Tasting Room Radio - August 1, 2012
Our focus this week is on Vancouver Island
. Specifically The 6th annual BC Shellfish Festival in Comox-Courtenay
. And on the iconic Hastings House Salt Spring Island
Great beginning to the Festival!
Over 200 guests were treated to a six-course chef designed seafood menu paired with a BC wine. Best of all the festival was held in the oyster growing capital of Canada, near the Comox Valley. The meal is served outdoors, along the banks of Baynes Sound. This year’s dinner brought in chefs from near and far who all share a passion for preparing sustainably raised shellfish and to offer guests a truly authentic taste of the West Coast.
This year’s lineup includes:
– Executive Director
- Executive Chef, Four Seasons/Yew Restaurant, Vancouver
– Vista 18 Victoria
- Executive Chef, Deerholme Farm, Cowichan Valley
- Executive Chef, Avenue Bistro, Comox
-Ronald St. Pierre
- Executive Chef, Locals, Courtenay
- Executive Chef, Berwick, Comox
– Atlas Café Courtney
– Tria Culinary Studio
- Fanny Bay Oysters
-Abel O'Brennan -
Coastal Black Estates Courtney
- Blue Moon Winery Courtney
- Shelter Point Distillery Courtney
– Courtney VQA Wine Store
Everyone above contributes their knowledge of shellfish.
Cooking it, sourcing it, pairing wines with whatever you’re cooking.
Then we head to Salt Spring Island
and the iconic Hastings House
located above Ganges Harbour.
It sits there like the a jewel. Welcoming. One of the best culinary experiences on the coast. Good for the soul.
Guests include:Kelly McAree
– GMMarcel Kauer
– Exec Chef
And the delightful Millie Sinclair
– who runs a stellar wine program.Awards:
Fodors Choice, Zagat: Top Canadian Resorts", Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Featured in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die
The Wickaninnish Inn and the sensational Sobo, Tofino. John Casella, the maker of 14 million cases of Yellow Tail.Stories we’re working on:
Brock University Sir George Fistonich – 50 years at Villa Maria
Hawksworth Launches a house wine with Orofino John Casella –
14 Million cases of Yellow Tail
Joy of Feeding
Chris Wyse – Young and Wyse
Matt Sherlock – Clean Slate
Hayley Hamilton – Dallas Sommelier
River Café – Calgary
Hotel Arts - Calgary