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The 2015 workshop wouldn't exist without the support of the following partners.

We thank our main partner in the Okanagan Food & Wine Writers' Workshop, Tourism Kelowna.

Visit Tourism Kelowna's website. Follow @Tourism_Kelowna on Twitter. Like Tourism Kelowna on Facebook.


Guided, narrated and custom tours in the Okanagan.

Visit Distinctly Kelowna's Website. Follow @KelownaWineTour on Twitter. Like Distinctly Kelowna Tours on Facebook.


Visit BC Tree Fruit's Website. Follow @bctreefruits on Twitter. Like BC Tree Fruits on Facebook.


Visit Knifewear online. Follow @KelownaKnife @Knifenerd @KnifewearYOW and @KnifewearYEG on Twitter.


Visit Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villas' Website. "Like" Manteo on Facebook. Follow Manteo on Twitter.



Visit Hotel Eldorado's Website. "Like" Hotel Eldorado on Facebook. Follow Hotel Eldorado on Twitter.

Our other event-based partners are recognized in our schedule notes.


2014 Workshop Faculty Announced

And here they are: the 2014 Faculty! I'm thrilled that we'll have another amazing braintrust of award-winning, multi-disciplined writer-editors-authors that will guide our professional development sessions. Our round-table disucssions are themed, but tend to follow the questions and queries of the group. This year, we'll also be working on some new writing throughout the workshop -- no excuses! -- and you'll have a chance to work closely with an instructor to hone your piece of writing.

Anita Stewart was awarded a Doctor of Laws (Honouris causa) in 2011 from the University of Guelph’s College of Management & Economics and in 2012 was invested into the Order of Canada. She is the University of Guelph’s Food Laureate, a first for both Canada and the world. She is the first Canadian to earn a Master of Arts in Gastronomy from the University of Adelaide in South Australia; has authored or co-authored 14 books on Canadian foods and wines and is a regular on CBC Radio Radio. She is the Senior Editor of Taste and Travel Magazine and the founder/creator of Food Day Canada, a pan-Canadian event that celebrates the summer’s bounty in our most respected restaurants. 

Find her online at Anita Stewart. Follow Anita at @FoodDayCanada on Twitter. Follow Food Day Canada on Facebook. Follow Taste and Travel Magazine on Facebook. Follow Taste and Travel Magazine's Twitter feed.


Neal McLennan is the Food & Travel editor at Western Living Magazine and the spirits columnist at Vancouver Magazine. He's also a frequent contributor to such outlets as EnRoute, Cooking Light, BC Business and Seattle Magazine writing on topics ranging from first growth Bordeaux to the glass ceilings at corporate law firms. He lives in Vancouver with his wife Amanda Ross and their two young daughters.

Follow Neal McLennan on Twitter @WLSips. Like Western Living Magazine on Facebook. Follow Western Living Magazine on Twitter.

Julie Van Rosendaal is a the author of six best-selling cookbooks, the latest being Alice Eats: a Wonderland Cookbook she co-authored with chef-illustrator Pierre Lamielle. Julie is also the food editor of Parents Canada magazine and a freelance writer, contributing regularly to local, national and international publications. She's the food and nutrition columnist on the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One, co-host of It’s Just Food on the OWN television network, and is the co-editor (with Elizabeth Booth) of, an online magazine that talks to bands and musicians about what they like to cook and eat. Julie is a food photographer and stylist for various print campaigns, and she is perhaps best known as the writer/photographer for her award-winning food blog,, which documents real life in her home kitchen in Calgary, Alberta with her husband, Mike, and 8 year old son, Willem.

Follow @DinnerwithJulie on Twitter. Join Dinner with Julie's page on Facebook.


A freelance writer based in Penticton, BC, above the Naramata Bench, Roslyne Buchanan is a regular contributor on topics such as food and drink, travel, and lifestyle in media such as Food & Wine Trails, The Field Guide, Savour, Niche, Destinations Travel Magazine,, and After retiring from The City of Calgary as communications strategist in environmental and safety management 2009, she moved back to where her journalism career began as a Penticton Herald reporter/photographer in 1978/79. Highly enthusiastic about the Okanagan lifestyle, she is perpetually enchanted by the food and wine industry and all things culinary as well as recreational pursuits such as travel, golfing, skiing, hiking, tennis and snorkeling. Now she is convinced she has found the perfect balance to pursue her passion for writing with integrity and joy to share firsthand experiences.

