Signature Items

PREMIUM BAR SERVICE + TOM COLLINS RECIPE

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RAISE THE BAR AT YOUR NEXT CATERED EVENT WITH PREMIUM BAR SERVICE

THERE ARE FEW THINGS WE’RE looking forward to as much as balmy summer days and crisp, refreshing cocktails. By shaking up the right combination of tantalizing tastes, a well-crafted cocktail can take any event from just alright to totally refined. For more than a decade the team at Truffles Fine Foods has prided itself on serving truly one-of-a-kind menus to its clientele, and now we’re excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Lavish Liquid Event Bar Service to offer premium bar service.

AS WE PREPARE FOR THE SUMMER catering season, we asked our expert in-house mixologists three important questions about providing premium bar service to event guests, and what trends to look out for throughout 2017 and beyond.

1. Each year we see new trends with catering. What are some of your tips that are designed to “pack a punch” at the event bar and truly wow event guests?

As with food, you can’t beat using locally-sourced spirits, beers, and ingredients from right here in BC. We’ve got a very lively craft distilling scene with some fantastic offerings that have been bringing in awards from all over. We’re seeing a huge comeback for gin, being reinvented with citrus and earthy flavours that work incredibly well in a wide variety of cocktails. Another great idea to incorporate the local movement into your event’s premium bar service is by offering savoury cocktails using herbs from the local farmers’ market such as rosemary or basil.

2. Tell us three key things to keep in mind when providing premium bar service to event guests.

First of all, consider the food menu you’re planning to serve and make sure that the cocktails you choose will pair well. Work with your caterer and bartending staff to make sure that flavour harmony can be created. Second – and we can’t emphasize this enough – make a plan for the designated drivers and underage guests that will be attending. Providing non-alcoholic options for them will ensure that they also feel included. And lastly, don’t go overboard with the options. Too many choices on the cocktail menu can overwhelm guests. Pick a handful of great drinks that you know your guests will love, and make sure they’re made well.

3. What sets the premium bar service offered by Truffles and Lavish apart from others in the local industry?

By working together, we take a lot of the guess work out for our clientele. Our catering team and mixologists are true experts, and they’re experienced enough to know what will work well, what will go with your event’s theme or menu, and which ingredients are required to ensure that your guests have a memorable time. We thrive on creating fun, creative, and deliciously unique cocktails with unexpected flavours.

TOM COLLINS RECIPE

Like us, our mixologists are looking forward to the summer months. While there’s always a place for something new and inventive, our team also believes in showcasing the classics because, with those, you can never go wrong. In honour of the sunny days ahead, we’re sharing our recipe for a refreshing Tom Collins.

In a shaker, combine:

– 2 oz gin (we like the Wallflower gin from Odd Society in East Vancouver)
– 1 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
– ½ oz simple syrup
– 3 oz chilled club soda

Shake and pour in a tall glass over ice, garnish with a slice of lemon and a Maraschino cherry.

For more information on our premium bar service and other catering options, please visit Truffles Fine Foods’ catering page. To learn more about catering your next event, or if you have any questions, please contact us.

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Seasonal Feature

VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER-TO-GO

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Create an Unforgettable Evening with Valentine’s Day Dinner-To-Go

YOU CAN SLICE IT OR DICE IT in a hundred different ways, but there’s no denying that food and love are undeniably bound together. Famed English writer Virginia Woolf once said: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.

Truffles Fine Foods wants to ensure that you and your beloved think well, love well, and sleep well on Valentine’s Day by first dining well. With all the preparation and planning that can go into Valentine’s Day (don’t forget the flowers!), designing an unforgettable evening can be both time-consuming and creatively draining. Share your love over beautifully-crafted plates in the cozy comfort of your own home by ordering Truffles’ Valentine’s Day Dinner-To-Go meal. This year’s menu is thoughtfully designed and will tantalize even the most discerning of palates.

The Valentine’s Day Dinner-To-Go is prepared for parties of two and costs $85 (before tax).

 

VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER FOR TWO

Appetizer

BABY LETTUCE GREEN AND SNOW PEA SALAD
Crisp pancetta and pecorino cheese with essence of mint and a lemon thyme vinaigrette

Entrée
Choose between: 

CHATEAUBRIAND
Beef filet grilled to perfection, served with a bouquetière of baby vegetables,
rosemary chèvre bread pudding, and wild mushroom demi-glace 

OR

AROMATIC SQUASH RAVIOLI
Served with roasted wild mushrooms, whole pecans, and a sage-pecan truffle emulsion

Dessert

CHOCOLATE GANACHE HEART
Hand-crafted truffles with passion fruit and Grand Marnier purée

Ordering Guide:

Contact Katrina MacIntyre – cafe@trufflesfinefoods.com – 604-505-4961 ext. 2.
Orders must be placed no later than Thursday, February 9, 2016* and meals may be picked up on February 13th or 14th after 11am at one of Truffles’ four locations (VanDusen Kitchen, Downtown Vancouver, New Westminster, North Vancouver).

   *Please note that we will only book a certain amount of orders so book early!
 * Orders require a 50% deposit to complete

 

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Events & Celebrations

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS HOLIDAY EVENT PACKAGE

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Create a memorable experience with the Festival of Lights Holiday Event Package

Capture the magic of the holiday season amongst the twinkle and glow of VanDusen Gardens’ Festival of Lights. This holiday event package allows you to create a memorable experience for your guests at one of Vancouver’s most spectacular events of the holiday season. With an exclusively-designed menu, an event space that’s tastefully decorated inside VanDusen Gardens’ Visitor Centre, and entry tickets to the Festival of Lights event, our team looks forward to welcoming your guests for an unforgettable celebration.

