Food Talks Volume 6

Food Talks Vol 6 Speakers (from left to right) Themis Velgis, Shab Samimi, Mark Simpson, Julia Smith, James Coleridge & Marcus Von Albrecht (photo by Dianne Chow)

On February 12th we presented the sixth Food Talks Vancouver event that featured a selection of  inspirational speakers from our food community.

The evening began as guests mingled over delicious canapés from the chef Simon McNeil and his team at Dockside in the Granville Island Hotel.

Canapes included: Fire roasted chili prawns with garlic Ancho jelly, Irish Dubliner & glazed pear lollies with house quince butter, Mini Banh Mi Sliders with hoisin mayo & siracha smear, petite pistachio financiers.

Each guest received two sampler-sized Dockside craft beers of their choice to enjoy with the appetizers while mingling before the speakers talked.

Our 5 Speakers:

James Coleridge – Founder & Maestro of Bella Gelateria

Julia Smith – Founder of Urban Diggs Farm

Mark Simpson – Brewmaster of Dockside Brewing Company & Founder of Artisan Food and Beverage Group Inc

Marcus Von Albrecht – Chef & President of Mava Foods and Von Albrecht & Associates

Chef Themis Velgis and Shahab Samimi – Co-Founders of Pura Sweeteners

There was a Q & A following the speakers where guests had a chance to ask questions and engage with the speakers.

James Coleridge of Bella Gelateria created a custom flavour using one of Mark Simpson’s Dockside Beers the Dark Lager and they collaborated, guests were fortunate to enjoy a scoop of this exclusive local Sorbetto.

Thank you to Dianne Chow for taking the photos, as well as our Videographer Geoff Peters, and our volunteers Caro and Taylor.

By: Richard Wolak

Food Talks Volume 6, February 12

This is the sixth event in this Food Talks series! Come join us to meet and mingle with other foodies, and to hear some enlightening speakers from the food community.

Our Speakers Line-up:

Mark Simpson

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Brewmaster of Dockside Brewing Company & Founder of Artisan Food and Beverage Group Inc

Mark Simpson is the Winemaker and Brewmaster at Artisan Food and Beverage Group Inc. which he founded. Mark has decades of experience in brewing and winemaking. He has had a keen interest in fermentation since graduating from the UBC Microbiology program in 1982. He started his career with Molson Breweries, working with their core brands, as well as brewing international brands under license such as: Lowenbrau, Coors and Kirin and a ten year stint as Brewmaster for Granville Island Brewing Company.

Mark wears many hats, he is currently Brewmaster of Dockside Brewing Company and produces his own line of super-premium BC wines under his own Siren’s Call label. Mark is one of the few Certified Cicerones in Canada and has a keen interest in beer culture and food pairing for beer.

James Coleridge

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Founder & Maestro of Bella Gelateria

James Coleridge is the Founder of Bella Gelateria which he opened in June 2010. James received formal training at the Italian Culinary Institute and advanced masters training at Carpigiani Gelato University in Italy. In 2012, James represented Canada at the World Cup of Gelato in Rimini, Italy where he won Gold. 2012 – Florence Gelato Festival, Florence Italy Winner Double Gold Medal. Voted #1 Technical Jury – Best Gelato. Voted #1 People’s Choice Best Gelato

Marcus Von Albrecht

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Chef & President of Mava Foods and Von Albrecht & Associates

Marcus Von Albrecht, has a wide variety of specializations that he brings to the table. He is an owner of Mava Foods, a food manufacturer utilizing local ingredients that produces home meal replacements for grocery stores.They prepare a food program for 44 elementary schools (MAVAlicious KidsEat)and the Meals on Wheels for Vancouver, Richmond and Burnaby. He is the Principal behind XFour Handcrafted Vodka which is B.C’s first handcrafted premium corn and rye based vodka which produces XFour Xoxolat Chocolate Martini.

Marcus has also been the Past President of the BC Chefs’ Association. Chair of the New Food Products Panel for the Canadian Council of Grocers and Vice President of North America- AREGALA.

Julia Smith 

Julia Smith

Founder of Urban Diggs Farm

Julia Smith owns and operates Urban Digs Farm. Urban Digs is a family farm that grew out of a quarter acre residential lot on Vancouver’s West Side and now encompasses several acres of in South Burnaby, Richmond and Delta. As an active member of Vancouver’s Urban Farming Society and a founding director of Metro Vancouver City Farms Coop, Julia is well connected to the local farming community. Urban Digs distributes weekly harvest boxes, participates in farmers markets, supplies a number of local restaurants and will be opening for farm gate sales at their Burnaby location in the spring. Like many new farmers today, Julia does not come from a farming background and relies on passion, enthusiasm and a supportive community to propel her up the steep learning curve.

