FRESH SHEET: Valentine's doughnuts, Poutine Challenge, restaurant speed dating, Vancouver's first Restaurant Day
Lucky’s Doughnuts is introducing Tiramisu doughnuts (filled with coffee pastry cream, topped with a cream cheese frosting, candied hazelnuts and cocoa powder) and Crème Brûlée doughnuts (filled with vanilla pastry cream and topped with a burnt-sugar caramel shell) to their line up. They’ll also have a some special edition items for Valentine’s Day: Heart-shaped beignets, made to order; and heart-shaped crullers with a cinnamon glaze — their answer to the cinnamon heart. LuckysDoughnuts.com
Twenty-one Metro Vancouver restaurants have created their most unique, and hopefully tasty, poutines to date for the 2nd annual Poutine Challenge. Presented by Vancouver Foodster, the challenge invites the public to visit participating restaurants between Feb. 5 and 28, then vote for their favourite twist on the classic fry, cheese curd and gravy dish between Feb. 26 and March 2.
Among the new creations are a Crispy Chicken and Waffle Poutine at 131 Water Kitchen and Bar, a Sweet Smokehouse Poutine at Falconetti’s, and a Spatzle Poutine at Riverway Clubhouse. VancouverFoodster.com/poutine-challenge.
Skip the Lonely Hearts Club this February by landing a date for the big day at River Market’s 29 Valentines speed dating event: Friday, Feb. 8, at Wild Rice. $20 gets you 15 dates, two cocktails, some snacks and plenty of fun. The evening begins at 7pm, with drinks and a game to break the ice. Then you’ll get four minutes with each of your dates to see if you click. RSVP at 29valentines.eventbrite.com
First Restaurant Day
An award-winning Finnish concept has made its way to our shores. Restaurant Day is a one-day pop-up restaurant event now taking place around the world. On Restaurant Day, anyone can set up a restaurant, café, or bar (make sure to look into licensing first) for the day. Get creative, it can be anywhere! The Vancouver premiere is on Feb. 17.
For tips on getting started and to register your restaurant, head to RestaurantDay.org
Parlour’s Mike Arthur, Sean Holland and Paul Rivas (left to centre) welcomed CTV’s Norma Reid, Chris Holland and CTV’s Jeremy Szafron (centre to right) to the opening party of their new Yaletown restaurant on Jan. 29.