February 23, 2011

Vancouver Foodster x Taste the World x Venue Nightclub

Vancouver Foodster's Taste the World from Alisha Mann Ventures, and Yelp Vancouver at Venue Nightclub on February 22, 2010.

Vancouver Foodster | Taste the World

The Taste the World event was an intriguing mixture of art, dance, food, wine, and socializing.

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The entertainment varied from Asian dance, Spanish music, DJing, and more stuff complementing the smorgasboard of food stations.

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By far the biggest food hit of the night from the six featured restaurants was the Carribean cuisine from Calabash Bistro.

Vancouver Foodster | Taste the World

They offered a nice variety of dishes and sampler of some exotic eats, but the jerk chicken and mango stuffed coconut dumpling was the best.

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The sweetened coconut roll was a winner too. I wasn't a fan of the cold features of plantain, eggplant, and salad, but that probably says more about my lack of adventure in dining.

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Minna Van of The Network Hub, singer Gio Levy and writer Karra Barron pose before Gio was set to perform to the packed crowd. Charm Modern Thai restaurant served duck sticks, chicken satay, and crispy wontons. I wish they had served their appetizers on a plate instead of just napkins, which clashed with their ample variety of sauces.

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Atithi Indian Restaurant featured a mish mash of banana blossoms, potato cutlets, pepper curry on sweet rice. It was probably the most filling dish of the night.

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Videographer Tim Chung (no relation, but also from BCIT Broadcast Journalism), who you might know from CHEK and CBC News, interviewed Nicolb about eating grasshoppers in the featured Mexican bean dish from Doña Cata Mexican Foods. That was the only restaurant I did not try. Evidently, it was salty and crunchy.

Vancouver Foodster | Taste the World

The chowder dog from Fresh Local Wild was good, but served a little cold and not wholly satisfying cut up into quarters.

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The cheese from Benton Brothers Fine Cheese is always tasty, but I found the plate sampler somewhat minimal compared to the variety of complimentary portions served at the Slop Press launch event.

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There was a lot of people at the event that stretched a few hours. At times, it was awkward to hold plates, wine glasses, talk, mingle, and eat in the nightclub setting amidst the sea of friendly faces.

Vancouver Foodster | Taste the World

However, I undersood the idea and ambition of the night. There was so much going on at once on stage, at the food stations, and mingling about.

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Vancouver is such a vibrant place for food, art, and culture. Combining all these efforts socially was a interesting adventure. Also, the massive Twitter wall was a big hit with the crowd, despite proving very distracting during the night.

Calabash Bistro on Urbanspoon Charm Modern Thai on Urbanspoon Atithi on Urbanspoon
Doña Cata Mexican Food on Urbanspoon Fresh Local Wild on Urbanspoon Benton Brothers Fine Cheese on Urbanspoon

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