In 2005, Dawn Lennie moved from Victoria to Penticton. She wanted to open a business, and found a location to suit her aspirations: offer good, local eats to match great local wines. From light breakfasts to gourmet lunches and delectable catering, The Bench (as locals know it) is the place to share big food love.

Chef Stewart Glynes has been with The Bench for three years after relocating from Vancouver. “I have a half-dozen farmers calling me every day with product that the dirt’s still on”, states Chef Stewart. “In my line of work, it’s about getting closer to the source.”

The free-range chicken sandwich with apple chutney and Cambozola cheese is a Bench classic – for a good reason. New winter items include a slow-cooked lamb sandwich (Ashcroft lamb) with thyme and organic cheese curds (Jerseyland Dairy in Grand Forks). Many items have gluten-free options.

The Bench is also part artisan grocery. If you want to shop local, this is the place to do it. Whether it’s off-the-shelf locally made products or gift baskets, The Bench is gift-giving paradise. Themed gift baskets include The Okanagan, The 100 Mile, a Best of BC, and the Gourmet Pack for the aspiring home chef. Can’t decide? Give the gift of choice with a gift card. 

As the holiday season approaches, The Bench can help extend your holiday happiness without you toiling for hours in the kitchen. Their extensive catering options are approachable and fresh. On a smaller scale, prepared take-away options can save you from mid-week dinner blues. 

~ Jeannette Montgomery