Since March, Vancouver’s culinary, wedding, and catering landscape – like several industries – has taken such a drastic turn towards uncertainty and fear that no one really knows when things would return to the normal we took for granted. As restrictions started lifting and with the guidance of Vancouver Coastal Health, Truffles Fine Foods has taken – and continue to take – measures to ensure both the safety of you, your guests, vendors, and our staff. The full outline of our re-opening guide can be found here, but it is important for our team to emphasize the following:Read more “Catering Procedures During COVID”
Over the past few months, our lives and the way the entire world operates has evolved into something so unprecedented and unpredictable that planning just about anything is near futile. Due to the seriousness of Covid-19, our industry has faced several challenges from closures of our stores to the cancellation of events. With that said, our province has endured and we are slowly moving into phases that allow us to operate again. We know how important it is for you to tie the knot. And, as the old saying goes, “The show must go on!” When it comes to having your wedding, is it not just as relevant and applicable?
With current restrictions in place, our culinary team has been able to pivot by welcoming any and every request pertaining to Micro Weddings. If this concept is new to you, I invite you to read on.Read more “How To Have A Micro Wedding”
Picking your wedding venue can be a fun, yet challenging ordeal. If you haven’t had a chance to read my previous blog post where I briefly touched on preparing for your wedding (ie: setting your budget and identifying your guest list), I encourage you to do so!Read more “How To Pick Your Wedding Venue”
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.”
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.
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.
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!
Whether you need a private caterer for a corporate event, a wedding, or a celebration of some sort, we know the options are endless. We understand that food is the heart of any event which is why our team is dedicated to provide you with the most value. Like every industry, there are so many options to choose from, but if you want to take our word for it, here are five convincing reasons why we believe Truffles Fine Foods is the ideal choice for any event you host.
Wide Range Of Options
Our chefs and culinary team are able to provide you with a wide range of catering services. From canapés and cocktail receptions to buffet-style meals and plated dinners, our list of options are both flexible and can be carefully tailored to the event you are hosting. Have you taken a look at our menu options yet? We can guarantee there will be something that will peak your interest. If there are any dietary restrictions, worry not! Our goal is to create the best culinary experience for you and your guests.
Several Locations To Serve You
In a previous blog post, we highlighted our four locations that serve delicious culinary creations daily. If you were ever in need of sampling our foods before making that big decision to have us cater for you, we invite you to visit us! Our locations are conveniently located in Vancouver, North Vancouver, and New Westminster. If you have any inquiries, we are simply a phone call, email, or visit away!
Since 2005, we have been serving the epicurious with our gastronomic delights. We were selected as the official caterer of the Whistler Canada House during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, catered to both Squamish and Pemberton Music Festivals, catered to the cast of Arrow and Once Upon A Time, and have been featured on Real Weddings and Style Me Pretty. People love us and we are elated to be able to spread our love through good eats!
Familiarity With Venues
Ever witness a wedding where the caterers are unfamiliar with the venue? Where last-minute panic sets in because nobody knows if there are specific amenities needed to prepare and serve the food? Unlike most caterers, we are very familiar with several lovely venues Vancouver has to offer and have a history of serving at them. Regardless if it is a corporate event, or taking part in a lovely wedding reception, our team is able to make any event special. Some of our favourites include Vandusen Botanical Gardens, Heritage Hall, and UBC Boathouse, but to check out other venues we enjoy catering at, visit this page.
It is important to emphasize that we are very flexible. Our mission is to work with you and deliver the best catered event you can provide your guests with. Regardless of venue, budget, or number of attendees, our team is happy to assist you in finding a perfect balance. Our culinary experts are also able to tailor your menu items to any specific dietary restrictions. For all kinds of events whether it be corporate or wedding, you can rely on Truffles Fine Foods to deliver a memorable, exquisite culinary experience.
If you have any questions or if we have convinced you to choose us as your caterer for your next big event, we encourage you to contact us today!
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.
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
The stunning new Polygon Gallery in North Vancouver is set to open to the public in November of 2017. The gallery is meant as a home for art, expanding on the traditions of the former Presentation House Gallery. A beautiful building with incredible views, the Polygon Gallery will also be an amazing event venue. Truffles Fine Foods is excited to announce our partnership with the venue as they open their doors to events beginning in December 2017.
Whether you are looking to have a wedding, a cocktail party, host a reunion, or have a corporate gathering, the Polygon Gallery features multiple spaces designed for groups from 20 to 200 for seated dinners, and is able to welcome up to 600 people for standing receptions. The modern building and state of the art facilities mean that we are able to provide you and your guests with a stunning culinary experience set inside one of the city’s newest event spaces. With over 24,000 square feet of space, there is something for everyone at the Polygon Gallery.
