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.
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.
With a passion for the outdoors, Amy Laird grew up on the outskirts of the Rocky Mountains in Cranbrook, B.C. Amy brings with her a bundle of experience in various guest service and hospitality management roles
A move to Calgary is where Amy’s career in the restaurant industry began, working for Earls Restaurant Group. Amy shaped a strong foundation in the food and wine industry, focusing on her own passion for travel, gardening and anything artisan.
For the last three years, Amy has passionately worked her way through the ranks to become Manager at RauDZ Regional Table. As head of the Service team she is responsible for maintaining a superior standard of customer service and ensuring a positive experience for the guest. Her professionalism and poise has truly named Amy as one of the best in our industry.
An active member of the community, you will find Amy at numerous events, supporting local business and fundraising groups.
Growing up on a farm in the Okanagan Valley, Evelynn Takoff has always understood the relationship of farm to plate. As a toddler helping her parents around the farm feeding the animals and helping to prepare the meals, she had an early relationship to her food and developed a love for farm fresh ingredients. Evelynn has developed her love of the farm and food into an exciting culinary career.
Working her way up through the kitchen as an apprentice, to Sous Chef and then on as Chef de Cuisine with BC Restaurant Hall of Fame Chef Rod Butters at RauDZ Regional Table. Training with one of the most influential Chefs of Canadian cuisine, Evelynn has inherited the passion and food philosophy that is shaping her own identity as a Chef.
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!”