Amy Ayer

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A weekend adventure in the Cowichan Valley

Summer is fast approaching and it’s time for those sneaky weekend getaways! Life is busy these days. You may not have time for a full vacation, but if you want to recharge with a mini adventure then a weekend getaway might be just what you need!

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Chef Spotlight Series: Sarah Maw, Friends of Dorothy (FOD)

Leading the kitchen of Friends of Dorothy is Chef Sarah Maw. Sarah is young, female, and queer, which makes her an anomaly in the world of chefs. She’s an ambitious Chef who regularly enters culinary competitions, and motivates her team to get creative in the kitchen! We caught up with Sarah as part of our chef spotlight series to learn more about her and how to make her perfect Lamb Merguez Meatball!

Chef Spotlight Series: Daniel Shipley, Farm’s Gate Foods & Catering

Welcome back to the Chef Spotlight Series. Today, we’re getting to know chef Daniel Shipley who, together with his brother Michael, owns and operates Farm’s Gate Foods & Catering. Based in Duncan, the catering business travels across Vancouver Island, and the food truck is a staple at the Thursday night Esquimalt Market where you can find farm-fresh offerings.  Truly an advocate of the Farm to Table movement, Shipley uses local ingredients to create an ever-changing seasonal menu. Get to know Shipley in his own words, and check out his recipe for Winter Squash Fritters, perfect for the season. 

First Look: Beauregard Commons

Andrew and Vanessa Johnson of Bicycle Pizza have taken over the business and brought their own enthusiasm to the space. Their vision is to keep all elements of the retail business and restaurant that people love—and add

First Look at Deer & Dough

A new micro-bakery just opened its doors to the Fairfield community, with cakes, pies, and sandwiches they are ready to welcome the neighbourhood! Tucked behind a patio, and nestled between Martha’s Delectables and Tout de Sweet production kitchens is the small but mighty Deer and Dough Bakery. Formerly occupied by The Cottage Bakery, Deer and Dough have stepped in as the go-to neighbourhood cafe.

New Haus on the block

There’s a new haus on the block! Eva Schnitzelhaus opened its doors in the heart of downtown Victoria, taking over the Rain Dogs location on Fisgard Street. This open space has been transformed into an après ski chalet-style restaurant by a skilled team who all have roots in the award-winning Agrius Restaurant. Executive chef and CEO Maxime Durand, along with sous chef Émile Hudon-Donne, created a playful menu with their own twists on German, Swiss, and Austrian classics.