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On the Cover Photo by Darren Hull Model Alice Ewart in the retro-style bowling alley at BNA Brewing in downtown Kelowna. In this issue, the Boulevard fashion team embraces sporty fashion that has enough attitude to bring out the fun.




Stunning design and attention to detail captures the essence of luxury living

Hot home design trends for 2019

By Lauren Kramer

By Kathy Michaels


Red hot fashion that’s game- ready and on point

By Kim Appelt


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This classic Polish dish is cosy, hearty and richly flavoured

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Hanging out with Marie

By Susan Lundy



Garrett Jones

By Lia Crowe



Talking Stalk: The Surprising Benefits of Rhubarb

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What’s on in March and April

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24 inspiredPEOPLE From Vines to Verbs: Jennifer Schell

By David Wylie


The Corporate Magician: Randy Therrien

By Darcy Nybo



How to Change the World: Renee Merrifield Wasylyk

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“This shoot was one of my recent favourites! I loved the creative and retro design of BNA, the funky clothing and, of course, the amazing Alice, who was the most stunning model!” Kim is a fashion stylist and respected style expert. Her work has been included in numerous publications, and seen on the red carpet at The Junos and The Daytime Emmys.

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“There was something familiar about shooting with Jennifer Schell, and we eventually realized we had worked together on a magazine shoot more than 10 years ago in Vancouver — except I was the one being photographed holding her miniature Dachshund, Arthur P., who was just a puppy at the time. I’m alway delighted when people serendipitously circle back into your life.” Lia is a stylist, creative director, photographer and writer.

“These simple, dough-filled dumplings have come a long way since my mother made them one way — stuffed with cheese and potato — and my mother-in-law another, stuffed with dry curd cottage cheese and no additions except for toppings. The tasty variations Chef Heidi Fink came up with showcase some of the flavour possibilities. Who even needs to argue now whether they are better boiled or fried?” Don has photographed numerous highprofile events, including the Olympics, World Hockey Championships and a Royal wedding. “I do not use written recipes for my pierogi fillings; I mix ingredients until they taste good. For this issue’s article on pierogi-making, I had to nail down my fillings to create a structured recipe, meaning I had the pleasure of making pierogi several times over a few weeks. I don’t normally make them so frequently; so for the first time ever, I felt like I got my fill of pierogi (and my appetite for the homemade ones is large). Delicious!” Heidi Fink is a chef, food writer and culinary instructor, specializing in local foods and ethnic cuisines.


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“Everything just clicked on this fashion story. The concept, styling, makeup, our model and BNA’s location — each provided a perfect nod to all things ’90s.” Darren is an editorial and commercial photographer, who has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s top image makers with work informed by a strong sense of storyline.

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“I loved interviewing one of the Okanagan’s top design teams for their insights on the latest home trends and look forward to implementing some of their tips in my own space.” Richmond-based writer and national columnist Lauren Kramer writes about travel, food, interior décor and other features for a variety of Canadian and American publications.


“Working inside the eclectic and inviting location at BNA brewing was fantastic. The vibe of the slightly retro bowling alley and the airstream bar gave a unique feel to each scene. Leaning towards spring, I let the influence of Pantone’s colour of the year, Living Coral, work itself into the makeup palette to accentuate our beautiful model’s blue eyes. Meanwhile, we listened to Gwen Stefani to get us in the mood to shoot the first scene.” Jenny has been voted best makeup artist in Kelowna by the community for three consecutive years, and she’s been in the beauty industry for over two decades.







“Interviewing one of the top luxury home builders offered some great insight about how the taste makers in the Okanagan get their inspiration and approach their job.” Kelowna-based writer and editor Kathy Michaels writes about wine, food, and all the news that she can get her hands on for a number of B.C. publications.”

“Randy Therrien is one of the lucky ones who found his passion at a young age and continues to embrace it every day. When you have that level of love for what you do, it’s easy to understand how he creates such amazing homes, year after year.” Darcy is a freelance writer, writing instructor, writing coach, author, self-professed word nerd and a foodie who loves to discover new things.






“Wow! I’m definitely inspired having just toured one of the most spectacular lake-front homes I’ve ever seen. Built with the finest materials and some of the most innovative features, I can see why this stunning masterpiece just won three Okanagan Housing Awards of Excellence including Home of The Year!” Justin is the Senior Vice President, Sales in Kelowna for Sotheby’s International Realty Canada and President of the Canadian Home Builder’s Association, Central Okanagan.

PAGE 42 “Renee Merrifield Wasylyk is a well-known name and face in Kelowna circles. She’s very active in the business community as head of Troika Developments.  Now with a political career on the horizon I wanted to go beyond the headlines to find out what makes this mover and shaker, tick.” A broadcast veteran, Toby Tannas co-hosts ‘Beach Mornings with Ara & Toby’ on Kelowna’s New 103.1 Beach Radio. She’s a mother to two teenage girls and two four-legged kids.







“It is always a pleasure photographing homes for Apchin Design (“Cabin by the Lake”) and Timberhaven (page 20, Lakeside Showstopper). From design to construction, no detail is overlooked and this makes capturing their work so rewarding as a photographer.” Shawn Talbot is a commercial photographer based in Kelowna. He and his team regularly photograph some of the most spectacular luxury homes, hotels and resorts in the world.

“What is it to know a thing? Jennifer Schell has taken risks and immersed herself in the world of food and wine like few others.” David Wylie is a veteran of the Canadian media industry. He lives, works and plays in the Okanagan.  |

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Hanging with my new friend, Marie BY SUSAN LUNDY



’ve long enjoyed the thrill have my daughters’ swim team gear. of eliminating “stuff” and Since swim team was about a dozen years purging the house. I used ago, and they’re adults now, those caps to do this annually, and and goggles aren’t going to make it past in those years my shelves their foreheads. But what if some day I gleamed with the absence have grandchildren and they want to do of “things.” swim team? (You’re right, Marie, that bin But then my new husband and I has to go.) combined two houses into one and I I also have a bin full of my daughters’ suddenly had two or three of everything special sports T-shirts, saved with some from couch to can opener. Not to vague idea that I’d use them to make mention my new husband’s T-shirt quilts and present them as high school collection. And his baseball hats. And graduation gifts. I can’t sew and they his coats for every possible weather graduated high school eight and 10 years scenario. ago. Yes, I hear you, Marie. I knew I was in trouble as we packed The immediate benefit for me as we up his Calgary house and I sorted began Marie-Kondoing our house through a kitchen drawer, discovering (there’s the verb!) was eliminating five different bottle openers. clothing. And now able to see all my I held them out, saying, “I don’t think clothes at once, I’m actually wearing we need five. Which ones can we toss?” a wider variety of things. I also went He paused and looked at them for a through my jewellery collection. I very long time before pointing to one. “I guess I could let that couldn’t cull much of it, but I realized that even though I work one go.” at home and don’t dress up often, my jewellery brings me great At our new home, kitchen drawers suddenly burst with joy, so why shouldn’t I accessorize my sweats-and-hoodies utensils, closets were stuffed and we could barely navigate our home-office attire each day? way around boxes in the storage room. For those looking beyond Marie And so it was with great joy a At our new home, kitchen Kondo to improve their living month or so ago that I sat my husband environment, this edition of Boulevard drawers suddenly burst down to watch the first episode of Okanagan checks in with Sticks + Tidying Up, Netflix’s series featuring with utensils, closets were Stones Design Group to present top Marie Kondo, who has become so design trends, certain to add stuffed and we could barely home celebrated her name is practically verb. pizzazz to Okanagan homes. Also, Now, you can “Marie Kondo” your navigate our way around check out a stunning Pritchard Road house. built by Denis Apchin, and the boxes in the storage room. house To be honest, I could only stomach bedazzling lakeside home featured by one episode of the Netflix series. Marie columnist Justin O’Connor. is sweet but the drama-ridden families agonizing over their First And there’s a lot more to feast your eyes upon in the following World problems induced a few eye rolls on our part. However, I pages. Meet Jennifer Schell, Garrett Jones, Renee Merrifield did manage to ease my husband into a clutter-freeing mood. (So Wasylyk and Randy Therrien. sexy!) Travel to Jamaica; consider the health benefits of rhubarb; and Although much-maligned in some quarters, Marie Kondo, the try your hand at making pierogi. Discover the best of “what’s on” author of a bestselling book also called Tidying Up, offers some in the Okanagan this spring; and revel in local fashion beautifully good ideas. The clothes in my bedroom drawers are now rolled captured in the lovely BNA Brewing building in downtown (rather than folded and stacked), allowing me to actually see Kelowna. everything at once. I’ve delivered five bags of excess clothing Back at our house, the Marie-Kondoing is going to be a lengthy and household items to charity; filled our recycling bins several process — especially for my husband as he battles internal conflicts, times over (mostly paper — why was I saving all those files?) and again considering each item for a very long time. tossed a bag or two of garbage. Susan Lundy has been writing stories since she was six years For those who don’t know the Marie Kondo technique, it involves holding items and determining whether or not they bring old. She has a degree in creative writing from the University of Victoria, and after working for many years as an award-winning joy to your life. I’m not much for “things,” so this was easy. My issue is sentimentality. Tucked away in a storage bin, I still journalist, is now a magazine editor, author and freelance writer.

