Vancouver’s Foodie Feast – March 29th, 2011

by KimHo on March 31, 2011 · 8 comments under: British Columbia,Events



I have mentioned it previously and will say it again: I hate the word “foodie” with a passion. Until now, the only instances I sort of don’t care much is when some local food bloggers use it (Mijune of Follow Me Foodie or Joyce of VanFoodies). Why I hate it? Please, don’t let me go there… In fact, aside from the cases already mentioned, the only instance where I would agree to use the word “foodie” is to construct the word foochebag. Feel free to guess where it comes.

However, when this last Wednesday, I will actually let is slip completely. Why the sudden change of heart? Because of an event called Vancouver’s Foodie Feast, organized by James of Bella Gelateria along with fellow bloggers Sherman (of Sherman’s Food Adventures) and Mijune. Wait, am I not the person who hate participating events and bash those bloggers who are in for the $$$ (aka, PR and blaggers)? Yup, that is still true; however, in this case, this event was for a good cause. In addition to getting us together, it was also a fund raiser for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society (something that I have previously blogged). With such reason, why should I NOT participate?

Those who know me, know that I am a bit “anti-social”, in the sense that I might not necessarily be the person going out to meet others. However, in this case, food bloggers in Vancouver sort of know who is who. Even then, given the popularity of late of food blogging, I didn’t know several of the bloggers attending the event (specially “new” ones) nor I was particularly interested in meet and greet. Of course, there were exceptions: Mimi of Cute Pig, whom I asked for restaurant recommendations while in Edmonton. So, in a way, I am still “unknown” to a lot. Do I care? Not really! Now, I did notice something quite odd: While I missed some of the more familiar bloggers (Elaine of Parker Pages or Darina of Gratinee), most of the bloggers who went, were the more “independent” ones! I.e., those blaggers I mentioned above were MIA! Makes me wonder… Could it be they are so used to free food that they couldn’t spare the admission fee (did I mention for a good cause)? I am digressing here so back to the event itself…

I will apologize for one thing: I didn’t take pictures of the venue. Instead, I spent most of the time taking pictures of what matter more: Food! Oh, c’mon, given my blog name, what do you expect??? OK, I took some other pictures here and there but, for the most part, it was food only. Also, I won’t comment much on the food. After all, it is really unfair to give a negative comment, considering the restaurants wanted to contribute for the event, not for me to bash them. Furthermore, this was more on the lines of sampling dishes, not necessarily representative of what you would get in the actual restaurant, so any thoughts would be unfair and unrepresentative. I must also mention some of the restaurants have been on my radar for some time, so, in a way, it would be a matter of time.

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Toastada carnitas from El Barrio

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Chocolate macaroon from One Planet Catering

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Spicy tuna tartare from One Planet Catering

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Five spice duck confit (mousse?) from One Planet Catering

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Albacore tuna from EBO Restaurant

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Korean style beef short rib from EBO Restaurant

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Chocolate peanut butter from EBO Restaurant

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Pear cocktail (with some dry ice for FX) from EBO Restaurant

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Did I say special effect? :)

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Sausages from Falconetti's

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Hot Italian Sausage from Falconetti's

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Chicken Thai Sausage from Falconetti's

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Polish Sausage from Falconetti's

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Some meat ready to cut from La Belle Auberge

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Wenzel Farms Roasted Duck Breast & Panko Crusted Duck Confit – with Parmesan Crisp and Herb Oil from La Belle Auberge. Hands down the most complicated dish of the night.

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Kalamansi Explosion from La Belle Auberge.

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Yuzu Ceviche on chip from Hapa Izakaya

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Tuna Avocado Salad on fried plantain from Hapa Izakaya

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Ceviche from Mochikas

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Why let go a good photo opportunity? :)

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Pork Belly Sandwich from Mochikas

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Pan Fried Radish Cake with Shrimp Paste from Red Star Seafood Restaurant

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Fresh prawns with special salad dressing from Red Star Seafood Restaurant

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Siu mai from Red Star Seafood Restaurant

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Bella Gelateria stand. They had expresso, yuzu and chocolate gelato. Sorry, didn't take pictures of the individual gelato!

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Vanilla Bean Macaron with Lavender Butter Cream from Kitchening with Carly

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Chai Macaron with Cardamom Cream from Kitchening with Carly

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Natural Almond Macaron with Rosemary Salted Caramel and Vanilla Cream from Kitchening with Carly

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And the macarons plated in a tower!

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Buffalo wing 'mancake' from Mancakes

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Breakfast 'mancake' from Mancakes

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Pink Peppercorn Grapefruit 'mancake' from Mancakes

Here are the links and addresses to the different restaurants participating in the event:

Now, notice something interesting from this list? Probably with the exception of Bella Gelateria and Hapa Izakaya, the remaining restaurants are somewhat low profile? I.e., they are not necessarily ones that have a huge PR department to attract customers. As a result, I will have to give kudos to Sherman and Mijune for the selection. It would have been quite easy to select some high profile restaurants and let it run. Not here. The selection was varied and the food served was good, despite the setting. What else could you ask for?

I must also mention different organization involved by either promoting or providing support:

  • Urbanspoon – which I am an active collaborator. Special thanks to Kate and the Urbanspoon t-shirt! :D
  • Justin Lam of Three Sixty Photo – who was the official photographer. Pictures of the event can be found here and here (Facebook links!)
  • Steve Tan – who took videos from the event, including Mijune’s video

Overall, this was a really enjoyable evening. What’s more important is the fact that with the success of this event, there is the seed for further events like this have been planted – something I look forward in the future.



{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mijune March 31, 2011 at 11:29 am

WOW!! Kim!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this post and write up!!! True friend. Thank you so much for respecting the event, Sherman, and acknowledging all the help we had…. and just everything!! Seriously!!! You have AMAZING photos and they’re some of the best food photos I’ve seen from the event! That doesn’t surprise me!! Thanks for being there and for being so supportive. We’re really lucky to have food bloggers like you in the community, despite what any “haters” of your blog may think. Thank you for representing foodie feast in the manner in which we hoped it would be portrayed.

2 Kevin March 31, 2011 at 11:50 am

Great post Kim. Please don’t leave!

3 Sherman March 31, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Thanks man. You’re too kind with your comments. Thanks for attending and thanks for the great write plus pictures. You will be missed.

4 Jenny April 1, 2011 at 10:28 am

Your pictures never seize to amazing me (I hope your future blog will have pictures), the food looks so good. I wish I went, but weekdays just doesn’t work for me.

5 Carly Wintschel April 1, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Wow, what wonderful pictures you take! They are so much better than the ones I captured that evening. Well done! You might want to switch your labels of the chai and lavender macarons.

The pear cocktail photo is definitely my favourite of your shots. Neat!

Did you get to try all the macarons? Which was your favourite? Which flavour shall I create next?

6 KimHo April 1, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Carly, welcome! Sorry about the labels. I have just fixed it! Yup, I tried the ones you had and I will admit I really liked the lavender one. I brought me some memories to a trip I had some years ago to Kelowna and a lavender farm there… :) As new suggestions? Bacon macaron? :) Sorry, I will have to defer any of such suggestion(s) to Mijune, as I myself I am not much of a sweets person… ^_^;;;

7 Carly Wintschel April 2, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Hi Kim,

The bacon macaron may make an appearance one day in the not so distant future. My husband put that on our list a couple months ago!

Your photos are fantastic. I keep showing people them. Would you mind if I used a couple of your photos in my blog post?

Carly

8 KimHo April 2, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Carly, thanks for your kind comments! Please check your email… :)

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