Chef Themis Velgis

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Shahab Samimi

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Co-Founders of Pura Sweeteners

Chef Themis Velgis is the resident chef and co-founder at Pura Foods. He has 16 years’ experience in food production. Born and raised in Mexico,  Themis received formal at Dubrulle International Culinary School and later travelled throughout Europe, before opening “Chocoatle” a boutique chocolate shop.

Shahab Samimi is co-founder at Pura Foods, with a background in the distribution industry enabling him to recognize the niche in the Canadian organic food & beverage distribution channels and leverages this growing demand worldwide.

The Pura vision is to replace sugar and artificial sweeteners in foods. We provide a natural and healthier alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners with our own agave syrup, ensuring the highest grade agave syrup available in Mexico and worldwide. Pura Agave strives to be the best quality agave products int he market place worldwide paired with the sophisticated flavour profiles unmatched by any other competitors.

If you haven’t been to our previous Food Talks events, Novus TV featured our Vol 3 on City Lights (view here).

Exclusive to this Food Talks event –James Coleridge of Bella Gelateria is creating a custom flavour using one of Mark Simpson’s Dockside Beers and they are both collaborating, guests attending will be able enjoy a scoop of this exclusive local Sorbetto.

The Evening: Enjoy tasty appetizers and desserts by Executive Chef Simon McNeil of Dockside Restaurant followed by a wonderful line-up of speakers who will talk about themselves and their passion related to the food community.  There will be a Q & A where you will have a chance to ask questions and engage with the speakers. Each guest will also receive 2 tasting glasses of Dockside Brewing Beer, there will also be a draw for prizes and to finish off the evening you will enjoy Gelato by Bella Gelateria. (*Wine, beer, cocktails and other beverages will be available for purchase).

Growing Chefs is our designated charity, support their wonderful organization that educates children on the food community in the public schools.

Buy Tickets via Eventbrite:

http://foodtalksvolume6.eventbrite.ca/

Tickets: $30 per person (eventbrite fee extra); $90 when purchasing a 4-Person Pak of tickets (get a group of your friends together and save $30) (eventbrite fee extra) * $40 per person after February 9th.– A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Growing Chefs.

Note: Limited tickets available. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however they are transferrable with printed proof of ticket. ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc

Charity Partner

Growing Chefs

Location & Appetizers Sponsor

dockside

Video Sponsor

Food Talks Volume 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Talks Vol 5 Speakers (from left to right) Isabelle Ranger, Kalpna Solanki, Daniel Frankel, John Bishop, Hamid Attie (photo by Dianne Chow)

On December 4th we presented the fifth Food Talks Vancouver event that featured a selection of  inspirational speakers from our food community.

The evening began as guests mingled over delicious canapés from the chefs at the Stanley Park Pavilion.

Our 5 Speakers:

John Bishop

Chef, Author & Owner of Bishops Restaurant

Isabelle Ranger

Founder – Namasthe Tea Co

Daniel Frankel

President – Daniel Group

Kalpna Solanki

Founder of Martin’s Marvelous Naturals

Hamid Attie

Photographer – Hamid Attie Photography

Our registration team (from left to right) Taylor, Kelsey and Joe

Panel of Speakers during the Q & A

Thank you to Dianne Chow for taking the photos, as well as our Videographer Geoff Peters, and our volunteers Joe, Kelsey and Taylor.

By: Richard Wolak

Food Talks Volume 5, December 4

This is the fifth event in this Food Talks series! Come join us to meet and mingle with other foodies, and to hear some enlightening speakers from the food community.

Our Speakers Line-up:

John Bishop

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Chef, Author & Owner of Bishops Restaurant

John Bishop’s love for cooking began when he was a child growing up in Newton Powys, Wales. Starting out by helping in his mother’s kitchen to eventually as a young man learning the formal requirements of traditional French food preparation at a hotel school. After working as a chef in Great Britain, John moved to Vancouver in 1973.

John began his career in Vancouver with local restaurateur Umberto Menghi – first as head chef then eventually becoming Maitre’d. At the urging of friends and investors during the recession of 1985, John opened Bishop’s. Since then, Bishop’s has consistently been one of the city’s top restaurants. Annually the restaurant receives top grades from local as well as all the respected North American guides.

