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June 17th, 2017 – Live from the BC Shellfish Festival…

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LIVE from the 11th annual BC Shellfish festival in Courtney Comox 

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 The unique culinary event that promotes the region’s shellfish farmers and their delicacies to seafood lovers and chefs grows bigger every year.  This is Year 11.

Tasting Room Radio is covering both weekends.

 

What originally began as a one‐day event 11 years ago, has become the largest seafood festival in Western Canada, featuring popular local and international culinary celebrities and outstanding seafood.

Highlights for 2017 include the B.C. Seafood on Your Plate Restaurant Campaign, the B.C. Seafood Expo, a completely new Fresh Fest and the Fanny Bay Oyster Shucking Competition and OceanWise Chowder Challenge at the signature festival event, the Comox by the Sea Celebration,  Sunday, June 18th. For more information and tickets, visit bcshellfishfestival.com and bcseafoodexpo.com.

 WE ARE LIVE SATURDAY AT 10 AM!!

Our guests include:

 Culinary leader –  Don House Calgary http://www.idmg.ca/about-1/

Darren MacLean – Shokunin Calgary https://twitter.com/chefdmac?lang=en

Duncan Ly – Foreign Concept  Calgary  http://foreignconcept.ca/

JinnHee Lee – Foreign Concept Calgary  http://foreignconcept.ca/

Trevor Bird = Fable/Fable Diner  Vancouver www.fablekitchen.ca

Ned Bell – Ocean Wise. Van Aquarium  https://cookculture.com/blogs/chef-profiles/25079745-chef-ned-bell

Nick Nutting – The Wolf in the Fog.  Tofino  http://www.wolfinthefog.com/ 

Rod Butters – Raudz Kelowna  www.raudz.com 

Brock Bowes – Terra Fina  http://www.terrafinarestaurant.com/

 

Blue Moon

40 knots Winery  https://www.40knotswinery.com/

Blue Moon  https://www.bluemoonwinery.ca

Nathan Fong – Fong on Food www.fongonfood.com

 

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STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

  • John Schreiner – Icon
  • Skitchine Lodge with Rhys Pender. John Weber & Chef Mark Filatow
  • Cider Special
  • Bloom – BC VQA wines pour in Vancouver.

 

 

 

 

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March 6th, 2021- Sandra Oldfield with 3 Women of Wine/Evan Saunders presents two new Blasted Church Reds.

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Sandra Oldfield with 3 Women of Wine/Evan Saunders presents two new Blasted Church Reds.

 

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Sandra Oldfield

 

Sandra Oldfield is a welcome force. 

Sandra is the co-founder of Elysian Projects. (with her husband and pal Kenn)

I love exchanging info and ideas with her but mostly I ask questions and get OUT of the way.

Several months ago Sandra suggested we spotlight BC’s Women of Wine.

This weeks she returns with stories and features on

Women leading the growing  Wine Club movement and her three favourite Wine Clubs (and why they work for her)

 

Terry Meyer Stone – Mayhem Wines, Meyer Family Wines & The Garagiste Movement.

Terry Meyer Stone

 

Severine Pinte – Winemaker at Le Vieux Pin

Severine Pinte

 

Leslie D’Andrea – Co-founder/Wine Community Leader at Noble Ridge

 

Leslie and Jim D’Andrea

 

At the very end of this two part feature we touch on the  recent loss of her Father and the post that followed.

(Her Post can be found at)

www.sandraoldfield.com

www.elysianprojects.com

#BCWineChat

 

Evan Saunders – Winemaker at Blasted Church

Evan Saunders Winemaker Blasted Chuch

Speaking of women as leaders in the BC Wine Industry – how about Evelyn Campbell at Blasted Church?

Evelyn Campbell

But as Evelyn writes on their website:

I’ve had good fortune of finding highly talented, visionary and highly motivated individuals. I grant them full trust, and support them with the resources required to perform their very best for our winery endeavour. A philosophy that has helped Blasted Church thrive.

 We welcome  one of those high motivated individuals Evan Saunders- Winemaker.

 Trained in micro-biology  at U Vic on Vancouver island, then straight to Ontario and the  well known winemaking courses at Brock.

On site training followed at Osoyoos Larose in Oliver and the ground-breaking Pinot at  Kosta Browne In California.

Even worked his way up from student to cellar rat to assistant and is now a fully developed   human being.

He brings with him two of his latest reds. (I’M RECOMMENDING BOTH. What a great way to celebrate the end of Winter)

2017 – Merlot  (89% Merlot 11% Malbec)

Plums. Dark ripe berries. Dark Chocolate.  Serious texture in the mouth and a long finish. Outstanding tannins.

Think steaks, tomato based pasta, burgers…ribbbbbs.

$27.00  (874 cases)

 

2017 Syrah (94% Syrah. 3% Viognier 3% Roussanne)

 

The Viognier and Roussanne were co-fermented with the Syrah. Bringing the nose alive!

Left on skins for up to 3 weeks. Oak was  also a mix – French, American and Hungarian.

14 months in barrel then racked to tanks, blended and back in barrel for another 4 months.

So!  Was it worth it?   Oh Hell yes.

 

Black berries of all shapes and sizes on the nose with a bacon chaser.

Same in the mouth. Wonderful texture and tannins. Loooong finish.

This is a wine to open and celebrate,  then hide the other bottles for at least a couple of years.

