The Glynes mark first anniversary as owners of The Bench Market
The saying that “time flies while you’re having fun” rings true for Executive Chef Stewart Glynes and his wife Heather, business manager, since purchasing The Bench Market, a destination food stop on the gateway to the Naramata Bench winery route. They seized the occasion of the first-year anniversary of their ownership to thank their customers and suppliers and to celebrate the year that was as they look forward.
In June 2010, Stewart accepted the position as executive chef as they made a conscious choice to leave Vancouver to raise their children in a smaller place that could provide a more balanced lifestyle. When former owners Dawn Lennie and Debbie Halladay decided they were ready for new ventures, Stewart and Heather embraced owning the business as the next step in their commitment to the Penticton community.
For the Glynes that focus on community goes beyond building a balanced lifestyle for themselves. It is a priority to truly connect in deeper relationships beyond knowing their regular customers by name to collaborating fully with suppliers and partners. It extends into creating a workplace culture of quality for themselves and their employees. Stewart says that making the move from being staff is occasionally complicated when he just wants to step in as one of team yet he has to balance the added responsibilities of being an owner. He compliments Heather for quickly adapting from being a customer to getting in synch with what they want to achieve at The Bench as a team. The efforts in creating an inclusive and welcoming environment has paid off internally and The Bench was recognized with a Business Excellence Award for Workplace Culture by the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce in 2014. It has also sponsored events such as Granfondo and Bike To Work Day and supported smaller charities such as Soupateria, Food Bank and Penmar Community Arts Society.
The Bench offers breakfast, gourmet lunch and coffee as well as takeaway dinners made on-site from scratch in addition to unique food retail items with an emphasis on BC products, many of which are locally produced and organic. It’s a go-to caterer for appetizers for a party, continental breakfast and coffee break specialties or lunch sandwiches and salads for businesses. Grab a lunch for that hike or to enjoy on a patio while winery touring. With the cooler weather, daily soups are back starting at 10 am, and don’t forget it’s all about the homemade donuts on Fridays!
By Roslyne Buchanan
We share some photos taken at The Bench during their Anniversary Party on September 16...
Chef Glynes is manning the old fashioned popcorn maker, serving guests complimentary truffle popcorn. Delicious.
Everyday there are specials as pretty as these, today's featured salads topped with fresh Nasturtium flowers
On their anniversary its more than appropriate to go off the "Fridays Only" schedule for their famous donuts
Feels like homemade because it is homemade, any day you will find different treats based on what Chef Stewart finds fresh - here local roasted garlic, for your picnic basket from the deli
Charcuterie and artisanal cheese selections to fill your larder or your picnic basket are always changing, always delectable...
...and very often a lot of fun. Heather does an excellent job "curating" the selection of new culinary products in the market. Take these - a canadian company partners with celebrity chef, Vikram Vij to make these delicious chips, and you will only find them here in the Okanagan, which is often the case with new products... Find them at The Bench!
Congratulations, and thanks for your passion and commitment to our community Heather, Chef Stewart and team at The Bench!