The Old House Hotel, Leighton Contracting LTD., Gary Marcus Trucking, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants & Mindset Wealth
Dinner and Entertainment
Celebrating the Abundance of the Comox Valley
We are very excited to announce our 2022 Keeping It Living Dinner at 40 KNOTS Winery. Please join us on September 17 from 5 pm – 8 pm 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.
Last year, we removed the hard surfacing at Kus-kus-sum, completing phase I of the restoration. This year, in Phase II, we are removing the remaining contaminated soils and reshaping the landscape to the final elevations, and come Fall we’ll begin planting. In addition to all this, we have forage fish research, the restoration of salt marsh and eelgrass habitats, and the wetland and stream restoration at Comox Bay Farms to celebrate! We will also be hosting our annual reverse 50/50 draw.
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. Local chefs are working to create a delicious locally sourced, four-course dinner, with each course expertly paired with a wine from 40 KNOTS. Brodie Dawson, Elise LeBlanc and Ashley Sykes are providing music for the evening and we’d like to give a big thank you to Gary Marcus, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd., Old House Hotel and Spa, Leighton Contracting Ltd. and Mindset Wealth who are generously sponsoring the whole event.
Tickets for the event are $120 per person until August 30, and $140 thereafter. Tickets include a dinner with a paired drink with every course – 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 if they would like to sit with specific attendees when purchasing a ticket.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your continued support. We look forward to celebrating with you soon!
- 4:30 pm – Doors Open; guests are welcome to check in, find their table, and buy 50/50 tickets
- 5:15 pm – Welcoming Remarks
- 5:30 pm – Dinner Served
- 6:30 pm – Reverse 50/50 (tickets will be sold upto this point)
- 8:00 pm – Fin
- Last year over 90% of our ingredients were donated by generous local growers and producers. We are working with chefs to source local ingredients again this year and will update this section as this year’s growers and producers are announced.
Garret started working in kitchens as a dishwasher at 14 and climbed the ladder to professional chef from there. He apprenticed at the Atlas Café under Chef Jonathan Frazie, Martine’s Bistro, and Locals working under Chef Ronald St. Pierre. Finally he moved on to help build his family’s business – The Phat Parrot Food Truck! His job encompasses everything from menu building, general food service, quality control, hiring/firing, scheduling, ordering and anything else that would fall under the responsibilities of GM or Head Chef.
Terria’s given name is Tla Tla wo le lakw. Her lineage comes from as far up north, Wuikinuxv First Nation (Rivers Inlet) to here in Wai Wai Kum First Nation (Campbell River). She and her sister have created meals for a variety of dinners including a 1500 people banquet as part of the Tribal Canoe Journeys.
Laura’s apprentice-ship included attending the Culinary Olympics in Frankfort Germany the first year Canada won a gold medal. She achieved her Red Seal certification with the Hilton hotels and has for over 30 years, worked with several other top quality hotels and fine eateries around the world. With the extensive traveling she has done, it makes her an ideal candidate to offer you these diverse flavours.
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Kirsten, a Cree woman born and raised in Cumberland, is the founder of Blue Spruce Ice Cream. Inspired by a walk in the woods, a dash of nostalgia and a little hometown pride, Blue Spruce is an homage to the amazing flavours and foods that come from right here in the Comox Valley. She proudly uses locally sourced, artisanal ingredients in all their traditionally made, handcrafted ice creams and non dairy desserts.
Ashley Sykes is a singer/songwriter who currently lives on beautiful Vancouver Island. She brings her southern gospel roots from the state of Georgia and blends them with the west coast themes of her current life on the Strait of Georgia. She is often described as peaceful and she writes songs that soothe the soul.
In the Spring of 2018, she released her first studio album, Dissonance. She loves collaborating with other artists and when she’s not taking the lead, she’s happy to add her harmonies, strings, and rhythms to support her many talented friends.
Find and Follow her @ https://ashleysykes1.bandcamp.com/
Named ’Vocalist of the Year’ at the Vancouver Island Music Awards and nominated for ’Best Live Act’ for 2 years consecutively, Brodie Lee Dawson is a force to be reckoned with.
Brodie calls her style a mix of ’soulful bluesy folk’ with a gospel funk, a twist of pop and a twang of old-school country. True to all those genres she sings of life, love, searching and finding your way. And finding her way, she has… She’s been turning heads and creating a buzz wherever she goes, leaving her audiences spellbound, full-hearted and smilin’.
Find and follow her everywhere @ https://linktr.ee/brodieleedawson
Local singer-songwriter Elise LeBlanc weaves Intimate, earthy sounds inspired by 70s folk, classic country, bluegrass, and soul. Original songs of strength, shadow, and resilience backed by acoustic guitar and ukulele.
Elise’s debut album Runaway Kites was funded by FACTOR Canada (The Foundation for Canadian Talent on Recordings).
Find and follow her @ https://soundcloud.com/eliseleblancmusic
Earthworks Continue at Kus-kus-sum
While the Kus-kus-sum site is already beginning to come into its own, there is still much work to be done. Just over one third of the area was recontoured and planted last year in 2022. Project Watershed aims to recontour and replant the remainder of the site this summer and fall, if funding allows. The key works you will see on site this year include recontouring and regrading, habitat complexing, and native species planting.
Kus-kus-sum Restoration Overview
The restoration will occur in 3 phases. Click below to read more about each phase and scroll down to see a visual representation of the site features found on the restored Kus-kus-sum site. During Phase...
Forage Fish Map
Project Watershed has been surveying beaches for the presence of forage fish and forage fish eggs. The location of the beaches we surveyed last season are shown below. You can hover over each location to see if eggs were found.
Forage Fish Spring Forum April 26
Announcing the 2023 Virtual BC Forage Fish Monitoring Network Spring Forum! This event is an opportunity for all those interested in the conservation of forage fish in British Columbia to come together and learn about the latest research and updates.
The Importance of Estuarine Environments for Pacific Salmon
Fish monitoring at Hollyhock flats will be starting this summer! We’ve summarized a scientific article explaining what kinds of habitat are important to salmonids.
Kus-kus-sum Site History
A short history of the Kus-kus-sum site from pre-European contact to the present day.