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Author: Yvonne Turgeon

Publisher’s Alter-ego

When Okanagan Life publisher John Paul Byrne expanded his passion from the printed word to music scores, it’s no surprise that magazines were his focal point. In 1991, he took a walk just a few blocks from the magazine conference he was attending in New York to see his first Broadway musical (Les Misérables). He then set to work, composing one of his early songs, Power of the Printed Word, which has a mesmerizing rock beat powerful enough for centre stage. Paul was determined to see his own musical Ink! on stage. He called on the mastery of local...

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Gold Medal Plates 2013: Mark Filatow

As seen in It’s early Friday morning before the shops open when Kelowna Chef Mark Filatow comes calling at the back door of Illichmann’s Meats. It’s day one of the Canadian Culinary Championships and foodies, Olympians and Canada’s top chefs have descended on the Okanagan for a weekend of culinary mastery. Mark, executive chef at Waterfront Wines, is hoping his local knowledge will put him ahead on the first leg of the competition. “You have to do all your shopping in Kelowna,” says Head Judge James Chatto on the eve of the competition. “You can use all your natural...

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Canadian Culinary Championships 2012

“Are you looking for a fishmonger?” calls out Jon Crofts, co-owner of Kelowna’s Codfather’s fish and seafood market.

It’s the eve of the Canadian Culinary Championships and Jon has been hoping all night that the mystery wine, the feature element of the first leg of the competition, will be white—and he’s in luck. While the competitors won’t know it until 24 hours later, the bottle is an Old Vines Riesling from Chateau des Charmes in Niagara (although many mistake it for the Okanagan’s own Tantalus Riesling).

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Gold Medal Plates

Okanagan Olympic athlete Kelly Serwa samples a confection by Edmonton chef Andrew Fung—In the Valley we will pair most anything with a glass of wine. So, matching the Okanagan wine region with the country’s top culinary talent makes a perfect partnership. Gold Medal Plates, a coast-to-coast

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