So have you heard what's new at the Westerly Hotel?
Answer: rebranding, renaming, renovating and a new chef. All in the past year. What's not new at the Westerly might be a better question.
Chef Christopher Thrift, after working at Whistler, Banff and Bear Mountain, helped transform the Rialto Hotel (formerly the Douglas Hotel) in Victoria. After a two-year posting as restaurant chef in their restaurant Veneto, Christopher made the decision to move up Island to be closer to his family.
As executive chef at the Westerly Hotel and Convention Centre, he embraces the "from scratch" philosophy and likes to support local farmers.
Thrift has put together the following vegan buffet menu for the seventh annual Earthsave vegan Christmas dineout:
Assorted Vegan Breads with Spreads and Condiments; Roasted Celery Root, Swiss Chard and Maple Soup; Organic Arugula and Radicchio Salad, Local Blackberry Vinaigrette, Avocado and Tahini Dressing; Quinoa, Cilantro and Black Bean Salad; Thai Peanut and Glass Noodle Salad; Marinated and Grilled Vegetable and Sicilian Olive Platter; Grilled Tofu Cacciatore; Garlic Braised Rapini and Kale; Chick Pea and Fennel Fries; and Forbidden Black Rice and Basil Risotto.
The event takes place Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. in the River City Café (formerly Greenhouse Restaurant) at 1590 Cliffe Ave. The dinner is by reservation only and includes coffee, tea, taxes and tips all for $20 for adults, $15 for kids aged five to 12 and free for kids under five.
To reserve, call Bob at Earthsave at 250-338-0751.
— Earthsave comox Valley