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Springtime is Tea Time

This past week marked the official start to the Spring season! Despite the lingering cold, we did get a chance to see the sun make its appearance for a few days. It was nice while it lasted and we’ll take whatever we can get, right? After weeks of braving the freezing temperatures and having to shovel snow off the sidewalks, we are now able to see glimmers of Spring emerge: our beloved cherry blossoms are finally blooming!

When I think of Spring, I always associate it to the feeling of freshness, renewal filled with opportunities. When it comes to food, I think of a quaint, chic meal served with some tea, sandwiches, and biscuits. Yes, my friends, I am referring to High Tea, or some might call it: Afternoon Tea – a tradition that dates back to the 19th century and, according to British history, introduced by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford.

What Is Afternoon Tea?

According to history, supper was typically eaten later in the day – roughly around 8pm. So, the time between lunch and supper had this huge, depressing void of nothing. As a lover of food, this is completely unacceptable. Imagine not having to snack or indulge between meals because there was nothing available back in the day. Imagine not having snacks or cookies to munch on just to tie you over until dinner.

Thanks to the wonderful idea of Duchess Anna, there is now the long-stemming tradition that we still practice to this day. The meal itself used to consist of a tray of bread, butter, cakes, and tea. As the meal evolved over time, the selection of foods became more elaborate and began featuring dainty sandwiches, scones, and pastries served with jams and clotted cream.

Where To Have Afternoon Tea In Vancouver?

At Truffles Fine Foods, we continue to honour this tradition. We are huge believers that all good times are worth sharing with both family and friends. For this reason, we have the classic time-honoured tradition reimagined with both flair and sophistication – a meal that you would enjoy with every bite, and savour with every sip (holding your pinkies out is optional).

Our high-tea menu features two different offers courtesy of our catering team: Buffet style, or Plated style. Both require a minimum number of 15 guests. The menu features:

Assorted Tea Sandwiches

With cucumber, smoked salmon, egg salad and ham & Swiss

Pastries

Freshly Baked Croissants and Scones

Miniature Desserts

Shortbread cookies, coconut macaroons, petit fours, French macarons with house-made raspberry jam, honey and clotted cream

Tea Selection

English Breakfast. Earl Grey, Green Tea, Chamomile

In the comfort of your own home or a venue that you’ve rented out, you can now relive the tradition of Afternoon Tea surrounded by the ones you love. Is there a right or wrong way to hold your cup or stir your tea? We leave that up to you!

For more information or to reach out to our team, Contact Us and book your tea time today!

Truffles Partners With The Polygon

Gearing up for the wedding season? Or perhaps you are planning an event? We have some news for you! Keeping up with the latest news from Truffles Fine Foods, I am proud to announce that The Polygon Gallery has now confirmed that they are a venue partner with our culinary and catering teams! This announcement excites me as it already adds to a very extensive list of venues we have partnered with across the Lower Mainland.

What has me stoked about this particular announcement is that the Polygon Gallery really speaks to both the art scene in our city as well as the history of North Vancouver and the Lonsdale area. To this day, one can still see dry docks and ships coming to port albeit not as frequent as they used to. However, the Polygon Gallery pays homage to this history making this venue all the more desirable, in my opinion. In addition, the Polygon is an active gallery that does an active and amazing job at “presenting the work of artists who respond to transformations taking place in the world.”

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The Polygon Gallery

If you haven’t heard of this venue or had a chance to explore the Lonsdale area, I encourage you to do so! The venue itself is a sophisticated and contemporary building overlooking the shores of the Burrard Inlet and downtown Vancouver. Located just a short distance away from the Seabus terminal and other major bus routes, getting to this venue is very easy.

I had the opportunity to take a gander at the space and it is absolutely gorgeous. Despite the day being cloudy when I went, the Polygon Gallery still boasted an amazing waterfront view while taking in the hustle and bustle of our lovely city. I would only imagine that, on a summer day, one can expect to see a sunset with a cocktail in hand.

