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CONTEST CLOSED #WIN 2 tickets to Burnaby Small Plates On The Lake

Congrats to Tracy of Langley who tweeted to win!

Hosted at Deer Lake Park  guests should prepare to be dazzled by the intricate lighting and décor that will transform the South Plaza of the Shadbolt Centre for Arts to a majestic outdoor dining room.

Guests will experience an array of small plates created by the chefs of top restaurants in Burnaby, including Hart House Restaurant, Reflect Social Dining + Lounge and ebo Restaurant, all while dining on the plaza overlooking beautiful Deer Lake at twilight with a live jazz band playing in the background.

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small plates

This ticketed event will take place on Thursday, August 27th, 2015.

Tickets are $55 each and are available for purchase through Eventbrite.

Discover the delectable menu items you’ll be able to taste at the event.

Small Plates on the Lake Menu

e.b.o Restaurant:
Compressed strawberries Black pepper jam, red beets, lardo, pistachio crumb
Foie Gras Mousse Daikon, unagi sauce, honey comb
Slow cooked smoked Lamb Belly Romesco sauce, Kohlrabi slaw, Hazelnut crumb
Dessert: Chocolate hazelnut bar – raspberry sauce, candied hazelnut

Hart House Restaurant:
Dungeness Crab and baby shrimp “lettuce wraps”
Shizo, apple, Goju Chang aioli, garlic chips, black sesame seeds
Spruce tip cured Sockeye salmon Gaufrette potato, pickled chanterelle, corn puree
Poached Duck Breast celery root puree, huckleberry, duck skin and hazelnut gremolata
Dessert: Pistachio panna cotta tartelettes, sour cherries, shaved white chocolate

Reflect Social Dining + Lounge:
Fagottini Stuffed English Pea and Fior Di Latte Smoked Chanterelle, Corn Consommé, Tomato Oil
Wild Honey lime Infused Scallop Ceviche Kale Avocado Guac, roasted pablano , spiced popcorn
Grilled Wagyu Tenderloin Noisette White asparagus, tako-wasabi cone, edamame puree, shimeji demi
Dessert – Meyer Lemon Custard Green Tea Pound Cake Star Anise Poached Plum, Candied Figs

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS MUST-ATTEND EVENT – BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

 

Wet Hot American Cook-Out

american cook-out

On Friday, August 21st, Sensory Cinema goes to the great outdoors with Upstairs at Campagnolo and UBC Farm for The Wet Hot American Cook-Out.

Wet Hot American Summer will be paired with a fun-filled night of food, drinks and camp fun. With a summer camp cook-out by ‘Upstairs’ at Campagnolo, Chef Jesse McMillan will be dishing out a very special menu of playful cook-out favourites using ingredients harvested fresh from the UBC Farm. Dessert and drinks will be served with the sunset as the movie begins.

Lizzy Karp and Ken Tsui are celebrating their favourite cult comedy of all time, Wet Hot American Summer by bringing together a fun-filled night of food, drinks and camp fun. With a summer camp cook-out by “Upstairs” at Campagnolo, dessert and drinks are paired with the sunset as the outdoor screen flickers on for a showing of the comedy classic under the stars. Chef Jesse McMillan of “Upstairs” at Campagnolo is dishing out a very special menu of playful cook-out favourites using ingredients harvested fresh from the UBC Farm.

Here There is Lizzy Karp (Rain City Chronicles) and Ken Tsui (The Golden Dumpling Cook Off), a duo dedicated to hosting creative, new experiences in Vancouver. Together, they’re teaming up with chef Jesse McMillan and “Upstairs” at Campagnolo, best known for their signature “Dirty Burger”.

With the added dimension of taste, touch and smell, the movie comes alive in an immersive cinematic experience. Regardless of whether you’ve seen the film once or not at all, Sensory Outdoor Cinema is this summer’s most essential experience.

Details

Sensory Cinema: Wet Hot American Cook-Out
Featuring “Upstairs” at Campagnolo
Friday, August 21st
UBC Farm
7:30PM
$47

Burnaby

Burnaby Small Plates On The Lake

Small Plates on the Lake is Burnaby’s newest signature dining event.

Burnaby’s top restaurants at Deer Lake with Jazz? We’ll be there!

Hosted at Deer Lake Park  guests should prepare to be dazzled by the intricate lighting and décor that will transform the South Plaza of the Shadbolt Centre for Arts to a majestic outdoor dining room.

Guests will experience an array of small plates created by the chefs of top restaurants in Burnaby, including Hart House Restaurant, Reflect Social Dining + Lounge and ebo Restaurant, all while dining on the plaza overlooking beautiful Deer Lake at twilight with a live jazz band playing in the background.

small plates

This ticketed event will take place on Thursday, August 27th, 2015.

