Here's the list of speakers presenting at the EastVanLove tweetup vol. 5. To learn more about the event, click here.

Annika Reinhardt /

Annika Reindhart is the force behind Social Bites Networking Services which offers culinary adventures in Vancouver. Social Bites dining excursions created quite the buzz. It helps connect aspiring hobby chefs with enthusiastic foodies to a unique dinner or brunch experience that takes place in private kitchen around the city. She’s also ventured into an after-dinner event highlighting the sweeter things in life called “Indulge n’ Dance.”

Ilana Labow /

Ilana Labow loves being a neighbourhood farmer. As the co-founder and director of Fresh Roots Urban Farm, her wide range of experience comes from community centres, vocational skill development and working with people who use sustainable agricultural methods to build with cultivate. When not playing in the fields, Ilana dances, laughs and loves drinking coffee on her stoop.

Richard Wolak /

Richard Wolak is the founder and editor of, a blog he founded in July 2009. He has been writing about food since 1993 and was a co-author of many books namely, Vancouver’s Best Espresso Spots, Oregon’s Hot Java and Cafes Vancouver. He has written articles for newspapers, online sites and has been featured in numerous media in regards to food, wine and specialty coffee. In March 2012, he became the columnist of “Bar Stars” in Vancouver View Magazine. He will be launching his latest book this spring “Vancouver Foodster’s guide to dining in Vancouver.” In his spare time, he enjoys dining out, seeing films, listening to music and traveling.

Rebecca Brooke & Sarah Farina / Brewery Creek Garden@BreweryCreekGdn

Brewery Creek Community Garden is a project steered by a friendly bunch from the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. Their goal was to help meet the increasing demands for urban agriculture while building community. The garden is in its early stages of development with a complete design and a fundraising underway. Presenting on behalf of the garden are Rebecca Brooke, who works in health policy, and Sarah Farina, who loves gardening especially healing plants and flowers.

Michael Leung / Harvest Grocery/This Space@HarvestUnion

Michael Leung was born and raised in East Van. In September 2011, Michael Leung and his friend Josh Michnik threw a ping pong table into an empty retail space that launched a project called This Space. The project asked the community in the Chinatown/Strathcona neighbourhood to cast their votes on what kind of business should go into a small retail space located on Union Street. The end result was “Harvest.”

AuthorWells Stringham