Food Action Society of North Okanagan secretary Michelle Tsutsumi (left) will host chefs (from left) Dave Colombe of Salmon Arm’s Table 24

Food Action Society of North Okanagan secretary Michelle Tsutsumi (left) will host chefs (from left) Dave Colombe of Salmon Arm’s Table 24

Vernon food, drink event brewing up support for second year

The second annual Roots ‘n Brews event, taking place Saturday, Sept. 22, will be a fun evening of showcasing local food products.

Fine samples, fine dining, fine entertainment.

The second annual Roots ‘n Brews event, taking place Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Japanese Hall on Bella Vista Road, will be a fun evening of showcasing local food products.

“We have three different teams creating the different courses this year,” said Michelle Tsutsumi, secretary for the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan, which is hosting Roots ‘n Brews. “Last year everything was done by one crew.

“The first Roots ‘n Brews was a huge success. People raved about the food and had a lot of fun.”

The event kicks off at 5 p.m. with the first hour featuring samples from Okanagan products.

Confirmed participants include Armstrong’s Chocoliro Finest Chocolates (fine Swiss chocolate) and Rancho Vignola (new crop nuts and dried fruit); Crescendo (oils, vinegars and spices); and Cherryville’s Triple Island Cheese Farm (gouda) for food-related samples.

Drink samples include Vernon-based Okanagan Spirits doing gin and tonic with ornate ice, and Crannog Ales will provide beer samples from their Sorrento micro-brewery.

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and North Okanagan-Shuswap chef teams will create the courses.

The teams include chefs Dave Colombe of Table 24 in the Podollan Inn from Salmon Arm; Heath Cates from the Best Western Plus Vernon Lodge’s BX Creek Bar and Grill;  and Chris Davy of Vernon’s Gumtree Catering.

“I’m super excited,” said Colombe, who also competed during the Iron Chef competition at the recent Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong. “I like to cook good food and play around with some ideas.”

For all the chefs, having a chance to create exquisite meals using local food is something significant.

“It’s important for Gumtree to support and use our wonderful products available in this area,” said Kyla Macaulay, Gumtree Catering’s founder and co-owner. “Not only does it make the food taste better, it enriches all of our lives when our community is flourishing.”

Proceeds from this second Roots ‘n Brews go to support local food programs and initiatives.

There will be live music during the appies and samples, as well as the main courses. Tsutsumi said there will be fabulous door prizes drawn throughout the night and guests will be entertained in a humourous way after dinner.

“We will have the Full Frontal improv group doing theatre sport-type games after dinner for about an hour,” she said.

The cost to attend Roots ‘n Brews is $50 for Food Action Society members, and $60 for non-members, but that fee will include a society membership.

Tickets are available in downtown Vernon at The Bean Scene, and Tsutsumi advises that tickets will only be sold in advance.

For more information, call 250-307-2463, or visit www.foodaction.ca.