A feast for the eyes and the taste buds!
Our 10th annual fundraiser, Colour Your Palate, was on Tuesday April 11, 2017 at the Victoria Conference Centre.
Since 2007, Colour Your Palate has raised funds for the artsREACH program through a culinary competition and silent auction. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of this signature fundraiser, we added something special to the event and hosted it in a larger venue, so that more people could experience and enjoy this incredible culinary experience.
Naturally, it made sense to add wine to an event focused on food, so when an opportunity with the Naramata Bench Wineries Association (NBWA) was offered to us, we just couldn’t say no to the idea of integrating their wine into our event!
As our exclusive wine provider, the NBWA showcased 18 of its wineries. Interspersed amongst the chefs, these wineries provided and poured promotional wine for tasting throughout the event and donated wine packages to the silent auction.
What is Colour Your Palate?
Victoria’s version of the Iron Chef with a twist is the annual signature fundraising event for the artsREACH program. The event pits 12 local chefs against each other to create a colour-inspired canapé, using a randomly drawn colour. Colours in previous draws include: yellow, red, purple, orange, blue, black, and green.
With their colour drawn one month before the event, chefs select their ingredients, experiment and perfect their canapé before the competition.
At the event, professional judges blind-taste and vote for winners in three categories: “Best Tasting Savoury Creation,” “Best Tasting Sweet Creation,” and “Most Colourful Creation.” Guests visit each chef’s station and sample each canapé. In 2017 guests were also be invited to taste wines presented by 18 wineries from the Naramata Bench Wineries Association.
Guests vote for their favourite canapé as part of the “People’s Choice” award, bid in the Silent Auction and can win a fabulous door prize!
Participating Chefs – 2017
- Castro Boateng, Castro Boateng Catering
- Sam Harris, Agrius Restaurant
- Nicholas Waters, Toque Catering
- Ian Goard, Hotel Grand Pacific
- Rob Cassels, Saveur Restaurant
- Kalpesh Jain, 10 Acres Group
- Mahesh Bhambure, Bear Mountain Resort
- Tom Corless, Bridgeman’s Bistro (Mill Bay)
- Brendan Walker, Lure Restaurant
- Aaron Hubley, Pizzeria Prima Strada
- Tung Vo, Bard & Banker
- Thomas Yesdresyski, Sooke Harbour House
Participating Wineries – 2017
- Bench 1775 Winery
- Deep Roots Winery
- Elephant Island Winery
- Hillside Winery
- Kettle Valley Winery
- La Frenz Winery
- Lake Breeze Vineyards
- Lang Vineyards
- Misconduct Wine Co.
- Monster Vineyards
- Moraine Estate Winery
- Perseus Winery
- Poplar Grove Winery
- Red Rooster Winery
- Terravista Vineyards
- Therapy Vineyards
- Tightrope Winery
- Upper Bench Estate Winery
Our Esteemed Judges
In 2016 we raised $20,000 for our programs! Read about Colour Your Palate 2016.