GOODS: “RauDZ” Takes A Blueprint For Supporting Local To The GMP Competition

November 10, 2011 

RauDZ Regional Table is located at 1560 Water Street, Kelowna, BC | 250-868-8805 | www.raudz.com

The GOODS from RauDZ Regional Table

Kelowna, BC | Praised by head judge James Chatto for his staunch localism, Chef Rod Butters of RauDZ Regional Table took his ‘blueprint for supporting local’ to the Vancouver edition of Gold Medal Plates 2011. The GMP is the ultimate celebration of Canadian excellence in cuisine, wine, sport and entertainment. The Vancouver competition is one of nine that will be staged across Canada raising funds for the Canadian Olympic Foundation.

The much-talked about ‘local’ plate showcased Chevon (goat) raised espressly for the competition by Takoff Farm in the Joe Rich area of Kelowna, with Chef Butters creating a curried shoulder, apricot chutney sausage, masala loin with quinoa and chevre and chai reduction. The entire plate (except salt) was from the Okanagan with many of the items grown specifically for this competition. Read more

GOODS: Kelowna’s “RauDZ Regional Table” A Finalist For Best BC Business Concept

February 23, 2011 

RauDZ Regional Table is located at 1560 Water Street, Kelowna, BC | 250-868-8805 | www.raudz.com

The GOODS from RauDZ Regional Table

Kelowna, BC | Chef Rod Butters and Audrey Surrao of RauDZ Regional Table are excited to announce that they are a top five finalist in the “Best Concept” category at the 8th Annual Small Business BC’s Successful You Awards, the only restaurant (as well as the only Okanagan business) to make the final cut. “Support local, buy local, eat and drink local” is the simple, impactful philosophy at RauDZ Regional Table. Guests are making a financial contribution to the community by supporting an independent restaurant, which in turn supports regional farmers & suppliers, thereby keeping our local economy vibrant and growing. Read more

Cocktails In The Kitchen At Kelowna’s Raudz Regional Table

RauDZ Regional Table is located at 1560 Water Street, Kelowna, BC | 250-868-8805 | www.raudz.com

RauDZ Regional Table is located at 1560 Water Street, Kelowna, BC | 250-868-8805 | www.raudz.com

News from Scout supporter RauDZ Regional Table

Kelowna, BC | Muddlers, infused spirits and blenders replace textbooks, calculators and #2 pencils in a cocktail classroom launching January 16th at RauDZ© Regional Table. Led by award winning mixologist Liquid Chef Gerry Jobe these “Liquid Sundays” have taken the traditional concept of a cooking class and the non-traditional curriculum of cocktails to develop an eight week program.

No prerequisites required other than an interest in the cocktail culture and to have some serious fun! Liquid Sundays begin January 16 with a look at the “field to glass” philosophy of the restaurant and the use of locally farmed ingredients in cocktails. Throughout the term subjects covered also include Whiskeys & Bourbons and the appreciation of raw spirits, a look into Artisan Beers and a creative session called The X-Factor with Matt Majid, who is currently third in the world for flair bartending where he’ll demonstrate some trade secrets to entertain your guests. In a kitschy kind of mood? Try out Tiki Night where class will be in session with Okanagan interpretations of the classic beach & boat drinks! Read more

Chef Rod Butters Of “Raudz” On Preserving Okanagan Flavours

November 24, 2010 

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RauDZ Regional Table is located at 1560 Water Street, Kelowna, BC | 250-868-8805 | www.raudz.com

News from Scout supporter RauDZ Regional Table

Kelowna, BC | BC Restaurant Hall of Fame chef Rod Butters of Kelowna’s RauDZ Regional Table has released his 2010 edition of rjb preserves and canning. He has created over a dozen products this season. Each jar and bottle features local produce canned and preserved at its peak freshness. Taking traditional ketchup and giving it an Okanagan twist, rjb’s “Blackberry Ketchup” is made with organic blackberries & tomatoes and is delicious on fries and sandwiches, “Drunken Cherries” showcase the valley’s cherry harvest with the added flavour of Sandhill Merlot. New this season is rjb’s line of salts and seasonings. Terrace Mountain Morel Salt to sprinkle on steaks, pork chops & lamb, or Peach & Cinnamon Sugar made from dried organic Okanagan peaches, cinnamon and raw sugar to create a unique cinnamon toast or sprinkled in your tea. Read more