John has authored four cookbooks with Douglas & McIntyre: Bishop’s, Cooking at My House, Fresh and Simply Bishop’s.

Daniel Frankel

Daniel Frankel

President – Daniel Group

Daniel Frankel is the President & CEO of the Daniel Group, a Vancouver based hospitality organization. Mr. Frankel’s restaurants include, the Prospect Point Café & Gift Shop, Stanley Park Pavilion, Stanley’s Park Bar & Grill, The Mill Marine Bistro, Burrard Bridge Bar and Grill (also known as the Pirate Pub), Tap & Barrel in the Olympic Village and another upcoming Tap & Barrel at the new Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre.

Daniel has been in the hospitality business since the young age of 14 when he opened his first mobile ice cream cart. It was this early successful experience that gave him his passion for the hospitality industry. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario in 1997, followed by short stint in the entertainment business, Daniel opened a small coffee shop that was to become the beginning of his hospitality company which today consists of six operations, and growing.

In 2012, Mr. Frankel introduced a new concept with Tap & Barrel opening in the former Olympic Village in False Creek. Tap & Barrel is a 500-seat restaurant and bar focusing on BC beer and wine on tap. Mr. Frankel is also presently developing new restaurant locations, which will be part of the Tap & Barrel brand.

Kalpna Solanki

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Founder of Martin’s Marvelous Naturals

Kalpna Solanki launched the first frozen organic baby meals company BOBOBABY in North America in 2005. When the economic downturn impacted her business and new opportunities presented themselves, she sold the BOBOBABY brand and started working on Martin’s Marvelous Naturals. Her company produces a line of high-end gourmet Crisps and Granola that are all made in her own manufacturing facility in Burnaby, BC. All the products are gluten-free, nut-free and all-natural, and 90% of ingredients are from Canadian sources.

An avid entrepreneur, Solanki saw the huge potential in doing business beyond borders. Within a few months of launching the new brand, she started exporting to the US. Currently, she is in the midst of negotiating the export of her products to new markets.

Hamid Attie

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Photographer – Hamid Attie Photography

Hamid Attie has been working as a freelance photographer in the Vancouver area since 1994 and is one of Vancouver’s premier food and restaurant photographers. His talent, versatility and creativity have allowed him to excel in a variety of photographic disciplines and he is known for his innovative use of light.

Specializing in the food and restaurant industry, Hamid has enjoyed working with many of Vancouver’s finest chefs and restaurateurs. Recent cookbooks include C Restaurant’s ” C Food “, Quattro Restaurants’ ” Quattro “, Caren Mc Sherry’s ” In a Pinch “, Provence Restaurants’ ” Provence “, Bin 941’s ” Tongue Twisters “, as well as a pair of cookbooks for the British Columbia Chefs Association.

His work has been published in numerous local and national magazines. Hamid loves being a photographer.

Isabelle Ranger

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Founder – Namasthe Tea Co

Isabelle Ranger stays rooted to her craft with Thérroir Tisanes™ growing in Pemberton, B.C. & TeaCrafting the world’s finest Single Origin Import Teas in Whistler,B.C. Her love of Herbalism began as a child & in 1993 after moving from Ottawa, ON to ride Whistler,  she fell in love with the lush foraging bounty of the WestCoast. She studied Herbalism with reknowned Medical Herbalist Rowan Hamilton & Shamanic Herbalist Don Ollsin at Langara College in 1998. Isabelle & Don discussed plans to found a Herbalism Farm School on Saltspring Island where Isabelle would craft medicinals for the apothecary & Don would continue teaching. Plans changed quickly & almost evolved into an Herbal Apothecary on Main street in Vancouver but a calling to go back up north on the reserve in Mt.Currie was the chosen path.

Isabelle founded a co-op style Herbal Dispensary & Clinic with Organic Juice Bar called The Herbal Emporium where a variety of Healing Arts would be offered affordably to the surrounding communities in 2000. She basically set-up shop to learn & share her love of Herbs in the most ancient, simple, affordable & healing form : Tea. Isabelle also made botanicals extracts for years macerating wildcrafted concoctions with her BC grain alcohol license in both Mt. Currie & Whistler, B.C. During this time Isabelle met her life & business partner Cédric. This is where she honed her Teacrafting skills by making totally unpalatable bitter & astringent roots into wonderful healing teas loved by her local & international clients. Since her family was living in Asia for many years she started plans to import direct trade teas, handcrafted ceramic teapots & silks for her shop with her first shipment of Ancient Tree Teas arriving from Vietnam in 2004.

