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backyard-farm.ca goes live!

After a long anticipated project has consumed the last few months, Backyard-Farm.ca is live! This project is the result of my Chef’s dream-a lifestyle of farm to table eating. As a farming chef with 130 fruit trees on our hobby farm, I now have the pleasure of bringing an intimate and engaging private dining experience or culinary workshop to our guests. With a health board approved commercial kitchen set in an open concept farmhouse, we can accommodate up to 20 guests for chefs table dining or up to 10 guests for workshops and cooking demonstrations. Surrounded by our orchard and...

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First “Backyard Farm” Chefs Table Dinner

The first weekend of official launch has been a busy and exciting time for us! We had the opportunity to host a group of food and travel writers on a tour of the South Okanagan for an evening of food, great company and Maverick Wines. Bertus my good friend, neighbor and a seriously talented winemaker agreed to pair the menu with his wines, some of which are not released, and most certainly will be sought after…The menu was paired with some new vintage, and some of his hard to find first vintage. Old world wines, crafted with passion and dedication to quality-the end result was a very...

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Foodism Dinner Series!!!

Great Chef Lineup in a fantastic setting….. Really excited for this event-Hosted by Gatzke Orchards in stunning Oyama BC, the “foodism” Dinner series starts in a mere 10 days! I have the pleasure of being the first chef kicking off this engaging, intimate and food forward event on the 25th of this month. I will be pairing a spring inspired multicourse menu with some of my favorite Burrowing Owl Wines. Check out the guest chef’s sharing their love of food monthly until the beginning of autumn! Surely not to be missed, and a fantastic value at $69 per person....

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Wordsmith Support-A few articles for your reading pleasure!

Lionel came in and took a few photos on behalf of The Oliver Chronicle. After we had a chat of my kid-foodie “experiment”, he went and interviewed a few of the kids who eat the salad bar weekly. Thanks Lionel!   Students put their veggie trust in young chef Posted by: staff1 Posted date: March 13, 2014 In: Featured | comment : 0 Students wait patiently to dive in to Chris Van Hooydonk’s salad bar, which has garnered rave reviews at Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School. Lyonel Doherty photo If you can’t get your kids to eat their veggies, just send them to Chris Van Hooydonk...

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Frolicking with the Easter Bunny…….A week in Review

The Easter Bunny and I have sure been busy this week…… And what did the Easter Bunny bring me???? Well I just finished laying the cove base in the kitchen area-no small task, but instant rewards once it is on! Feeling as though the best gift this easter weekend is a bit of time to reflect after a busy week. Ton managed to finish the entire floor, and the seating area is shiny with brand new “rough sawn” looking laminate. The man is simply unstoppable, and to think that not only did he single handedly lay the flooring over two days, but he removed and replaced both the...

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Bartering with knowledge- A week of springtime inspiration.

Finally the bees are out, looking for the first signs of spring as I know I have been…Today was a fitting end to one of the most inspiring weeks of 2014. The week was filled with great company, inspiring food and a huge spectrum of learning. Passionate cooks recognize the real beauty of this career-enjoying what you do every single day of your working life, and the opportunity to learn something from everyone. Opportunity is they key-we have the often occurrence to meet like minded and ambitious people all the time. Clients, cooks, dishwashers and friends-once you are humble enough to...

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