The Wickaninnish Inn & The Pointe Restaurant, Tofino, B.C.

Soft round notes of a hidden flute rise as the early summer sun sets over the Pacific. The shores become shadowy; frogs take over, singing their hearts out. Offshore a line of breakers surge onto a reef connecting the islands.  The Wickaninnish presides over it all.  This is Tofino, more...

Miradoro, Oliver, British Columbia

Many years ago I visited what was just then being dubbed ‘The Golden Mile” of the south Okanagan Valley which is actually the very top tip of the Sonoran Desert. The first winery on the then-short list was Tinhorn Creek Winery where Sandra Oldfield had begun making some talked-about,...

The Farmer’s Apprentice, Vancouver

A celebrated champion of locavores and a staunch proponent of ecological gastronomy, Chef David Gunawan sharpened his skills in acclaimed kitchens in Chicago, Seattle, Vancouver and Belgium before opening Farmer’s Apprentice in 2013 and Grapes & Soda and Royal Dinette in 2015, each setting a...

SoBo, Tofino, British Columbia

SoBo, short for ‘Sophisticated Bohemian’, is the creation of Lisa and Artie Ahier, Tofino locals; community-oriented Canadians of soul and distinction.The food is made in a kitchen brimming with hard work and love. SoBo is the kind of relaxed dining nook one can go to linger over...

The Wildflower, Whistler, British Columbia

Nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, it took Canadian Pacific Hotels to build another chateau with luxurious rooms, lots of dining options including the Wildflower, award-winning golf and a full-service spa. Although it’s now a Fairmont property, it remains one of the finest such...

From Scratch – A Mountain Kitchen, Fairmont Hot Springs, British Columbia

There are few restaurants that can claim the view and the attention to local ingredients but From Scratch, A Mountain Kitchen is one of them. Co-owner Lara McCormack couldn’t have said it better: “With a name like From Scratch, you get what we’re all about.” Lara and her...

Old Vines Restaurant, Quails’ Gate Winery, West Kelowna

Tiny quail skitter quickly between the rows of grapes (and across the roadways). The vineyards stretch down towards the water, disappearing over a ridge. The air smells of earth and of summer. One of the veterans of Food Day Canada, Quails’ Gate Winery is owned and operated by the Stewart...

The Great Room @ Long Beach Lodge, Tofino, British Columbia

Chef Ian Riddick’s career in Canada is long and rich.  But nothing could really have prepared him for the magnificence of having access to the ingredients of a coastal rainforest, particularly in working with the extraordinary bounty of local seafood. “You would think that would be...

RauDZ Regional Table, Kelowna, British Columbia

When Relais Gourmande veterans, Chef Rod Butters and business partner Audrey Surrao, launched RauDZ Regional Table in Kelowna, it was clear that the city was ready for such a culinary experience. They had come from the coast of Vancouver Island and the extraordinary Wickaninnish Inn where between...

forage, Vancouver

Chris Whittaker grows his own vegetables, catches his own fish (or tries to at least!), makes his own preserves, composts all of his food waste, keeps mason bees to pollinate his plants, hunts for the purpose of conserving our land and feeding his family, and forages to connect himself with nature...