Chef Jeff Van Geest and new Sous Chef Orin Godfrey
Visiting the kitchen this late February day, the relaxed, energized and inspired team have a new bounce in their clog-clad steps. They have been away from the Miradoro kitchen for the past two months when the Okanagan wine region of Oliver has it's hibernation from tourism and wine events. As an Okanagan original, watching the winery restaurants blossom for the new season is a perennial sign of the Okanagan Spring's bountiful promises.
Asking Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest how he feels about this "time-off" he says, "It's hard to do "nothing, I always find something. This year I did the commemorative Aurora Dinner (Chef JVG's former Vancouver restaurant) down on the coast at Chef Angus An's Longtail Kitchen, which was well attended by old friends and loyal customers. I did the heli-ski thing (he was chef at a world class Heliski Resort) at Canadian Mountain Holidays, but it was a long 5 weeks away from my boys. It pays for a new roof on my house, but they don't get that. Last year we had a pop-up dinner at The Elite in Penticton - I'd like to do that again. I also want to do a fundraiser for my wife's roller derby team". Communal Table dinners - Chef Jeff will have some creative collaborations with friends from the coast and London to fill a couple of tables this season.
From the great but limited [in size] talent pool here in the valley, we finally found our new Sous Chef Orlin Godfrey former owner of Smith and Co. Coffee House in Penticton, in January, not a moment too soon for the coming season. With past Sous Chef Courtney Welter gone on maternity leave, this current fact doesn't mean she is out of this kitchen's future picture. Chef Jeff will arrange roles for two sous chefs in the kitchen once she's ready to get back in the game.
Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest has created a new spring menu, featuring dishes like roast pork croquettes with espellette aïoli and salsa verde; Covert Farms beets and farro with house made yogurt and sprouted grains; and duck breast with root vegetable fudge, sunchoke puree, ras al hanout granola and Harker’s organic cider.
Here is a debriefing on the plans for this years open season at Miradoro:
Guests can enjoy a special prix fixe three-course menu for just $39 for a limited time.
In keeping with Miradoro Restaurant’s food philosophy, all of the Communal Table Dinners will feature a special menu of family style fare that is local, rustic, simple, straightforward and seasonal. Held at 6:30pm every Tuesday from March 11th until May 20th, the Communal Table menu is $30 per person for multiple courses. Reservations are required.
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2014 and the Miradoro team will be joining in the party by working with the vineyard to put on special events from a communal Cajun Style Crab Feast to an alfresco Starlit Supper in the outdoor amphitheatre. In April "Guest Chef" (Proprietor of Miradoro), Manny Ferreira who originally began his restaurant career as a chef in Vancouver at La Gavroche, will host a Communal Dinner that honours his Portuguese roots. This years finale Tinhorn Outdoor Concert series event presents Colin James.
Miradoro Restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11:30am–3:00pm, for tapas from 3:00pm-5:00pm and for dinner from 5:00pm–9:00pm. For more information, please call 250-498-3742 or visit www.miradoro.ca.