Culinary Collaboration Celebrating ‘Local’ Hits Vancouver’s West End

Chef Brian Luptak of The Acorn will be kicking off the series. Above, tomato fennel risotto from The Acorn | Instagram

Chef Brian Luptak of The Acorn will be kicking off the series. Above, tomato fennel risotto from The Acorn | Instagram

The local food movement has sparked many changes and trends throughout the restaurant industry. With diners demanding more details of what’s on their plate, chefs are at an advantage to find inspiration that connects their food with their guests. This connection of appreciation for the sourcing process has transformed dining out into an intimate, educational experience. (Aside from traditional restaurants, we’re even seeing chefs perform underground dinners with a focal point on foraging.)

For Vancouver diners who align with this mentality, there’s Colab @ Latab, a new dining series that kicks off on Monday, January 18th, at Latab Food in the West End. Kris Barnholden, the restaurant’s chef and co-owner, will be hosting the monthly series, which aims to bring together the area’s most forward-thinking food & drink experts to celebrate local harvest and, of course, good food and drink. Camille Flanjak, a local forager of MuseumEats, will join Barnholden in hosting the event. The first installation will feature Chef Brian Luptak (The Acorn) and bartender Kylie Bartlett (Odd Society Spirits).

According to Flanjak’s MuseumEats, “It’s a casual affair with not-so-casual products and ideas.” As part of the latter, guests are encouraged to discuss “the direction of the Canadian Food Identity.” Read More