Tasting Plates Downtown Vancouver 2013

On February 20th, I was invited to attend the Tasting Plates Vancouver Downtown event hosted by Richard Wolak (@vanfoodster). For those not familiar with the Tasting Plates series, attendees purchase a $35-45 ticket which grants them access to set event menus across 8-10 restaurants over a 3-4 hour time span. Unlike a traditional food tour, this event is self-led and affords far more autonomy in terms of where to go first, what to eat etc. This particular evening saw a remarkable turn-out of about 300 hungry patrons that eagerly made their way through the downtown core.

Highlights for the evening included a fantastic dessert tasting plate at Soirette Macarons & Tea and a deliciously thick and rich Miso Chowder at Le Tigre Food Truck. The photos below are menu captioned to give you an idea what a typical Tasting Plate event offers. If you are interested in attending the next Tasting Plates in April, definitely bookmark www.vancouverfoodster.com and follow founder Richard Wolak at @vanfoodster for ticket information when it is made available.

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Vancouver Fanclub
1) Hickory Smoked Spiced Chicken Wings (Gluten Free): Low smoked grilled wings with choice of barbeque or honey garlic sauce
2) Mac & Cheese: Macaroni with smoked cheddar cheese, topped with in-house smoked pulled pork
3) Warm Mini Donuts: Prepared in-house and rolled in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with a chocolate Kahlua sauce Vancouver FanClub on Urbanspoon
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Betty on Burrard
1) To Die For Banana Bread + Spiked Coffee (Vegetarian)
2) Delish Gluten Free Oreo + Spiked Coffee (Vegetarian, Gluten Free & Dairy Free)

Betty by Blenz on Urbanspoon

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Lolita’s Cantina
1) Slow roasted beer braised Beef Taquitos
2) Pulled achiote Chicken and Spinach Flautists wrapped in blue corn tortillas
3) Crispy Quinoa and Corn Fritters with charred cherry tomato and zucchini mojo (Vegetarian)

Lolita's on Urbanspoon

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1) Coconut and Braised Pear Mousse Macaron dessert
2) Pink Grapefruit & Jasmine Tea Pâte de Fruit
3) Thyme Sablé
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Le Tigre Food Truck
1) Beet Fries (Vegetarian and gluten free)
2) Brussel sprout Cauliflower Salad (Vegetarian and gluten free)
3) Miso Chowder

Le Tigre Cuisine Mobile Food Truck on Urbanspoon

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Pink Elephant Thai
1) Alberni mango wrap (Vegetarian)
2) Shrimp ball
3) Green curry chicken with noodles
4) Larb pork with crispy wontons

Pink Elephant Thai on Urbanspoon
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Soho Food Truck
1) Butter Chicken Naan Kebab
2) Mixed Vegetable Subji (Vegetarian)
3) Tandoori Chicken
4) Hariali Chicken
Soho Road Naan Kebab on Urbanspoon
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Zacharys on Robson
1) Potato Bites: Cajun dusted potato balls infused with maple smoked bacon, red onion, cheddar cheese & fresh dill.  Ranch sauce to dip
2) Mighty Meatballs: Citrus tinged meatballs dipped in an unforgettable Moroccan BBQ sauce
3) Scallops Poutine: Fries topped with scallops simmered in a tomato sauce and garnished with parmesan cheese and savoury gravy

Zachary's on Robson on Urbanspoon

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Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery
1) Poutine Italiano (Gluten Free)
2) Margherita Flatbread (Vegetarian)
3) Italian Sausage Flatbread

Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery on Urbanspoon

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Alvin Lee is a professional photographer, culinary arts enthusiast, and contributing author of Eating in Vancouver & the World. Visit Alvin’s website and connect with him on Twitter @alvinkclee and Instagram @foodimagery.

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