Tickets are $55 each and are available for purchase through Eventbrite.

Discover the delectable menu items you’ll be able to taste at the event.

Small Plates on the Lake Menu

e.b.o Restaurant:
Compressed strawberries Black pepper jam, red beets, lardo, pistachio crumb
Foie Gras Mousse Daikon, unagi sauce, honey comb
Slow cooked smoked Lamb Belly Romesco sauce, Kohlrabi slaw, Hazelnut crumb
Dessert: Chocolate hazelnut bar – raspberry sauce, candied hazelnut

Hart House Restaurant:
Dungeness Crab and baby shrimp “lettuce wraps”
Shizo, apple, Goju Chang aioli, garlic chips, black sesame seeds
Spruce tip cured Sockeye salmon Gaufrette potato, pickled chanterelle, corn puree
Poached Duck Breast celery root puree, huckleberry, duck skin and hazelnut gremolata
Dessert: Pistachio panna cotta tartelettes, sour cherries, shaved white chocolate

Reflect Social Dining + Lounge:
Fagottini Stuffed English Pea and Fior Di Latte Smoked Chanterelle, Corn Consommé, Tomato Oil
Wild Honey lime Infused Scallop Ceviche Kale Avocado Guac, roasted pablano , spiced popcorn
Grilled Wagyu Tenderloin Noisette White asparagus, tako-wasabi cone, edamame puree, shimeji demi
Dessert – Meyer Lemon Custard Green Tea Pound Cake Star Anise Poached Plum, Candied Figs

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS MUST-ATTEND EVENT – BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

 

Streat Food Truck Festival

New West’s Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest

Food trucks, beer, a farmers market, entertainment and a gym? Sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday in New West.

RiverSky by Bosa Properties presents the 3rd Annual Columbia StrEAT Food Truck Fest on Saturday August 22! Enjoy even more trucks, more entertainment, more beer gardens and more space stretching an extra two blocks this year. This will be an even bigger street party than last year!

Our Community Sponsor Vancity will help us showcase The Best of Downtown New West, Downtown New West’s best eateries for a unique taste all our own. Don’t miss Boston Pizza‘s Pizzing Eating Contest for your chance to win FREE pizza for a YEAR! Columbia Street Sandwich Company, De Dutch, El Santo, The Hideout Cafe,Old Crow Coffee, Rain City Juicery, Save On Foods and Tre Galli will be showing off their stuff plus Sider Strength Gym will help you burn off those extra calories so you can make room for more food!

Our friends at the Royal City Farmers Market are back again this year, featuring 15 vendors including: Solodko Ukrainian Bakery, Delish Gluten Free, Kicks Lemonade, The Salt Dispensary, Sweet Thea, The Local Churn, S&B Gluten Free Inc., Marie’s Guilt Free Bakery, Russian Spoon Bakery, Bubble Bombs Specialty Foods, Sidney Smoke House, 604 Food Co., BobAli, The Better Self, Better World Food Company and Sweet B Brigaderia.

Streat Food Truck Festival

The creative girls from Brick & Mortar present the Chalk Spot, a sidewalk chalk area for artsy kids. Located on McKenzie Street at Columbia Street from 4pm-7pm. Chalk will be provided, just bring those creative kidlets! *weather permitting.

Streat Food Truck Festival

Entertainment:

If 70 food trucks (plus 30 more food outlets) wasn’t enough, we have some great entertainment lined up! Class Act Rap (improvised freestyle rap), Emily Harder (Canadian singer/songwriter), Six Strings & a Saxophone (local New West jazz duo), Mooshy Face (upbeat, hooky pop rock power trio), and our friends at Royal City Swing will be teaching you some swingin’ moves! Thanks to our buds at the Arts Council of New West, two tents featuring: Rolan and Emma Nip (father/daughter guitar playing duo), Old Mare’s Chris Janzen (alternative country/folk), The Alvair Trio (3 piece acoustic jazz band), David Akselrod and many, many more! Check out the full line up here.

Beer Gardens:

What’s a food truck fest without beer gardens?! Anvil Centre’s Tap & Grapes isn’t your conventional beer garden as it will be located inside but with their huge ceiling to floor doors wide open, there will be great connection to the street. They will have a live band, Mellomanic, and feature local concoctions from Steel & Oak and Pacific Breezy Winery. The Columbia Theatre will be set up on the street again but will keep the theatre open for those who need some a/c and shade. The Heritage Grill beer garden is back and this year with a live band outside, the Stingin’ Hornets! The Met Bar & Grill is also coming back, this time with FREE samples from Growers!