Isabelle felt the foodservice & grocery was in need of amazing Thérroir Tisanes™ crafted in BC with the finest import Single Origin & Fair-Trade Teas. She founded Namasthé in 2006 to grow organically, craft  & serve BC’s finest establishments, organic grocers & cafés. The focus would be on what grows here in BC & hand blend in micro mélanges with Heirloom varietals of Teas from around the globe. Isabelle likes to bushwack for exotic botanicals right in her backyard, weed all summer on the farm & TeaCraft on demand the freshest Thérroir Teas for her growing list of clients.

If you haven’t been to our previous Food Talks events, Novus TV featured our Vol 3 on City Lights (view here).

The Evening: Enjoy tasty appetizers from the Stanley Park Pavilion followed by a wonderful line-up of speakers who will talk about themselves and their passion related to the food community.  There will be a Q & A where you will have a chance to ask questions and engage with the speakers. There will be a draw for prizes too! * Wine, beer, cocktails and other beverages will be available for purchase.

Growing Chefs is our designated charity, support their wonderful organization that educates children on the food community in the public schools.

Tickets:

$15 per person before December 1st.* $25 per person after December 1st at 11pm and at the door (eventbrite fee extra).

Ticket price includes appetizers in addition to hearing from some great speakers, a Q & A follows.  A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Growing Chefs.

Note: Limited tickets available. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however they are transferrable with printed proof of ticket. ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc

Buy Tickets via Eventbrite:

http://foodtalksvolume5.eventbrite.com/

Charity Partner

Growing Chefs

Location & Appetizers Sponsor

pavilion

Video Sponsor

Food Talks Volume 4

Food Talks Vol 4 Speakers (from left to right) Pete Schouten, Douglas, Emad Yacoub, Steve Thorp, Mike Macquisten and Greg Hook (in the front row) – Shannon Bosa-Yacoub and Lesley Stowe (photo by Dianne Chow)

On October 23rd we presented the fourth Food Talks Vancouver event that featured a selection of  inspirational speakers from our food community.

Boxes of Indian Salmon Candy & Broccoli slaw

Indian Salmon Candy & Broccoli slaw

Endive ……

Leeann Froese of OK Crush Pad Wine

The evening started off with guests mingling over a glass of Ok Crush Pad wine inside the Vancouver Urban Winery. Guests were treated to delicious canapés prepared by Chef Julian Bond and his talented crew of student chefs from the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts.

Our 5 Speakers:

Lesley Stowe of Lesley Stowe Fine Foods

Greg Hook of Chocolate Arts

Mike Macquisten and Steve Thorp of Vancouver Urban Winery

Emad Yacoub and Shannon Bosa-Yacoub of Glowbal Group Restaurants

Pete Schouten of Hardbite Potato Chips

Braden Douglas of Hardbite Potato Chips

Then there were prizes to be won as we held our draw prize giveaway.

Kent Houston (L) of Lets Patch & Helen Stortini (R) of Growing Chefs

One of the drawprizes was a Patch Planter to grow herbs/veggies.

Chocolate Treats Box from Chocolate Arts

Chocolate Arts provided the creative box of chocolate treats for everyone to take home at the end of the evening. Hardbite Potato Chips handed our bags of their different flavours of chips to guests as well.

Panel of Speakers during the Q & A

Thank you to Dianne Chow for taking the photos, as well as our Videographer Geoff Peters, and our volunteers Tyler Yee and his family.

By: Richard Wolak

Food Talks Volume 4, October 23

This is the fourth event in this Food Talks series! Come join us to meet and mingle with other foodies, and to hear some enlightening speakers from the food community.

Our Speakers Line-up:

Emad Yacoub and Shannon Bosa-Yacoub

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Proprietors – Glowbal Group Restaurants

Emad is no stranger to the kitchen. He spent the early years of his career honing his craft as Executive Chef in several celebrated Toronto restaurants. Later, he was the driving force behind the re-invigoration of Vancouver’s Joe Fortes. It was at Fortes that Emad met his future wife, Shannon, who was managing that restaurant’s busy dining room at the time, while Emad worked away as Executive Chef in the high-volume kitchen.

After spending several years in B.C.’s restaurant industry, Emad and Shannon decided it was time to make their own move – to realize their own vision of what a restaurant could be. Toronto’s Solo on Yonge St. and Brownstone Bistro were their first successes. Emad’s culinary mastery and Shannon’s vast experience with public relations and management led them to rave reviews in Toronto’s restaurant scene.

