Vancouver Foodster Calamari Challenge

Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Calamari Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their calamari creations into this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their calamari creations on their menu from June 11 – July 5, 2015.

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How Does this all Work? For the public challenge, you are invited to go out and order any or all of the calamari creations in this challenge, then you decide who you think has the best calamari creation for the People’s Choice award winners. 

Share your experiences: Tweet (and don’t forget to tweet or instagram your photos) throughout the challenge, our twitter and instagram address is @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #CalamariChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the challenge.

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite calamari creations – keep these things in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

Get some friends together and make a day or night of it, visit 2 places or more to share and taste the different calamari creations or go solo or with a friend– just remember to VOTE for your favourites

Watch – – > The Vancouver Calamari Challenge on the Global TV Saturday Morning News “Saturday Chef”  with hosts Leigh Kjekstad and Jay Janower on June 13, 2015.

Here are the 7 Calamari dishes in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

Linh Café

Cha Muc - Calamari Cake

Cha Muc – Calamari Cake

Cha Muc – Calamari Cake

Price: $7.50

Created by: Chef Tai Luong Nguyen

Description: Fresh herbs, fish sauce for dipping.

Offered: Wednesday to Sunday between 9AM – 9:30PM.

Linh Cafe

2836 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-559-4668

Web: http://linhcafe.com/

Twitter: @LinhCafeVan

Instagram: linhcafe_yvr

 

 

Malt & Marrow

Crispy Confit Calamari

Crispy Confit Calamari

Crispy Confit Calamari

Price:  $11

Created by: Chefs Francis Liew and Nathan Pacheco

Description: Humboldt squid confit in duck fat, breaded and flash fried. Paired with a light tatziki sauce and pickled beets

Offered: Tuesday – Sunday from 11am until closing.

Malt & Marrow

1269 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Tel: (778) 379-6678

Web: http://www.maltandmarrow.com/

Twitter @MaltandMarrow

Instagram: maltandmarrow

 

Blue Canoe Restaurant

Calamari Provencal

Calamari Provencal

Calamari Provencal

Price: $16.80

Created by: Executive Chef David Friedman

Description:  Grilled calamari with gem tomatoes, nicoise olives, capers, garlic, lemon zest, parsley and evoo.

Offered:  All day

Blue Canoe Restaurant

140-3866 Bayview Street, Richmond

Tel: 604-275-7811

Web:  http://www.bluecanoerestaurant.com

Twitter: @bluecanoeresto

Instagram:

 

C Prime Modern Italian Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Calamari

Calamari

C Prime Calamari

Price: $14

Created by: Executive Chef Elliott Hashimoto

Description: Shrimp and mascarpone stuffed calamari with lobster reduction and spicy greens.

Offered: Lunch and dinner, daily

C Prime Modern Italian Steakhouse & Wine Bar

1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-684-3474

Web: http://www.cprime.ca/

Twitter @cprimesteak

Instagram: cprimesteak 

 

American Grille

Calmar Farci

Calmar Farci

Calmar Farci

Price: $12

Description: Chorizo stuffed squid, pepperade with fresh grape tomato salsa

Created by: Chef Danilo Ibara

Offered: all the time

American Grille

7571 Westminster Highway, Richmond

Tel: 604-232-2804

Web: http://www.american-grille.com

Twitter: @GrilleYVR

Instagram: grilleyvr

 

The Vancouver Fish Co.

VFC Calamari

VFC Calamari

VFC Calamari

Price: $15.99

Created by:  Chef John McManus

Description: gluten free, and is served with fresno chiles, arugula, spicy marinara, parm aioli, grilled lemon.

Offered: After 11:30am until closing, daily.

The Vancouver Fish Co.

1517 Anderson Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604 559 3474

Web: http://www.vanfish.com/

Twitter: @VanFishCo

Instagram: VanFishCo

 

Argan Bistro

West Coast Blackened Squid Trio

West Coast Blackened Squid Trio

West Coast Blackened Squid Trio

Price: $28

Created by: Chef Jeff Miller

Description: Citrus-soy marinated sous-vide tube, black sesame and squid ink beer-battered tentacles, mesquite-smoked jerky, kelp and jellyfish salad, sake heirloom, kasu foam, fresh wasabi and avocado crema, golden tobiko, micro-shiso.

Offered: Dinner only.

Argan Bistro

795 Jervis Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-563-8466

Web: http://arganbistro.com/

Twitter: @ArganBistro

Instagram: ArganBistro

 

Make sure you pick up one of the Calamari Challenge postcards available at each of the participating restaurants. Remember to Vote for your favourites daily, all the voting details are at

http://vancouverfoodster.com/calamari-challenge/

Our Media judges for this challenge are:

 

Karl Kliparchuk

Wine, Food & Travel Writer for MyWinePal

Twitter: @MyWinePal

 

Louisa Chan

Writer and Editor of L for Life

Twitter: 

 

Valerie van der Gracht

Editor for MyVanCity

Twitter: @myvancity