Food is a magical thing. It takes a lot of work to produce it, to prepare it, to sell it and to eat it. EastVanLove TweetUp #5 focused on all of these elements.
In collaboration with This Is Vancity, the amazing little crew of EastVanner's, Stephanie Chua, Kimie Ong and Ajay Puri, put on a fantastic event that sold out tickets and filled up Hai Phong, whose owners graciously lent their space that night. The emcees that night were Ajay, the co-founder of East of Main and Hunter Moyes, the chef at The Waldorf. In traditional EastVanLove, style Stephanie ruled the time with her STFU sign (if you can't figure out what it means...just think for a second about what it might stand for).
To tell us the story of food in all of it's various stages were some well-known and lesser-known speakers, that are all doing wonderful things in Vancouver to encourage and establish "food in our community".
Annika Reinhardt / socialbites.ca / @socialbites
Ilana Labow / freshrootsurbancsa.wordpress.com / @FreshRootsFarm
Richard Wolak / vancouverfoodster.com / @VanFoodster
Rebecca Brooke & Sarah Farina / Brewery Creek Garden / @BreweryCreekGdn
Michael Leung / Harvest Grocery / @HarvestUnion
What would a night of food talk be like without some samples? Annika of Social Bites came to the rescue and shared some sweet treats from local bakers, who just so happen to be baking for her upcoming event, Indulge & Dance. A gift basket was also donated by Brewery Creek Garden and was given away through a raffle that night. Popcorn, who works with local restaurants donated two gift certificates for Prestons restaurant, that were given to those who had brilliant ideas for the next tweetup. Ideas thrown out were: urban planning and housing, social innovation, music/dj, drinks/coffee/beer/dessert, couchsurfing (my favourite) and jokingly, although I think a big hit, Amy Tran's cat obsession.