Today, the GLOWBAL COLLECTION is comprised of eight restaurants: glowbal grill steaks & satay, COAST Restaurant, Italian Kitchen, Trattoria Italian Kitchen, SOCIETY, Black+Blue, two IK2GO locations; and two lounges: AFTERglow and O Lounge. A ninth restaurant will open on Granville Street (in the former Sanafir location), along with the city’s largest patio at Black+Blue, later this fall.

Steve Thorp and Mike Macquisten 

Steve Thorp and Mike Macquisten

Steve Thorp and Mike Macquisten co-founded the Vancouver Urban Winery in 2012. The 7,700 square foot urban winery is the first of its kind in Vancouver and also operates as a unique special events space. The winery features 36 wine taps at the tasting bar where consumers can learn about British Columbia wines, and the exploding wine-on-tap category. Alongside the tasting bar sits a boutique wine shop full of local items, wine merchandise, artisan foods and beverage and plenty of wine! The winery manufactures, packages, imports and distributes wine for multiple brands. The operations of FreshTAP, which specialize in packaging quality wines in stainless steel kegs for the emerging wine-on-tap category takes place within the Vancouver Urban Winery.

Greg Hook

Greg Hook

Greg Hook is recognized as one of Vancouver’s earliest gourmet chocolatiers. After studying cooking in London, England and the intricacies of chocolate at Callebaut College in Belgium and the Ecole du Grand Chocolat in France, Greg Hook opened his Kitsilano shop Chocolate Arts in 1989. To this day, Chocolate Arts is devoted to creating unique chocolate products emphasizing local and organically grown ingredients. At the shop, small batches of artisanal chocolates are created each day using the best raw chocolate from producers in Belgium and France, many of which are single origin chocolates. Fillings never include colourings, additives, or artificial flavours and all purees, concentrates, essences, most dried fruits and flavoured alcohols are house-made. Natural west coast flavours like wild blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, blueberries, hazelnuts and pears are some of delicious temptations found at Chocolate Art.

Lesley Stowe

Lesley Stowe

Lesley Stowe is a Parisian-trained chef who began her own catering company more than 20 years ago in Vancouver. Frustrated by the lack of specialty foods in the city, she opened lesley stowe fine foods, offering customers a wide-range and global selection of cheeses, vinegars, oils, breads, house-made entrees, dips, preserves, desserts and hard-to-find grocery items. In 1990, Lesley started selling her delectable dessert creations to the city’s top restaurants and became known for her decadent “Death By Chocolate” confection. The store’s success, combined with Lesley’s ability to predict and capitalize on food trends resulted in the creation of raincoast crisps – a revolutionary snack food beyond compare.

The author of her own cookbook, the lesley stowe fine foods cookbook, Lesley has also contributed to other popular cookbooks including The Girls Who Dish series.

Pete Schouten 

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Co-Owner Hardbite Potato Chips 

Pete Schouten has been in the farming industry for as long as he can remember. Born in Cloverdale, BC, Pete grew up surrounded by the province’s natural beauty and a local culture focused on clean living through healthy lifestyle choices. In 1993, Pete saw an opportunity to invest into Heppell’s Potato Corp. With years of experience under his belt, he developed a plan for the company. After presenting it to the bank and the Heppell family, his passion won them all over, which eventually lead to the third generation farming family to transfer half of the company into Pete’s care.

Pete’s future plans for Heppell’s Farms and Hardbite will take the companies to a national level. He plans to have a nationwide presence that will provide local produce and goods everywhere. His dream is to have a farm in each province with national marketing as well as purchasing power, creating a unique and efficient value chain from the field to the customer, developing a knowledge network of information to connect the customers to the growers.

We’re not only farmers, we’re artists, scientists and big time outdoor enthusiasts. As fourth generation potato farmers, we know it takes more than just potatoes to produce the perfect chip. That’s why our homegrown potatoes are just one element of the Hardbite Chip formula. Our passion for quality, innovation and using only the most wholesome, natural ingredients is our recipe for creating chips you’ll not only enjoy, but chips you’ll feel good about eating.

Braden Douglas

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Co-Owner Hardbite Potato Chips 

Braden Douglas is a seasoned marketer who has fused a service-focused approach with strategic creative thinking to form the backbone of Relevention Marketing Inc. – an innovative full service, results-based marketing agency located in the Lower Mainland’s city in the country; Abbotsford, BC.

