Written By Jill Van Gyn Events / Food People / Places Oct 17, 2016 The Dinner Restoration Project at the Root Cellar SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestThe early evening still feels like summer: the sun is low and golden in the sky as guests for the first annual Root Cellar Dinner Restoration Project line up for gin and tonics by Phillips Brewing and Victoria Distillers. As people file in, encouraged by the down tempo soundings of The Sweet Lowdown, most are immediately drawn to the expansive charcuterie board featuring a variety of local cheeses and cured meats and jams and preserves from Salt Spring Island Kitchen Co. Ah, the last days of summer – where we try to squeeze every ounce of please out of the warm festive atmosphere and jealously hold on to the final harvests of the fruitful Victoria season.The event, hosted by the Root Cellar owners Daisy and Adam Orser, and partner Phil Lafreniere, and Dan and Micayla of the London Chef, was held in the open air under a tented roof next to the Root Cellar’s Garden Centre. The 80 person long-table was set in full harvest-style splendor, decorated with miniature pumpkins, white acorn and grey ghost squash from Dan’s Farm & Country Market, Japanese anemone from Daisy’s garden, and Root Cellar succulents and herb sprigs. The feeling brought about that very specific feeling one gets as summer drains in to fall – a mix of regret and anticipation that laments the sun-drenched memories of months past and the desire for golden leaves, damp earth, and crackling fires.Daisy and Dan hosted the event side by side and walked their guests through the family style dishes. Daisy was in true form, speaking with ardent emotion about her business, her love of our local farmers, and her gratitude for her loyal customers. Dan supplied an energetic description of the food, how it should be eaten, and tips on how to utilize the plethora of featured produce.Opening with a crostini topped wilted Saanich kale, local Russian garlic and soft goat cheese, the four-course meal drew on the late harvest and entry to fall with grilled summer vegetables, deliciously tender braised chicken thighs with risotto, and closed with Dan’s homage to his homeland, Eton Mess with berries from Galey Farm. Wine pairings came from Covert Farms in Oliver BC, adding to the well-rounded celebration of local culinary delights.The excitement, passion and dedication so evident in this first long-table dinner brings in hope that many more events just like this will spring up in the months and years to come.1286 McKenzie Ave, Victoria, BCWebsite – By Jill Van Gyn – Photography by Derek Ford SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Jill Van Gyn ... Read More You may also like Events / Victoria July 17, 2017 Vancouver Island Feast of Fields Celebrates 20th Anniversary Pictured above: The first Feast of Fields Vancouver Island organizing committee. (Left to right) Sinclair Philip, Alfons Obererlacher, Mara Jernigan, ... Read More Events / First Look July 1, 2017 Up Island News & Buzz (July/August 2017) This past winter gave all of us extra appreciation for a much anticipated warm sunny Island summer; the lineup of food and drink festivals ahead is ... Read More Events / Okanagan June 22, 2017 Deconstructing Dani García and the Feast: Food and Film Festival Everyone loves popcorn and junky food before a movie, but arguably—or absolutely—better are hand-selected local bites and drinks. Patrons to ... Read More Chefs / Events / Wine Events May 3, 2017 It’s true love when Chef Meets BC Grape Nowhere else can you taste so much great food paired with so much exceptional BC VQA wine. At Chef Meets BC Grape, you can sip from hundreds of wines ... Read More Causes / Events March 28, 2017 10 Questions for Food Activist Arlene Stein Arlene Stein is a Canadian food activist and the executive director and founder of Canada’s largest food symposium, Terroir, which takes place ... Read More Culture / Events March 27, 2017 Celebrating Canadian Gastronomy at Terroir, May 29, 2017 This year marks the 10th annual Terroir Symposium in Toronto, described as “a gathering of dreamers, disruptors and international luminaries in the ... Read More Comments are closed.