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May 11, 2010
RauDZ Regional Table Celebrates Asparagus

(From the Press Release.)

If you Google ‘asparagus recipes’, a whopping 3,230,000 recipes are at your fingertips. Poems are written about it, grown men dress up in asparagus costumes to signal the season and there is even a Kick “ass”pargus fun/run held in Michigan.

Asparagus is celebrated around the world with festivals in Qatar, South Africa, California and Germany, and now Chef Rod Butters at RauDZ Regional Table in Kelowna is honouring this inspirational sign of spring with an Asparagus Celebration of his own.

A leader in the Okanagan for serving fresh, local produce year round, Chef Butters wanted to create his own event in the restaurant to celebrate this incredible vegetable. Over the course of the short season he will serve more than 1000 lbs of asparagus, all from Duggan Farms in Winfield, B.C.

Duggan Farms is one of the dozens of small family farms that provides produce to the restaurant. And they focus on one singular ingredient…asparagus.

This versatile vegetable is not strictly a side dish in this celebration but is the featured ingredient in a range of Chef Butters’ seasonal creations. Long considered a wine-challenged ingredient, co-owner and WSET graduate, Audrey Surrao, has paired each of the featured asparagus dishes with local wines, challenging the usual convention by pairing the green spear with different varietals including Hester Creek Merlot, and Van Westen Vineyards, “Vino” Grigio.

RauDZ Regional Table will be celebrating the asparagus of Duggan Farms while the season lasts. So drop by with your asparagus poem, or even in your asparagus costume and we’ll all
celebrate the arrival of spring produce with this delicious ingredient.
You know, when you get your first asparagus, or your first acorn squash, or your first really good tomato of the season, those are the moments that define the cook's year. I get more excited by
that than anything else”. Mario Batalli

RauDZ Regional Table is owned and operated by the award winning team of Chef Rod Butters and Audrey Surrao. Located in the Okanagan Valley, an area described by Chef Butters as the
“ultimate chefs playground”, the menu focuses on fresh, regional cuisine with fun presentation.

RauDZ© Regional Table is located at 1560 Water Street, in downtown Kelowna, BC.
Open 7 days a week from 5:00 pm.
Follow Chef Butters on Twitter @raudz
Follow Audrey Surrao on Twitter @raudzbar

Contact: Audrey Surrao,

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