Getting here:

Located on Columbia Street just steps from two Skytrain stations (New Westminster and Columbia Station), don’t miss the biggest one-day food truck festival in Canada!

Parking – along with street parking off of Columbia Street, there are multiple parkades in the area: Anvil Centre and Shops at New Westhave ample parking available.

Admission is FREE – bring your friends and bring your appetite!

Check out our festival map here including all locations for trucks, beer gardens, entertainment and more! Tackle this event like a seasoned pro and print your own copy now(there will be sandwich board maps set up on event day).


Confirmed trucks:

Appetite For Delicious (new this year)

Arturo’s Mexico 2 Go

Aussie Pie Guy
BeaverTails (new this year)
“be” coconut water (new this year)

Beljam’s Waffles
Big Dogs Diner (new this year)

Big Red’s Poutine

Blue Smoke BBQ
Candy Meister

Casalinga Carts
C’est si bon (new this year)

Cheeses Crust (new this year)

Cheese Street Grill (new this year)
Coast Lunch Box (new this year)
Community Pizzeria
Cravings Kettle Corn

Culver City Salads (new this year)
Didi’s Greek (new this year)
Dim Sum Express (new this year)
DougieDog

Fat Duck Mobile Eatery Ltd.
Feastro the Rolling Bistro
Fijian Fusion Catering

Fliptop Filipino Fusion
Giddy Up and Grow (new this year)

Guanaco Salvadorian Cuisine
Gypsy Trunk
Holly Food

Hunger Management (new this year)
Ice Cane (new this year)
Island Time Food Truck (new this year)
It’s All About Grill (new this year)
Japadog
Johnny’s Pops/J-Brulee

Juicy Green Express (new this year)

Kampong – The Taste of Malaysia (new this year)

K&J Food Truck
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Lemon Heaven (new this year)

Los Guerreros Mexican Foods

Mogu (new this year)
Mollie’s Mini – Gourment Mini Donuts
Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck (new this year)
Neille Chubby Mama (new this year)
Nice Vice Cream Truck (new this year)
Old Country Pierogi
Over The Top Turkey (new this year)
Poomba’s Smokehouse

Porky’s Food Truck (new this year)
Roaming Dragon

Rocky Point Ice Cream (new this year)
Slavic Rolls
Soho Road

Stolovaya Catering (new this year)
Suburban Spoon
Super Thai (new this year)

Tacofino
Taters – The Baked Potato Co. (new this year)
The Bannock Wagon (new this year)
The Pepper Pot

The Place Next Door Canteen
The Pressure Box (new this year)

The Reef Runner
The Schnitzel Shack (new this year)

The Tasty Torpedo Sandwich Co.
This Little Piggy
Uncle Kebab
Varinicey Pakoras

Vij’s Railway Express

Wilkyz Grill

Are you coming?! Be sure to ‘attend’ the Facebook event and check back here to see which trucks are coming, the list grows daily! #GetTruckedUp!

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Gin-A-Polooza

Vancouver Hosts Canada’s Premier Citywide Gin Celebration

From AUG  12th– 26th 

Do you love gin? YVR hosts the summer edition of Gin-A-Palooza – Canada’s first-ever, citywide Gincentric Celebration!

For two weeks, Vancouverites have the opportunity to navigate the city’s streets visiting participating venues. Please your palates with 30 signature ginspired cocktails; learn fact from fiction about this classic spirit; and, participate in ongoing digital contests.

gin a palooza cocktail chartreuse milkshake at uva photo credit issha marie

They’ve paired 10 of YVR’s most sought-after Gin brands with the city’s most popular venues, and shaken up 30 signature, never-before-tasted, Gin cocktails that were crafted by some of Vancouver’s top, award-winning Bartenders!

10 of YVR’s Most Popular Cocktail Venues

gin a palooza cocktail the butchart fizz cocktail at the keefer bar

Wednesday, August 12th – Wednesday, August 25th 2015

The GRAND PALOOZA finale will be held August26th at Blacktail Restaurant + Lounge 

 FREE to participate.  Price of cocktails vary.

All you have to do is pick-up your FREE G-PASS at any participating venue and start the tour.

Just follow our HOW-TO-PALOOZA instructions to enjoy an experience that’s truly Ginspirational!

EVENT INFORMATION:

There will be ongoing Prize giveaways, including Gin-A-Palooza’s Grand Prize for a VIP Distillery Experience for Two at Dubh Glas Distillery!

Guests attending The Grand Palooza finale also the opportunity to participate in the ‘People’s Choice’ awards competition for YVR’s Best Gin-A-Palooza Bartender; Meet & Greet key industry contacts from within the world of Gin; Sample exclusively created Gin cocktails; and, Win more prizes!

