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Best Savoury Dishes in 2013

I have eaten a lot of dishes in restaurants all over and outside of Vancouver in the past year, these are dishes that are standouts, ones that you remember for a long time to come. This list is devoted to my favourite dishes that I have eaten in 2013.

Note: These are not in any ranking order

1)    Hay Roasted Carrots

Hay Roasted Carrots

Hay Roasted Carrots

The Farmers Apprentice

1535 W 6th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: www.farmersapprentice.ca

Twitter: @gunawan_dave

Chef Dave Gunawan

 

2)    Braised Beef Short Ribs with roasted okra and walnuts, and jelly beans

Braised Beef Short Ribs with roasted okra and walnuts, and jelly beans

Braised Beef Short Ribs with roasted okra and walnuts, and jelly beans

Vij’s Restaurant

1488 W 11 Ave, Vancouver

Web: http://www.vijsrestaurant.ca

Twitter: @Vijs_restaurant

Chef Meeru Dhalwala

 

3)   Steelhead Schwarma

Steelhead Schwarma

Steelhead Schwarma

Good Wolfe

1043 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Web: http://goodwolfe.ca/

Twitter: @GoodWolfeVan

Chef Josh Wolfe

 

4)    Bison Ribs in a light spiced tomato glaze

Bison Ribs in a light spiced tomato glaze

Bison Ribs in a light spiced tomato glaze

Burdock & Co

2702 Main Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.burdockandco.com

Twitter: @BurdockAndCo

Chef Andrea Carlson

 

5)    Salad of Carrots & Figs

Salad of Carrots & Figs

Salad of Carrots & Figs

L’Abattoir

217 Carrall Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.labattoir.ca/

Twitter: @LABATTOIR_VAN

Chef Lee Cooper

 

6)    Dungeness Black Pepper Crab Fritters

Dungeness Black Pepper Crab Fritters

Dungeness Black Pepper Crab Fritters

MARKET by Jean-Georges

Level 3, 1115 Alberni

Web: http://www.marketbyjgvancouver.com/

Twitter:  @MARKETjg_Van

Chef Montgomery Lau

 

7)    Duck Confit Hash

Duck Confit Hash

Duck Confit Hash

Sol Sun Belt Cookery

550 Denman Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.solsunbelt.com/

Twitter: @SoLSunBelt

Chef Abdel Elatouabi

 

8)    Arroz con Pato – Yarrow Meadows duck confit, coriander and dark beer rice

Arroz con Pato

Arroz con Pato

Chicha Restaurant

136 East Broadway, Vancouver

Web:  http://www.chicharestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @ChichaVancouver

Chef Shelome Bouvette

 

9)    Haida Gwaii Halibut brown butter broiled, Italian parsley & potato nuggets

Haida Gwaii Halibut brown butter broiled, Italian parsley & potato nuggets

Haida Gwaii Halibut brown butter broiled, Italian parsley & potato nuggets

Kitsilano Daily Kitchen

1809 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver.

Web: http://www.kitsdaily.com/

Twitter @KitsDaily

Chef Brian Fowke

 

10)    Butter Poached Alaskan Crab

Butter Poached Alaskan Crab

Butter Poached Alaskan Crab

Mosaic Bar & Grille

655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Web: http://vancouver.hyatt.com

Twitter: @HyattVancouver

Chef Thomas Heinrich

 

11)    The Grilled Asparagus Salad

The Grilled Asparagus Salad

The Grilled Asparagus Salad

House Guest

332 Water Street. Vancouver

Web: http://housexguest.com/

Twitter: @housexguest

Chef Jimmy Stewart

 

12) Winter Salad with mushrooms in textures, beets, carrots, vegetable ash goat cheese, hazelnuts, lettuces, buttermilk, wild herbs and weeds.

Winter Salad

Winter Salad

House Guest

332 Water Street. Vancouver

Web: http://housexguest.com/

Twitter: @housexguest

Chef Jimmy Stewart

 

13) Spring Salad

Chef Jimmy Stuarts's Spring Salad

Chef Jimmy Stuarts’s Spring Salad

House Guest

332 Water Street. Vancouver

Web: http://housexguest.com/

Twitter: @housexguest

Chef Jimmy Stewart

 

14) Orange Glazed Lamb Ribs

 

Orange Glazed Lamb Ribs

Orange Glazed Lamb Ribs

Tuc Craft Kitchen

60 West Cordova St, Vancouver

Web: www.tucrestaurant.com

Twitter: @TucRestaurant

Chef Roy Flemming

 

15) Potato Mash Pizza

Potato Mash Pizza

Potato Mash Pizza

Don’t Argue Pizzeria

3240 Main Street, Vancouver

 

16) Selection of rolls: Golden, Great Pacific, Great Canadian, Northern Light, Rainbow and Tojo.

