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Chef Victor Bongo Moves East to The Okanagan

Chef Victor Bongo Launches New Menu at The Naramata Inn and Releases Enchanté by Bongo Wines

A few months back we joined Chef Victor Bongo in Vancouver to sample items for his new menu (details here), and now that he’s fully installed in Naramata he kindly asked us to join him for a Bongo-style weekend. Bongo likes to celebrate and does everything with flare, so it was no surprise the weekend was rather special.

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Tess and I drove up and checked into the Apple d’Or Bed and Breakfast (more on that soon), a spectacular boutique accommodation on the Naramata Inn that we highly recommend. I unfortunately had food poisoning from something I ate in Vancouver, so I spent the first night in bed feeling like I might die. Tess went off to have a meal at Hillside Winery Bistro and she raved about it , fortunately much later on as I was not in the mood to hear of any food when she came home! Don’t feel like she abandoned me, the last thing I would have wanted was company at this point. THE WORST! And she did what she could for me.

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Fortunately I bounced back the next morning and was able to enjoy the superb breakfast provided and even had coffee; yes, I’m a trooper. AND then it was off for some wine tasting at the launch of Victor Bongo’s wines at Serendipity Winery.

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Tess and I went through the wines at Serendipity first, we’d enjoyed the Pinot Gris last year at our YVR Hobby Chefs dinner we hosted and this vintage is also very good.

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Venturing upstairs Bongo had arranged for Codfather’s to shuck oysters, while he sabered a couple bottles of Serendipity Bubble to kick off the event, and then into the wine cellar we went for a long table luncheon. img 1489

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Okanagan Goat Cheese & Fig Soufflé with Enchanté Viognier 2016

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Scallops & Berkshire Pork belly with celeriac puree Serendipity Rosé

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Dried Wild Mushroom crusted Venison with black truffles with  Enchanté Victoire 2012

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Superb luncheon and we wondered how we’d ever eat again! After a stop at Legend Distilling for a little liquor and cocktail sampling we rested up back at Apple d’Oro and prepared for what would be an even more decadent evening. We knew that Chef Victor Bongo would have many tricks up his sleeve.

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Passed Appies

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Caribbean Spiced Tomato Buffalo Caprese Salad Paired with Serendipity Sauvignon Blanc

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Honey Truffle Chicken Stuffed with Foie Gras Paired with Serendipity Pinot Noir

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Miso Black Cod Paired with Enchanté Viognier 2016

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Cache Creek Angus Beef Striploin Paired with Enchanté Victoire 2012

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Duet of Dessert: Dolce de Leche Crème Brûlée & Wildflower Honey unbaked cheese cake Paired with Elephant Island Cherry Wine

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Amazing meal with superb wines. After a little entertainment we were exhausted and satiated and ready for sleep.

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Congrats Chef Bongo and all the best of luck in the Okanagan. The Naramata Inn is certainly a destination worth seeking out for those looking for a special meal.

Kurtis Kolt named new Wine Director for Naramata Inn

The Naramata Heritage Inn & Spa is proud to announce Mr. Kurtis Kolt as it’s new Wine Director.

Kurtis brings with him almost two decades of industry experience.  Most recently as General Manager for Gastown’s Salt Tasting Room, he was named 2010’s “Sommelier of the Year” at this year’s Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival.

Kurtis is certified by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (U.K.), the Wine Academy of Spain and is credited in the Winemaking program at UC Davis in California.

“Restaurant/Catering Manager Quentin Kayne, Executive Chef Thomas Render and I are extremely pleased to have Kurtis join our team,” said Norm Davies, Co-GM and proprietor of the Inn.  “His depth of wine knowledge, creativity and exceptional service standards will help us reach our goal of making the Naramata Heritage Inn & Spa the gourmet equivalent of ‘ground-zero’ in the Okanagan Valley.  The Inn’s 2009 successful spearheading of Naramata’s Cittaslow (Slow Towns – www.cittaslow.net) accreditation has further solidified that goal.

The Naramata Heritage Inn & Spa, built in 1908, is a 12-room boutique Inn in the village of Naramata resting on the shores of Okanagan Lake, 19km north of Penticton.  Including accommodation, it also houses the Cobblestone Wine Bar & Restaurant and AVEDA Concept Heirloom Spa.