DeHart: Definite fruit flavour to new restaurant entrees

The founder of the Cora Breakfast & Lunch restaurant, Cora Tsouflidou, was in Kelowna on Wednesday to help celebrate the opening of the first local franchise with owner/operators Warren and Pam MacPhee and their kids Eva and Amanda.    - Douglas Farrow/Contributor
The founder of the Cora Breakfast & Lunch restaurant, Cora Tsouflidou, was in Kelowna on Wednesday to help celebrate the opening of the first local franchise with owner/operators Warren and Pam MacPhee and their kids Eva and Amanda.
— image credit: Douglas Farrow/Contributor

This week’s column is dedicated to Susan McGillis who passed away suddenly on Nov. 29. Susan and her husband Steve were good customers of the Ramada Hotel and my condolences and that of the entire Ramada staff go out to her family and many friends.

A new option for breakfast and lunch opened this week in Kelowna with the arrival of Cora Breakfast and Lunch, now open at 1470 Harvey Ave. op

The local franchise is owned and operated by Warren and Pam MacPhee. The restaurant chain was started in Montreal in 1987 by founder Cora Tsouflidou. There are today 126 Cora restaurants across Canada, famous for their all-day breakfast that boasts mounds of fresh fruit artfully prepared on-site by specially-trained “fruiters.” There are more than 100 menu items, many named after the customer or family member who inspired the creation. You will find savory items such as a cinnamon-raisin brioche dipped in French toast batter, crepes, French toast, waffles, Panini-crepe (crepe rolled and grilled), buckwheat crepes, crepomelettes, omelettes and even bacon and eggs—all served with mounds of fruit. Cora Breakfast an Lunch is open seven days a week. Call 250-868-0880;

Former LPGA golf tour pro A.J. Eathorne will join the golf academy team at Predator Ridge in the 2012 season. As a golf instructor, she will be responsible for ladies instruction, continued development of the junior program and providing demonstrations and clinics to corporate groups. Eathorne spent over a decade as a golf professional in the LPGA, followed by two years of caddying for PGA tour pro Kris Blanks and LPGA tour pro Brittany Lincicome.

It Suits You Menswear, owned by Charles Miller, has expanded to a new, larger location at 1619 Ellis St., offering Italian-designed men’s suits at affordable prices. He will order linen suits for destination weddings and carries tuxedos for rent or purchase. One of the hottest items this season is the jazzy Pork Pie hats which he has in stock. This unique boutique carries seasonal items including winter coats, leather gloves and wool scarves as well as accessories such as cuff links, tie bars and shoes. Call 250-861-7848;

Kalli Brinkhaus, of Kalli Jewellers, will retire Dec. 24 and will close his retail store at 529 Bernard Ave. Brinkhaus plans to see his clients by appointment only at a new office located in the St. Paul Street Courtyard. Call 250-863-9072;

Gueng Korean Western Buffet has opened at 487 Leon Ave. (beside Lordco). This quaint 50-seat Korean restaurant is owned and operated by Min and Rachel Jung and Ricky and Lucy Park, who are all chefs. Although the sign says buffet, you can also order off their extensive menu and take-out is available for both lunch and dinner. Their prices are reasonable and some of their South Korean cuisine specialties are Korean style barbecued beef, fried chicken with spicy seasoning, sweet potato rolls, noodles, seaweed with vinegar, fried vegetable dumping, sweet potato with syrup, pancake of pork and vegetable and seaweed or miso soup. The owners are delightful and food quality and service is a high priority. Children are welcome with reduced buffet pricing. Open Monday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. with the lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and dinner buffet from 5 to 8 p.m. Call 778-478-0041.

Octagon Pest Solutions Inc. is a new company owned by Nigel Bowman, who has been in the industry since 1996. We never want to believe we might have them, but whether it is bedbugs, spiders, ants, mice or any other pest, Octagon can help rid you of your pest problem. They operated in an eco-friendly manner with bed bugs being their specialty for private homes, housing facilities, bed and breakfasts, hotels or motels. The staff at Octagon understands the seasonal cycles and biology of the pests they treat with ongoing management training for pest control with the latest techniques are used in your application.  Call 250-763-1793;

Due to their success and award nominations for work performed on such restaurants as the new Dragon King (Highway 97 and Pandosy), Dawett and Papa Johns, Dekka Design & Build Ltd., owned and operated by George Klonanakis has now expanded the business and hired Claudio Fornasiero as the company’s new project consultant. Call 1-888-973-3552.

Well-known Okanagan gal Doreen Showler will retire Friday, Jan. 13, after 36 years with Scotiabank, the last six years as manager at the main branch in Vernon. Her nephew, Chris Showler, who also works for Scotiabank in Rutland, will be transferring with a promotion from Kelowna to Vernon to assume the personal banking manager position.