Selection of rolls: Golden, Great Pacific, Great Canadian, Northern Light, Rainbow and Tojo.

Selection of rolls: Golden, Great Pacific, Great Canadian, Northern Light, Rainbow and Tojo.

Tojo’s

1133 W Broadway, Vancouver

Web: http://www.tojos.com/Splash.html

Twitter: @TojosRestaurant

Chef Tojo

 

17) Chilled Dungeness Crab Cannelloni

Chilled Dungeness Crab Cannelloni

Chilled Dungeness Crab Cannelloni

Mosaic Bar & Grille

655 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Web: http://vancouver.hyatt.com

Twitter: @HyattVancouver

Chef Thomas Heinrich

 

18) Porcini Mushroom Brûlée

Porcini Mushroom Brûlée

Porcini Mushroom Brûlée

Burgundy Restaurant

47 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

Web: http://www.burgundyvancouver.com/

Twitter: @BurgundyVan

Chef: Nitzan Cohen

 

19) Chicken & Waffles 

Chicken & Waffles

Chicken & Waffles

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.joefortes.ca/

Twitter: @JoeFortesVan

Chef Wayne Sych

 

20) Duck Tostadas

Duck Tostadas

Duck Tostadas

La Mezcaleria 

1622 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Web: http://lamezcaleria.ca/

Twitter: @LaMezcaleriaYVR

Chef Tina Fineza

By: Richard Wolak

Best Photo Moments of 2013

Over the past year I have met many wonderful chefs, and personalities in not only the restaurant industry but in all sorts of places that are unique in one way or another.

Here are some random shots of those people who I caught on camera.

Chefs

Jenell Parsons - founder of Vancouver Pie Hole

Jenell Parsons – founder of Vancouver Pie Hole

Chef Josh Wolfe at Good Wolfe Kitchen

Chef Josh Wolfe at Good Wolfe Kitchen

Chef Trevor Bird - Co-owner Fable Kitchen

Chef Trevor Bird – Co-owner Fable Kitchen

Chef/Owner Nathalie of Chouchou Crepes

Chef/Owner Nathalie of Chouchou Crepes

5 Iconic Women Chefs at Food Talks Vol 8 Speakers (from left to right) Karen Barnaby, Angie Quaale, Merri Schwartz, Susan Mendelson and Meeru Dhalwala

5 Iconic Women Chefs at Food Talks Vol 8 Speakers (from left to right) Karen Barnaby, Angie Quaale, Merri Schwartz, Susan Mendelson and Meeru Dhalwala

Chef Clement Chan with Sophie Lui TV Host of Global News

Chef Clement Chan with Sophie Lui TV Host of Global News

Food Network’s Top Chef Canada winner Matt Stowe at Cactus Club Cafe Coal Harbour having lunch with Richard Wolak.

Food Network’s Top Chef Canada winner Matt Stowe at Cactus Club Cafe Coal Harbour having lunch with Richard Wolak.

Chef Johnny Bridge who was the first chef I interviewed for my Chefs with Food Tattoo series.

Chef Johnny Bridge who was the first chef I interviewed for my Chefs with Food Tattoo series.

Chef Chris Bisaro at Brix Restaurant cooking up a storm.

Chef Chris Bisaro at Brix Restaurant cooking up a storm.

On the news

Chef Paul Mon-Kau and Chef Dino Renaerts coking up their poutine dishes on Global Morning News

Chef Paul Mon-Kau and Chef Dino Renaerts cooking up their Vancouver Foodster poutine dishes on Global Morning News

Chef Shaun Snelling and Chef Josie Dib in their own poutine challenge on CTV Noon News

Chef Shaun Snelling and Chef Josie Dib in their own Vancouver Foodster poutine challenge on CTV Noon News

Chef Siddharthas Choudhary on Global Weekend Morning News getting ready to cook.

