The leaves are turning auburn, thick sweaters and blanket scarves are being pulled out of the closet, and restaurant menus have switched from patio happy-hour specials to cozy, belly-warming plates.
From a 10-day restaurant event to limited-edition menus, there’s no shortage of good eats around the city this fall.
Here are four seasonal events and menus for food lovers to check out this month.
The 15th annual Taste of Yaletown runs October 17 to 27, where a handful of restaurants in the busy neighbourhood will serve up multicourse menus at various set prices ($35, $45, $55)—similar to the Dine Out Vancouver Festival. This year’s theme is “happy hour”, and foodies can expect to find many eateries offering small dishes and drinks from a special happy-hour menu. Some of the participating restaurants include Brix and Mortar, Flying Pig, House Special, Provence Marinaside, Rodney’s Oyster House, the Greek by Anatoli, WildTale, Yaletown Distilling Company, and more.
Queen Elizabeth Park’s restaurant, Seasons in the Park (West 33rd at Cambie Street), will be celebrating its long run with a special 30th-anniversary menu from October 16 to November 30. The three-course prix fixe menu ($49 per person, plus taxes and gratuity) will bring back favourites and classic dishes from the dining spot’s original menu from 1989. Guests will get to choose from dishes like beef carpaccio, smoked black cod, grass-fed tenderloin, carrot cake, chocolate-mousse cake, and more.
Blue Hat Bistro at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts on Granville Island will be hosting a family-style barbecue dinner, Beer Meets Grill ($90 per person, plus taxes and gratuity), on October 29. The meal will feature craft-certified beer pairings from Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers, and guests will enjoy items like cold-smoked housemade gravlax, grilled little fish, smoked hasselback squash with bay laurel, blackened carrots on the grill, charcoal-roasted porterhouse, and smoky rosemary potatoes. The meal ends with some beer floats made with salted-caramel ice cream, chocolate-coconut porter, and double-chocolate-chip cookies.
Burnaby’s lakeside dining establishment, Hart House Restaurant, will be offering a special fall harvest menu ($36 per person, plus taxes and gratuity) through October 31. The three-course menu celebrates fall’s bounty, featuring culinary creations like butternut squash soup, sous-vide beef brisket, and herb-crusted snapper. To finish, guests can choose between dark-chocolate banana ganache or strawberry balsamic pannacotta.
We can’t think of a better way to ring in autumn than with good food.