Meet Jonathan Kinney #withTownHall

By Leeann Froese

It’s a new week to introduce you to one of the fabulous personalities in the world #withTownHall!

This does not mean they work as part of our team, or are our client (although sometimes they are).

We just interact with so many amazing people that we want to expand networks and introduce them to you, and you to them. This week #withTownHall, we introduce you to chef Jonathan Kinney.

Jonathan Kinney, chef instructor, Northwest Culinary Academy 01Chef Jonathan is a graduate of Northwest Culinary Academy (2008), and now he works at Northwest as assistant to the culinary and pastry programs and as head of media.

Jonathan grew up in a family where food was approached as fuel and he learned to cook at a young age. So after a BA in History and Geography from the University of Victoria, a Masters in Public Administration and 13 years of owning his own management consulting firm he decided to finally pursue his dream of a career in food.

After graduating from Northwest he worked at Culinary Capers Catering, plus did his own catering on the side.

A fun fact about Jonathan: he is a 10th generation Canadian!

With all of that to learn so far about chef Jonathan, will you please help us give a big hello to him?

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ENCORE Vineyards to bring urban winery to downtown Penticton

 

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Urban Winery Coming to Downtown Penticton

Former PenMar Theatre complex to take on new life as a winery & hospitality centre

[Penticton, BC] – ENCORE Vineyards Ltd., home to TIME Winery, McWatters Collection, and Evolve Cellars, announces it has purchased the former PenMar Theatre Complex (361 Martin Street, Penticton) and will be transforming it into an urban winery, the first in the South Okanagan.

The subjects have now been removed on the sale, paving the way for ENCORE to begin modifications on the building that will see it ready for wine production of the 2016 vintage.

The restored building will be home to a brand-new winery production facility, including a crush pad, barrel cellar, custom fermentation hall, lab, warehouse, and administrative offices. When open to the public, the visitor experience will include a tasting bar, a small plates lounge, a 40-seat outdoor patio, as well as a retail wine shop.

An onsite commercial kitchen will give the winery the ability to host public and private events. Banquet facilities and other offerings are being planned for the future.

In keeping with the community’s desire to showcase local performing arts, ENCORE will maintain one of the theatres as a 75-seat movie, performance and event space for concerts, private functions and non-profit uses. Ultimately, this destination, multi-purpose winery, bistro and theatre will help to attract visitors to the area and assist with the revitalization of the downtown.

The PenMar is a historic site with a long history of arts and culture. Built in 1956, the theatre closed in 2012 after its then-current owners, Landmark Cinemas, moved into a multiplex location. An organization named the PenMar Community Arts Society attempted to raise enough money to restore the building, but was not able to raise the funds required. ENCORE Vineyards, who coincidentally contributed to the society’s fundraising efforts, is pleased to be able to help preserve this historic building and contribute to the community.

Harry McWatters, president and CEO of ENCORE Vineyards says, “We are excited to share the next chapter of ENCORE Vineyards with our Penticton neighbours. Our aim is to create a downtown destination that the South Okanagan can be proud of, while preserving the legacy of this vibrant cultural landmark.”

About Encore Vineyards:

ENCORE Vineyards Ltd., a progressive Okanagan-based company, is home to a number of wine brands, providing a host of wines and hospitality service. The ENCORE team has developed an unparalleled opportunity for investors to participate in the growth of its existing enterprise, substantial brand expansion, and premium brand acquisition opportunities. By consolidating certain operating, management, and marketing and sales strategies of multiple wineries, ENCORE will improve financial returns in what has the potential to be a high-margin industry. Learn more at encorevineyards.ca.

ENCORE has amassed an impressive team, poised to help define the next generation of Okanagan winemaking via its production of premium wines in the Okanagan Valley. The company is known for its labels including TIME Winery, Evolve Cellars and McWatters Collection. In 2016, ENCORE Vineyards expands, with new projects that further celebrate the spirit of the South Okanagan.

The ENCORE team is led by president and CEO Harry McWatters, a 48-year veteran of the British Columbia wine industry. Christa-Lee McWatters-Bond is the ENCORE marketing director, offering lifelong wine industry insight. Lawrence Buhler is ENCORE’s director of winemaking, who has experienced more than 15 vintages in Ontario, British Columbia, Chile, Argentina, and Australia. He will oversee the company’s growing portfolio of premium British Columbia wines.

Meet Row #38 at Okanagan Crush Pad #withTownHall

By Kathleen Beveridge

It’s a new week to introduce you to one of the fabulous personalities in the world #withTownHall!

This does not mean they work as part of our team, are our client (although sometimes they are), or even are a person.

This week #withTownHall, is a little bit different as in celebration of Earth Day we introduce you to Row 38 at Okanagan Crush Pad‘s Switchback Vineyard-named after our own Leeann Froese.

This is Row 38, named after Town Hall's own Leeann Froese, at Switch Back Vineyard.

