There’s nothing quite like fall harvest season in the Okanagan. The colours of autumn brilliantly brush the valley’s vineyards with shades of gold and amber, personifying the region’s collective celebration of the rich bounty local farmers and their dedicated staff work to produce all summer long.
Beginning on October 23, chef Ned Bell and the Restaurant at Naramata Inn will launch a new series of fall celebrations, hosting an array of culinary events to highlight regional producers, from wineries, distilleries, and cheesemakers to ranchers and fishers.
Championing local producers through the use of sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients has always been at the core of chef Bell’s culinary philosophy, and Naramata’s new series offers the award-winning chef a chance to continue doing so in a highly creative and collaborative way.
“We’re not just a great restaurant with rooms,” says chef Bell. “We’re also a great place to bring people together to collaborate. We’re thrilled to be able to invite some of our favourite like-minded chefs and winemakers to join us here, and host a top line-up of dinners and creative wine-focused evenings this fall.”
The inaugural dinner will see chef Bell team up with Vancouver Magazine’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award-winner and former The Pear Tree chef, Scott Jaeger to showcase their shared passion for local ingredients with a six-course dinner.
Future events include a wine harvest dinner with Roche Winery, Lightening Rock Winery, and Orofino Vineyards, a multi-course menu with bubbles from Bella Winery, and collaborations with other acclaimed chefs such as Mike Robbins (AnnaLena) and Derek Grey (Row Fourteen).
The Restaurant at Naramata Inn’s culinary series runs from October 23 to December 4. A full list of upcoming events can be found online.