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Mid-Island Food News for June

by Hans Peter Meyer 05.30.2013

Tickets go on sale June 1 for the 2nd Annual Flavour Gourmet Picnic, taking place at Coastal Black Estate Winery Sept 15. Tickets available at GourmetPicnic.ca (it sold out 4 weeks early last year…. Note that Flavour is sponsoring the June #localfoodhero promotion. FMI see the launch info online at j.mp/VILFH June 7 Chef Philippe Gagne [...]

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Mid-Island Food News for May

by Hans Peter Meyer 05.02.2013

The Breakwater Restaurant(at Kingfisher Resort) opened it’s patio to warmer weather on May 1. I’ll be checking out the new cocktail list with garden-inspired flavours (Lavender Martini? Mmmm). If it’s on Facebook, it must be true: Rachel McColm is the new owner of mobile vendor Sam & Petes Gourmet Hotdogs. She says they’ll keep the [...]

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From Italy, New Zealand, and Argentina: 3 wines with Gregor Mowatt

by Hans Peter Meyer 04.03.2013

“We’re starting with the Prosecco because we all need to be drinking more bubbly.” And that’s how we started the second in this series of wine tastings with some of the people I rely on to teach me about wine. Gregor Mowatt was talking about how most of us treat bubby – Prosecco from Italy, [...]

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Mid-Island Food News for April

by Hans Peter Meyer 04.02.2013

The premier local food destination in my part of the world moves from its winter digs to its spring-through-fall Headquarters Road location. The Comox Valley Farmers’ Market is a great place to buy pastries, vegetable starts – and groceries, direct from local producers. Congratulations to several new restaurant owners in the region. Best wishes to [...]

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3 BC Whites: Tasting notes with Connie Earl

by Hans Peter Meyer 03.18.2013

Connie Earl is a floor manager at both Avenue Bistro in Comox, and sister restaurant Atlas Cafe in Courtenay. In her 20+ years in the restaurant industry she’s been server, cook, and manager. Along the way she’s done some sommelier training, but most importantly, she’s developed a love for and deep appreciation of wine, particularly [...]

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Mid-Island Food News for March

by Hans Peter Meyer 02.28.2013

First the #DineAroundCV update: Through to March 17 you’ll find great 3-course value and flavours at various price points ($17 – $27 – $37 for 3-course menus) at 21 venues in the Comox Valley region. I was part of a preview team in February and am happy to note that local food is being featured [...]

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Dining Around the Comox Valley – a snapshot of #DineAroundCV Feb 20-March 17

by Hans Peter Meyer 02.21.2013

Most people are familiar with these seasonal “dine around” promotions: marketing packages aimed at getting people into restaurants in the slow season. Now in its 4th season, Dine Around Comox Valley, engages many of my region’s restaurants in that kind of exercise. But I don’t think “cheap seats” or even the special 3-course menues that #DineAroundCV is [...]

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Mid-Island Food News for February

by Hans Peter Meyer 01.29.2013

Valentine’s Day menus and the Dine Around Comox Valley promotion dominate the news. The 4th Annual Comox Valley Dine Around runs Feb 20 – Mar 17 and at time of writing includes 22 venues and 3 hotels (follow the Twitter chatter via #DineAroundCV). The #DineAroundCV focus is on 3-course, prix fixe meals (at $17, $27 or [...]

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Mid-Island Food News for January 2013

by Hans Peter Meyer 12.29.2012

First: Congratulations! To Sarah Walsh on re-opening our favourite fresh pasta factory. Prontissima Pasta [250-338-3636, 2384 Unit C Rosewall Crescent, Courtenay - that's in TinTown www.prontissimapasta.com +FB] re-opened in early December. They’re also selling amazing fresh-frozen mid-coast seafood from Nusi Seafood [250-957-2324  +FB]. We love the pasta. We love the cleaned, ready-to-eat crabs. We love [...]

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Mid-Island Food News for December 2012

by Hans Peter Meyer 11.28.2012

On the Nov 30-Dec 1 weekend it’s a celebration of “Oysters, Bacon, Chocolate” at the 1st Annual Delicious Downtown Courtenay. This is part of a lot of fun happening in my downtown during six weeks of WinterFest. This weekend, it’s all about the great eateries we have in my downtown – and raising funds for [...]

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Mid-Island Food News for November 2012

by Hans Peter Meyer 10.31.2012

This food news column is about what’s fresh and tasty in my “home region” – the greater Comox Valley / Campbell River area. My biases: local food, local beverages, great service. We’re hosting a #localfoodhero series of contests to celebrate the growers, chefs, bartenders, servers, flavouristas, etc who sustain us and tantalize our palates. There’s [...]

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The James Barber Fundraising Feast at Providence Farms

by Hans Peter Meyer 10.10.2012

Like the bears, I’m on auto-graze at this time of year. The season of feasting started with the 15th annual Vancouver Island Feast of Fields (#VIFeast) in Duncan. Then came the first Flavour – North Island Gourmet Picnic event (#FlavourSept23) in the Comox Valley. Last weekend, the James Barber Providence Farm fundraiser (#JamesBarber) near Cowichan [...]

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