Local Vancouver Chefs Design Craft Beers

Four chefs and a brewmaster: Brian Skinner, Robert Belcham, Todd Graham, Andrea Carlson, Chris Whittaker

Four chefs and a brewmaster: L-R Brian Skinner, Robert Belcham, Todd Graham, Andrea Carlson, Chris Whittaker

What are your favourite summer flavours? Chances are they may come from your garden, neighbourhood restaurant or for the adventurous, be foraged from Lower Mainland wild spaces.

Maybe, like me, you’re a fan of fresh minty drinks (hello Mr. Mojito) or a beverage with a hint of evergreen like a gin & tonic throughout the summer months. Now what if these flavour profiles were translated into beer that you could pair with a fancy dinner, drink after a day of competitive bike polo or bring to that epic sunset BBQ on your friend’s killer patio?

The folks at R&B Brewing Co. had these summer moments in mind when they put together their Chef Series craft beers.

“The variety of beer styles now available in restaurants encourages diners to choose beer as an accompaniment with their meal,” says R&B Brewing Co. Head Brewer, Todd Graham. “The Chef Series is intended to further stimulate one’s curiosity for beer and food pairing.”

Starting lat May and continuing into early fall, R&B will release five very different beers created by brewmaster Todd Graham and five of Vancouver’s top chefs: Chris Whittaker (Forage), Brian Skinner (Acorn), Robert Blecham (Campagnolo), Andrea Carlson (Burdock & Co.) and the late Owen Lightly of Butter on the Endive catering.

Participating chefs were asked to choose a beer style and unique ingredients that are personal favourites. Each beer reveals a little bit about each chef and pair perfectly with some of their signature dishes. Following the release of the first five beers in the Chef Series, a new list of chef collaborators will be announced.  Continue reading:
Local Vancouver Chefs Design Craft Beers

Inside Vancouver’s Summer Patio Party Series – Part V

Photo:  Gord McKenna

Photo: Gord McKenna

Part V: Patio for Live Music

Wining, dining and schmoozing al fresco is all well and good, but sometimes you just want to rock out (or be serenaded, depending on your mood and life situation). Music is a powerful force – just ask the hundreds of commuters bopping down the city streets and crooning in harmony with their iPods – and that’s amplified tenfold when you add sizzling sunshine, cold drinks and cushy seats. Say it with us now: there’s a patio for that!

Patio Criteria:

  • Enough acts to tickle a range of musical palates
  • Crisp acoustics and decent volume
  • Appropriate seating for hard-core groupies and chatty Cathys alike

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Inside Vancouver’s Summer Patio Party Series – Part V

Food Cart Fest Returns to Vancouver on June 22

food cart fest vancouver 2014

Image courtesy of Arrival Agency

Back by popular demand, the Food Cart Festival will be launching this Sunday, June 22nd for another summer of food, fun and sun! Since its inception in 2012, Food Cart Fest has quickly become a must-attend event of the summer.

Held every Sunday afternoon until the end of August, Food Cart Fest hosts thousands of Vancouverites each week, showcasing the exploding street food scene. And what a scene it is! Popsicles, grilled cheese, meat pies, and organic salads – Food Cart Fest has everything you could possibly be craving – and more!

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Food Cart Fest Returns to Vancouver on June 22

World Cup of Eating – Where and What to eat during the FIFA World Cup

Portugal fans can grab a cuppa on Commercial Drive Photo Credit: Doug Murray (resized) and Waferboard (resized)

Portugal fans can grab a cuppa on Commercial Drive // Photo Credit: Creative Commons – Doug Murray (resized) and Waferboard (resized)

The 20th FIFA World Cup is off to a exhilirating start. If you’re anything like me, you love the thrill of cheering for your team with other like minded, similarly dressed folks with an equal level of passion for yelling at the screen.

Quite a few local media outlets have created some really great World Cup watching guides such as this one and this one.  CBC has even put together a fantastic interactive map of places to watch the FIFA World Cup around Vancouver.

World Cup games can run more than two hours with extra time, the half time interval and/or penalty kicks so you’ll likely get peckish as you watch some of the fittest legs in the world run up and down the pitch.

Staying hydrated and nourished is key to a positive FIFA World Cup watching experience. Below you’ll find my guide on where to watch the Beautiful Game and have a great plate of nosh. Continue reading:
World Cup of Eating – Where and What to eat during the FIFA World Cup

Lots of Meat and Lots of Beer: Brewery and the Beast Festival Returns to Vancouver

Photo sourced from Brewery and the Beast

Photo sourced from Brewery and the Beast

Calling all carnivores: Vancouver’s festival of meat is back.

Brewery and the Beast returns to False Creek, July 27.  The outdoor beef-and-beer themed festival is the mother of all summer barbecues.  Chefs from 35 restaurants from throughout the Lower Mainland will be grilling, roasting, basting and baking for hundreds of hungry carnivores.  Meanwhile, local beer, wine and even cider will be available to wash it all down.

At $89, the event is a serious splurge for meat lovers.  Then again, it’s no ordinary barbecue. Continue reading:
Lots of Meat and Lots of Beer: Brewery and the Beast Festival Returns to Vancouver