This was the big finale for the cooking classes sponsored byFran and her staff at the Osoyoos Home Hardware. It was held at the Walnut Beach Resort and they didn’t disappoint. http://walnutbeachresort.com/osoyoosdining.html
Our Chef, Justin Paakkunainen (yes, it is spelled correctly) is a bundle of inspiration and humour, and his Sous Chef, Todd, put up and served a lovely barbecue. The rub on the ribs was thought of expressly for the barbecue they were preparing and believe me, you will read these recipes over the next couple of days, and you will wonder if they were put up correctly.
The wine pairing was with Adega on 45th Estate Winery in Osoyoos. http://adegaon45.com/They are a new winery and Pamela and her daughter Racyne did well with their choices. With the vegetable salad (grilled to perfection) was a Rose; with the Pork Ribs they had a lovely and not heavy red wine, and with the dessert (surprise ingredients) was a beautiful Port.
The scenery was lakeside, warm, sun just slowly sinking in the West and was a perfect ending to a wonderful season of cooking classes.
And guess what? I actually won a prize…a cookbook. Yes, I was pleased.
Thanks again to Home Hardware, Fran, Suzie, Judy and all the others who stay late and assist where they can and to the Walnut Beach Resort for treating us so well and actually serving us at dining room tables. http://osoyooshomehardware.ca/
If you go to damnicandothis.com and check on the facebook logo, you can pick up the fabulous recipes Justin offered.
Can’t wait until the next session to start. Okay, okay, Fran and her staff, take the rest of the summer off and we will see you in the Fall.