Guests at Devour! Osoyoos have the very good fortune to be able to taste the cuisine of Canada’s best kitchens in one of the country’s most stunning locales.
This year once again promises an incredible lineup of participating chefs. Devour! Osoyoos is so proud to showcase the talents of these industry leaders.
So much personality goes into the dishes every chef creates. What influenced the Devour! chefs to pursue their culinary passions, and what inspired their unique cooking styles? We were curious, and think Devour! festival guests might be, too. So we asked them!
In the spotlight this week, we’d like to introduce the Similkameen Valley’s Chef Janice Uebelhardt.
When Chef Janice Uebelhardt moved to the Similkameen Valley, she bought with her a wealth of experience in agriculture, tourism, food and beverage services, event planning, economic development, and marketing. She got her start in the dairy industry, but her passion and talent for cooking led her to pursue a very different career.
Working in kitchens introduced Janice to the agritourism industry, where she found a perfect match for her skills and interests. She developed the award-winning Greenhill Acres farm in Chilliwack, overlooking Cultus Lake. At her open-to-the-public working farm, and at other venues throughout the Fraser Valley, Janice offered visitors unique experiences, agricultural education, and food –always food! Her homemade jams, pickles, preserves, and pies are the subject of legend.
Janice’s extensive experience in agricultural economic development has her much in-demand, working with local farm markets and eatlocal.org, tourism and commerce organizations, charities, and the PNE.
As a consultant working throughout BC, she has helped a variety of fledgling agritourism companies get started, but her heart lies in the kitchen. Her developmental endeavours for numerous restaurant projects, including the Greenhill Café and Bakery, the Kilby Heritage Site Café, the Full Barrel Café at Fort Langley, and the Village Coffee and Tea Company, allowed Janice to hone her culinary skills and to focus her contract work on the food and beverage industry.
Janice currently works with Harker’s Organics and Rustic Roots Winery, in the beautiful and bountiful Similkameen, developing their forthcoming Barn Door Bistro and catering programs. She is inspired every day by the knowledge, enthusiasm, and commitment to quality that the Harker family shares with her.
Janice will showcase her true farm-to-table approach to cooking at the Devour! Chowder Smackdown on Saturday, June 16th at Watermark.