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Deerholme Farm is a culinary destination amid the rolling vineyards, farms and forests of the Cowichan Valley, Vancouver Island, BC.

 

We offer a unique and enjoyable experience for our guests. We think the best food is the stuff closest to your table. Our ingredients are exceptional and gathered through our relationships with local growers, producers and foragers.

Some of the products come from our own farm, steps away from the dining room or are gathered by us from the local fields, forests and shorelines. The cooking is unique and confident - the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. Please come visit us on the farm.


 

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Our culinary activities have been profiled in Gourmet Magazine (soon to be shelved-alas!) Saveur Magazine, Bon Appetite and Harrowsmith (not to mention the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune...). Come see why these people are talking about the food of the Cowichan Valley.

 

Please email or call 250-748-7450 to book or for further information. Bill Jones

Email me here:

bill@magnorth.bc.ca

 

 

 

* Gift certificates are available *

 

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Join us at our innovative series of dinner events that combine the pleasure of a dinner party with the educational program of the evening - in a casual, unique environment.

The format is a lively and brief educational session followed by a tasting menu of locally sourced products and global cooking styles. Come hungry and prepare your tastebuds to be dazzled. Each menu is a one-of-a-kind culinary event based on the day's theme and seasonal local ingredients.

Participants will receive detailed recipes on the dishes served and are guaranteed to leave happy and contented!

With advance notice we can usually produce vegetarian or special diet menus for all our dinners. With your feedback we will create a special menu - specifically for you.

Cost: $90 - $125 per person (all prices plus GST)
Date: Select Saturday's through the year

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

 

*Gift Certificates for Dinners, Classes and Events are available*..

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Cooking Classes:

Local Food Cooking Classes

Hands-on limited size classes with Bill Jones. These are opportunites to expand your culinary horizons cooking with the finest local ingredients and working along side an accomplished chef and culinary instructor. Classes include a valuable primer on the topic and recipes to follow along in class and back home. Suitable for all levels of cooking skill but a prime opportunity for those looking to develop their skills and to ignite their creativity. Bill is the author of 9 cookbooks including The Savoury Mushroom and a recognized regional expert on mushrooms and wild foods.

All Classes: 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm

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Please call for availabilty (250) 748-7450

 

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Wild Food Forages

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This fall we will be offering opportunities to learn about wild foods and mushrooms in the outdoor environment. Small groups will be taken into the backwoods of the valley to show the habitat for wild foods and to forage in their natural state. An overview of the pleasures, challanges and dangers of wild food harvesting will be demonstrated.

At the end of the class we will return to the cottage and serve an array of wild food treats made from a bounty of foraged foods. Please note the forest is a harsh environment and participants must be able to hike and be in reasonable fitness. Due to the potentially hazardous nature of wild food foraging, all participants will be require to sign a waiver before confirming their enrollment in the forage program.

For individual groups we will have a limited schedule of times available for private foraging activities. These can be tailored to the group and can offer a meal before or after the event. Please contact us for more information.

 

Private Classes:

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Hands on classes, individually tailored to the group. Spend the afternoon with Bill Jones, best-selling author (two time world cookbook award winner), food and wine consultant, wild foods expert and French-trained chef. Includes all materials, content and recipes.

Classes will be developed with the client based on your needs, desires, skill levels and seasonal availability of products. Groups of up to 24 people can be accomodated as a demonstration and tasting class. Please call for pricing and information.

Our classes are suitable for team building workshops and a great way to introduce yourself to the flavour of our great island paradise.

 

Cost:
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$150 each for 3-4 participants
$125 each for 5-8 participants

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Professional & Chef Development Workshops

Spend the day in Bill's private test kitchen and culinary laboratory, topics can include:

  • Local foods, types and sourcing
  • Wild foods, education and usage
  • Menu and recipe development
  • Food costing and recipe design
  • Management tools and techniques
  • Planning and project development
  • Product development and start-up

This professional development day will focus on evaluating the individual's strengths and weaknesses and work to provide solutions to day-to-day and career progression challenges. The participant(s) will be provided with an insight into avenues for professional and career development and tangible knowledge to help you solve day-to-day challenges on the job. Bill has a world of experience as a chef, teacher, educator, author and food critic. This is a unique opportunity to tap into this worldly and practical viewpoint. Our specialy is sustainability, green business, local food production systems and current trends in menus and food service.

Cost: Please Inquire

 

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Private Catering

Bill Jones has cooked for royalty, rock stars, movie stars, sports superstars, captains of industry and leaders of governments. Bill has honed his skills in some of France, England and Canada's best restaurants. He has cooked in spectacular mountain kitchens in Whistler, floating luxury lodges on the coast, farmer's fields, rolling vineyards and many challenging venues - all with a flourish of creativity and a driving passion for excellence.

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Bill would relish the opportunity to create a special dinner, event or occasion for your enjoyment. The prefered venue is the farm but we are willing to take the show on the road if the right opportunity presents itself. We have demonstrated the ability to consistently deliver a unique, ultimate culinary experience.

As you can guess, these are not ordinary meals - they are a celebration of local food and culture - and a truly rare and original opportunity to enjoy life.

 

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Details :

  • Firstly, you can book Deerholme Farm and our restored 1918 Arts and Crafts Cottage for a private function of up to 24 people (depending on availability).
  • Secondly, we can come to your kitchen or location and take care of your private dinner or special occasion. We specialize in small intimate groups only. Travel and time expenses may apply for locations far away from the home base.
  • We offer a premium, seasonal menu of local products designed for you and your needs (special needs and allergies included). Please inquire about details and budget costs.
  • Wine pairing can be arranged and purchased for you for an additional fee (wine cost plus modest corkage fee).
  • Offsite Rentals (tents, bbq's, dishes, cutlery and glassware) can be arranged for an additional fee (rental cost plus modest management/delivery fees). Deerholme Farm events include all these amenities.
  • Please call or email for more info and elaboration on our services. We would be delighted to provide information and budgets at no cost or obligation to you.

 

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Payment and Cancellation Policy

All fees will have GST applied. Payment is in advance to book a reservation for the events and/or classes. Our preferred option is for you to send a cheque in the mail at least two weeks before the event to confirm your participation. If it is a later reservation we may require payment on the day of the event in the form of cheque or cash. Other payment arrangements can be made, please call or email to discuss.

Dining RoomWe offer gift certificates that can be specified for an event or class or left open for the individual to arrange redemption of the certificate. The certificate can be emailed as a PDF document for you to print off at your convenience.

Events often sell out and there are waiting lists for the more popular events. We will contact you the week of the event to update you of your status, remind you of the day and time and provide directions to our farm (if it is your first trip).

Please call to discuss our policy on wine service. We provide samples of local handcrafted Merridale Apple Cider at our dinners and events (unless stated in the program content) other arrangements can be made in person.

We require one week notice to cancel a reservation. At that time we will issue a refund or allow you to book into an alternative event (depending on availability). If a short term emergency arises, please call us as soon as possible and we will work towards a solution. If you don't show up you will forfeit all fees and deposits.

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Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments or inquiries. We don't bite (much!).

 

Bill Jones
Magnetic North Cuisine
4830 Stelfox Road,
Duncan, BC, V9L 6S9
250-748-7450
bill@magnorth.bc.ca
blog: deerholme.com

 

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