Schell: ‘Grand’ night of dining and dancing planned

Jennifer Schell on a big event planned for south Okanagan to benefit area social services.

Once a year, through a tireless committee, Desert Sun Counseling and Resource Centre in Oliver joins forces with South Okanagan chefs to plan the annual Grand Dinner and Dance.

This themed four-course dinner, featuring a silent and live auction and dancing, is a must attend event in the South Okanagan.

This year’s eighth annual Grand Night is planned for Jan. 26 and has a Moroccan Escape theme. Hosted by Watermark Beach Resort, guest chefs will include Natasha Schooten from Terrafina Restaurant, Justin Paakunainen from Walnut Beach Resort, Jonas Stadlander from Watermark Beach Resort, Jeff Van Geest from Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek, Liam McNulty from Nk’Mip Cellars amongst others.

“We love to showcase the support of our community and local businesses at the event and throughout our ongoing fundraising for our programs,” said Sandy Summers, co-chair of the event.

Proceeds represent a significant portion of the approximately $30,000 the centre must raise each year to fund the programs which provide a variety of essential and valuable services needed in the Oliver and Osoyoos regional communities.

A safe home and shelter for women and children threatened by domestic violence and family development and community outreach programs designed to develop independence and good life choices are just two services funded. For more information and tickets, go to

The first Okanagan Dinner Crawl will soon take place in Kelowna.

What’s a crawl? Basically it is a three-course dinner with each course provided at three different restaurants.

It’s walking tour where no two groups will have the same meal and each restaurant featuring a three-course menu with a different group for each course. It is being organized by Christina Ferreira of Impact Events and Alison Love of Spatula Media + Communications,

“We are really excited to bring these restaurant crawl events to the Okanagan,’ said Ferreira. “It’s a great way to try three restaurants in one evening, possibly trying events you haven’t yet visited. And how fun is it that you don’t know where you’re going for dinner until it is happening. Whether you are coming with a date, a group of friends or on your own this evening will at minimum make you some new friends.”

For ticket information go to

There is always so much going on at my favourite Indian restaurant Poppadoms.

For starters the fabulous Urban Fare now carries its delicious Grandma’s Samosas and Spice Kits in store. Also, its 2013 cooking class schedule has also been released including a new line up of hands-on master classes where guests will learn to cook in Poppadoms’ kitchen, under the tutelage of owner Jas Dosanj.

Master classes are $125 per person  and last three hours long. Guests will learn the basics of Indian spice, knife skills plus three home-style recipes you get to take home.

The lineup includes Taste Punjab (March 17)—family recipes from one of the most popular food regions in India, Taste Vegetarian India (April 21)– inspired by local, seasonal vegetables, Taste Kerala (May 19) – lighter flavours with coconut and seafood.


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