Bar Crew At Kelowna’s “Raudz” Flush With Fresh Accolades…

September 25, 2010 

RauDZ Regional Table is located at 1560 Water Street, Kelowna, BC | 250-868-8805 | www.raudz.com

RauDZ Regional Table is located at 1560 Water Street, Kelowna, BC | 250-868-8805 | www.raudz.com

News from Scout supporter RauDZ Regional Table

Kelowna, BC | Since opening in spring 2009, Raudz has earned a reputation for not only their seasonal local menu but also for their fresh fruit cocktails & extensive BC-based wine list. Recently, two members of the bar team, known as Liquid Chefs, have been nationally and internationally recognized for their skills.

RauDZ Bar Manager, Gerry Jobe is traveling to Jamaica next month to represent Canada in the Appleton Estate Bartender Challenge. Jobe was one of three Canadian finalists who traveled to Toronto for the big national “mix-off” and emerged the winner with his Spiced Cherry Hemingway. He’ll now take his expertise & his Canadian flag to Jamaica to compete against mixologists from around the globe for the Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum International Bartender Showcase. The good news is that we don’t need to travel to Jamaica to taste test the winner; you can sample his creative cocktail at RauDZ anytime. Read more

Celebrating The Tenth Vintage Of Mission Hill’s “Oculus” Wine

September 23, 2010 

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Mission Hill is located at 1730 West Bank Rd in West Kelowna, BC | 250-768-7611 | missionhillwinery.com

News from Scout supporter Mission Hill Family Estate

Vancouver, BC | With the first day of fall upon us, we’re delighted to announce a series of celebratory events to commemorate Mission Hill’s tenth vintage of our premium Bordeaux-inspired wine, Oculus, this autumn. Next month during the 30th Okanagan Fall Wine Festival we’re holding a selection of intimate activities in our Oculus Salon: from vintage library, component and barrel tastings by our Sommeliers to “Message on a Bottle” personalized Oculus signings by Chief Winemaker John Simes and Proprietor Anthony von Mandl. Also on Thanksgiving weekend, we’re honoured to have  top restaurants in British Columbia and Alberta offer “Buy the Glass” pours of rare Oculus magnums. More details on our website. Read more

Mission Hill To Pair With Fleuri Kitchen At Sutton Place Hotel

September 3, 2010 

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Mission Hill is located at 1730 West Bank Rd in West Kelowna, BC | 250-768-7611 | missionhillwinery.com

News from Scout supporter Mission Hill Family Estate

Vancouver, BC | Join Mission Hill’s Director of Wine Education Ingo Grady and Fleuri Executive Chef Michael Deutsch as they showcase the classically inspired Okanagan Valley wines of Mission Hill Family Estate and the progressive Northwest cuisine of Fleuri Restaurant at Vancouver’s Sutton Place Hotel. Date: Tuesday September 28th 2010. Time: 6:30pm. Cost: $120 per person. Reserve after the jump… Read more

Kelowna’s RauDZ Regional Table Celebrates Asparagus Season…

    RauDZ Regional Table is located at 1560 Water Street, Kelowna, BC | 250-868-8805 |  www.raudz.com

RauDZ Regional Table is located at 1560 Water Street, Kelowna, BC | 250-868-8805 | www.raudz.com

News from Scout supporter RauDZ Regional Table

Kelowna, BC | Spring and asparagus are an inseparable pair and it appears a cause for real celebration. If you Google ‘asparagus recipes’, a whopping 3,230,000 recipes are at your fingertips. Poems are written about it, grown men dress up in asparagus costumes to signal the season and there is even a Kick “ass”pargus fun/run held in Michigan. Asparagus is celebrated around the world with festivals in Qatar, South Africa, California, Germany and now Chef Butters at RauDZ Regional Table in Kelowna is honouring this inspirational sign of spring with an Asparagus Celebration of his own. Read more

