2015 Vancouver Magazine Awards: City Celebrates its Culinary Scene

Team from Ask for Luigi with John Burns (centre), Editor and Chief, Vancouver Magazine.

Team from Ask for Luigi with John Burns (centre), Editor and Chief, Vancouver Magazine.

Once a year Vancouver’s restaurant industry comes together to celebrate the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, the Oscars of the city’s hospitality industry. This year’s awards had plenty to keep foodies in the city gossiping for months to come –despite big hitters like Hawksworth, Cioppino’s, Maenam and Thomas Haas all (unsurprisingly) holding on to their laurels. The major surprise of the day was the tiny 32 seat Railtown Italian restaurant Ask For Luigi stealing the show by bagging a brace of awards: Best Casual, Best Italian Casual, Best New Restaurant and the much-coveted Best Restaurant of the Year.

Reeling from their huge win, Ask For Luigi’s team said, “We were surprised, elated and extremely humbled by the recognition we received.  You’ll have to ask us again in a few weeks how we feel – it’s difficult to properly express ourselves in our current state of disbelief!  :)  The one thing we can express with conviction is that we are truly grateful.  Thank you!”
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2015 Vancouver Magazine Awards: City Celebrates its Culinary Scene

Seven Vancouver Bars to Try Super Cool Sake Cocktails

Photo credit: Halfrain/Flickr

Photo credit: Halfrain/Flickr

This month’s hottest trend in a glass landing on new season cocktail menus across the city is Sake. Often believed to be a spirit or a wine, in fact, this delicious beverage is closer to beer than anything else, as it’s fermented with grain not distilled. Sake specialist, Miki Ellis from Aburi Restaurants explains:

“For people who’ve not tried Sake before, Sake cocktails – as long as they highlight the flavours and keep the integrity of the Sake – are a wonderful way to introduce people to it.

For people who have only tried hot Sake, you should know that’s usually fortified and blended with distilled alcohol –which is why you get a burn in the throat when you shoot it and then get a terrible hangover the next day! Sake doesn’t have to be like that and good premium Sake does not have to be expensive. ” Continue reading:
Seven Vancouver Bars to Try Super Cool Sake Cocktails

5 Can’t-Miss Events at Eat! Vancouver 2015, April 26-May 3

Photo: Julianna M. Jankowiak

Photo: Julianna M. Jankowiak

You’ve never experienced an Eat! Vancouver quite like this.

The largest food festival of its kind in Canada, Eat! Vancouver is best know for its super-sized food expo, held this year in BC Place, May 1-May 3. Hundreds of exhibitors, chefs, brewers and more come together to show off artisan foods and drinks, offer cooking demos and sell the latest kitchen gizmos.

But this year, Eat! Vancouver is much more than that. During the week leading up to the big expo, the city will be filled with hands-on cooking classes, special dinners prepared by top chefs from across Canada and more. Here’s a look at 5 can’t-miss events at this year’s Eat! Vancouver festival.

Indulge your sweet tooth at a pastry tastingVancouver’s top pastry chefs come together for this unique panel discussion – and tasting – on all things sweet and flaky. Get the inside scoop from Thomas Haas of Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates and Patisserie, Christophe Bonzon of Chez Christophe Chocolaterie Patisserie and Adam Chandler of Beta 5 Chocolates, then sample each chef’s signature pastry. April 29; Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel; $45. 

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5 Can’t-Miss Events at Eat! Vancouver 2015, April 26-May 3

Get ready for Vancouver’s Spot Prawn Festival 2015

Photo credit: Karen Hamilton

Photo credit: Karen Hamilton

Wriggly, pink, and beautiful, they’re the darling of every chef in town. Home cooks and restaurant diners alike get googly-eyed just thinking about them. And they’re back!

That’s right, it’s almost spot-prawn season. The harvest of the beloved crustaceans starts in May and lasts anywhere from six to eight weeks. During that time, you can find these creatures for sale live and on menus at restaurants around Vancouver.

This year, the season is opening a week later than usual, on May 12. Tickets are on sale now for the ninth annual Spot Prawn Festival, which takes place on May 17.

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Get ready for Vancouver’s Spot Prawn Festival 2015

Surrey brewer expands to Vancouver

Surrey brewer Central City is expanding. Robyn Hanson photo.

Surrey brewer Central City is expanding. Robyn Hanson photo.

Central City Brewers + Distillers is expanding out of its home in Surrey, B.C. The Vancouver Beer Club blog is reporting that the company has taken over the space previously occupied by Dix, an old brew and bbq joint located at 871 Beatty Street across from B.C. Place Stadium.

The new brewpub is scheduled to open at the end of May. Interestingly, the brewery will specialize in sour beers. According to the blog, “The room will centre around an enormous foudre,” which is a cask that will be used to house fermenting sours.

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Surrey brewer expands to Vancouver