Food & wine weekend

Accelerate Okanagan is welcoming five new founders to their Venture Acceleration Program (VAP).   

The VAP program includes all the elements needed for rapid acceleration in the technology industry.

These five inventive companies are from across all industries, and I’m sure you will be impressed with what they are developing.

Read Heidi Mann’s blog to learn all the details about the companies and their creators. 

Congratulations to Peter Gillis who has been chosen as the new general manager of the Delta Grand Okanagan. 

Peter has been with Delta Hotels all over our great country, but is coming from Delta’s flagship Eastern Canadian property hotel in Toronto.  

If he’s like me, he will agree Ontario is a great place to be from and will absolutely love Kelowna. We wish him all the best.

If you just can’t make the Sip & Savour event this Saturday or you have an inkling for another great food and wine event, you need to check out the first Okanagan Eats May 5-6 at the Kelowna Curling Club.  

Karalyn Lockhart of Tall Cloud Productions has teamed up with Mint Media, who brought us the Okanagan Eats and Drinks cookbook to provide us with a food show like no other. 

I’m intrigued because of the success Karalyn has had with her other trade shows. 

I try to keep all my posts local, but outside of my article I have been raving about Chris Van Hooydonk’s Backyard Chef’s Table in Oliver and now you can experience his cooking at the Sandhill small lots winemaker dinners on April 29. 

Book your tickets soon as this will be a memorable dinner.

Rock of Ages hosted by the Rotary Centre for the Arts started last night and will run until the 29th. 

It’s described as the tail end of the big, bad 80s in Hollywood and the party has been raging hard at The Sunset Strip’s last legendary venue. It will be featuring hits from Journey, Styx, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Pat Benatar and more. 

I’m stoked. I hope to see you there.

Food Truck Friday’s are now back at Kettle River Brewing Co. Catch the CrAsian Food Truck for an after work snack and fill up your growler at the same time. 

See you there between 3-7 p.m.  

The View Winery has jumped on the food truck craze too and this Saturday they will have the Surf Side California Food Truck serving food from noon to 5 p.m. 

Let’s go find out if shrimp taco’s really do pair well with Gewurtraminer.  

This week’s video blog has become one my favourite video thus far because of my attempt at a touchdown dance. You also learn how we buy, hold and sell our assets. I hope you like it as much as I do.  

Make it a great week!


Kent Law gets Extensions

Kelowna is looking a little better now since Megan Ledarney opened up The Extensionist Salon downtown. 

This is her third location and her first in B.C. 

In 2010, Megan created a hand technique called VOGUEPEARL that uses no glues, adhesives, etc and causes zero damage to natural hair. Plus it lasts for 4-7 months. Kind of makes me want to bring back my long hair. 

The full-service salon downtown is focusing on colour, style, extensions, but is known for specializing in hair replacement.

You must check out of their salon because it must have come out of some beautiful fairy tale that is fit for any queen. 


Kent Law celebrated their new Kelowna location on Thursday.

Lawyer David Brown invited Coun. Ryan Donn to speak about the optimism of Kelowna’s business community. 

Kent Employment Law is a full-service employment law firm based in Kelowna and Vancouver advising on all employment-related legal matters, including discrimination and human rights issues. 

They are ideally suited to advise small and medium-sized businesses that will benefit from a personalized approach they take to each client situation.

David Brown is an exceptional lawyer, so you can be assured your getting one of the best in the industry.


Last week Chantal Courture moved her Frock shop to Harvey and brought a fellow along with her. 

As you might already know, Frock has been in business for a number of years, but now it is offering clothing for guys too. 

Frock and Fellow is a curated consignment clothing store that has some amazing options. Make sure to visit their new location. You can follow them on Facebook


Chocolatier Julian Hermann has opened Karat Chocolate next door to Canoe coffee on High Road off Gordon. 

Julian attended the Culinary Institute of Canada and has worked all around the world. He has settled in Kelowna and is providing us with some impeccable chocolates that look too good to eat. I say that but it didn’t stop my family from eating his pop-rock chocolate rather quickly.

He will be show casing his terroir bar made with freeze-dried cabernet sauvignon, but watch out for the six new flavours in the works. 


Congratulations to Bernie Ryan for selling out his third annual Balding event in Kelowna. 

He has raised over $155,000 thus far.

Bands, BBQ, Beers and Balding is happening next Friday and you can only be put on the waitlist now. 

There are three guys and one girl who will be shaving their heads that night and the proceeds will be split 50/50 for KGH and BCCH. 

This event is 100 per cent donated,100 per cent volunteer and whatever they raise is will be donated.

Make sure to mark your calendar for next year. 


The Okanagan Sun are raising some money for new uniforms this year. They are now selling 50 game day passes for $500. 

Have Ron drop you off a pack of these so you can give away to your friends and family on their birthday, for Easter or any upcoming special day.

 If you’re a business thank your clients with a couple tickets to the game. You know they are going to win so everyone will be happy.

Ron can be reached at 250-861-0507 or via their website.


This week, I get wealthier by becoming healthier in my video blog. Take a minute to realize what’s really important about retirement.

Make it a great week!

Sip and Savour Popcorn?

Cody Pollard of Fermented Dining has shaken up the Kelowna beverage scene with his event bartending and catering business. 

Now, he is taking his expertise and passion for helping others to a whole new lever by creating Sip and Savour Okanagan. This is a paired food and beverage event, but with a twist – only caterers. 

Some of the best caterers in the valley are going to partner with distilleries, wineries, breweries and cideries to create unique dishes. 

Somehow he has Wild Son performing while you dine as well. Tickets are $30 and you receive 10 tokens to start, extra tokens costing only $2. 