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Venue Offerings

From a more logistical standpoint, this venue has all the amenities you need to host a successful party or event of any size. Their on-site services include:

  • Majestic views of downtown Vancouver and the Burrard Inlet from both the ground floor with an even better view from a covered second-floor balcony
  • Natural light emanating through their skylights and thirteen-foot ceilings
  • Built-in Audio/Visual systems and unique breakout rooms
  • Glass walls from floor-to-ceiling in the main floor lobby overlooking the new public plaza and Spirit Trail
  • An abundance of parking on the street and private lots in the area.

In addition, the venue is big enough to fit 540 guests at standing capacity, and 180 for a seated dinner. There is also a kitchen prep area on site allowing for our catering team to set up and serve the culinary creations we deliver.

I would go into further details about the Polygon Gallery, but I think the images speak for themselves. It’s a beautiful venue and, when teamed with Truffles Fine Foods, it definitely adds flare to any event you host.

For more information, you can visit them here.

To learn more about the other venues Truffles Fine Foods has partnered with, click here.

Dine Out Vancouver 2019

Since 2002, it has been a tradition for Vancouverites to venture out from their abodes and set foot in restaurants across the Lower Mainland. “What might be so enticing?”, you ask? Dine Out Vancouver, of course! For those of you readers who have not heard of this event, it is undoubtedly the ultimate adventure for foodies and casual diners alike. Hosted by Tourism Vancouver, the list of restaurants who have been participating over the years continue to snowball as they are challenged to present an array of culinary delights in reasonable and enticing set menus. Although some diners prefer their order a-la-carte, Dine Out provides an opportunity for you to get the most value through a set menu of entrées, mains, and desserts. Believe it or not, this year brings together more than 200 restaurants, craft breweries, wineries and more as they collaborate in this exciting endeavour!

Dine With Coquille

As Vancouver’s fastest growing seafood restaurant and one of the best in Gastown, our friends over at Coquille are taking part in Dine Out for the first time this year! Their nautical-inspired restaurant will be welcoming diners throughout the day by offering two menu options – one for lunch, the other for dinner. If you have a hungering for seafood and shellfishes, this is an opportunity you do not want to pass on!

Their lunch menu is priced at a reasonable $35 and features options such as oysters, ceviches, and octopus; but for a more exquisite experience, visit during the dinner hours and try their $45 set menu – an elaborate dance of the ocean’s harvest. For a complete list of what is featured on their menus alongside the wine pairings their connoisseurs have created, visit their Dine Out listing HERE.

Romance At L’Abattoir

There is nothing more romantic about Vancouver than dining in the heart of historic Gastown over a candlelit dinner in a 19th century building. This is what you would come to expect in one of Vancouver’s top restaurants – L’Abattoir.

Also taking part in Dine Out this year, this restaurant features only a dinner menu, but priced at a very reasonable $45. Perhaps you will start your meal off with an albacore tuna crudo, or a warm terrine of smoked pork jowl before moving over to the lamb sirloin main course. Whatever tickles your taste buds – surf, turf, or vegetarian – the experience at L’Abattoir is sure to satisfy all your dining needs. Each dish from appetizers to dessert will also have a proper wine pairing, so be sure to ask your servers about it! For a complete view of their menu, click HERE

Regardless of where you choose to dine, I am a huge fan of Dine Out Vancouver and definitely look forward to it every year. Since it was first introduced to this city, the list of participants has grown. The only hard part, now, is deciding where to eat and what to order. Good luck making up your mind, my epicurious friends!

Tourism Vancouver’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival begins on January 18th to February 3rd, 2019. For event tickets and all other information, visit here.

Looking For Gift Ideas?

It is hard to believe how quickly Christmas has come and gone, but no one said the season of giving has to end on Boxing Day! Whether you are celebrating a birthday, an anniversary, or some other special occasion, finding the right gift for the right person is always important! (Hint: Valentine’s Day is creeping up on us fast!)