Chef Siddharthas Choudhary on Global Weekend Morning News getting ready to cook.

On set at CTV BC Noon News TV Chef Abdel Elatouabi of Sol Sun Belt Cookery ready to make his Grilled Harissa Drummetes & Chef Rennie Chotalal of Malone’s ready to make his Salted Caramel Waffle Wings with Zing for host Coleen Christie

On set at CTV BC Noon News TV Chef Abdel Elatouabi of Sol Sun Belt Cookery ready to make his Grilled Harissa Drummetes & Chef Rennie Chotalal of Malone’s ready to make his Salted Caramel Waffle Wings with Zing for host Coleen Christie

Richard with some Celebrities

Mollie Katzen & Richard Wolak

Mollie Katzen (author) & Richard Wolak

On the CTV Morning Live set tasting cheesecake with Aamer Haleem, Norma Reid, Ann Luu, and Marke Driesschen

On the CTV Morning Live set tasting cheesecake with Aamer Haleem, Norma Reid, Ann Luu, and Marke Driesschen

Cory Ashworth and Laurie Logan -Peak FM Morning Show Radio Hosts and Richard Wolak (centre)

Cory Ashworth and Laurie Logan -Peak FM Morning Show Radio Hosts and Richard Wolak (centre)

At the Black + Blue Rooftop Restaurant opening party — with Chelsea Hobbis, Andrew Sosa and Riaz Meghji.

At the Black + Blue Rooftop Restaurant opening party — with Chelsea Hobbis, Andrew Sosa and Riaz Meghji.

Richard Wolak turning the tables interviewing Alyssa Dawson Host of Novus TV at Noodle Mania.

Richard Wolak turning the tables interviewing Alyssa Dawson Host of Novus TV at Noodle Mania.

Richard Wolak with Lynn Colliar host of Global Weekend Morning News with Chef Tony Marzo of Kessel & March.

Richard Wolak with Lynn Colliar host of Global Weekend Morning News with Chef Tony Marzo of Kessel & March.

Cocktails and Wine

Julia Diakow - Bartender at Cuchillo

Julia Diakow – Bartender at Cuchillo

Robyn Gray - Bartender at Pidgin Restaurant

Robyn Gray – Bartender at Pidgin Restaurant

Wine Writers and Industry Experts at Food Talks Vol 10 Speakers (from left to right) Tim Pawsey, Michaela Morris, Michele Boufard, John Clerides, Sid Cross and David Schoelfield

Wine Writers and Industry Experts at Food Talks Vol 10 Speakers (from left to right) Tim Pawsey, Michaela Morris, Michele Boufard, John Clerides, Sid Cross and David Schoelfield

Servers

Rafik Doukkali - server at Blue Water Cafe & Raw Bar.

Rafik Doukkali – server at Blue Water Cafe & Raw Bar.

There were so many people that I met this past year, these are just some of the special photos moments out of thousands of photos.

By: Richard Wolak

Best Brunches in Vancouver in 2013

For the past year I have been indulging in brunches almost every weekend as I interviewed celebrities for my brunch series, or out with friends. These are my 45 go to and favourite restaurants for Brunch in and around Vancouver.

Note: These are not in any ranking order

Yaletown

Good Wolfe Kitchen

1043 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-428-1043

Web: http://goodwolfe.ca/

Twitter: @GoodWolfeVan

Time: Saturday & Sunday 11am – 3pm

 

The Parlour Restaurant

1011 Hamilton St, Vancouver

For Reservations Call: 604-568-3322

Web: www.theparlourrestaurants.com

Twitter: @ParlourYaletown

Time: Saturday & Sunday  11am – 3pm

 

Provence Marinaside

1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.provencevancouver.com/marinaside/brunch_menu.html

For Reservations, please call 604-681-4144

Twitter: @ProvenceVanCity

Time: Brunch is offered Saturday, Sunday & holidays 9:00am – 3:00pm

 

Homer Street Cafe & Bar

888 Homer Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604- 428 4299

Web: http://homerstreetcafebar.com/

Twitter: @HomerStCafeBar

Time: Sunday from 11am – 3pm

 

 Gastown 

Tuc Craft Kitchen

60 West Cordova St, Vancouver

For Reservations Call: 604-599-8999

Menu: www.tucrestaurant.com

Twitter: @TucRestaurant

Time: Saturday  10am – 3pm

 

