Chef AK shares preview of menu in advance of winery opening
TIME Winery is pleased to announce the appointment of chef, Alexander Keith Campbell (chef AK). As the newest creative force behind TIME Winery, chef AK oversees the small plate program at the highly-anticipated downtown Penticton location, along with the culinary program at Evolve Cellars.
With more than 15 years of experience in the kitchen, chef AK’s humble culinary adventure began back home in Nova Scotia, where he spent much of his time in the kitchen with his parents and grandmother.
After graduating from the Culinary Arts Program at the Culinary Institute of Canada in Charlottetown PEI, chef AK moved west to pursue his love of cooking. With his talents and passion, chef AK led culinary teams in boutique hotels and ski lodges such as the Naramata Heritage Inn and Spa, Truffle Pigs Bistro & Lodge, and Heather Mountain Lodge Resort. Prior to joining TIME Winery, chef AK was assistant director of culinary operations for Vintage Hospitality.
Chef AK’s passionate and his charismatic personality shines beyond his food. He has a full sleeve tattoo that consists of pinup girls in chef clothes paired with bountiful fruits, vegetables, eggs and bacon. This speaks to the dedication and wit that chef AK has put into his career and passion.
“My culinary approach is simple. I cook food that is big on flavour, bold, and fun. However, the most important is that no matter what I prepare, the experience that I deliver for guests will be one that I want to receive.” shares chef AK.
At TIME Winery, chef AK will collaborate with Harry McWatters and Christa-Lee McWatters to develop pairings on both winery menus that achieve a sense of balance and harmony, while ensuring both the wine and food enhance one another to showcase the best components of each.
“TIME Winery could profoundly change the food scene in Penticton. I’m excited to work with the team because there is a unified vision and a heritage of quality and dedication that I want to be a part of.”
With that in mind, chef AK shares a sneak peek of what you can expect on the menu at the new TIME Winery, set to open in downtown Penticton this summer.
“Grab a glass of wine and order one of the ‘breads and boards’ which consist of local and international cheeses, breads, charcuterie and antipasti. If you like variety, try a selection of small plates, such as Chickpea Frites with charred onion salt, basil and garlic yogurt sauce; or a short rib hush puppy complete with roast corn batter and a spicy tomato jam.”
With construction nearing completion, the TIME Winery and kitchen is counting down to its opening. Follow TIME Winery on Facebook for exact opening date.
About TIME Winery:
While the literal definition of TIME may be elusive, it is an observed phenomenon which allows us to honour key moments in our shared journey through life. With 50 vintages of experience in the South Okanagan, the team knows that our unique terroir can offer the right wine to celebrate any occasion. TIME Winery is committed to creating wines that express the unique flavours of Okanagan wine country.
Built within a revitalized historic theatre in downtown Penticton, the heart of South Okanagan wine country, the new TIME Winery opens in 2018.
Sip the latest vintages, which offer expressive and elegant flavours of Okanagan terroir while you explore the inner workings of a fully-functional winery. Complete the experience at the tasting bar and lounge, or with your guests on the intimate outdoor patio. TIME Winery’s full kitchen and event space provide a unique venue for your next public or private event.
For more information, visit timewinery.com.
Press release and images: TIME Winery, photo credit Chris Stenberg