“Not getting it example #394: The next Yaletown?. 'Sleepy old Marpole is changing fast.' Yaletown was a wholesale act of gentrification of industrial land into residential land (meant to coincide with the post-Expo housing boom and the Concord Pacific development). Creating density around transit points like Marpole is not the same thing my friend.” — Scout Magazine

An unprecedented group of three exhibitions called c̓əsnaʔəm (pronounced: Tsesnam), The City Before the City, throws sand in the face of the idea that Vancouver is a new metropolis without much history.

“Casa Mia was built for George Reifel, a liquor magnate and rum runner during the Prohibition era who opened the Commodore Ballroom. The 20,700-square-foot mansion includes a ballroom where Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington and Count Basie performed.” — Vancouver Courier

Marpole Food

Tasting Plates Puts Marpole on the Foodie Map

The first ever Tasting Plates Marpole event on Wednesday, March 30th, was a hit with local and visiting foodies alike.

The event was promoted by local food writer Richard Wolak of Vancouver Foodster. Tasting Plates eating tours have been held in neighbourhoods throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

The Marpole BIA was a contributing sponsor, as were the four particiapting merchants: Gigi Blin, Bonjour Marketplace, Pho Cafe MaiMai, and The Yard Cafe.

More than 70 curious foodies from far and wide came for a three-hour walkabout and tasting tour of these four fabulous Marpole eateries.

The menu featured an incredible selection of craft beers, organic teas, vegetable soup and noodles, spicy pho and spring rolls, espresso affogato and pastries, and pasta with organic tomato sauces.

Many participating suppliers joined in with highlighted tastings, including Granville Island Brewing, Kids Can Cook, Cafe Umbria Coffee, Golden Leaf Tea, Au Natural, and Fuggles & Warlock Brewing.

Special thanks to the owners of Gigi Blin, Bonjour Marketplace, Pho Cafe MaiMai, The Yard Cafe, and Richard Wolak for supporting this great event in Marpole.