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Jennifer Schell Puts the Okanagan on the Culinary World Map

an okanagan cookbook cover shot copy 3First there was one award, then another, another, and yet another, bringing the trophy count now to an impressive five for Okanagan-based writer Jennifer Schell.

Schell grew up in the sunny Okanagan, a farm girl at heart, who’s equally comfortable dressing to the nines to check out the latest hot spot in dining. She’s traveled the world but has come home to her roots to promote the Valley she grew up in.

The result? The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker – An Okanagan Cookbook a celebration of the Okanagan Valleys farmers, artisans and chefs. The book is full of not only recipes, but the intimate stories of those behind them.

While Schell is already working on her next book, a similar work but this time focusing on the characters of Vancouver, The Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island, this initial masterpiece continues to garner worldwide attention.

The awards?
• Gold Medal IPPY – Best Non-Fiction Western Canada Independent Publisher Award
• Winner – Gourmand World Cookbook Award – Best Local Cuisine Cookbook,
Canada and shortlisted for Best in the World at Gourmand World Cookbook Ceremony
on May 21, 2014 (fingers crossed).
• Winner – Best Cookbook – Paris Book Festival
• Winner – Best Cookbook – San Francisco Book Festival
• Honourable Mention – Green Book Festival


I am pleased to call Jennifer Schell not only just my editor (BC Food and Wine Trails Magazine) but also a friend. We are all looking forward to watching her unravel the culinary secrets on the next leg of her adventures. Congratulations pal!

Okanagan Chefs Set To Sharpen Their Knives At The Dirty Apron


Culinary class to showcase celebrated BC cookbook

Vancouver’s top culinary classroom will celebrate all things Okanagan with a special cooking class on May 5th, 2013 highlighting recipes from the popular cookbook by Jennifer Schell, The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker – An Okanagan Cookbook. In a unique twist, The Dirty Apron will welcome three Okanagan chefs to demonstrate their passion for BC bounty, each teaching his or her own recipe from the book.

Chef Natasha Schooten of Terrafina Restaurant in Oliver will teach the first course: Harker’s Organic Spinach and The Farm House Natural Cheeses Fromage Frais Fritters with Kale Pesto and Apple Mustard. This flavourful starter will be followed by Slow Cooked Halibut with Basil, Crisp Sweet Life Farms Potatoes, Stoney Paradise Tomatoes, and Artichoke Chardonnay Emulsion as taught by Gold Medal Plates Award winner Chef Mark Filatow of Waterfront Restaurant & Wine Bar in Kelowna. And, what better way to finish a perfect meal than with an expertly prepared Apple Tarte Tatin as demonstrated by Chef Sandrine Raffault-Martin, owner of Sandrine French Pastry & Chocolate in Kelowna. Each course will also be expertly paired with wines from the Okanagan including Rustic Roots Winery, Meyer Family Vineyards, and Bella Wines.

Authored by wine and food columnist Jennifer Schell, The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker is a celebration of 120of the Okanagan Valley’s finest chefs, farmers and winemakers.  The book also contains stories of culinary adventure from each contributor.

The class will run from 5:30-9:30 pm on May 5th. Tickets are $150 per person with space limited to just 22 people per class. Students can reserve their spot for the class online at The Dirty ApronThe Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker will be available for purchase in The Dirty Apron Delicatessen and Chefs will be free to sign copies after the class.

About the School

The Dirty Apron Cooking School is Vancouver’s most exciting culinary playground. Born with the intention of creating an environment for novices, foodies, and aspiring chefs to learn the tricks of the trade, The Dirty Apron Cooking School offers a selection of hands-on classes that vary from creating regional classics to understanding ingredient-driven basics and executing essential knife skills. For more information please visit: www.dirtyapron.com.

WAM! presents The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker

wam-web13Experience the best of the Okanagan’s Wine, Food, Art & Entertainment

SAT. June 15, 2013 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts


PLUS, The Cookbook Speaker Series features three Evenings of Delicious Conversations with speakers from An Okanagan CookBook, May 27, June 3 & 10

We’re cooking up all kinds of connections between field and table, hosting some of the Okanagan’s best wineries, food producers, artisans and entertainers.

Inspired by food and wine columnist Jennifer Schell’s delicious new book The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker – An  kanagan Cookbook. WAM! harvests the traditions and innovations of our regional cuisine in an atmosphere enriched with dozens of artists and musicians.
Sip, graze and groove your way through this delectable evening.

This is a Safe Ride Home event with Turner Audi.

Eat Local – Drink Local – Play Local

Proceeds benefit Community and Educational Programs at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.

(Sat) June 15, 2013

Tickets Available NOW! $89/each or 10 for $800
Cookbook Speaker Series (May 27, June 3 & 10) $15/each
WAM Ticket, Cookbook Speaker Series & BONUS Cookbook $120