People & Places - Oliver BC
Oliver lays claim to being the Wine Capital of Canada and with over 20 internationally known wineries within the valley it is a reasonable assertion. The quaint town lies on the border of agriculture and the wilderness - a perfect place for us to pair whitetail deer, local plants and herbs with some outstanding wines.
CHEF JEFF VAN GEEST
Devout angler and chef, Jeff has been espousing local food knowledge before it was fashionable to do so and the Okanagan is fortunate to have him in the already impressive food destination line-up. His work at Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek has garnered numerous accolades including Best Winery Restaurant (again) from Vancouver Magazine’s Restaurant Awards.
MIRADORO RESTAURANT AT TINHORN CREEK WINERY - OLIVER, BC
The stunning Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek was created in partnership between Manuel Ferreira, owner of Le Gavroche, in Vancouver and the owners of Tinhorn Creek, the Oldfields. Open from March to December, the dining room overlooks the winery grapes and orchards and across the valley to the range we hunted. With stellar service, and enviable wine list and the obviously talented kitchen crew helmed by Jeff Van Geest, it's a must visit when you're in the Okanagan.
JIM WIENS - VASEUX CREEK OUTFITTERS
Jim Wiens, his wife Leah and their two awesome kids, Katelyn and Dillon, opened their hearts and home to us. Not only was Jim our hunting guide, but Leah was our chef. Jim is a second generation hunting guide with the Okanagan in his blood. He and his head Guide, Mario Hall, know the intimate details of game migration and daily patterns and transfer this knowledge and confidence to their clients - plus, Mario keeps you laughing. Hunting has always been a way to bring food to his table and he is enthusiastic about a generation of new hunters becoming interested and aware of life beyond the grocery aisles. If you are ready to start hunting or are a seasoned hunter looking to learn from the best, a stop over at Vaseux Creek is a must.