Local Knowledge for RauDZ

The following article appeared in BC Food & Wine Trails, July/August  2019 and was written by Roslyne Buchanan. Photography by David McIlvride.

Demand for the RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd. family of restaurants heats up in the summer and a little local knowledge can go a long way.

RauDZ Regional Table

Take RauDZ Regional Table, where you can eat local like a local. As peak growing season transforms the Okanagan Valley, you may not have time to tour all the farms, orchards and farmers markets.  Don’t worry about it because RauDZ long ago developed strong relationships with farmers, foragers, fishmongers, ranchers, winemakers, distillers, brewers and other producers.

The menu at RauDZ brings the Okanagan’s bounty to you.  Rich aromatics of dill, lavender, tomatoes, peas, cherries and peaches are simply samples of the fresh flavours you’ll savour in the chefs’ creations.  It’s good to know that RauDZ takes reservations, and walk-ins are always welcome.

In other significant news, RauDZ has a 100 percent local wine list so there is always the option to try wines from wineries you may have missed in your touring or to relive that wine you regretted not buying.  With such a large valley filled with wineries and wine, it’s impossible to visit them all.  Audrey Surrao and her team excel at sourcing wines from small-batch wineries, offering exceptional examples of BC varietals that pair perfectly with the hyper local food and cocktails.

micro bar • bites

Another insider’s tip fro frequent diners is to make a festival of your RauDZ dining excursion.  Why not sip some #creativelysimple cocktails at micro bar & bites before heading to RauDZ for dinner?  It’s hard to beat the tapas there if you’re feeling a bit peckish before the main event.  If you’re a RauDZ walk-in with a delay for a table, enjoy a beverage at micro and be called when your table is ready.

Sunny’s Modern Diner

Locals know, too, that before heading out in the morning for wine touring, it’s smart to lay down the foundation of a good breakfast.  Sunny’s Modern Diner is just the ticket.  Reading the menu itself will have you smiling as you brush up on your diner lingo with dishes like Cluck and Grunt (eggs and bacon).

Whole Truth

In RauDZ restaurants, you’ll never be asked to “stay thirst my friends,” because each one offers an array of beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).  Just this spring, RauDZ Creative Concepts launched its own craft gin, The Whole Truth, in collaboration with award-winning local distillery Okanagan Spirits.

What’s a great spirit without a great line of cocktails to leverage it?  At RauDZ, you’ll find the The Truth, elevating the classic gin and tonic.  at micro, Can You Handle The Truth, is a tweak on a mint julep.  Then there’s Nothing But The Truth at Sunny’s, squeezing the best of the Bellini.  Finally, at the Italian-themed Terrafina restaurant at Hester Creek, you’ll find A Convenient Truth, an enriched version of a Negroni.