Hailing from the small town of Fonthill, Ontario (just 20-minutes outside of Niagara Falls), Braden attended Wilfred Laurier University where he received a degree in Business and Economics. It was during his time at university that Braden discovered his natural intuitions and passion for marketing, leading him to become the youngest person hired in the marketing departments at both Procter and Gamble and Frito Lay. In 2004, after enriching stints at these two brand giants, Braden’s personal faith and vision to revolutionize non-profit marketing inspired him to found the Marketing and Communications department at one of Canada’s most recognized non-profit ministries, Power to Change, formerly Campus Crusade for Christ, Canada.

In 2007, prompted by a desire to enable companies and organizations to achieve unprecedented growth, Braden resigned from his position as director of Marketing and Communications at Power to Change to follow a dream. In September 2007, Relevention Marketing Inc., a company dedicated to providing strategic marketing plans, creative solutions and practical advice to medium-sized businesses and non-profit organizations, opened its doors for business.

If you haven’t been to our previous Food Talks events, Novus TV featured our last event on City Lights (view here).

The Evening: Enjoy tasty appetizers in the winery followed by a wonderful line-up of speakers inside who will talk about themselves and their passion related to the food community.  There will be a Q & A where you will have a chance to ask questions and engage with the speakers. Each guest will receive a tasting glass of wine, there will also be a draw for prizes and to finish off the evening you will take home a sweet Treat.

Growing Chefs is our designated charity, support their wonderful organization that educates children on the food community in the public schools.

Tickets:

$30 per person before October 21st

$50 for a 2 person group (save $10 when purchasing 2 tickets) before October 21st

$100 for a 5 person group  (save $50 when purchasing 5 tickets) before October 22nd

* $40 per person after October 21st online and at the door.

* Eventbrite fee is extra on all tickets.

Ticket price includes appetizers and a glass of wine, along with a sweet treat in addition to hearing from some great speakers, a Q & A follows.  A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Growing Chefs.

Buy Tickets via Eventbrite:

http://foodtalksvolume4.eventbrite.com/

Charity Partner

Location Sponsor

van urban winery

Appetizers Sponsor 

TBA

Wine Sponsor 

ok

Treats Sponsor

choc arts

Video Sponsor

Note: Limited tickets available. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however they are transferrable with printed proof of ticket. ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc

Food Talks Volume 3

Food Talks Vol 3 Speakers & Host – L-R: Zach Berman, Mary MacKay, Preet Marwaha, Eric Pateman, Patrick Murphy, Richard Wolak, Ryan Slater (photo by: Ariane Colenbrander)

On August 14th we presented the third Food Talks Vancouver event that featured 5 inspirational speakers from our food community.

Watermelon Skewers with Shaved Feta and Kalmata Olive with Mint Puree

Bacon & Aged White Cheddar Certified Angus Beef Sliders with Avocado and Chipotle Mayo

Albacore Tuna Poke set on Fried Taro Root Chip with Micro Herbs

Nk’mip Cellars Wine

DJ Bob Graham of Airwaves

The evening began poolside on the PopUpPatio at the Westin Grand Hotel where guests mingled over Executive Chef Matthew Richmond’s delicious appetizers. Guests also enjoyed wine from Nk’mip Cellars as well as music from DJ Bob Graham of Airwaves Music.

Novus TV Food Talks feature on Vol 3 was filmed on location  for their #CityLights show.

Our 5 Speakers:

Eric Pateman is the President and Founder of Edible Canada

Ryan Slater and Zach Berman are the co-founders of The Juice Truck

Preet Marwaha is the CEO and Founder of Organic Lives

Mary Mackay is the Head Baker and co-owner of Terra Breads

Patrick Murphy co-own Vista D’oro Farms & Winery

We then had a prize draw for people to win.

Cocoa Nymph Chocolates

Cocoa Nymph Chocolates provided the creative box of treats for everyone to take home at the end of the evening.

Thank you to Alfonso Arnold and his team of photographers as well as Ariane Colenbrander for the group of speakers photo, as well as our Videographer Geoff Peters, and our volunteers Jonathan Yee & Audrey Ling.

By: Richard Wolak

Food Talks Volume 2

The panel of speakers at the Q & A (photo by: Ariane Colenbrander)

On July 10th we presented the second Food Talks Vancouver event that featured 5 inspirational speakers from our food community.

Lamb Sliders

Chicken Satay Sticks

Roti

The evening began at the Delta Burnaby Hotel where guests mingled over Chef Dan Craig’s delicious appetizers as well had an opportunity to watch Chef John Chang make Roti and then eat the Roti.

Syrah from Painted Rock Winery

Guests also had a chance to have some of the award winning Syrah from Painted Rock Winery.