 

$29.50  (2262 cases)

 

Evan also teases us with what’s coming later in the Spring

2018  Killer Cab Franc

2020 Rose – (Blaufränkisch)

Nebbiolo

Others..

www.blastedchurch.com

FYI

Office Hours: 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday
Wine Shop Hours: 10am – 5pm Monday – Friday

NOTE! We are now closed for tastings and open for sales only weekdays 10am – 5pm.
If you are making a pilgrimage from afar, please call us first as Winter hours may vary.

Before your visit, please review our Safety Plan for more information.

 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON;

Luke Whittall – Valleys of Wine

Canadian Whisky Awards

Wineries  and restaurants opening for Spring.

Spring Releases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mulligan Stew March 6th 2021- Special Guest Ariel Posen

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Ariel Posen is an admitted guitar-for-hire.

I discovered him through the music of The Bros Landreth.

Joey and David were the first to take me aside and say “watch that guy…he’s much more than a guitar player.”

And so we arrive at that moment when Ariel steps out with his second solo album Headway.

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His songs. His band. His voice.  Pure Posen

And just like the Bros. he already had a growing and established audience in Europe.. He lived in Cork, Ireland for years, toured all over that part of the world. Many in his audience discovered his playing when he regularly demo’d guitars for a large music chain. They had no idea he also sang and wrote his own music. All the fans and fan mags knew was – he was a great guitar player.

We found Ariel now living in Montreal.  You’re going to love this guy.

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Allman Bros

Stephen Stills

Mark Knopfler

And

Dominique Fils-Aime  Kick Off The Stew.

Chris Cornell doing John Lennon

Paul McCartney – new solo

The Wood bros Live

Tedeschi Trucks

Ray Charles

Blue Rodeo Live

Steve Miller Band

Fats Live

And  lot MORE

Enjoy!

PLAYLIST:

Mulligan Stew www.mulliganstew.ca Here we go
Broken Bones Mark Knopfler Tracker
treetop  flyer Stephen Stills Live at Sheppards Bish
Come on in my kitchen Allman Brothers Shades of two Worlds
Made up mind Dominique Fils-Aime 3 Little Words
www.mulliganstew.ca Coming UP – Fats. Dr John. Stevie “guitar” Miller
Hello Josephine  (live) Fats Domino Live
Trick Bag Crescent City Gold The Ultimatre Session
www.mulliganstew.ca NEXT – Ganger of Love and Watching  the Wheels
Gangster of love The Steve Miller Band Sailor
Watching the wheels Chris Cornell No one sings like you anymore
Find my way Paul McCartney McCartney 3
www.nobleridge.com Coming UP – Ariel Posen Interview Hello
Do I look worried? The Tedeschi Trucks Band Made up Mind
Let’s go get stoned Ray Charles The Greatest
Lost together (LIVE) Blue Rodeo Live at Massey Hall
www.mulliganstew.ca Let’s get loaded  with The Wood Brothers
I got loaded (live) The  Wood Brothers Live at The Barn
This is The Stew – with TDMulligan www.mulliganstew.ca
Ariel Posen Interview with tdm
Heart by Heart Ariel Posen Headway
Ariel Posen Interview Mulligan Stew
Now I see Ariel Posen Headway
Ariel Posen Interview Mulligan Stew
Carry me Home Ariel Posen Headway
This is The Stew – with TDMulligan www.mulliganstew.ca
Stand Up Joshua Henry Stand Up
Hey – It’s The Stew with terrydavidmulligan
Jealous again The Black Crowes Shake your money maker
Jealous again (acoustic) The Black Crowes Shake your money maker (deluxe) 30th anniversary
TDMulligan www.mulliganstew.ca
On your way down Trombone Shorty and Allen Tousaint Backatown
www.mulliganstew.ca Next – Bunny Wailer
Dreamland Bunny Wailer Classic Reggae
Johnny Too Bad Bunny Wailer Protest
www.deanehouse.com www.river-café.com
Not Fade Away The Rolling Stones Stripped
Stand by me John Lennon Working Class hero
Cupid Amy Winehouse Back to Black (DELUXE)

EP 146 | Ariel Posen

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Ariel Posen is an admitted guitar-for-hire.

I discovered him through the music of The Bros Landreth.

Joey and David were the first to take me aside and say “watch that guy…he’s much more than a guitar player.”

And so we arrive at that moment when Ariel steps out with his second solo album Headway.

His songs. His band. His voice.  Pure Posen

And just like the Bros. he already had a growing and established audience in Europe.. He lived in Cork, Ireland for years, toured all over that part of the world. Many in his audience discovered his playing when he regularly demo’d guitars for a large music chain. They had no idea he also sang and wrote his own music. All the fans and fan mags knew was – he was a great guitar player.

We found Ariel now living in Montreal.  You’re going to love this guy.

Mulligan Stew Feb 27th 2021-Wall to Wall hand-picked music!

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The Stew is wall to wall hand-picked music

 

Strong  Mulligan Stew donor suggestions drive this weeks playlist.

Here’s a mix of their favourites and mine..

 

Kick off with

 

Shape I’m in – The Band (New remaster of Stage Fright LP)

PJ Harvey and Thom Yorke

The amazing Dominque Fils-Aime

Valerie June and Carla Thomas (Valerie  in Calgary Saturday night)

 

Best of the Rest –

Two Van Morrison tracks

2 John Mayer tracks

Bettye LaVette does Dylan

Dylan does Dylan

 

The Hour Two donors lean all  the way into Cash Country.  Yesterday was Johnny Cash’s Birthday.

