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Summerdine hits the Okanagan

Chef Jenna Pillon of Terrafina Restaurant in Oliver - a former Les Dames scholarship recipient. - Submitted Photo to the Penticton Western News
Chef Jenna Pillon of Terrafina Restaurant in Oliver - a former Les Dames scholarship recipient.
— image credit: Submitted Photo to the Penticton Western News

It claims to be Canada’s largest concurrent dinner party and on Aug. 6 over 40 restaurants will participate in the Okanagan.

Summerdine joins the experience of dining at a local restaurant at the same time as others participating with over 40 restaurants across British Columbia for charity.  Organized by the B.C. Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international organization of woman who raise scholarship funds for other woman to enter educational programs into the food, wine and hospitality industry.

“Here in the Okanagan we have some former Les Dames scholarship recipients including sending the amazing Chef Jenna Pillon at Terrafina Restaurant and Raudz/micro Chef Evelynn Takoff, a former Top Chef Canada participant, to culinary school,” said Jennifer Schell, a member of Les Dames.

Each of the restaurants have donated a table for the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 6. On the same night, at the same time, over 40 restaurants from Vancouver to Victoria and the Okanagan will donate a single table in their garden, courtyard, vineyard, urban patio or kitchen table with a multi-course set menu created to inspire the bounty of summer gardens, paired with wine for only $79 with all proceeds to Les Dames d’Escoffier.  Thanks to local wine donations that include offerings from Bella Wines, The View Winery, Spierhead Winery, Black Cloud Pinot Noir, Tantalus Vineyards and Summerhill Pyramid Winery.

Schell said this year is the largest restaurant participation in this event ever in the Okanagan with tables being set across the valley. In Kelowna, RaudZ Regional Table & Spierhead Winery have come together to create a picnic in the vineyard for four guests while in Summerland at Local Lounge and Grille a table for eight on their gorgeous private lounge patio overlooking the lake.

Poppadoms in Kelowna has designed a wonderful menu to enjoy in a private nook on their patio and Naramata Heritage Inn has created a stunning experience for guests to dine al fresco amongst the lavender at Forest Green Man Lavender Farm.

Also in Kelowna superstar chef and sommelier Mark Filatow of Waterfront Wines Urban Eats + Drink offers up a kitchen table for four – a unique experience to watch the chef and his team orchestrate your beautiful meal. In Oliver, guests at Terrafina Restaurant will be swept away with the magic of dining in the vineyard on a warm desert night.

To book a table and help other women achieve their dreams and hopefully come back to join our thriving Okanagan food and wine industry.

For the restaurant list, menus and to purchase tickets: www.eventbrite.ca/e/les-dames-descoffier-summerdine-garden-party-tickets-11977925297.

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