Dawn Lennie, owner of the Bench Market in Penticton loves the summer. And this summer both locals and visitors will have new things to look forward to. 

Barista extraordinaire, Dan Gauthier and his team are introducing an international coffee menu. Blending two types of beans from Summerland’s Backyard Beans, they’ll be creating Cafecitos (Cuban coffee), Greek, and Iced Vietnamese coffees as well as reprising the Bench Café’s Mohitos. For tea lovers, they’ll be brewing up Thai tea with Turmeric. 

The summer menu will feature lighter fare for the hot Okanagan weather. Eating in or taking away, you’ll find a deli case filled with freshly made salads incorporating kale and healthy grains like black barley and quinoa. Of course there will be a variety of “grab and go” sandwiches. In response to customer requests, Chef Stewart Glynes is increasing the range of gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options.

Planning a picnic? Fresh organic bread from Farmersdotter in Cawston will be delivered Saturdays to The Bench. Add some cheese, dips, deli meat, cold drinks and salad and you’re ready to go.  

The Bench Market is a popular place for triathletes and cyclists, especially during the summer. This year Dawn has expanded bicycle parking outside the café to ensure easy and safe parking for her two (or three) wheeled patrons. 

It may not be new, but the Bench’s famous Eggs Benny will still be served weekends and holidays. Dawn and her staff also provide catering for reunions and other special occasions. Call the Bench Market or drop in for further information.

~ Sue Harper