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The Nosh

A weekly show about the people, places and issues behind what we eat and drink. Hosted by Anya Levykh.

Episodes

Episode 176: Pluvio in Ucluelet

Episode 176: Pluvio in Ucluelet

In a remote town on the northern west coast of Vancouver Island lies a small but mighty restaurant that has become of one of the best in Canada. Pluvio in Ucluelet is run by a husband-and-wife team who have turned this tiny town into a dining destination. Anya chats with them about their love of rain, cooking, hospitality, fried chicken, fine dining, doughnuts, adventures with bears, and more.

Episode 175: Chef Clayton Fontaine of Tofino’s Wickaninnish Inn

Episode 175: Chef Clayton Fontaine of Tofino’s Wickaninnish Inn

Anya travels to Tofino to chat with Executive Chef Clayton Fontaine of The Wickaninnish Inn’s The Pointe Restaurant about cooking on the Wild Wet Coast vs. East Coast, how local and sustainable plays out on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, the extraordinary pace of changing menus, growing anything in a temperature rain forest, local suppliers, the Relais & Châteaux experience, and more.

Episode 174: Lila Arrives on Main Street

Episode 174: Lila Arrives on Main Street

Two much-lauded restaurateurs, Meeru Dhalwala of Vij’s and Rangoli, and Shira Blustein of The Acorn, have come together to open Lila on Main Street. They chat with Anya about the restaurant, the menus, working together, friendship, food sustainability, the culture and politics behind plant-based, vegetarian and flexitarian eating, avoiding labels, the concept of welcome, and more.

Episode 173: BC Wine & Fruit Harvest Update

Episode 173: BC Wine & Fruit Harvest Update

Bud break has arrived in the Okanagan, but this year’s harvest isn’t likely to produce the bumper crops of years past. Anya chats with BC wine and fruit growers about the current outlook, how this will impact wine and fruit production down the road, and how local consumers can support these local industries, including some fantastic experiences you can explore this summer.

Episode 172: The Rise of Zero-Proof Drinking

Episode 172: The Rise of Zero-Proof Drinking

Going out for a drink is starting to take on a new meaning. Gone are the days when choosing the non-alcoholic option meant going for pop or juice or perhaps sparkling water. The growing number of people seeking out low-alcohol or zero-proof options shows this is more than just a passing trend and restaurants and retailers are taking note. Anya chats with two purveyors of zero-proof beverages and discusses the intricacies behind making these non-alcoholic tipples.

Episode 171: Foraging with Mikaela Cannon

Episode 171: Foraging with Mikaela Cannon

Mikaela Cannon is an ardent nature enthusiast, forager and educator who recently published her book, Foraging as a Way of Life. She chats with host Anya Levykh about becoming comfortable in the wild, foraging in Sweden and Canada year-round, what to cook with your spoils, and more.

Episode 170: Restaurant Industry Next Steps

Episode 170: Restaurant Industry Next Steps

The challenges that the hospitality industry is currently facing are unprecedented, with more than half of all restaurants not only not making a profit, but not even breaking even. Anya chats with a panel of industry insiders about where we can go from here.

Episode 169: Sugar Shack at Bearfoot Bistro

Episode 169: Sugar Shack at Bearfoot Bistro

Anya chats with Bearfoot Bistro’s executive chef Dominic Fortin about his journey through the industry, cooking and pastry at Bearfoot, Sooke and other spots, the history of the sugar shack, and what’s on the menu this week.

Episode 168: Jane Squier of The Garden on Salt Spring Island

Episode 168: Jane Squier of The Garden on Salt Spring Island

‘Tis the season to celebrate citrus and Jane Squier grows a remarkable array of citrus in her Salt Spring Island greenhouse at The Garden. Anya chats with Jane about hardy citrus in cool-weather climates, anaerobic digestion, closed-loop environments, Buddha’s Hand and kaffir limes, passion projects, switching from lettuce and basil to citrus and avocados, heating (or not) in the cooler months, where to find her citrus (mainly at restaurants), and more.

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