This is Row 38, named after Town Hall’s own Leeann Froese, at Switchback Vineyard.

If you weren’t aware, Switchback Vineyard was certified organic last August so we thought we’d take today to celebrate a piece of the vineyard-especially since it allows us to show you many many #row38selfies!

Leeann taking a typical selfie at her row while visiting the Crush Pad.

Leeann taking a typical selfie at her row while visiting the Crush Pad on a gorgeous sunny day!

Leeann likes to document her visits to Okanagan Crush Pad by taking selfies with her row and has encouraged her network to do the same! It’s a fun way to connect through photos and celebrate the vineyard.

I should say that Leeann isn’t the only one with a row named after her but she encourages selfies be sent to her when visitors come upon or seek out row 38.

These are just a few of those who have risen to the challenge.

Capturing Okanagan Crush Pad owner Christine Coletta and Toques and Truffles, Katie Marks in the act of #row38selfie!

Capturing Okanagan Crush Pad owner Christine Coletta and Toques and Truffles, Katie Marks in the act of #row38selfie!

Editor-in Chief of Western Living, Anicak Quinn at Row 38.

Editor-in Chief of Western Living, Anicka Quinn at Row 38.

Row 38 -not quite a selfie- with Derek Thompson

Row 38 -not quite a selfie- with Derek Thompson

Say hello to professional cook Dixie May Kunicky in this #row38selfie

Say hello to professional cook Dixie May Kunicky in this #row38selfie

Christine Campbell, Girls Go Grape, looks great in her #row38selfie

Christine Campbell, Girls Go Grape, looks great in her #row38selfie

Vancouver's 30 Day Adventurer Marc Smith with row 38's namesake.

Vancouver’s 30 Day Adventurer Marc Smith with row 38’s namesake.

Town Hall's graphic designer Felicia Fraser made sure she took a #row38selfie on her trip last summer.

Town Hall’s graphic designer Felicia Fraser made sure she took a #row38selfie on her trip last summer.

Writer and business owner Jackie Kai Ellis at row 38.

Writer & business owner, Jackie Kai Ellis at row 38 at Okanagan Crush Pad.

 

It's only natural South Van Little League would make an appearance at row 38.

It’s only natural South Van Little League would make an appearance at row 38.

David Lancelot, a Kelowna tour operator, joins in on the fun.

David Lancelot, a Kelowna tour operator, joins in on the fun.

Kieron Gallagher showing row 38 some love with a big hug.

Kieran Gallagher showing row 38 some love with a big hug.

Social media marketer Rebecca Coleman is all smiles with row 38.

Social media marketer Rebecca Coleman is all smiles with row 38.

Big hello for Marilyn working the vineyard angles at row 38.

Big hello for Marilyn working the vineyard angles at row 38.

Deborah Skreslet under the Okanagan sun at row 38.

Deborah Skreslet under the Okanagan sun at row 38 at Switch Back Organic Vineyard.

Okanagan Crush Pad's own Rebeka gets in on the row 38 photography action.

Okanagan Crush Pad’s own Rebeka gets in on the row 38 photography action.

Here's Kayla of UnCorkBC with pure #row38selfie skill shining through.

Here’s Kayla of UnCorkBC with pure #row38selfie skill shining through.

Leeann is excited wine journalist Treve Ring is hanging out at row 38.

Leeann is excited wine journalist Treve Ring is hanging out at row 38.

Taryn Liv Parker's book makes an appearance at row 38.

Tarynn Liv Parker’s book makes an appearance at row 38.

Triple threat! Robin, Linda Horn and friend make this an epic #row38selfie

Triple threat! Robin, Linda Horn and friend make this an epic #row38selfie

Will you help us say hello to Row 38 and celebrate Earth Day this week?

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Meet Tara Clark #withTownHall

By Leeann Froese

It’s a new week to introduce you to one of the fabulous personalities in the world #withTownHall!

This does not mean they work as part of our team, or are our client (although sometimes they are).

We just interact with so many amazing people that we want to expand networks and introduce them to you, and you to them. This week #withTownHall, we introduce you to a colleague of ours, Tara Clark.

Tara ClarkAs you can tell from her photo Tara is fun, fabulous and full of energy!

But she’s also a savvy business owner at Tara Clark Consulting, where she specializes in Digital Marketing for luxury leisure and fine wine clients that are hand picked and reflect her values and passions in life.

Tara works with Town Hall’s PR client, Blue Grouse Estate Winery, as their Digital Marketer. Which means we are lucky enough to work with Tara where she provides collaborative digital marketing strategies and executes the plans with efficiency and effectively.

While it is still early in Tara’s career, she was the Social Media Award Recipient in October 2015 for her work with Blue Grouse through Social Media is Simple blog. This is just the beginning for Tara and Town Hall is happy to count her as part of our network.

