Aboriginal Wine and Fine Dining Showcased During 2010 Winter Games

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This press release seemed worth reporting here. I think the Nk’Mip Cellars project has been a perfect example of economic development gone right for an aboriginal community. And the event itself sounds fun, interesting, and tasty. Here’s the release:

In Short:

Nk’Mip Cellars is proud to announce that is has partnered with Kanata Cuisine and the BC Aboriginal Culinary Team to provide the world with gourmet Aboriginal dining experiences during the 2010 Winter Games. As North America’s first Aboriginal winery, the award-winning Osoyoos Indian Band venture winery is excited to share their passion for excellence in modern Aboriginal wine and cuisine.

More Information:

The event takes place at the Native Education College’s Longhouse, located at 285 East 5th Ave in Vancouver, near the trendy Main St. district. The Longhouse a place of positive energy, teaching and sharing is the perfect venue to host this unique opportunity highlighting Aboriginal cuisine. The 14 days of feasting will begin on February 14 and will run the duration of the Games. This intimate gathering has two seatings per evening, allowing 80 people per night to share in the experience.

The night will begin with a traditional welcome song that greets patrons in the longhouse’s firelit
gathering hall. Entertainment will be provided by Tzo’kam, an acclaimed family of performers
from the Lil’wat Nation. The songs of Tzo’Kam share their culture and heritage.

The entertainment will be followed by an authentic seven course aboriginal feast by Kanata Cuisine with wine pairings from Nk’Mip Cellars. The fine dining menu features delicious pairing such as braised bison short ribs with watercress and parsnip puree served with Nk’Mip’s 2006 Qwam Qwmt Meritage. Chef Ben Genaille, an instructor at Vancouver Community College’s Aboriginal Culinary program, and Theresa Contois of Kanata Cuisine explain that they “have developed a well balanced menu that showcases local and traditional ingredients prepared and plated for the gourmet palate.” This exclusive and unique event displays the best of Aboriginal pride and passion.

Partial proceeds from this venture will fund the Aboriginal Culinary Team’s journey to the IKA
Culinary Olympics being held in Erfurt, Germany in 2012. Kanata Cuisine’s goal is to demonstrate the elegance of Aboriginal food and wine as well as showcase our talented Culinary Team to the world.

Transform your taste buds and come taste all that Canada has to offer! Tickets for this event are
$245.00 excluding gratuities. Tickets can be purchased online through www.ticketweb.ca or
over the phone at 1.888.222.6608.

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