Catch 122

122 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://catch122.com/brunch/

For Reservations call 604-731-3474

Twitter: @Catch122

Time: Saturday & Sunday 9am – 4pm

 

Downtown 

Café Pacifica in the Pan Pacific Hotel

999 Canada Place, Vancouver

Menu: http://www2.panpacific.com/en/Vancouver/Dining/CafePacifica.html

For Reservations, please call 604-895-2480

Twitter: @panpacificvan

Time: Brunch is offered  11:30am – 2:30pm on Sunday

 

Kingston Taphouse and Grille

755 Richards Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.kingstontaphouse.com/

For Reservations, please call 604-681-7011

Twitter: @TheKingstonPub

Time: Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 3:00pm

 

The Teahouse

Ferguson Point

Stanley Park , Vancouver

Menu:  http://www.vancouverdine.com/teahouse/menus/brunch

For Reservations, please call 604.669.3281

Twitter: @The_Teahouse

Time: Saturday and Sunday 10:30am – 3:00pm

 

The Roof at Black + Blue

1032 Alberni Street (3rd Level), Vancouver

Menu: http://the-roof.ca/

For Reservations, please call 604 637 0777

Twitter: #GCTheroof @Glowbal_Group

Time: Saturday and Sunday 11:30am – 3:00pm

 

Hawksworth Restaurant

801 W Georgia Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.hawksworthrestaurant.com/menus/brunch/

For Reservations, please call 604.673.7000

Twitter: @HawksworthRest

Time: Saturday and Sunday 10:30am – 2:00pm

 

Sol Sun Belt Cookery

550 Denman Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.solsunbelt.com/

For Reservations, please call 604 568 2235

Twitter: @SoLSunBelt

Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3:00pm

 

Lift Bar and Grill

333 Menchions Mews, Vancouver

Tel: 604-689-5438

Web: http://liftbarandgrill.com/

Twitter: @Liftbarandgrill

Time: Saturday & Sunday 11am – 3pm

 

Forage

1300 Robson Street, Vancouver

Menu:  http://www.foragevancouver.com/images/menus/forage-brunch-menu.pdf

For Reservations call 604-661-1400

Twitter: @forageVancouver

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm

 

Market by Jean-Georges

1115 Alberni Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.marketbyjgvancouver.com/

For Reservations, please call 604-685-1115

Twitter: @MARKETjg_Van

Time: Brunch is offered 11:30am – 3pm Sunday

 

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.joefortes.ca/

For Reservations call 604.669.1940

Twitter: @JoeFortesVan

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 3pm

 

Tableau Bar Bistro

1181 Melville Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://tableaubarbistro.com/pdf/Tableau_Brunch_Menu.pdf

For Reservations, please call 604-639-8632

Twitter: @TableauBistro

Time: Sunday 10:30am – 3:00pm

 

C Restaurant

1600 Howe Street  Vancouver

Menu: http://www.crestaurant.com/com_content/category/blog/49/195/

For Reservations call 604-681-1164

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am – 2:30pm

 

Twisted Fork

1147 Granville Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-0749

Web: http://www.twistedforkbistro.ca/index2.php

Twitter: @TwstdForkBistro

Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3pm

 

Le Parisien Restaurant

751 Denman Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.leparisien.citruspiemg.mobi/

For Reservations call 604-687-1418

Twitter: @leparisienyvr

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 3pm

 

Raincity Grill

1193 Denman Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.raincitygrill.com/index.php/menus/brunch

For Reservations call 604-685-7337

Twitter: @raincitygrill

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am – 3pm

 

Kitsilano and Point Grey

Corduroy Restaurant

1943 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver

For Reservations Call: 604-733-0162

Menu: http://www.corduroyrestaurant.com/Brunch.html

Twitter: @Corduroylounge

Time: Saturday & Sunday  10am – 3pm

 

Q4 Restaurant

2563 West Broadway, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.q4restaurant.com/ristorante/home

For Reservations call 604-734-4444

Twitter: @Q4Restaurant

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 3pm

 

The Oakwood Restaurant

2741 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.theoakwood.ca/

For Reservations, please call 604-558-1965

Twitter: @theOakwoodKits

Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3:00pm

 

The Bibo

1835 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604.568.6177

Web: http://thebibo.com

Twitter: @TheBibo

Time: Saturday & Sunday 11:30am – 2:30pm

 

