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Chef Andrew was raised in the Comox Valley and left to pursue his apprenticeship as a chef. He worked in many fantastic kitchens in many renown food locations such as Lake Louise, Tofino and Victoria, returning home to give his children a life that he remembers from his childhood. Andrew took the reigns of Crown Isle about three years ago and has done wonderful things with the restaurant. Look for the new menu as well as many upcoming events, including Wine Fest on November 3rd. Thanks so much for coming in and having a visit Andrew.

Upcoming Events courtesy of Hans Peter Meyer. Thank you for your contribution to Edible Valley. Visit Hans' site Eat Drink Comox Valley for the full list of events.

Dark Side Chocolates [2722 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland 250-336-0126  +FB] is hosting a month-long “Movember” promo. Owner Allison Mackenzie is donating $1 of every chocolate “moustache-on-a-stick” sold in November to prostate cancer research. Plus, if you let her put your pic (with your real or choco ‘mo) on the Dark Side FB page it’s entered into a 2-part contest. More details coming via the FB page. I’ll be interviewing Allison about this for EatDrinkComoxValley.tv

Crown Isle also hosts the Aquaculture Innovation Workshop on Nov 5-6. Sponsored by The Conservation Fund’s Freshwater Institute, Tides Canada and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, this is 4th in a series and focuses on “land based” aquaculture. For more information contact Tides Canada [TidesCanada.org 1.866.780.6611].

Healthyway Natural Foods Market [55-1270 Dogwood Street, Campbell River 250-286-6011  +FB] is one of the hosts of a Community Forum on Genetically Modified Foods at North Island College’s Campbell River campus [1685 South Dogwood St], Wed Nov 14 7-9pm. Lucy Sharratt, of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (Ottawa) will be speaking on GMOs and their impact on our health and environment. FMI: email karen.baily (at) sd72.bc.ca
The PowerSmart-inspired “Candlelight Conservation Dinner” of late October was so popular that Union Street Grill [250-897-0081, 477-5th Street, Courtenay  +FB @UnionStreetGril] is reprising it with a “Candlelight by Moonlight Dinner” on Nov 17 as part of the downtown Courtenay’s “Moonlight Magic” weekend. I’m also a fan of the regular USG Thurs evening “Neighbourhood Night” mixers and specials.
The Comox Valley Beekeepers will be hosting their last meeting  & potluck of 2012 at Dove Creek Hall on November 27th at 6pm. New and experienced beekeepers, and those just interested in all things bee & honey related are welcome to attend. FMI: www.cvbclub.com

It has just been confirmed: in the wake of another wonderful end-of-month feast in October, Chef Aaron Rail and Connie will be hosting a 4-course, wine-pairing One-Big-Table type event on Nov 26 at Avenue Bistro [2064 Comox Ave 250-890-9200 +FB + @AvenueBistro] in Comox. Until then, AveB is featuring local Beaufort Winery [250-338-1357, 5854 Pickering Road, 10 minutes north of Courtenay ] Ca Beautage, an estate grown blend of Leon Millot, Cabernet Foch, and Merechal Foch.
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