Schell: Summerdine in the Okanagan

Be a part of Canada’s largest concurrent dinner party.

Join the amazing experience, on Wednesday, Aug. 6, of dining at a local restaurant at the same time as other participating diners in more than 40 restaurants across British Columbia, for charity.

Organized by the B.C. chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international organization of woman who raise scholarship funds for other woman to take educational programs to enter into our food, wine and hospitality industry.  I am a member of Les Dames and am proud to say that here in the Okanagan we have some former Les Dames scholarship recipients, including amazing chef Jenna Pillon of Terrafina Restaurant and Raudz/micro chef Evelynn Takoff (former Top Chef Canada participant) to culinary school.

Jenna Pillon

Summerdine has a garden theme this year. On Aug. 6, at 40 restaurants from Vancouver to Victoria and the Okanagan, a single table in their garden, courtyard, vineyard, urban patio or kitchen, will have a multi-course set menu inspired by the bounty of summer gardens, paired with wine, all for only $79 with all proceeds to Les Dames d’Escoffier.

Thanks to local wine donations that include offerings from Bella Wines, The View Winery, Spierhead Winery, Black Cloud Pinot Noir, Tantalus Vineyards and Summerhill Pyramid Winery.

We have the largest restaurant participation in this event ever in the Okanagan with tables being set across the valley. In Kelowna, RauDZ Regional Table and Spierhead Winery have come together to create a Picnic in the Vineyard for four guests, while in Summerland LOCAL Lounge & Grille will set a table for eight on their gorgeous private lounge patio overlooking the lake.

Poppadoms in Kelowna has designed a wonderful menu to be enjoyed in a private nook on their patio and Naramata Heritage Inn has created a stunning experience for guests to dine al fresco amongst the lavender at Forest Green Man Lavender Farm.

Also in Kelowna, superstar chef and sommelier Mark Filatow of Waterfront Wines Urban Eats + Drink, offers up a kitchen table for four—a unique experience to watch the chef and his team orchestrate your beautiful meal.

Up in Oliver, guests at Terrafina Restaurant will be swept away with the magic of dining in the vineyard on a warm desert night.

Please book a table and help us help other women achieve their dreams and hopefully come back to join our thriving Okanagan food and wine industry. Further details, restaurant list, menus and to purchase tickets visit


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