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The savoury and surprising health benefits of rhubarb. BY PAMELA DURKIN

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Modern research has validated its medicinal use by uncovering several compounds in rhubarb that can fight cancer, lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and protect eye and brain health.


VERYONE has a personal harbinger of spring — an annual reassurance that whispers the season has finally arrived and that summer, with all its hot, hedonistic glory, is just around the corner. For some folks, it’s spotting magnolia blossoms in full bloom, for others, it’s their first taste of fresh, local asparagus. For me, it’s my first serving of ruby-red fresh rhubarb. Indeed, the humble “pie plant,” as it often gets called, delights both my palate and my spirit, reminding me that winter and all its inherent dreariness is in the past. If, like many Canadians, you think of rhubarb merely as the “pie plant” or a natural remedy for constipation, you’re underestimating this versatile, health-enhancing member of the buckwheat family. Although often mistaken as a fruit due to its common appearance in desserts, rhubarb is actually a vegetable, and it has a long history of both medicinal and culinary uses.

HISTORY Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum), which favours cooler climates, originated in Asia over 5,000 years ago, where it was initially cultivated for its medicinal qualities. Folklore maintains that Ben Franklin, US Founding Father, was responsible for bringing the tart vegetable to American shores in the late 1700s. However, it wasn’t until the 19th century that rhubarb was grown for culinary purposes in Britain and North America.

MEDICINAL USES Rhubarb has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese Medicine and remains one of the most widely used plants in this modality. The dried root and rhizomes of the plant are used to treat a variety of ailments, including constipation, liver and gall bladder complaints, poor blood circulation and senility. “It truly is a beneficial tool for treating and managing a number of conditions and it’s particularly effective at reducing fevers and cleansing the body,” says acupuncturist Mary Jane O’Byrne of Health-Matters Consulting.” Modern research has validated its medicinal use by uncovering several compounds in rhubarb that can fight cancer, lower cholesterol, reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and protect eye and brain health.

Among rhubarb’s many health-enhancing compounds are anthraquinone, plant compounds that scientists have found to be particularly potent anti-cancer agents. Emodin, the most abundant anthraquinone in rhubarb, has been shown to fight cancer in three ways: it inhibits cellular proliferation, induces apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells and prevents metastasis. In addition, rhubarb houses the powerful antioxidants resveratrol, lutein and zeaxanthin, and delivers good amounts of B-complex vitamins, vitamins K and C, calcium, potassium and manganese. The jewel-coloured stalk also contains large amounts of dietary fibre — more than 2 grams in a half-cup serving. And fibre does more than help keep you regular. “Fibre-rich foods like rhubarb can soak up cholesterol before it gets a chance to stick to your arteries and contribute to heart disease in the body,” explains registered dietitian Jennifer Letham Sobkin. A study done at the University of Alberta, backs up rhurbarb’s heart-health benefits, finding that rhubarb fibre can indeed help reduce cholesterol levels and lower triglycerides, which are potentially dangerous fats in the bloodstream. Although we tend to limit this über-healthy vegetable to the pie-dish in North America, it actually has many culinary uses. Savvy chefs and innovative bloggers know that the stalk shines in much more than sweets, and they are offering delightful recipes that utilize rhubarb in some surprising ways. From muffins to chutneys, salads to stir-fries, rhubarb can impart intriguing flavour and add health benefits to almost any dish. As Grant Gard, chef and co-owner of Part and Parcel restaurant points out, “Rhubarb is actually very versatile and behaves like a vegetable or fruit, depending on how it’s seasoned and served. At the restaurant, we like to cure it with salt and sugar and use it in salads with greens and various cheeses. And we also want to try fermenting it this year, much like cabbage.” Why not invest in some “stalk” yourself and try incorporating the vegetable into your springtime culinary regime in some new ways? To get you started I’ve included one of my favourite ways to employ rhubarb — in a light and refreshing salad. Bon appetite!

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roast for about 10 minutes. The rhubarb should be tender, but not mushy. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl whisk together oil and vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Add mixed greens, beets and walnuts and toss well. Divide evenly on 4 salad plates and top with rhubarb and crumbled goat cheese. Serves 4.

Rhubarb 101

¼ cup honey 2 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar Dash each of salt and pepper 4 cups organic salad greens ½ cup walnuts 3 ½ oz soft goat cheese Preheat oven to 400 F. Place whole beets in oven and bake until knife pierces the skin easily. Set aside to cool, then chop. Toss rhubarb with honey. Spread out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and

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Don’t eat the leaves! Rhubarb leaves are toxic —they contain high levels of oxalic acid and may contain poisonous glycosides. The redder the stalk, the sweeter the rhubarb. Avoid stalks that have brown spots or appear too green. Clean rhubarb by wiping it with a damp cloth. Do not rinse it in water as this will split and wilt the stalks. Washed and dried rhubarb will keep in the refrigerator for three to four days. Peeling rhubarb is unnecessary: simply remove stringy pieces by pulling them from the stalk. Researchers have identified over 40 polyphenol compounds in rhubarb, including anthocyanins, the disease-fighting pigments that make blueberries so nutritious. Cooking rhubarb actually increases its polyphenol content and overall antioxidant capacity. When cooking rhubarb, there’s no need to over-sweeten it with mountains of sugar. You can “tame” the tart veggie’s tang by cooking it with orange or pineapple juice and by adding sweet spices to the mix, such as cinnamon, ginger or orange zest.