Fable Kitchen

1944 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.fablekitchen.ca/

For Reservations call 604-732-1322

Twitter: @fablekitchen

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am – 2pm

 

Bistro Pastis

2153 West 4th Ave, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.bistropastis.com/

For Reservations call 604-731-5020

Time: Saturday & Sunday 11:00am – 2pm

 

Trattoria Italian Kitchen

1850 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.glowbalgroup.com/wp-content/themes/trattoria/pdf/trattoria-brunch.pdf

For Reservations call 604-732-1441

Twitter: #gctrattoria @glowbal_group

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 3pm

 

Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar

2201 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.chewies.ca/menu/BrunchMenu-Chewies.pdf

For Reservations, please call 604-558-4448

Twitter: @chewiesoysters

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10am – 2pm

 

Provence Mediterranean Grill

4473 West Tenth Avenue, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.provencevancouver.com/mediterranean/home

For Reservations call 604- 222-1980

Twitter:@ProvenceVanCity

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 3:00pm

 

Jethro’s Fine Grub

3420 Dunbar Street, Vancouver

Tel:  604-569-3441

Web: http://www.jethrosfinegrub.com/

Twitter: @jethrosfinegrub

Time: Saturday and Sunday 8am – 4pm

 

South Granville and Granville Island

Luke’s Corner Bar & Kitchen

2996 Granville Street, Vancouver

Menu:  http://www.lukescornerbar.com

For Reservations call 604-733-5699

Twitter: @LukesGranville

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm

 

West Restaurant

2881 Granville Street  Vancouver

Menu: http://www.westrestaurant.com/

For Reservations call 604-738-8938

Twitter: @westrestaurant

Time: Sunday 11:00am – 2:30pm

 

Dockside Restaurant

1253 Johnston Street (Granville Island), Vancouver

Menu: http://www.docksidevancouver.com/menus/main-menu-sunday-brunch

For Reservations, please call 604-685-7070

Twitter: @eatatdockside

Time: Brunch is offered Sunday 10:00am – 3:00pm

 

Edible Canada at the Market (opposite the public market on Granville Island)

1596 Johnston Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.ediblecanada.com/bistro.php

For Reservations, please call 604-682-6681

Twitter: @EdibleCanada

Time: Saturday and Sunday 9:00am – 4:00pm

 

The Sandbar

1535 Johnston Street, Creekhouse #102, Granville Island, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.vancouverdine.com/sandbar

For Reservations call 604-669-9030

Twitter: @The_Sandbar

Time: Saturday & Sunday 11:30am – 3pm

 

Cambie Village and Main Street

Biercraft Bistro

3305 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Menu: http://biercraft.com/cambie/brunch/

For Reservations call 604-874-6900

Twitter: @biercraft

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 4pm

 

Thyme to Indulge

2858 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-877-1760

Web: http://www.thymetoindulgecatering.com/drink/category/weekend-brunch/

Twitter: @thymetoindulge

Time: Saturday and Sunday 9am -4pm

 

East Vancouver

Tap & Barrel

1 Athletes Way, Vancouver

Menu: http://www.tapandbarrel.com/

For Reservations call    604-685-2223

Twitter: @tapandbarrel

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 3pm

 

Roundel Cafe

2465 E Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-253-2522

Web: www.roundelcafe.com

Twitter: n/a

Time: Saturday and Sunday 9am – 5pm

 

The Red Wagon

2296 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-568-4565

Web: http://www.redwagoncafe.com/

Twitter: @redwagoncafe

Time: Saturday and Sunday 9am – 8pm

 

Magda’s Restaurant

6345 Fraser Street, Vancouver

Web: www.magdasrestaurant.ca

Tel: 604-322-1001

Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3pm

 

North Vancouver

Pier 7 Restaurant & Bar

25 Wallace Mews Rd, North Vancouver

Menu: http://pierseven.ca/menu/brunch/3075/

For Reservations call   604-929-7437

Twitter: @pier7restaurant

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am – 2pm

 

The District

13 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver

Menu:  http://www.thedistrictsocial.com/

For Reservations call (778) 338-4938

Twitter: @districtsocial

Time: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am – 3pm

 

Burnaby

EBO Restaurant in the Delta Burnaby Hotel

4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby

Menu: http://www.eborestaurant.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/EBO-Sunday-Brunch.pdf

For Reservations, please call 604-453-0788

Twitter: @eborestaurant

Time: Buffet Brunch is offered 11:00am – 2:00pm on Sunday

By: Richard Wolak

Best Foodie Events of 2013

richard wolak at food talks 1 yr

Richard Wolak (Founder & Publisher of Vancouver Foodster) at the Food Talks 1 Year Anniversary Talk at The Westin Grand.