Chef Butters of RauDZ Regional Table Launches New Food Line

December 21, 2009 

    RauDZ Regional Table is located at 1560 Water Street, Kelowna, BC | 250-868-8805 |  www.raudz.com

RauDZ Regional Table is located at 1560 Water Street, Kelowna, BC | 250-868-8805 | www.raudz.com

News from Scout supporter RauDZ Regional Table

Kelowna, BC | Award winning chef Rod Butters of Kelowna’s RauDZ Regional Table, has recently launched
his rjb line of preserves and canning. This BC Restaurant Hall of Fame chef with a love for the plentiful fresh and local ingredients of the Okanagan has recently completed his first food line of products to be sold exclusively through the restaurant. Read more

Kelowna’s RauDZ Regional Table Joins The Scout Community…

November 9, 2009 

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Chef Rod Butters and his team at Kelowna’s RauDZ Regional Table are now proud member supporters of Scout. We will be publishing their news and press releases on our front page as we receive them and hosting an individual page for them in our list of recommended restaurants. Click ahead to be introduced or jump to their Scout page here. Read more

Okanagablog: Tasting And Touring At Mission Hill

As noted in a mobile post yesterday, I’m up in the Okanagan staying at Mission Hill for a few days. I woke up this morning (following a near-debaucherous evening at Jamie Maw’s place), shook out the Syrah and Heineken cobwebs, and took my coffee up to the winery. Following a tour of the kitchen with Matt Batey, the new winery chef – replacing Michael Allemeier, more on that here – I wandered around the wintry grounds, listening to the bells chime and contemplating the seasonal extremes of the world’s deserts before the gates opened to the public. It was fortuitous timing, as I’d never had the place to myself before. Snaps below.

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I also had the good fortune of tasting Mission Hill’s new Perpetua and Quatrain labels (among a half dozen others) with Ingo Grady and resident sommelier Jesse Harnden (tasting notes by Rhys Pender). Two very charming chaps whose enthusiasms for their wines are infectious.

Tonight, Matt Batey and Michael Allemeier are cooking with Ned Bell at Cabana. I’m really looking forward to it, and will report back upon my return to Vancouver tomorrow (it’s unlikely I’ll be able to find my laptop under the table once this evening winds its way down, so you’ll have to bear with me – occupational hazards, et cetera). Late on Thursday or Friday I’ll put together a lengthy field trip film that will see plenty of shots and clips from every day that I’ve spent up here. So far so awesome…

“Locals” With Michael Allemeier

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Andrew Morrison is a west coast boy who studied history and classics at the Universities of Cape Town and Toronto after an adolescence spent riding skateboards and working in restaurants. He is the editor of Scout Magazine, the weekly food and restaurant columnist for the Westender newspaper, a contributor to Vancouver and Western Living magazines, and a proud board member of the Chef’s Table Society of BC. He lives and works by the beach in Vancouver.

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Obama Inspires Change At Kelowna Restaurant

This may well be the oddest restaurant press release that has ever crossed our Okanagan desk. It is well written yet totally bizarre, and easily breaks through “the clutter” like a hot knife through foie gras.

Chef Rod Butters, the opening chef de cuisine at The Wick in Tofino and long the co-proprietor of Kelowna’s Fresco, is rebranding and renovating his restaurant together with partner Audrey Surrao, saying the new concept was inspired by Barack Obama’s ascendancy to the American throne.

But they’re calling it RauDZ.

This is a play – I’m guessing – on the letters of their first names (RoD, auDREY, and “Rod’s”), so the Obama thing I just don’t get. Are they trying to trick Obama-crazed journalists to cover the change, or were they actually so sincerely moved by his election that they decided to limit his message to a press release?

Oops, I just used the word “change”. Damn. It’s totally working. Must. Eat. At. RauDZ.

I make no judgments, as I was inspired as well (to take the day off and drink beer in celebration of his predecessor’s exit). I will, however, say this to the editors, journalists, and bloggers who might be reading this tonight: I will put a penny toward a special pony for you if you can include the word “Obamanagan” in your headline.

