Wednesday October 20 2021 – Bitter Together: Radicchio Tasting

We’re bitter together! Join FarmFolk CityFolk, UBC Farm, and Chef Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co for the 2021 Vancouver Radicchio Festival.
This tasting event will feature five radicchio varieties grown organically at FarmFolk CityFolk Research & Education Seed Farm and UBC Farm. Guests will have the opportunity to taste both raw and cooked samples of each variety and rank their favourites for a chance to win radicchio-themed prizes.
All radicchio varieties featured are part of the Canadian Organic Vegetable Improvement Project (CANOVI), a five-year collaborative project between the UBC Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, and FarmFolk CityFolk. Read more about CANOVI here.
This event will be held on October 20, 2021, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at Burdock & Co. To facilitate social distancing only 12-18 guests will be allowed in the restaurant per half an hour time slot. Inside the restaurant there will be three stations each catering a group of 4-6 guests. Proof of vaccination required at door and masks are to be worn till at your station. Combined samples will be equivalent to a light meal and guests will leave with a take-out radicchio filled meal to enjoy.
Please note that the data and results from this tasting will be used for research purposes. Please visit for more information and click here to view the informed consent statement for taste trial participants.

CANCELLED Friday, 20 November 2020: Taste of Radicchio at Italian Cultural Centre

Please note, this event has been cancelled due to rising Covid-19 cases in Metro Vancouver.


TASTE OF… is the Italian Cultural Centre’s popular series of themed dinners that take guests on a gastronomical trip across Italy. Spanning from the northern regions all the way down to the Mediterranean islands, our guests will be able to taste not only regional specialties, but also creative dishes inspired by the rich Italian culinary tradition.

On this evening, we explore a traditional Italian ingredient, the radicchio. Radicchio is a perennial variety of chicory, very common in Italian cuisine. It has a bitter and spicy taste, that mellows during the cooking process. While some varieties are specific to some locations (for example, the Radicchio Rosso di Treviso, the Cicoria Variegata di Chioggia, etc…), chicory varieties are found – and cooked – in all regions of Italy, from north to south.


  • Grilled Radicchio Salad with Arugula, Balsamic Vinegar & Grana Padano
  • Radicchio, Aglio e Olio
    Rapini, Cherry Tomatoes and Roasted Garlic
  • Gnocchi with Radicchio Pesto and Goat Cheese
  • Pork Tenderloin with Radicchio Peperonata
  • Torta di Radicchio
    White Chocolate Radicchio Cake

This menu is created specifically for this evening, and we politely decline all requests for substitutions or modifications. Wine and other alcoholic drinks are not included, but are available for purchase during the dinner.

Reservations are necessary. Doors open at 6:00 pm, dinner is served at 6:30 pm in family style.

A limited number of tickets is available for this socially distanced event, where every table can only host a maximum of 6 guests that are part of the same household or bubble, up to a maximum of 50 people for the entire event, staff included. Precautions will be taken to avoid the spread of Covid-19, following the restrictions and instructions from the BC Health Authority.

Purchase tickets here