Vancouver is a foodie city. But locals know that some of the best meals are served around dinner tables at home, not in restaurants.
Now, diners have a chance to sample those down-home creations as part of DinnerPartyYVR: a unique event that sees “hobby chefs” open up their home to strangers, all for a good cause.
The event returns for its fourth year, this Saturday, April 9. According to the CBC, more than 500 hobby chefs across Vancouver will be hosting thousands of happy eaters inside their own homes. The minimum $50 donation includes a home-cooked feast and a glass of beer or wine, and proceeds go to charities. The meals are intimate affairs, generally with seating for four to ten people.
Diners interested in chowing down inside strangers’ homes can browse the options and reserve a seat on the DinnerPartyYVR website. All of the hosted dinners have their own themes. From the sound of it, the options are as diverse as Vancouver’s own diverse communities. Here are a just a few themed meals to whet your appetite: Egyptian Street Food, A Culinary Visit to Persia, Bangin’ British Grub, Down Home BBQ, Pinoy Memories, Shai’s Malay Kitchen, Thai Me Up and more.
The event, organized by Vancouver PR firm Digital Bites, aims to connect people who love to cook with people who love to eat, bringing Vancouver a little closer together in the process. The event increased in size exponentially this year, with more meals than ever on offer and also far more demand from culinary adventurers. In fact, seating for most of the dinners has already sold out, but a few options still remain open.
Hosts range from aspiring chefs to ordinary people who love to cook in their spare time. Chefs each choose their own charity to donate proceeds to. In previous years, more than $30,000 has been donated to Big Brothers, the SPCA, the David Suzuki Foundation and many other charities.
After the meals, hosts and diners are invited to attend the DinnerPartyYVR after party, held inside Makerspace at 780 E. Cordova St. The event includes desserts and drinks, as well as live painting and music.