Culinary Arts
A perfect pairing: Sandhill invites OC Culinary Arts students into the kitchen

August 6, 2021

As a student, you never know when opportunities will pop up – and Okanagan College Culinary Arts students are bubbling over with new experiences thanks to Sandhill Wines. As a result of a unique collaboration with the Kelowna-based winery, Culinary Arts students will cook a three-course plated dinner as part of a pop-up dinner series Aug. 10 to 13. “We are thrilled to welcome the students of Okanagan College into our kitchen. They have concepted a mouth-watering menu which truly represents their creativity and skill. We are very excited for...

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Culinary & Pastry Arts newsletter - In Essence

Culinary & Pastry Arts has launched a new seasonal newsletter that gives an inside look at program updates, events and projects. 

The Summer 2021 issue features stories about eating, supporting and training local, new culinary workshops, taking a 3D tour of the College's industrial kitchens, upcoming program intake dates and more.

Read the Summer 2021 issue

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Partnership dishes up meal ideas by OC Culinary Students and local food products

June 24, 2021

A new partnership between Okanagan College and produce supplier company Farm Bound is bringing locally sourced organic foods to your doorstep with delicious summer-ready recipes crafted by OC Culinary Arts students. Food-lovers can now order the OC Inspiration Box from the Farm Bound website. The box has fully portioned ingredients for recipes to make Middle Eastern Chicken Za’atar, Carrot and Radish Salad, Pea Risotto with Asparagus and a spice blend to make your own Za’atar Spice Mix. Not only will you learn new recipes but also a few cul...

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OC Inspiration Box
Partnership dishes up meal ideas by OC Culinary Students and local food products

June 22, 2021

A new partnership between Okanagan College and produce supplier company Farm Bound is bringing locally sourced organic foods to your doorstep with delicious summer-ready recipes crafted by OC Culinary Arts students. Food-lovers can now order the OC Inspiration Box from the Farm Bound website. The box has fully portioned ingredients for recipes to make Middle Eastern Chicken Za’atar, Carrot and Radish Salad, Pea Risotto with Asparagus and a spice blend to make your own Za’atar Spice Mix. Not only will you learn new recipes but also a few cul...

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OC offers up new culinary workshops for foodies and wine connoisseurs

May 31, 2021

Calling all foodies to the table: mark your calendars. This June, Okanagan College is offering up a series of safe, distanced but still hands-on culinary workshops to help you build some new skills and explore different flavours while learning in the College’s commercial kitchens under the guidance of Red Seal Chefs. The College’s Culinary and Pastry Arts department is launching four new short culinary series this month: Dinner Party – Wine and Dine Series – Mediterranean is happening on June 11 and 12. This two-day workshop is a unique opp...

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Siobhan Detkavich
OC alumna makes debut on Top Chef Canada

April 27, 2021

OC Culinary Arts alumna Siobhan Detkavich is the youngest and first female indigenous chef to compete on the newest season of Top Chef Canada and she's still competing after the show's second week. The Okanagan College Alumni Association caught up with Siobhan and she had lots to say, without spilling the beans of course. “The overall experience was probably hands down the most stressful experience of my life,” she says. “There’s such a huge misrepresentation of indigenous people o...

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Easter eggs
College Pastry Arts students craft creative Easter confections

April 1, 2021

While no official sightings of the Easter Bunny have been reported on campus, Okanagan College’s Pastry Arts students hopped into action this week, serving up smiles ahead of the holiday.  Students pulled out all the stops to prepare an eggs-travaganza of chocolate eggs, bunnies, bon bons, sponge candy and other confections for the OC community.  “The students outdid themselves once again,” notes Culinary and Pastry Arts Manager Cari Jahns. “When everyone saw the tables of treats assembled, the array of different items they prepared, the co...