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S I stood on the bridge connecting this home’s two separate buildings, I was awestruck at the sheer size and design of this masterfully crafted lakeside treasure. And, apparently, it all started with a bathroom. I was lucky enough to have both the builder and the homeowner tour me through this spectacular residence — each providing insight into the 3.5year journey taken to bring this extraordinary vision to life. “It all started with a bathroom,” says the homeowner as he chuckles and sends a rolling glance to builder Scott Ross, owner of Timberhaven Homes. When the homeowners first purchased the property, they needed a bathroom close to the lake. And that’s where it all started. Having just won three Okanagan Housing Awards of Excellence for Home of the Year, Best Home over $5,000,000 and Best Innovation Feature (staircase) for this astounding achievement, Scott was proud to share the series of adventures and notable experiences that occurred in the making of this spectacular beachside paradise. The homeowners purchased this 3.5-acre lakeside property with the intent of someday building a home they could share with their extended family. “It didn’t look that big on paper,” said the homeowner when asked how one begins to design a 13,000-square-foot house. “We

wanted to build a home — a retreat — that would allow everyone to have their own space and privacy when needed. But we also wanted to have plenty of areas where we could all come together.” Trusting the expertise of DiStefano Jaud Architecture, the homeowners asked for simple, clean lines that would allow for minimalistic furnishings. The steep topography of the land played an integral part in the design, wherein the two separate buildings were ultimately attached by a bridge, creating a hallway that leads from the front door. “This was a great way to separate multiple living spaces,” says Scott It also presented the perfect space for an exquisite, sheltered courtyard — viewed from the glass walls of the bridge above — accessible from the private guest suite or main floor kitchen/ dining areas below. There are two floors in the first building and three floors in the adjoining (main) building. Of course, there is an elevator, but the pièce de résistance is the stunning staircase that cascades through all three floors with sweeping black metal and curved glass, forming a double helix. This was the one design element that the homeowners wanted to be extraordinary — a show-stopping work of art. This feature takes centre stage both visually and architecturally, and creates a breathtaking backdrop as seen from the pool deck. There is a calming, simplistic energy to this house that comes  |

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“We wanted to build a home — a retreat — that would allow everyone to have their own space and privacy when needed. But we also wanted to have plenty of areas where we could all come together.” from the use of clean lines and natural elements. From the stone countertops and millwork imported from Italy to the windows and doors from Germany, every aspect of this build was researched without geographical limitations to ensure only the finest materials were used. There are 12 bathrooms — each unique in décor and fixtures. The home is primarily heated by in-floor heating with 72 zone controls and four separate mechanical rooms to efficiently service each area. Automated blinds open and close, and lights automatically turn on and off, according to the time of day. How does one control the amount of automation that comes 22  |

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with a home this size? “Easy,” says the homeowner. “Everything right down to opening the garage door can be controlled by my phone from anywhere in the world.” There are six separate deck areas, including the enormous pool deck: each area is well-planned and used according to the sun pattern. The heated in-ground pool was designed to be a visual feature when looking back from the lake below. By using acrylic panels on the front side of the structure, the shimmering, blue pool water becomes part of the picturesque landscape that surrounds this amazing property. From the award-winning theatre room only one step below


IMAX quality, to the private guest wing with en suite baths, the homeowners have succeeded in providing a getaway that welcomes guests with open arms. Oh — and the bathroom that started it all — it’s now the private beach “shack,” complete with outdoor living space, full outdoor barbecue kitchen with bar and, of course, a bathroom… all just steps from the water’s edge. My family motto is “the harder you work, the luckier you get.” These folks have definitely worked hard and they and their family are now lucky to have one of the gems of the Okanagan where they can all come to enjoy time together.

• The bridge joining the two buildings is a great way to separate multiple living spaces and create a beautiful outdoor courtyard, which becomes an outdoor space sheltered from the wind. It also allows the kitchen to have full glass on all sides, bringing in plenty of daylight and views of the lake and landscaping. • The staircase, fabricated by Timtech Metalworx is a piece of art on its own. This complex and creative feature is the centrepiece of the house, both visually and architecturally. • The private beach “shack” is an amazing feature that gives the homeowners a beautiful outdoor living area just steps from the water. It is complete with bar, living room, outdoor kitchen, bathroom and lots of storage for water sports gear. 

HOMEOWNERS’ INTENT: To build a home for a large family to enjoy and have as a retreat. DESIGNER’S CONCEPT: Open, airy, luxury lakeside living. STYLE OF DESIGN: Contemporary.  COLOUR SCHEME: Light, airy colour palette with whites and greys plus hits of black and wood tones for contrast. 

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EARS of telling stories from the food and wine world has Jennifer Schell rooting local. The Okanagan-based bestselling author and vintner wants people to know where their food comes from. Buying local is central to her folklorefilled cookbook series: The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine and Cheese Maker. The first of the three books won a variety of international awards, including Best Local Cuisine cookbook in Canada at the Gourmand World Cookbooks Awards, referred to widely as the Oscars of food publishing. She followed it up with two more installments under the same name — By the Sea and In the Okanagan. “I’m fascinated by people and their passions. It really inspires me and ignites me. I get excited about what people are growing and making,” she said. “It’s really contagious.” Jennifer encourages people to talk to farmers and winemakers, adding “everything I do revolves around that introduction.” When her first book was published in 2012, a renaissance of the farmers’ market was occurring. She had written and edited magazine stories on food and wine for years, earning a knowledgeable reputation in the food world throughout the Okanagan and beyond. The book’s format featured recipes accompanied by profiles on people behind the recipes, such as the chef, farmer, baker or winemaker. Their passion for their craft is the thread that ties them together. “They’re all doing what they love and it’s all benefiting humanity, and helping to feed our community,” she said. The book featured 150 people. She insisted on big photos so people could see those behind the dish.

The follow-up, By the Sea, was published in 2015 and featured Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Jennifer, who also takes her own photos, toured the shorelines and farms, learning about things like diving for geoduck and gathering sea urchins. “The people who I feature are all [oriented towards] sustainable, mostly organic [practices] and sharing a philosophy of protecting our land and waters,” she said. “The characters out there are amazing.” Jennifer has a personal connection to local food producers. She was born into a farming family, multi-generational on both sides. They grew tree fruits, raised chickens and made wine at her family orchard in southeast Kelowna. Her parents still live there. “I grew up at a time when the farmer was not being recognized, when people were not worried about where their food came from,” she said. “I watched my dad and my grandfather lovingly tend their land. It’s a beautiful art.” The price of land has fast become prohibitive for new farmers. Yet people find creative ways to grow their food with less space by backyard farming and leasing space. The third book, In The Okanagan, was published in 2016. “I just love shining the spotlight on these people,” she said. Jennifer has been working on a new book called BC Wine Lovers’ Cookbook and it’s being published by Random House. The book is a tapestry of the incredible diversity in the BC wine industry, she said. And it has recipes from all over the world including Israel, Italy, Spain and France. Jennifer said some of the recipes she included were from oldschool recipe cards complete with “grandma writing” on them. “These are family recipes. A lot of them have a wonderful tradition attached — it’s the dish they make after harvest, or after the first crush at the winery,” she said. “It’s a very  |

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international flavour in a very local book. It paints a unique picture in international diversity. It’s an international melting pot of like-minded, passionate people.” The book will be out in spring 2020. Going above and beyond just writing about wine, Jennifer is now making it herself. She and her brothers — Jonathan and Jamie — ventured into their own family wine business. They recruited minimalintervention winemaker Rob Westbury and, in 2017, Schell Wines was launched. Their first chardonnay used grapes grown down the road from their family farm. The second vintage used grapes from a friend’s farm in Naramata. They dubbed it Wren. Even the logo design was kept in the family, with their niece, Hillary Schell, designing it. They have also done a red blend, named Ruby, after an aunt who recently passed away. “Wine is a local celebration. I wanted to get that really immersive experience into that world. Now I truly understand the undertaking and the investment,” Jennifer said. Jennifer is passionate about small-batch wine. She’s one of the organizers of the Garagiste North Wine Festival, which started in 2015. The inaugural festival was listed in the London Financial Times as one of the top wine festivals in the world. 26  |

