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Episode 147 ” New Season New Year Lets start cooking again”

With the new year upon us Darren and Jonathan spend time discussing 2017 and the events surrounding it. This is a chance for the two to reminisce about the previous year. From farming to food banks, they discuss all the interesting events and people they had the fortune of meeting. Darren and Jonathan also spend some time planning for upcoming food challenges, topics, and their ability to interview and learn more in the upcoming year. Feel free to join with us.

Duration: 00:23:03

Episode 146″ What is Labour Cost?”

On this podcast we’re doing the second part of our three-part series questioning restaurant costs. We’re going to get down to the nitty-gritty and find out about labour costs, business expenses, menu prices, and customer views. We also look at some great ways to save on these costs which can make things go a little bit smoother.

Duration: 00:31:22

Episode 145 “How do you get kids to eat their vegetables?”

On this week’s episode we have the wonderful oppurtunity of sitting down with Shannon Simpson and Caroline Fisher and talking about the amazing salad bar program and Huband Elementary. This program provides a healthy nutritious meal available to all the students for a low cost. Students help portion it, serve it, and importantly not waste anything. Grab a plate and dive in with us as we learn about this program and how you could start it in your own school.

Duration: 00:25:49

Episode 144″ How do you set food cost”

Ever wonder how chefs come up with menu prices? Or what goes into creating the dollar amount you see on menus and how exactly restaurants make their money? On this episode, the first of three, we examine the ever fluctuating cost of food itself. Please enjoy, and as always we enjoy your feedback and reviews.

Duration: 00:17:51

Episode 143 “What is Hydrophobic farming”

Allain Lepine from ‘Island of Eden Farms’ joins Chef Jonathan and Darren tonight to talk about their use of hydroponics to grow local greens and veggies. Starting their farm within a 2.5m x 2.5m x 12m space, they make great use of newer farming techniques, such as vertical and horizontal farming. With the ablility to produce fresh greens year long, and no need of pesticides or herbicides. Listen in to learn more!

Duration: 00:21:22

Episode 142 “What to pack in my kids lunch?”

Chef Jonathan Frazier and Darren Howlett may be the hosts of the Edible Valley Podcast, but they are also fathers. This time of year, when the kids have all gone back to school, it’s easy to get caught in the habit of sending your kids to school with the same lunch, day after day. Tonight (with recurring guest, James McKerricher) we talk about all of the options with kids’ school lunches!

Duration: 00:24:17

Episode 141 “What is an agricultural Co-op?”

Lucky us! Tonight, we get to talk to Eduardo Uranga and Thierry Vrain (and Ivan Loubier) of the CCAC - The Community Created Agricultural Co-op. An ambitious venture - they aim to acquire agricultural land to grow pesticide and antibiotic free foods for 300 families. Listen in and see just how far they’ve come, how well planned and sourced this project is, and how you can still get involved before it’s too late!

Duration: 00:47:38

Episode 140 ” Where have all the cooks gone?”

Looking for a chef? Looking for a cook? join the club with it becoming more and more difficult to find staff Jonathan and Darren discuss whats happening to the back of house.

Duration: 00:32:22

Episode 139 “Where do I get a good apple?”

It’s fruit picking time again. This time we have a chance to talk with James Mckerricher of Lush Valley to find out what’s happening with their fruit picking program and other programs with Lush Valley. Phone: 250-331-0152 Email: Mail: PO Box 20008, Courtenay, BC V9N 0A7

Duration: 00:34:29

Episode 138″ Is there a dinner happening in Downtown Courtenay?’

Long table? Dinning downtown? What is going on? Well for the first time on Duncan ave we are setting up a long table and inviting other to join us to sample some of the fine food of the Comox Valley. Our own Chef Jonathan Frazier has created an menu and with Dawn Postnikoff organizing and Atlas cafes own Connie Earl beverage pairings this should be an amazing event. Sunset on the Street Long Table Dinner Downtown Courtenay Sunday, September 17th 5:00 pm 4 Course Gourmet Din [...]