Tom.Collins@ginapalooza.com

Richmond Garlic Festival

Richmond Garlic Festival At The Sharing Farm

The 7th Annual Richmond Garlic Festival & Chefs To The Field On Sunday August 23rd

Okay, seriously, who doesn’t LOVE garlic? It just makes a dish and I am mad about it! So when we heard about this festival a few years back we headed on out, but far too late! This year we’ll get there early. This year there’s even a chef’s competition too and you can be the sous chef and help out!

DETAILS!

Sunday, August 23, 2015, from 10am-4pm at Richmond’s Terra Nova Park, 2771 Westminster Highway, the largest Garlic Festival in Metro Vancouver joins with Chefs to the Field event. Attendance is by donation. http://yvrgarlicfest.ca/

Richmond Garlic Festival

If you haven’t had a chance to attend in the past, the 7th Annual Garlic Festival is an admission by donation, all-ages event to promote community, local organic farming, healthy eating, food sustainability, delicious food and fun. Pairing with the Chefs to the Field event, this year for a true farm-to-plate experience.

This year’s festival:

Food:

  • Culinary delicacies from up to 20 popular Metro Vancouver restaurants and culinary academies. Each will serve over 500 donated tasty delicacies to raise money *for the Sharing Farm Society and the Richmond Schoolyard Society. VIP tickets on sale now.
  • An expanded Artisan Market with added vendors and even more garlic varieties than last year
  • Earnest Ice Cream has returned with their famous Garlic Ice Cream http://earnesticecream.com/
  • Salt Spring Coffee will be there will hot & cold coffee beverages http://www.saltspringcoffee.com/

Richmond Garlic Festival

Activities:

  • A Chefs to the Field live cooking competition complete with a mad dash into the field to harvest their own ingredients!
  • An all ages map challenge that will travel through the farm, graze past the fields, waft along restaurant row and lead you to your chance to win the ultimate prize. Stay tuned to @yvrgarlicfest to find out what you could win!
  • Lush will be making products on the spot.

Richmond Garlic Festival

For Kids:

  • Kid and family friendly cooking demos where we welcome help from small hands
  • Kids yoga demos & mini classes
  • Science World is bringing three shows of wonder http://www.scienceworld.ca/
  • Tie-dye t-shirt making (or bring your own clothing to dye) 

Ticket Prices: http://yvrgarlicfest.ca/tickets/ 

Tapas Tickets – $4 each
6 Tapas Tickets – $20
Drink Tickets – $3.00 each

VIP Pass – $50

  • Access to shorter, VIP lines at restaurant booths and the beer garden
  • 5 tasting tickets
  • 2 drink tickets to the wine and beer garden
  • a foodie gift bag

Sous Chef for a day $100.00
Be the right hand to one of our amazing chefs during the Chefs to the Field competition!
Want to win Sous Chef for a day?  

How to win: Tweet Us: @yvrgarlicfest using the hashtag #C2F competition
Every Original Tweet will earn a ballot.

Event Details:
Sunday August 23st, 2015
10am-4pm
www.yvrgarlicfest.ca

The Sharing Farm Society & The Richmond Schoolyard Society Bring Together The Savoury Delight Of Home Grown Garlic With The Excitement Of Live Competition Complete With A Mad Dash Into The Field To Harvest Their Own Ingredients!

barilla share the table

Share The Table Barilla Family Friendly Recipes

We’ve partnered with Barilla to bring you some Barilla family friendly recipes to encourage you to cook and dine together! Barilla® created Share The Table®  to help inspire, empower and support all families to enjoy more meaningful meals. Check out the website for more details on how to make family meal time more meaningful!

I also made an awesome Avocado Pasta Salad with Barilla’s bowtie pasta. Recipe here. These new recipes are easy peasy and full of summer veggies. Simple to make, meaning kids can be involved.

Barilla is still a family-owned company which believes that the table is much more than just a place to eat, and food is better when it is shared.  Preparing and eating food together is one of the simplest things we can do to live better. Enjoying great food with family and friends not only provides us with physical sustenance, but it also nourishes us mentally and emotionally.

