Food Artisans of the Okanagan: Your guide to the best locally crafted fare

Available in Canada and the US, April 5, 2016 (TouchWood Editions)



Calling All Food Bloggers to Food Bloggers of Canada 2014, Oct 17-19, Vancouver, BC

@foodbloggersCA #FBC2014

Our friends over at Food Bloggers of Canada (@foodbloggersCA and on here on Facebook) have an amazing conference organized. And it kicks off on Friday!

We wish we could be there because our friends Julie Van Rosendaal of Dinner with Julie, Dianne Jacob author of of Will Write for Food and Michelle Peters-Jones of The Tiffin Box will be hanging out in the fabulous Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and schmoozing with chef Ned Bell. Sob.

(The only reason I'm not there, is that I'll be in Edmonton at LitFest: Edmonton's Nonfiction Festival, of which I'm the president of the board of directors and the festival's main groupie.)

There are still a few spots left. The program is bloody amazing. Take a peek and get food blogging. I'll be following the action on social media. The event hashtag is #FBC2014.


École d'Été sur l'Agriculture Urbaine à Montréal le 18 au 22 août, 2014

Montreal, here I come.

For the past two weeks, I've been listening to Radio-Canada, translating and practicing my book talk en français. I'm very much looking forward to being in Montreal next week to be a part of a panel on Tuesday afternoon and deliver a 1-hour book talk that evening.This conference / school looks like a wonderful series of events, all around urban agriculture.


"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.)


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.


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:


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)



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)



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!


Slow Food Thompson-Okanagan - Website coming soon!

LitFest: Edmonton's Nonfiction Literary Festival


Happy New Year everyone. All the best in 2014!