Designed by local architects, the Polygon Gallery is set to become an iconic feature of the North Vancouver landscape, nestled in the city beneath the mountains. Rental of the gallery is a privilege of gallery membership, and revenue from gallery rentals and membership directly fund the innovative art programs that the gallery puts on. The venue is also incredibly easy to access via downtown Vancouver, as it is located beside the sea bus terminal and bus loop in Lower Lonsdale.
For more information on renting the Polygon Gallery, please check out the rentals page on their website. You can also find more information on our menus and catering options, or contact us to get your free event consultation. We look forward to working with you in this stunning new event space.
Nothing beats sitting down at the beach as the sun sets, enjoying appetizers and a buffet of good food, waiting for the music to start, and the anticipation of fireworks. Every summer, Vancouver residents and tourists alike gather around English Bay to watch some of the world’s best compete in a firework and music extravaganza. The Honda Celebration of Lights is a summer festival many eagerly anticipate all summer long.
This years competing countries are Japan (July 29th), the United Kingdom (August 2nd), and Canada (August 5th). The fireworks begin at 10pm each night. While there are plenty of free spots to watch the fireworks, there are also ticketed areas that ensure you get an ideal viewing location of the event. Truffles Fine Foods is proud to be a part of two of these ticketed areas. You will be able to find us both at the Concord Lounge and the YVR Business Class Cabanas.
The Concord Lounge will be located on on English Bay along the peninsula, and feature a hot and cold buffet along with two complimentary cocktails and a cash bar. Enjoy a laid back beach atmosphere with dinner and a prime view of the fireworks.
The YVR Business Class Cabanas will allow you to entertain up to 23 guests in a lounge that comes with complimentary appetizers and a cash bar service. Each cabana will have 200 square feet of dedicated space, and come with optional catering upgrades.
You can purchase tickets for the Concord Lounge or enquire about the YVR Business Class Cabana here, and we hope to see you and yours at this year’s Celebration of Lights!
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PUT THE EASE IN SEASON WITH OUR CHRISTMAS CATERING MENUS
Frosted window panes, sparkling lights on trees, and holly jolly tunes on the radio: there’s no denying that Christmas is on its way! As the autumn season blends beautifully into the holidays, so too do Truffles’ inspiring seasonal event menus. Our team is gearing up for the exciting season ahead, and look forward to catering your event – whether it’s a corporate Christmas party for 500 guests or an intimate dinner for four.
Each menu is thoughtfully tailored to highlight our region’s local, freshly-harvested offerings. Led by Truffles’ head Chef, the catering team has created a stunning selection of appetizers, featured dishes, and mouth-watering desserts. We are also pleased to suggest wine and cocktail pairings to enhance your guests’ culinary experience. We will work with you to customize your menu to suit your event’s needs, as well as provide for any particular dietary preferences.
As the holiday season approaches, we are proud to present two unique Christmas catering options:
- A fully-catered dinner with Truffles’ staff on site at your home, office, or selected venue, featuring either hors d’oeuvres or a buffet dinner; or
- SOLD OUT! Christmas Dinner-To-Go
Here’s a sneak peek at the colourful dishes our team has created for 2016:
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[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Succulent roasted turkey, trimmed and rolled with fresh herbs and seasoning, served with Truffles’ house-made cranberry chutney, rustic vegetables laced and stuffed, and rich pan gravy[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]AAA Angus Beef Striploin, cooked and rested to perfection, served with flavourful horseradish, Dijon, and port wine reduced jus[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Buttered Yam Puree, garnished with toasted nuts and sweet Canadian maple syrup[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Roasted Beet Salad with local goat cheese, candied pecans, and a baby dill garnish[/list_item]
Guests with an undeniable sweet tooth with have their appetites satiated at our buffet dinner. Our pastry team has designed a festive assortment of cakes and tarts, beautifully accompanied by a fresh fruit platter.
To view all of Truffles’ Christmas catering menu options, please visit our Seasonal Menu page.
Truffles Fine Foods is also excited to offer an incredible package to celebrate the very best of the season. The Festival of Lights Holiday Event Package was designed to create a memorable experience for your guests at one of Vancouver’s most spectacular events of the holiday season! This package features an exclusively-designed menu, a tastefully-decorated event space inside VanDusen Gardens’ Visitor Centre, and entry tickets to the Festival of Lights event. Leave all of the work to our team and give your guests a celebration they won’t soon forget.
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