With  several tracks by Johnny Cash (his birthday Saturday)

Roseanne Cash– with Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello

Sheryl Crowe and Joe Walsh

Toots in Memphis

Sam Roberts

And we finish with a couple of guitar gunslingers Chuck Berry and Eric Clapton Live – wailing on Wee Wee Hours.

 

Playlist at www.mulliganstew.ca

And this week  on the Mulligan Stew Podcast Buffy Saint-Marie guests from Hawaii – on the occasion of her 80th Birthday. The complete Interview.

Next week – Ariel Posen

PLAYLIST:

Mulligan Stew Feb 27 2021
This is The Stew www.mulliganstew.ca
This mess we’re in PJ Harvey – Thom Yorke Stories from The City. Stories from The Sea
You left me Dominique Fils-Aime Three Little Words
Call me a Fool Valerie June & Carla Thomas The Moon and Stars
www.deanehouse.com www.river-café.com www.coyotesbanff.com
Star of the County Down Van Morrison and The Chieftans Irish Heartbeat
Empty Ray Lamontagne Til the Sun turns black
www.mulliganstew.ca Coming up – Beatles. Boz.Betye and Blue Shadows. They are Killer B’s
I will The Beatles White LP
Playlist at www.mulliganstew.ca
Last Tango on 16th Street Boz Scaggs A fool to care
Things have changed Bettye LaVette Things have changed
False Prophet Bob Dylan Rough and Rowdy Ways
www.winebc.com Coming UP – Van Morrison and Blue Shadows
How far from God Van Morrison and The Chieftans Roll with the Punches
Deliver Me The Blue Shadows On the floor of Heaven
www.mulliganstew.ca Coming UP – The CASH Family and The Boss
Crawl into the promised land Rosanne Cash Single
I won’t back down Johnny Cash American 111
Sea of Heartbreak Rosanne Cash and Bruce Springsteen The List
Junko Partner Crescent City Gold The Ultimate Session
Malibu Man Dan Auerbach Waiting on a song
Inner City blues Molly Johnson Meaning to tell you
Still the good old days Sheryl Crowe and Joe Walsh Threads
www.mulliganstew.ca
NEXT – John Mayer-Toots. Sam Roberts. Rossane Cash / Elvis. Chuck Berry
Free Fallin’ (live) John Mayer Where the light is
Waiting on the World to change John Mayer and Ben Harper The Village Sessions
I’ve got dreams Toots Hibbard Toots in Memphis
War Chest Sam Roberts All us Us
This is Mulligan Stew – year 26 www.mulliganstew.ca
Don’t think twice, it’s alright Johnny Cash Orange Blossom Special
Heartache by the Numbers Rosanne Cash and Elvis Costello The List
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Wee Wee Hours (live) Chuck Berry and Eric Clapton Hail Hail Rock and Roll

EP 145 | Buffy Saint-Marie Turns 80

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Last Saturday Singer/Songwriter, Educator, Social Activist, Mother, and leader Buffy Saint-Marie celebrated her 80th Birthday.  

She had some cake she made the night before and called us from her home in Hawaii.

This is the complete interview 

(Keep your ears open for chickens and roosters in the yard and about 15 minutes in a huge rainstorm pounds the roof.  She does live in a rainforest after all)

Because we have known each other over so many years, I went all the way back to her birth. She was abandoned as a baby and adopted by a family who gave her love and education. Buffy explains that she doesn’t really know her real birthday date but it didn’t let her stop becoming a legend.

Original photography by Jack Robinson.
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She was told at 6 years old in school that “there were no more Indians around. All Gone.  Maybe some in Arizona”.  We talk about what has changed for young native students. If anything.

Buffy has always lived a life looking at ”the long view”.  In our talk, she explains what that means and how well it served her. She likes “busy”. Busy is good.

She’s won a Grammy, An Oscar, received an  Order of Canada,  spent 5 glorious years educating on Sesame Street, and has received countless honors.

You can read about her amazing life in Andrea Warner’s  Book,  Buffy Saint-Marie – The Authorized Bio.

We welcome back – The Buffster.

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February 27th, 2021 Nichol Winery raises funds for BC Hospitality Friends plus New Wines from Giant Head..

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The Press Release said:

 

The BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) is honoured to be the beneficiary of a new initiative by Naramata’s  Nichol Vineyard and Winery.

Starting immediately, the Naramata winery will donate $10 from the sale of every case of its 2019 Pinot Gris to the local charity.

Cases of  the wildly popular Nichol Vineyard 2019 Pinot Gris may be purchased online for home delivery; shipping is free within B.C. or across Canada with a purchase or 2 or more cases.

 

Our guests are:

Dana Lee Harris – Executive Director of BC Hospitality Foundation 

Dana Lee Harris and TDM (pre-Covid)

www.bchospitalityfoundation.com

Matthew Sherlock – Director Sales and Marketing Nichol Vineyard/Partner Lock and Worth  

www.nicholvineyard.com

www.lockandworth.com

 

Think about it – wait staff, the kitchens, cleaners, front of house, hotel staff and their families.  Covid 19 has crushed a lot of lives and dreams.