Wait, that might be a good name for the restaurant instead of RauDZ. Bring on the extra change! Because RauDZ sort of sounds like something the visiting Albertans would want to put “Hot” in front of, and obtusely naming a restaurant after yourselves is a little 80′s (more Mr. Mikes and Mr. Sub than Daniel, Hawksworth, or Jean-Georges). Maybe retro is still that cool. Who knows if this is change we can believe in?

Either way, Obamanagan is my gift to you.

Click the ad above to enlarge and then read the release below in full:

Inspired by the inauguration speech of President Obama, Chef Rod Butters and Audrey Surrao have embraced the call to action from the Commander in Chief and said “Change…Yes We Can”. Rod and Audrey are changing their own professional world by closing their four-diamond, award winning Fresco Restaurant. But like the rebirth of the United States with Obama taking office, they too have a rebirth in their future with the opening of an exciting new upscale casual restaurant, RauDZ Regional Table.

Just as Rod and Audrey have blended their talents in the successful Fresco venture, RauDZ, a creative amalgamation of the letters in their names, is their latest brainchild. The restaurant will be the perfect place to get together after work for drinks & appetizers or before an evening out in Kelowna for a custom created seasonal fruit martini. There will be local beers on tap, and the regionally focused wine list will enhance Chef Butter’s seasonally inspired, comfort food. The restaurant will continue to focus on fresh, local ingredients, all delivered with the knowledgeable service and attention to detail that everyone has come to expect from the dynamic duo of Butters & Surrao.

Over the next few weeks, the elegant interior of Fresco will be turned upside down & inside out, morphing into a warm and inviting space filled with cozy banquettes and booths. A new eating bar, flat screen televisions and a large chalkboard with favorite quotes from stars of politics, sports and film will lend fun & playfulness.

Butters & Surrao are delighted to make this dramatic transformation while Fresco is at the top of its game. 2008, a year of stellar achievement for this dynamic team of restaurateurs, has included awards from EatBC! (Restaurant of the Year), Vancouver Magazine (Gold – Okanagan), and the Four Diamond Award 2009. On the heels of that success, Rod and Audrey will embrace their next adventure and, like Obama, say “Change…Yes we can” RauDZ Regional Table is the realization of their personal dream to have a contemporary restaurant filled with friends & neighbors enjoying fresh local dishes served in a comfortable, relaxed space.

In the words of food and arts critic Jurgen Gothe, “Butters is the consummate Canadian-born, Canadian-trained, Canadian chef, the kind that will… create what we’ll come to call Canadian cuisine.” And Rod is doing just that, one restaurant at a time.

Yes You Can.

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Andrew Morrison is a west coast boy who studied history and classics at the Universities of Cape Town and Toronto after an adolescence spent riding skateboards and working in restaurants. He is the editor of Scout Magazine, the weekly food and restaurant columnist for the Westender newspaper, a contributor to Vancouver and Western Living magazines, and a proud board member of the Chef’s Table Society of BC. He lives and works by the beach in Vancouver.

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RauDZ Regional Table

DETAILS

1560 Water Street, Kelowna, BC | MAP
Telephone: 250-868-8805
Email:  info@raudz.com
Web: www.raudz.com
Twitter: @raudz and @raudz.bar
Facebook: raudzregionaltable
‘Home Plate’ Podcasts available on itunes
Open seven days a week from 5:00pm – close
Reservations accepted for parties of 8 or larger.

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THE TEAM

Chef/Owner:  Rod Butters,  WCC
Owner/WSET Certified:  Audrey Surrao
Chef de Cuisine:  James Hanna

ABOUT RAUDZ REGIONAL TABLE

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Our philosophy is simple…support local, buy local, eat and drink local.  We are committed to our community, our suppliers, our environment and to you, our friends and neighbours.

BC Restaurant Hall of Fame inductee Chef Rod Butters’ menu focuses on fresh, local, seasonal and organic produce with an amazing 80% regionally based.  He feels so strongly that the producers are a major ingredient in the success of his menu, framed photographic portraits of the suppliers and their colourful produce are featured around the entire restaurant.  Guests can literally feel a connection to the food on their plate with this artwork.

