February 18th, 2023 Every Chef Needs a Farmer- Every Farmer Needs a Chef!
Every Chef Needs a Farmer Every Farmer Needs a Chef!
We were invited to the third annual Chef/Farmer gathering. This year at Church and State Winery in Central Saanich.
It was presented by Buy BC.
The entire concept was created by Lana Popham, Minister of Agriculture and Food. It’s a great fit because she WAS a farmer when the idea came to her. As Minister, she oversees the Buy BC program.
It continues to highlight the many unique and engaging products coming from our own backyards. It’s a direct link between consumers and the creators behind each and every label.
Our pal Chef Ned Bell is the chef ambassador for Buy BC. As long as I’ve known Ned, he’s always been pushing the boundaries between Kitchens and Farmers. There’s nothing he likes more than uniting and collaborating with other chefs, fishers, farmers, and influencers. The man is a game-changer.
If you’ve ever dined at his Naramata Inn, you’ll know that he’s also one of our very best chefs. His panel was titled – The Future of Food; Sustainable, Indigenous, Farmed, and Wild.
(Ned Bell and TDM)
NOTE: We couldn’t possibly interview all the Farmers. I think there were over 20 in the room but we will reconnect and do stories on many of them !
Our Special Guests this week are:
Robert Belcham – Chef’s Table Society. Chef and Owner Popina
Shawn Dirksen – Owner Northstar Organics. His panel was Selling Food to Our City. Small-Scale Diversified Organic Farming.
Jared Qwustenuxun Williams – Indigenous Foods Chef, Writer, and Storyteller
Ian Tostenson – President and CEO, BC Restaurant and Food Services Assn
Michael Verbrugge and Victoria Lake – Canadian Seafood Processing
Chef Ned Bell – Naramata Inn
Lana Popham – Minister of Agriculture and Food
STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:
Meet the Makers
Culmina and Laughing Stock Winemakers
Kitten Swish – with Brad Royale
Van Wine Fest
Lt Governors Awards
Okanagan Wine Festivals
Oaxaca Mezcal and Food
Osoyoos le Rose