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

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Entries in Naramata Bench (2)


A Year Ago Today: I was Vikram Vij's sous-chef at Laughing Stock Vineyards

Last year, I had the extraordinary experience of cooking with Vikram Vij. Not only was I cooking with him, we cooked for a group of completely lovely people in the home of David and Cynthia Enns at Laughing Stock vineyards on the wine-soaked Naramata Bench, in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. (It was a very local and wine-soaked evening with Laughing Stock wines AND Poplar Grove wines, from just across the road!)

Halfway through the dinner, we turned off the lights and celebrated Earth Hour with great food, and great wine by candlelight. I think I'll always associate Earth Hour Day with this experience, so here's my report from last year. Thanks again to Vikram, Cynthia, and David.

Happy Earth Hour Day, everyone.



Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop 2010: Recap #2

One the first full day of the workshop -- Naramata Bench Friday -- we had two great professional development presentations. First Dianne Jacob, food writing instructor, coach and author of Will Write For Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More (updated and revised 2010 edition just launched in August) gave a great master class in how to sharpen up our food writing skills. Then Edmonton Journal food writer Liane Faulder gave us an inspirational talk on how food writing can change your life, peppered with funny and touching stories from her journey to becoming a food writer.

Lunch was a light-ish affair, catered by The Bench Market, a personal favorite deli, coffeeshop and gourmet food stop in Penticton.

After lunch and a bit of free time, we boarded our Top Cat tour bus for visits to three wineries on the Naramata Bench: Howling Bluff Estate Winery, Van Westen Vineyards and Nichol Vineyard.

Then we began our lovely dinner at the Naramata Heritage Inn & Spa where Sommelier of the Year (and blogger and wine writer for various Canadian wine publications), Kurtis Kolt, looked after our dining and drinking. Our group was joined by Ian Sutherland, winemaker at Poplar Grove winery and Val Tait, viticulturalist at Poplar Grove. Depsite being in the middle of crush, winemaker at Therapy Vineyard Steven Latchford, even popped in to talk to the group.

Thanks again to the wineries of the Naramata Bench for sponsoring this day of the Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop.

And now, the slideshow