From Vernon in the north to Osoyoos in the south, we love exploring the Okanagan. It has everything that we love and enjoy in life, chief among them being great food, breathtaking (and accessible) landscapes, and a variety of local crafted alcoholic beverages.
In the Okanagan at the moment (our HOOD palettes are ever-changing), we’re seeing the blue sky, sandstone, and green grass of Mission Hill; rural community mailbox green; four shades of peach; the sand at Naramata’s 3 Mile Beach (clothing optional); Painted Rock “Red Icon” 2011; the crushpad at Orofino; Haywire “Pink Bub” 2012; “K” Cafe signage tri-colour; Miradoro exterior; Road 13 proprietor Mick Luckhurst’s most excellent moustache; the tractor at Meyer Family Vineyards; sunny day view of Skaha Lake from God’s Mountain; and the green branding of Joiefarm.
DAY DRUNKS FLOATING THE PENTICTON CHANNEL
A WHOLE LOT OF ALBERTANS LIVING IN LARGE HOUSES
FOSSIL HUNTING ON THE ROAD TO THE DOMINION RADIO ASTROPHYSICAL OBSERVATORY
GOOD PERUSING AMONG THE STACKS AT THE BOOKSHOP IN PENTICTON
A LOT OF BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED AMERICAN CLASSIC CARS
AFTERNOON PICNICS AT COVERT FARMS
THE BIGGEST CULINARY COMPETITION IN CANADA
GOOD SNOW AND PERMANENT 90′S TIME WARP AT BIG WHITE
BEACH-FRONT CAMPING AT STUNNING HAYNES POINT
VINTAGE ADIDAS GAZELLE SNEAKERS HANGING FROM ROWING SHELLS AT THE EL DORADO
GOOD DOWNHILL TUMBLING ON THE GROUNDS AT MISSION HILL FAMILY ESTATE
THE PRIVATE BEACH AT WALNUT BEACH RESORT
AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS ON OSOYOOS LAKE
TOURING AND TASTING CANNERY BREWING & TREE BREWING
THE WEIRD SALT CIRCLES OF SPOTTED LAKE
GO KART RACING AT THE PENTICTON SPEEDWAY
PEACH MILKSHAKES AT THE “K” CAFE IN KEREMEOS
SUPERFOOD SALAD AT SUNSET ORGANIC BISTRO
WINES FROM 120 DIFFERENT WINERIES
CHICKEN CONFIT POUTINE AT RAUDZ REGIONAL TABLE
BRATWURST AT THE PENTICTON FARMER’S MARKET
BRIOCHE FRENCH TOAST BRUNCH AT QUAILS’ GATE’S OLD VINES
THE FRIED SQUID AT THEO’S
SMOKED BACON AT DOLCI
GRILLED THREE CHEESE SANDWICHES AT BRODO
LATE SUMMER SUPPERS ON THE TERRACE AT MISSION HILL
FRESH OYSTERS AND MIGNONETTE AT WATERFRONT WINES
EATING DIVERSE BBQ AT THE SIMILKAMEEN BBQ KING COMPETITION
TIGER BLUE CHEESE AT POPLAR GROVE
JOY ROAD SUPPERS ON THE CLIFF AT GOD’S MOUNTAIN
ANYTHING BY CHEF JEFF VAN GEEST AT MIRADORO
- The Nk’mip Desert is technically not a desert, but rather a shrub-steppe.
- Calona Wines, founded in 1932, is the oldest continuously operating winery in BC.
- Chef Dana Ewart of Joy Road Catering always wears two different coloured socks.
- Only three nest sites of the endangered Burrowing Owl have been discovered since 1928. They now only exist at “reintroduction sites” near Kamloops and Haynes Lease.
- The masks on Tantalus Vineyards’ wine labels are by Tahltan-Tlingit carver Dempsey Bob.
- The Kettle Valley railway was launched in 1915 but was abandoned in 1989.
- Michael Dinn and Heidi Noble, owners of Naramata’s celebrated Joiefarm winery, are both veterans of Vancouver’s restaurant industry.
The GOODS from Painted Rock Estate Winery
Vancouver, BC | Join Proprietor John Skinner on Saturday, May 3, for an unforgettable evening of Painted Rock wines while overlooking the vineyards and Skaha Lake at the winery’s new tasting room. John will discuss the history and winemaking philosophies of Painted Rock, while guiding guests through the award-winning lineup of wines, complete with an exclusive sneak peek of the yet to be released, but highly anticipated 2011 vintage.
The wines will be celebrated and perfectly paired throughout a locally-inspired four course meal prepared by esteemed chef and sommelier Mark Filatow of Waterfront Wines. Tickets are $125.00 per person and are very limited. To purchase tickets, click here or call (250) 486-5175. Read more
The GOODS from Summerhill Pyramid Winery
Kelowna, BC | Summerhill Pyramid Winery’s Sunset Organic Bistro is seeking a qualified manager for its dining room. Qualified applicants will have minimum 5 years experience in an F&B management position. The successful candidate will be a self-motivated, hands-on leader with creative vision. Fluent knowledge of POS and reservation programs required. Wine knowledge and knowledge of wine and food pairing required. Potential for long term position with competitive salary and benefits package. Resumes can be sent to maryanne [at] summerhill.bc.ca. Learn more about Summerhil after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from RauDZ Regional Table
Kelowna, BC | Good things come in small packages. Co-owners Chef Rod Butters and Audrey Surrao of the popular RauDZ Regional Table are gifting the Okanagan with a small package – 900 square feet of small – with a new concept they’ve christened Micro Bar • Bites. Mere steps from RauDZ on Water Street, Micro Bar • Bites will open in March 2013. The small jewel-box of a space is designed by internationally acclaimed architect Timothy Bullinger from Arca3 Design Studio in Vancouver. Known for his unique and meticulous work and love of lighting, Bullinger has designed homes for stars like Phil Collins, Vidal Sassoon and Georges Marciano, as well as the Vancouver restaurant Miku.
