GOODS: Painted Boat Resort Readies For 4th Annual Sunshine Coast Mushroom Fest
The GOODS from Painted Boat
Sunshine Coast | Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts’ Sunshine Coast property, Painted Boat Resort, is excited to be a part of the 4th Annual Sunshine Coast Mushroom Festival. The Restaurant at Painted Boat will be hosting an evening on October 20th at 6:30pm that will feature a mushroom-themed supper created by Calgary’s Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro chef John Donovan. Each course will be paired with wines from Laughing Stock Vineyard in the Okanagan. Tickets are $90 per person, and pre-registration is required. The evening’s highlight promises to be speaker Daniel Winkler, author of Beloved Edibles from around the World. Get all thed etails after the jump…
“The night promises to be one filled with amazing local food, the fantastic wines of Laughing Stock, and all kinds of really cool information about local mushrooms and foraging from a world-renowned expert!” enthused Ryan Schmidt, the manager of Painted Boat Resort.
The Mushroom Festival, now in its fourth year, is one of the most highly anticipated and original festivals on the Sunshine Coast. A draw for locals and visitors alike, the festival highlights the abundance of local edible mushrooms, as well as the uses and versatility of these tasty treats. The dinner at The Restaurant at Painted Boat is a popular event and promises to sell out quickly. Tickets can be purchased by calling 604.883.2456.
To make a weekend of it, book a two bedroom villa at Painted Boat Resort, starting at $195 plus tax per night, based on double occupancy. Just a two hour drive from Vancouver, or 20 minute float plane ride, the resort is a true escape from city life. To learn more, visit www.paintedboat.com or call 1.866.902.3955. Visit www.crmr.com to learn more about Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts’ family of lodges and restaurants.
12849 Lagoon Road | Madeira Park, British Columbia, Canada V0N 2H0 | PO Box 153
T: 604-883-2456 | TF: 866-902-3955 | F: 604-883-2122 | Sales: 604-883-2456
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Painted Boat Resort is managed by Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts and is located on BC’s Sunshine Coast, Northwest of Vancouver.
Take the Horseshoe Bay Ferry to Langdale, which will take 40 minutes. To Pender Harbour from Langdale, it’s a 50 minute drive. Take Highway 101 North and follow the signs to Sechelt. Look for the sign to the Madeira Park turn-off 20 minutes past Sechelt. The sign is on the right. Turn left at the painted fish boat, then follow the signs to Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina.
Chef Spencer Watts has had a passion for food and cooking for as long as he can remember. Growing up on the lower mainland, and being exposed to the vast array of fresh local ingredients available there, Spence began his culinary training in high school. He went on to graduate at the top of his culinary class. He then moved to Vancouver to pursue his culinary passion as a career.
After working in a number of restaurants, Chef Watts decided to work toward a formal education. At the age of 18 he enrolled at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, where he studied under Chef Patrice Suhner. Upon completion of his studies he performed his practicum at Salade de Fruits Café in Vancouver’s Francophone Cultural Centre under Chef Pascal Poutot.
He quickly progressed through the rankings at The Westin Grand and C restaurant, while being trained by some of the best local talent in the culinary scene. In 2006, as chef de partie of the Coast Tsawassen Inn, Spencer edged out approximately 60 competing chefs from across British Columbia to win City TV’s Eat Vancouver Master Chef Competition at the age of 24. Spence was judged on composition, creativity, correct preparations, service practicality, and taste, proper utilization of ingredients, presentation and consistency. His winning entrée consisted of pan seared veal with braised sweet breads in rose petal water, with citrus potato fondant, pear brulee & port reduction.
Chef Spencer Watts left Vancouver to open his very own restaurant: ‘Spence on the Coast’ in Sechelt, bringing his eclectic vision back to the Sunshine Coast in 2007. He wanted to push the region to be more progressive from a culinary point of view. Experimenting with B.C. shell fish, wild salmon and line caught halibut he was able to create culinary masterpieces, including local favorite maple soya brined sable fish, with five onion pave and grapefruit brown butter.
After a couple of years as a restaurateur, he decided to pursue other opportunities. He started his own cooking show which airs on local cable channels called Coast Cooking with Spence. Chef Watts has recently joined Painted Boat Resort & Spa. He is looking forward to utilizing his vision of sustainability and the diverse possibilities of cuisine on the Sunshine Coast.
“Knowing where your food came from is a huge part of being a Chef, and having the confidence to use the freshest ingredients will be the goal of the new menu,” explains Chef Spence. Having pioneered the Ocean Wise program on the coast, Spence hopes to raise awareness of sustainability worldwide. He looks forward to community involvement, fishing and most importantly, leading the team as Head Chef at The Restaurant at Painted Boat.
About Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina
This luxurious five-acre resort on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia features 31 spacious two bedroom villas. Just a two hour trip from Vancouver, the resort is nestled in the friendly small town of Pender Harbour, renowned for its many artists and always popular September Jazz Festival.
About THE RESTAURANT at Painted Boat
THE RESTAURANT: 604-883-3000 | This casually elegant restaurant has a distinctly modern, coastal feel. Chef Spencer Watts is focused on highlighting the abundance of fresh ingredients available on the Sunshine Coast – creating a vibrant and approachable regional menu.
The Restaurant at Painted Boat highlights the freshest seafood in our signature creative coastal cuisine. Chef Watts ensures that the local produce and seafood are served in new and delicious ways, while our Wine Director has carefully selected unique boutique wines to complement the creative menu. The restaurant has a warm interior and a bright patio which offers stunning views of the resort’s marina. The well-appointed, 70-seat bistro features tiger bamboo flooring, espresso tables and chocolate brown leather chairs to ensure maximum comfort for patrons.
We also feature a lounge available for private dinners of 6-12 guests, and a meeting space is available for weddings or conferences which may seat up to 120 guests.
THE RESTAURANT at Painted boat has become a popular haunt with locals and visitors alike; our patrons seem to enjoy taking in the stunning view along with a glass of carefully chosen wine.
Each villa at Painted Boat Resort offers modern furnishings and a large patio or balcony with a water view, as well as a kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and two bathrooms. The fitness facility, infinity pool and hot tub overlook the ocean and are the perfect spots to admire the view. Kayak rentals are available on-site, and there are a myriad of local hiking and biking trails. The scuba diving in the area is known internationally and a popular draw for visitors from around the world.
The fully-appointed luxury spa has seven treatment rooms, hydrotherapy room, glacial clay room, aesthetics facility and Spa Garden to enjoy at your leisure. The spa garden is a unique experience, offering guests the chance to relax in various hot and cold pools, in a steam room and under a waterfall.