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25 awesome Vancouver food events and specials: November 2020

Truffle dinners, vegan burritos, prime rib Sundays, and so much more to sink your teeth into this November in Vancouver.

Put down that bowl of leftover Halloween candy and make some plans to eat something truly delicious this month. November is here, and we've got plenty of tantalizing options to mark the month.

Of course, large gatherings are still not on the menu, so when we say "food events" right now, they aren't all in the traditional sense. These are not big get-togethers that will find you in crowds and bumping elbows with strangers, or mingling with a few dozen folks. We're talking organized, physically-distanced, COVID-conscious revamped events, as well as food specials and promos going down across the city this month. 

Featuring a decadent truffle dinner, a wicked cool vegan burrito collab, and a chocolate bar raising funds for a special cause, there are plenty of great things to eat this November in the city. You can learn how to cook aromatic Thai dishes or choose the winner at a special beer versus wine pairing dinner. 

If you like to make food and drink the focal point of fun, here are19 (and counting!) delicious food events and specials happening in and around Vancouver this November.

Check back during the month to see what events we’ve added to the delicious line-up.

If you have a tip for a food or drink event or special for November 2020, or any other month, please send it to lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com. 

Best Kind Bakeshop's Movember Mustache Bread fundraiser

best-kind-bakeshop-movember-mustache-breadA new Vancouver bakery is raising funds for Movember with this fantastic mustache-shaped bread. Photo: Best Kind Bakeshop/Instagram

During the month of November, Vancouver's new bakery, Best Kind, is selling moustache shaped sour rye baguettes, with $1 from each one sold going to the Movember campaign, raising much-needed funds for men’s health. There will four different 'staches available through the month. Order in advance online for pick-up.

When: November 2020

Where: Best Kind Bakeshop; online orders only. Learn more HERE

Canucks Autism Network gelato fundraiser

Uno Gelato and the Canucks Autism Network have teamed up this November to help raise funds for new programs to assist families and individuals with autism. For the month of November Uno Gelato will donate 10% from every online delivery & in-store purchase of a pint. The gelateria is presently offering pints for a special price of $12.50 plus GST with a minimum four-pint order -- mix or match any flavour -- with 10% of pint sales to be donated to the Canucks Autism Network the month of November. Purchase online for complimentary delivery in most of the GVRD. Use the code CAN2020 when checking out.

When: November

Where: Purchase online for delivery or in-store in Kitsilano (2579 West Broadway) or at the Canada Place location

The Praguery pop-up at Guildford Town Centre

praguery-hazelnut-veganHazelnut vegan non-dairy ice cream. Photo courtesy The Praguery

Known for their Chimney Cakes filled with soft serve and other sweet treats, roving sweet spot The Praguery will be popping-up temporarily in Surrey starting Nov. 1. The Guildford Town Centre location will offer their signature menu based on creamy vanilla ice cream treats with a variety of flavours, and feature items including a Pumpkin Spice special, cold brew coffee, Callebaut Belgian hot chocolate, and milkshakes. Visitors at Guildford Town Centre may also be the first to try The Praguery’s vegan menu items, exclusive to the location. This includes vegan Prague Cones and Chimney Cakes, vegan sundaes, and handcrafted vegan hazelnut ice cream pints. You can also still find The Praguery located at McArthurGlen Designer Outler in Richmond, daily from noon-8 p.m. Visitors can find the pop-up on the ground level of Guildford Town Centre at the end of the corridor West of the Food Court. 

When: Starting Nov. 1

Where: Guildford Town Centre, ground level, at the end of the corridor West of the Food Court

Sunday Slow-Down menu at Honey Salt

Chef Cameron Barker has taken his Sunday Slow Down with him from restaurant to restaurant around the world and it is now available at Honey Salt Vancouver!. Visit the restaurant every Sunday from 5 p.m. to enjoy slowed cooked dishes and sloe gin cocktails. 

When: Sundays starting at 5 p.m.