Most of her adventures are shared with her husband, Mark and when they’re not out exploring, they are managed by two felines Baja and Floyd. Find her personal blog at and/or follow her on twitter @RozDB


Nancy Wise is the owner of Sandhill Book Marketing Ltd., a Kelowna-based book distribution company formed in 1984. For 30 years, the company has specialized in the sales and distribution of independently published and small press books. Sandhill has a large retail customer base of independent bookstores, chain stores and specialty accounts across the country.  Some of Sandhill’s bestsellers include Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking (over 170,000 copies sold), the bestselling Whitewater Cooks series and Rebar Modern Food Cookbook among many others.

In addition to managing the distribution company, Nancy has also published five titles under the imprint of Sandhill Publishing. She is the co-author of the highly successful How to Self Publish and Make Money with Marion Crook which, until it went out of print after selling almost 10,000 copies, served as an introduction to the Canadian book industry for those who are new to it. View Sandhill's catalogue of books online at


Jennifer Cockrall-King is a food culture writer, splitting her time between Edmonton, Alberta, and the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. She is the Consumption columnist for Eighteen Bridges magazine, and writes for other publications such as Maclean’s, Western Living, NUVO, and enRoute magazine. She is the author of Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and The New Food Revolution. In 2009, she began a side-project to create a professional development opportunity for culinary writers of all levels to the inspiring wine-soaked Okanagan Valley. She is grateful for all the support she gets to bring The Okanagan Food & Wine Writers' Workshop to life once a year.

Jennifer's website is badly neglected but can be found at She shares Okanagan-related news and links at @foodwinewriters and Edmonton food and urban agriculture news @jennifer_ck much more regularly. She encourages everyone to follow Food and Wine Writers Workshop on Facebook.



2013 Workshop Instructors

I've corralled another great team of experienced, award-winning, multi-talented writers, editors, and authors as our professional development instructors. Our round-table disucssions are themed, but tend to follow the questions and queries of the group. This year, we'll also be working on some new writing throughout the workshop, and you'll have a chance to work closely with an instructor to hone your piece of writing on the last day.


AMY ROSEN is a James Beard nominated journalist and the acting food editor at Chatelaine magazine. Her weekly "Dish" recipe column runs in the National Post. She's a regular contributor to enRoute, Food & Wine, Food Arts, Maclean's, Cooking Light, and the Globe & Mail, among others. A story Amy wrote appears in the American anthology, the "Best Food Writing", and her first novel, "Indigestion" will be released soon. Follow Amy on Twitter and at


SHELLEY BOETTCHER is the executive editor of Wine Access magazine, and a wine columnist at the Calgary Herald. Her stories have appeared in magazines and newspapers around the world. She holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and an intermediate wine and spirits certificate from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Her second wine book, Uncorked: The Definitive Guide to Alberta's Best Wines $25 and Under, will be released in November 2012. Her favourite wine? Whatever she's drinking at the moment. Follow Shelley on Twitter and at

CURTIS GILLESPIE is the editor and co-founder of Eighteen Bridges magazine. His writing has appeared in magazines worldwide, and he is the author of five books, most recently Almost There: The Family Vacation Then and Now. Follow Curtis on Twitter.


JENNIFER SCHELL s a food and wine writer, columnist, editor of B.C. Food & Wine Trails Magazine and author of the best-selling cookbook, The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker – An Okanagan Cookbook. Described by Schell as a 'love letter to all who have created, grown and nurtured our special 'place on this earth', this book celebrates the Okanagan's food culture and cuisine.  With more than 120 contributions from the Okanagan's best chefs, winemakers and food producers, it brings together the remarkable traditions and kitchen innovations of the Okanagan Valley, a region quickly establishing itself as a culinary destination.


Jennifer Cockrall-King, author of Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution, blogger at, "Consumption" columnist for Eighteeen Bridges, writing instructor, and founder/producer of the Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop.


But wait...


What about our social media guru, Allison Markin, of All She Wrote consulting?

She'll be doing her own award-winning Eat. Drink. Tweet. social media conference on Sunday, April 28. Separate registration will be required. (Coming shortly!)

Allison Markin, social media and wine maven and principal at All She Wrote Consulting, brings her full  "Eat.Drink.Tweet." social media bootcamp to Kelowna for one-day only, Sunday, April 28, 2013, at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre from 9 a.m to 4:30 pm. Click through to for full Eat. Drink. Tweet. deets and to register. (You must register separately for Eat. Drink. Tweet. as this is a separate event. Pricing and registration details coming shortly.



2012 Workshop Instructors

(Computer gremlins erased the original posting for the 2012 Instructors, but they were all so lovely and helpful. Here they are again.)





