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 obvious but we are also blessed with a climate for foraging 12 months a year! Local ling cod is by far my favourite fish to cook – its nice fat content lends itself to a wider variety of techniques.”
Heartwood Kitchen is located in ocean-side community of Ucluelet on Barkley Sound where he also puts in a plug for the Dungeness crab that he’s able to serve fresh caught 12 months a year…a situation that is really quite unique in Canada. He goes on to write “I have never lived anywhere like this in my life, the variety and volume of edible mushrooms is incredible. I take guests foraging from August until November and we serve local mushrooms all year fresh and preserved.”
Heartwood Kitchen is on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island in an area of spectacular beauty. In 2000, Clayoquot Sound was designated as UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve because if it’s rich ecological and human history. First Nations have inhabited the area for thousands of years. The oldest dated location within Nuu-cha-nulth territory is 4200 years (at Yuquot, Nootka Island)
Few regions in Canada has such incredible sea kayaking and fishing…and Ian’s food from Heartwood Chowder to Driftwood Fries, made with chickpeas & smoked Vancouver Island Sea Salt to his daily curry. Try his version of Eggs Benny…. poached eggs on kale, camp potato and smoked Barkley Sockeye with buttery hollandaise sauce.
Contact Heartwood Kitchen Food Outfitter at the number below to reserve a table.
Contactez Heartwood Kitchen Food Outfitter directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre Journée des terroirs réservation.
Heartwood Kitchen Food Outfitter
1682 Peninsula Rd.,
British Columbia V0R 3A0