Where: Honey Salt - 39 Smithe St (Parq Vancouver), Vancouver

Rocky Mtn Chocolate 'Hall of Flame' chocolate fundraiser for Vancouver Firefighter Charities

rocky-mtn-chocolate-hall-of-flame-barHall of Flame chocolate bars. Photo courtesy Rocky Mtn Chocolate

Rocky Mtn Chocolate is turning up the heat ahead of the holiday season by teaming up with Vancouver Firefighter Charities to create a limited-edition ‘Hall of Flame’ inspired chocolate bar launching on Sunday, Nov. 1. A first-time collaboration for the renowned West Coast chocolatier, the custom-made 4 oz. solid milk chocolate bar will be adorned with colourful flames of cocoa butter drizzle topped with sparkling crystallized sugar. Throughout the month of November, a limited number of Hall of Flame chocolate bars will be available for purchase in person at Rocky Mtn Chocolate locations across British Columbia. The one-of-a-kind bars can also be ordered for delivery online in the Vancouver area. Chocolate bars will be priced at $10, with $5 from each sale donated to the BC Burn Fund, Lifeline for Seniors and Snacks for Kids community programs benefitting at-risk groups in Vancouver - making the chocolate bars not only a sweet treat for a special someone but also a great way to give back to communities in need. 

When: Starting Nov. 1, while supplies last

Where: Online or in stores

Cost: $10 apiece

Gelato 101 at UNO Gelato

These intimate classes are capped at six participants, and take place at Uno's Kitsilano shop. The super-fun sessions include a hands-on learning experience (yes, you will help make gelato and sorbetto on the spot!), a pint from the batches you helped make, a guided gelato tasting, and a cone or cup while you're there. 

When: Thursdays at 7 p.m. from Oct. 1, 2020-Feb. 25, 2021

Where: Uno Gelato - 2579 W Broadway, Vancouver

Cost: $59 per person. Reserve online

Truffle tasting menu at Cibo Trattoria

Cibo_TruffleMenu_1Photo courtesy Cibo Trattoria

Fragrant seasonal scents will fill the air at Cibo Trattoria this fall as the cozy downtown dining room invites guests to experience a limited-edition Truffle Tasting Menu offered exclusively from Nov. 1 to 30. The multi-course menu of rustic Italian dishes will be prepared by head chef Jesse Zuber and his culinary team. Available exclusively for dine-in guests, the prix-fixe feature menu will include four decadent courses showcasing both Alba and Perigord truffle varieties. Cibo’s Truffle Tasting Menu will begin with a white onion velutata and an appetizer of Périgord black truffle and crème fraiche ‘scramble,’ followed by a choice of risotto bianco or tagliarini al uovo topped with freshly shaved white truffles, Bistecca e tartufo, and a luxurious chocolate truffle dessert to finish.  

When: Nov. 1-30

Where: Cibo Trattoria - 900 Seymour St (Moda Hotel), Vancouver

Cost: $145 per person, plus tax and gratuity

November Wine Menu at Provence: Checkmate Winery

Provence Marinaside shines the spotlight on Oliver, B.C.’s CheckMate Artisanal Winery for its second Monthly Wine Menu. The Monthly Wine Menu features wines from around the province that are typically difficult to find by the glass (e.g. small production, back vintages, out of stock items, or priced out of range). These are paired with dishes especially created by Owner/Chef Jean Francis Quaglia and Chef de Cuisine Sheldon Maloff that are inspired by the wine, not the other way round as is usually the case. The dishes are unique to the Monthly Wine Menu and do not appear on Provence Marinaside’s regular menu.

When: Nov. 1-30

Where: Provence Marinaside - 1177 Marinaside Cres, Vancouver

Cost: Two-course Menu $57/person; Two-course Wine Pairing $58/person; Two-course Petit Pour $30/person

The Sandbar 20th Anniversary Menu

sandbar-20th-anniversary-menuPhoto courtesy The Sandbar

It's been 20 years since The Sandbar opened its doors at Granville Island, and to celebrate this special anniversary, the seafood restaurant is offering a menu of favourites with prices "rolled back" to those of the year 2000. Don't worry, no Y2K glitches here! Look for dishes like New England style Clam Chowder ($5.95); a signature Salmon Burger (10.95) featuring Lois Lake Steelhead; Linguine Vongole ($14.95) with white wine and fresh manila clams; Cedar Plank Salmon ($17.95) with coconut jasmine rice; and a rich Seafood Hot Pot ($19.95) with fresh fish, shellfish and vegetables in a coconut red curry sauce. 