I wasn’t able to share all the details with you eight or nine months ago, but I told you to watch out for a new app called Popcorn Enabled

The launch party is happening this Saturday at the Weezer concert at the SOEC in Penticton. 
Popcorn is a Kelowna-based app that enables users to purchase food and beverages from their seat on their smart phone and pickup when notified.

If you’re going to Weezer, download the app from the app store before you arrive so you can order on your way in.  

Congratulations to Tammy McKenny as she is the new owner of My Device Phones

MyDevice sells used iPhones, Android phones and other devices right here in Kelowna. They offer an easy, affordable and trustworthy option for buying used devices by the most popular manufacturers.

It wasn’t too long ago that she was just an employee before having the opportunity to take over the entire operation. See kids if you work hard and do good work great opportunities come your way.

Cora’s has new owners. 

Douglas Chan, Wendy Cheung and Kenneth Chau have partnered to keep the good things that Pam and Warren MacPhee created a few years back. 

Let’s hope that the new owners don’t face the same fire burning challenges Pam and Warren did when Cora’s first opened on Burtch Road. But if they do, let’s hope that they are as strong and successful as Pam and Warren were.

Douglas Chan will be in charge of the operations and, with over 15 years of restaurant experience, I am sure you can expect the same good food, great service and fun atmosphere.

We wish Pam and Warren all the best on their new venture.

I met Dustin Baulkham a few years ago, but I don’t get to see him any more because he is working to damn hard. 

It is, however, very cool to see what he is accomplishing and he is extremely proud of creating the first Peak Pride at Big White this weekend.

Peak Pride is Canada’s newest winter pride destination. Peak Pride has something for everyone. From family friendly day events to high voltage nightlife with top tier talent Peak Pride brings our community together like never before. 

It only makes sense that they bring the celebration up to one of the most spectacular peaks in all of Canada.

I am sure it is going to make for some great costumers at Wipeout too. 

This week in my video blog I look very distinguished drinking a beer and educating you on the differences between investment advisers, financial planner and insurance brokers. Check it out so you can make informed 

Make it a great week!

Kelowna goes 3D

Mark Thompkins of Buzz Virtual Spaces has a cool, new product that everyone can use to enhance the way they do business. 

Buzz Virtual Spaces is not your traditional virtual tour because they are using a new form of immersive 3D media that invites you to explore a place as if you were really there. 

It can be used for residential, business, showrooms, travel and hospitality or for your insurance documentation. 

Be everywhere, from anywhere. 

Check out their website and try one of their demos. 

Owners Dave and Jennifer Upshaw of Canoe Coffee have set up their coffee trailer in front of the roaster on high road. 

This is a great location for all you bikers coming down Clement because it’s right there. 

They will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

WiFi comes today so grab yourself a unique cup of coffee and get some work done.   

If you don’t commute down Clement and want a good local coffee, you need to stop at the new 350 Bakehouse and Cafe because Ed Wouda and Lindsay LaPointe are serving Lone Tree Coffee from Summerland.  

The bakehouse and cafe are offering all kinds of bakery treats, but all made the way they should be (aka the old school way). 

Feel free to phone in your order anytime too for quick pick up. 236-420-0350.  

Chocoholic Frolic Hop for Hope Fundraiser tickets are now on sale. 

This 5K hop, run, walk, bike event will be taking place at Mission Creek Regional Park on Sunday, April 9 at 10 a.m. 

This event is supporting the Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry Society.  

If you collect pledges you have a good chance of winning some amazing prizes too.  

Tomorrow is the April 1, which means the Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Campaign begins. 

They are doing it a little different this year by encouraging businesses to canvass their workplace. 

The Canadian Cancer Society will supply you with a tool kit and provide lots of support if you want to get creative or you can just place the donation box at the front desk.

Just visit www.cancer-canvasser.ca for more information or call 250-762-6381.

Join Kelowna's breweries and Joe Wiebe (The Thirsty Writer) for a night of all things B.C. beer.

BNA Brewing Co., Kettle River Brewing Co., Tree Brewing, and Boundary Brewing Company will each prepare a unique cask with a common ingredient. 

$15 gets you a full glass of each cask, plus a take-home souvenir glass (while quantities last).  

Heads up, the B.C. Interior Sportsman Show is coming to town next weekend.

This is an event you don't want to miss.  Find out the latest and greatest in hunting, fishing, and outdoors.  

Again this year, it is being held at the Capital News Centre. Visit their website for a list of vendors and speakers.  

Don’t forget the Kelowna Crafters Outdoor Market opens tomorrow too. No Joke.

In my video blog this week, I talk about probate and how our process helps you even when you’re not around.  

Make it a great week!

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About the Author

Kevin Lavigne is a local advisor with Reid & Associates Financial Solutions creating comprehensive financial plans for individuals and small businesses.  Kevin enjoys meeting and learning about people.  He is known for his abilities to connect both people and businesses as he tries to help everyone to succeed.

Kevin graduated from the University of Guelph in 2002 with a Bachelor of Commerce.  He has since completed his Insurance Licence and is in the process of completing his Certified Financial Planning Designation.  He has been involved in multiple businesses and investments including tech start ups.

Kevin married his wife Amy in 2009 and they currently have 2 young daughters.  They moved from Ontario with a few stops along the way and have lived in Kelowna since 2008.   Kevin and his family enjoy the outdoors and have a great passion for Food & Wine. 

Kevin was nominated in 2014 for Kelowna’s Top 40 Under 40 because of his successful business and the financial education he provides in the community.  He is also the 2016 President of Junior Chamber International, he works with multiple non profits as well he is a mentor for the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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