Jan 26

Calling All Food Vendors!

We are looking for applications for New Food Vendors for The Fair 2017!

Calling All New Food Vendors

Each year we seeks to bring new and exciting food vendors to the Fair at the PNE to help make a great experience for our guests! Do you think your company has what it takes to feed the masses at the 2017 Fair at the PNE? We want to hear from you! Simply fill out the form here:  Tell us about your company and your unique selling feature as well as any supporting documentation on your trailer or food truck.

Please be advised we require all food vendors to have a professional trailer or food truck. Tent and table set ups are not permitted.

Scroll down to check out some of the highlighted foods from The 2016 Fair at the PNE!

Butter Chicken Fries

Butter Chicken Fries

 

Big Pickle Dog

Big Pickle Dog

 

Stuffed Mac and Cheese Burger

Stuffed Mac and Cheese Burger

 

Teryaki Chicken Perogie

Teryaki Chicken Perogies

 

Hercules Burger

The Hercules Burger

 

mini donuts popsiclees

Mini Donut Popsicles

Click here for more information on Exhibit Space at The 2017 Fair at the PNE

Nov 17

Pumpkin Ravioli with Gorgonzola Sauce from the PNE Catering Team

Pumpkin Ravioli with Gorgonzola Sauce

Here is a recipe brought to you by our Catering Team at the Pacific National Exhibition. We not only do Venue Rentals year round but also provide catering services for events, concerts and trade shows happening in Hastings Park!  Click here to see the 2016 Catering Menu, or check out the Catering Photo Gallery here.

Pumpkin Ravioli with Gorgonzola Sauce

Ingredients (makes 18 ravioli)

Filling:
1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons panko breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon minced fresh sage
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, divided
6 pieces of fresh pasta lasagna sheets (about 1 lb).

1 tablespoon egg substitute or one egg, mixed

Sauce:

1 cup fat-free milk
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
Fresh sage leaves for garnish & sauce

Directions:

Add a salted pot of water to your stove over high heat. Bring to a boil.

Begin by making the ravioli stuffing. Add the pumpkin, panko, parmesan, minced sage, salt, pepper, and nutmeg to a bowl. Mix to combine.

Ravioli Filling

Lightly dust the counter with flour to prevent the Pasta Dough from sticking to the surface. The dough should be paper-thin, about 1/8-inch thick. Use a rolling pin to be sure the dough is nice and thin.

Place a generous teaspoon of the pumpkin mixture on one sheet of pasta, evenly spaced (approx. 2 inches apart). Depending on your sheets of pasta, you should get about 6 teaspoons per sheet.

Using a brush, surround the pumpkin mixture with a thin layer of egg wash (as seen below). This will help hold the pasta pieces together.

Ravioli Filling on Pasta Dough

Place another lasagna sheet on top of the original sheet, covering the pumpkin mixture.

Using the ravioli stamp; press firmly around each pocket of pumpkin mixture. If you do not have a ravioli stamp, just use your hands (as seen below).

Pressing the Ravioli

Using a knife or a pizza cutter, cut the ravioli into individual pieces.

Ravioli Cutting

Repeat with remaining pumpkin mixture and lasagna sheets.

Your pot should now be boiling. Add half of the ravioli to the pot. Cook for approx. six minutes or until the ravioli begins to float to the top.

Boiling Ravioli

While waiting for the pasta to cook, make your sauce. Add the milk and flour to a saucepan, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil and cook for one minute until it thickens slightly.

Gorgonzola Sauce

Remove from heat. Add the butter, stirring until it fully melts. Stir in the crumbled Gorgonzola and season with salt & pepper to taste.

Add ravioli to the plate. Drizzle with the Gorgonzola sauce and garnish with sage leaves. ENJOY!

 

Additional topping suggestions – cranberries, hazelnuts, nutmeg, pancetta, truffle oil, sautéed spinach

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Feb 5

PNE’s Braised Beef Short Rib Sandwich with Sweet Pickled Cucumbers and Sriracha Aioli

Today we’re excited to share with you one of our favourite PNE recipes, designed in-house by the PNE’s catering chef, Aaron Jeffs.

