Just when the mid-winter blues are supposed to be setting in, Kelowna restaurants float us a little “gift” in the form of their wonderfully creative and affordable Wine and Dine menus. Now until February 2, 2014, select restaurants are offering 3-course menus for $15, $25 or $35 paired with BC VQA wines. Check out the restaurants involved in Wine and Dine, as well as their menus – there are 36 local restaurants to choose from, so the only tough decision will be picking which one to dine at tonight.
My mouth is watering as I research this column. Consider this $15 menu created by the talented Okanagan College Culinary program at their restaurant, Infusions. The first course is a sweet potato bisque with candied bacon and crème fraiche; followed by a grilled lamb sausage with wild mushroom risotto; and topped off with a chocolate brownie with maple syrup ice cream and vanilla bean crème Anglaise. Yes, all for $15 plus tax. Yum.
Or consider this $25 menu over at Cabana Grille on Lakeshore Road. The first course offers a choice of either surf & turf spring rolls or house-made butternut squash ravioli in a white wine truffle and butter sauce. The main course is a choice between double-stuffed pork chop served with seasonal vegetables and brown butter mashed potatoes, or a free range chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese and served with seasonal veggies and roasted potatoes, or a vegetarian mushroom Napoleon served with veggies and balsamic soy dressed rice. Still hungry? The dessert options are a blondie-brownie with caramel sauce and cranberry compote; or a Baileys hazelnut crème brulée. No kidding – all three courses for $25 plus tax.
And at $35 plus tax, here is one menu option that had me drooling... “pan seared Quadra Island scallop”… at Poppadoms – Taste India on McCurdy Road. Aman Dosanj has created a menu based on her travels to India with her mother and sister Jasmin, exactly one year ago. The scallop (first course) is crusted with spices and comes with a coconut and ginger sauce, on micro greens. The second course features locally-sourced Cornish Game Hen prepared in regional Chennai-style with green Cardamom, clove, and cumin sauce. And for dessert, a collaboration with Sandrine French Pastry and Chocolate – a Chai-spiced Macaron with a dessert cocktail. Unbelievable.
Each course offers a wine pairing suggestion (this is not included in the $15, $25, and $35 menu) with BC VQA wines.
Seriously – you need to read these menus that the restaurants have created. They are each a work of art. It’s a perfect time to explore the best of food and wine that Kelowna has to offer. Bon appétit!