The focal point of the restaurant is a beautiful 21-foot table in 120 year old reclaimed Midnight Pine. This table was custom made by local woodworker, Will Brundula, and features no nails or screws but uses a mortise, dowel and tenon construction.  The table sits on a trestle base reminiscent of the Kettle Valley Railway trestles. Comfortable banquettes and booths surround the entire space that features the brick from the original 106 year old heritage building,

RauDZ Liquid Chefs host guests at the expansive 28-foot, 15 seat fir bar where you can create your own fruit martini from fresh fruit purees made in house, enjoy a locally crafted beer or a glass of award winning Okanagan wine.

In the words of food and arts critic Jurgen Gothe, “Butters is the consummate Canadian-born, Canadian trained, Canadian chef, the kind that eventually….create what we’ll come to call Canadian cusine.”

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

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Chef Rod Butters – BC Restaurant Hall of Fame Inductee

Chef Rod Butters – Okanagan Life Rainmaker 2008/2009

“I liked it so much I wished I could stay longer for a second visit to try more dishes.”  Mia Stainsby, Vancouver Sun

“It’s a commitment to local organic ingredients that make RauDZ Regional Table the unique and flavourful dining experience it is.” Wine Trails

“The table is so much more than just a cool Euro-style share table—it stands for community and that is what Rod and Audrey are all about. Huge supporters of the eat local movement; they even have beautifully framed photographs of their suppliers dotting the walls in tribute—love that. Nice to look up and see the smiling familiar faces of these suppliers knowing that the food I am eating is also supporting their businesses—this is community.”  Kelowna Capital News

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Mission Hill

1730 West Bank Road | West Kelowna, BC V4T 2E4
Telephone: 250-768-7611
Email: info@missionhillwinery.com
Web: www.missionhillwinery.com

Hours

The Winery is open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm with tours and educational seminars offered.
The Terrace is open from May to September for lunch from 11:30 to 3:00pm and Tapas from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. For restaurant or seminar reservations, visit our website, or call 250-768-6467

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The Team

Proprietor: Anthony von Mandl
Chief Winemaker: John Simes
Executive Winery Chef: Matthew Batey
Wine Education: Ingo Grady
Sommelier: Jesse Harnden

About Mission Hill

“The centerpiece of the Canadian wine tourism industry…understated wines which rank among the country’s best and the Terrace Restaurant on the estate’s front lawn is one of the most glorious dining experiences around.” Travel & Leisure Magazine, February 2008

Located in the heart of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Mission Hill Family Estate is a family-owned winery that crafts boutique wines. Majestic mountains, scenic lakes, and lush orchards encase the winery’s dramatic architecture and culminate in a setting that celebrates wine, food and the arts. Our Chief Winemaker John Simes, uses a ‘pruning to bottle’ program for the viticulture to winemaking process that ensures all our wines reflect the origin and unique character of the Valley. Visit us at the winery’s Education Centre for workshops and seminars on tastings, viticulture, wine and food pairings and more or enjoy our elegant tasting salons which provide a luxurious setting for an exclusive sampling of Mission Hill Family Estate wines.

We invite you to join us for patio dining at The Terrace and enjoy lunch or tapas overlooking our lush vineyards. Our Winery Chef’s innovative culinary style of Cuisine de Terroir, a seasonal and regional approach to gastronomy, is globally influenced, but locally crafted. Our Chef selects only the freshest local ingredients and seasonal fare is handcrafted to compliment our wines. Year round private dining is also available with the pinnacle Chef’s Table dining experience, an intimate evening with our renowned Winery Chef.

The Terrace is a proud member of OceanWise.

Accolades

Mission Hill Family Estate has been honoured with numerous awards including:

* The Terrace, Top Five Winery Restaurants in the World by Travel and Leisure Magazine, 2008
* The Terrace, Best Okanagan Restaurant, Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards 2009
* Best Icewine in the World, 2008 International World Challenge
* 2007 & 2001 Winery of the Year as rated by Wine Access Magazine

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