A Gift Fit For A Foodie

With that in mind, here is my proposal should you be on the lookout for a terrific gift idea for your seafood-loving-epicurious-food-loving friend (try saying that 10 times in a row): the magnificent Coquille gift card

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No, you are not dreaming! Our lovely friends at Coquille are now actively taking orders on gift cards of up to $300 in value. The best part? You don’t even have to leave your home to do it! All orders are processed online and can be either mailed to the lucky recipient with a special message written, or (should you really want to add the personal touch) have it picked up at the restaurant at your convenience so you can hand deliver it yourself. One thing to note, however, is that the value of these cards start at $50 and increase by increments of 50 up to the stated $300 maximum.

Seafood Platters Galore

Deciding on the “right” amount is something you ought to consider – naturally, right? So if your foodie friend is big on seafood, I would like to divert your attention to the seafood platters available at Coquille. Yes, there are other amazing appetizers and entrées, too, but I deliberately chose to highlight these platters because they provide a perfect sample of all the fresh seafood options from the bar and, given the selectable values on the gift cards, your friend can be treated to these amazing ensembles:

Sailor’s Platter (serves 2-3) $60

6 oysters, 2 jumbo shrimp, crudo, scallops, crab legs, clams & mussels

Captain’s Platter (serves 3-4) $110

8 oysters, 4 jumbo shrimp, crudo, scallops, crab legs, lobster tail, ceviche, clams & mussels

Admiral’s Platter (serves 5-6) $175

12 oysters, 8 jumbo shrimp, crudo, scallops, crab legs, lobster tail, ceviche, clams & mussels

Whoever is the lucky recipient to your gift, I am sure they will have an amazing time while dining. I have eaten at Coquille several times and the food just keeps getting better and better. Without a doubt, they are quickly becoming one of Gastown’s best restaurants, and I am confident that your lucky friend will agree once they have had a chance to use the awesome gift card you send them!

Holiday Memories In The Making

It is almost the holiday season – the time to be jolly, folks! I am not sure about you, but to me, it felt like November just fast-forwarded its way to December and now we are all on the eve of celebrating the holidays. After surviving the madness of Black Friday shopping, I can finally step back and breath a little. Throughout town, I have been noticing that decorations are starting to adorn the interiors of stores and the pretty lights are adding a unique glow to our rain-soaked city – which is a definite sight for sore eyes. Are you feeling festive yet? Getting ready to immerse yourself with the holiday spirit? If you need some convincing, let me extend a lifeline your way!

 

Christmas Dinner To Go

That is right, friends! It is back! Fire and foremost, thank you to all of you for making our Thanksgiving Dinner To Go a hit. We received more orders than I can count and the feedback we have gotten have all been very positive, so thank you!

Shifting gears and calibrating ourselves for the annual Christmas dinner, Truffles Fine Foods is proud to offer another dinner to go. This year, we are featuring a delicious four-course dinner for four, prepared fresh by our culinary team for a very reasonable price.

What is on the menu?

 

Sliced Boneless Turkey

Served with turkey gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce

Butternut Yam Purée

Garnished with toasted nuts & Canadian maple syrup

Steamed Vegetable Medley

Carrots, green beans, cauliflower and broccoli

Chocolate Pecan Pie

 

That is right, folks! If you missed out on our famed turkey dinner, or if you are in need for seconds, we are bringing it back! This dinner also comes with the all the obligatory sides you would expect to experience at a traditional Christmas meal – don’t you just love comfort food? To top it all off, our rich and decadent chocolate pecan pie will round-off your meal leaving you in gastronomic bliss. If you are interested, I encourage you to visit our page to place an order. Like all awesome things in life, our quantities are not infinite. We will be taking orders until the 21st of December, or until we are fully booked.

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Memories In The Making This Season

On the topic of the holidays, we know that making memories is something we all cherish during the festive season. If you need just a little more convincing on why choosing Truffles Fine Foods to deliver on your Christmas dinner is a good idea, why not see our team at work? Check out this video of our culinary team preparing a tasting menu to lucky patrons at our downtown location, or feel free to visit one of our convenient locations.

