Farm to Table Dinners, Events and Classes
Upcoming Culinary Events:
- Spring Wild Food Forage Workshop – March 15th, 2014 – learn to wildcraft and forage
- Spring Wild Foods Dinner – March 22, 2014 – First harvest of wild foods, seafood etc.
- Spring Wild Food Forage Workshop – March 29th, 2014 – learn to wildcraft and forage
- Morel and Island Seafood Dinner – April 26th, 2014 – Spring treats
Deerholme Farm has delighted food lovers for the past 8 years. In that time we’ve created original dishes for local food dinners, cooking classes and many regional events. We feature local food from the Cowichan Valley and offer Farm-to-Table cuisine.
Our dishes are created specifically for each event and are based on seasonal products and a global style of food; often blending European and Asian techniques. We post new events throughout the year. Click on an event in the right hand column for more details. Sign up for our newsletter to get updates delivered to your inbox.
- Local Seasonal Food Events (mushrooms, French country cooking, etc)
- Hands-on Cooking Classes
- Wild Food Forages in the spring and fall (mushrooms)
- Offsite Catering for selected events
- Food and Wine Consulting and Advice
- Food Writing and Photography
Bill Jones is the owner / chef who has an amazing array of experiences behind him. Bill has cooked in Michelin-starred restaurants in France and England. Locally he is a renowned expert on the foods of the Pacific Northwest. His specialty is wild foods from the forest, fields and oceans.
Jones is a leader in the local food movement. He is involved with many businesses and non-profit initiatives that promote the region and encourage sustainability.
Bill is the author of 11 books and a busy teacher and wild food expert. In the spring of 2013 Bill published The Deerholme Mushroom Book (TouchWood Editions). This book has been acclaimed as an instant classic and is filled with great recipes, tips and information on wild and cultivated mushrooms. In April of 2014, bill will publish a companion volume The Deerholme Foraging Book (Touchwood Editions). This book focuses on the world of wild foods and wildcrafting with recipes based on mushrooms, plants, sea vegetables and shellfish.
Magnetic North Cuisine is his consulting side. Projects include sustainable business development, community economic development and local food business start-up. We also create and manage events including the Cowichan Bay Spot Prawn Festival; helped start Feast of Fields and helped manage the 2010 Canadian Chefs Congress at Providence Farm.
Our dinners, in particular, have been profiled in outstanding publications such as Gourmet Magazine, Saveur, Harrowsmith, Travel & Leisure and featured in many other prominent media outlets.
“… Jones is passionate about the island and seems to know his environment’s every plant, history and anecdote. His enthusiasm and erudition are obvious in the cooking at Deerholme Farm. A recent meal, for example was an interpretation of a potlatch, the traditional feast of the indigenous peoples. … Full of flavours, it was a surprising meal, but then, this area is full of surprises.” Gourmet Magazine
” There’s no doubt that this is one of the best entries into the burgeoning Cowichan Valley food community – a chance to taste the finest local food in the land, along with some fascinating company. It’s a magical little place – and it’s not just the mushrooms.” The Globe and Mail
“… if Bill Jones is hosting one of his monthly themed dinners, book ahead at Deerholme Farm. Jones, a supremely talented chef, is also a passionate forager, and wild mushrooms are often the highlight of his tasting menus, served in his cozy farmhouse. Working with a single sous-chef, Jones puts a French and Asian spin on farm-to-table cooking: a recent meal included a Chinese-style duck with hoisin sauce made from Deerholme’s own squash, and a hen-and-egg dumpling soup infused with fresh ginseng and wasabi from the garden.” Travel and Leisure
Events are on selected Saturdays through the year.
We are open by appointment only
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