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Better Together’s Hands-On Cook-Off Contest runs April 18 until May 18.
Railtown Cafe opens its third location situated in Olympic Village


Better Together’s Hands-On Cook-Off Contest runs April 18 until May 18. Open to any and all BC residents, you must submit a video of two or more people cooking together… and having fun! The contest promotes families coming together to cook and share meals. Videos must be one minute or less and feature two or more generations cooking together. See full details at

Better Together’s Hands-On Cook-Off Contest kicks off on April 18th and it's sure to generate a fantastic reel of videos - Better Together Facebook photo

Richard Goodine, formerly of Good Wolfe, Joe Fortes and The Cannery, has taken on the role of COO at Steel Toad Brewing Company. This is one of several changes on the horizon for the brewery. Stay tuned for news of a new chef.


Chef Stefan Hartmann, formerly of Bauhaus, has joined Tacofino as its new regional executive chef. In this role, Hartmann will lead menu development at all locations, as well as expansion as the independent restaurant chain moves its way east.


La Taqueria is also expanding its reach. The “pinche” taco shop is opening a new location at 586 Hornby St., marking its fourth location in Vancouver and the North Shore.


In other expansion news, Railtown Café has opened its third location at 1691 Main St. in the Olympic Village neighbourhood. Look for the same signature pastries, sandwiches and salad bar, as well as housemade ice cream, cold-pressed juices and local craft beer, wine and spirits.


Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio is offering a new prix-fixe lunch until the end of April for $28. The three-course menu includes black cod wontons with lobster espuma and scallions, a choice of Peruvian fried rice with guanciale, baby shrimp and corn, or roasted pork tenderloin with cauliflower purée and potato pave and coconut panna cotta with kaffir lime crème for dessert.


On Sunday, April 30, La Pentola will host the next instalment of its Sunday supper series. The dinner will focus on Venetian cuisine and includes nine courses for $65, served family-style. Dishes include octopus, zuchinni fritti, whole smelt, meatballs, anchovy, mussels, polenta and more.


On Monday, May 1, Farmer’s Apprentice will host a benefit dinner for Shalefield Organic Gardens, a Columbia Valley family farm that was hit hard by the February blizzards. The restaurant will donate 75 per cent of the proceeds from the evening to the farm. The multi-course menu includes sorrel gazpacho, asparagus with pine hollandaise, kohlrabi slaw with smoked cod, halibut with endive and mussel broth, shitake mushrooms with dandelion and quinoa, dessert, and more. Tickets are $99 per person, including dinner and wine and beverage pairings. Tickets available via Eventbrite and


Café Ça Va will offer a five-course spot prawn-themed dinner on Sunday, May 7 for $65. The meal includes spot prawn consommé, white salmon mi-cuit, scallop and parsley risotto with preserved lemon, arctic char and roasted spot prawns with prawn tortellini and dessert.


On Wednesday, May 10, join Mealshare during its Tonight for Tomorrow initiative, and help end youth hunger. On this one night, 15 participating restaurants will donate dollar-for-dollar to Mealshare based on what every patron spends on food. Participating restaurants include Bauhaus, Anatoli Souvlaki, Brix and Mortar, The Mackenzie Room, Pidgin, The Oakwood Canadian Bistro and more.

La Taqueria's newest "pinche" opens on Hornby St - La Taqueria Facebook photos
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