Air Canada has announced its long list of nominees for its annual Canada’s Best New Restaurants feature, and one Okanagan location made the cut.
Home Block at Kelowna’s CedarCreek Estate Winery is among the 35 restaurants that will be considered for Air Canada’s top 10 list that will be announced in October and published in the November issue of the airline’s enRoute magazine.
The following is what the judges had to say about Home Block:
“This show-stopping restaurant overlooking Okanagan Lake—the building was crafted from fieldstone and 100-year-old reclaimed barn wood—raises the bar for wine-country dining. Much-loved British-born chef Neil Taylor (España, Cibo Trattoria and Uva in Vancouver) has put together a menu of Mediterranean classics that shine thanks to flawless execution by a crack kitchen team and a wood-fired grill. For the full Okanagan experience, pair the grilled leeks with black pudding, shishito peppers and crispy fried egg with the vineyard’s own vibrant Block 5 chardonnay.”
Home Block is one of six B.C. restaurants among the finalists.
Air Canada normally nominates 30 restaurants, but this year it ended up with 35. A panel of food experts from coast to coast came up with a master list of options, and one writer went on an anonymous, month-long, cross-country dining marathon to determine the notable new openings that became contenders.
The full list of 35 contenders and a brief description of each can be found here.
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