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“The world of wine is very interested in the small producers, the small lot, the boutique, the hard to find,” she said, adding that it’s the winemakers or proprietors who are at the festival pouring their wines, not just company reps. It’s part of an international garagiste movement. (Garagiste is defined as: “a small-scale entrepreneurial winemaker ... especially one who does not adhere to the traditions of winemaking.”) The cost of buying a vineyard is unachievable for most, so the way to break into the industry is to find a winemaker, source grapes and do custom crushes. “The crowd that comes to this festival are the wine lovers. It’s a passion-filled community. They’re wearing their heart on their sleeves, pouring their wine, building their dreams,” Jennifer said. “It’s the future of the wine industry.” Asked about the most helpful tips she’s gleaned from years of writing about wine, Jennifer said she has discovered that the highest quality wines definitely depend on sourcing the highest quality grapes. “The good wine is grown in the vineyard,” she said. That means relationships with growers are important to develop. “If you don’t have the relationships, you can’t buy the grapes and then you can’t make the good wine,” she said. She can be found online at

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PRITCHARD Drive has been known as “the cabin on the lake” since it was built 12 years ago. But don’t let the name mislead you. This $7 million home away from home is a far cry from the rustic living the name suggests. Designed and built by luxury home specialist Denis Apchin, the six bedroom, 5,586-square-foot house pays homage to the natural world in which it is ensconced, and it exudes Okanagan warmth, using stone, glass and wood to maximum effect. “When I met the homeowner, his thing was ‘we’re from Edmonton and we’re looking for the feel of a cabin on the lake,’ and that’s what he gave me to work with,” said Denis on a snowy February afternoon, more than 12 years after the house was completed. Denis said he was mulling over the idea and driving when inspiration struck. He stopped, picked up a notepad next to him and roughed out the basic design of a timber truss with tapered columns. Then he went back to his drawing board to

expand on what he’d started. Soon he was meeting again with the homeowner, who looked at the drawings and gave him a stamp of approval. “He said, ‘that’s it, that’s the cabin on the lake,’” recalled Denis. For all the time that’s passed, the design and details haven’t lost their lustre, which is the aim for properties of this calibre. Every detail matters. “With these luxury homes, the owners are looking for something special,” said Denis, adding that it’s something you’re not going to find on Pinterest. Luxury home building is where tomorrow’s trends are born, and each homebuilder finds inspiration in different ways. For Denis, the starting point is the big picture, and he drills down on details as the project comes together. “The very first thing we do is look at the lot,” he said. “Every building has a site-specific solution.” Even before the Pritchard Drive home took shape, the space was spectacular. The address is among some of the most exclusive  |

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lakefront properties in the Okanagan, situated beneath the expansive vineyards of West Kelowna and across from the rugged mountains that encase the valley. Denis wanted to get the most from the natural space and oriented the rooms to the sun and available views. Then he worked within the parameters provided by nature and his client to get the interior flow just right, resulting in a resort-like living experience. Standing in the soaring entryway to a grand open space, between two curving staircases, Denis explained that every corner contributes to the overall movement of the home. The staircases that lead upstairs and frame the great room, for example, don’t flow to the front door. It’s bad feng shui, for one, said Denis. Instead, they keep the flow and reinforce the overall design. Even the spindles on the staircase show the attention to detail that Denis brought to this project. Like the timber beams that are at the centre of the home, the spindles on the bannister are tapered, building on a continuity of quality and care that can be found throughout the home. “It’s all custom made,” said Denis, noting that he has a been “blessed” with a millworker who worked exclusively for him for 35 years. In the great room, the timber beams rise to 19 foot ceilings. Windows that match this height offer views of the lake, the infinity pool and hot tub, where an outdoor kitchen can also be accessed. For those who prefer to cook inside, however, there’s a fully stocked kitchen that is as appealing to the eye as the outdoor space. 34  |

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The warmth of the home comes from fir cabinetry and doors. Built from vertical grain cuts of wood, they are unlike anything found in a shop, bringing both style and functionality to the house. That functionality was something that the homeowners really wanted to put front and centre. “They wanted to be able to go shopping, load up and be here for awhile. They wanted a space to accommodate that,” Denis said. The kitchen is picture perfect, and clearly made for an active family with a busy social calendar. Beneath custom fir cabinetry in the kitchen, two Miele dishwashers are tucked away beneath timeless absolute black granite counters and backsplash. There’s a pull cabinet for brooms within the wall and a built-in telephone desk with an absolute black counter. The adjacent pantry — accessible from both the mudroom and the kitchen— could hold enough food for a family of 12 and features open wood shelving, a large window and hardwood floor. All of this feeds into the casual family room that offers a view of the lake and all that’s needed for a night of relaxation. Speaking of which, there are bedrooms to explore. Six, to be exact, but the most impressive is the master bedroom suite, which offers a resort-like feeling alongside the comforts of home. Double doors lead the way to the lakeside bedroom, which has sliding doors that open to a patio. It too has a vaulted fir wood ceiling that can be found throughout the home. Its walk-in closet has the same fir finish as the cabinetry in the


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Before you leave: The indoor space is stunning, but the outdoors amenities are perfect for a family that wants to get out on the lake. The vanishing edge infinity pool and hot tub begin the outdoor experience. There’s plenty of room to stretch out and soak in the sun on the expansive, stamped-concrete patio. There’s also an outdoor kitchen and bathroom to keep life going outside. Boating enthusiasts can enjoy a full dock system. Steel piles offer two seadoo lifts and two boat lifts. One can handle a boat weighing 6,000 pounds and the other 12,000 pounds. And while you’re enjoying lake life, there are two heated garages that can keep four cars warm and ready to go.

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How to change the world Troika’s Renee Merrifield Wasylyk BY TOBY TANNAS | P H OTO S BY DA R R E N H U L L


ENEE Merrifield Wasylyk and I meet on a brisk Saturday afternoon. She’s at home, so it’s not the power-suit-clad executive with that signature red lipstick who greets me; it’s a relaxed, makeup free, softer version of Renee who pours two glasses of VQA and invites me to her kitchen table. This is home base for a busy, blended family of eight: Renee, her fiance Carlos, the five (mostly grown) children between them that come and go, and the adorable hound, Winston. I let Renee know my intention is not to write an article about her political aspirations, but as we talk and the conversation flows freely, I realize her passion for being a voice and bringing people together at the family, business and political levels is truly who she is at her core. We can’t “not” talk about it. “Honestly, I love it. I don’t love politicking, politics or shenanigans, but I love democracy,” she says, leaning forward in her chair. “I love the conversation, contrary ideas that have to be shared in order to figure out the consensus.” Renee is seeking the Conservative nomination in the federal riding of Kelowna-Lake Country. She doesn’t see herself as a politician; she prefers the word conduit. “I am simply someone who can get people to the table. I’m not the one doing anything other than putting the pieces together.” Renee has been putting pieces together and asking the big questions since she was a child. “At eight years old I asked my dad why there were no female presidents and he told me, ‘honey, you can be the first female president of the United States of America.’” She chuckles at the memory, adding that this could never be the case as a Canadian citizen; however, the seed was planted. “If I look back, that was one of the two moments in my life that told me it’s okay to be a change-maker.” The other inspiration came from a Rabbi professor at Concordia University. (Renee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and a Master of Theology) “He said, ‘Renee, God is so big, He is not afraid of your questions, but also don’t be afraid when He asks you to change the world.’” Renee has been enacting change, most notably on the Kelowna development scene, since she started Troika

