Specialties of the house from confit to tea

Okanagan Street Food’s restaurant opened their doors this week to a warm reception from fans.

Owner/chef Neil Schroeter on opening day at his Okanagan Street Food Restaurant on Crowley Avenue in Kelowna. He serves breakfast and lunch and has fridges and a freezer full of daily gourmet take out items and foodie delights.

Okanagan Street Food’s restaurant opened their doors this week to a warm reception from fans.

This iconic street food truck gained a cult following at the Farmer’s Market over the past couple of years due to its incredible gourmet creations and its bustling catering business.

Owner/chef Neil Schroeter, who performed miracles in his little kitchen on wheels, is thrilled to open up his new HQ with a fantastic big kitchen on Crowley Avenue.

OKSF really provides every service you could ever want. I love the cozy booths and tables that brilliantly morph into one long banquet table for private dinner functions and events.

Serving breakfast and lunch daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., there are daily fresh features that you can take home for dinner. All food is to stay or to go.

Or, shop his market for take out in their fridge section with beautiful soups, fresh pastas, sauces or mac n’ cheese ready to pop in the oven.

Offerings also include his famous crackers and blackberry ketchup, both of which I always have on hand.

The freezer, currently located under the super cool “I (Heart) Duck Fat” neon sign (like a pledge of allegiance for foodies), is loaded with goodies. Stock up your home freezer with soups, stews and luxurious packages of fabulous meals like coq au vin or duck confit.

The reduction sauces and jus are perfect to have on hand to finish a dish at home and make you look like a star.

What I also love is that the freezer will also be stocked with stocks. The “stock market” will include Neil’s homemade stocks like chicken, beef and fish stock—no need to buy those over salted cartons at the supermarket; you can use the real deal.

Have a dinner event coming up but have no room at home? Book a private dinner at OKSF and get the restaurant to yourself.

Of course, Neil will continue to cater external events as well. Check out their website for sample menus. www.okanaganstreetfood.com.


Every home chef needs a good supply of fresh spices. I was very excited to discover Abby’s Tea and Spice Store on Kirschner Road.

Lovely owner Abbygale Matvieshen is passionate about her wonderful inventory of spices and teas and is very knowledgeable about ways to use them. For instance, I didn’t know that Rooibos tea, known for its super punch of Vitimin C, was also a wonderful sleep aid.

I loved the special array of salts available to choose from, including the house blend which I bought along with a grinder.

All of her spices, both whole and hard to find blends like Ras el Hanout, Zahtar or Herbs de Provence, are available to smell at a “sniffing” bar, if you will.

Teas also have a station where you can open up jars and inhale their heady, amazing aromas—the Tiramisu Rooibos or Cookies and Cream Green Tea are phenomenal.

Abby also carries imported olive oils from The Olive Oil Merchant, artisan vinegars from Vinegar Works and other specialties.

Enjoy a tea in one of their comfortable chairs with one of Monika’s biscotti (Okanagan Grocery Artisan Breads). www.kelownaspiceandtea.com 250-763-8833.


Speaking of The Olive Oil Merchant, they are running a Valentine’s special at their online shop. Perfect for your Foodie Valentine, just use coupon code ‘oliveyou’ at the checkout phase for 20 per cent off their selected favourites. www.oliveoilmerchant.com.

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



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