Barilla Share the Table

Ingredients

1 box of Barilla Whole Grain Spaghetti
2 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
1 clove Garlic chopped
1 medium zucchini sliced in ribbons with peeler (kid friendly)
2 Yellow squash or zucchini sliced with peeler
400 grams San marzano tomatoes canned
125 ml water
Fresh basil cut into strips
4 leaves Parmigiano reggiano grated 100 gSalt to tasteBlack pepper to taste

Preparation

BRING a large pot of water to a boil.
HEAT olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until slightly yellow in color.
COOK Whole Grain Spaghetti 1 minute less than recommended cook time on package. Meanwhile, ADD zucchini and yellow squash to the skillet and sauté for 3-4 minutes. ADD tomatoes and water. Season with salt and pepper.
DRAIN Whole Grain Spaghetti and add to the skillet. Toss with the sauce. Let pasta continue to cook in the skillet for 1 minute.
TURN off heat and toss in basil.
TOSS with Parmigiano cheese before serving

Barilla Share The Table

Ingredients

350 g Barilla Rigatoni
400 g Cherry tomatoes
Half a sweet onion thinly sliced
1 Eggplant cut into small pieces
3 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons Pecorino or Parmesan cheese grated
1 Yellow bell peppers cut in matchsticks
1 Red bell pepper cut in matchsticks
2 Small zucchini cut into rounds
Salt and Pepper as needed

1 Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a large, low, non-stick pan. Cook the onion for 2 mins; add the pepper
After a few minutes, add the unpeeled eggplant and zucchini, cut into round slices, and fry over a med-high heat stirring frequently for 5 mins. Lastly, add the chopped cherry tomatoes and salt. Cook for approximately 20 minutes.
1 Cook the Barilla Rigatoni in plenty of salted water according to package directions add to the sauté with the sauce. Sprinkle with grated cheese and serve.

*This post is sponsored by Barilla.

MadeWithLove Cocktail Tasting

CONTEST CLOSED Win A Made With Love Cocktail Tasting

Congrats to Michelle, Cindy and Grace!

To celebrate the upcoming  MadeWithLove™, the largest mixology competition in Canada, we are giving away a pre-competition cocktail tasting for four with Good Life Vancouver and 05 Tea Shop. Two sets of two tickets are available. Date confirmed shortly.

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Made with love is August 31, 2015

Visit www.enjoymadewithlove.com to purchase your tickets at the pre-sale price before August 17th. Your ticket will give to access to taste the 14 cocktails and afford you the right to vote for the People’s Choice.

About MadeWithLove™ – www.enjoymadewithlove.com
Founded in 2009, MadeWithLove™ has a mission to demystify the cocktail culture and to offer an experience where creativity and diversity come together in a casual environment. Since its inception, MadeWithLove™ has hosted more than 50 competitions across Canada and Mexico.
 
Thanks to our precious partners :
Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum / Campari / Disaronno / Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey / Hendrick’s Gin / 1800 Tequila /Skyy Vodka / Wild Turkey

Dinner on The Pier

Dinner on The Pier for Growing Chefs

Next Thursday August 20th will host the North Shore’s first ever Dinner on the Pier raising funds for Growing Chefs!

Starting at the beautiful Pipe Shop Building in Lower Lonsdale, there will be a cocktail hour with yummy cocktails and of course plenty of beer and wine! Enjoy live music, Nautical photobooth and raffle prizes before heading to the Lonsdale Pier to partake in a long table dinner right by the ocean.  A flying drone will be shooting the event from above and the setting will take your breath away. Proceeds from the event will go to a charity close to our hearts, Growing Chefs.

growing chefs dinner

Of course, it doesn’t end there, the Pipe Shop Building will transform into the Summer Nights Party with award winning DJ Physik on the turntables to create the ultimate dance party.

Tickets include the following:

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Cheese Rolling

Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival

Canada’s most unique festival rolls back into town. It’s time for Cheese Rolling!

The Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival, one of Canada’s most exciting and fun-hearted events, is back again. Hosted by Dairy Farmers of Canada, the event will feature activities the whole family can enjoy including cheese rolling races, costume contest, recipe demos and tastings, and cheese seminars. 

Cheese rolling races will see cheese aficionados racing after an 11-pound wheel of Boerenkaas cheese, produced by British Columbia cheese maker Naturel Pastures, down the slopes of Blackcomb Mountain until a female and male champion is declared. 

 Crazy costume contest will see that attendees and cheese rolling competitors are encouraged to dress in costume to the event. Winners will receive a gift card to Marketplace IGA.                       

Recipe demos and tastings with YUCA restaurant’s Ned Bell, who will be creating a Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival-inspired recipe, featuring Canadian cheese made from 100% Canadian cow’s milk.

Cheese seminars will feature cheese expert David Beaudoin from Dairy Farmers of Canada who will be sharing his knowledge of the wide variety of cheeses made from 100% Canadian milk.

When: Saturday, August 15, 2015, noon to 4:00 p.m. 

WHERE:           Blackcomb Mountain, Base 2, 4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4