Friday, March 2, 2018
Unfortunately we have temporarily suspended my guest appearance on Okanagan Oldies but we are working on a plan B. Gord and I had planned to chat about two new places that we suggest putting on your ‘dine out’ radar.
Although they’ve been open a few weeks, La Lupita Tapas and Mezcal are having their official Grand Opening tonight (March 2). They are celebrating with live music, happy hour pricing from 4 – 6 and of course the opportunity to try out this new space. The menu features small plates for casual Mexican dining. I’m excited about the home-made fresh guacamole that is prepared table-side in Molcajetes, a stone tool which is the traditional Mexican version of the mortar and pestle. La Lupita is located on Water Street in downtown Kelowna.
If you’ve been down Abbott Street by the hospital, you may have spotted Waterfront Café and Catering. Chef Mark Filatow opened this space in the fall and already it’s ‘the’ place to go for fresh baked goods and on Thursdays they have their ‘feature donut’ This past week it was Chocolate Peanut Butter (swoon!) They are open at 7:00 am for coffee and a croissant on the way to work, serve up a delicious lunch menu and they are now open in the evening for dinner Tuesday – Saturday. Chef Filatow has always been known for working with local farmers and using the freshest produce at his restaurant Waterfront Wines and now here at the Café as well. What I’ve now discovered is that he even takes it a step further than I imagined with the coffee beans he sources. He works closely with roasters who source the best beans from ethical farmers in Ethiopia, Sumatra, Guatemala and Ecuador to name a few. These roasters actually KNOW the farmers, so can Chef knows the story behind the beans, knows that his support of their product makes a difference in their livelihood, family and community. When we are buying ‘just a coffee’ at Waterfront Café we are actually supporting a family farm across the globe.
They do take reservations for dinner so call ahead to avoid disappointment. Once the good weather finally arrives, their patio will be the place to spend the afternoon which may extend into the evening!