Attend a Secret Pop-Up Soda Shoppe, August 30

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Looking for a sweet end of summer bash? Swallow Tail Culinary Circus is setting up a Pop-Up Soda Shoppe this Thursday, August 30. The 1950s malt-shop-style restaurant is open for one night only, serving grown up (boozy) ice cream and botanical sodas, fancy doughnuts, artisan chocs and macarons.

As with all Swallow Tail signature pop-up events, the location is a secret and will be disclosed to ticket holders after purchase.  Secrets are no fun…unless there are tickets left. And there are. The Pop-Up Soda Shoppe still has room for guests during the 9-11pm slot. Tix are $15.

Pop-ups offer diners a surreal, one-of-a-kind experience. The secret location is a turn on if you’re used to queuing outside your favourite Vancouver restaurants, even with a reservation. The concept is half food and half art – resulting in weird and wild creativity. The scene is sociable; expect to make friends.

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Attend a Secret Pop-Up Soda Shoppe, August 30

Love Cherry Season? Pit For Your Supper at The Irish Heather

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B.C. cherry season is in full force and there are so many sweet ways to taste the bounty. One of the best offers I’ve heard about is the just-announced Pit For Your Supper at the Irish Heather in Gastown. The weekly event is as juicy as it sounds. It involves 2,000 pounds of cherries, a 40 foot table and 50 volunteers. Here are the details so you can decide whether or not to roll up your sleeves and pitch in.

How it works: Instead of paying for your dinner at the Irish Heather in Gastown, Heather Hospitality Group (HHG) is offering guests dinner plus beer if they spend two hours pitting the bumper crop of cherries from HHG’s Picker Shack Orchard in Naramata.

Pit For Your Supper starts Wednesday, July 18 and continues weekly all the way through September. After cherry season, dinner guests will work their way through seasonal B.C. fruits apricots, peaches, apples and pears.

The results of dinner guests’ labour will appear on the seasonal menus at Irish Heather’s Long Table Series.

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Love Cherry Season? Pit For Your Supper at The Irish Heather

Tix on sale for Indulge n’ Dance: A dance mixer with treats from up-and-coming pastry chefs

Apple caramel pie pop from The Pie Hole. Photo credit: The Pie Hole

In answer to your most pressing question: Yes, those are pie pops – pie on a stick – by a clever Vancouver bakery called The Pie Hole. They will be a part of  Indulge n’ Dance by Social Bites taking place at W2 Media Cafe this Saturday, April 14.

Social Bites is Vancouver-based group that organizes creative communal dining excursions, where diners get to meet fellow foodies during hobby chef showdowns. Dining excursions also involve eating, foodie shop talk and exploring a Vancouver neighbourhood, gallery or park.  W2 Media Cafe, in Gastown, is a 10,000-sq.-ft. cultural hub where digital art, culture, food and social inclusion intersect.

Put these two together, and you can expect more dessert innovation than a bustling Portland food cart pod. And lots of Vancouver creatives with a sugar rush shaking their thing to 80s/90s tunes.

Find out about participating pastry chefs and how to get tickets after the jump.

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Tix on sale for Indulge n’ Dance: A dance mixer with treats from up-and-coming pastry chefs

Going Whole Hog: Communal Dining at Save On Meats, Jan 27

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For the past few years, communal dining has slowly been catching on in Vancouver.  The basic premise, more or less, is that you sit down at a table with a bunch of strangers, share a good meal and maybe make some new friends in the process and make the city a more friendly place.

As far as I can tell, it started with the Irish Heather, which still offers its Long Table Series Sunday-Wednesday at 7 p.m.  But last year, a new dining group took up the reins and added a little twist.

The Social Feed is an independent company that organizes communal meals at a bunch of restaurants around the city.  They’ve hosted events everywhere from Flying Tiger in Kitsilano to Habit on Main Street and Peckinpah in Gastown.  You go to their website, sign up for a meal and pay a single fee (usually around $30), which includes the food, a drink, tax and tip.  Then you show up at the designated restaurant and join a bunch of new friends for dinner.

It’s social, flavourful and flirty (typical age is 22-34, according to their website).  If you’re interested in checking one of these communal meals out, you might consider Social Feed’s upcoming dinner at Save on Meats on Jan. 27 ($48).  Here are the details: Continue reading:
Going Whole Hog: Communal Dining at Save On Meats, Jan 27

Communal Dining Takes Hold in Vancouver

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One of the easiest – and most satisfying – ways to get to know a city is through its cuisine. From its sushi to its fresh, local produce, Vancouver’s culinary offerings speak volumes about its culture.  Now, a new offering is allowing visitors to connect with the city’s food and its people all at once.

Social Feed is an innovative website that enables diners to reserve spaces at communal meals held at some of the best restaurants around the city.  Users log in and book a spot at group dinners offered several nights during the week.  Family-style, pass-the-plate affairs featuring fixed menus, these dinners give visitors to the city an opportunity to experience some of its trendiest restaurants and meet some new friends.

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