The Okanagan Table

The Art of Everyday Home Cooking by the chef behind RauDZ Regional Table, micro bar · bites, and Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ.

(Yes, I did squeeze all of those amazing resto credentials on the cover.)

Local photographer David McIlvride generously indulged my request for stills of a farm at four different times of day (with dramatic skies, of course) to reinforce the unique editorial structure of the book: Sunrise / Midday / Sunset / Twilight.

On a location scouting (and wine-drinking) mission to the Okanagan with the Figure 1 creative team, we noticed reclaimed barn board used throughout Rod’s home and restaurant interiors. Won over by the earthy tones and the regional significance, I sourced four different shades of wood from Western Reclaimed Timber Yard in Whonnock, BC to serve as backgrounds for the dishes and to help differentiate the four meal sections. (These planks barely made it to Kelowna in time after a wild snow storm shut down all highways heading north — still grateful to Ace Courier for pushing through). 

Another special “import” was some silverware belonging to my late grandmother, which you’ll see in a few of the photos. Ceramics were carefully sourced over a period of several months from Sarah Kersten, Colleen Hennessy, Mary Mar Keenan, Hilary McCandless-Beardand various vintage shops.

The ambitious shoot (80 recipes in 10 days) ran super smooth with the extra hands of chef de cuisine Robyn Sigurdsson and executive chef Brock Bowes.

Rod cleverly scheduled the cocktail photos for the tenth and final day of shooting to encourage sampling.

Client: Figure 1
Author: Rod Butters
with Kerry Gold
Photography: David McIlvride
Photography assistance: Deon Nel
Publication Date: Summer 2017