We all know how stressful preparing a big, Christmas meal can be – especially with everything else happening (you know – the shopping, the wrapping, the decorating, the in-laws, etc.), so why not let Truffles Fine Foods help alleviate some of that stress by preparing for you a delicious meal. Let us help you create memories you and your guests will not forget this Christmas!

Glowing In The Garden

My goodness is it autumn already? I swear it was only last weekend when I was on a patio sipping bubbly and basking in the warmth of the sun! Alas, such is life. With the arrival of Fall comes a whole new plethora of sights and smells: Pumpkin spice, candied treats, ghosts and ghouls, and the carving of jack-o-lanterns! Vancouver is also prone to rainfall during this time of year, but we have been lucky with the weather these past few weeks. The crisp air and bright sun certainly make these autumn strolls amazing!

Strolling Through The Gardens

On the topic of strolls, Vancouver is delightful during this time of year because there are several venues hosting events around the city that allow us to enjoy the season to its fullest! One annual tradition returns this year, courtesy of our friends at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens. If you or your family fancy lights, music, intricately carved pumpkins and costumed people, wait no longer to get your tickets at Glow in the Garden! Last year’s theme was Alice in Wonderful – a splendid job they did – but this year’s theme features the classic German fairytale, Hänsel and Gretel.

Truffles Fine Foods at VanDusen

Perhaps you are planning a date to visit Glow, or it could be a family affair. Regardless of what the occasion, I am certain that you have to eat! That is where Truffles Fine Foods come in. Our VanDusen location is situated in the visitor’s centre and offers stunning views of the event itself. For the month of October, we have extended our operating hours until 9pm just so we can keep your taste buds and stomachs satisfied and full either before or after you visit Glow! Our little restaurant provides seating indoors or on the patio and offers fair trade coffees, lovingly handcrafted hot and cold beverages, locally-inspired epicurean entrees, flavourful lunch and snacks – all freshly prepared onsite from the highest quality ingredients! For more information, you can contact us at 604.505.4961 ext 3 or via email: vandusen@trufflesfinefoods.com

So, if you are looking for something fun and exciting to do this autumn, I highly encourage you visit the VanDusen Botanical Gardens, treat yourself to a culinary adventure followed by a unique take on the classic Hänsel and Gretel tale! On a cold autumn evening with the moon shining bright, nothing is more fun (or dare I say romantic) than a stroll through an enchanted garden decorated with lights, pumpkins, and autumn leaves. Hope to see you there!

Images courtesy of VanDusen Botanical Garden and the City of Vancouver.

SKOOKUM: A Festival of Music, Food, and Art

As our beloved summer season slowly begins to pave the way for autumn, I would like to think that Vancouverites always manage to find a way to make the most out of the situation. Although the weather has not been as sweltering as the heat wave we experienced back in July/August, at least the haze of smoke has dissipated, right? I am always trying to find ways to look for the silver lining as we transition toward the rainy season, and I think I found it!

Are you ready for a last Summer 2018 hurrah? Are you ready for a final get-together with your friends to celebrate the outdoors before the umbrellas are brought out? If so, I encourage you to grab tickets to the SKOOKUM Festival – a weekend filled with music, food, and the arts. Working with the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations and located on the traditional and unceded territory of Vancouver’s beautiful and majestic Stanley Park, the SKOOKUM festival is a weekend filled with good eats, fun, and a host of musical legends.

Truffles Fine Foods and Coquille

Building on my previous blog post on reasons why you should check out Coquille in Gastown, I was delighted to learn that their culinary talent will be present at the festival amongst a whole list of other food vendors! I wish I would be able to disclose what seafood and westcoast treats they will be serving up, but even I am not entitled to those secrets. The only solution to this mystery is buying tickets and paying them a visit! That being said, there are tons of other food vendors present at SKOOKUM, too. From food trucks, to burgers and pizza – cheeses to gelato and donuts. Whatever tickles your fancy, there is bound to be something for you to eat, drink, and be merry. Here’s another secret I will let you in on: Truffles Fine Foods is also catering at the event! So, if you haven’t had a chance to visit us at our locations, this would be the perfect opportunity!