We’re telling this story because people and businesses are stepping forward to help and support each other.,

Nichol Pinot Gris is one of the most popular wines in BC…here’s a chance to buy a case or two  and help those around you.

While we’re talking to Matt Sherlock we’ll also talk about the Nichol portfolio and the sneaky good Lock and Worth

(This winery is truth in winemaking. I love them for the honesty with which they create.)

They are actually admitting to miscreating and then selling a white blend that wasn’t supposed to be a blend…and you can find it at $13.00 in selected stores.

It’s a Chard and Semillon. Return buyers indicate its damn good.

Matthew Sherlock. Nichol Vineyard, Naramata BC

 

The last story is the return of John Glavina to TRR.  He’s the Co-Founder of Giant Head Winery in Summerland.

John and his partner Jinny Lee continue to offer  better and better wines. Some are sold out (always a good sign) and several are gems you want to seek out.

They have two levels of wines

 

John-Glavina

Giant Head and Canyonview.

Giant Head offers solid entry wines at affordable prices.

The Canyonview line is the very best on offer.

 

Welcome back John Glavina

  

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:

 

Luke Whittall – Valleys of Wine

Black Swift opens its doors

Wines of BC – an update.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 20th, 2021- Western Living Food /Travel Editor Neil McLennan : Top 40 Foodies of 2021

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Western Living Food /Travel Editor Neil McLennan : Top 40 Foodies of 2021

Neil McLennan – Western Living

This is the  14th edition of  Western Livings Foodies of the Year and it’s safe to say, it’s been a tough year for most everyone in the hospitality industry across Western Canada. But despite the closures, restrictions and seemingly endless hurdles, the foodies of the West still managed to make their mark and do all of us proud. Western Living’s Top 40 Foodie  winners will be announced Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

 

With the invaluable assistance and lung power of Food and Travel Editor Neil McLennan, we present Western Livings  2021 Foodies of the Year Finalists: these are 40 of the tastemakers, innovators and damn good cooks that wowed their  editorial team. Congratulations to each and every one of you.

 

  1. Katherine Backman (Nora’s Non-Dairy <https://www.norasnondairy.com/> , Vancouver) The beloved cashew-based Nora’s is only three years old but it’s already in 250 retailers in B.C. and Alberta, including Whole Foods Market, Nesters Market and SPUD.ca, and has sold more than 100,000 pints of its ice cream.

 

  1. Ned Bell & Kate Colley (The Naramata Inn <https://naramatainn.com/> , Naramata) The former Four Seasons chef and Oceanwise ambassador is no stranger to this list, but he and wife Colley (along with partners Marie Wiesner and Paul Hollands) have taken the all-potential, but never-quite-there circa 1907 Naramata Inn and transformed it into the perfect small wine country inn. Great food, a killer wine list and charm and history galore—it’s the lodging the area’s been longing for.

Chef Ned bell

Kate Colley

  1. Tess Bevernage and Tom Robillard (Hānai Family Table <https://www.hanaifamilytable.com/> , Vancouver) In a year when all but the most selfish of us stayed put in our home provinces, what a godsend it was to have these two recent O’ahu transplants cooking up all the Hawaiian classics—from garlic Furikake Chicken to Spam Musabi to perfect macaroni salad—once a week from their East Georgia shared commissary to a legion of tropically deprived fans.

 

  1. Bread & Butter Collective (Social Issues, Victoria) Spearheaded by some of the biggest names in the city (Sterling Grice of Part & Parcel, the Big Wheel Burger team) this initiative is focussed reimagining the Victoria food scene addressing issue with compensation, returns and community engagement.

 

  1. @actual_daddy (Good Pizza <https://linktr.ee/Goodpizzayvr> , Vancouver) The industry veteran—real name Alexander Cashin—started making homemade pizzas on his night off, posting them on Instagram and then donating profits to local charities helping those in need. It proved so popular that it’s morphed into an actual business: Good Pizza started serving the public in late January 2021.

 

  1. Antonio CayonneAndrew Jameson and Sean Reeve (Say Mercy! <https://www.saymercy.ca/> , Vancouver) The Southern-meets-Italian spot had just opened when Covid hit, but the team (who also own the Mackenzie Room) responded by starting the Staff Meal program, which allowed industry people and first responders to access low-cost healthy meals via takeout (and made reasonably priced containers of deliciousness for the rest of us). Plus Cayonne found time to star in a Hallmark Movie – no kidding.

 

7.Taylor Chobotiuk (Tacofino <https://www.tacofino.com/> , numerous locations in B.C.) The head of people at Tacofino spearheaded the Shift Change series of events, and when Covid hit moved them online to help the industry open up a discussion on important issues facing the industry like LGBTQ2S and BIPOC inclusion.

 

  1. Meaghan and Steve Clark (Tractor <https://tractorfoods.com/> , Vancouver/Victoria/Toronto) Covid proved a boon to the healthy, pre-made fare that has seen Tractor grow from one location in Kits in 2013 to now nine, including Toronto and the newly opened Victoria spot.

 

  1. Abdallah “Dallah” El Chami (Superbaba <https://eatsuperbaba.com/> , Vancouver & Victoria) With partners Robbie Kane and Ryan Spong, Dallah brought the middle-eastern meets high-end ingredient concept to Main Street, and it’s been one of the few openings to flourish during a tough year. Plus he helped spearhead the movement to avoid delivery services, by making Superbaba a pick-up only spot.

