GO Foodism runs on the last Sunday of the month starting May 25 until September with tickets available at gatzkeorchard.com
This unique culinary event showcasing highly skilled local chefs creates an interactive and educational experience culminating with signature meals with farmers and chefs. This series will showcase different local chefs highlighting their expertise alongside farmers explaining their products care. This will be an opportunity for guests to increase their awareness of the benefits in growing and eating local foods.
“It feels great to see this idea come together over the last couple of years,” said Alan Gatzke, Owner of Gatzke Orchards, “We are very fortunate for the great food we produce in the Okanagan Valley and the talented chefs it attracts here. I’m really excited to bring this incredible group of culinary rock stars on to our orchard. It’s going to be an amazing series.”
Okanagan chef include Chris Van Hooydonk, Jeff Kreklau, Cornel Fisher, Travis Hackl, Ricardo Scebba and Shelley Robinson. Featured wineries incude Burrowing Owl, Intrique Wines, Arrowleaf Cellars, 50th Parallel Estate Winery, Ex Nihilo Wines and Ancient Hills Winery.
Chris Van Hooydonk is the first chef featured in the Gatzke Orchard outdoor orchard dinner series. Van Hooydonk cooks and teaches from his home based kitchen near Osoyoos, BC.
“To me, eating well means to enjoy a meal with great company, prepared with ingredients seasonally and locally sourced-being grown with the same passion and dedication to quality,” says Van Hooydonk. “Thoughtfully grown and prepared food always has a story, and it is my motivation for cooking-sharing my passion for food with our guests, and telling the story of the dedicated farmers, producers and wines. The foundation for healthy, sustainable eating is supporting the local growers and producers, creating meals around the seasonal bounty.”
Nestled in Lake Country in the Central Okanagan Valley, Gatzke Orchards has been an iconic mainstay in Lake Country and the popularity of their unique location on Pelmewash Parkway makes them the hotspot in the summer.