September 27th, 2014 – The East End of Vancouver & Sip and Savour …


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We start in the Revitalized East End of Vancouver at Campagnolo Roma With JoJo, Peter and Rob Belcham. Talking success in the kitchen, the bar and East Hastings. Then to Sip and Savour this weekend  in the  Cowichan Valley.

We end up on Salt Spring Island at Hastings House at a Burrowing Owl Winemakers Dinner.



Campagnolo Roma is just one of many small success stories that make up the much larger success story in the East End of Vancouver.
East Hastings was one of Vancouver’s main transit hubs. Over many years it fell into disrepair and neglect.

Campagnolo Roma
Campagnolo Roma

In the last 5-10 years it’s slowly started to show signs of life and many say it began when Rob Belcham took a huge chance and opened two restaurant locations
Campagnolo on Main and Roma on Hastings at Naniamo.



This week Chef Joachim Hayward revealed his Tutto menu. Total Italian Dining.

Chef JoJo
Chef JoJo


Communal. Sharing the whole of the plates.
Peter van de Reep – Bar Manager and wine expert – will take us through pairing this amazing menu with Bomber Beer and, for my benefit, pairing with Italian wines.





Robert Belcham
Robert Belcham

In part two Rob Belcham – chef and owner – reminds yours truly how the East End came alive in the past 5 years. Bistros, pop up restaurants, and brewers all contributed to the re-growth.



The Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island has changed their annual wine festival to Sip and Savour.
Celebrating the best of their destination.

Unsworth Cowichan
Unsworth Cowichan

A new growing wine region, chefs who can access the very best, freshest ingredients right around them and brewers/distillers who constantly surprise the unsuspecting.


Over the next 10 days there are 50 events including this weekend one called Sip Savour Support. Music, food and wine/beer in and around music barges in Mill Bay. All to raise funds for The Canucks Autism Network. Too many events to mention so check out

We talk to Merridale Cidery, Blue Grouse and Unsworth Winery.

And we finish our show at Hastings House Salt Spring Island.
It’s another winemakers dinner with Chef Marcel Kauer.

Hastings House
Hastings House





The wines are from the iconic Burrowing Owl, South Okanagan.

vines at Burrowing Owl
vines at Burrowing Owl


Guests are Hastings House food and wine expert Milly Sinclair and then from Burrowing Owl we get the story on the pairings with Kerri Wyse McNolty, head of marketing and Sophie Laurent, Basque born now the Brand Ambassador for the label.






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