A Rocking Musical Lineup

What is a festival without live music? Not a festival, that is for sure. If food is not a good enough reason for you to attend SKOOKUM, what about an awesome lineup of performers? Check out this schedule and I dare you to tell me that it is not rocking enough for you. Performing live to all festival attendees are award-winning bands and artists including Milky Chance, XAmbassadors, Hey Ocean, The Arkells, Mother Mother, and my personal favourite, The Killers. Needless to say, concert organizers were not messing around when they planned this event!

The Arts and After Dark

Another wonderful aspect to Vancouver and local festivals alike is our vibrant art scene. On location will also be an Art Pavilion showcasing and selling various crafts made by our talented local artists, so be sure to show them some love, too! If you haven’t partied hard enough, there are several events happening after dark, too. Hosted at the Imperial, Rickshaw, Guilt & Co. (to name a few), there will be other events taking place to ensure that your night of fun continues on throughout the night.
So, have I convinced you to check out the SKOOKUM festival yet? Is this enough reason to close off Summer 2018 with a group of friends? I hope so! It will take place September 7 to 9 and tickets can be found on the event website. See you there!

Photo credits: SKOOKUM Festival.

The 2018 Celebration Of Light

It goes without saying that it has become an annual summer tradition when thousands of Vancouverites descend upon the beaches surrounding English Bay to witness the magical show of pyrotechnics. Every year, several countries compete against one another in a spectacle of fireworks, choreography, and music. From the end of July to the first week of August, our city will, once again, be experiencing the extravagance of the Celebration Of Light by welcoming teams from South Africa, Sweden, and South Korea!

A Celebration Of Food

This year, much like the previous years, Truffles Fine Foods has been chosen as the exclusive caterer for the Concord Lounge – a relaxed atmosphere located at the iconic inukshuk on the peninsula at English Bay. This social setting will feature a live DJ, private bar, and fresh summer barbeque eats featuring locally-sourced produce. Tickets are limited, so we encourage you to purchase your ticket(s) today! If you are planning to go with a group of friends, reserved table tickets are also available.

Alternatively, there are several other features available around English Bay for you to enjoy the festivities. Whether you want to catch the show on the beach for free, or pay a little extra for your own private seat, there are plenty of opportunities for you to celebrate the fireworks your own way.

Sticking to this year’s fireworks theme of “Love” (as voted on by Vancouverites), we absolutely love cooking delicious, delectable food. We hope you have the opportunity to visit us at the Concord Lounge and enjoy in the gastronomic experience we guarantee to deliver. If not, have no fear! You can always visit us at our other locations at your own convenience (no ticket purchase necessary).

Best Caterer In Vancouver

“Providing a seamless, memorable food experience is what we do, and have done for the past ten years. Let our expertise help elevate your next event to something special”  – Nin Rai, Founder & President

Truffles Fine Foods is no stranger when it comes to delivering the finest catering experience at major events. What began in 2005 as a catering company for large film productions soon evolved into the niche of serving the same experience to larger corporate events and weddings. Truffles Fine Foods grew in popularity so much that it even selected as the exclusive caterer for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, and the Squamish Music Festival. If you are epicurious, you know where to find us and you know we will never disappoint!

The 2018 Celebration of Light will take play at sunset on July 28th, August 1st, and August 4th.

Questions? We’ve Got Answers!

We understand the stresses that come with organizing a major event. Whether it is for a corporate function or a celebration of sorts, we know how time seems to countdown with little room for error. Our experts at Truffles Fine Foods has been in the catering industry for nearly 15 years and have catered at some of the finest events Vancouver has had to offer (including the 2010 Winter Olympic Games). We have had the privilege to work with some of the most organized coordinators, wedding planners, and even film crews from major Hollywood productions! That being said, the questions we get asked most often are almost always the same. So, here are five of the most common questions we face when people inquire about our catering and event planning in general.