Csek Creative and DotCom Media have repurposed and re-launched Kelowna’s first community portal. has been re-engineered to incorporate the power of social media. It now boasts a news source powered by Twitter, an events calendar powered by Facebook users and a business directory that allows businesses to list all their social media ties and users can post comments to their listing. The basic premise of the site is, as it has always been, to be “for the community, by the community.” This site is not based on traditional push content, but interactive content where the readers, community and visitors provide and interact with the content. The mobile version of the site will be launched shortly. Call 250-862-8010;

Joe Nessman and Bill Varon have been appointed as new consultants for Investors Group located in Landmark IV. Call 250-762-3329.

Dr. Randy Gerber has introduced a revolutionary new laser treatment for fungal toenails and plantar warts. The Cutera GenesisPlus Laser is a medical grade Nd:YAG laser designed specifically for podiatry to treat these conditions. Kelowna Podiatry Laser Nail and Wart Clinic, at 1615 Gordon Dr., is the first and only clinic in the B.C. Interior to offer this pain free and drug free alternative for the treatment of nail fungus and plantar warts. To determine if this treatment option might be for you, call 250-762-6097. The clinic has a new Facebook page and for every “like” of their new page during the month for December, they are donating $1 to the Kelowna Women’s Shelter, up to $500.

The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society has a new board of directors. The new chair is Eric von Krosigk, winemaker at Summerhill Pyramid Winery. Also on the board are  Pam Luckhurst (Road 13 Vineyards); Rhys Pender (Wine Plus); Erik Fisher (Andrew Peller ); Sally Sharpe (Vincor); Roger Wong (Winemaker, Gray Monk); Blair Dufty (Rod Rooster Winery); Heather Schroeter (Manteo); Bruce Hibbard (Hester Creek); Martin Lewis (Kettle Valley Pub); George Hanson (Seven Stones Winery) and Christ-Lee Bond (Local Hospitality Group).

Happy 45th anniversary to Gerry and Lillian Moller (Dec. 12).

Divine Expressions, located in the Ramada Hotel lobby and owned by silversmith Lisa Brown, will host a celebration and open house commemorating her first anniversary in business on Friday, Dec. 9, from 5 to 9 p.m. With no purchase necessary, you could win one of several wonderful prizes including jewelry, theme room at the Ramada Hotel and gifts from their talented artisans. The draw for the grand prizes will be on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 2 to 3 p.m., so you may come in and put your name in the draw until then. Call 250-317-1134;

Teresa Yang May, manager of Booster Juice on KLO Road, has published a new book called Seeds in the Wind about accepting differences. From an immigrant family, and knowing the effects that racism had on her as a young girl, she grew up and became an elementary school teacher, teaching her students the importance of accepting differences in others. Included in the book are notes and drawings from her students, as well as notes from these same students 20 years later as they express how her teachings changed them for the better.  May will have a book signing Dec. 10 at the Dragon’s Lair in West Kelowna (11a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Dec.11 at Mosaic (1 to 3 p.m.).

If you do not have time to bake during the busy holidays season or just need a break from the kitchen, Tasty Treasures Baking Company, owned by Debbie Donahue, is back to offer some delicious Christmas baking. Their wonderful platters, gift boxes and stocking stuffers can be seen on You can also find them at the indoor Farmer’s Market starting Dec. 3 at Parkinson Recreation Centre. Donohue offers a wide assortment of squares, cakes, cookies, loaves, muffins, scones and more. I have tasted her baking and it is delectable and well presented. Call 250-860-6129;

Rick Pogue, of Raymond James, is asking for donations of new and used children’s clothing, footwear, used tools, basketballs and baseball equipment. At the end of this month, he is sending a container to Cuba for a Cuban orphanage in the town of Union De Ryes. Rick and 30 other people will also be going with the container.  If you have anything to donate, please call him at 250-864-3310 or 250-868-3599 or drop off at 3310 Jackson Crt.

Ho ho ho! Santa is hiding somewhere in Downtown Kelowna. Spot him. Snap a photo. Then share it on the Downtown Kelowna Facebook page ( and you might end up with $250 of downtown dollars. Santa will be hiding in four different businesses in downtown Kelowna each day from Dec. 3 to 23. Check out Facebook and Twitter to get clues about where he may be each day. Include your name and what business you found him in when you submit the photo. A name will be drawn weekly.

The Kelowna & District SHARE Society is looking for corporate Christmas hamper sponsors. The Adopt a Family program matches a registered family in need with a family or organization willing to sponsor them by providing a Christmas dinner and gifts for the family. Call 250-763-8117 to be a sponsor.

Birthdays of the week: Happy 60th Donna Pawulski, B.C. Prosthetic & Orthotic Services (Dec. 5); Will Hoogewoonink (Dec. 8); Gary Winchester (Dec. 8) Barry Lapointe (Dec. 10); Mary Jo Schnept (Dec. 10); Gabriele Giammartino (Dec. 10); Anne Gilbert (Dec. 11); Bob Levin (Dec. 11); Ken Firkins (Dec. 13); Melina Cunial (Dec. 14).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173, email


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