Developments in 1998. Based on her degrees and first career job as a Celebrative Arts Ministry Associate at Trinity Baptist Church, development wasn’t the obvious choice. It became a necessary choice as Renee faced the reality of financially supporting a young and growing family. “I started working for a developer. I negotiated a land assembly. Then I started my own consultation business. It was the school of hard knocks, just learning on the go.” After just two and a half years of consulting on land assemblies, acquisitions, permits and contracts for other developers, Renee was ready to launch Troika — and she most definitely made waves. “When I launched, I had three projects. A 56-unit townhome development, a 44-unit apartment block and a mixed-use commercial site that I launched all at once,” she says, shaking her head. “I would never do it like that again, but it really put me on the map. Other developers where like, ‘Who is she? Who does she think she is?’” Renee says “she” is simply someone who listened to people who knew more than her; someone who accepted help when it was offered and someone who still lives by those principles today. “I remember being overwhelmed by the kindness. If I was doing it wrong, they’d say, ‘Renee, you should do it this way.’ My network became my teachers and I still look at it that way.” With 21 years in business under her belt and many business accolades, including Entrepreneur of the Year – Pacific Region, Most Influential Business Woman of the Year – BC, and two appearances on Canada’s list of the Top 100 Most Powerful Woman, Renee is ready to step into a new role. “When [Conservative Party Leader] Andrew Scheer came and asked me to run, that to me was an invitation to the table. So now I have an invitation to be able to affect change and that’s a pretty powerful invitation. I will also get to bring my community to a greater standing on the national stage. Who wouldn’t want to do that?” As of press time, no date for the Conservative nomination has been set, but Renee is actively talking to the people in her community as if she’s already representing them and loving every minute of it. “Should I win the nomination, and you don’t do this because  |

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you think you’re going to lose” she adds, “I want to make sure the right people are part of the conversation. I’m meeting all these farmers, for example. My mind is blown — they have incredible stories and incredible knowledge. They should be at the table telling their story and allowing me to make it easier to build our economy with their businesses.” Renee’s family supports her decision to pursue the nomination. She smiles from ear to ear when I bring up her children. I wonder aloud what someone who expects so much of herself might expect from her kids. “I have high expectations for them, but I’m not proud of them when they achieve something. I’m proud of them when they work hard, when they put in effort. I’m proud of them because of what they give to what they care about.” When it comes to pride, Renee’s fiance, Carlos, is brimming with it. The importance of that support is not lost on her. “That is sometimes a difficult thing for a man to be, but when you find the man who is happy to be your champion, cheerleader, lover and friend — you hold on to him tightly and you will do the same for him.” Carlos appears as if on cue. Our time is almost up as Renee has another function to attend. As I swallow the last of my wine and feel grateful that I am going home to enjoy a quiet night “in,” Renee seems just as enthusiastic about her night “out.” An opportunity to meet more people, to listen as they share their stories and — as that cherished Rabbi professor told her all those years ago — to accept a role that may one day “change the world.”


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ITH every year that rolls by, the decor in our homes dates and ages in the absence of updates that infuse flashes of new colour, warmth and style. In the interests of staying current, relevant and oh-so-stylish, we asked Carla Bond-Fisher, one of the Okanagan’s top interior designers and the founder of Sticks + Stones Interior Design, about the hottest trends for 2019.


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TONE IT RIGHT: When it comes to furnishings and textiles, jewel tones like cool grey and white are a thing of the past, Carla says. “This year, warm, earthy tones like terracotta, olive green and mustard are gaining prominence, as are navy blue, forest green and deep coral.” These beautiful, natural colours can be added by inserting textiles such as pillows, accent chairs, rugs, throws and artwork, elements that are easy to switch out should the colour trend change. “Try a navy blue velvet chair in your bedroom for a pop of colour,” says Christine Mackereth, a designer at Sticks + Stones. “Interior design trends follow fashion trends, so we hope to see these colours around for a while.”


BATHROOM BEAUTY: Framed shower doors are back in style, this time with black metal frames, which are available ready-made. “These frames are functional, elegant and provide plenty of natural light,” says Carla. “Moreover, the sleek designs can be styled to look modern, rustic or industrial.” This style pairs well with white subway tile and a darker grout for visual impact. If you’re unsure about black, try un-lacquered brass or gold instead. “Be bold and don’t be afraid to not have all the metals in your bathroom match,” Christine says. “The shower frame could match the lighting while your cabinet pulls and faucets are contrasting.”

WELL COUNTERED: If you’re still using granite, your countertops are saying “yesterday.” Natural stone is the new, timeless choice and the country’s top designers are recommending quartzite, soapstone and marble for kitchens and bathrooms. To maximize the slab yield, line up the veins on your countertop to create a continuous flow, giving the illusion of a larger slab. Natural stone creates a clean look with more depth than some man-made products. If you want the natural look without the price tag, Sticks + Stones suggests large-format porcelain slabs that can be cut to size. Porcelain provides durability and is non-porous, which makes maintenance easier.



IMPACTFUL KITCHENS: The centrepiece of the house, today’s kitchens are bold and impactful in their design, using backsplash choices and cabinetry colour and style to make a statement. Opt for no hardware or recessed pulls to create a clean look that allows the focus to be on the beauty of the wood grain. When choosing a hood range, remember that concealed hood ranges have virtually disappeared. And if you’re choosing a new backsplash, Carla says, don’t be afraid of being more dramatic. “Select mosaics with larger patterns or darker colours, or a countertop that climbs the wall instead of traditional tiles. High impact tile, reflective mirrors or glass, modular panels and graphic wallpaper with colour are hugely on trend right now.”  |

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LIGHTING IS THE NEW JEWELLERY: There’s been a surge in creativity when it comes to lighting that combines bold style with affordability and functionality. “We’re seeing lighting manufacturers up their game in the style, design, materials and sheer creativity of readymade lighting options,” Carla said. “If there’s one thing that’s crucial to get right, it’s the lighting, which can totally transform the overall aesthetic and vibe of a space. This is especially important in the dining room, kitchen and bathroom.” Carla advises her clients to look at their lighting as a piece of art, or as the centrepiece of their homes. The trend this year is to use two oversized pendant lights over a kitchen island instead of the traditional three. These can be large and bold, and no longer need to match the other metal finishes in the kitchen, such as hardware and plumbing fixtures.

NOCTURNAL MAGIC: Four-poster beds have made a dramatic return and, coupled with simplified bedding, they deliver an impactful style statement. “They dress up the room, particularly when you pair a metal bed frame with wooden nightstands to create a modern blend of materials,” says Carla. “Though they’ve not been in vogue since the 1980s, there’s been a steady rise in demand for four posters or canopy beds, particularly those that are quiet and slim.” The bedroom should be a place of tranquility, where you can escape from your everyday life, so make it comfortable and lush by layering linens and textiles, adding a lounge chair or creating textured walls using wallpaper or wall panels. “Lighting levels are important in a bedroom,” cautions Christine. “Install dimmer switches on your main fixtures, whether they’re pot lights or a central decorative fixture. Then layer with table lamps or wall sconces for task lighting.”  


