Written By Guest Writer Elsewhere / Places / Restaurants Sep 1, 2014 Fernwood Road Cafe, Salt Spring Island. SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestAs I sat on the sun-drenched deck, chatting with chef Jennifer Shaw co-owner of the Fernwood road Cafe on Salt Spring Island, my body absorbed the sights, sounds and smells encompassing the cafe and its happy patrons. At one table under an umbrella sat a family who had arrived via bikes together to enjoy locally made gelato, while another table seated a couple enjoying their iced Mt Maxwell Roasted coffee. My view from the deck included Wallace Island across Trincomali Channel and the dock we were tied to. There are more ways than one to arrive at this bustling cafe! Inside, Chef Jennifer’s staff busily created summer salads of blueberries, mixed greens, Salt Spring Island chèvre, and roasted hazelnuts tossed in a fig dressing for customers at the counter. The walls displayed artful photos and cabinets decorated with jars of Salt Spring Candied Jalapeños and spicy tomato Jam. I remembered the jam from last years’ Grazing event in Ganges at Sip & Savour Salt Spring — it was divine while topped on a dainty tomato mouse tart (I made sure to sample it a second time). Jennifer has interesting ideas for this years’ event, though you’ll have to get your tickets and show up before being privy to the secret. Jennifer laughed as she told me about personally delivering a wedding cake to Poet’s Cove the weekend prior — waiting for the ferry with her air conditioning running full bore, thus avoiding a puddle of cake, and freezing herself in the process. Her day didn’t end there; after closing the cafe she went to her offsite kitchen to bake until 11pm, as she does most nights. Who would imagine that the former Vancouver lawyer and her husband would end up opening an out of the way café on Salt Spring Island — they certainly worked hard to do just that. Her passion for good wholesome food is obvious —everything she makes is from scratch, and she can proudly tell you exactly where each Salt Spring Island farm ingredient comes from. A strong connection with local farmers and purveyors helps her sense of community flourish, and a steady stream of regulars coming back for much more than just well roasted coffee.—By Kirsten Tyler Fernwood Road Café 325 Fernwood Road Salt Spring Island Website — Kirsten TylercafesSalt Spring Island SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Chefs / Culture / Destinations / Elsewhere / Travel May 7, 2019 An Introduction to Letters from Lyon to EAT I have spent my career thus far with a few goals in mind: climb the brigade of each kitchen I set foot in, put in my time and become “chef”. ... Read More Elsewhere / Travel March 23, 2017 April: Up Island News “The French say; “you never grow old at the table”, so let’s sit down, savour wonderful food together- and stop time.” ... Read More Elsewhere / Restaurants February 27, 2017 An Interview with Chef Renee Lavallee of Canteen in Nova Scotia Chef Renee Lavallee has worked in restaurants across the globe, and now calls Dartmouth, Nova Scotia home. After opening the successful sandwich shop ... Read More Elsewhere / Restaurants November 25, 2016 What’s up at the new Toscano’s Mediterranean Grill Last winter the venerable Toscano’s Trattoria in Comox changed hands. With Chef Kevin Frisch (formerly of Atlas Cafe and Locals, two highly ... Read More Elsewhere / First Look September 28, 2016 Biblio Taco Opens in Cumberland (home of the mountain biker) Ask a mountain biker if they have been to Cumberland, BC and you will probably see their eyes light up, ears go back like a dogs do and then a ... Read More Elsewhere / Reporter September 7, 2016 The Tofino Buzz | Sept & Oct 2016 Winding into fall is probably my favourite time of year in Tofino. The weather is still amazing, and there’s time to appreciate the town at a ... Read More Comments are closed.