White Dinner a glamorous affair

An estimated 200 people took part in the inaugural Okanagan White Dinner on Sept. 9

The crowd was all in white for the inaugural Okanagan White Dinner

The crowd was all in white for the inaugural Okanagan White Dinner

The inaugural Okanagan White Dinner happened Sept. 9 and was a huge success. My committee team and I had a true battle with the elements setting up that day, but in the end, neither earth, wind nor fire could keep the spirit of this Parisian-style pop up picnic down.

High winds during setup later in the day not only caused our setup team headaches with tablecloths it was also the instigator of Peachland’s disastrous fire, spreading it into dangerous rural territory.

The first call was from friends, who needed to cancel in order to get home, pack and get their dogs to safety; the second was sadly from our shuttle driver bringing 25 of our white merrymakers to the party from down south. The bus was stopped and turned around by police. The good news? This group’s unstoppable spirit landed them at one of the shuttler’s homes and they proceeded to pop up their own party in sync with ours via cyberspace. It was so heartwarming viewing the photos of the mini white party waving their napkins in the air — the traditional signal that the group approves of the secret location and to let the party begin.

The event sold out, with 200 people attending this beautiful picnic, and the Okanagan could not have looked more glamorous. Attendees were in full white — from white tuxes, to hats and fascinators, feathers and glitz, together all toasting the night with glasses of bubbly on a backdrop of lake, mountains (and unfortunately red sky) — we were a Gatsby-esque delight. And, disappearing as quickly as the flash mob arrived — just as the original organizer François Pasquier over 20 years ago planned — it felt like a dream. I can’t wait until next year.

We are in negotiations with the international committee from Le Diner en Blanc to make our Okanagan event an official part of their international organization. We will then hopefully become Le Diner Okanagan next year, allowing the world to gaze upon our beautiful valley and its fabulous inhabitants. Le yay! Check out their website for details on this event: www.dinerenblanc.info.

Part of the excitement of this event is that it is invite only, so sign up for next year’s waiting list online now: http://2013whitedinner.eventbrite.com.

Sounds like another magical night is on the horizon. On Sept. 29, Stag’s Hollow Winery is hosting a fabulous event catered by valley favourite, Joy Road Catering. An autumn celebration, the dinner paired with library vintages will be “peppered with tales from the vineyard and cellar as stars emerge overhead.” Seating is limited so do reserve early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are $125 and can be ordered at www.stagshollowwinery.com or by calling 250-497-6162.




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



Just Posted

Geordie Fife exits the dunk tank during 2017’s Discovery House Father’s Day festivities at Skaha Lake Park. The fundraiser helps raise awareness of the work done at the house and break down the stigma associated with addiction. (Western News File)
Discovery House Father’s Day fundraiser goes digital

The addiction recovery program will be rolling out videos ahead of the fundraiser

The proposed design of the five-storey building on Front Street. (City of Penticton)
Five-storey building proposed for Penticton’s Front Street

It will be the second time the proposal will head to council

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from St. Eugene’s residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

RCMP thanked the public for assistance in finding Benjamin Archie, last seen in Princeton. (RCMP)
Missing Chilliwack man found safe and sound

The 80-year-old had walked away from his home in Chilliwack

57-year-old Kathleen Richardson was discovered deceased in her home Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Her death is considered a homicide and connected to the slain brothers found on a Naramata forest road. (Submitted)
Naramata community in shock as condolences pour in for homicide victim Kathy Richardson

Richardson was well liked in the community, a volunteer firefighter with a home-based salon

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

(Heather Lueck image)
Crash north of Enderby knocks out power, slows Highway 97A traffic

A witness captured footage of a medical helicopter landing at the scene

The RCMP presence in Central Okanagan public schools is being reviewed by the board of education. (File photo)
RCMP presence welcomed in Central Okanagan public schools

Staff survey feedback overwhelmingly positive from students, staff and parents

Most Read