Monday, November 13, 2017

Eat! Vancouver 2017 | EAT! Pastry Event

Disclaimer: Complimentary media access was provided to this event.
Eat! Vancouver 2017 | EAT! Pastry Event
The annual Eat! Vancouver food extravaganza wrapped up this weekend with its first ever EAT! Pastry event. 15 Of the best Canadian pastry chefs and chocolatiers gathered under one roof and served up their most decadent creations. Needless to say, I was there to sample all the goods and today I want to share a quick recap of what I tried. To read on, click......

Held at the Pinnacle Habourfront Hotel in Downtown Vancouver, the EAT! Pastry event was a feast of everything sweet and decadent. It brought together 15 acclaimed local and national pastry chefs and chocolatiers, all serving up samples of their best work. The event took place inside the spacious Pinnacle ballroom and each chef had a station set up to present their dishes. Within about thirty minutes, the place became packed with hungry guests who were more than eager to indulge their sweet tooth. Things got pretty hectic pretty quickly but since the event spans the duration of three hours, each guest had plenty of time to visit all the stations at least twice. Small cocktail tables scattered the room and fresh coffee and tea were offered on the side to help guests recuperate from their sugar highs (and crashes).
EAT! Pastry | Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts | Gem Chocolates | Valrhona Chocolates
EAT! Pastry | Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts | Gem Chocolates | Valrhona Chocolates
I love desserts and pastries so this was heaven for me! Nevertheless, after about seven or so samples, I had to tap out as my blood sugar level slowly crept saturation. I've since recovered from this sugar coma and am ready to share with you a selection of what was offered at the event.
EAT! Pastry | Rosemary-Infused Milky Chocolate Mousse
EAT! Pastry | Rosemary-Infused Milky Chocolate Mousse
The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts served up a rosemary-infused milky chocolate mousse bar coated with candied hazelnuts. It was very decadent and sweet and as my boyfriend called it, a gourmet chocolate bar. The Pinnacle Hotel's P2B Bistro & Bar whipped up a cranberry Sacher torte that was incredibly moist with a distinct flavor profile. I may have been swayed as this was the first thing I tasted that afternoon but it definitely was one of the best desserts at the event.
EAT! Pastry | Cranberry Sacher Torte from Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel
EAT! Pastry | Cranberry Sacher Torte from Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel
EAT! Pastry | Chocolate Tarts from Valrhona Chocolates
EAT! Pastry | Chocolate Tarts from Valrhona Chocolates
Valrhona Chocolates, the exclusive chocolate sponsor of the event, put out a variety of chocolate-themed treats. I was honestly too full by the time I got to their station so I didn't end up trying anything but props to their beautiful table set-up that made for some amazing photos.
EAT! Pastry | Valrhona Chocolates | Miku Green Tea Opera Cake | Chez Christophe Assorted Petit Four
EAT! Pastry | Valrhona Chocolates | Miku Green Tea Opera Cake | Chez Christophe Assorted Petit Four
Surprisingly, the popular Japanese restaurant Miku was also present at the event and they gave out samples of their famed green tea opera cake. I thought it was delicious but the matcha flavor didn't quite come through for me. I was told that it's usually served with matcha ice cream at the restaurant so perhaps that helps elevate the flavors. Instead of serving up just one dessert, Burnaby patisserie Chez Christophe offered an assortment of petit fours. Everything was exquisite and yummy so I definitely plan on visiting their shop the next time I'm in the Burnaby Heights neighborhood.
EAT! Pastry | Chez Christophe Assorted Petit Four
EAT! Pastry | Chez Christophe Assorted Petit Four
EAT! Pastry | Karat Chocolate
EAT! Pastry | Karat Chocolate
Aside from Valrhona, there were a few other chocolatiers at EAT! Pastry and they were offering samples of beautifully-made chocolate bonbons. I'm personally not a fan of chocolate candies (gasp, I know) but I can certainly appreciate the effort put into making them. At the event was Gem Chocolates, CinCin, Chocolate Arts, and Karat Chocolate.
EAT! Pastry | Beaucoup Bakery Chocolate Tart | CinCin Dulcey & Duck Fat Caramel Bon Bon | Lucky's Doughnuts
EAT! Pastry | Beaucoup Bakery Chocolate Tart | CinCin Dulcey & Duck Fat Caramel Bon Bon | Lucky's Doughnuts
Lucky's Doughnut from 49th Parallel Cafe also made an appearance, serving up a chocolate sourdough doughnut. It wasn't much to look at but it was softly chewy and not overly sweet. I was more than delighted to see that my favorite dessert spots in Vancouver, Beaucoup Bakery and Beta5, were also present. Beaucoup brought samples of chocolate tarts and mini chocolate orange double baked croissants. Both were great, as expected. Beta5, on the other hand, served up some beautifully decorated cream puffs that were reminiscent of the douglas fir eclairs released last Christmas. Flavor-wise, they weren't as amazing as some of the other cream puffs available in stores but they certainly looked stunning!
EAT! Pastry | Douglas Fir Cream Puffs from Beta5
EAT! Pastry | Douglas Fir Cream Puffs from Beta5
EAT! Pastry | Matcha Yuzu Cake from Temper Pastry
EAT! Pastry | Matcha Yuzu Cake from Temper Pastry
West Vancouver's Temper Pastry presented mini versions of their matcha yuzu cake. I visited this place not too long ago and found their cakes to be a bit too sweet for my liking. However, the matcha yuzu cake was a nice exception with its nice balance of tart and sweet.
Last but certainly not least, Thomas Haas offered up a triple dark chocolate cake that's apparently made with only five ingredients! The presentation was superb and the taste was just heavenly. Anything described as "triple chocolate" is usually deathly sweet but the nuanced sugar level of this treat really allowed the chocolate flavor to shine.
EAT! Pastry | Back to Basics! Pur Noir Triple Dark Chocolate Cake from Thomas Haas
EAT! Pastry | Back to Basics! Pur Noir Triple Dark Chocolate Cake from Thomas Haas
I didn't manage to get good photos of every station and the few I missed were Nadege Patisserie, Patrice Patissier, Cadeaux Bakery, and Thierry. Needless to say, they all offered up some amazing and yummy treats! Overall, this was a killer event and I dearly hope that Eat! Vancouver hosts one next year. Priced at a hefty $79 per ticket, the entrance isn't cheap but for anyone with a sweet tooth, this is nothing short of heaven!
Did you partake in any Eat! Vancouver events this year? Which of these amazing desserts would you want to try? Share with me in the comments below!

About Eat! Vancouver:
Eat! Vancouver is an annual food and cooking festival offering a variety of tasting events, curated dinners, and cooking classes. Proceeds from all events benefit Project Chef. For more information, check out eat-vancouver.com.
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