Dine Railtown: Community food initiative kicks off

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      It’s not a secret that Railtown is home to some of the city’s best food gems, but a new culinary initiative will push the neighbourhood’s eateries further into the spotlight.

      Dine Railtown, a community-based food event that kicks off today and runs throughout November, will showcase nine restaurants and cafes including Ask for Luigi, the Belgard Kitchen, the Mackenzie Room, Cuchillo, the Uncommon Café, Railtown Cafe, St. Lawrence, Pallet Coffee Roasters, and LanaLou’s Restaurant.

      A custom illustrated map of Dine Railtown by local artist Tom Froese.
      Dine Railtown

      Each participating establishment will serve up an exclusive menu item during the month, and proceeds from each sale will go toward the Powell Street Getaway operated by the Lookout Housing and Health Society, which supports those living with chronic illnesses, addictions, and/or mental health challenges.

      “We’re proud of the owner-operated small businesses that have come to define Railtown as a true dining destination in Vancouver,” Theodora Lamb, executive director at the Strathcona Business Improvement Association, which supports Dine Railtown, said in a press statement.

      “It’s an opportunity for people to discover some of what this area has to offer through a culinary lens while, at the same time, building connections to the community in which these businesses operate.”

      The featured Dine Railtown dish from Cuchillo.
      Dine Railtown

      Some of the featured dishes available during Dine Railtown include yam gnocchi with lamb Ragu from the Belgard Kitchen, wild-caught Argentinian sea prawns from Cuchillo, classic beef stroganoff bowl from Railtown Cafe, and escargots with garlic butter and puff pastry from St. Lawrence, among others.

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