When: Nov. 1-30

Where: The Sandbar - 1535 Johnston St, Vancouver (Granville Island)

Dachi Weekly Dinner Series

East Van's Dachi is launching a special, ticketed November Dinner Series, featuring a themed menu and beverage pairing each week. Kicking things off is the “Wish We Were There” Loire Dinner (Nov. 5-6) with a focus on all things from the Loire Valley. It will be followed by New Release Natural Wines + Late Harvest dinner (vegetarian) on Nov. 12 and 13; a Sake x Eastern European “Tastes Like Home” menu on Nov.19-20; and ends with “All the Hits” on Nov. 26-27. Seating will be limited to about 16 to 18 seats, all inside the restaurant. For the cooler season, Dachi has moved half of its seats inside with the other half outside on its patio with heaters and a built-in-roof. All social-distancing measures will be observed. 

When: Nov 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, and 26-27 

Where: Dachi - 2297 East Hastings St, Vancouver

Cost: $85 per person; purchase via Tock

Pourhouse Monday Night Tasting Series

Pourhouse_MondayTastingSeries_3Photo courtesy Pourhouse

Pourhouse is inviting spirit enthusiasts to enjoy an evening of fine food and drink, fundraising and merrymaking with the launch of its biweekly Monday Night Tasting Series starting Monday, Nov. 2. The inaugural evening will feature an interactive tasting experience by Pourhouse Bar Manager Adam Domet as he guides participants through a two-hour educational session featuring a lineup of top-shelf barrel-aged spirits from Bacardi Canada paired with a selection of house-made charcuterie, premium cheeses and artisanal dark chocolate truffles. Fifty per cent of the proceeds from the tasting menu and The Road Home feature cocktail will be donated to Vancouver-based non-profit Mind the Bar as part of the ‘Barrels of Hope’ charitable program, which provides critical information and support resources to individuals working in the hospitality industry who are struggling with mental health issues. 

When: Every other Monday, starting Nov. 2 from 5-8 p.m.

Where: Pourhouse - 162 Water St, Vancouver

Cost: $90 per person, plus tax and gratuity; reserve online

Sweet Thea Holiday Pop-Up!

With most holiday fairs and markets cancelled due to the pandemic, local bakery Sweet Thea has rounded up regional bakers and makers for a pre-holiday pop-up shop in Vancouver. In addition to offering their own celebrated array of traditional European holiday baking (Fruitcake/Christmas Cake, Stollen, Lebkuchen, Plum Pudding and many other delectable offerings), they’ve brought together a range of popular products from over a dozen favourite food-related vendors you’d normally find at the West Coast Christmas Show, Circle Craft, or Make It. From organic oils to savoury mustard, award-winning jams and marmalades to kitchen linens, the Sweet Thea Holiday Pop-Up! is the place to find a glorious selection of holiday treats. Think of it as your go-to 2020 Holiday Market. You can also order ahead and pick-up at the pop-up.

When: Nov. 2 through Dec. 27. Saturdays-Thursdays from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Fridays 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. 

Where: 4305 Main St, Vancouver

Beer-Pairing Dinner at Stanley Park Brewing

stanley-park-brewing-eventbritePhoto: Stanley Park Brewing/Eventbrite

Join Stanley Park Brewing at their brewpub restaurant in the park for a four-course meal created and executed by Head Chef Nathan Taylor. Each course is paired with a beer selected, crafted and brewed onsite by Brewmasters Thom Riley and Rachel Young. Enjoy an elevated dining experience in the heart of Stanley Park. They can seat parties of up to six people maximum for this ticketed event. 

When: Thurs. Nov. 5 from 6:30-10 p.m.

