New Faces at Terrafina

RauDZ Creative Concepts are thrilled to announce that the culinary team at Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ will be led by Chef James Hanna.  Chef Hanna is moving from his role as Chef de Cuisine at RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd, to Terrafina.

James has a long history of working with Chef Butters of RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd., operators of Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ.  Following his apprenticeship in White Rock, BC he was sous chef for Fresco becoming Chef de Cuisine when Fresco morphed into the more fine casual dining RauDZ Regional Table.  He then departed to eat and cook his way across the country.   Chef Hanna has also been an integral part of  7 culinary teams that have competed in Gold Medal Plates. In early 2018 he returned to RauDZ from Newfoundland after a number of years honing his skills at other restaurants including Vancouver’s top Italian restaurant Villa Del Lupo.  James has always had a passion and skill for Italian cuisine and is excited to lead the Italian focused menu and culinary team at Terrafina for the upcoming 2019 season.

A familiar face from 2018, Kayleigh Macmillan will be joining us as Restaurant Manager.  Kayleigh excelled as Restaurant Supervisor last year assisting Wes Hunter with the daily operations and her enthusiastic demeanor paired with professionalism is appreciated by both her service team and guests.

Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ will open for the 2019 season on Wednesday, February 13.


The Okanagan Table – TASTE CANADA

We were so excited to get the news that ‘The Okanagan Table – The Art of Everyday Home Cooking’ by our own Chef Rod Butters has now been shortlisted for a coveted writing award from Taste Canada.

A champion of cookbook authors and food bloggers, Taste Canada inspires and encourages readers at home and abroad to discover delicious recipes and diverse food stories written from a Canadian perspective.

Each year, Taste Canada presents awards to some of the best food and beverage writers in both official languages. The jury is comprised of volunteers from Canada’s culinary profession appointed by an independent selection committee. This year, 91 cookbooks and 50 food blogs entered the competition. The shortlist narrows the competition to a maximum of 5 entries per category.

The 26 gold and silver award winners will be revealed at the Taste Canada Awards Gala on October 29 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

The Gala, a one-of-a-kind gastronomic celebration, brings together writers, publishers, chefs, farmers, industry, media and cookbook fans and promotes a vibrant national conversation about food and the art and culture of culinary writing.

Don’t have a copy of this cookbook yet?  Be sure to pick up a signed copy at the restaurant on your next visit.
Jenna Pilon, Terrafina

Boulevard’s Inspired Chef – Jenna Pillon

We are excited to share that our Chef de Cuisine, Jenna Pillon is featured as the Inspired Chef in the May/June issue of Boulevard magazine.

Jenna is starting her fifth year leading the culinary team at Terrafina.  She has been pursuing her culinary career since high school and three years ago she represented Canada in the Hans Bueschkens Americans Competition finishing with an impressive second place.

We are thrilled to have Jenna as part of the RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd. team and especially in the kitchen here at Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ.

Click here to read more about Jenna and get her Grilled Humboldt Squid Salad recipe in this latest issue of Boulevard.