Setting the table for a taste of spring

Lots of spring news to share in the food and wine world

Executive chef Rob Cordonier (centre) is preparing for the reopening of Hillside Winery Bistro with chef Brent Pillon (left) and Chef Max Dallamore.

Executive chef Rob Cordonier (centre) is preparing for the reopening of Hillside Winery Bistro with chef Brent Pillon (left) and Chef Max Dallamore.

Lots of spring news to share in the food and wine world. Firstly, the highly anticipated re-opening of the expanded Waterfront Wines restaurant is just around the corner. A new look, double the space, plus a chef’s table where four lucky diners (reservations highly recommended) will sit right at the kitchen counter to watch chef Mark Filatow and team in action. Word is that those gorgeous new doors open next week — hurrah!

Penticton has a lot to hoot and holler about these days. After all, the city was recently listed as No. 1 in the Top 19 wine destinations around the world, in the top 25 climbing locations in the world and in the top 10 places to try something new (sip wine). With new wineries springing up in the area, many with new eateries launching this spring, they continue to build their already delicious reputation. Beginning mid-April, the downtown Summerland location of the Vanilla Pod Restaurant is moving to Poplar Grove Winery on Middle Bench Road, Penticton. Poplar Grove’s spectacular new building includes a restaurant space with a view and patio to die for. This is going to make an extraordinary destination for food and wine lovers.

Just up the road at super cool Misconduct Wine Co. owners Richard and Twylla da Silva also factored space for an eatery into their new wine shop renovations. Former owner of local favorite, Amante Bistro in Penticton, chef Abul Adame will be offering delicious bites for visitors to enjoy inside or on the patio. Stay tuned for an opening date.

Fish taco lovers and fans of local hangout Okanagan Street Food can relax — chef Neil is back from holidays and they have reopened.

What’s going on with Cooper’s in Mission Park Mall? It is in the process of becoming an Urban Fare a la Vancouver. The store will remain operating while under renovation and completion is scheduled for June.

Hillside Winery’s gorgeous bistro will reopen for the season on March 31. Prepare to have your palate wowed by their fabulous executive chef Rob Cordonier. I am a huge fan.

Spring wine festival events are posted so start planning and booking tickets now before they sell out. The festival runs May 4 to 13 — check out for all event and ticket info.

I can’t wait to attend the Cellar Dinner, Dancing and Winemakers Olympics at The View Winery. Kick up your heels at The View Winery with an entertaining evening of fine food and wine pairings combined with live music and the excitement of the Winemakers Olympics. Participants will be put through their paces in a series of events, which will not only test their abilities but entertain onlookers as well. (Participation in Olympic activities is encouraged but not mandatory.)

Olympic awards and closing ceremonies will be followed by dancing to the funky, classic tunes of Peter Glockner and Dave Beaton. Last year was sold out — reservations are required. Check out or call 250-860-0742.

The View Winery has also been giving their wine shop a makeover and is due to unveil the new look this month.




Jennifer Schell is the editor of B.C. Food and Wine Trails magazine.



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