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PIEROGI PLEASE! Classic Polish dish is cosy, hearty and richly flavoured BY HEIDI FINK | P H OTO S BY D O N D E N TO N

There’s nothing like a blustery evening paired with a warm pan of crispfried pierogi, especially if you have pulled those morsels of deliciousness from your homemade stash in the freezer.


LTHOUGH it may seem like a daunting task, homemade pierogi are one of the most satisfying and delicious things a cook can make. The tender, pillowy, homemade dough, the perfect amount of flavourful filling, the crisp buttery crackle as you bite into it — homemade pierogi are transformational, and ever so much better than store-bought. I make pierogi from scratch in the winter months, when I want to eat foods that are cosy, hearty and richly flavoured. It’s a special project for our family around Christmastime, but the joy can last all winter long. There’s nothing like a blustery evening paired with a warm pan of crisp-fried pierogi, especially if you have pulled those morsels of deliciousness from your homemade stash in the freezer! Homemade pierogi are a project, but one that is uncomplicated and absolutely worthwhile. The process of filling and sealing them gets quicker and easier, until it becomes a kind of kitchen meditation. I love to try out different fillings, branching out from the traditional cheese-and-potato (still my kids’ favourite, let’s be honest) to a variety of winter vegetables, aromatics, cheeses, meats and even sweet fruit fillings. Think sautéed mushroom, kielbasa sausage, roasted squash with buttery leeks, or spiced apple. No matter which filling you pick, wrapping it in dough is going to elevate it from tasty to extraordinary. The importance of a tender yet resilient dough cannot be overstated, and I have, after years of trial and error, finally found the perfect pierogi dough and have shared it below, along with a few of my favourite fillings. In addition, I’ve shared as many of my tips and tricks I can think of to make your pierogi-making venture a success. I urge you to try your hand at homemade pierogi. I dare you not to love them as much as I do.

BEST PIEROGI DOUGH After years of trying one recipe and another (most from Polish or Ukrainian grandmothers famous for their cooking) and never feeling quite satisfied, I finally stumbled on the original of this one on the King Arthur Flour website. Oh, the joys of the internet! I have adapted it a bit, but all credit for this perfect, tender, pillowy-yet-strong pierogi dough must go to them. 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 tsp salt 2 large eggs 1 cup sour cream ½ cup room-temperature butter In a medium bowl, mix together the flour and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together the egg and sour cream until smooth. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, along with the room-temperature butter. Mix well with a spoon until a rough dough comes together. It will be very sticky. You can do this beginning step in a food processor, but the dough will still need to be kneaded by hand. Turn the dough (with any unmixed dry flour) onto a countertop and knead without adding additional flour until the dough is smooth, silky and not sticky. This will take at least five full minutes. You can knead longer, if you wish — it can’t be over-kneaded. Divide the dough into 4 portions. Wrap each portion well 60  |

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in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, and up to 48 hours.

FILLINGS: The following four recipes are only a small sample of the types of fillings you can make for pierogi. The homemade filling is almost the best part of making these yourself. You can use any combination of vegetable, meat, dairy and aromatics that you like, as long as the resulting filling isn’t too wet and sloppy. Let your imagination run wild. You can even make sweet pierogi with fruit filings! All fillings can be made up to four days in advance of making the pierogi. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.

WINTER SQUASH, LEEK & GOUDA This is my all-time favourite pierogi filling. The combination of sweet, earthy squash with tender buttery sautéed leeks and grated cheese is a dream inside a dumpling. NOTE: It’s very important to use either kabocha squash or buttercup squash. These dark-green-skinned squash have a very dry and dense flesh, which provides a great consistency in the filling. Other squashes and sweet potatoes taste good, but make wet fillings that are difficult to work with. 2 lbs kabocha or buttercup squash (3 cups diced) 1 large or 2 medium leeks, white and light green parts (3 cups sliced)

¼ cup butter ¾ tsp salt 1 Tbsp butter (additional) 2 cups grated gouda cheese Using a big sharp knife, cut the squash in half through the stem. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and membranes. Cut the squash into wedges. Lay each wedge on its side and cut the peel off. Discard the peels, seeds and membranes. Cut the squash into 1-inch cubes. Place in a steam basket and steam over boiling water for about 15 minutes, until fork-tender. Meanwhile, slice and clean the leeks. Sauté the leeks gently in ¼ cup butter until softened. Remove from heat. When the squash is ready, remove it to a bowl. Add the salt and the additional 1 Tbsp of butter. Mash with a fork or potato masher until relatively smooth. Stir in the leeks and grated gouda. Taste for seasoning — it may need more salt. Let filling cool completely before filling pierogi.

INDIAN-SPICED POTATO & PEA A riff on samosa filling, this is a winner with everyone who has tried it. This filling is especially tasty when the pierogi are pan-fried — the combination of crisp dough, curry spices and the sweet pop of the peas is wonderful. BONUS: You can use this recipe as a side dish with any meal. 2 large russet potatoes (about 1-1/2 lbs) ¼ tsp salt 4 Tbsp oil ½ tsp cumin seed

2 shallots, diced fine 1 Tbsp minced ginger ½ jalapeño, seeded and minced 1¼ tsp garam masala ¼ tsp turmeric ½ tsp coriander ½ tsp salt (additional) 2 ripe Roma tomatoes, chopped 3 Tbsp water 1 cup frozen baby peas, rinsed in warm water to thaw ¼ cup chopped cilantro Peel, rinse and dice potatoes into ¾-inch cubes. Place in a small pot, cover with water and add the ¼ tsp salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer gently for about 10 minutes, until tender. Drain potatoes and transfer to a tray where they can evaporate excess steam. In the meantime, heat oil in a medium-large sauté pan over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and let them sizzle for a few seconds, then add the shallots. Sauté for 2 or 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until shallots have softened. Reduce heat to mediumlow. Add the ginger and jalapeño and sauté until fragrant, about 20 seconds. Add the all the spices and the salt, stir a few times, then add the tomatoes along with the water. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes have broken down into a sauce and everything smells delicious. Add the cooked potatoes and stir until everything is well mixed. Keep cooking and stirring for a minute or two until all the flavours are blended together. Remove to a bowl, stir in the peas and cilantro. Taste to adjust the salt levels.

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This is the most traditional filling in this lineup, but one of the standouts. I like to sauté the mushrooms until they are caramelized and “meaty” tasting, and then mix just enough chopped sauerkraut to give the filling a tangy, salty zing.

Cottage cheese is a very traditional pierogi filling. But jazz it up with steamed spinach, sautéed green onions and piles of herbs, and you get a fresh twist on a classic!

