Judge’s Choice Award At Wine Fest ‘Vintner’s Brunch’ Won By Railtown Catering


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Vancouver, BC | Professionals from Vancouver’s food and wine industry raised a glass to Railtown Catering and Executive Sous Chef Mathew Koyanagi on the closing day of the 2016 Vancouver International Wine Festival yesterday, unanimously voting his Asian-inspired entry with the Judges’ Choice Award at the festival’s annual Vintners Brunch.

Koyanagi’s Black Rice Congee with Pinot Noir-Braised Duck, Soy-Marinated Quail’s Egg, Black Currant Gastrique and Togarashi Crackling captured first place at the competition, which brought together 15 top chefs and sommeliers to pair a custom-created dish to a specific wine from around the world during a sold-out event at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Koyanagi’s course — which was paired with a Hahn Family Wines 2013 Pinot Noir hailing from California — marked the first time that the Vancouver-based caterer had competed in the Vintners Brunch.

“We’re extremely proud of Mathew and the entire crew that helped him create this unique dish, but we can’t say we’re surprised,” said Railtown Catering Executive Chef and Partner Dan Olson. “Mathew has a truly adventurous palate and has been a talented, valued and trusted leader of our culinary team at Railtown for years. We’re thrilled that he is garnering the recognition he so richly deserves.”

Koyanagi, who graduated from the Dubrulle International Culinary School, chefed for a variety of prestigious clients including presidents, royalty, dignitaries and other celebrities in a number of exotic locations such as the Great Wall of China and the Emperor’s Summer Palace and headed up the culinary team for the Royal Bank of Canada Hospitality House during the 2010 Winter Olympics before joining Railtown in 2013.

The 2016 Vancouver International Wine Festival, which took place from Feb. 20 to 28 and showcased 155 wineries from 14 countries, marked the 38th edition of the annual wine and food showcase, which has raised $8.5 million for the performing arts since its inception in 1979.


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Dan Olson, Executive Chef/Partner
Tyler Day, Chef/Partner
Mathew Koyanagi, Executive Sous Chef
Alex Abley, Pastry Chef
Marli Anderson, Events and Marketing Manager
Ashley Szczepaniak, Event Sales Manager
Camilla Sutherland, Corporate Sales Manager
Edy Piascik, Corporate Sales Manager
Dave Fisher, Operations Manager



Located in the heart of Vancouver’s heritage Railtown district, Railtown Catering’s passionate and dedicated team of event planners and chefs provides exceptional food and service for a wide variety of events and office deliveries.

From dinner parties, barbecues and weddings to corporate lunches, staff parties and networking events, Railtown Catering highlights the freshest and best that Vancouver has to offer. Inspired by seasonal ingredients thoughtfully selected from local partners, Railtown Catering’s team of professionals prides itself on their personal approach to creating menus as unique and memorable as each event.

More than just a catering company, Railtown Catering not only offers French-inspired cuisine and specialty beverages, but also a full complement of skilled staff and event rental services. From décor to floral arrangements to entertainment, Railtown Catering’s friendly and intuitive team collaborates with a host of industry leading vendors to ensure a flawless event experience for each client and their guests.

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