Our 5 Speakers:

John Skinner – Proprietor, Painted Rock Estate Winery Ltd

Chef Wendy Boys – Owner of Cocolico

Adam Chandler – Co-Owner of Beta5

Debra Amrein-Boyes – Co-Owner of The Farm House Cheeses

Jason Pleym, President & Co-Founder, Two Rivers Meats

We then had a prize draw for people to win.

Beta 5 Chocolates provided the creative box of treats for everyone to take home at the end of the evening.

More Photos taken by Ariane Colenbrander

Thank you to Ariane Colenbrander for the photos, as well as our Videographer Geoff Peters, Tyler Yee and all of our volunteers.

Photo Credit: Ariane Colenbrander

By: Richard Wolak

Food Talks Volume 3, August 14

This is the third event in this Food Talks series! Come join us to meet and mingle with other foodies, and to hear some enlightening speakers from the food community.

Our Speakers Line-up:

Eric Pateman

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Eric Pateman is the President and Founder of Edible Canada, he has grown his company from a tiny one-man culinary concierge service into one of the leading ambassadors of Canadian cuisine. Beginning simply as Edible Vancouver in the spring of 2005, Eric widened his scope beyond city limits with a culinary artisan retail store and expansion to Edible British Columbia. In 2010, only 5 short years after the company was founded, EBC took another big leap and became Edible Canada.

Zach Berman & Ryan Slater

juice truck

Zach Berman & Ryan Slater co-founded The Juice Truck in 2011. Childhood friends have tossed around ideas of going into business together for years, after a trek through the Himalayas the juice truck was born. Two weeks into the trip they were snowed in, in a small Nepalese village. Zach and Ryan noticed the locals were always drinking a vibrant, sweet smelling, orange drink. This orange drink was made from Seabuckthorn berries and supplied these high altitude locals with most of their nutrients. This juice, so essential to their health, sparked an idea.

Lee & Patrick Murphy

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Lee & Patrick Murphy co-own Vista D’oro Farms & Winery that started in 2001, a 10 acre farm located on Campbell Valley Park in the Fraser Valley. They grow naturally, quite a diversified farm, they grow orchard fruits, apples, pears, plums and cherries, all are heritage varieties and grown for taste, which are primarily used in their preserves and baking for the farmgate shop. The winery’s flagship is their D’oro – a fortified walnut wine, The D’oro is also one of the main ingredients in their best-selling preserve and made with Green Walnuts grown on their farm.

Mary Mackay

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Mary Mackay is the Head Baker and co-owner of Terra Breads, a Vancouver bakery-café specializing in crusty, sourdough-based breads made from natural starters and baked in stone-hearth ovens. Mary is the author of the bread-making video Rolling in Dough and a contributor to the popular Vancouver cookbooks The Girls Who Dish, Seconds Anyone? and Inspirations.

Preet Marwaha

Preet

Preet Marwaha  is the CEO and Founder of Organic Lives, an organisation dedicated to promoting and supporting organic, sustainable, fairly traded food that is good for the body and good for the planet. Through his passion for food, health, and healing the planet, Preet started OrganicLives as a means to facilitate change. He currently owns and operates a restaurant along with a food and beverage line of products. Most recently he opened a Take-Away Café in the Chopra Yoga Center. As an instructor with the Institute of Holistic Nutrition he teaches Nutrition & The Environment and Holistic Food Preparation. He also spends his time as a personal health coach, teaching at the OrganicLives Education Centre and performing public health talks for schools and corporations. Preet has also been involved globally on numerous projects including the World Wellness Project, Safe Planet Campaign and the United Nations Environment Programme.

The Evening: Enjoy tasty appetizers on the patio poolside followed by a wonderful line-up of speakers inside who will talk about themselves and their passion related to the food community.  There will be a Q & A where you will have a chance to ask questions and engage with the speakers. Each guest will receive a tasting glass of Nk’mip Cellars wine, there will also be a draw for prizes and to finish off the evening you will take home a sweet Treat from Cocoa Nymph.

Growing Chefs is our designated charity,  support their wonderful organization that educates children on the food community in the public schools.

Tickets: $30 per person (eventbrite fee extra); $100 when purchasing a 4-Person Pak of tickets (get a group of your friends together and save $20) (eventbrite fee extra) before August 10th.  * $40 per person after August 10th.– ticket price includes appetizers and a glass of wine, along with a sweet treat in addition to hearing from some great speakers, a Q & A follows.  A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Growing Chefs.

