Do we look like we're having a good time? The answer is YES! …and you can, too. Chef Bill Jones of Magnetic North Cuisine and Deerholme Farm and I have been accused of being brothers in the past. Well, we are brothers in food!
Bill and I are teaming up for two great presentations on one great weekend in July.
On Saturday, July 18th, we present Barbecue with the Masters. Bill and I will explore the world of BBQ cooking. We promise to bring the heat in a variety of forms using charcoal, gas and new pellet-bbq technology to add smokey delights to your day.
Here's our proposed menu:
Amuses: Chicken and Mushroom Skewers with Hazelnut Satay Sauce
Grilled Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostini
House-smoked Spring Salmon with grilled onion, caper and cream cheese flatbread
Jamaican Jerk-flavoured pork ribs with grilled Caesar salad
Dry-rubbed, slow cooked pork shoulder with sunflower coleslaw on herb-garlic foccacia
Cedar-planked peaches, mint syrup, lemon verbena ice cream
To get in on this $90 dinner/class, held at Bill's beautiful Deerholme Farm, contact Bill at 250-748-7450 or email him at bill at magnorth.bc.ca.
The very next day, Sunday, July 19th, we hit the kitchen again with Cowichan Valley Surf and Turf, part of Taste: Victoria's Festival of Food and Wine.
Forget far-away lobster and feedlot beef! Bill and I will preside over a scrumptious afternoon delight featuring local pasture-raised chicken and ocean-fresh Dungeness crab. Enjoy 8 different dishes such as chicken stuffed with crab, garlic shoots and morels, and Victoria Gin-soused crab wok-fried with ginger and green onion. Local wines will be served, along with the best fresh produce of the season from the Cowichan Valley, often described as Canada's 'Provence'.
Ticket price includes transportation from downtown Victoria to the Cowichan Valley escorted by yours truly on mini-coach. Just an hour's drive to Bill's idyllic Deerholme Farm, the event takes place in and around his lovingly restored 1918 farmhouse.
$169/person – including transportation from Victoria, local wine pairings and a fabulous feast. If you are already in the Cowichan Valley contact me at don at dongenova.com and we'll work something out on the pricing.