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Victoria’s Courtney Room to host Okanagan chef for wildfire recovery charity dinner


The Courtney Room is one of the city’s best and brightest for upscale dining and now they are inviting a guest chef to join them in the kitchen in order to prepare a dinner that will benefit those impacted by 2023’s record setting wildfire season. 

In a couple weeks, on Sunday, November 5th, the Courtney Room’s Chef Brian Tesolin will welcome Chef Geoff Molloy from the Okanagan’s 19 Bistro at Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards to collaborate and create a multi-course gala dinner for the benefit event. 

All funds will be going toward the Central Okanagan Fire Relief (COFR) campaign, who continue to support those who have been impacted and displaced by the summer’s devastating wildfires that tore through the Okanagan region. 

The dinner will marry Vancouver Island cuisine with treasured Okanagan Valley wines. 

“When the team at The Courtney Room extended an invitation to collaborate, we were thrilled for the opportunity to bring our delicious take on Okanagan flavours to Victoria,” says Chef Geoff Molloy. 

“Supporting those affected by this year’s devastating wildfires is very close to our hearts, and we’re truly thankful to the generous partners who’ve come to the table to allow us to offer an impactful donation to the cause.” 

The gala dinner will be a ticketed affair with each seat costing $200, which includes tax and gratuity.

$100 from each ticket will be donated to the COFR. 

The menu for the event is as follows:

  • A welcome glass of Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards 2018 Celebrate 25 Brut which will be  paired with fresh shucked Vancouver Island oysters and a board of fois gras parfait, crispy tuna sushi bites, funnel cake KFC and stinging nettle tart
  • A dry aged Kona Yellowtail with yuzu ponzu, watermelon radish and wasabi foam, paired with Culmina Family Estate Winery’s 2020 Decora Riesling 
  • Koji BC Ling Cod Cheeks with Yarra Valley salmon roe confetti, celeriac, saffron charcoal with Phantom Creek Estates 2017 Viognier 
  • “Sudden Inversion” Roasted Venison with brown buttle pomme purée, wild mushrooms and meritage jus paired with Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards’ meritage of the same name
  • For dessert, a Mille Feuille with dark chocolate, wild berries and earl grey, paired with Stag’s Hollow Winery 2012 Hart, port-style wine
(The Courtney Room)

In addition to this mouth-watering dinner, a silent auction will be held with donated prizes which will include both Vancouver and Okanagan getaway packages. 

Gala dinner for wildfire recovery 

  • Where: The Courtney Room, 619 Courtney Street
  • When: Sunday, November 5th, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: Limited seats available online
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