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Kitchen Party - Chef Jeff

Nov 8, 2019 / 8:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Canada's Great Kitchen Party comes to Kelowna Nov. 15. The event is a regional qualifier for the Canadian Culinary Championships and will be hosted by Olympic gold medalist Kelsey Serwa at the Delta Grand Hotel. It will feature seven chefs from aroun

Kitchen Party - Chef James

Nov 7, 2019 / 8:15 pm

Photo: Contributed Canada's Great Kitchen Party comes to Kelowna Nov. 15. The event is a regional qualifier for the Canadian Culinary Championships and will be hosted by Olympic gold medalist Kelsey Serwa at the Delta Grand Hotel. It will feature seven chefs from around the

Zinfandel from Rust, Oliver

Nov 3, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Zinfandel, 2017 Winery: Rust, Oliver Why drink it? “Zin” is typically big and bold, though in the glass it can look deceptively lighter than what you’ll experience on a sniff and a sip. To the former, this one has notes of dried cranberries

The taste of desert food

Nov 2, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We are now finished our visit to Morocco and I already know I’d like to come back and see more. This country is like Canada in that there are many climates and landscapes to experience, each with their own charm and appeal. Similar to us as well are the ex

Shuswap Lollipop

Oct 27, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Shuswap Lollipop, 2018 Winery: Celista Estate Winery, Celista (near Sorrento) Why drink it? Lollipop is, indeed, the name of this sweet dessert wine from a winery on the north shore of Shuswap Lake. A blend of Ortega, Siegerrebe, and a bit of Marchel Foch, i

The joy of extremes

Oct 26, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I’ve told you about the overwhelming hustle and bustle of Marrakech, an urban destination full of exotic history. This week, we stepped away from the city and saw first a bit of the Atlantic coast, with its laid back atmosphere and seafood specialties. Essao

Win tickets to Kitchen Party

Oct 22, 2019 / 2:26 pm

Photo: Kirk Penton Love food and like to party? We're giving away a pair of tickets to Canada's Great Kitchen Party event in Kelowna, a regional qualifier for the Canadian Culinary Championships. The prize is worth $600, and all you have to do to enter is visit Castanet

Grape harvest a keeper

Oct 22, 2019 / 11:10 am

Photo: Contributed It turns out pinot noir grapes are going to be just fine in the Okanagan this year. There were concerns earlier this month that rot would be a problem for some grapes due to the wet September and frost the Okanagan valley endured, but the BC Wine Institute reports go

Lake Breeze Roussanne

Oct 20, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Roussanne, 2017 Winery: Lake Breeze, Naramata Why drink it? The winery lists that this stellar white wine is sold out, but if you see a bottle somewhere or it’s on a wine list, get a bottle or try a glass. There are a handful of wineries producing Rous

Savouring exotic Morocco

Oct 19, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I am posting this week’s column while on vacation in Morocco, so I thought I’d take you along with me for a taste of the place. Even if you’re not a foodie like me, it’s hard not to be drawn in to Morocco’s cacophony of colours and flavo

Edible education on the rise

Oct 17, 2019 / 6:08 pm

Photo: Chefs in the Classroom Mission Hill Estate Winery gives $10,000 to Chefs in the Classroom. Chefs in the Classroom is growing, thanks to a $10,000 donation from Mission Hill Estate Winery. The non-profit program launched in 2016 by the Okanagan Chefs Association provides edibl

Poll: legal weed or not?

Oct 17, 2019 / 10:44 am

Photo: Contributed Police, lawyers and advocates say that one year into cannabis legalization, Canada has a long way to go toward stamping out the black market and pot-impaired driving. "We can't call it a success at this point," Chief Const. Mike Serr of the Abbotsford,

Pentage Pinot Gris

Oct 13, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Pinot Gris, 2017 Winery: Pentage, Penticton Why drink it? It’s always smart to have a bottle of Pinot Gris chilling in the fridge, like this one. With bright aromas of citrus, a bit of lime zest, fresh pears, and a mélange of melons, the nose is

Don't be a ghost on Sunday

Oct 12, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Giving thanks for good manners I heard something on a radio talk show this week about a “bail culture” that exists today. It’s not about people in the court system, it’s about people who don’t fully commit to attending an event and &l

Township 7 Reserve 7

Oct 6, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Reserve 7, 2016 (red blend) Winery: Township 7, Naramata Why drink it? A Bordeaux-style blend, just over half of this bottle is Merlot (fitting for October, as it is #merlotme month), with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a tiny bit each of Malbec and

Stealing food definitions

Oct 5, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Today’s world is a polarized one. In so many situations, so many contexts, we are expected to pick a side. We may not even know much about the subject matter, but we feel compelled to choose a position. This week, I’m going to offer my two cents on a s

CedarCreek Home Block

Sep 29, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Home Block (sparkling brut), non-vintage Winery: CedarCreek, Kelowna Why drink it? The bottle is pretty, there’s no cork to contend with if that intimidates you, the wine is a delight, and the price is right. From Muscat Ottonel, a more versatile white

Toadstools and fairies

Sep 28, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Richard Doyle/Rings and Toadstools Has anyone else noticed how many mushrooms are out there these days?  With all this rain, they are popping up everywhere. I could swear I’ve heard sounds in the night too, like the fairies are partying up a storm – perhaps lite

Food brings us together

Sep 21, 2019 / 10:15 am

Photo: Contributed Inspire Your Kids to Learn with Food The kids are back at school and parents out there are trying to encourage them to do their best, to learn and grow. Sometimes this isn’t obvious, though. Often you hear kids saying: “How will I ever use thi

Wynwoood Pinot Noir

Sep 15, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Pinot Noir, 2015 Winery: Wynnwood Cellars, Creston Why drink it? Yes, Creston. It’s worth the trip to the Kootenays to tour the wineries here before they are fully discovered. In other words, go now and avoid the inevitable rush, especially if this Pin
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