Conscientious Cooks VII (Sooke Harbour House)
The Sooke Harbour House is a 28-room inn in Sooke, British Columbia which has been owned and operated by Frederique and Sinclair Philip since 1979. The inn is home to a restaurant that has led the way in Canada (if not North America) in the practice of sourcing local and wild-crafted foods. The restaurant even goes so far as to cultivate their own herbs and salad greens right on the property. The Sooke Harbour House also employs area-farmer Jill Winstanley to produce food on the inn’s 1.5 acre farm. The restaurant also maintains a long list of local suppliers and in February 2010, Deconstructing Dinner’s Jon Steinman visited the restaurant to learn more about the restaurant’s unique approach.
Carlo Petrini & Slow Food Canada
Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Slow Food has over 100,000 members in 132 countries. In this segment we hear a talk from Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini and discuss the Slow Food Canada organization with Canada’s international representative Sinclair Philip.
Sinclair Philip, co-owner, Sooke Harbour House (Sooke, BC) –
Since 1979, Sinclair and his wife Frederique have owned and operated the Sooke Harbour House – a 28-room inn and restaurant. Sinclair grew up in Ontario and has spent considerable time in France. He is the past-president of Slow Food Canada and is currently a member of Slow Food Vancouver Island and is Canada’s international representative to Slow Food International.
Byron Cook, head gardener, Sooke Harbour House (Sooke, BC) –
Byron is an organic gardener who has worked for many years leading a dedicated team at the Sooke Harbour House.
Mary Alice Johnson, farmer, ALM Organic Farm (Sooke, BC) –
Mary Alice is an experienced farmer, seed-saver and educator in the southern Vancouver Island food community. Along with Marika Nagasaka, Mary Alice operates ALM Organic Farm. From the farm they also operate Full Circle Seeds – a producer of certified organic seeds for farmers and gardeners. Mary Alice is also involved in a number of unique educational programs including apprenticeship programs such as S.O.I.L (aka Stewards Of Irreplaceable Land).
Amy Rubidge, farmer, Barefoot Farm (Sooke, BC) –
Amy’s farm is focused solely on egg production and she is the primary egg supplier to the Sooke Harbour House.
Carlo Petrini, international president / founder, Slow Food (Italy) –
Carlo is from the the Italian region of Bra and developed the Slow Food organization in the 1980s after taking part in a campaign againt fast-food giant McDonald’s who was at the time opening a restaurant in Rome.
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