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Year: 2017

Young chef heads to Ottawa’s top dining spot

OC Culinary Arts alumnus cooks his way to a spot at Atelier The Okanagan's Carson Bibby was only 16-years-old when he first had the opportunity to cook alongside some of Canada’s finest chefs at the Canadian Culinary Championships’ Gold Medal Plates finale. A year later and another Gold Medal Plates experience under his belt, the young Okanagan College Culinary Arts alumnus’ skills have earned him a job at one of Canada’s most acclaimed restaurants. Bibby is now a chef de partie at Atelier, an upmarket Ottawa eatery known for its hypermodern style and 12-course tasting menu prepared using the latest techniques in molecular gastronomy. Working under the watchful eye of award-winning Executive Chef Marc Lepine, Bibby is among the top culinary hands crafting an adventurous dining experience that is rarely the same from one night to another. Bibby served as a sous-chef to Lepine two years running at Gold Medal Plates (Lepine won in 2016), a one-of-a-kind learning experience afforded to OC culinary arts students. This past February, at the conclusion of the event, Lepine made the young chef an offer he couldn’t refuse – a spot in the kitchen at Atelier. Marc Lepine mystery wine pairing in 2016, with the support of Carson Bibby “I was floored by the offer,” says Bibby, who moved to the Okanagan at age nine. “The opportunity to observe and support Chef Lepine at...

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Roger Watts Advocacy Debate: Have personalities overtaken issues in politics?

UBC students debate: Have personalities overtaken issues in politics?  What: Fourth annual Roger Watts Advocacy Debates Who: UBC's Okanagan student debaters When: Thursday, March 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Where: Mary Irwin Theatre, Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna, BC The Donald is in the White House. And people are wondering—has the political world been colonized by celebrity culture? Students, faculty and public are invited to watch UBC Okanagan’s most talented debaters tackle what might be the most important question of our time—Be It Resolved That Personalities Have Replaced Issues In Politics. Student debaters will be judged by a panel of community judges and a prize of $1,000 will be awarded for first place, with $500 for the runners-up. This public event is free and followed by a reception. The Roger Watts Advocacy Debates is a partnership of the Department of Philosophy, Political Science and Economics at UBC's Okanagan campus and a community advisory committee. The debates are named after the late Roger Watts, a respected member of the Okanagan’s legal community, and a skilled orator and a strong...

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Celebrate Spring at the 2017 Osoyoos Oyster Festival

Sixth annual festival dishes up delectable oysters, remarkable craft beers, memorable wines, and the joy of winter’s end The sixth annual Osoyoos Oyster Festival returns to the South Okanagan, April 19-23. The festival offers the perfect opportunity to dive into spring with outstanding dining experiences, tastings of oysters from around the world, and glasses brimming with award-winning South Okanagan wines, ciders, beers and spirits. A variety of oysters will be featured throughout the festival, supplied by Kelowna’s Codfathers Seafood Market, Nova Scotia's Sober Island Oyster Farm, Effingham Oyster and more. The five-day line-up consists of three big parties organized...

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Okanagan Rail Trail: Work under way; help fund completion

With your help the Okanagan Rail Trail will soon become reality, transforming a discontinued CN rail line into a 48.5-kilometre trail connecting communities from Coldstream to Kelowna. Local governments, with assistance from the province, acquired the scenic corridor in 2015, providing the opportunity to create a sustainable recreational and transportation legacy. Now it’s our turn (individuals, organizations and businesses) to raise the money to complete development. Since fundraising began last May, over 3,300 donors have stepped forward. Contributions have come with inspirational stories: from a 95-year-old donating 95 metres to an 8-year-old selling lemonade to fund her metre of...

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Progress 2017: Spotlight on Okanagan Business

Watch for the Progress 2017 magazine coming out this week.  Progress 2017 brings you the latest from the following Okanagan businesses. We encourage you to support your communities by shopping local. Back to Earth Bags N All Bannister GM Baptist Housing | Village at Mill Creek BMP Millwork Boyd Autobody & Glass Central Okanagan Counselling Services Dilworth Homes Downtown Vernon Harmony Acura Hotwire Electric  Illichmann's Meats, Sausages & Gourmet Foods JC Bradley Jewellers Lakeshore Vein & Aesthetics MCL Real Estate Group Pacific Timberworks Pinnacle Roofing Restore Vein & Skin Centre Silver Star Mountain Resort The Cottages on Osoyoos Lake The...

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