Did you know that there are more than 20 wineries in the Vancouver Island region? I didn’t. Not until I stumbled across a wine tour while looking for limo services in Victoria.
I haven’t tried many Vancouver Island wines yet. Cherry Point Vineyards is in Cobble Hill, just up the street from our venue. I have popped by there for a quick tasting in the past and left with a bitter taste in my mouth. Apparently, they have won awards as a newer vineyard in the region, so maybe I should give them a second chance.
If you have a free afternoon, you may want to do a wine tour while you are in town. There are plenty of reputable vineyards right in the Cowichan Valley that offer tastings and food:
Grand Wine Tours and Crush Wine Tours offer day food and wine tasting trips in the Cowichan Valley starting at around $89. TI Executive Limo has a Grand Wine & Culinary Package via limo for $109pp.
You can find a downloadable map (above) and more info about the Vancouver Island Wine Regions at the Wine Islands Vinters Association.
More lovely canape faves from Brides.com. This one is warm, creamy polenta with proscuitto and a flash fried basil leaf.
Move over spring rolls, I would choose these little pancakes filled with julienned vegetables, chicken and asian flavors over you anyday.
I love this presentation but instead of chips, I think I would love Yam fries with spicy aioli dip.
A take-out box filled with asian vegetables and thai noodles is summery and delicious. I had earmarked this idea for our menu and a local caterer suggested something like it. Love it.
Photographer: Michael Grand
Food Stylist: Anne Disrude
He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise. ~Henry David Thoreau
I am a nibbler. Always have been. I like to have a nibble of food, chat, and move about the room. I also like big, family dinners where plates are passed and we sit around the table for hours. I guess that makes me a social eater because I would rather share food than have a big meal.
For my wedding, I always knew I would have passed hors d’oeuvres. I love little bite size morsels of good food. It is the most amazing experience when a chef can blend together the right flavors and ingredients in a beautiful little package. It’s not easy to do right (most chefs go overboard when simplicity and freshness usually deliver the best balance) but when it happens, it makes me happier than you could ever know. And I am not exaggerating. I hope to find that caterer, who can make me that happy and when I do, I will be their biggest fan.
As of today, I am closer to finding that someone. I have a few quotes I am considering right now.
If you have any catering recommendations in Vancouver or Vancouver Island, please share who you love and why. Thanks.