Fine Dining for a Cause – Nature Trust of BC Fundraiser

Members of the Okanagan Chefs Association are once again participating in the annual Earth, Wind, Fire fundraiser for the Nature’s Trust of BC.  This year a portion of the funds are also earmarked for the development of the young chefs in the province.

The article below from Castanet News by Jennifer Zielinski outlines the event and the participating chefs.  Tickets are still available and this event is a sell-out each year. screen_shot_2016-05-19_at_3.55.29_pm_p3127928

More than 250 people will gather next month for an evening dedicated to preserving B.C.’s natural environment.

The annual Earth, Wind, Fire event on June 18 will mark 45 years of land conservation by The Nature Trust of BC.

Taking place at the Delta Grand Hotel, 14 chefs will pair their food with Okangan wines.

Tod Alstad, who co-chairs the event with Brent Corlazzoli and Tom Kennedy, says it’s excellent value, loads of fun and raises important dollars to conserve our spectacular natural surroundings in the Okanagan.

Vancouver chef Jane Ruddick will be bringing with her a culinary tour de force, including top pastry chef Fumiko Morton from Culinary Team Canada, team manager John Carlo Felicella, and Dean Hossack from Nita Lake Lodge.

A portion of the funds support the development of junior chefs in the province, providing much needed support to attend competitions, a key part in their education, says chef Stuart Klassen.

“Competing develops their skills; it puts them under the pressure; it gives them their first awakening of what life is like in a kitchen — competitions really set that stage,” said Klassen.

Klassen brought together the Okanagan chef team, headed by Okanagan Chef Association president, Jeremy Luypen of Predator Ridge Resort, Iain Rennie of Delta Grand Okanagan, Rod Butters of RauDZ Regional Table and Micro Bar & Bites, Kai Koroll of Cactus Club Café, Bernard Casavant of Okanagan College, Jeff Kreklau of Routes Grill and Ross Derrick of The Table at Codfathers.

Five-time Juno Award winner vocalist Julie Masi will join Jim Rhindress, Tony Koenen, Mike Kleineberg and Dan Marcelino to provide entertainment for the night.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Nature Trust of BC’s land conservation efforts in the Okanagan, including the antelope-brush conservation area, Vaseux Lake complex and parts of Okanagan Mountain Park, as well as fund the Conservation Youth Crew. Each summer, young people are hired for restoration work on Nature Trust properties.

Tickets are $175.

To donate or purchase tickets call 1-866-288-7878 or go online at