Working with fine wine brands Tara is a known #winelover (another reason we all love her) and as such is WSET Level II certified.

With all of that said about Tara, will you please help us give a big hello to her?

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Meet Deborah Moore #withTownHall

By Leeann Froese

It’s a new week to introduce you to one of the fabulous personalities in the world #withTownHall!

This does not mean they work as part of our team, or are our client (although sometimes they are).

We just interact with so many amazing people that we want to expand networks and introduce them to you, and you to them. This week #withTownHall, we introduce you to a colleague of ours, Deborah Moore.

Deborah Moore

Deborah truly lives by her motto “Work hard, Play Harder”. When she is not following stories for Fairchild TV and Pogo 616 TV or chatting with a wide variety of interesting guests on Fairchild Radio, Deborah is out living her life to the fullest.

It is hard to not find yourself living vicariously through the adventures she posts on her blog, whether it be cruising down to Seattle for the weekend, snorkeling with sea turtles in Hawaii or following her culinary experiences in Paris.

Deborah is also one third of the Three Gourmigos, a group of friends who love to explore Vancouver’s food scene (and beyond), share their experiences, and who recommend some of the best dishes in the city to their audience.

With all of that said about Deborah, will you please help us give a big hello to her?

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Hot Photographer of Today Uses Wet Plate Collodion Technique of Yesterday

By Leeann Froese

In today’s digital age, it’s easy to forget the roots of photography, when we can whip out our IPhones and take a photo with the tap of a screen in less than a couple seconds.

One renowned Vancouver photographer, Phillip Chin, is taking a step into the past and connecting with a pioneering method of photography called the Tintype Process, also known as Wet Plate Collodion Photography, which was introduced in the 1850s and thrived until the 1880s. Town Hall Brands’ team had the privilege of getting their photos taken by him.

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The process is not quick. Chin brought with him a light-tight tent as his portable dark room. To begin the photo process, a chemical called Collodion is poured over a plate of glass or aluminium. After this, the plate goes into a Silver Nitrate bath for three minutes, which makes the plate sensitive to light. The plate is then taken (in a plate holder to protect it from light) to a wet plate camera. The shutter is kept open for 6-10 seconds while the person being photographed sits very still.

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Vancouver photographer Phillip Chin prepares to take a wet plate collodion photograph.

Back in the ‘darkroom’, the plate is covered with developer. And then placed in a chemical (Chin used silver thiosulfate) which takes the negative image and turns it into an enchanting black and white photo.

Chin fell in love with photography all over again with the help of Wet Plate Collodion Photography because of the process and the hands-on nature of the craft. Unlike digital photography, a photo is taken every 15 minutes, and he remarks “you really have to put thought into each image to make it count. It also takes a great understanding your camera, chemistry and lighting,” a challenge he was willing to immerse himself in.

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With the help of Wet Plate Photography, Chin hopes to “capture the true essence of each subject [he] photographs” and “help people appreciate what a great photo really is”.

Phillip Chin is a commercial photographer who has been shooting campaigns and images for clients across Canada for more than 25 years. He specializes in capturing images of people, and has had the pleasure of working with families, corporations, chefs, athletes and musicians in action. He shoots on film, digital, and now wet plate formats.

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To learn more about Chin and his work, contact him in Vancouver (604) 874 2444, or by email at phillip2446@gmail.com

Meet Robert Clark #withTownHall

By Leeann Froese

It’s a new week to introduce an amazing person  #withTownHall!

If you are new to reading this blog or new to our company – we want you to know that we are proud that we have a big network, and we are continually meeting new and interesting personalities.

This week #withTownHall, we introduce you to chef Robert Clark.

croppedChef Robert Clark, The Fish Counter

Robert Clark is a chef, small business owner, author and seafood guru.

He is the owner of The Fish Counter, a Chefs’ Table Society of BC member and one of the founders of Vancouver’s Spot Prawn Festival, which returns to the city for its 10 year celebration May 13-15 with a gala, cooking classes and the traditional festival with spot prawn boil.

It was 10 years ago that Rob realized the Spot Prawn industry in BC was backwards and we needed to celebrate this local, sustainable and delicious prawn and enjoy it in our own backyards.

Along with the Spot Prawn Festival, he was instrumental in helping the Vancouver Aquarium create the Ocean Wise program and as such is a recognized founding partner. If you visit the Aquarium you’ll  stumble across a larger-than-life photo of Rob and we do encourage selfies with it.

Rob’s championing of sustainable seafood has been a part of his award-winning career as a chef and as such he removed all red-listed SeaChoice seafood items from his menu more than a decade ago.

Curious about how to cook spot prawns? This is one of Rob’s recipes you can try once the season opens on May 12 in advance of the Spot Prawn Festival. Or join Rob at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts on May 14 for a Spot Prawn class!

With all of that said about chef Rob, will you please help us give a big hello to him?

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