Siwash Lake Ranch, 70 Mile House, British Columbia

When we first met, Chef Derek Bendig was cooking and managing the cheese-making programme at Pangaea.   Now, as the Executive Chef at Siwash Lake Ranch, Derek has landed in culinary heaven and is once again making cheese and sharing his talents with some very lucky guests. His menus feature ranch...

Café Medina, Vancouver

It’s been called “Vancouver’s hottest brunch spot”(Kim Mah: Real Weddings) and “A superstar in the Vancouver breakfast, brunch and lunch scene.” (Mia Stainsby: Vancouver Sun).  And little wonder. Chef Jonathan Chovancek has cooked in all the right places from Sooke Harbour...

Fable, Vancouver

Top Chef Canada has been the culinary spring board that many already-talented chefs needed.   Sort of a kick start to their careers.   Trevor Bird was one of those chefs. “While competing on Season 2 of Top Chef Canada during the ever popular “Restaurant Wars” episode, Trevor came up with...

forage, Vancouver

Chris Whittaker grows his own vegetables, catches his own fish (or tries to at least!), makes his own preserves, composts all of his food waste, keeps mason bees to pollinate his plants, hunts for the purpose of conserving our land and feeding his family, and forages to connect himself with nature...

Sunset Organic Bistro, Kelowna

Summerhill Pyramid winery was named Canadian Wine Producer of the Year 2009 at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London, England. Eric von Krosigk is the talented winemaker who has worked in the Okanagan for years and, with Summerhill’s owners,  Stephen and Wendy Cipes, founded the...

RauDZ Regional Table, Kelowna, British Columbia

When Relais Gourmande veterans, Chef Rod Butters and business partner Audrey Surrao, launched RauDZ Regional Table in Kelowna, it was clear that the city was ready for such a culinary experience.  They had come from the coast of Vancouver Island and the extraordinary Wickaninnish Inn where between...

Sooke Harbour House, British Columbia

The extraordinary sensual beauty is overwhelming. Across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, as it was years ago for me, the Olympic Mountains are awash in pink and blue and purple. The sea calls. Sooke Harbour House, and its visionary innkeepers, Frederique and Sinclair Philip, bought a small 3 bedroom...