The space will remain respectful to the time period of this historic block of Water Street while giving a nod to modern interpretation. The room will feature a combination of stone, glass, and handcrafted metal features and with a custom designed wood block and wire caged lighting fixture hanging from the 18 foot ceiling this small space will be warm, inviting and utterly unique. Almost 65’ of wooden bar will greet the guest with a lit glass elevator shaft keg cooler serving both local and international beers on tap. Read more
by Andrew Morrison | A leisurely meal on The Terrace at Kelowna’s Mission Hill Family Estate during the height of last week’s swelter saw chef Matt Batey’s crew at the top of their game. Case in point was their Sezmu (wine fed) Beef Tartar, which came deliciously complete with whipped dijon cream, tomato brioche, pickled carrot ribbons and a perfect little quail’s egg. I’ll be writing about the experience in this week’s paper, but thought I’d first share a few photos of the meal below…
Bonus: the view from our table on Instagram
(via) These shots were taken in a vineyard in Ghent, Belgium. It’s an open air library/art installation raising funds for the local libraries that have fed its many shelves. Would it work in Vancouver? Well, Ghent only gets 2 inches of rainfall fewer than we do per annum (45 inches), and the installation only lasts until September 16th. So, sure it would, and if not Vancouver, why not Kelowna? Your move, Mission Hill.
The GOODS from CedarCreek Estate Winery
Vancouver, BC | CedarCreek Estate Winery is pleased to announce that Chantal Kreviazuk and Andrew Allen will perform this summer at their spectacular Vineyard Pavilion. Andrew Allen is leading the charts on AC radio in Canada with his recent release “Loving You Tonight” and will grace the stage at CedarCreek on Thursday, July 19th, 2012. Singer-songwriter, activist, model and two-time Juno award winner Chantal Kreviazuk returns to CedarCreek on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 for another memorable performance. Proceeds from CedarCreek’s 9th Annual Sunset Concert Series, sponsored by TELUS and presented by 101.5 EZ ROCK, will benefit Kelowna’s Rotary Centre for the Arts. Details after the leap… Read more
The GOODS from Okanagan Crush Pad
Kelowna, BC | BC’s own Chef Rob Feenie, food concept architect for Cactus Restaurants Ltd., won silver at the national Gold Medal Plates competition. Chef Feenie selected Haywire Winery’s Pinot Noir to pair with his dish at the Canadian Culinary Championship’s grand finale. Feenie captured a national silver medal when he and his team created a Fraser Valley rabbit duo – a rabbit bacon presse, with foie gras boudin, brown butter carrot puree and black truffle jus, accompanied by Haywire’s Pinot Noir at the Canadian Culinary Championships grand finale event for the Gold Medal Plates national competition. As the only competing chef from BC and paired with a BC winery, Chef Feenie took home the silver medal in front of the home crowd on Saturday night. The team from Haywire is especially proud: Chef Feenie also chose Haywire’s Pinot Gris for his dish at the Vancouver Gold Medal Plates competition last fall, where he captured the gold medal.
After nine competitions across the country, the winning chef from each of the nine cities met at the national competition. The winner of the gold and the Canadian Culinary Champion was chef Marc Lepine of Atelier Restaurant in Ottawa.
Winery owner Christine Coletta was “so proud to see Rob Feenie win the silver.” She notes, “it was great to see culinary talent from across Canada in the Okanagan, and to have our Okanagan wine be part of the silver medal win at home was priceless.” Read more
OK, so these aren’t in Vancouver, but I can’t think of any other Scout header that would fit these shots (except maybe Cool Thing We Want). Anyway, for years I’ve had my eye on these eight pairs of vintage Adidas Gazelles that have been fastened to an upside down scull hanging in the dining room of Kelowna’s lakefront Hotel El Dorado. I reckon they’re a size 8 or 9 – which is to say they’d probably fit. Considering their age (the shoe was launched in 1968) and condition, they might be worth as much as the boat!
The GOODS from RauDZ Regional Table
Kelowna, BC | If your knight in shining armor has turned out to be a loser in tinfoil, then the team at RauDZ has the perfect twist for Valentine’s Day or for some, this “single awareness” holiday. While books are being written and studies conducted on the differences between men and women (“Mars and Venus”), RauDZ has put their own twist on the situation. Get all the details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from RauDZ Regional Table
Kelowna, BC | RauDZ Regional Table is bringing cocktails back to the classroom with the return of Liquid Sundays. Led by award-winning mixologist Gerry Jobe, Liquid Sundays take the traditional concept of a cooking class and the non-traditional curriculum of cocktails to develop a third semester of this extremely popular 8-week program. No pre-requisite is required other than an interest in the cocktail culture and to have some fun with friends and neighbours. Get all the details after the jump… Read more
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
Day Three of the Canadian Culinary Championships is now underway up here in Kelowna. The judging and refereeing part of it starts for me this afternoon when the chefs return from shopping for ingredients with which they will pair a mystery wine that was given to them without a label last night. The shot above is of all the competitors – this year’s top toques from Vancouver to St. Johns – assembled at Quail’s Gate Winery (note the wine boxes each one is holding). To see who they are and browse many more photos taken from the inside, I’m keeping a running tab of things on our Facebook page here.