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OC Serves Up
College culinary program supports students facing food insecurity

March 15, 2021

When Mariko Nagata picks up a free lunch at Okanagan College she likens it to a warm hug. The mother of two was laid off during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic giving her a chance to return to school and enrol in the Culinary and Pastry Arts program. Now, she's helping cook healthy meals that not only support her during her studies but a range of fellow students who are facing food insecurity. “It's nice to be able to access this help and the food is always so beautifully presented,” says Nagata. “I think it makes a difference in a lot ...

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A date with OC: A Valentine’s dinner surprise

February 9, 2021

Last minute Valentine’s day plans aren’t always the most memorable, but Okanagan College’s restaurant, Infusions, has a solution for you this Saturday that offers an unforgettable dining twist – everything is a surprise. What do we know about this surprise evening? Infusions Restaurant is opening its doors this Saturday, Feb. 13, to offer diners a Valentine’s culinary adventure to remember, where they won’t know what dish is coming out next. Diners will sit down for a five-course dinner menu created by OC Pastry Arts chef Danny Capadouca an...

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Dine Around with Infusions

February 4, 2021

Attention all foodies: Dine Around Thompson Okanagan has returned for another year of cuisine celebration and Okanagan College’s restaurant, Infusions, is offering a delicious three-course menu guaranteed to please your taste buds. Dine Around Thompson Okanagan promises participants will sip, savour and save their way through more than 50 restaurants across the region. The event runs from Feb. 5 to March 7 and participating restaurants offer multi-course dinners priced at $15, $25, $35, $45 or $55. Diners can take advantage of Infusions’ m...

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COVID Cookbook
Order up: OC debuts new take-away cookbook menu

January 19, 2021

Okanagan College’s restaurant, Infusions, is offering a unique way to get a taste of its popular collaborative cookbook, What We Cooked: A Compilation of Recipes During COVID Times, with a special take-away menu featuring dinners for two from the cookbook. Following the success of the sold-out cookbook – now in it’s second print run – the College’s Culinary and Pastry Arts program selected five delicious dinner and five delectable dessert recipes from the cookbook to bring to life at Infusions with a special take-away initiative from Jan. 2...

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Chef Mike Barillaro
Inaugural Student Chef Dinner and Pie Fundraiser winter highlights for Culinary Arts program

December 4, 2020

Okanagan College’s Culinary Arts program is serving up good cheer during the last month of 2020, with two new events that will showcase student creations and support the community simultaneously. On Dec. 10, Infusions Restaurant at the Kelowna campus will open its doors to welcome a limited number of guests for the inaugural Student Chef Dinner, a seven-course tasting experience. The evening gives students an opportunity to showcase their skills and the very best of Okanagan region cuisine. “The Student Chef Dinner is a fantastic opportuni...

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Student Chef Dinner Series - December 2020

November 27, 2020

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Culinary Arts students help take a bite out of food insecurity, one apple at a time

November 24, 2020

As the Okanagan days start to get shorter and orchardists wrap up their harvest for the year, Culinary Arts students at the College’s Kelowna campus are busy transforming apples into healthy snacks for the community. Earlier in the fall semester, the Okanagan Fruit Tree Project (OFTP) approached the College’s Culinary Arts team with an idea: could culinary classes somehow help process apple donations into snacks, going into backpacks for local students in need? The answer was a resounding yes. With some creative thought on how to best meet ...

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Trades Talk Tuesdays 2.0

October 2, 2020

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OC Culinary Arts program Serves Up meals for students in need

July 9, 2020

It’s an example of students helping students that is sure to warm hearts and bellies. With the support of RBC Royal Bank of Canada, the Okanagan College Students’ Union (OCSU) and Sysco, Okanagan College’s Culinary and Pastry Arts students are launching an innovative new program designed to hone their skills while providing nutritious meals for fellow students who are struggling financially. When the pandemic hit B.C. earlier this spring, OC’s training kitchens went dark. Students and instructors donated food to the Kelowna Food Bank as C...

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