Abdallah “Dallah” El Chami

 

 

  1. Liane Faulder (Edmonton Journal, <https://edmontonjournal.com/> Edmonton) The long-time Journal scribe covered Edmonton’s food scene with focus and passion for more than 30 years before taking a final bow in 2020. A sincere bow to a job well done.

 

  1. Mike Gordon (Great Plains Craft Spirits <https://greatplainscraftspirits.com/> , Calgary) The main problem facing any whisky start-up? Time needed to mature the spirit to mellow perfection. Gordon didn’t have it, so he got creative with a variety of unique barrel finishes—both 20-year-old cognac & 35-year Armagnac versions will be coming soon. But it was their inaugural Jerez brandy finish that got them all the attention—including Best New Whisky at the Canadian Whisky Awards.

 

  1. Brandon Grossutti (Pidgin <http://www.pidginvancouver.com/> , Vancouver) The long-time Gastown restaurant owner created delivery app FromTo, as a cost-based delivery app that was designed to allow restaurants to survive the lockdown without having to pay the steep delivery fees associated with the big companies.

 

  1. Joe and Matt Hamill (Red Shed Malting <http://www.redshedmalting.ca/> , Penhold, AB) Most craft beer drinkers don’t think beyond the brewmaster when they enjoy a pint, but if it weren’t for the Hamill brothers steering their multi-generational farm in central Alberta toward producing their own custom malt, there would be a lot less interesting pints in Wild Rose Country.

 

  1. Jill Hoff (Monogram Coffee <https://monogramcoffee.com/> , Calgary) The team at Monogram has been at the forefront of the sustainable, ultra-nerdy love of coffee since their first location in 2014. This year saw their showstopping manager Jill Hoff win the title of Best Barista in Canada at the Canadian Barista Championships—the first woman to ever garner the honour.

 

Jill Hoff

 

  1. Tristan Jagger (Vancouver Food Runners <https://www.vancouverfoodrunners.com/> , Vancouver) This start-up pairs restaurants with organization that help those in need with an aim to prevent food waste. Since March 2020, they have rescued over 235,000 pounds of food, which is equivalent to over 195,000 meals.

 

  1. Kelcie Jones (Chambar <https://www.chambar.com/> , Vancouver) With four years and counting at Chambar, the somm is one of the longest-serving-at-one-spot wine slingers in the city, and not only does she run one of the city’s tightest wine programs she’s long been an agitator for respectful and equal work environments for all FOH peeps.

Kelcie Jones

 

  1. Jenny Kang (Orchard <https://orchardyyc.com/> , Calgary) The South Korean native grew up on a farm outside Seoul and has worked at some of the city’s top rooms (Bow Valley Ranche and Darren McLean’s acclaimed Shokunin), but at the stunning new Sturgess Architecture-designed Orchard, she’s finally the star of the show (and part owner), and she’s been wowing crowds with her modern Mediterranean as seen through a pan-Asian lens take on cooking.

 

  1. Peter Keith, Will Kotowicz and Glendon Tan (Meuwly’s Artisan Food Market <https://www.meuwlys.com/> , Edmonton) The concept started with three friends and nascent butchers launching a Secret Meat Club that delivered artisanal fare to those in the know. It’s now morphed into a 124th Street bricks-and-mortar shop showcasing not just their own charcuteries, but local fare from a well-curated selection of purveyors.

 

  1. Tyler Knight and Jordan Kubeck (Lightning Rock Winery <https://www.lightningrockwinery.com/> , Summerland) Their low-intervention sparkling-wine operation has been clamoured after since their first vintage three years ago, and each year production and acclaim increases—and the date they sell out gets shorter.

 

  1. Eve Laird (Eve’s Crackers <https://evescrackers.com/pages/stockists> , Vancouver) The dream of a gluten-free cracker that tastes good became a reality when the Nanaimo-raised Laird perfected the crunchy and flavourful recipe that is the hallmark of Eve’s crackers. Now in some 500 locations across Western Canada, including Safeway, Save On Foods and Whole Foods Market. Sales reached the high six figures in 2019.

 

  1. Arlie and Brett Laroche, Scott Dicks and Lacey Sellinger (Odla <https://odla.ca/> , Saskatoon) Two farmers, a chef and a sommelier come together like some sort of agrarian Avengers to bring Saskatoon a near-perfect partnership of a generational farm (Odla means farm in Swedish) that supplies the bounty to a farm-to-table wonder on Sakatoon’s Broadway Ave.

 

  1. Julius Makarewicz (Nude Beverages <https://nudebeverages.com/> , Vancouver) Is it possible that Nude, that spirit juggernaut that’s seemingly everywhere in Western Canada, only launched in 2017? Yes, and the anticipated onslaught of the behemoth has done little to dampen the local champ’s upwards trajectory.

Julius Makarewicz

 

 

  1. Jonathan Burke, Alex Ploughman, Craig and Jillian Sheridan (Legends Haul <https://shop.legendshaul.com/> , Coquitlam) Perhaps the ultimate Covid pivoters, they not only moved from supplying high-end protein and produce from restaurants to consumers, but they also quickly added ready-made food from those restaurants to their growing fan base.

