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Chef Bernard Casavant Joins Okanagan’s Manteo Resort

by paulkamon on October 13, 2009

Chef-Bernard-CasavantBC Restaurant Hall of Famer, Chef Bernard Casavant (Sonora Room, Fairmont Chateau Whistler), has joined the Manteo Resort as Executive Chef of the resort and the Wild Apple Restaurant and Lounge.

Official press release:

CANADIAN TOP CHEF JOINS OKANAGAN’S TOP RESORT

manteo-resort

For Immediate Release
October 13, 2009

Chef Bernard Casavant, a member of BC Restaurants Hall of Fame has joined the team at the world-class Manteo Resort as Executive Chef of the resort including Wild Apple Restaurant and Lounge. “Wild Apple Restaurant has all the elements of a great restaurant including location and we believe we’ve found the final piece of the puzzle in hiring a chef of this calibre to complete a picture-perfect resort. The fantastic location, along with waterfront dining on the patio provides the ultimate Okanagan background for Chef Bernard’s award-winning dishes,” states Heather Schroeter, Manteo’s General Manager.

Chef Bernard has built a solid foundation in the restaurant industry winning the respect of his peers with a number of prestigious restaurants including Executive Chef at Chateau Whistler Resort and most recently Executive Chef at the Sonora Room Restaurant at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery.  He has the distinction of being the first West Coast born and trained chef to represent Canada in the Bocuse d’Or Competition. This event is frequently referred to as the culinary equivalent of the Olympic Games. In addition to Chef Bernard’s long career of culinary accomplishments he feels strongly about mentoring young talent and inspiring young chefs to fulfil their dreams and will continue this tradition as he takes the helm of the Manteo Resort Food
and Beverage program.

In a tribute to the Okanagan’s growing reputation as a wine destination, Chef Bernard has christened the new menu for the Wild Apple Restaurant and Lounge as “wine country cuisine.”  He defines wine country cuisine as “one that is rooted in the traditions of the past, with a modern twist, lots of great food and wine that sparks good times and builds memories.  For us in the industry, we must remember the celebrations that are based on the arrival of the seasons and anchor our menus on that. We’re fortunate to live in a part of the world that is fast becoming recognized for its wine production,” Chef Bernard says, “and I want to capitalize on that fact, plus use it as a jumping off point in designing and establishing a new style of locally-based cuisine.”  Although Chef Bernard will start stirring the pots this week and changes will be almost immediate, his full new menu is slated to be available in December.

In creating and developing the new menu at Wild Apple, Chef Bernard will bring some of his signature dishes, developed over his years in Whistler, including locally sourced Mountain Berry ‘T’ Crusted Duck Breast, Star Anise infused Wild Salmon, Roasted Carrot and Brie Soup, Organic Apple Tatin with Caramel ice cream and his famous Cinnamon and Hazelnut Buns.

“We’re cognizant of the fact that eating out has become more of a luxury than ever, so knowing that a restaurant like Wild Apple is here in Kelowna that you can trust to provide exceptional food and wine paired with a memorable experience every single time is priceless information,” says Schroeter.  In his Executive Chef role at Manteo Resort, Chef Bernard will also be bringing his creative talent to the catering department ensuring all groups meeting or celebrating at the resort will also enjoy his high quality and innovative menus.

Wild Apple Restaurant & Lounge with Chef Bernard’s “wine country cuisine” is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is located in the Manteo Resort at 3762 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC.

Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villas is located on the edge of Okanagan Lake, in Kelowna, BC.  Minutes from championship golf and award –winning wineries and only an hour from powder skiing at Big White and Silver Star, Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel and Villas is the premier Okanagan Lake resort destination.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

James October 13, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Wow, big move for Manteo. Will bode well for them to have Casavant.

Jamie Maw October 14, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Wild Apple was already the best hotel dining room on the lake, which until recently would have been damning with faint praise. I’m delighted that Bernard is now ensconced in a more accessible location and can’t wait till he gets traction with the winter menu!

Jamie

Owen October 15, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Wow! Good for Manteo, bad for Burrowing Owl.
The man knows what he is doing… thats for sure!

Congratz Kelowna. Bell, Butters and Filatow have some new competition then. Good game to you all.

Owen Foster

urs October 17, 2009 at 9:31 pm

WELL WELL BERNIE, CONGRATZ TO YOU.
A NEW ADVENTURE FOR YOU.
AS LONG AS I KNOW YOU, YOU ALWAYS HAD RISEN TO THE OCCASION, AND I M SURE YOU WILL DO THE SAME THIS TIME ARROUND.
GOOD LUCK AND ALL THE BEST.

YOUR FRIEND URS

Lady October 18, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Nice work Chef!

Bev and Al October 20, 2009 at 8:24 pm

A big congrats and good luck with the new venture. We are looking forward to experiencing this new restaurant, I don’t think we’ve missed one yet! Will call for a reservation soon! Bon glad it’s shouting distance! B&A

Jane Ince November 10, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Chef Bernie… such a nice guy. Sounds like a lot of fun. And just up the road from pal, Chef Rod! Game on boys!

Rob Haber June 1, 2010 at 10:39 am

A great hiring for Manteo. I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy Bernie’s cooking many times at Burrowing Owl, the Wildflower (Chateau Whistler) and even at Expo ’86 (the Canadian Club). Now that I know where Bernie has gone, I look forward to a great meal the next time I’m in Kelowna. Bonne chance, Bernie!

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