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Monday
Jul072014

"Encounters with Iceland" at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, Kelowna, BC

"Encounters with Iceland" sculpture exhibit, Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, Kelowna, BC (image provided by Mission Hill Family Estates)

On Saturday, June 21, I was among the guests at Mission Hill's official opening of its new sculpture exhibit, "Encounters With Iceland." I hadn't been to Mission Hill in a while. Keeping up with all the new boutique wineries, distilleries, cideries, meaderies and eateries in the Okanagan Valley seems to be a losing battle, frankly, so I'm not prone to repeat visits to places I've already been several times over. But I'm grateful that I was on the guest-list.

Grateful? Yes, actually, which is funny because as I said, it's been a busy 2014 already. Launches! Openings! Special Events! And other Must-Attend happenings had me a little road-weary by the first day of summer. Pathetic, but true. And in true journalistic fashion, I was verging on becoming jaded, the writer's equivalent of being a snivelling whiner.

Mission Hill, however, knows how to create an occasion, and with the invite-only cachet -- a small gathering of journalists and Mission Hill Family Estate Wine Club members, plus a few other friends of the winery, I suspect -- plus it was a major international sculpture exhibition opening right here, in the valley. Furthermore, the sculptor of the 42 pieces, Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir, would be in attendance from Reykavik, Iceland. Iceland seems to be punching well above its weight class drawing half of Western Canada to its geysers and Nordic-chic cultural coolness these days. Why would I not go?

(Read the rest over at my Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop blog.)

Saturday
Feb012014

Register now for Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop, May 9-11, Kelowna, BC

There's an earlybird discount for those who register now (until March 15) for the 5th annual Okanagan Food & Wine Writers' Workshop, in beautiful Kelowna, BC. The workshop takes place durring Spring Wine Festival and is open to writers of all levels. No prior writing experience necessary, just come prepared to share, learn, eat and drink.

Friday
Jan032014

2013 Work and Year in Review

St. Petersburg, Russia, wtih 150 days to Winter Olympics, articles to come in 2014

Where, oh where, did 2013 go? I feel better when I add it all up in a yearly recap:

Talking

Regional Planning Speakers Series, Edmonton - invited lecturer (February 2013)

Seedy Sunday, Edmonton, Alberta - presenter (February 2013)

Alberta Institute of Agrologists Conference, Banff Centre - invited speaker (March 2013) - video online here

Literally Placemaking: Centre for Civic Governance Forum, Saskatoon, SK - invited speaker (April 2013)

Lawrence University, Appleton, WI - invited lecturer (April 2013)

 

Writing

enRoute's November 2013 cover (The Annual Food Issue)

Consumption columnist for Eighteen Bridges

Avenue Edmonton: Bowled Over (March 2013)

Techlife: Brad Smoliak (Spring 2013)

City Palate: A Mexican Wine Adventure (May / June 2013)

Canadian Geographic: Return of the Sockeye Salmon (July/August 2013)

Techlife: Why Chris Cosentino and Edmonton Chefs Are Embracing Offal (Fall 2013)

Western Living: Okanagan Dinner: Nights at the Long Table (September  2013)

enRoute: Kelowna Masala (November 2013)

 

Teaching

Writing for Magazines and Journals, University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension (January through March, 2013)

Conferences and Gatherings

Okanagan Food & Wine Writers' Workshop, Kelowna, BC

Okanagan Food & Wine Writers' Workshop, Kelowna, BC (April)  - founder and organizer - I ran around a lot (and ate and drank and had fun)

International Wine Bloggers Conference 2013, Penticton, BC  (June) -  attendee: I ate and drank a lot!

Slow Food Canada National Conference, Osoyoos, BC (April) - attendee: I ate and drank a lot!

Volunteering

Slow Food Thompson-Okanagan - Website coming soon!

LitFest: Edmonton's Nonfiction Literary Festival

 

Happy New Year everyone. All the best in 2014!

 

Monday
Nov182013

EnRoute magazine's annual Food Issue is out

In Canada, the Air Canada enRoute magazine's November issue is a big deal for people who love food, drink and restaurant culture.

First off is the Canada's Best New Restaurants feature, where dozens of panelists from across the country recommend their city's best new spots. Then a metabolically gifted food writer - this year it was Andrew Braithwaite - eats his way around the country and pronounces Canada's Best (10) New Restaurants. The side bar to this feature also details some "hot" and "not" trends noticed along the way.

My article on the interesting East Indian-influenced food and wine scene in Kelowna, British Columbia, is also in this issue. Here's a direct link to Kelowna Masala.

 

Monday
Sep092013

Thrift Shop song parody, by young urban gardeners in Paterson, NJ

I apologize in advance. I have a constant loop of "I grew these tomatoes. They taste incredible. Look how the salsa flows. From my garden down the road." in my head, and soon, you will too.

Take a look at this great video of what some teens grew this summer in the City Green summer program to promote healthy eating in urban areas. And great job on the chorus, you crazy kids.