Poutine Challenge 2017 Winners

The Vancouver Foodster 6th annual Poutine Challenge was a great success featuring unique creations at restaurants around Vancouver.  Each restaurant featured their creation on their menu from February 7-28, 2017. 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: Rick Green, Tara Lee and Kirsty ip.

The Winners are:

1st Place:

Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market

Smoked Oysters Poutine

Price: $15

Created by: Chef Chris Andraza

Description: It is a Fanny Bay smoked oyster poutine, with hand cut kennebec fries, cheese curds, Fanny Bay oyster stout gravy, house smoked Fanny Bay oysters and crispy fried onions.

Offered: all the time

Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market

762 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Tel: (778) 379-9510

Web: http://fannybayoysters.com/location/oyster-bar–shellfish-market

Twitter: @fannybayoysters

Instagram: @fannybayoysters

Chef Chris Andraza

2nd Place:

Ritual

Bison Shortrib Poutine

Price: $16

Description: House made cheese curds using Farmhouse Whole Artisan Milk, braised Rangeland Alberta Bison Short Rib, Hand Cut Russet Potatoes, Demi-glace Gravy, Green Curly Onions, Shaved Jalapeño

Created by: Chef Nevada Cope

Offered: all the time

Ritual

774 Denman Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-428-7722

Web:http://www.ritualvancouver.com/

Twitter: @ritualYVR

Instagram: @ritualyvr

Chef Nevada Cope

3rd Place:

Kofta Meatball Kitchen

Kofta Poutine

Price: $11

Description: ​Made​ to feed your hunger; ​hand-rolled ​spicy pork meatballs​ piled high onto a base of crispy roasted potatoes and squeaky cheese curd​s, ​smothered in ​our creamy​ three cheese sauce​ and​ rich mushroom gravy​

Created by: Chef Helena Dakwa

Offered: Sun-Thurs 11AM – 6PM, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm

Kofta Meatball Kitchen

320 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 688-9925

Web: https://kofta.ca/

Twitter: @koftakitchen

Instagram: @koftakitchen

Chef Helena Dakwa

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

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Stormcrow Tavern

Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Sex Bob-omb Jalapeño Poppin’ Pork Poutine

Price: $13

Created by: Chef Sam Cargnelli, Erik Holtom, and Allie Szakacs

Description: Golden, crispy fries made from BC Kennebec Potatoes with IPA-battered cheese curds, more cheese curds, beef bone gravy, topped with Dauphine jalapeno poppers, Cajun pork crackling, Neufchatel crema, and green onion.

Offered: Offered during lunch, dinner, and late night

Storm Crow Tavern

1305 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 566-9669

Web: http://www.stormcrowtavern.com/

Twitter: @stormcrowtavern

Instagram:  @stormcrowtavern

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Stormcrow Ale House

The Demogorgon Poutine

Price: $16

Created by: Gregery Kallen, Kitchen Manager

Description: a bowl of crisp hand cut fries covered in fresh-carved roast beef, mushrooms, red and green bell pepper, and carmelized onion tossed in a peppery beef gravy and topped with melted mozzarella cheese. Garnished with two swivelling potato heads of vengeance. The Demogorgon is a powerful monster from the earliest editions of Dungeons and Dragons role playing game. It is the self-styled Prince of Demons, and it possesses prodigious powers and a chaotic evil temperament that fuels its fearsome legend. Few creatures are as powerful and malevolent as this demon prince. The Demogorgon was recently made famous by the popular Netflix series, Stranger Things, as the creature that Dungeon Master, Mike Wheeler, used as the foe for Will, Dustin, and Lucas during a game of D&D in the initial episode.

Offered: Daily 11am – 11PM.

Storm Crow Alehouse

1619 West Broadway, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 428-9670

Web: http://www.stormcrowalehouse.com/

Twitter: @crowalehouse

Instagram: @stormcrowalehouse

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

Kofta Meatball Kitchen

Kofta Poutine

Price: $11

Description: ​Made​ to feed your hunger; ​hand-rolled ​spicy pork meatballs​ piled high onto a base of crispy roasted potatoes and squeaky cheese curd​s, ​smothered in ​our creamy​ three cheese sauce​ and​ rich mushroom gravy​

Created by: Chef Helena Dakwa

Offered: Sun-Thurs 11AM – 6PM, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm

Kofta Meatball Kitchen

320 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 688-9925

Web: https://kofta.ca/

Twitter: @koftakitchen

Instagram: @koftakitchen

 

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

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

By: Richard Wolak