I went to a lot of different food events, openings and parties during 2013 in and around Vancouver, here are my top 20 standouts of the year.

Note: These are not in any ranking order.

1)    Brewery and the Beast was the best and most organized outdoor food event of the year.

2)   Feast of Fields at Krause was the best afternoon of eating and drinking in the outdoors.

3) Loden Hotel Celebrates 5 Years was the most fun Restaurant Anniversary Party of the year.

4) Languedoc Wine Bar Crawl was the most exciting media event of the year.

5) Cook the Vote at Pidgin was the most fun and tasty media party of the year.

6) Joy of Feeding 2013 was the best afternoon of eating delicious food outside on a farm.

7) Noodle Mania was the best food crawl eating noodle dishes around the city.

8) The Roof at Black+Blue Opening was the best restaurant opening of the year downtown Vancouver.

9) Railtown Caters Launch was the best catering launch party with the most delicious food and drinks.

10) Catch 122 Celebrates 1.22 years was the best 1.22 Year Anniversary party with delicious food and drinks

11) Dish ‘n Dazzle 2013 was a delicious evening of food, cocktails and wines supporting the BC Hospitality organization.

12) Tasting Plates Lower Lonsdale was one of the best summer food tasting tour event.

13) Wine for Waves most delicious seafood and wine pairing event at the Four Seasons.

14) Chocolate Arts celebrates 20 years was the sweetest anniversary party of the year.

15) The Parlour Restaurant Opening was the best Restaurant Opening Party of the year in Yaletown.

16) From Farms to Forks 4 was the most entertaining event at the coolest venue that brought together some of the cities best chefs, restaurants and breweries.

17) Tengumai Sake Dinner at Zest was the best Pairing Dinner with Sake and delicious Japanese cuisine.

18) Alpha Estate Winemakers Dinner at Cork & Fin was the best Winemakers Dinner experience.

19) Parallel 49 Brewing Dinner at Biercraft was the best beer pairing dinner experience.

20) Food Talks Vol 8 and 1 Year Anniversary was an amazing evening as we celebrated the most iconic women chefs in the city.

See all the other events I attended this past year.

By: Richard Wolak

My Latest Round-Up of Best Desserts

It’s no secret that I have always been fond of desserts, here are some of the best desserts that I have had in the past 6 months in and around Vancouver.

Here are 15 of my favourite desserts, in no particular order:

1) Lemon Tart with Yuzu Sorbet

Lemon Tart with Yuzu Sorbet

Lemon Tart with Yuzu Sorbet

 

Lemon Tart with Yuzu Sorbet

Created by: not known

Raw Bar at the Lobby Lounge

Fairmont Pacific Rim

1038 Canada Place

Tel: 604 695 5300

Web: http://www.fairmont.com/pacific-rim-vancouver/dining/lobbyloungeandterrace/

Twitter: @FairmontPacific

 

2) Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Fields Forever – a deconstructed Carmelia Cheesecake & coffee ice cream

Created by: Pastry Chef Kira Desmond

Secret Location

One Water Street, Vancouver

Tel: 60-685-0090

Web: www.secretlocation.ca

Twitter: @slocation

3) Raspberry Cheesecake and Black Forest Macaron & vanilla ice cream

Raspberry Cheesecake and Black Forest Macaron & vanilla ice cream

Raspberry Cheesecake and Black Forest Macaron & vanilla ice cream

Raspberry Cheesecake and Black Forest Macaron & vanilla ice cream

Created by: Pastry Chef - Jean-Pierre Sanchez

Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

1095 Hamilton St, Vancouver

Phone: (604) 688-8078

Web: http://bluewatercafe.net/

Twitter: @bluewatercafe

 

4) Lemon Maple Merengue

Lemon Maple Merengue

Lemon Maple Merengue

Lemon Maple Merengue

Created by: Chef Mike Robbins

The Oakwood

2741 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-558-1965

http://www.theoakwood.ca/

Twitter: @theOakwoodKits

 

