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Love great seafood? We have the place for you: Buy the Sea. Their two shops located in Penticton and West Kelowna provide the Okanagan with the freshest and largest selection of seafood available in the area. These folks love seafood and are so dedicated to offering their customers the very best that they are members of Ocean Wise; a program created by the Vancouver Aquarium to promote sustainability and ocean-sound choices. This means you can enjoy the produce at Buy the Sea with a clear conscience. In keeping with this mandate, the shop offers the finest local and sustainable fish…

(pictured: The Fiume family: Roberto, Olivia, Sharon & Antonio with Bella, the winery dog.) A great bottle of wine can whisk you away to another locale, and when matched with the right setting can make you feel as if you’ve traveled the world without ever leaving home. Such is the case with Ciao Bella Winery, feeling like an idyllic Neapolitan vineyard overlooking Okanagan Lake nestled in the peaceful and serene hills of the West Kelowna Farm Loop. A young artisanal winery, born of the Fiume family’s hard work and reflecting their Italian heritage. Owners Roberto and Sharon along with kids…

Always at the forefront of the wine and culinary world especially as it relates to organic and local, Summerhill Pyramid Organic Winery is launching a new Food Bar to complement its existing Sunset Organic Bistro and other dining facilities. In a recent interview to check out the stunning space being developed to accommodate it, Stephen Cipes, Proprietor, said, “What’s sweeping the rest of the world in this industry is a movement toward small plates of cash and carry authentic foods which can be shared. Here at Summerhill each dish will be served in a setting that gives it presence.” With…

While Rod Butters might blush being called renowned, his peers inducted him into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame in 2007. Such accolades are no surprise for those fervent about fine food in the Okanagan. Fans of RauDZ Creative Concepts restaurants including RauDZ Regional Table, micro bar • bites and Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ, eagerly anticipate his long-awaited first cookbook. “At its heart, the book is about my passionate relationship to food. I wrote it, quite simply, for people who love to cook. It’s not intended to blow minds or turn cooking into a lab experiment, explains Butters.…

Sandhill winery is known for their unique wines that showcase the quality of Okanagan grapes. By using a single vineyard approach, every bottle is pure and distinct in flavour. All of Sandhill’s six vineyards are located in the Southern Okanagan, where the heat and terroir play a big role in producing exceptional grapes. Although their Cabernet Merlot blends are Sandhill’s bread and butter – as Master Winemaker Howard Soon describes – Soon is not sure how the creation of their signature blend line came about. “With Sandhill One, Two and Three, we’re trying to build on the success of Sandhill…

Sporting the mystique of a speakeasy, with better drinks, music and food, Caché Lounge is tucked away in the Prestige Beach House in downtown Kelowna. In this upscale bar/lounge, enjoy live music while sipping on artisanal cocktails, beer and wine, and noshing on bar menu selections featuring West Coast Grill + Oyster Bar. Caché is opened from 6 pm, Thursdays to Saturdays showcasing live music each evening. On Thursdays, Happy Hour pricing is all night long. Here’s an adult sanctuary to gather your friends and family to build memories that’ll last a lifetime. The “Alive Inside” film documented how musical…

I arrived at SpierHead Winery on a sun-dappled Sunday morning to meet proprietor Marina Knutson. It was a stunning day in an equally stunning setting, sipping wines in the tasting room just before the visitors began to arrive. At SpierHead, they not only serve up fabulous wines, but they do so with a flair and warmth that makes you want to linger, sip and soak up the setting. We tasted a series of wines that day, starting with their 2016 Pinot Gris which held hints of nectarine, pear, peach and apricots. The popular 2016 Riesling and the 2015 Pinot Noir,…

With summer in full swing, everyone is looking for the best patio to sit back, relax and enjoy fresh, quality food. This summer, the Okanagan’s patio is at OAK + CRU Social Kitchen and Wine Bar. Whether you are walking around Waterfront Park, just jumped off the boat, or ready for a night on the town, Oak + Cru is the perfect pit-stop or destination for you. After a $9.4 million facelift, the Delta Grand Okanagan was transformed in 2016 to include the modern and elegant 263 seat restaurant, and along with it, its’ lakeside patio. The one-year-old restaurant is…

As warmer weather evokes sunbathed patios and beaches, seafood’s lighter side takes centre stage. While West Coast Grill + Oyster Bar exalts fresh seafood every season, nothing says summer like its unique flavours and textures – delicious whether raw, shucked, poached, boiled or steamed. Grab a seat at the bar for culinary theatre where the performance is oysters being shucked or the assembly of impressive seafood towers piled high with smoked salmon, chilled crab claws, tuna tartar, prawns, oysters, and sashimi. Fresh oysters are always available and only $1 each during Happy Hour, 3 to 6 pm daily. This summer,…

Embracing Terrafina at Hester Creek, one of South Okanagan’s most celebrated wine country restaurants, into RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd. family of restaurants and bars is icing on a cake. Famous for innovative, locally-infused flavours, RauDZ elevates Terrafina’s meaning, “from the earth” and blends its Tuscan inspiration. An “eat-local movement” pioneer with an unwavering commitment to regional BC cuisine, Chef Rod Butters is excited to expand in the valley. “I look forward to working closely with farmers and artisans of this region I consider to be the Chef’s Ultimate Playground.” RauDZ Creative Concepts co-creator/owner, Audrey Surrao (the au in RauDZ and…