GOODS | Al Fresco, Gatsby-Themed Bubbly Supper With “Joy Road” In Kaleden July 18

April 24, 2014 

Joy Road operates from May through October all over the Okanagan Valley | 250-493-8657 | joyroadcatering.com

Joy Road operates from May through October all over the Okanagan Valley | 250-493-8657 | joyroadcatering.com

The GOODS from Joy Road Catering

Penticton, BC | On July 18th, get ready for the party of the summer: an art deco celebration of Okanagan Bubbly! Our inaugural and exclusive sparkling wine event will be held at Linden Gardens in Kaleden from 6:30pm – 9:30pm for $99/person, with pours from some of your favourite sparkling wine producers Blue Mountain Estate Winery, Bella, Sumac Ridge, Therapy Vineyards, Orofino, 8th Generation, Elephant Island, and more.

Costumes are required. Think Gatsby, and you’ll be glad you dressed up for an elaborate setting with live music, antique cars, food and wine stations hidden throughout the gardens, and vintage vignettes for photo ops. Come celebrate local bubbles in style! Details… Read more

Seen In Vancouver #396: Lunch With Joy Road & JoieFarm At Le Marche St. George

September 14, 2012 

by Michelle Sproule | When three of your favourite things all come together at once it’s like a rare planetary alignment. You just sit there and enjoy the moment, knowing that it probably won’t happen again in your lifetime. One of these especially uncommon occurrences took place this week when Heidi Noble and Michael Dinn of JoieFarm arranged a media luncheon to introduce their outstanding 2010 Vintage Reserve Series (love that Pinot Noir). Chefs Dana Ewart and Cameron Smith of the Okanagan’s Joy Road Catering were on hand to pair their always marvellous “cuisine de terroir” with the wines, and it all went down in the charming suite above Le Marche St. George. Have a look and a taste…

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EVERYTHING SEEN IN VANCOUVER

GOODS: God’s Mountain Winemaker Dinner With Michael Bartier And Joy Road Catering

Joy Road Catering operates May through Oct all over the Okanagan Valley | 250-493-8657 | joyroadcatering.com

The GOODS from Joy Road Catering

Penticton, BC | Visiting the Okanagan this summer? New this season, we are proud to showcase the new and awesome Okanagan Crush Pad, coming to us from sunny Summerland July 19th. It is an honour to be pouring the wines from Michael Bartier, who is a local legend here in the valley. Enjoy an inspired menu featuring the freshest, regional cuisine expertly paired with divine Okanagan Crush Pad wines. Dine with the valley’s leading winemaker in an idyllic vineyard setting overlooking Skaha Lake. Come to God’s Mountain hungry and let us leave you happy. Details after the jump… Read more

DINER: The Best Dinner To Be Had In BC This Summer Set To Take Place On July 18

by Andrew Morrison | Sadly, we’re going to be somewhere in the desert wastes of Arizona/Utah when this supper goes down, but we’ve been to enough Outstanding In The Field events in the past to know that they promise awesomeness of a rare kind. If you’re unfamiliar with OITF, the pioneering farm-dinner series has inspired pop-up supper clubs across North America and around the world, and this year it’s making three stops in BC. The first is in Pemberton at North Arm Farm with guest chef Melissa Craig of Bearfoot Bistro on July 14th. The second is the following evening (July 15th) at UBC Farm with guest chef Robert Belcham of Campagnolo. The third and final stop is at Covert Farm in the Okanagan Valley on July 18th. All three will be stunners, but it’s the last supper that we’re particularly excited about, even though we can’t go.

Why? Well, no knock against UBC Farm or North Arm Farm or the chefs in charge (these suppers will undoubtedly be superb), but the Okanagan event will mark the first time in a while that the OITF peeps have made it up to the Valley, and they glow especially inspired when confronted by new locations of spectacular beauty. If you’ve never been to Covert Farms, it’s like a dreamscape, an idyll with few local equals and born to play this particular role (I’ve had the pleasure of dining impromptu in its shade before, and I won’t soon forget it). The real attraction, however, will be the cooking by Cameron Smith and Dana Ewart of Joy Road. They are, in my opinion, two of the very best chefs in Canada right now, and their love and affection for local, organic and sustainable ingredients is exceeded only by their uncanny expertise in making them sing. If you attend, you can expect visual and gustatory pleasure paired with a vibe so relaxed and informal that you won’t want the meal to finish, and that’s no hyperbole. I was lucky enough to take in a Joy Road supper at Tantalus Vineyards last week, and it easily stood out as the best dining experience I’d had so far this year.