5) Meeti Roti

Meeti Roti

Meeti Roti

Meeti Roti with custard on chapati filled with demerara sugar & cashews

Created by: Chef Meeru Dhalwala

Vijs Rangoli

1488 West 11th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-736-5711

Web: http://www.vijsrangoli.ca/

Twitter: @Vijs_Rangoli

 

6) The Lemon Cake

 The Lemon Cake

The Lemon Cake

The Lemon Cake with rosemary sugar, lavender and whipped cream

Created by: Chef Josh Wolfe

Good Wolfe

1043 Mainland Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-428-1043

Web: http://goodwolfe.ca/

Twitter: @GoodWolfeVan

 

7) Bunet Piedmontese

Bunet Piedmontese

Bunet Piedmontese

Bunet Piedmontese

Created by: Chef Lucase Syme

La Pentola

350 Davie St., Vancouver

Tel: 604-642-0557

Web: www.lapentola.ca

Twitter: @La_Pentola

 

8) P.B.J. Chocolate Tart

P.B.J. Chocolate Tart

P.B.J. Chocolate Tart

PBJ Chocolate Tart with peanut butter ganache, concord grape jelly and caramel popcorn.

Created by: Chef Pekka Tevala

Mamie Taylors

251 East Georgia Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-620-8818

Web: http://mamietaylors.ca/

Twitter: @MamieTaylors

 

9) Strawberry Shortcake in a jar with a hint of fresh mint

 Strawberry Shortcake in a jar with a hint of fresh mint

Strawberry Shortcake in a jar with a hint of fresh mint

Strawberry Shortcake in a jar with a hint of fresh mint

Created by: not known

Catch 122

122 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-731-3474

Web: http://www.catch122.ca/

Twitter: @catch122

 

10) Peanut Butter Cookies with Nutella cream

Peanut Butter Cookies with Nutella cream

Peanut Butter Cookies with Nutella cream

Peanut Butter Cookies with Nutella cream

Created by: not known

Homer Street Café and Bar

888 Homer Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604- 428 4299

Web: http://homerstreetcafebar.com/

Twitter: @HomerStCafeBar

 

11) Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar with salted caramel ice cream

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar with salted caramel ice cream

Created by: not known

MARKET by Jean-Georges

Level 3, 1115 Alberni

Phone: (604) 695 1115

Web: http://www.shangri-la.com/vancouver/shangrila/dining/restaurants/market-by-jean-georges/

Twitter:  @MARKETjg_Van

 

12) Pumpkin Pie with caramel sauce

Pumpkin Pie with caramel sauce

Pumpkin Pie with caramel sauce

Pumpkin Pie with spiced whipped cream, caramel sauce

Created by: Pastry Chef Candice Mui

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-669-1940

Web: http://www.joefortes.ca/

Twitter: @JoeFortesVan

 

13)Butterscotch Pudding with Salted Caramel

Butterscotch Pudding with Salted Caramel

Butterscotch Pudding with Salted Caramel

Butterscotch Pudding with Salted Caramel

Created by: chef David Gross of Cook Hall Atlanta

MARKET by Jean-Georges

Level 3, 1115 Alberni

Phone: (604) 695 1115

Web: http://www.shangri-la.com/vancouver/shangrila/dining/restaurants/market-by-jean-georges/

Twitter:  @MARKETjg_Van

 

14) Dulce de Leche with Churros

Dulce de Leche with Churros

Dulce de Leche with Churros

Dulce de Leche with Churros

Created by: Chef Stu Irving

Cuchillo

261 Powell St, Vancouver

Phone: (604) 559-7585

Web: http://www.cuchillo.ca/

Twitter: @CuchilloYVR

 

15) Chocolate Sandwich Cookie

Chocolate Sandwich Cookie

Chocolate Sandwich Cookie

Chocolate Sandwich Cookie

Created by: not known

Sweet Cherubim

1105 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

Phone: (604) 253-0969

Web: http://www.sweetcherubim.com/

Twitter: @SWEETCHERUBIM

By: Richard Wolak

Barista Challenge 2013 Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Barista Challenge was a great success featuring Baristas and their Beverage creations at cafes around Vancouver and Surrey. Each Café featured their Beverage creation on their menu from August 28-September 25, 2013 and their customers voted for their favourites daily throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place: Louis Luzuka of Wired Monk Fleetwood in Surrey with his

The Incredible Monk

 

The Incredible Monk which is a matcha greentea kale smoothie with lots of fruits and veggies.