1 lb brown mushrooms ¼ cup butter ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 cup packed sauerkraut, drained and chopped To clean mushrooms, I put them in a large bowl and run cold water over them, swish them around, and pull the mushrooms out into a colander, letting the dirt settle into the bottom of the washing bowl. After cleaning, mince the mushrooms until they are quite small — I find it best to use a food processor for this step. Next, place a large sauté pan over medium heat and add the butter to the pan. Once the butter is melted, add all of the minced mushrooms, along with the salt and pepper. Sauté for several minutes, until the mushrooms are giving off liquid. Turn the heat down to medium-low and continue sautéing, stirring occasionally, until all the liquid has evaporated, the mushrooms are getting some dark colour on them and the aroma of browned mushrooms is filling the room. Remove from heat and scrape mushrooms into a bowl. Let cool completely. Meanwhile, drain and chop the sauerkraut. When the mushrooms are cool, mix the sauerkraut into the bowl. Taste to adjust the seasoning. 62  |

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2 cups cottage cheese, drained if very wet 10 oz spinach (boxed or bagged spinach is great) ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper tsp freshly grated nutmeg ¼ cup butter 1 bunch green onions (6 to 8), sliced — use both the white and green parts ½ cup minced EACH of fresh parsley and fresh dill Place the cottage cheese in a bowl. Mash with a back of a fork until some of the cheese has broken down and the curds have binded together a bit. Place the spinach in a large pot with a lid and about ½ cup water. Cover and bring to a boil. Immediately remove from heat and let stand for 1 minute. Using tongs, remove spinach to a plate to cool. Once it is properly cool, pick up handfuls of cooked spinach and squeeze to rid them of excess water. When all the spinach has been squeezed, chop it finely with a knife and add it to the bowl with the cottage cheese. Add the salt, pepper and nutmeg. Heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the butter and let it melt. Add the prepared green onions and sauté for 1

minute, until softened. Scrape into the bowl with the spinach and cheese. Add the parsley and dill. Mix everything very well. Taste to adjust seasoning.

TO ROLL AND FILL PIEROGI Roll each portion of dough on a lightly floured counter, turning and flipping the dough as necessary, adding a little more flour as necessary, until the dough is very thin, about 1 millimetre thick. Don’t worry if the dough appears too thin; it’s very stretchy and shrinks back on itself somewhat. It’s better if the dough starts off looking too thin. Use a 3-inch-round biscuit cutter to cut rounds of dough, cutting as close together as possible to avoid wasting any of it. Remove the excess dough from around the cut circles. Have a small bowl of water on the counter beside the dough circles. Have a parchment-lined tray ready as well. Place approximately 2 tsps of filling in the middle of each circle of dough. Dip your finger in the bowl of water and run your wet finger along half the edge of 3 or 4 circles of the dough (just work with a few at a time, otherwise they get too sticky). The most common instruction is to fold the dough in half over the filling, but this often leads to the filling squishing out and wrecking the seal. I think it’s better to place a filled round of dough in your non-dominant hand and use your fingers to pull the dough around the filling in a semi-circle (and sometimes you need to push the filling in a bit) and pinch the two sides of the dough together. Pinch firmly the whole way

around, making sure no filling is in the way. For beginners, I would also recommend sealing the edge of the pierogi with the tines of a fork, but you can do this once all the pierogi are filled and sealed. Transfer the filled pierogi to the parchment-lined tray. Continue folding and sealing until all the pierogi are done. I always freeze mine right away, on the tray, until firm, before transferring them to a zipper-lock bag. They can be cooked directly from frozen.

TO COOK AND SERVE PIEROGI Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Drop in no more than 18 pierogi at a time; boil until all pierogi float to the surface and the dough becomes somewhat translucent — 3 to 5 minutes. In the meantime, have a large tray ready in a low oven (200 F) with about ¼ cup butter melted on its surface. Once the pierogi are cooked, turn off the heat under the pot. Remove the pierogi in batches with a slotted spoon, making sure to let as much of the excess water drip off as possible, and place pierogi on the melted butter tray in the warm oven. Repeat until all pierogi are removed to the oven. (I’ve started using this method in an effort to prevent the cooked pierogi from sticking together until they have all been fried.) You can eat the pierogi like that, or you can pan-fry them in butter until both sides are crisp. It’s most common to serve pierogi with sautéed onion and sour cream.  |

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Kelowna is drawing inspiration from Igor Stravinsky, one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. Its production Spring features world premieres by British Columbia-based choreographers Amber Funk Barton, Heather Dotto and Simone Orlando, who have reimagined three of Stravinsky’s classics — The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring — in what promises to be the dance event of the season. These three Stravinsky compositions were commissioned for the Ballets Russes company in Paris between 1910 and 1913, and it was through them that Stravinsky first achieved international fame. The Rite of Spring was a particularly revolutionary work that created a tremendous scandal on its premiere night, but within a year was hailed a masterpiece. Stravinsky’s music continues to inspire new composers and choreographers to this day. Also on the program is the company premiere of an energizing piece by Alysa Pires. Spring comes to the stage of the Kelowna Community Theatre on May 3 and 4. And these world premieres will be perfectly paired with complimentary tastings of Quails’ Gate Chasselas-Pinot Blanc-Pinot Gris, an iconic white blend that celebrates the arrival of spring— a time of growth and renewal.


The quartet Nomad brings music from the gypsy camps outside Paris in the 1930s to the stage of the Vernon Jazz Club on March 23. The quartet, founded by Neil Fraser, one of Vernon’s most beloved performers, specializes in Gypsy Swing in the style of Django Reinhardt, the European jazz legend. In addition to its Gypsy Swing music, the band will offer up a showcase of jazz standard in members’ own inimitable styles. Jazz and pop chanteuse Kinga Heming returns to the club on April 6, performing famous jazz selections and some original compositions. Kinga will be with her quartet, which includes Neville  |

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Bowman (piano), Bernie Addington (bass), Loni Moger (guitar) and Tony Ferraro (drums). Kinga is a versatile vocalist whose performances have been described as “smooth, heady and as sophisticated as a well-matured brandy.” Rounding out this selection of events is the Bob Rogers Quintet on April 20. One of Canada’s finest trombonists, Rogers has an impressive performance resume. The band will be offering up a mix of original tunes and fresh takes on jazz standards, plus swing, Latin and funky grooves — something for everyone. Make time this spring to check out this unique cabaret-style venue upstairs in an wonderful heritage building in downtown Vernon.


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to fashion events and architectural enhancement, Bentley has designed remarkable light environments. But then came an epiphany. “One day I stopped looking at the lights and started looking at the LIGHT.” Thus began his journey as an artist with light as his medium. Using different light sources and colour temperatures, Bentley’s practice focusses on the essence and exploration of what light is, what it means to us, how it affects us and what the changes in our collective use of light have been and are becoming. Bentley has garnered international acclaim for his unparalleled ability to use light as a means to convert physical spaces into illuminating works of art. The opening reception for Immaculate Refraction is on March 23, from 7:30 pm to 1 am. Make plans to attend what is surely the most unique art event to come to the Okanagan this season.


Enjoy the experience of an intimate venue where art, music and creativity connect. The Ad Lib Art Gallery is such a place. Located in West Kelowna with panoramic lake and mountain views, the gallery features vibrant oil paintings and photography. It is also the place where scheduled Sunday afternoon music and discussion soirées are held. Gallery owner Claudia Kargl is a multi-disciplinary artist/

performer and music historian. She and her husband, Jim Gray, design enlightening and informative music, arts, culture and culinary events that present world-class DVD musical performances on the big screen, featuring programs created by brilliant performers. Claudia invites to visitors to “experience how simple, inspiring folk tunes, fairy tales, fascinating stories and moving musical compositions have left a lasting impression to this day.” Guests experience “Gemütlichkeit,” a warm Austrian hospitality that includes homemade traditional Austrian pastries and a special blend of Viennese coffee with delicious condiments. Rave reviews for the Ad Lib Art Gallery concerts have been received from both local and out-of-town guests. Reservations in advance are required at all Sunday showcase events. May 26 and June 23 feature a two-part production on the topic of “The Creative Music-Arts Connection.” Ignite your senses at West Kelowna’s Ad Lib Art Gallery.


