Dining & Wine

Taste Summer At Terrace Restaurant

May 24, 2023

The jewel of Canada’s winery restaurants, Mission Hill Family Estate’s Terrace Restaurant, is open for the season, offering unforgettable dining experiences all summer long.

From its pergola-shaded perch, overlooking Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines that extend toward the shores of Okanagan Lake, Terrace Restaurant’s unique locale is complemented by executive chef Patrick Gayler’s garden-fresh cuisine. Many ingredients from the ever-changing summer lunch and dinner menus are harvested directly from the estate’s own grounds. In addition, the finest local suppliers contribute the best of British Columbia and the Okanagan’s bounty.

“Every dish that we create has four elements that are the bedrock for our menus: locality, seasonality, simplicity and resourcefulness,” says Executive Chef Patrick Gayler, describing the latter as a commitment to culinary techniques that allow sustainable use of all parts of an ingredient, whether fresh or preserved. “We work with these producers and we see what they go through to get the products to us, so we want to use as much of them as we can.”

For instance, a Terrace tasting menu might include Filia Farms asparagus from Kelowna, day-boat halibut rushed in from the coast, saddle of lamb from the Peace Region and a dessert kissed by strawberries from West Kelowna’s own Jackalope Farms. Each is perfectly matched with white, rosé and red wines from the Mission Hill portfolio.

New for 2023 is the Legacy tasting menu, with Legacy series and other exclusive wines from Mission Hill paired with luxe courses featuring Canadian-sourced delicacies, from foie gras to sustainable caviar. “Based on feedback we’ve had, people are definitely very interested in an elevated food and wine pairing dynamic,” says Chef Gayler. “With access to library wines and other elite bottles, we’re able to create that next tier of experience.”

Terrace Restaurant is open five days a week, Thursday through Monday, from 12 noon to 8:30 pm. Lunch is served in two courses, and dinner presents a Tasting Menu ($150 per person, excluding tax and gratuity) and a Legacy Tasting Menu ($225 per person, excluding tax and gratuity) options. —Vita Daily



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