Wired Monk Fleetwood

15930 Fraser Highway, Surrey

Tel: 778-565-7696

Twitter:  @WiredMonkIsCool

Web:  http://www.wiredmonk.com/location/fleetwood-center/

Louis Luzuka

Louis Luzuka

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Place: Blandin Luzuka of Wired Monk Fleetwood in Surrey with her

Coffee Crisp

Coffee Crisp take on, of the Chocolate Bar, Coffee Crisp. If you like chocolate this is definitely a delicious drink to indulge in!

Wired Monk Fleetwood

15930 Fraser Highway, Surrey

Tel: 778-565-7696

Twitter:  @WiredMonkIsCool

Web:  http://www.wiredmonk.com/location/fleetwood-center/

Blandin Luzuka

Blandin Luzuka

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Place: Nick Allan of Continental Coffee, Vancouver with his

Dark Chocolate, Roasted Garlic, and Orange Essence Macchiato

Dark Chocolate, Roasted Garlic, and Orange Essence Macchiato

Continental Coffee

4295 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-559-7712

Twitter: @ContinentalCoff

Web: http://www.continental-coffee.ca/

Nick Allan

Nick Allan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to all the baristas and cafes that accepted my invitation and featured their Beverage creation on the menu for the past month during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning cafes to try their Beverage creation! See all the Barista creation entries here.

By: Richard Wolak

Pizza Challenge 2013 Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Pizza Challenge was a great success featuring Pizza creations around Vancouver, Burnaby and Maple Ridge. Each restaurant featured their Pizza creation on their menu from June 20 – July 14, 2013, then the public voted from June 20 – July 15, 2013.

The Winners are:

1st Place: Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria with their Pizza Di Spagna

Created by: Executive Chef – Nathan Wright

Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria

6011 Hastings Street, Burnaby

Tel:  604-299-8002

Twitter:  @CottoEnoteca

Web:  http://cotto.ca/

 

Chef Nathan Wright

Chef Nathan Wright

2nd Place: Rocky Mountain Flatbread with their B.C. Flatbread Pizza

Created by: Chef Oliver Zulauf and Chef Russell Phillips

Rocky Mountain Flatbread

1876 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver & 4186 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel:   604-730-0321 (1st) & 604-566-9779 (Main)

Twitter:  @Flatbreadco

Web:  http://www.rockymountainflatbread.ca/

 

Chef Oliver Zulauf and Chef Russell Phillips

Chef Oliver Zulauf and Chef Russell Phillips

3rd Place: Lombardo’s Pizzeria with their Pancetta, Grape and Rosemary Pizza

Created by: Giulia Lombardo

Lombardo’s Pizzeria

1641 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 251-2240

Twitter:  @LombardosPizza

Web:  http://lombardos.ca/

Thank you to all the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their Pizza creation on the menu for the past month during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their Pizza creation! See all the pizza creation entries here.

By: Richard Wolak

Chicken Wings Challenge 2013 Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Chicken Wings Challenge was a great success featuring Chicken Wings creations around Vancouver, Coquitlam and Richmond. Each restaurant featured their Chicken Wings creation on their menu from May 14 – June 9, 2013, then the public voted June 7-11, 2013.

The Winners are:

1st Place: Malone’s Bar and Grill for their Salted Caramel Waffle Wings with Zing

Malone’s Bar and Grill

608 West Pender Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 684-9977

Twitter: @MalonesDrinkery

Web: http://www.malones.bc.ca/

Chef Rennie Chotalal

2nd Place: Kingston Taphouse and Grille for their Confit Chicken Wings

Kingston Taphouse and Grille

755 Richards Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-681-7011

Twitter: @TheKingstonPub

Web: http://kingstontaphouse.com/

Chef Simon McLeod

3rd Place: House Guest for their Confit Chicken Wings

House Guest

322 Water Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-699-0249

Twitter: @HOUSExGUEST

Web: http://HOUSExGUEST.com

Thank you to all the chefs and restaurants that accepted my invitation and featured their chicken wings on the menu for the past month during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning restaurants to try their chicken wings! See all the chicken wings entries here.

By: Richard Wolak

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