Gowlland Harbour Resort and SouthEnd Farm & Vineyards Launch Second Annual 'At The Table' Food and Drink Series Inspired by Famous Writers

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Imagine a dinner party with Ernest Hemingway, Alice Munro, Mark Twain and Michael Pollan paired with award-winning Vancouver Island food and drink!

At The Table is a series of epicurean dinner events featuring award-winning Vancouver Island libations paired with unique, adventurous menus. Not your typical wine and food tasting event, At The Table is the creation of executive chef, Mariana Gabilondo, from Gowlland Harbour Resort, and winemaker, Jill Ogasawara, from SouthEnd Farm & Vineyards, who were looking for a way to showcase Quadra Island as not just a playground for outdoor enthusiasts but also a destination for foodies.

“The great thing about the At The Table events is that they aren’t your usual pairing dinners. We love all types of drinks and don’t shy away from unexpected food. For example, this year we’re featuring dishes inspired by literature, so we’re looking to iconic authors and what they loved and conveyed in their writing. Hemingway famously loved to tipple and hunt, so we’re selecting Victoria Spirits’ Victoria Gin to create a cocktail torn right from the pages of Hemingway’s novel Islands in the Stream to go with a big game stew. It will be a fun, festive and interesting night!” said winemaker, Jill.

Set in the warm elegance of Gowlland Harbour Resort’s dining room, attendees will enjoy a four-course sit-down dinner with accompanying pairings — including wine, spirits, mead and craft beer — dessert and talks with the host chef and winemaker. Seating is community style, and each event will feature a different menu and pairings. Tickets are $87 per person per event. A special overnight package rate, including two tickets to an At The Table evening, hotel room at Gowlland Harbour Resort and continental breakfast for two, is available for $275 per couple.

“We are thrilled to be hosting another year of At The Table — it’s a culinary adventure!” enthused executive chef, Mariana. “Last year was a great success, and we expect this year to continue to grow and offer guests an extraordinary experience...something they’ll fully enjoy and never forget. If you’re a food and drink enthusiast or simply ‘epicurious’, At The Table is not to be missed!”

The first event of the 2014-15 series will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15th and will feature North American writers, such as Ernest Hemingway, Alice Munro, Mark Twain and Michael Pollan as the inspirational spark for the menu. The evening starts at 6:30 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm.

When: Nov. 15 and Dec. 6, 2014; Feb. 7 and Mar. 7, 2015
Time: 6:30-10:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
Where: Gowlland Harbour Resort
Address: 823 Gowlland Harbour Road, Quadra Island BC
Price: $87 per person (includes tax)
Tickets: Call 250-285-3572 or events (at) gowllandharbour (dot) com
Package: $275 per couple, includes: 2 tickets to At The Table, 1 night hotel room and continental breakfast for two (not including tax or gratuities)

For more information about the events or to enquire about At The Table sponsorship opportunities, call 250-285-3572 or email events (at) gowllandharbour (dot) com.

About Gowlland Harbour Resort
Gowlland Harbour Resort is a world-class West Coast retreat nestled in an oceanfront setting with harbour views and fabulous dining on Quadra Island, BC — part of the famous Discovery Islands. National Geographic Traveler included Quadra Island as one of the ‘50 Places of a Lifetime: Canada’ and named Gowlland Harbour Resort as one of the best places to eat in their ‘Where to Eat or Drink’ review. Only 10 minutes by ferry from Campbell River, the Resort’s cozy rooms, quiet lookout points and spectacular wildlife watching offer plenty of opportunities for rest, relaxation and reconnecting with nature. The resort offers nine lodge rooms, four vacation homes, honeymoon suite, and a fully licensed dining room, as well as meeting space, spa amenities, water access and boat moorage. For more information on Gowlland Harbour Resort, visit http://www.gowllandharbour.com.

About SouthEnd Farm & Vineyards
SouthEnd Farm & Vineyards is the only winery located on Quadra Island, BC, and is considered a ‘true 50 km’ micro-winery. Owners and winemakers Jill Ogasawara and Ben McGuffie first opened SouthEnd in 2009. All of their wines are made from grapes grown on their vineyard, as well as two other Quadra Island farms and one in the Comox Valley. SouthEnd produces wine from five varietals of grapes and bottles about 500 cases a year. Visitors can enjoy tastings at their onsite store on Quadra Island, purchase half and full cases online, or ask for it at their local restaurant. For more information on SouthEnd Farm & Vineyards, visit http://www.southend.ca.

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Media Contact:
DeAnn Bremner, Gowlland Harbour Resort
email: deann (at) gowllandharbour (dot) com

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