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family-owned winery to one of the newest in Lake Country, there are wines to please every taste. For those needing even further incentive, ticket holders are eligible to enter a draw for a mixed case of wine valued at $350, including wines from all participating wineries. The Scenic Sip wineries include 50th Parallel Estate, Ancient Hill Estate, Arrowleaf Cellars, Blind Tiger Vineyards, Ex Nihilo Vineyards, Gray Monk Estate, Intrigue Wines and The Chase Wines. Collaborating under the title of Scenic Sip, they host several themed tasting events throughout the year, promoting their products and enticing visitors to the area. The wildly popular Taste Lake Country event sells out each year. Tickets are available at participating wineries, good for one day and are non-refundable. Visit for details.

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For one night only, the Kelowna Art Gallery is given over to the celebration of visual art and fresh local cuisine that is Appetite for Art. “This year’s gala will sweep guests away for a night in Casablanca,” said Joshua Desnoyers, events coordinator for the gallery. “Guests can expect to experience the 1940s cool of Rick’s Cafe American Club, inspired by the classic film, along with other spaces that pay tribute to the colourful fabrics and unique architecture of Morocco.” From the moment you enter the gallery and receive a welcoming glass of sparkling wine, the evening will be sure to please. There will be food and beverage pairings to enjoy while looking at the stunning works of art. Entertaining performances and music add to the magic of the event. Let’s not forget the live auction and dessert. Chris Walker, host of CBC Radio’s Daybreak South, is returning as emcee and auctioneer. Proceeds from Appetite for Art support educational programming at the gallery including school tours, Family Sundays, art camp for all ages and programs for children, the visually impaired and Art Lab, the gallery’s free creative-making space.

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“You have to be very chameleonlike and be able to adjust quickly to changing trends and markets.”


ANDY Therrien, CEO of Candel Custom Homes calls himself a “corporate magician” and it’s easy to see why. He’s been doing the impossible for over 14 years. Born in Prince George and raised in the Lower Mainland, Randy moved to the Okanagan in 2004 for work. His father was a developer and homebuilder, which gave Randy exposure to fun “toys” like bobcats and excavators. When he wasn’t at school or playing hockey, he worked with his father. At 18, Randy started his first company, Pango Developments Ltd., undertaking interior and exterior custom carpentry. At 20, now a Red Seal journeyman carpenter, he dove into the management side of things. He loved it, but stayed active in the actual construction process — something he does to this day. “Every home Candel Custom Homes builds, I actually have a hand in building,” he said. Randy’s father started Candel (Canadian Developments) Homes in 1995 and when Randy moved to the Okanagan he joined his father’s business. Randy bought into and ran Candel Homes for eight years while his father focussed on his other company in Phoenix, AZ. Randy met his wife, Afton, in 2008, the same year Randy took over the business and renamed it Candel Custom Homes. From here, his life really started to change, as he got married and had two children, Olivia, now seven, and Beckham, five. Business has been busy too, and in the past 11 years he’s been a part of over 75 custom home builds. Randy and his family love living in the Okanagan. “It is a true four-season place to live. I love the dry, hot summers and the snow in winter,” he said. “There’s a ton of

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great golf here. The ski hills are good and there are three great lakes within an hour of here. The wineries are great too. We bought a travel trailer and we actually started camping this year.” When he’s not exploring and enjoying the Okanagan lifestyle, Randy and his family keep pretty busy. “My son is in hockey and I’m coaching him. The improvements you see at such a young age are incredible. When he started, they couldn’t even skate and now they’re whipping around. It only took three months to turn them into miniature hockey players, skating and passing the puck.” Randy also takes part in other sports with his kids. “Their little minds are such sponges and their energy levels far surpass ours,” he laughed. “Both our kids play soccer in spring and fall, so I try to attend as much as possible. Thankfully it’s very close to the office so I get out quite a bit. My daughter is in dance too and it is so different than sports. I drop her off and pick her up and I never get to see what she’s doing until the recital. My daughter also loves watching figure skating. My wife was a figure skater for years, so there’s a good chance she’ll get into that.” Raising a family and being the CEO of a custom home building company keeps him busy; however, Randy still finds time to give back to the community. “There’s a father/daughter dance every year here in Kelowna and Candel Custom Homes is a big sponsor for that,” he said. “Black Mountain Elementary School did a fundraiser for their playground last year and we made a fairly large donation to them. Our kids are there and their friends are there, and it makes it a better school for the kids,” he said, adding, “If you have the capability to help out, you should do it.”

Randy’s ability to pay attention detail is what makes him such a great builder. “I went from being an owner/operator, hands-on the tools everyday, to sitting at my desk a lot. I prefer to be out dealing with the trades and being out on the site. My favourite part is meeting with clients and building relationships. I love to learn about their lifestyles, their habits and what they enjoy. I need to get inside their heads. You go from being strangers to being in an almost mini-marriage-like relationship. Throughout the process, we usually meet weekly and then when the home is complete, I only get to see them now and then. I’m a bit sad when a build is complete, but then I get busy with new clients and new relationships, and I focus on building to suit them.” Randy said the best part of his job is working with out-oftown clients. Not because he doesn’t see them as often, but because he loves the look on their faces when they walk through their finished home for the first time. “Out-of-town clients don’t see the daily progress. They get that wow factor when they walk in the door.” He smiled and added: “I’ve always said that for my next house, I’d get someone else to build it for me. I want to go away for a year and come back and be wowed!” Asked about his favourite project, Randy doesn’t hesitate: “It was a lakefront build on Green Bay on the west side. We had to demo the old house and there were tons of challenges working on the lake, including lots of restraints and engineering nightmares. I thrived on the challenges because I had such a great team to help me with it. That job could have gone wrong in so many ways. Thankfully the clients were amazing to work with. Near the end of the build, I ended up working on the design directly with the clients. The communication was awesome.” Randy has a fairly relaxed approach to growing his business. “I have never had another type of job in my entire life. But I couldn’t have told you l would be where I am now 10 years ago. I’m not one to set a five-year or 10-year goal because this business moves quickly with the economy. You can’t dictate what your business does — the market and the buyers do. You have to be very chameleon-like and be able to adjust quickly to changing trends and markets.” As the business grew, Randy discovered he loves both the design/build side and the development side of real estate. “Villas at the Highland in Lake Country is our latest project, which launches in early 2019. I love [development] because it is challenging. It’s a bit of a gamble. If you don’t purchase the land at the right price, or hit the right price point, the market won’t accept you. It’s riskier than doing custom builds, but the rewards are greater. As I was growing up, that’s what I watched my dad do, and now I’m doing the same.” For those interested in getting into the building business, Randy had these words of advice: “Get a job with a company that is well-established to learn from. You don’t want to start your own business and learn it on your own. It’s too costly. If you don’t have mentorship or you don’t work your way up through a company, I don’t think you can succeed, even with a ton of money. Quite simply, what you need to do is learn as much as possible, then find people who do things that you can’t do and surround yourself with them.” Randy has done just that and the result is a thriving business that feeds his passion for creating great homes and communities in the Okanagan.


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ELOWNA-based photographer Darren Hull is a driving force behind the visuals at Boulevard Okanagan and a key member of the team. Although he has over 20 years experience working in the industry, he brings a huge amount of fresh enthusiasm to every assignment. Stay tuned for the next issue of Boulevard wherein we’ll be featuring one of Darren’s Canadian adventures and exploring a road less travelled.

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