DINER: East Van Eateries Raise Over $2500 For Local Kids In Need During “FeastVan”

March 11, 2013 

From the inbox comes good news via FeastVan, an awesome initiative from East Vancouver restaurants that Scout has been very proud to support since the start:

FeastVan organizer Joe Chaput announced today that over $2500 had been raised by a combined effort from participating restaurants as well as donations from customers and staff during the two week FeastVan campaign (January 18-Feb 03, 2013). All of the participating restaurants donated $1 from the sale of each prix fixe menu or from a specific menu item. All of the funds raised will be donated towards the Strathcona Community Center Backpack Food Program. The annual dining event was established to introduce diners to the vast array of restaurants in East Vancouver. Each year, local foodies and visitors to Vancouver are invited to enjoy a selection of specially priced three-course meals from some of East Van’s best restaurants. $1 from each meal sold is donated to the Strathcona Community Center’s Back Pack Food Program, which provides back pack meals for both the Strathcona Community Center and the Raycam Community Center.

The primary objective of the Strathcona Community Center Backpack Food Program is to bridge the weekend gaps when school food programs are not running. Regular school programs provide for the food requirements of children on weekdays, but this program provides kid-friendly nutritious snacks and meals for food insecure elementary school-aged children over the weekends. Children from both Seymour and Strathcona Elementary Schools receive food back packs every Friday afternoon.

2013 FeastVan participating restaurants included: The AcornAu Petit ChavignolBao BeiCampagnolo RomaThe Cascade RoomEast of MainEight ½ Restaurant LoungeEl Camino’sHabitHarvest Community FoodsLes amis du FROMAGELes Faux BourgeoisNicli Antica PizzaThe ParkerPat’s PubR&B Brewing Co., The Union Bar, and Vicino Pasteria & Deli.

Hats off to Joe Chaput and all the chefs/restaurateurs and staffers who got involved!

DINER: 2nd Annual “FEASTVAN” Food Fest Sees Eastside Eateries Dishing Good Deals

January 16, 2013 

Hot off the presses from our friends at FeastVan:

Fill your bellies (and pint glasses) with a good conscience during FeastVan starting this weekend. Indulge in a specially priced three-course dinner (or two course lunch) between January 18 and February 3 and $1 from every prix fixe dinner sold will go towards the Vancouver Inner City Back Pack Food Program, a rad initiative that helps kids who do not have reliable access to nutritious food by sending them home from school with healthy snacks that help to see them through the weekends.

We’re talking about good restaurants, folks. Au Petit Chavignol, The Acorn, Bao Bei, Campagnolo Roma, The Cascade Room, East of Main, Eight 1/2 Restaurant & Lounge, El Caminos, Habit, Harvest Community Foods, Les Faux Bourgeois, Nicli Antica Pizzaria, The Parker, Union Bar, and more are on board.

Not only that, but a percentage of the proceeds from every keg of R&B Brewing’s East Side Bitter sold at participating FeastVan restaurants will go towards the Back Pack Program and Les Amis du Fromage will be doing the same for every sale of take home macaroni and cheese. Pat’s Pub will do the same for every sale of it’s awesome Pulled Pork or Beef Brisket Sandwich.

No passes, tickets or coupons are required. Diners may simply visit their favourite participating restaurants throughout the 17 days to enjoy the specially priced prix fixe menus. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are appreciated. To make a lunch or dinner reservation, please contact the restaurant directly. Please note that some restaurants do not take reservations.

HONOUR BOUND: 2nd Annual Eastside Food Festival “FeastVan” Confirmed For January

November 7, 2012 

Here’s an early heads-up on FeastVan, the second annual 17 day dining event involving many of the best restaurants in East Vancouver. From January 18th to February 3rd, local foodies and visitors will be invited to enjoy a selection of specially priced three-course meals (two course meals at lunch) at restaurants like Au Petit Chavignol, The Cascade Room, El Caminos, Habit, Harvest Community Foods, Les Faux Bourgeois, The Parker, Campagnolo Roma, Fray, The Red Wagon, Union Bar, and more.

All of the participating restaurants are going to be donating $1 from every prix fixe supper sold to the Stratchona Community Center’s outstanding Backpack Food Program, which helps to provide food to under-priviledged kids on the DTES and bridge the weekend gaps when school food programs don’t run. Also signed on are the good people at R&B Brewing Co., who will be donating a percentage of every delicious keg of East Side Bitter sold during the event. The cheese lords at Les Amis du FROMAGE will be doing the same for every sale of its kickass macaroni and cheese. It’s a delicious event for a great cause, and Scout is glad to be a part of it again.

