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 growing RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd. portfolio now includes RauDZ Regional Table, micro bar & bites, Sunny’s Modern Diner and Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ.
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.
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