November 2020 South Shuswap Scoop Article
Taste of the Shuswap is delighted to make your acquaintance. We are Margaret and Nigel, transplants from the lower mainland corporate world now living our dream in Eagle Bay on beautiful Shuswap Lake. Over the past four years we have been discovering local and delicious culinary experiences and Taste of the Shuswap was born out of a desire to support so many wonderful local businesses. We look forward to sharing them with you.
For our first column we want to share an experience that many of you may be thinking about as our summer is really and truly over and that means that some of our favourite patio restaurants have, like the bears, gone into hibernation. We miss you Finz and Bayside!
Lucky for us, we have other fabulous dining experiences right here in our own back yard to tide us over through the winter. If you haven’t been to Jack Sam’s at Quaaout Lodge recently then perhaps this is the time as Chef Whittaker and his talented team have created several unique feasting selections. Returning this year is the Taste! Dinner Series, a reserved event featuring five very special courses and wine pairings showcasing a different local winery or brewery. From what we saw about their first event Taste! Of Autumn, the kitchen is outdoing itself so if you are interested keep an eye on their social media accounts @QuaaoutLodge as these tickets go fast!
New this year, Chef is offering a special three course dinner menu every Saturday and Sunday night. We had a wonderful meal of turkey and all the fixings during Thanksgiving weekend and the following weekend featured sablefish. At $45 for all three courses it was very affordable, and we took advantage of the $20 add-on local wine tasting too. Chef tells me that he usually decides what he will feature on Friday morning when he receives his fresh farm orders arrive. Can’t get fresher than that!
We love Jack Sam’s for many reasons but especially because Chef Whittaker and his staff exemplify what we believe makes cuisine in the Shuswap so special which is an emphasis on the freshest high-quality ingredients and locally inspired culinary traditions. Chef is always introducing partnerships with local farmers and you may find a new local food source yourself. When we tasted the tomato broth featuring Spotted Moose Farm tomatoes, we just had to find some for ourselves.
Since moving to the Shuswap, we have been heartened by the support that our local businesses give each other. Case in point is the photo featured in this article is from a local entrepreneur Tapped Events (@Tapped.Events on IG) who shared their Taste! dining experience on their social media account. Now more than ever we all need to support our local businesses and we at Taste of the Shuswap will be doing just that in future articles.