If you own or run a restaurant in East Van and would like to get on board to help out, email Joe Chaput at joe [at] buycheese [dotcom] and he’ll tell you everything that you need to know. Scout will be keeping you abreast of all things FeastVan in the run up to January 18th, but in the short term, we kindly ask that you spread this initial good word on Twitter, Facebook, and such.

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Smoke Break #922: A Beautiful Love Story About Working In The Restaurant Business

February 1, 2012 

by Andrew Morrison | This is for all the restaurant industry folks coming off shift tonight. Dine Out Vancouver and Feast Van are both nearing their respective ends (Feb. 5th), and having worked the former for many years, I know you must be dog tired and dreaming of a trip far, far away in order to recharge your batteries and blow some of the cash that you’ve toiled so long and hard for. Might I suggest Midtown Manhattan? There, you can pay a visit to Prime Burger, where some of the staff have been on hand for 50 years, and where you just might find the inspiration to look forward to your first night back, whether it be at Hapa or Hawksworth. Of course, if you’d sooner go to Maui, knock yourself out. Maybe just enjoy the film above on the flight between well-earned beers.

For many of the guys that work here, the restaurant is like a second home – some of them have been slinging burgers, making shakes, and waiting on customers at this location for decades. Opened in 1938, the place hasn’t been altered since the early ’60s, and it looks all the better for it.

Via The Kraftfuttermischwerk.

TAKE ANOTHER BREAK

DINER: The Union, Habit, The Cascade And Latitude Join “Feast Van” Fest (Underway)

January 23, 2012 

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Feast Van, the new dining festival similar to Dine Out Vancouver, has just signed on another four restaurants: Habit, The Cascade, Latitude, and the brand new Union. The fest, which is already underway (until February 5th), sees over a dozen notable Eastside eateries plating special three course menus at affordable prices, with $1 from each meal sold being donated to the Vancouver Inner-City Backpack Food Program (the organisation helps provide food to under-privileged kids in the Strathcona and DTES hoods on weekends when school food programs aren’t running). Salivate over all the participating restaurant menus here.

GOODS: Railtown’s “Two Chefs And A Table” To Participate In Feast Van In Two Ways…

January 19, 2012 

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Two Chefs And A Table is located at 305 Alexander Street | 778- 233-1303 | www.twochefsandatable.com

The GOODS from Two Chefs And A Table

Vancouver, BC | Two Chefs and a Table is proud to support the newly launched Feast Van celebration of East Side eats with set menus at both the Founders Lounge at the Cultch and in Two Chefs and a Table. Feast Van runs from January 20th to February 5th and $1 from each Feast Van meal will be donated to the Vancouver Inner City Food Backpack program which supplies disadvantaged youth with weekly food supplies to supplement existing school programs. Get all the details after the jump… Read more

DINER: The 1st Annual “FeastVan” Dining Fest Gearing Up To Help Local Kids In Need

Here’s an early heads-up on FeastVan, a brand new, 17 day dining event involving many of the best restaurants of East Vancouver. Help us spread the word far and wide, because from January 20th to February 5th, local foodies and visitors will be invited to enjoy a selection of specially priced three-course meals from Au Petit Chavignol, Red Wagon, Campagnolo Roma, Cafeteria, El Barrio, Les Faux Bourgeois, Two Chefs & A Table, Founders’ Lounge at The Cultch, Fray, and The Waldorf Hotel. We haven’t seen the menus yet, but that sure looks like a tasty line-up!

The participating restaurants will donate $1 to the Vancouver Inner-City Backpack Food Program for every special meal sold. The awesome organisation, which serves the children of Strathcona and the DTES, aims to “bridge the weekend gaps when school food programs are not running” (and is pretty much a breeding ground for saints). Also signed on are the good folks at R&B Brewing, who will be donating a percentage of every delicious keg of East Side Bitter sold during the event. Les Amis du Fromage will do the same for every sale of its kickass macaroni and cheese.

If you own or run a restaurant in East Van and would like to get on board to help out, email Joe Chaput at joe [at] buycheese [dotcom] and he’ll tell you everything that you need to know. Scout will be keeping you abreast of all things FeastVan in the run up to January 2oth, but in the short term, we kindly ask that you spread this initial good word and click after the jump for the rapid-fire FAQ… Read more