Popular grocer supports Kelowna's culinary community

Posted by on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 at 2:45pm.

Urban Fare steps out of the store to support aspiring chefs in the Okanagan this Saturday June 18 at a unique fundraiser at the Delta Grand Okanagan Hotel.

The market is providing some savoury support for budding chefs who are studying at the Okanagan College in partnership with the Okanagan Chef’s Association.  These junior culinary artists are participating in an event called Earth Wind Fire which is a fun fundraiser for the Nature Trust of British Columbia which is celebrating 45 years of advocating for land conservation in the province.

The event this Saturday is the 8th annual event which representative from the chef’s association call “absolutely amazing”.

Earth Wind Fire units the junior chefs with professional chefs in the Okanagan and the BC Culinary Team.  In all, 300 people will be all in one place, gathered at various food stations and each station will have a unique wine pairing.  The reception on Saturday at the Delta is co-hosted by Urban Fare, which has also donated the food for the event.

At the start of the evening, each of the junior chef team members will create three appetizers which will be paired with wines from Summerhill Pyramid, Tree Beer and ciders from Scenic Roads.

Because Urban Fare is providing the ingredients, they are pleased to welcome the junior chefs who will also be shopping for the food prior to the event.

Scott Nazaruk explained to Kelowna media that Urban Fare is a unique store catering to the unique food experience and the store is thrilled to be part of the event.

One of the junior chefs is Nathan Robinson, who said that the products offered at Urban Fare are remarkable and different than what can be found in a regular store.  He appreciates the specialty items and organic produce.  Robinson said he will be preparing a dish called Sticky Duck which will feature a salad of grilled fruit on the top.

Rachel Broe, another junior chef and Okanagan College student is going with a vegetarian selection.  She said a dollop of tomato jam atop a piece of crostini with lemon beets and avocado basil gel which sounds very exotic.  Eric Lee, a fellow chef, is of Korean heritage and is planning miso pork belly with smoked oysters with a few extra flourishes.

The team of aspiring food artists is being led by Melissa Masters with the Okanagan Chefs Association who said that each team will create something that guests can eat neatly in one or two bites along with their glass of whatever.

The reception on Saturday will be followed by a self-guided tour of the 14 stations, each attended by chefs, in which guests can enjoy an entrée or dessert prepared on-site by each team.

There will also be a live auction which will include rare opportunities to enjoy private exclusive dinners at many Okanagan eateries plus other popular restaurants in Vancouver.

Tickets to this big fundraiser are $175 which can be obtained by calling 1-866-288-7878.

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