FRESH SHEET: Valentine's tarts, cooking classes, Stanley Park benefit beer, Chinese New Year fusion, Parlour opening and Food Truck Fest
With their sassy marketing as a match for their prowess in the kitchen, sisters Lisa and Shawna Coan sure know how to feed a craving — even if you don’t yet know that what you really want for dessert is a tart. Spicy or sweet, they’re adding a little love at Tarts Bakery for Valentine’s Day. You can say “I love you” so enticingly with one of their heart-shaped tarts. Vancouver’s only bakery dedicated to the art of the tart is at 1509 W. Broadway at Granville.
Arts Club cooking classes
Imagine enjoying a dinner cooked by one of Vancouver’s best chefs, not in a restaurant but in the welcoming kitchen of someone else’s designer house? The Arts Club’s popular Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes. The schedule is as follows: February 26: Tim Evans from Siena with wine pairings from Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery; March 3: Quang Dang of West with wine pairings from Mission Hill Family Estate; March 11: Bruno Feldeisen of YEW with wine pairings from Mission Hill Family Estate; and March 28: Craig Dryhurst of YEW with wine pairings from Mission Hill Family Estate. Tickets for the lively classes are $125 each and you’ll get a $50 tax receipt. For more information go to ArtsClub.com.
Thai-German Chinese New Year
Vancouver’s embrace of multiculturalism will be celebrated when chef Angus An’s Thai cuisine is matched with German wines as part of Chinese New Year. The one-night-only multi-course meal is Feb. 10 at Maenam. WE Vancouver wine columnist Kurtis Kolt will join forces with winemaker Johannes Selbach of Selbach-Oster Riesling vineyards to introduce guests to the award-winning wines and explain why they are perfectly matched with An’s specially paired dishes. Tickets are $88.88 each and are available by calling 604-730-5579.
Drinking beer benefits Stanley Park — go figure!
As if beer drinkers need an excuse to enjoy one of their favourite pastimes — Stanley Park Brewery will adopt 10 sq. ft. of Stanley Park for every six-pack of its beer sold during the month of February. The initiative is with the Stanley Park Ecological Society, an independent non-profit charity dedicated to environmental stewardship at one of Vancouver’s most cherished treasures. “Our charity relies on the generosity of local businesses and we are delighted to partner with Stanley Park Brewery, a locally owned, family-run business that is focused on sustainability and committed to minimizing the environmental impact of their brewing process,” says the society’s executive director, Patricia Thompson. For more information go to StanleyParkBrewery.ca and StanleyParkEcology.ca.
Tasting Plates downtown
Vancouver Foodster Richard Wolak has organized a self-guided food tour for February 20. Participating restaurants include Pink Elephant Thai, Lolita`s Cantina, Zachary’s on Robson, Betty on Burrard, Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery, Soho Road Food Truck, and Soirette Macaron & Tea. Top the evening off with music at the Vancouver Fanclub. Tickets are $35 each or $100 for a four-pack. Details at VancouverFoodster.com.
A Parlour for pizza lovers
Brothers Sean and Chris Holland, partner Paul Rivas (not pictured) and manager Mike Arthur have transformed the former Skoah outlet in Yaletown into the Parlour. Soft grey tones and a mix of modern and heritage decor — the wine bottles on one wall rest on old railway spikes — provide a welcoming atmosphere, which warms up even more when the pizzas are put into the oven. The team has come up with a light bread crust and endless options, including a gluten-free version which is still being perfected. Parlour has a DJ on weekends.
February Food Truck Fest
You’ve told your friends about your favourite food trucks. Now it’s time to pick the best at the Food Truck Fest at the Winter Farmers Markets. During the month of February, there will be twice as many food carts beckoning the Saturday shoppers at Nat Bailey Stadium. Visitors are asked to vote on their favourites, which will be invited to join the busy summer roster as regulars. The fest’s “new recruits” are Blue Smoke BBQ, Chilitank, Creperie La Boheme, Slavic Rolls, Eli’s Serious Sausage, Feastro — the Rolling Bistro, Vij’s Railway Express, JJ’s Trucketeria, Le Tigre, Old Country Pierogi, Pig on the Street, Taser Grilled Cheese, The Kaboom Box, Transylvania Fresh and Ze Bite. Go to EatLocal.org for details.