Taste of Yaletown 2014 fortified with beer and spirits

Trout scaloppine at La Pentola della Quercia in Yaletown. Photo from the Opus Hotel's website.

Trout scaloppine at La Pentola della Quercia in Yaletown. Photo from the Opus Hotel’s website.

While you’ll have to wait until January to experience the city-wide Dine Out Vancouver Festival, this month’s Taste of Yaletown takes a bite out of dining scene with a focus on one neighbourhood.

The Yaletown festival runs from October 16 to 30 and highlights 25 restaurants in the upscale False Creek area. While reservations aren’t necessary at some places, they are highly recommended at others, so the sooner you solidify your plans the better.

Although fixed-price menus of $25, $35, and $45 make up the festival’s foundation, there’s a lot of flexibility within them. Restaurants don’t necessarily follow the appetizer-main course-dessert format: they’re free to create any food and drink combo, or customize the experience with a special event. This is great for people who, for example, don’t really do dessert or are looking for a lighter lunch rather than a formal dinner.

There are even fixed-price menus at other price points: for example, the casual Vietnamese eatery DD Mau is offering a Vietnamese xiu mai meatball stew with a Vietnamese condensed-milk coffee or iced jasmine tea for a cool $10.50.

Urban Fare, a gourmet organic grocery store with a  pleasant licensed cafe, is offering a dinner for two deal for $24.99. It’s just one course–sirloin steak in a red-wine reduction with veggies and roasted potatoes—but good value nonetheless, made even merrier by adding two glasses of wine for $10.

A flight of YBC beers. Photo from Yaletown Brewing Company's Facebook page.

A flight of YBC beers. Photo from Yaletown Brewing Company’s Facebook page.

If you’re interested in sampling local beer and spirits, some restaurants have focused their fixed-price menus on that. At Yaletown Brewing Company, the $25 menu includes a flight of three-six ounce beers along with chicken wings and a handmade soft German pretzel served with a stout-Cheddar dip.

The Distillery Bar + Kitchen has put together a $25 “boozy dinner” with three courses that each feature Yaletown Distilling Company’s craft vodka or gin. It starts with a gin mule cocktail, moves on to a gin and tomato soup, and finishes with penne alla vodka.

Of course, you can always go the traditional route, with a starter, appetizer, and dessert. La Pentola della Quercia offers two $25 lunch options, based on whether you prefer northern or southern Italian food.

The North emphasizes meat and mushrooms, starting off with a carne salada, moving to a tagliatelle al funghi, and finishing with lemon cream. The South skews towards seafood, with an octopus carpaccio starter, linguini puttanesca main, and tiramisu for dessert. La Pentola’s $45 dinner option adds a fourth course: hanger steak or roasted sablefish, respectively.

You can peruse most of the menus online and plan where to eat. A portion of profits from each meal served during Taste of Yaletown will be donated to The Greater Vancouver Food Bank; since the festival’s inception a decade ago, over $100,000 has boosted the cause.

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