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Try new places during Wine & Dine

Pirouette, a white chocolate sugar beet mousse from the Wild Apple Restaurant at Manteo, created by chef Bernard Casavant at Manteo’s Wild Apple restaurant. - Jennifer Schell/contributor
Pirouette, a white chocolate sugar beet mousse from the Wild Apple Restaurant at Manteo, created by chef Bernard Casavant at Manteo’s Wild Apple restaurant.
— image credit: Jennifer Schell/contributor

Wine & Dine Okanagan has started on Jan. 19 and runs to Feb. 11. Check out the great menus with special prices being offered by some of our best restaurants.

This is your chance to try something new and plan a restaurant safari in your own town. Start at The Rotten Grape in Kelowna, they are offering an incredibly low $15 dinner menu.

If you feel like Italian, I love Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen and they are offering amazing menu options in the $25 and $35 categories. Ask about their upcoming Mambo Italiano event on May 1. www.ricardos.ca

Poppadoms Restaurant is also participating in the Wine & Dine program offering a delicious taste of India to guests. For those who are interested in how to learn to cook Indian food, sign up for Poppadoms’ new cooking classes. For only $60 a class, owner Jas Dosanj will demonstrate some wonderful home-style recipes that you get to eat after class. Classes are offered one per month on a Saturday at 11 a.m. Email them at hello@poppadoms.ca or call for more details. www.poppadoms.ca

I held my Women On Wine Club lunch at Manteo last weekend. Chef Bernard created a lovely three-course menu while sommelier Erika Staffanson wooed our palates with perfect wine pairings.

The dessert course was absolutely spectacular. A sneak peek for the upcoming Pirouette Kelowna fundraiser, chef and team presented us with a white chocolate sugar beet mousse “Pirouette.” Pretty as can be, the mousse was dressed up with a pink spun sugar “tutu” and topped with a chocolate dancer. We like-y.

PS: Wild Apple is participating in Wine & Dine too. www.wildapplerestaurant.com

Chef Grant de Montreuil is about to launch Wedge Artisan Pizza in North Kelowna. Offering take out and delivery, the thin crust pizzas will be made from his hot ticket pizza shells that have been for sale around town and at the Farmer’s Market. Stay tuned for his official opening date.

If you are in the mood for a dyn-o-mite margarita cha cha over to Fernando’s on Bernard Avenue. Yet another creation of duo Bernie and Louis of Sturgeon Hall/Bordello’s fame, their avocado cilantro margarita is seriously fabulous.

On that note, if you want to eat pizza out Bordello’s is the place to go. I am in love with its cozy Italian charm and delectable pizza—it is always a great place to escape to. www.bordellos.ca

Welcome Slow Food Okanagan. “Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community and the environment,” says Kristen Laprise.

“A non-profit member-supported association, Slow Food was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world,” said Laprise who is at the helm of the exciting new Okanagan convivium. Keep posted on upcoming events and news on their Facebook page, or contact me to put you in touch. www.slowfood.com

Care to learn some tricks of the bartending trade? Appease your inner mixologist by signing up at Raudz for Liquid Sundays with their master barman Gerry. I am booked in.

Choose three classes for only $100 or individually at $40 a class, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

I have been fantasizing about chef Butters’ gnocchi since experiencing it last week—oh my. Raudz is also participating in the Wine & Dine Festival. www.raudz.com

Have you arranged your group of 12 to 20 for your Soup Sisters party? We are now booking for the year and the monthly time slots are filling up fast. Email me at Kelowna@soupsisters.org after checking out available dates on the booking calendar. www.soupsisters.org.

Jennifer Schell is editor of B.C. Wine Trails Magazine.

jennschell@shaw.ca

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