Note: Limited tickets available. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however they are transferrable with printed proof of ticket. ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc

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Food Talks Volume 2, July 10th

This is the second event in this Food Talks series! Come join us to meet and mingle with other foodies, and to hear some enlightening speakers from the food community.

Our Speakers Line-up:

Chef Wendy Boys 

Wendy Boys is an award-winning, chocolate-loving pastry artist. Following her life-long love for chocolates and the pastry arts, she has apprenticed under world-renowned chocolatiers and designed dessert programs for some of Canada’s top restaurants. Today, Wendy is a well-respected dessert consultant and proud owner of Cocolico, a Vancouver-based company specializing in small-batch, hand-crafted chocolates and dessert sauces.

On twitter @Wendychocolate

John Skinner

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John Skinner is the Proprietor, Painted Rock Estate Winery Ltd. After being a stockbroker for 25 years during which time he became an avid wine enthusiast. In 2004, recognizing that the quality of wines in this region was improving dramatically and driven by both his passion for wine and his desire to create a legacy business for his family, he purchased the land in south Penticton known locally as “The Blackhawk.” Painted Rock Estate Winery is currently producing ultra-premium wines that reflect the perfect marriage of new world fruit and old world processes for sale in Canada as well as export to China and the UK.

On twitter @PaintedRockWine

Adam Chandler

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Adam Chandler is co-owner and pastry chef at BETA5. With 10 years of experience in both savory and sweet kitchens, Adam discovered an affinity for manipulating flour, sugar, butter, cream and chocolate. Through these experiences, an appreciation for ingredients and the practical science of cooking have influenced his work. In early 2011, together with partner Jessica Rosinski, Adam opened BETA5 as a place to explore the limits and potential of chocolate and pastry.

On twitter @Beta5chocolates

Debra Amrein-Boyes

Debra Amrein-Boyes and her husband, founded The Farm House Natural Cheeses Ltd in 2003 in the Fraser Valley, producing authentic artisan cheeses from the milk of the farm’s cows and goats. The focus of the cheesemaking is on traditional methods, producing a diverse selection of handmade cheeses from the freshest and highest quality milk.

After attending university Debra spent several years working and traveling until settling in the Swiss Alps, where she was first introduced to cheesemaking. Debra returned to Canada in 1991, and in 2009 Debra was honoured to have been selected for membership in the prestigious French Guilde de Fromagers Confrerie de St. Uguzon, in recognition of her effort to guard and preserve the traditions of cheesemaking around the world. Debra believes that the traditions and values represented by the small family farm are worth preserving, and that good locally produced food helps build healthy lives and communities.

Jason Pleym

Jason Pleym, President & Co-Founder, Two Rivers Meats founded in January 2008 by Jason and Margot Pleym. Inspired by Margot’s father’s farm, Pemberton Meadows Natural Beef, the couple set out to find other producers of cattle, poultry, sheep, game, and pork that demonstrated the same dedication to ethical and sustainable animal husbandry. Today, Two Rivers Meats represents over 20 small-scale farms, ranches, and producers, supplying dozens of discerning restaurants, hotels and retailers across British Columbia. Some of their products include custom-cut beef, chicken, pork, duck, venison, elk, and game birds, as well as housemade sausages and charcuterie. All Two Rivers products are antibiotic, hormone, and chemical-feed free.

On twitter @TwoRiversMeats

The Evening: Enjoy tasty appetizers from EBO Restaurant followed a wonderful line-up of speakers who will talk about themselves and their passion related to the food community.  There will be a Q & A where you will have a chance to ask questions and engage with the speakers. Each guest will receive a taste of Painted Rock wine, there will also be a draw for prizes and to finish off the evening you will take home a sweet Treat from Beta 5 Chocolates.

A cash bar will be available if you wish to purchase beer, cocktails and other beverages.

Growing Chefs is our designated charity,  support their wonderful organization that educates children on the food community in the public schools.

Location: Delta Burnaby Hotel,  4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby

Tickets: $30 per person (eventbrite fee extra); $100 when purchasing a 4-Person Pak of tickets (get a group of your friends together and save $20) (eventbrite fee extra) before July 5th.  * $40 per person after July  5th.– ticket price includes appetizers and a taste of Painted Rock wine, along with a sweet treat in addition to hearing from some great speakers, a Q & A follows.  A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Growing Chefs.

Note: Limited tickets available. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however they are transferrable with printed proof of ticket. ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc

Buy Tickets via Eventbrite:

http://foodtalksvolume2.eventbrite.com/

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