 

  1. Gemma McNeill and Doug Zaklan (Zaklan Heritage Farms <http://www.zaklanheritagefarm.com/> , Surrey) The duo has transformed a 1.5-acre micro-plot that’s been in Dougs family for over 90 years into the go-to spot for thoughtful and creative chefs (like Budock and Co.’s Andrea Carlson) who want the very best (grown by the very best people).

Zaklan Heritage Farms

 

  1. Said Mdahoma (Said the Pastry Nerd)  <https://www.instagram.com/said.pastrynerd/?hl=en> , Calgary) If one person encapsulates everything that happened in the pandemic year, it might be this French-Comorian PhD in Neuroscience who got the baking bug and transformed a nascent passion into being one of Calgary’s self-taught proper French baking extra ordinaires, through his popular Instagram account and YouTube videos.

 

  1. Shane Munn (Martin’s Lane <https://www.martinslanewinery.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA0-6ABhDMARIsAFVdQv9487HFtvOwuRQjQLNDwATHB6_-n-1OJfJkRLBRJ2bvBXRE-eZ_YL8aAvE-EALw_wcB> , Kelowna) The Kiwi winemaker oversees one of Anthony Von Mandl’s (and as such the entire Okanagan’s) prestige properties, crafting rieslings and pinot noirs that are easily among the region’s best (and most pricey), while still maintaining that southern hemisphere “aw shucks it’s nothing” vibe.

 

  1. Paul Natrall (Mr. Bannock <https://www.mrbannock.com/> , Vancouver) Nattrell is a familiar face thanks to his popular Mr. Bannock food truck, but it’s his role as a director of The Indigenous Culinary of Associated Nations that’s seeing him help bring to cuisine of our first peoples to a wider audience—including the Indigenous Feast Box program that sees Indigenous-owned restaurants (including Mr. Bannock) create healthy meals for their communities during Covid.

Paul Natrall

 

 

  1. N’Quatqua First Nations (Trout Hatchery <https://www.nquatqua.ca/> , Darcy, B.C.) The D’arcy-based band may be isolated from regional population centres, but in the past few years they brought their bounty to the finest restaurants in the region (like Whistler’s Grill Room) with their pioneering trout farm. Covid saw them using their surplus to help feed local band members, many who, raised on Salmon, had never tried trout.

 

  1. Ben Reeder (Maple Bay Hop Farm <https://www.maplebayhopfarm.com/> , Maple Bay ) We love our IPAs out West but we rarely think of the raw goods required. Ben Reeder does—the Backcountry Brewing co-founder controls his (and others) own supply change, by running a Maple Bay hop farm growing everything from classic Cascade to nerdy Sorachi Ace to keep the bitter front and centre for breweries like Luppolo and Strange Fellows.

 

  1. Pascal Roy (La Fabrique St. George <https://www.fabriquestgeorge.com/> , Vancouver) The idiosyncratic owner of Marche St George had an idea three years ago to open a small natural wine that aged the fermenting juice in ancient kveri vessels. And it took all of those almost three years of dealing with the city’s permitting department to make it happen. But the cool Mt Pleasant spot is worth the wait.

 

  1. The Schacht Family (Ampersand Distilling Company <http://www.ampersanddistilling.com/> , Duncan) What is it about gin and the Island? First it was the ground-breaking Victoria Gin, then purple-hued Empress, then the dominance of Sheringham. But at this year’s World Gin Awards, it was Ampersand’s flagship bottling that took home the Gold for Canada (and for good measure their Per Se Vodka won best varietal vodka at this years world vodka awards). A testament to the father-son engineering of Stephen and Jeremy, with Jeremy’s wife Jessica dealing with the botanicals and mother Ramona tending the nearby farm.

 

The Schacht Family

 

  1. J’Val Shuster (Devour <https://devourcatering.com/> Ca <https://devourcatering.com/> tering <https://devourcatering.com/> , Calgary) Her catering business may have been reeling from the pandemic, but when she heard that the Calgary Food Bank was in receipt of an unwieldy donation of 1,000 pounds of potatoes (destined for French fires that never were) she sprang into action. The Potato Project, as it came to be known, saw her company transform the raw material into healthy meals that could be frozen for the underprivileged. That initial shipment started a trend —by the end December, Devour had transformed over 20,000 pounds of potatoes into almost 16,000 packaged servings of potato soup, smashed potatoes and Potatoes O’Brien for the community.

 

  1. Gus Steiffenhofer Brandson (Published on Main <https://publishedonmain.com/> , Vancouver) The Winnipeg-born Hawksworth and Pear Tree-alum opened one of the most ambitious restaurants in recent memory—weeks before Covid hit. But he’s stuck to his guns with thoughtful, elaborate and one-of-a-kind menus throughout the pandemic.

 

  1. Ian Tostenson (BCRFA <https://www.bcrfa.com/about-us> , Vancouver) The long-time head of the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association was front and centre from the start of the pandemic, advocating for change to the industry—like patio permits and ability to sell wine with takeout—that made the difference between life and death for many establishments.

  1. The Turyk Family (Unsworth <https://www.unsworthvineyards.com/> , Duncan) Perhaps the most momentous wine moment of the year came last summer when Barbara Banke and daughter Julia Jackson, majority owner in the behemoth that is California’s Jackson Family Estates, announced that they were purchasing Duncan’s well-respected Unsworth. It was a feather in the cap for the Turyk Family, who will stay on and continue the day-to-day operations of the now in-the-spotlight winery.

