micro bar • bites in downtown Kelowna is an expansive 900 square feet of bar and small bites. Chef Butters jokes that the space is so small that “we don’t even capitalize the ‘m’ of micro!”
The compact space is designed around the unique bar built by local wood craftsman Will Brundula. Constructed from three species of reclaimed wood, the end cuts are put together like a jig-saw puzzle to create a one-of-a-kind surface that anchors the space. Will also constructed the trestle community table, front door and bar top at RauDZ Regional Table. Over the bar is suspended a 20-foot wooden chandelier complete with dozens of antiqued-style caged lights.
Surrounding this 65′ of bar is a grey stone wall that looks like it’s been part of the space forever and Italian-style plaster walls applied in a hundreds year-old four-stage technique. Soaring ceilings, Italian plaster and stone give micro a European feeling but Chef Butters ensures the casual attitude of the Okanagan remains.
This inviting space is designed by internationally acclaimed architect Timothy Bullinger from Arca3 Design Studio in Vancouver. Known for his unique and meticulous work and love of lighting. Bullinger has designed homes for stars like Phil Collins, Vidal Sassoon and Georges Marciano, as well as Vancouver restaurant Miku.
The European flavour extends to the glassware at micro with beer, cocktails and wine served in simple tumblers. No fancy stemware here. The creatively simple approach of micro bar • bites continues with a pared down bar and food menu, and the launch of barrel-aged hi-balls, with International beers and wines all offering guests a fresh experience. Chef Butters, along with RauDZ Creative Concepts Executive Chef Brock Bowes and their talented kitchen team at micro play with unique twists on a simple small bites menu that changes monthly.
micro bar • bites is open Tuesday – Saturday at 3:00 pm until late. micro is located at 1500 Water Street – just a few doors down from RauDZ Regional Table.
Chef/Owner Rod Butters is proud to call the Okanagan Valley home. He’s a strong proponent of “everything local” and supports many of the local farmers and food artisans that thrive in the valley. The importance of Rod’s commitment to establishing regional BC cuisine has earned him international respect. Long before it became “trendy” to serve regional food, Rod has always been committed to this effort. It’s because of this and his talents as a chef “at the top of his game” that in 2007 his peers inducted Rod into the B.C. Restaurant Hall of Fame. Chef Butters was recently inducted into the CCFCC Honour Society recognizing his contribution to his industry.
Since moving to Kelowna from the west coast, Rod has established a Four-Diamond restaurant (Fresco), gutted it and transformed it into one of the city’s prime hot dining spots – RauDZ©. Known for it’s casual atmosphere, RauDZ© has become a food destination with a loyal following.
The addition of micro bar ● bites is the latest project in the growing RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd. portfolio.
Summer 2017 saw the launch of a long awaited project from Chef Butters – his cookbook. Working with publisher Figure 1 in Vancouver, The Okanagan Table: The Art of Everyday Home Cooking boasts over 270 pages including 80 recipes and more than 120 photos. The recipes include some favourites from Butters including Oat Crusted Arctic Char, a classic on the menu at RauDZ Regional Table, the addictive Spring Pea Soup that celebrates that season in the valley and even a few cocktails to be enjoyed with appetizers and friends. Many of the dishes also have a suggested Okanagan wine, beer or cocktail pairings, selected by Audrey Surrao, a respected wine competition judge and co-owner of RauDZ Regional Table.You can learn more about the cookbook and even order your copy at www.ChefRodButters.com
Co-owner Audrey Surrao is passionate about the local wine industry and can be found conversing with winemakers throughout the region, constantly on the lookout for the “next great wine.” With a strong palate and nose, Audrey has the ability to source some of the Okanagan’s best wines and price it so that it can be enjoyed by anyone who cares about a great product.
Audrey is certified by WSET, an Internationally recognized wine and spirits certification authority. This certification is designed to give a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of the principal wines and spirits of the world combined with commercial factors and a system for the professional evaluation of wines and spirits. She graduated “With Distinction”, and this has resulted in requests for her participation as a Wine Judge in a number of wine competitions.
She has the ability to set a welcoming tone at the restaurant and her commitment to setting a high standard of service is legendary.
Audrey is excited to explore the flavours of an international wine portfolio for micro bar • bites making it distinctively different from the exclusively local beverage menu at RauDZ Regional Table.
micro a member of RauDZ© Creative Concepts Ltd.
Chef Rod Butters of RauDZ Regional Table and micro bar • bites is moving ahead with a project that has been long on his mind and close to his heart – his first cookbook. Working with publisher Figure 1 in Vancouver, The Okanagan Table: The Art of Everyday Home Cooking will hit the bookshelves in summer 2017.
“At its heart, this book is about my passionate relationship to food. I wrote this book, quite simply, for people who love to cook. It’s not intended to blow our minds or turn cooking into a lab experiment. Cooking should be inclusionary, not exclusionary. We gather in the kitchen because it’s comforting, and it harkens back to the happy feelings that a warm, aromatic kitchen instilled in us as kids” explains Butters.
As the name suggests, this cookbook is for the home cook. Butters states “I want you to get this book dirty – dog-ear the pages, write in the margins, stuff your grandmother’s best recipes for Swedish meatballs and zucchini loaf between the pages.”
The Okanagan Table: The Art of Everyday Home Cooking will boast over 270 pages including 80 recipes and more than 120 photos by local photographer, David McIlvride. The recipes include some favourites from Butters including Oat Crusted Arctic Char, a classic on the menu at RauDZ Regional Table, the addictive Spring Pea Soup that celebrates that season in the valley and even a few cocktails to be enjoyed with appetizers and friends. Many of the dishes also have a suggested Okanagan wine, beer or cocktail pairing, selected by Audrey Surrao, a respected wine competition judge and co-owner of RauDZ Regional Table.
Chef Butters is excited to be working with the publishing team at Figure 1 who are behind the top selling cookbooks in the marketplace producing books such as Araxi – Roots to Shoots, CinCin Wood Fired Cucina, The Dirty Apron Cookbook as well as the various chefs and their home city cookbooks, Montreal Cooks, Edmonton Cooks, Ottawa Cooks, etc.
You can learn more about the cookbook and even pre-order your copy here.
RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd. Is proud to welcome one of the South Okanagan’s most celebrated wine country restaurants, Terrafina at Hester Creek into it’s family of restaurants and bars.
Terrafina is a gorgeous Tuscan style restaurant nestled amongst the vines of Hester Creek Estate Winery in Oliver. This unique vineyard dining experience provides the perfect partner to be enhanced by the culinary and service expertise of RauDZ Creative Concepts. Set on the 105-acre Mediterranean-influenced grounds, views at Hester Creek are highlighted by the vineyard laden hills of the Golden Mile Bench and the estate boasts some of the oldest vines in the region. The coveted seats on the patio capture the Okanagan sunshine with a Tuscany-like view.
micro is located at 1500 Water Street, Kelowna – just a few doors down from RauDZ Regional Table
Call us at 778-484-3500
Open Tuesday – Saturday from 3:00 pm ’til late