Where: Stanley Park Brewing Restaurant and Brewpub - 8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver

Cost: $85 per person; purchase tickets online

ON PAUSE: Cornucopia Whistler

Whistler's popular food festival has opted to pause all programming until at least Nov. 23. Ticket holders for events on those In an initial update posted to its website and social media accounts Saturday, Cornucopia organizers said any events scheduled to take place between Monday, Nov. 9 and Sunday, Nov. 22 "will not go ahead." Ticketholders would be automatically refunded, the statement added. However, the event did end up pausing earlier, on Sunday Nov. 8. Read more from our sibling publication in Whistler, Pique Newsmagazine.

When: Originally scheduled for Nov. 6-29

Where: Whistler Conference Centre and various restaurants in Whistler, B.C.

Cost: Varies; see full schedule and ticketing information here

Thai Favourites cooking class

thai-green-curry-eventbritePhoto via Eventbrite

Head to Lonsdale Quay to take part in this private chef cookery class. Chef John will prepare and serve a five-course menu inspired by his travels to Thailand. Begin with peppery minced chicken salad, and pork satay with cucumber-onion relish. Next, dive into pad Thai with prawns followed by green curry chicken. Round out your gourmet meal with charred pineapple and coconut ice cream. You can BYO beer or wine to pair with the meal. 

When: Sat. Nov. 14 from 6-9 p.m.

Where: Market Kitchen, Lonsdale Quay Market - 123 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver

Cost: $99.93 per person; purchase tickets online

Dine Strathcona

Strathcona’s hospitality community will come together this month to showcase the neighbourhood’s vibrant culinary scene while raising money to provide support for vulnerable individuals in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) during the second annual Dine Strathcona initiative. Dine Strathcona will see participating dining establishments such as Ask For Luigi, Dosanko, and The Garden offer a feature dish throughout the two-week event period, with $1 for each dish ordered donated to WISH Drop-In Centre.

When: Nov. 18-30

Where: Participating restaurants in Strathcona

DL Chicken x Pepino's Hot Chicken Pizza Munchies Mashup

pepinosxdl - credit Rich WonHot Chicken Pizza from DL Chicken and Pepino's in Vancouver. Photo courtesy DL Chicken

For two weeks only, voracious Vancouverites can up their pie game with the ultimate collab between the Drive’s DL Chicken Shack and Pepino’s Spaghetti House with The Hot Chicken Pizza. Available Nov. 13-27, The Hot Chicken Pizza ($35) takes Pepino’s house-made dough smothered in tomato sauce and brick mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, and Grana Padano cheeses, with the crispy, caramelized edges characteristic of Detroit-style deep dish, and loads it up with spice-dusted, tender and juicy chicken thigh nuggets, bread ‘n butter pickles, and DL’s signature sauce. Plus, local creative Rhek has designed an exclusive, limited edition Pepino’s x DL Chicken tee ($28) that guests can get their hands on at both spots, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Backpack Buddies. Order the special pizza from Pepino’s starting Friday, Nov. 13 for dine-in; or pre-order for pick-up via Tock.

When: Nov. 13-27

Where: Order online for dine-in or pick up at Pepino's - 631 Commercial Dr, Vancouver

Hawksworth Wednesday Dinner Series

Chef David Hawksworth will be at the restaurant to sign cookbooks and personally prepare a four-course menu, showcasing dishes from the newly-released Hawksworth The Cookbook for this November dinner event taking place Wednesday nights. Optional wine pairings by esteemed Wine Director Bryant Mao, recently recognized as Canada’s Best Sommelier of 2020 by Canada’s 100 Best, are available and will rotate with the menu, for an additional $56 per person. Reservations can be made online or by calling 604-673-7000.

When: Wednesday nights in November

Where: Hawksworth - 801 W Georgia St, Vancouver

Cost: $89 per person; wine pairings an additional $56 per person

Beer vs Wine Brewmaster Dinner 

Mark Anthony Wines and a mystery brewery (soon to be announced) will be going head to head in a battle of "who paired it best?" Your votes will determine who will reign supreme - Beer or Wine? Your ticket includes a welcome beverage followed by four custom-created courses each paired with one of Mark Anthony's wines and a local brewery's unique brews. The food is a set menu, so if you have any allergies or dietary concerns, please contact falsecreekevents@craftbeermarket.ca beforehand for details. 

