Pizza, The Parker, Pat’s Pub, R&B Brewing, The Union Bar and Vincino Pasteria & Deli.


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