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

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



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!



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.



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.


Video: Urban Agriculture Meeting the Needs in Unlikely Places

In March 2013, I was an invited speaker at the Alberta Institute of Agrologists' Annual Conference. It took place at the gloriously beautiful Banff Centre, in Banff, Alberta. Here's the video of my slideshow presentation. Other presentations from this conference are viewable at the Alberta Land-use Knowledge Network's website.