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Nineteen beloved restaurants, cafes and breweries in the Strathcona neighbourhood in Vancouver will come together to participate in Dine Strathcona 2021. A culinary event coordinated by the Strathcona Business Improvement Association, Dine Strathcona runs from November 17 to 30, 2021, to raise money in support of vulnerable community members within Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Each participating restaurant will have a menu feature, and $5 from every sale of those features will be donated to the festival’s 2021 community partner, HAVE Culinary Training Society. HAVE Culinary Training Society provides accessible food service training and employment opportunities to members of the community who face barriers to employment such as poverty, homelessness, addiction, and mental health challenges. Over the past 14 years they have successfully trained 1,200 students with over 75% of them gaining steady employment in the tourism and hospitality industry.

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Last week, we were invited to the launch party of Railtown Catering, a sister company of Railtown Cafe. The catering division taps into a niche market — luxury catering.

Railtown Catering Launch event at Vancouver Urban Winery

Railtown Catering Launch event at Vancouver Urban Winery

Given its target audience and staying true to its offering, there was no shortage of luxurious canapes and bites at the launch event at Vancouver Urban Winery. Frankly I had my doubts before I got there; I’ve been to a few big launch parties and often restaurants would fail on at least one component, such as food quality or quantity, staffing, service, and space planning. Not in this case. Everything was so well prepared: a wide variety of dishes, nice presentation, delicious food, quick refills, friendly staff — if this were meant to demonstrate how they’d perform when catering an event, I would not hesitate to book them for my next fancy party (lol!).

The canapes were well executed with great flavours; I saw an army of cooks and chefs working very hard in the back! My favourite would be the Fresh Oysters (thanks to the Asian-inspired dressing), Green Asparagus Flan, Beet Cured Hamachi, Sauteed Forest Mushrooms, and Beer Battered Halibut. I’ll let the pictures do the talking… (more…)

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