2012 Workshop Instructors, to be announced shortly

Every workshop, I try to get the best mix of instructors assembled for our professional development learning sessions. In the past, we've had an amazing roster. Here are the Instructor bios from workshops past.

2010 Workshop Media Experts / Instructors:

Dianne Jacob is a writing coach, editor, and author. Her blog, Will Write for Food: Pithy Snippets about Food Writing, covers food writing trends and technique. She started it in 2009 as a way to update her book, Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Articles, Memoir, and More. Re-issued in July 2010, the book won the Cordon D’Or International award for Best Literary Food Reference Book. Dianne is also the co-author of Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas, with chef Craig Priebe. She has been self-employed since 1996 after a career as a top editor, and coaches writers across the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. She teaches classes on food writing and book publishing in the San Francisco Bay Area and online at Leite’s Culinaria. Dianne has also taught for the Smithsonian Institute and UCLA’s Journalism Department, and has spoken at The Symposium for Professional Food Writers at the Greenbrier and at the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) annual conferences. She judges for the James Beard Foundation, for the IACP's annual cookbook awards, and has also judged the Bert Greene Award for Food Journalism. A feature she wrote about food blogs was a finalist for a Bert Greene award in 2007. See her website,, for more information.

Liane Faulder is The Edmonton Journal’s food columnist and appears in the Bistro section on Wednesdays, and on Saturdays in Lifestyle. She is also food columnist for CBC radio’s afternoon program in Edmonton, Radio Active. During her career at The Edmonton Journal, Liane has been a life columnist, a city columnist, and a television critic as well as a senior feature writer for the paper's weekly flagship feature section, Sunday Reader. A graduate of Ryerson University’s school of journalism, Liane has worked at CBC radio and CBC television and has been a regular contributor to CBC's local and syndicated national service. Liane's first book The Long Walk Home:  Paul Franklin's Journey from Afghanistan, was published in 2007 and chronicled the inspiring recovery of an Edmonton soldier who lost two legs in a suicide bombing. An award-winning reporter, Liane's features have been published in Reader's Digest, Today's Parent, Venture and Chatelaine magazines. In 2006, her personal essay, About the Boys, was published in the best-selling Canadian anthology, Dropped Threads 3.

Born in Vancouver, Claudia Cusano is Italian by blood, and thus grew up with a love of food, family, and friendship. The food served at the countless dinner tables of a generation of Italian-Canadian immigrants informed her gastronomic motto: I’d rather not eat if it’s not good food. Her first job was scooping gelato at a local fair and the addiction to gelato—not ice-cream—has never waned. Claudia is a graduate of sociology from the University of British Columbia and holds a degree in speech and drama from Trinity College London in England. Claudia is currently the editor for NUVO magazine, a lifestyle magazine for the Canadian sophisticate.

Jennifer Cockrall-King decided that the Okanagan was too good not to share with as many food and wine writers as possible, so she has spent the last several months organizing The Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop. Jennifer is a food writer with over 13 years of contributing to publications in Canada and the US. In 2000, she began cataloguing her work at She entered the blogosphere in 2007 at In 2006, Jennifer was short-listed for Cuisine Canada’s Best Food and Drink writing in Canada, and in 2007, Canada’s national association of chefs and cooks awarded Jennifer the national Sandy Sanderson food-writing award. In 2008, Western Living named her as one of the “Top 40 Foodies Under 40.” She teaches food writing courses with MacEwan’s Writing Works in Edmonton and at UBC Okanagan. She is truly grateful for all of the people who are participating in and attending this workshop. See you in September!

Rhys Pender, former owner of the Okanagan Grocery in Kelowna, is a wine educator, freelance wine writer, wine judge and consultant to the industry. Rhys is the instructor for all of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and educational programs for Wine Plus+. To ensure a full understanding of wine in its key context, with food, Rhys has also completed a professional culinary diploma. Rhys is a regular contributor on wine to publications Wine Access, Scout Magazine, CityFood and Montecristo. In 2008, Rhys was named by Western Living magazine as one of the "Top 40 Foodies Under 40" in Western Canada. In 2010, Rhys became the 4th Master of Wine (MW) in Canada.

2009 Workshop Instructors: tv host / cookbook author and internet blogging sensation Calgary’s Julie Van Rosendaal; award-winning travel writer, former editor at enRoute magazine, Craille Maguire Gillies from Edmonton (now writing from and living in London, UK); Vancouver’s Whitecap books cookbook editor Taryn Boyd; food editor and Toronto-based author Michele Sponagle; and the Okanagan’s own wine educator, Rhys Pender of Wine Plus +.