When: Tue. Nov. 24 from 6-9 p.m.

Where: CRAFT Beer Market Restaurant + Bar - 85 W 1st Ave, Vancouver

Cost: $69.98 per person; purchase tickets online

Published Sunday Dinner Series

It's back! A collaboration dinner will take place at the end of the month featuring Published's Executive Chef, Gus Stieffenhofer-Brandson, who will be joined by Phil Scarfone of the Savio Volpe Group, and Kristian Eligh of the Top Table Group, and Bryan Satterford of Juke Fried Chicken & Beetbox. This 10-course tasting menu will include dishes from all four chefs as well as wine and cocktail pairings by Published's talented somm and bar team.

When: Sun. Nov. 29 from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Where: Published on Main - 3593 Main St, Vancouver

Cost: $200 per guest (includes tax and gratuity). Purchase online.

Cardero's Prime Rib Dinner Sundays

Sunday Prime Rib Dinner is on at Cardero's. Diners can choose to go the entree-only route for $39 or make it a three-course feast for $46. Check out the Prime Rib dinner menu here. Reservations are available online or via phone. 

When: Sunday evenings

Where: Cardero's - 1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver

Cost: Entree only $39; three-course for $46

Knifewear Fundraiser for the Vancouver Food Bank

Knifewear is Canada’s source for Japanese kitchen knives, with five shops across Canada. Every year they sharpen thousands of kitchen knives for customers in Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Vancouver, giving half of the proceeds to local charities. The yearly total is typically between $100,000-$150,000 company-wide. This year, with so many Canadians in need, they’re taking it to the next level. 100% of the proceeds from knives sharpened between Oct. 26 and Nov. 1 will be donated to local food banks. 

When: Oct. 26-Nov.1

Where: Knifewear - 4215 Main St, Vancouver

Braid StrEAT Experience - Drive-thru food trucks

Featuring a rotating selection of regional food truck favourites, the event is a complete drive-thru experience in order to maintain physical distancing and other COVID-19 safety measures. That means there will be no walk-ups or bicycles permitted, and payments are credit and debit only - no cash accepted. The event is produced by West Coast Pop Ups, a collective of small businesses that have operated through the pandemic by either sharing their revenue with other struggling businesses or with charities like the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation.    

When: Weekends through Nov. 1, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: 97 Braid Street, New Westminster

Beetbox x Tacofino 'Not Today, Seitan' vegan burrito collab

not-today-seitan-burrito-tacofino-beetboxThe 'Not Today, Seitan,' burrito is available at Beetbox on Davie St and Tacofino's Gastown Burrito Bar from Nov. 1 through 7, 2020. Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome

There's a new limited edition collab launching on World Vegan Day (Nov. 1) that brings together Tacofino and Beetbox rolled into one epic burrito. Called "Not Today, Seitan," this plant-based creation will be available Nov. 1 through 7 at Beetbox (1074 Davie St.) and Tacofino’s Gastown Burrito Bar (15 W Cordova St.) only. The ‘Not Today, Seitan’ burrito offers a tasty spin on Beetbox’s signature Fried Chick-Un Sandwich and comprises breaded and fried seitan, pumpkin-seed macha, cashew-lime crema, white-cucumber kimchi, lettuce and lime chilaquiles wrapped in a Tacofino flour tortilla for $11.

When: Nov. 1-7

Where: Beetbox (1074 Davie St.) and Tacofino’s Gastown Burrito Bar (15 W Cordova St.) Vancouver

Cost: $11

Dia de los Muertos Food Fest

Enjoy a three-course meal of traditional Mexican fare that also includes Pan de Muertos and drinks. Order your dish selections online ahead of time. 

When: Mon. Nov. 2 from 6-9 p.m.

Where: Brunch - 1147 Granville St, Vancouver

Cost: $48.76 + tip; purchase online


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