Cowichan’s James Barber bash a feast for a cause

The 2014 James Barber bash will be a culinary celebration of the Cowichan Valley, and a fundraiser for Cowichan Green Community’s Teaching Kitchen.

On Sunday, Nov. 16 from 12-4 p.m. at the Old Firehouse Wine and Cocktail Bar in Duncan local food will be paired with Valley wines and ciders in a tradition that honours a former Cowichan resident and bestselling cookbook author, Canada’s late Urban Peasant.

Chef Bill Jones from Deerholme Farm is organizing the event. Jones has gathered talented local chefs, food, and wine and cider producers to put on a great meal. Each chef will feature local food in a separate course. Each course will be paired with local wine and cider to enhance the flavor profile of each. Local farmers have stepped up to donate food for the event, including exotic ingredients such as wild mushrooms and goat.

Jeff Downie, owner of the Old Firehouse Wine and Cocktail Bar, has donated the space for this event.

The beneficiary of this year’s event will be Cowichan Green Community’s Teaching Kitchen.

"The kitchen is in need of some new equipment," said CGC Executive Director Judy Stafford. "Our vision is for this kitchen to become a hub for food production and education. We are elated to team up with Bill Jones to make this vision a reality."

In addition to food, this afternoon event will feature a silent auction of memorable local experiences, and live entertainment.

Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased online through CGC’s website (www.cowichangreencommunity. org), or from CGC’s office (360 Duncan St.).

For more information on this event, or if you are a local farmer or wildcrafter who wishes to donate product, contact the Cowichan Green Community at 250-748-8506 or email vanessa@cowichangreencommunity. org