DeHart: Hot dog vendor takes his gourmet fare on the road

Gerry Ellchuck has opened a new mobile concession, Gerr’s Gourmet Steamer Dogs, on Enterprise Way.

Gerry Ellchuck serves up a Gerr’s gourmet steamer hotdog from his mobile hotdog stand located beside the Capital News building

Gerry Ellchuck serves up a Gerr’s gourmet steamer hotdog from his mobile hotdog stand located beside the Capital News building

Gerry Ellchuck has opened a new mobile concession, Gerr’s Gourmet Steamer Dogs, located on Enterprise Way (next to the Capital News and right behind Golf Town in its parking lot). Look for the balloons on his sign. Open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., he serves a delicious variety of steamer dogs, including six-inch regular double-smoked wieners, seven-inch smokies, seven-inch farmer sausage and foot-long double-smoked wieners. Served on a bakery fresh sub bun or a flour tortilla (a first), you can order them with additions of caramelized onions and/or cheese. He also offers sodas, Red Bull, coffee, green tea and confectionary items such as chips and chocolate bars. His custom trailer was designed and built by Earl Nelson, with the electrical by Mel Trush of Valley West Electric and propane by Doug Bone of Aspen Heating. The unit is B.C. Safety Authority inspected and approved and passed by Interior Health for food safe. The trailer is also available on evenings and weekends for special events. Stop by and try a dog—they’re great. Call 250-718-8327 or

Congratulations to Charlie Styles, a member at Sunset Ranch Golf Club, on acing his first hole-in-one on the number 17, 192-yard hole on June 22.

Caroline Grover is the new CEO of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, effective Aug. 2. With an experienced background in membership and community organization, she has been the executive director for the Economic Development Alliance of Southeast Alberta for the past two years.

Brad Pelletier, former regional vice-president of Melcor Developments, the parent company of Black Mountain Golf Course, has taken on a new position as vice-president of Wesbuild for the Okanagan, which manages Predator Ridge Resort. Before aligning with Melcor, he was the senior vice-president of IMG Canada for over 12 years, which is the world’s largest sports entertainment and media management company.

A new business, Sarah’s Sweets, specializes in delicious hand-decorated fresh-baked vanilla sugar cookies. Owned and baked by Sarah De Francesco, the cookies are beautifully decorated and a unique gift for any occasion, including birthday parties client referrals, teacher’s gifts or sports parties. She also bakes chocolate sugar cookies and gingerbread. She will custom make cookies and during the Stanley Cup, her Canuck cookies were a great hit. She dropped by with beautifully decorated butterfly cookies and what I liked about them was that they were not overly sweet. Call 250-763-8070.

Had a delightful dinner at Hoang Gia at 1940 Kane Road in Glen Park Mall (tucked away behind Marketplace IGA). Owned and operated by chef Ken Hoang and his wife Tina Tang, this new small quaint eatery (the original is located at Kelowna Crossing) gives you a warm and relaxed feeling, with its home-style cuisine. It serves classic Vietnamese food, Japanese cuisine and a few Chinese favourites under one roof, famous for its lively fresh flavours and artfully composed meals. We tried several dishes (party of six) including cha gio (spring rolls), yam and veggie tempura, gyoza (pork dumplings), stir fried seafood combination platter, lemongrass chicken noodle and bun dac biet (a special combo of marinated pork, prawns and chopped lettuce mixed with basil and bean sprout with vermicelli rice noodles). A friend of ours from Calgary is sushi crazy and was absolutely delighted with what he ordered. We even had a Vietnamese dessert that was delicious. The service was extraordinary by Carmen Rae and Beth Currie, two charming gals. Call 250-762-9818.

Congrats to chef Willi Franz of Grapevine Restaurant at Gray Monk Winery on receiving the Chef of the Year award from the Canadian Culinary Federation, which marks the first time in the 46-year history of the award that an Okanagan chef has been honoured.

