Plates of prawns, stuffed and sauced; bite-sized shepherd’s pies and beef stews; delicate beet slices topped with crunchies; fish and chips on a crisp yam slice and delicate spinach pies were all part of the offerings at Tuesday’s launch of Wine and Dine Okanagan.
Shaking off the icy winds from outside, hungry diners crowded into the Delta Grand Okanagan’s warm banquet room with wine glass in hand to sample bites from local restaurants.
All were washed down with sips of chardonnay, pinot gris, cabernet and merlot offered by local wineries such as Sandhill, Calona, Red Rooster, Peller Estates, Krazy Legs, House of Rose and Summerhill.
Aromas of basted beef and sauteed shrimp greeted guests to the first launch party held to start off the event, which offers three-course, fixed-price meals for $15, $25 and $35 at restaurants throughout the Okanagan. It began yesterday and runs until Feb. 5.
Wine pairings are suggested for each dish, but the wine is an extra cost. Menus for participating restaurants are available to make your mouth water, at: www.bcrfa.com where you click on events to go to the Okanagan event.
Local restaurants that are participating include: 19 Okanagan, Bonfire, Bouchons, Cabana, Chop, Christopher’s, Coast Capri, Earl’s, Grand Bay, Gasthaus, Grove, Infusions, La Cucina, Memphis Blues, Mimi’s, Moxies, Old Vines, Olympia Greek Taverna, Ora, Ric’s Grill, Ricardo’s, Red Robin, The Keg, The Rotten Grape, Hotel Eldorado, Villa Rosa, Wild Apple, Yellow House and Yamas.
It’s organized by the B.C. Restaurant and Foodservices Association and the B.C. Wine Institute and includes more than 50 restaurants in the Okanagan.