Meatball Challenge Winners 2016

The Vancouver Foodster Meatballs Challenge was a great success featuring unique creations at restaurants around Vancouver, and North Van.  Each restaurant featured their creation on their menu from April 6-30, 2016. and their customers voted for their favourites daily throughout the challenge.

Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Joe Leary, Tara Lee and Ed Lau

The Winners are:

1st Place:

Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Sicilian Meatballs

Price: $11

Description: currants, pine nuts, Parmigiano Reggiano, tomato sugo, fresh mint

Main Protein Ingredient: Beef, pork and veal

Created by:  Novo kitchen team

Offered:  All the time

Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar

2118 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tel:    (604) 736-2220

Web:  http://www.novopizzeria.com/

Twitter:   @NOVOPizzeria

Chef/Owner Carmine Paradiso

Chef/Owner Carmine Paradiso

2nd Place:

The Copper Chimney

The Copper Chimney

The Copper Chimney

CC’s Lamb Meatball Sliders

Price: $12

Created by: Executive Chef Jaroslaw Faryna

Description: served with avocado mint salsa

Main Protein Ingredient: Lamb

Offered: Lunch and dinner daily

The Copper Chimney

567 Hornby Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-689-8862

Web: http://www.copperchimney.ca/

Twitter: @CopperChimney_1

 

3rd Place :

Mario’s Meatballs at Baccano Restaurante & Lounge

Mario’s Meatballs at Baccano

Mario’s Meatballs at Baccano

Mario’s “Old School”

Price: $9

Description:  Mario’s “Old School” Tuscan Grilled Meatballs.   Beef, Pork and Veal polpette with hand crushed San Marzano tomatoes.  Finished with Baccano Parmigiano cheese sauce.

Main Protein Ingredient: Beef, pork and veal

Created by:  Chef Canale from Mario’s Meatballs and Chef Zack Steele from Baccano

Offered:  12pm – 10pm daily

Baccano Restaurante & Lounge

1889 W 1st Ave, Vancouver

Tel: 778-379-6920

Web: http://www.baccanovancouver.com/ and http://mariosmeatballs.com/

Twitter: @MariosMeatballs

Al Canale @MariosMeatballs and Chef Zack Steele and Owner Carl Kumpera of Baccano

Al Canale @MariosMeatballs and Chef Zack Steele and Owner Carl Kumpera of Baccano

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Meaball Creations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

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Mario’s Meatballs at Baccano Restaurante & Lounge

Mario’s Meatballs at Baccano

Mario’s Meatballs at Baccano

Mario’s “Old School”

Price: $9

Description:  Mario’s “Old School” Tuscan Grilled Meatballs.   Beef, Pork and Veal polpette with hand crushed San Marzano tomatoes.  Finished with Baccano Parmigiano cheese sauce.

Main Protein Ingredient: Beef, pork and veal

Created by:  Chef Canale from Mario’s Meatballs and Chef Zack Steele from Baccano

Offered:  12pm – 10pm daily

Baccano Restaurante & Lounge

1889 W 1st Ave, Vancouver

Tel: 778-379-6920

Web: http://www.baccanovancouver.com/ and http://mariosmeatballs.com/

Twitter: @MariosMeatballs

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

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Bodega on Main

Bodega on Main

Bodega on Main

Albondigas

Price: $9 ($6 Happy Hour M-F, 3-6pm)

Description: Tender meatballs made from a mixture of beef, pork and veal, topped with grated Manchego Cheese and garnished with small fried potatoes and a pinch of micro greens.

Main Protein Ingredient: Beef, pork and veal

Created by: Paul Rivas

Available:  Lunch and Dinner

Bodega on Main

1014 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-565-8815

Web: http://www.bodegaonmain.ca/

Twitter @bodegaonmain

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

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The Meatery

The Meatery

The Meatery

The Cheesey Big Bite

Price: $10

Created by: Jonathan Plaza

Description: made of all natural pork and beef with italian herbs and spices. It is stuffed with Canadian smoked mozzarella and braise in a tomato and fresh herb marinara. We use a white ciabatta or whole grain bun that are slathered with a roasted garlic butter and is topped with fresh arugula.

Main Protein Ingredient: Beef and pork

Offered: 11 am to 6 pm (7 days a week)

The Meatery

3108 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver

Tel: 604-980-1125

Web: http://themeatery.ca/

Twitter: @MeateryB2B

 

Thank you to all the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured the Meatballs creations on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their Meatballs creations! See all the Meatball Challenge entries here.

By: Richard Wolak