The pictures below will give you a rough idea as to what to expect, as will the clip above (apologies for the quality – it’s a home video). They were taken/made three or four years ago during a whirlwind two days that saw us drive up to Pemberton for a OITF supper with Araxi chef James Walt, camp overnight at the farm in our VW van, and then scoot back down to UBC the next day for the next OITF supper with Bishop’s chef Andrea Carlson. If you can’t make it to the Okanagan, do either of these, but just imagine if you will one incredibly long, linen-draped and sun-soaked table in the middle of an Okanagan farmer’s field loaded with the bounty of the surrounds made better by the fearsome talent of two of Canada’s top culinary stars.

Tickets are $190 (USD) and can be purchased here. The price includes the full experience (five courses with wine), and it’ll be worth every penny. Truly, if you go anywhere this summer with your food and wine-loving husband, wife, partner, lover, or best friend, it should be Covert Farm on July 18th. I predict that it will go down as the most magical and memorable meal of the year, and I’m kicking myself that I won’t be able to go. I trust it will sell out soon, so get on it as quickly as you can.

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GOODS: Cawston’s “Orofino” Hosting 1.6 Mile Farm To Table Similkameen Supper

Orofino is located at 2152 Barcelo Road in beautiful Cawston, BC V0X 1C2 | (250) 499-0068 | www.orofinovineyards.com

The GOODS from Orofino Strawbale Winery

Cawston, BC | This unique event celebrates the beauty of the Similkameen Valley in all her forms. The evening will consist of a five course meal using only the best foods provided by artisan producers from within a 1.6 mile radius of Orofino Winery. Each course will be expertly crafted by chefs Cameron Smith and Dana Ewart, owners of the highly regarded Joy Road Catering Company. Delectable surprises, unique produce and world-class flavours will be paired with Orofino`s best wines. Please join us in our beautiful winery courtyard for an enchanted evening of fine dining, remarkable wine, and good company! Read more

GOODS: Joy Road Set To Plate Winemaker Suppers At “God’s Mountain” All Summer

Joy Road Catering operates May through Oct all over the Okanagan Valley | 250-493-8657 | joyroadcatering.com

The GOODS from Joy Road Catering

Penticton, BC | Sourcing and showcasing the bounty of the Okanagan continues to be a way of life for Cameron Smith and Dana Ewart, chefs and owners of Joy Road Catering. They are the South Okanagan’s leading catering company specializing in food and wine parings for groups ranging from an intimate 10 to the energy of 200. Their diverse culinary achievements boast a cult-worthy baking stand at the Penticton Farmers’ Market, catering many winery and wedding events, all while hosting two wine paired dinners per week for the public.

This summer’s Sunday Al Fresco Vineyard Dinners will be hosted on the grounds of the heavenly God’s Mountain Estate B&B located just South of Penticton. This unparalleled Okanagan dining experience begins June 17th running right through the summer up until Thanksgiving. Overlooking the shimmering Skaha lake, above one of the oldest Riesling vineyards in the Valley, curious diners, local epicureans, and culinary tourists alike unite at a communal , outdoor table for these unique multi-course dinners. The evening includes a sparkling wine reception and a carefully chosen. local wine pairing with each course. The Dinner With a Winemaker series will be offered on select Thursday evenings teaming up with some of the Okanagan’s leading boutique wineries. Get all the details and more after the jump… Read more

HONOUR BOUND: Super Chefs Cam & Dana Of “Joy Road” Cooking In Town This April 10

This sogginess will eventually give way to warmer, dryer, eat-outside weather. We promise. And when it does, no one in the province does “let’s eat outside” better than chefs Cameron Smith & Dana Ewart of Penticton’s Joy Road Catering. Their alfresco dining series goes down May through October all over the Okanagan Valley. If May or the Okanagan Valley seem too far away, we have a solution: On April 10th, Cam and Dana will be in town to cook one of their signature Cuisine du Terroir meals at Edible Canada on Granville Island. Don’t miss out.

Cuisine du Terroir. This is how Cameron Smith and Dana Ewart describe their concept – translated as food of the earth – and food with a strong sense of place. From their inception selling pastries at the farmers’ markets, to their position as the Okanagan’s preeminent caterers, Cam and Dana believe in using local ingredients for the simple reason that fresh tastes better.

