Summerland is a lovely town north of Penticton. I lived in Summerland briefly for my first season in the Okanagan Valley and I thoroughly enjoyed it there. Every fall they have a Festival of Lights and this year they sweetened the deal with an artisan’s market and a Light Up the Vines winery shuttle bus tour that wandered through most of the wineries around town.
There were also a few people promoting their new books and we will hear from two of them today. We will hear from Ricardo Scebba about his new cookbook “That’s Amore” which is full of recipes from his restaurant near Lake Country. He makes no secrets about his cooking and this book has some truly outstanding recipes. (He’s also great at doing impressions of the movie Spinal Tap – ask him next time you go to his restaurant – He might give you a discount.*)
I also had the chance to speak with Judie Steeves about her cookbook called “Jude’s Kitchen.” It’s a huge book of recipes based on local ingredients that has some expert wine pairing for each recipe. You’ll have to listen to find out who the expert is but as a hint, he’s been on the Wine Country BC podcast before!
And finally, I couldn’t help but get a word in with Peter Young of Okanagan Wineland Dressings who makes one of my favorite salad dressings of all time. Many of his products are available in local wine shops and delis throughout the Okanagan Valley.
*Or he might charge you double. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.