Schell: Bench Market Naramata’s deliciousness hub

The Bench is the kind of place you wish would open up in your own neighbourhood. - Contributed
The Bench is the kind of place you wish would open up in your own neighbourhood.
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A deli, a bistro, a gourmet food shop, a caterer and the coolest place to hang out in wine country.  Uncover a local secret at Naramata’s The Bench Market.

Owners Dawn Lennie and sister Debbie Halladay have created an atmosphere that combines urban appeal with a grassroots vibe.  Perfectly located smack dab at the base of one of our most famous wine regions, the Naramata Bench, The Bench is a local’s hub as well a visitor’s favorite.

Majoring in deliciousness, everything on this menu is fabulous. Head chef Stewart Glynes recently joined the team after relocating from Vancouver and he has done amazing things with the menu.  He continues The Bench’s mantra, focusing on local food and utilizing a field-to-plate philosophy.

The Bench is open for breakfast and lunch and offers take away deli items including take and bake pizzas for those who want to eat at home.

Gourmet food offerings like local cheeses, crackers, house made dips, panini’s and sweet treats make perfect picnic ingredients to take along on your wine tour. I love the array of grocery items—many local—that line the shelves.  They even sell Indian style Tiffin lunch tins!

Don’t forget that The Bench will also happily come to you.  Offering a full catering menu of the freshest, seasonal ingredients available, and like the restaurant, they source local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Check out their yummy catering menu online:

Dawn and Debbie are also advocates of the local art and music scene. Showcasing two local artists per month, they have created a gallery on their walls for visitors to enjoy. Settle in and listen to the variety of musicians that will be playing on their cozy patio on Sunday afternoons.  Like me, I promise that you will fall in love with this neighbourhood treasure and just wish they would open one up on your street.



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


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