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 favorites 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.
Writing a cookbook is just the latest project in Butters’ storied career.
Following stints in well-known and respected restaurants from coast to coast and a year-long journey around the world in 2000, Chef Butters returned home to BC to share his culinary experiences and open the AAA 4 Diamond Fresco Restaurant & Lounge in Kelowna. As Chef /Proprietor, Butters has been instrumental in promoting the growth of culinary tourism in the Okanagan.
In 2009 he rebranded and introduced RauDZ Regional Table to Kelowna. A runaway success since the opening RauDZ is considered the Okanagan leader for local cuisine. In November 2013, Chef Butters opened another venture, micro bar & bites, a few steps away from RauDZ Regional Table, further deepening his roots in the Kelowna community and the development of the downtown core.
The Okanagan Table: The Art of Everyday Home Cooking is now available on Amazon.