Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Kus-kus-sum Restored

Keeping It Living Dinner at 40 KNOTS

Celebrating the Abundance of the Comox Valley

in support of

Project Watershed


Kus-kus-sum Unpave Paradise

September 11, 2021
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
at 40 KNOTS Winery
$100 pp until Aug 30th, $125 thereafter


Contact to be put on a waitlist.

Breaking concrete ~ Norm Prince

We are very excited to announce our 2021 Keeping It Living Dinner at 40 KNOTS Winery. Please join us September 11th from 5-8pm to celebrate ecological restoration and watershed research right here in the Comox Valley. We are looking forward to sharing local food, wine and music, and celebrating significant milestones with you, our community. This year, we successfully acquired the land and have broken ground (quite literally!) on the restoration at Kus-kus-sum. In addition to all this, we have the discovery of forage fish nursery beaches, the restoration of salt marsh and eelgrass habitats, and the wetland and stream restoration at Comox Bay Farms to share!


Surf smelt egg ~ Kurt Perry

To help us celebrate in style, we have partnered with some local superstars. 40 KNOTS Winery is providing us with the enclosed dining area overlooking their vineyard. Chefs Stephanie Noel and Yolanda MacLaren are working to create a delicious locally-sourced, four-course dinner, with each course expertly paired with a wine from 40 KNOTS.  Luke Blu Guthrie is providing music for the evening and we’d like to give a big thank you to Chan, Nowosad and Boates who are generously sponsoring the whole event.

In addition to sharing our exciting updates, we will play some table games, hold a Reverse 50/50 and an Eat It or Experience It silent auction. Silent auction items will be posted on this page, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter over the next few weeks.

Coho in salt marsh ~ Eiko Jones

Tickets for the event are $100 per person until August 30th, and $125 thereafter. Tickets include a four course meal and four accompanying drinks – there are vegetarian and non alcoholic options. We are keeping to a maximum of six guests to a table, guests will be asked to indicate others they would like to sit with when purchasing a ticket.


There will be a COVID screening prior to entry to the event and guests who are not fully vaccinated will be asked to wear a mask to and from their table. All regional, Provincial, and Federal health regulations will be strictly adhered to so as to keep our guests and our community safe.

If you’re interested in joining us, please click below to purchase tickets. If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to us at Thanks for your continued support, we look forward to celebrating with you soon!

Please note this is not a salmon dinner as we are not serving salmon due to the issues surrounding salmon fishing and farming.


Event Details


Stephanie Noel

Stephanie Noel


Cheffanie thrives on reconnecting diners to the land while celebrating the hardworking hands that feed us; the farmer’s bounty, the artisan’s craftsmanship, the fisherman’s catch.

Backyard table elevates the farm-to-table experience & offers only the best and freshest of what is seasonally available, encouraging consumers to slow down and savour every bite – a practice we can implement daily. With ideals rooted in providing outstanding local and sustainable ingredients, we treat our food with love and respect.

Yolanda MacLaren

Yolanda MacLaren

Custom Gourmet Catering & Cafe

Yolanda is passionate about food and believes in the pleasure to be found in enjoying quality ingredients. Starting in the food industry in 1993, she has benefited from many different forms of training – from cafe style to classic french cuisine. With her diverse background and hunger to try new techniques, Yolanda is committed to making every event a unique dining experience.

Sourcing ingredients from as close to home as possible and consciously reducing negative environmental impact is important to Yolanda As a business, The Custom Gourmet has been a long standing contributor to our community.


Luke Blu Guthrie

Luke Blu Guthrie

Deeply soulful, and passionately committed to creating and sharing his music, Luke Blu has devoted much of his life to his craft. He is widely respected for his versatility and skill as songwriter, vocalist and guitar player.

Guthrie’s music is a clever and potent fusion of folk, funk, dark country and rock n roll. It is representative of a lifetime of thoughtful listening and his uncanny ability to select elements from each genre then combine them to create a refreshingly innovative, yet timeless style that engages the sensitivity and sentiment of a broad range of listeners.


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