Festival of Lights

VENUE

This holiday event package starts at $3,500 and includes the decorated venue space, tables, chairs, 100 entry tickets into VanDusen Festival of Lights, SOCAN fee and liaison staff. The venue is yours from 2:00 pm until midnight.

CATERING

Truffles Fine Foods’ catering team has designed an inventive seasonal menu. You can choose between four catering packages:

Cocktail Reception

Make the evening merry and bright as canapés are warmly served throughout the room, the perfect choice for a casual come-and-go event allowing your guests to mingle. The Cocktail Reception option is available for up to 150 guests and starts at $40 per person* including food, rentals, table décor, and staffing. This package features some of the following items:

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[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Olive Tapenade and Charred Cherry Tomato Crostini, topped with crumbled feta and balsamic reduction[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Sesame Crusted Albacore Tuna served on a skewer and drizzled with wasabi mayo[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Mini Christmas Dinners featuring slices of turkey topped with cranberry chutney on crisp pieces of stuffing[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Fire Cracker Chicken Satays with chopped Jalapeno, cilantro, served with spicy chili sauce[/list_item]
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Cocktail Dinner Party

The best of both worlds, this sophisticated combination of passed canapés and wholesome platters replaces a traditional sit-down dinner. The Cocktail Dinner Party option is available for up to 150 guests and starts at $60 per person* including food, rentals, table décor, and staffing. This package features some of the following items:

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[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Smoked Salmon Platter with thinly sliced smoked salmon, red onion, dill, capers, cream cheese, served with a selection of breads[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Local Artisan Meat and Cheese Platter four types of charcuterie and local B.C. Valleys cheeses, accompanied with house made sweet preserves, pickled components and artisan crackers[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Sesame Crusted Albacore Tuna, served on a skewer and drizzled with wasabi mayo[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Mini Christmas Dinners featuring slices of turkey topped with cranberry chutney on crisp pieces of stuffing[/list_item]
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Gourmet Buffet Dinner

A traditional choice that captures the cordial character of a family-style dinner, this menu features something for all tastes and preferences. The Gourmet Buffet Dinner option is available for up to 150 guests and starts at $70 per person* including food, rentals, table décor, and staffing. This package features some of the following items:

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[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Fraser Valley Chicken Breast with bacon sherry vinaigrette, sautéed peas, gnocchi, rosemary jus[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Roasted Root Vegetables[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Truffles Caesar with roasted garlic dressing[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Chocolate Ganache Cake with a crème anglaise, lime, and raspberries[/list_item]
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Elegant Plated Dinner

This exceptional formal dinner choice beautifully showcases our chef’s expertise in fine dining. The Elegant Plated Dinner option is available for up to 120 guests and starts at $120 per person* including food, rentals, table décor, and staffing. This package features some of the following items:

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[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Albacore Tuna Tartare with avocado, salmon caviar and wasabi cream[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Grilled New York Steak with herbed fingerling potatoes and green beans[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Cheese Cake with local blueberry purée[/list_item]
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*Catering packages do not include alcohol, taxes or gratuity. Menu items may be customized.

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Liquor Service

Truffles Fine Foods is a fully-licensed catering company. Our price guide starts at:

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[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Beer – $6[/list_item]
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Contact Information

Availability for this Holiday Event Package is limited from December 2 – 15, 2016, so book early to secure your date.
Please contact VanDusen Gardens first for booking inquiries.

Booking Inquiries:
Jennifer Cooper
Facility Rentals
VanDusen Botanical Garden
604-257-8661
VanDusenRentals@vancouver.ca

Catering Inquiries:
Fanny Dufour
Sales Manager
Truffles Fine Foods Catering
604-505-4961 ext. 7
fanny@trufflesfinefoods.com

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Events & Celebrations

PEMBERTON MUSIC FESTIVAL

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Catering to the Pemberton Music Festival is no small feat, but our team was up for tackling the task!

In recent years, music festivals have become an essential element of summertime in British Columbia. Each sunny season our province welcomes big-name musical acts along with throngs of fans flocking to catch their favourite artists. Over the July 14th – 17th weekend, Pemberton was the place to be as tens of thousands of music fans ascended upon the sleepy mountain town. The stage was set to welcome The Killers, Snoop Dogg, Wolf Parade, Wintersleep, headliners Pearl Jam, and dozens more.

It takes an enormous crew to successfully pull off a four-day music festival, so Truffles Fine Foods was thrilled to provide food services at the Pemberton Music Festival. Our team went into preparation mode long before the first notes were ever played. Our team chopped, diced, and sliced to feed the crew members who were busy setting up stages, unloading trucks, and getting the site ready to welcome music fans.

Following more than a week of set-up and preparation, the four festival days saw a continuous flow of our fantastic food including:

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[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Vegetable Jambalya[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Local pan-seared Albacore Tuna[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Granny Smith Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream[/list_item]
[list_item icon=”ss-check”]Kung Pao Chicken and other Asian-fusion dishes[/list_item]
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Each dinner during the show featured an incredible ice sculpture – including one of the Pemberton Music Festival logo!

Pemberton Music Festival

During the entire festival, our team fed over 1,000 people daily – at each of breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Doing so required 30 staff members, half of which were chefs while the other half were serving and cleaning up. Two massive food stations were constructed and maintained to display the feast, and no details were overlooked.

Want a sneak peek at all the tantalizing dishes the Truffles Fine Foods team created, prepared, and served at Pemberton Music Festival? Click the button below to download the extensive menu!

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To learn more about how the Truffles team can cater your next event – whether it’s for 10 people or 1,000 – please contact us today. All of our menus are available to view online. For more information on the Pemberton Music Festival, check out the official website.

 

Pemberton Music Festival

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