Is it best to book the caterer, or the venue first?

It is best to book the venue first to ensure outside caterers are allowed or to make sure you do not have to pay a percentage to use outside caterers. You should also choose a venue that offers majority of items that are required for your desired wedding day ie. Tables, chairs, glassware for bar, settings – these are big items that are expensive to bring in.

What is the difference between buffet service versus a plated dinner service?

Buffet service is where we will set up a food table that your guests can approach, pick up a plate and then help themselves to the items that they would like. A plated dinner service is where the host(s) pre-select a menu and guests are seated before it begins. The courses are then brought by servers to the guest tables. Plated dinners tend to suit an event where an elegant, formal atmosphere is desired. Buffet service can suit both, however the style can be considered much more comfortable/casual. For plated dinners, please estimate longer timelines for service.

Do you offer a tasting menu?

Yes! Truffles Fine Foods offers a complimentary tasting for two, held at our café at VanDusen Botanical Garden. We typically offer this on a Tuesday/Wednesday evening (unless otherwise stipulated) as we provide a chef to address any questions that may arise.

Can you find a venue for me?

We are happy to send over some suggestions, depending on the style/occasion of your event. We have generated a list of wonderful spaces where he have held successful functions. To view our extensive list of venues, we invite you to visit this page.

Do you have your own rentals?

Need us to take care of rentals? Certainly! We have in-house rentals available for most events held at VanDusen Gardens (except for larger plated or family style dinners). Otherwise, for offsite events, our preferred rental company is A&B Rentals. We are happy to take care of the rentals on your behalf, however, we do charge a 15% coordination fee on top of the rentals fee.

For other frequently asked questions, this page might be of service. If you have more specific questions that we did not cover in this blog post or in our FAQ page, we invite you to contact us today!

How To Prepare For Your Wedding

With spring now in full bloom and summer just around the corner, it is time for us to talk about another season: the wedding season. Yes, the time of year when love is in the air, when the brides and grooms profess their commitment to each other by saying their vows, and when families and friends gather to witness such a wonderful event unfold.

With so much preparation and planning that goes into the actual wedding ceremony and reception, it can potentially bring out the worst in some of us (cue bride and groomzilla). Everything has to go according to plan, vendors need to arrive at certain times, photographers have to get take photos on your good side – the list is endless! At Truffles Fine Foods, we have seen it all and that is why we are here to help.

Our Game-Changing Wedding Checklist

We believe that the last thing any bride and groom should feel on their special day is stress, which is why we came up with this handy wedding checklist to help you stay on top of your wedding at all times! Whether your wedding is over 12 months away or just under a year, this list can help keep you organized and ensure you have everything you need when celebrating your big day. Perhaps you are thinking of hiring a professional day-of coordinator or maybe you just want to voluntell a family friend. Regardless of which route you choose, we are confident that our checklist is there to benefit all; and, as always, so is our catering team.

Wedding Catering With Truffles Fine Foods

Your wedding day will be, without a doubt, filled with joy, toasts, and tears of happiness. After all the weeks and months of planning, you can finally sit back and let it all unfold. For many years, our culinary experts have helped contribute in making the day so much more memorable by providing the catering experience you have only dreamt of. Whether your wedding day is an affair of 200 or more guests, or a small, intimate core of the most special people in your life, we take great pride in making your special day even more special. From the planning process to the execution, our team of culinary connoisseurs is committed to working with you and are settling for nothing less than remarkable. We believe the food we serve should be as creative and unique as the bride and groom. It would be our pleasure to work together with you and create a customized menu for you and your guests. Our menu options provide for an assortment of hors d’oeuvres, main courses, and desserts. You decide what you would like to feed your guests and we will happily work with you and the budget you set!
Are YOU ready to plan your wedding with Truffles Fine Foods? CONTACT US today!

All photos Ⓒ Butterfly Photography