 

  1. Josh Vanderheide (Field House Brewery, <https://fieldhousebrewing.com/crafting-good-beer-good-times-in-east-abby-bc/> Abbotsford) In the Lower Mainland, the conventional wisdom is that you want to open a great craft brewery you have two options: East Van or North Van. But Abbotsford’s Field House has bucked that trend making sought-after brews (they’re deadly with the sours) that the city folk are clamouring for (and they expanded to Chilliwack this year).

 

 

 

  1. Peter Van De Reep (Bar Gobo <https://www.bargobo.com/> , Vancouver) The long-time Campagnolo Upstairs barkeep started the year by winning the BC Sommelier of the Year, but as his beloved bar closed, he helmed the opening of yet another soon-to-be classic spot a few blocks away: Andrea Carlson’s natural wine spot Bar Gobo.

 

  1. Brian Welch (Farrow Sandwiches <http://farrowsandwiches.ca/> , Edmonton) The sandwich king of Edmonton’s three locations was primed to serve the needs of the takeout-only era, but he still found some spare time to open the High Dough, an ode-to-Detroit deep dish, which seems like another concept that might replicate itself a few times over.

 

  1. Asha Wheeldon (Kula Kitchen <https://kulakitchen.ca/> , Vancouver) Wheeldon created the Afrocentric plant-based foods that became one of the city’s notable vegan operations, and when the BLM movement was just gaining wider recognition in Western Canada, she created one of the first directories of black-owned business in Vancouver that continues to be the resource for those who want to support with their shopping dollars.

 

  1. Greg Zeschuk (Ritchie Market <https://ritchiemarket.ca/> , Edmonton) The Bioware founder used some of his capital to create one of the most dynamic spots for food in town. Housing the new Duchess Bakery location, Acme Meats, Transcend Coffee, the uber-popular Biera as well as Blind Enthusiasm Brewing, Ritchie Market has become the place for the city’s foodies to get their fix of, well, everything.

 

THANK YOU NEIL MCLENNAN AND WESTERN LIVING.

 

 

For further info and results stay connected with  westernliving.ca <https://www.westernliving.ca/>   Also, keep an eye on their  Facebook and Instagram sites for updates. The Top Ten will  be featured with portraits and essays in Western Living’s March 2021 issue.

 

 

 

STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON

 

Luke Whittall – Valleys of Wine

 

Black Swift opens its doors

 

Wines of BC – an update.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EP 144 | David Fishof/Rock Camp

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Summer camp meets Spinal Tap as we journey to Rock’ n’ Roll Fantasy Camp, where dreamers from across America and around the world gather to shred with their heroes – and learn to rock like the legends.

Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp is an institution and cultural phenomenon that has been going on in Los Angeles, New York, and other cities since 1996. The  Camp is the brainchild of music producer David Fishof.

It boasts a jaw-dropping array of rock star “counselors” that include Roger DaltreyAlice CooperPaul Stanley and Gene SimmonsNancy WilsonJoe PerryJeff BeckSlash, and countless other rock legends.

Now comes The Documentary 

 

Directed and produced by Doug Blush, co-directed and edited by Renee Barron

Rock Camp, The Movie takes us back more than four decades to the beginnings Fishof’s career as a sports agency and eventually an entertainment executive and music producer. Fishof founded Rock’ n’ Roll Fantasy Camp, which has been making dream comes true for more than 25 years. The camp brings together musicians from all walks of life for an unforgettable experience with legendary rock stars. These musicians teach, inspire, and jam with the campers over four days, concluding with a life performance at a famed venue.

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MulliganStew Feb 20th 2021- Happy Birthday Buffy!

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It appears we have a Saskatoon thing going on this week.

One of the brightest lights on our music world – Saskatoon’s  Buffy Saint Marie is turning 80 years old Saturday!

She is without a doubt the best-looking 80-year-old we know.

She could pin me two falls out of three.

We’re calling her in Hawaii on Saturday as a special guest on The  Stew.

Winner of an Academy Award, a Grammy, Multiple Junos, Order of Canada, and  – trust me – many more.

We’ll take time to talk to Buffy about her life, career highlights, personal moments that define who she is and what’s next.

Tucker Lane

Also from Saskatoon – Leslie Stanwyck and Johnny Sinclair from Tucker Lane. (X – Pursuit of Happiness)

They are releasing a new album called Random Fireworks on a beach obscured by trees.

 

In hour two of The Stew, we celebrate the life of Susan McCulloch. Lost to cancer Jan 12/2021.

Her family and friends are virtually gathered to remember the light of their life.

But Susan’s songs will play on.