Tuesday, April 10 | Edible at The Market (Granville Island) | $85 | Details

GOODS: Orofino Winery Teams With Joy Road For True “Farm To Plate” Experience

Orofino Winery is located at 2152 Barcelo Road in Cawston, BC | 250-499-0068 | www.orofinovineyards.com

The GOODS from Orofino

Cawston, BC | This unique event celebrates the beauty of the Similkameen Valley in all her forms. The evening will consist of a five course meal involving only the best foods provided by artisan producers from within a 1.6 mile radius of Orofino Winery.  Each course will be expertly crafted by chefs Cameron Smith and Dana Ewart, owners of the highly regarded Joy Road Catering company. Delectable surprises, unique produce and world-class flavours will be paired with Orofino’s best wines. Please join us in our beautiful winery courtyard for an enchanted evening of fine dining, remarkable wine, and good company! Get all the details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Exclusive Barrel Room Dinner With Joy Road Catering At Le Vieux Pin Winery

April 13, 2011 

Joy Road Catering operates May through Oct all over the Okanagan Valley | 250-493-8657 | joyroadcatering.com

The GOODS from Joy Road Catering

Penticton, BC | Planning a voyage to the Okanagan for Spring Wine Festival? Don’t miss this rare opportunity to enjoy an exclusive barrel room dinner with Joy Road Catering and Le Vieux Pin Winery on April 30th. Your evening will begin with a reception wine followed by a tour of the winery and a pre-dinner barrel sampling while Cam and Dana put the finishing touches on an amazing four course meal. We will even take a quick walk into the vineyard (weather permitting) and talk about the importance of the land. The range of wines includes a library selection in the intimate barrel room at Le Vieux Pin. The winemaker will join you for dinner and answer all your questions as we enjoy a wonderful evening of good food, good wine and good people. This dinner is limited to 30 people. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Joy Road Presents 2011 “Cuisine du Terroir” Al Fresco Vineyard Dining Series

March 23, 2011 

Joy Road Catering operates May through Oct all over the Okanagan Valley | 250-493-8657 | www.joyroadcatering.com

The GOODS from Joy Road Catering

Penticton, BC | Sourcing and showcasing  the bounty of the Okanagan continues to be a way of life for Cameron Smith and Dana Ewart, chefs and owners of Joy Road Catering. Their diverse culinary projects include a cult-worthy baking stand at the Penticton Farmers’ Market (of which Cameron has been voted President  for the 2nd year), the South Okanagan’s leading catering company, specializing in food and wine pairing for 10-200 guests and as hosts for their celebrated mountain top outdoor dining experiences.

This summer’s Sunday Al Fresco Vineyard Dinners will be hosted on the grounds of the heavenly God’s Mountain Estate B&B just South of Penticton. This unparalleled Okanagan dining experience begins May 29th and runs  through Thanksgiving.

These unique multi-coursed dinners unite curious diners, local epicureans and culinary tourists alike, at a communal, outdoor table overlooking one of the oldest Riesling vineyards in the Valley and shimmering Skaha Lake. The evening includes a sparkling wine reception and a carefully chosen, local wine pairing with each course. Get all the details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Okanagan’s “Joy Road Catering” Now Staffing For The 2011 Summer Season

February 21, 2011 

Joy Road Catering operates May through Oct all over the Okanagan Valley | 250-493-8657 | www.joyroadcatering.com

The GOODS from Joy Road Catering

Penticton, BC | Joy Road Catering is looking for a saucier/sous chef, pastry/baker, and an entremetier/2nd cook to join their Summer 2011 team. Employment would run May thru October. Successful applicants will have mad skills, a desire to spend a summer cooking out in the Okanagan sunshine and the chance to work intimately with local farmers and winemakers. Minimum of three years experience is a must. Resumes can be email to eat [at] joyroadcatering [dot com] or faxed to (250) 493-8667. See our website at www.joyroadcatering.com or click after the leap to learn more about what we do… Read more

GOODS: Penticton’s “Joy Road Catering” Has Joined The Growing Scout Community

February 1, 2011 

We’ve invited Penticton’s legendary Joy Road Catering (of God’s Mountain summer dinner fame) to join our GOODS section as a recommended local company. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be publishing their news on our front page and hosting a page for them in our list of local and independent goodness. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support of our little website!

If you think your business would be a good fit for Scout, we want to know.

GOODS: Oliver’s Road 13 Winery Teams With Joy Road For Vintage Celebrations

January 27, 2011 

Follow Road 13 on the west side of Hwy 97 between Oliver & Osoyoos | 866.498.8330 | road13vineyards.com

The GOODS from Road 13

Oliver, BC | Join Road 13 Vineyards for a Vintage Evening Celebration on the 13th of each month, July to October. Take part in a four-course dinner, supplied by the folks at Joy Road Catering who are just as obsessed with the source of their product as we are! We may be “All About the Dirt”, but Joy Road is “All About the Cuisine du Terroir”. No idea what that means? Let us translate: “DAMN GOOD FOOD” (Pardon our French). Get all the details and learn more about ROAD 13 after the jump… Read more

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