Taste of the Arts serves up fine food and fun at the Shatford Centre

An upcoming fundraiser at the Shatford Centre offers attendees a marriage of fine food and good fun.

Taste of the Arts serves up fine food and fun at the Shatford Centre

An upcoming fundraiser at the Shatford Centre offers attendees a marriage of fine food and good fun.

The fourth annual A Taste for The Arts happens Sept. 26, serving as a fundraiser for the Shatford Centre and will happen among a backdrop of restaurants providing savoury, sweet and delicious culinary delights during a creative and fun evening celebrating the artistic community.

“The Shatford Learning Kitchen will bring together the creative community with its individuals and organizations, enhancing events such as the annual art awards, spearheaded by the Penticton Arts Council and the 2015 Arts B.C. Conference next April,” said Jane Shaak, executive director for the centre. “The culinary arts program is very exciting, along with life enhancement classes and community food preservation. The kitchen will also provide opportunities for fundraising events,  where community organizations can use these lovely facilities for improving theirs and our collective community resources.”

An official opening for the learning kitchen is planned for the spring of 2015, and will feature food prepared in the newly constructed facility, plus the installation of a plaque and storyboard to recognize those who have helped in making the project a reality.

Shaak said she’s appreciative of the support from individuals, businesses and local organizations, and wanted to recognize those taking part in the event.

“We believe that everyone is pleased that this heritage building was saved and brought back to life,” she said. “It is an outstanding community achievement already with lots of much deserved community pride.”

Restaurants and catering companies include: Brodo Kitchen, Buy the Sea, Joy Road Catering, La Casa Ouzeria, Pasta Factor, Penticton Lakeside, Saint Germaine, Theo’s Restaurant, True Grains, Voda Restaurant and Wild Scallion.

Beverages for the evening will be provided by Cannery Brewing, Jack Kelly Coffee, Lake Breeze Winery, Maple Leaf Spirits, Ruby Blues Winery and Upper Bench Winery.

Entertainment will include a trio of fiddlers and classic violinists, SAN, who will perform as guests are arriving and will do a 10-minute set of the music they performed at Penticton Peach Festival.

Naramata group Sax Among Friends, under the direction of Don Wade and featuring Yanti Rowland as vocalist, will perform throughout the evening. Also performing will be a classical pianist who is a student of Janet Webb.

The kitchen project is a co-operative effort that involves the Shatford Centre and Penticton Rotary Club. Those in attendance will receive an update on the kitchen’s progress and also take part in a festive event in its celebration.

When the kitchen is complete, it will provide the opportunity for chefs to prepare a variety of local foods, blending world flavours as they acknowledge the efforts of the artistic community.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Shatford Centre. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $45. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 250-770-7668, or email info@shatfordcentre.com, or pick them up in person at 760 Main St.