 

Please join us in the music for Susan…

PLAYLIST:

Mulligan Stew Feb 20 2021
Welcome to The Stew with TDMulligan Its Buffy’s Birthday – She’s our guest shortly www.mulliganstew.ca
Squib Cakes Tower of Power Back to Oakland
Look at Little Sister Stevie Ray Vaughn The Real Deal
www.deanehouse.com www.river-café.com
Buffy Ste Marie Interview It’s Buffys Birthday – from Hawaii
Segments B.C and D
Mulligan Stew Playlist at www.mulliganstew.ca
Stand by me Dominique Fils-Aime 3 little words
Tucker Lane Interview From Saskatoon
Ghosts Tucker Lane Random Fireworks on a beach obscured by Trees
Tucker Lane Interview www.tuckerlane.ca
Stevie Nicks Freedom Tucker Lane Random Fireworks on a beach obscured by Trees
Tucker Lane Interview www.tuckerlane.ca
Blue Sky High Tucker Lane Random Fireworks on a beach obscured by Trees
Free Fallin Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Full Moon Fever
Regret Corb Lund Cabin Fever (Deluxe)
Coming UP – Bonnie Raitt. Tina. CCR.Van.Neil.Otis www.mulliganstew.ca The Stew Hour Two
Angel from Montgomery (live) Bonnie Raitt and friends Road Tested
Proud Mary Tina Turner 1993 Single
Bad Moom Rising Creedance Clearwater Revival Chronicles – 20 hits
www.nobleridge.com Coming UP – Van the Man, Neil Young, Otis Redding
Brown eyed girl Van Morrison Blowing your Mind
Harvest Moon Neil Young Harvest Moon
Dock of the Bay Otis Redding Dock of the Bay
This is The Stew with TDMulligan Podcast is Rock Camp – The Movie Subscribe at Spotify. Google.Apple Podcats
This hour celebrates the life of Susan McCulloch For her famiuly and dear friends..who are gathered..
Hotel California (live) The Eagles When Hell Freezes Over
Always Alright Alabama Shakes Silver Lining Playbook
When Love comes to town U2 and BB King Rattle and Hum
www.mulliganstew.ca Podcast is Rock Camp – The Movie
Power of Prayer Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Letter for you
Song for Susan Crosby, Stills & Nash Daylight Again
We’ll meet again Johnny Cash Cash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mulligan Stew Feb 13th 2021- Valentines Day Weekend 2021

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Saturday night The STEW  will surely rock on Valentine’s Eve.

  Those two hours will feature great suggestions from two donors..one of whom is our own Ken Regan.

They requested

Coco Jafro

IZ

Rolling stones

Two songs by John Mayall and Peter Green

Santana

I surrounded those choices with

 

The O’Jays

Tami Nielson

Eagles

Les McCann and Eddie Harris

Mose Allison

Supremes

Ariel Posen

Tedeschi Trucks band

Neil Young

Norah Jones

Jerry Garcia Band Live  (Dear Prudence)

For Finley. Dancing in her PJ’s

 

The Mulligan Stew Podcast is with Kris Kristofferson

Kris Kristofferson has retired.

What a road he walked in his lifetime.

Hung around Johnny Cash’s studio as the janitor and pitched him multiple songs ((he talks about it here)

Helped to start the songwriting trend in Nashville that brought respectability to Country Music (he talks about it here)

Joined Waylon, Willie, and Johnny to form The Highwaymen.

Leaves behind a really good film career. From A Star is Born to Blade. ( (he talks about it here)

Awarded a Rhodes’ Scholarship. Was a helicopter pilot in the Army. ((he talks about it here)

When Kris left the Army to be a songwriter he was disowned by his family.

He leaves behind a wonderful rainbow of songs and memories of Janis Joplin, Johnny Cash, Shooter Jennings, the Cash film I walk the Line, John Prine, Dylan. All of which he talks about here.

This interview took place backstage at the 2006 Calgary Folk Festival.

It was a quickly arranged media press conference and the only other person I knew was Tom Coxworth, asking questions for Folk Routes.. I tried to include as many questions as I could hear on my recorder.

Kris’  greatest accomplishment?  Being a Father to 8 children.

Kris has asked that he would like the first three lines of Leonard Cohen’s Bird on a Wire to be on his tombstone

Like a bird on the wire
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free

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Have a memorable  Valentine’s Weekend.  Give LOVE

 

PLAYLIST:

The Stew Feb 13 2021 Valentines Weekend – Kissing with Masks on
Welcome to The Stew Two hours of hand picked Prime Cuts www.mulliganstew.ca
Shame Tedeschi Trucks band Signs
Sweet love Coco Jafro Forces of nature
Now I see Ariel Posen Now I see
www.winebc.com www.mulliganstew.ca
walk on (live) Neil Young NY at the Roxy.Tonights the Night
Don’t be denied Norah Jones Spotify singles
www.mulliganstew.ca Kris Kristofferson guests on the Stew Podcast
Across the great divide (live) The Band Rock of Ages
Dear Prudence (live) Jerry Garcia Band Jerry Garcia Band
www.mulliganstew.ca Next – IZ and The Stones for Finley and Buppy
Somewhere over the Rainbow. Wonderful World IZ IZ
Angie The Rolling Stones Goats Head Soup
This is Mulligan Stew – Year 115
If not for you George Harrison All things must pass
Love train O’Jays Love Train – Best of
call your mama Tami Neilson Re-mastered Chicka Boom
Mulligan Stew Podcast Kris Kristofferson guests on the Stew Podcast
So many roads John Mayall with Peter Green A hard road
It hurts me too John Mayall with Peter Green Looking back
ol’ 55 The Eagles Very best of
Better now Serena Ryder The art of falling apart
The STEW – with tdm Kris Kristofferson guests on the Stew Podcast
Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen (live) Santana Sacred Fire
Compared to what (live) Les McCann and Eddie Harris Jazz Classics
your mind is on vacation Mose Allison Mose allison
Mulligan Stew Podcast Special Guest – Kris Kristofferson
Baby Love The Supremes Where did our love go
mulligan stew Love the one you’re with
See the light Emily Rault See the light