Duration: 00:21:20

Episode 136 “What makes good Bread”

Today on the Edible Valley podcast we’re learning about bread and who better to learn from then the experts at Cake Bread. Jorden Marshall (owner) and Ian Harris (head baker/pastry chef). We learn what they are doing and the many products they carry.

Duration: 00:22:17

Episode 135″Is there support for women in the food industry?

With many kitchens and chefs being referred to as “old boy’s clubs”, Les Dames d’Escoffier is much needed organization supporting women in the food industry. We are lucky enough to have former guests Gaëtane Palardy and Lesley Stav (members of the local BC Chapter) join us to discuss some of the great benefits of this organization, its history, and its important future. Check out their site at :

Duration: 00:29:53

Episode 134 “What is a popup”

A growing trend in the hospitality industry are pop-up restaurants or dinners. Darren and Jonathan examine some of their own experiences and adventures in this field. Our hope is to encourage you to get out and find some of these amazing meals that are in produced by some many talanted chefs.

Duration: 00:17:43

Episode 133 “What makes Hot Chocolates a great place”

What a great time and I must say some great treats. If you love chocolates and sweet things this is the podcast for you. We have a chance to talk with Jordan Marshall owner and Michele Henry general manager of Hot Chocolates. Learn their history and the great treat great things they make from the amazing store from downtown Courtenay British Columbia. Hot Chocolates & Cakebread Artisan Bakery 368 Fifth Street, Downtown Courtenay Phone: 250-338-821 [...]

Duration: 00:23:07

Epsiode 132 “What is with all the Plastic?”

On this episode after a visit to the local grocery market Jonathan goes on a bit of a rant about plastics and plastics in the food industry. How can we change things? What can we do? Darren and Jonathan have some ideas and look forward to hearing from you about of some of your own.

Duration: 00:17:54

What to do this Summer?

Summer is here and it’s time to get out. In this episode chef Jonathan and Darren take the time to go over some fun activities and interesting things to do around your community. We hope to keep you entertained as well as find a way to fill your belly.

Duration: 00:23:14

Episode 130 “Food, Art, Poetry, Is There a Connection?”

This episode is all about art and poetry. What’s the connection? We were lucky enough to be joined by our friend and Comox Valley’s own Poet Laureate Natalie Nickerson. We learn a little of her role and what she will be up to over the next two years. More importantly, we draw connections between what we eat and how it becomes art.

Duration: 00:22:15

Episode 129″Can Food Be Your Medicine?”

Can food be your medicine? Funny to even say, we are questioning if what you put in your body can affect your everyday life. On this episode we get the chance to talk again with Chanchal Cabrera of Innisfree Farms. We talk home remedies and the importances of planning what you eat in everyday life.

Duration: 00:22:49

Episode 128″ What’s so important about olive oil”

Ever wonder what’s so great about Olive Oil? This episode we talk with Lisa Whitmore from Signature Oil & Vinegar. We get into the joy of cooking with quality olive oils and what to look out for next time you pick up a bottle. Hint: freshly made olive oil from passionate individuals is best. Find out what Signature Oil & Vinegar can provide to you and how they can help make your next meal special. The Courtenay store is open Monday to Saturday 10am–6pm, Sunday 11am-4pm. The Campbell...

Duration: 00:22:06

Episode 127 “What’s happening at Innisfree Farms?”

Chef Jonathan Frazier and Darren Howlett sit down with Chanchal Cabrera of Innisfree Farm. Chanchal brings us up to speed on all of the changes that have happened at the farm since the last time we checked in with Innisfree Farm. Most notably, the change to ‘Innisfrfee Farm and Botanical Garden’. This is an exciting time for the Chanchal, Thierry and the farm, as this designation does not come lightly or easily. Listen in as she explains all they have had to do and want to do with the...

Duration: 00:23:27

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