Tiffin Project

Van Geest in Italy Part I

by admin on October 19, 2006


Aurora Bistro’s owner/chef Jeff Van Geest has volunteered to fill us in on his culinary adventures while he’s in Italy.

It’s Sunday afternoon, right before service…

I leave tomorrow afternoon for Italy. I thought I should take a few minutes to write a quick introduction to my blog. I’ve been going like a madman all week trying to get all my ducks in a row so things can run smoothly while I’m away. This is the first time I’ve ever left the restaurant for this long. It’s also my first time being away from my newborn son, so it’s stressful and emotional. I know the restaurant is in capable hands, so Ive just got to let go. As for my son, I think it will be cool to see how much a 2 month old grows in 2 weeks.

Anyways, I’m heading to Italy to go to the Terra Madre conference, which is part of the Slow Food Conference in Torino. I was nominated by Slow Food Vancouver to be one of the 25 chefs representing Canada. When I was chosen, I accepted immediately. The conference is 5 days long, but going to Italy for just 5 days is silly so I’ve extended my stay for another 9 days. After all, Torino’s surrounding areas contain some of Italy’s food and wine treasures.

I have no plans other than going to the conference and helping Sooke Harbour House put on a dinner at Castillo de Verduno north of Torino. Outside of that I am just going to tour the countryside and take what
comes my way. I will put my liver and gastro-intestinal system on the line for the greater good. Along the way, I will report as often as I can about my dining and drinking adventures and experiences.

When I get back to Vancouver, I will put on a dinner at Aurora based on my travels (I will return with many treasures!) I think the date will be November 29th, and we will be doing it as a winemaker’s dinner with one of the major wineries in the Okanagan. I will keep you all informed as the details fall into place for that.

Ciao for now,


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