Terrafina at Hester Creek is getting set this month to open for the season. “We’re very excited to be going into our 4th season,” says owner April Goldade. Leading the kitchen again this year will be Chef Natasha Schooten ( in photo)  in her 3rd season with Terrafina and her 2nd as restaurant chef. “She’s really helped develop the Italian cuisine philosophy of our menu,” says April.

April is also particularly excited about the growing popularity of the sunday brunches. “They’re getting busier, lots of repeat people,” she says. One popular item on the menu is the breakfast pizza that features house made sausage, seasonal vegetables, and Terrafina’s signature hollandaise on their famous pizza crust with a poached egg in the centre. “We’ve made the menu so that it has brunch items along with a few lunch items.” There are also many gluten-free options as well.

Terrafina will be playing host to a fabulous event as part of the OOOyster Festival. “We are going to do our second Bubbles and Pizza event,” says April. “Raw shucked oysters and Terrafina’s famous pizzas will be paired with some of the award winning sparkling wines from our surrounding neighbors.” For added entertainment, there will also be a ‘black box’-style chef’s competition as part of this reception-style grazing event. This event happens on Thursday, April 24th.

Opening day this year is Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Throughout the spring afterwards, regular hours of operation will be Wednesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner, Sunday brunch 10am-4pm) and closed Monday and Tuesday. Current menus, list of events, and contact information for reservations are all available at terrafinarestaurant.com or phone 250-498-2229 to make a reservation.

~ Luke Whittall