There’s a lot to be grateful for when it comes to food and Vancouver. We have some of the best restaurants in the country (some might say the world, especially when it comes to Chinese food). And with the advent and deluge of food television shows and blogs, your average foodie is more knowledgeable than ever before.
This is probably doubly true when you’re talking about Vancouver, a city in which people are not only food-knowledgeable but hyper-aware of things like sustainable farming, fishing and from whence their food came.
That’s why the new Foodtalks series makes so much sense (Vancouver is also really into live talks and storytelling, so it’s a win-win!). Part TED Talks, part Food Network programming, Foodtalks combines appetizers, live lectures from experts on aspects of food culture, and an audience Q&A. Not only that, but a portion of ticket sales goes to food-related charity Growing Chefs, which goes into schools and educates kids about farming and gets them excited about healthy food.
The first Foodtalks, hosted in early June at W2, drew speakers including Chef Robert Bird of the new Fable restaurant (which I mentioned on the blog recently), Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise manager Mike McDermid, and Roberta LaQuaglia, the Operations Manager of Vancouver Farm Markets.
This time, the event is on Tuesday, June 10 in Burnaby and includes appetizers from the tasty EBO restaurant. Speakers are Chef Wendy Boys (a chocolate pastry artist…yum!), the proprietor of Painted Rock Estate Winery, John Skinner, a meat specialist AND a cheese specialist. And while I know Burnaby can seem far, it’s really not—not to mention you can hit up Bosa Foods while you’re out there. Tix are $30 each or $25 each if you’re bringing 4 or more people (and wouldn’t that be more fun?). Delicious.