Vancouver Long-Table Foodspotting Eat-Up event

Sep 25, 2011 No Comments by

One of our lovely friends of the Just Degusting blog in Melbourne, noticed that the iPhone app Foodspotting was looking for someone to hold the very first ever Vancouver Eatup.

Whats an Eatup you ask? Well an eatup is basically just an event held at a nominated restaurant, where you ummm.. Eat. Yup its as easy as that.. Eatups have been held all over the US, from New York, to LA to San Fran and all I had to do is choose somewhere in Vancouver…. Eeeeeep…..

After a good 2 week deliberation, I contacted the very amazing Sean at the Irish Heather in Gastown. The Irish Heather has always served up a good feast (especially during the Stanley Cup Playoffs), but I’d heard they have been holding long table meals & always wanted to go, so what better place to invite all your friends, blog followers & foodspotting users.

From the extensive long table food-pairing calendar, I narrowed it down to the Roast Suckling Pig with Apricot whiskey jus, Braised Cabbage & Mashed Potatoes paired with a Orchard Hill Cider… who doesn’t love suckling piggy!

On the night we all met before 7pm in the Shebeen room (the whiskey room out the back), and got a pre-dinner drinkies while we patiently waited for the dinner bell to ring. Once I heard that magical bell sound I braced myself as Simon very officially announced dinner, after which we all rushed like kids at a school camp to get a seat with our friends on the super dooper long table.

Once seated, Simon and Chef Alvin said a few words to kick off the feast, telling us all about the the pig that had been marinating for 2-3 days, and that the cider had come straight from the Okanagan Valley. What better way to get your glands salivating.

Then… out it came.. the suckling pig. On first bite the Pork was super tender, in no way overcooked and paired perfectly with the Cider. Then suddenly we realised a very important factor of suckling pig, where was the crackling? Take a deep breath…. Its gonna be ok. That means it leaves room for dessert!!!

Dessert was offered at an additional cost and we chose the Vanilla Cheesecake with fresh local plums in a honey glaze.  Both the vanilla and the honey flavours were quite delicate, leaving the cheesecake and plums to do most of the work.  You can never go wrong with local fruit, and adding that to cheesecake makes for quite the drool-worthy desert.  This and the Orchard Hill cider were definitely the highlights of the meal.

I’m really not sure why our meals didn’t come with crackling. I’ve heard of other people attending this event and said that the crackling was great. Where the best part of the pig went that night will remain a mystery. But a good night was had by all never-the-less.

The long table itself provides great atmosphere around friends.. and people across the table that promptly became our friends.
For $16 how could you go wrong.. we are currently deciding what our next LTS meal will be. Stay tuned or choose one for us, you can check out whats available on the long table by visting here.

A big Thank you to Amy Cao at Foodspotting for helping us host this event.. If you haven’t yet downloaded the iPhone app, you should check it out.

 

 

Irish Heather
212 Carrall Street, Gastown
www.irishheather.com

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