An outing to the Pacific Coliseum for a Vancouver Giants game or concert and you’ll not only enjoy an entertaining evening, but also a succulent and filling BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIB sandwich. This classic cool weather recipe not only satisfies that hearty soul food craving, but the aroma of the slow cooked, fall-off-the-bone braised meat will leave your whole house begging for dinner!

This succulent, melt-in-your-mouth sandwich uses a slow cooking method known as braising. Braising is a combination-cooking method that uses both moist and dry heats: typically, the food is first seared at a high temperature, then finished in a covered pot at a lower temperature while sitting in some amount of liquid.

Most braises follow the same basic steps. The food to be braised (meats, vegetables, mushrooms, etc.) is first pan-seared to brown its surface and enhance its flavour. If the food will not produce enough liquid of its own, a small amount of cooking liquid is added to the pot, often water or stock. A classic braise is done with a relatively whole cut of meat, and the braising liquid will cover 2/3 of the product while in the pan. Then the dish is covered and cooked at a very low simmer until the meat becomes so tender that it can be ‘cut’ with just the gentlest of pressure from a fork. Often the cooking liquid is finished to create a sauce or gravy.

Cuts of meats that are good for braising are short ribs, chuck or blade roasts, brisket, shoulder, shank or tail from beef, pork or lamb. Also chicken, game or seafood makes for good braising.

Now, onto the good stuff! Below is the recipe Jeffs’ developed, our sandwich is served on Ciabatta with Sweet Pickled Cucumbers and Sriracha Aioli.

Hoisin Beef sandwich 3sm

BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIB ON CIABATTA WITH SWEET PICKLED CUCUMBERS AND SRIRACHA AIOLI

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds beef short ribs or 2 1/2 pounds chuck flat
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 10 to 12 garlic cloves smashed
  • 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • 12 ounces good ale (like Parallel 49’s, Gypsy Tears)
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 cup hoisin sauce
  • 6 ciabatta buns
  • Sriracha Aioli (recipe follows)
  • Sweet pickled cucumber (recipe follows)

Directions

Season the ribs generously with salt and pepper. Heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy pot with a lid on high heat. Brown the ribs on all sides, in batches if necessary. Remove the ribs and pour off all but a couple tablespoons of the rendered fat.

Return the pot to the stove, lower the heat to medium and sauté the garlic and ginger for about 3 minutes. Add the ribs back to the pot. Add the beer and the vinegar. Stir and then cover and simmer for 2 1/2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Pour the hoisin sauce over the ribs, move the pot to the oven, and cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

Remove ribs from sauce and place on a plate. Let cool about 10-15 minutes so you can handle. Pass the sauce through a mesh strainer and skim off the fat.  Discard the fat and set aside sauce.

Slice, shred with two forks or use your hands to gently break up the beef and remove and discard any bones or excess fat. Mix in some of the reserved sauce.

Divide the hoisin braised beef amongst the 6 warmed ciabatta buns, top with a drizzle or spread of spicy Sriracha aioli and some sweet pickled cucumbers and serve.

SWEET PICKLED CUCUMBERS

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 English cucumber, thinly sliced

Directions:

Stir the rice vinegar, sugar and salt together in a saucepan until the sugar and salt have dissolved; bring the mixture almost to a simmer over low heat, but do not boil.

Remove from heat and cool completely.

Pour mixture over sliced cucumbers and marinate at least one hour or up to several days in the refrigerator.

SPICY SRIRACHA AIOLI

Ingredients

For the aioli (you can also substitute 2/3 cup prepared mayonnaise)

  • 1 medium egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 rounded teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • About 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce

Directions:

Whisk the yolk, lemon juice and Dijon in a large bowl and continue to whisk while slowly pouring in the oil. Season the aioli with salt, to taste.

To the aioli or mayo base, whisk in the Sriracha sauce.

Store in an air tight container and refrigerate. Should last up to one month.

 

Want a test run of the sandwich before you make it yourself?  Pick one up at the next Vancouver Giants home game from the PNE’s Fresh-Made Sandwiches concession.