You really should take a look at this video, which certainly will put a smile on your face. Titled Pink Glove Dance—You won’t Dance Alone, the video launched by Astral Media was made in conjunction with Paint Canada Pink Week, which is now until July 2, marking 100 days until the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, Oct. 2. You can check it out on YouTube by searching Pink Glove Dance Kelowna 2011.  I’m sure you will recognize many of the people in the video, all helping to bring awareness for the CIBC Run for the Cure. We had a fun time participating in it. Behind me in their pink gloves are three Ramada Hotel staff members: Ryan Coome (front desk manager), Anthony Spina (front desk agent) and Bryan Miller (bellman). They were all really good sports.

Terri Kesler, formerly with Dr. McCloskey’s office for 19 years, is the new sales associate at Olsen Europe women’s clothing in Orchard Park. Dyan Black is the manager of the shop. Call 250-762-2839

Kudos to RCMP Cons. Trish Waugh and all the other RCMP involved in locating the missing three year-old child Shiah Stenson.

Offering custom machine quilting services to dedicated quilters, Quilter’s Lane has opened at 107-1405 St. Paul Street (inside the Kelowna Innovation Centre). Owned and operated by Michaela Byrne, a quilter for eight years, she offers quilters the services of custom quilting, binding, hanging sleeves and custom labels. She also creates a preview of the custom quilting design for approval prior to quilting. She is also creating a line of organic baby quilts. The grand opening is July 4 to 8 and customers who stop by during that time will receive a free preview of their quilting pattern when they submit their next quilt for custom quilting. Open quilt nights, with your own sewing machine, are the first Tuesday of each month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call 778-484-5099

Twenty local certified management accountants were recognized and awarded for extraordinary service to the profession by the Certified Management Accountants Society of B.C. Congrat’s to CMA’s Larry Burnett, Greg Hawkins, Brent Henderson, Catherine Lang, Myron Odermatt and Lynn Sparling (20 years); Diane Drapala and Mark McInnes (30 years); Paul Bateman, Rodney Kray, Gary Lotochinski and Richard Strachan (35 years); Harold Decksheimer, Jan Lok, Bruce Martin and Hubert Miles (40 years); James Hewitt, L. Rougeau and J. Vandermay (45 years)and William Rodden (50 years).

Accolades to Jenelle Hynes, Dorothee Birker and the board of directors of the Fat Cat Children’s Festival on receiving the Spirit of Kelowna award for the great success of the event.

Maria and Joseph Farkas are setting up a food concession stand at Waterfront Park, starting on the Canada Day weekend. The menu includes a little European flavor from their home country, including Hungarian sausage and schnitzel, plus a unique experience with authentic Kettle Corn being made fresh daily on site. They would like to get name suggestions for their operation. Submit by e-mail to The winner will receive a $50 food voucher to be used anytime this summer.

Chera Harris has started a new business, Genie Professional Errand and Concierge Service, with her main passion being toward senior services, meal preparation, home watch/house sitting and pet services. She is licensed, bondable and insured and holds a valid registered care aid certification with CPR, first aid and food safe. Being in senior administrative roles for 15 years, Chera offers reasonable rates, combining one or all her services. Call 250-300-0768

House of Rose Winery at 2270 Garner Road has walked away with two medals at the All-Canadian Wine Championships 2011. Their Vintage Okanagan Port won a gold medal and the Hot Flash a silver medal. Call 250-765-0802. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Artic Spas Factory Superstore at 2331 Enterprise Way is celebrating its first anniversary in business on July 5. Owned by Perry Lewis, who moved from the factory’s head office in Alberta to open this location, the company retails Artic spas, Coyote spas, Artic saunas, Artic steam showers and Polar Bear fencing and gates. Sales guru, Jordie Dinsmuir, heads up the sales team and has been in the retail business since 1995. Call 778-478-0550

Mia and Lyn Chorney of Suncity Treasures and Imports on Casorso and Benvoulin roads have just received a huge shipment of treasurers consisting of water fountains, outdoor ornaments, lamps, dragon kites, carvings, furniture, marble sinks, dresses, large pots and vases, along with an eight foot sold teak tree slab bar table. 250-861-1240

Happy 60th anniversary Bert and Gladys Evans (July 2).



Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna hotelier.



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