Joy Road (Part 2/2): Dinner at God's Mountain


Very few places can live up to a name like "God's Mountain," but God's Mountain Estate in the Okanagan has done just that.  Dana and I had the privilege of attending a Joy Road dinner there, a small inn and vineyard located in the hills east of Skaha Lake


God’s Mountain looks like a little Greek villa, surrounded by vines and fruit trees and a view that literally shimmers as the sun hits the lake.  Each Thursday and Sunday during the summer, the Joy Road team hosts long-table Alfresco dinners there, and late into the evening guests dine on Okanagan fare paired with local wines. 


They’d already sold out the only dinner we were able to attend, but the team graciously squeezed us in by setting up a table for two in God’s Mountain’s new outdoor kitchen.  A DREAM KITCHEN.  I've often joked that I'll never be able to afford to build a whole house, so maybe I'll just build a kitchen.  If I do, it will be this one. 


Inside this kitchen, the Joy Road crew worked hard all night – when guests arrived the weather was drizzling, so they moved everything inside.  As soon as the sun returned, they moved everyone back out, all while preparing an epic five-course meal in two kitchens. 


Honestly, this was one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten.  I don’t know if I’ve ever had food that’s combined such high-quality ingredients with this kind of attentive, skilled cooking. 


There wasn’t anything I would have changed, which is rare (if almost impossible) for someone who loves food as much as I do, and Dana and I barely talked as we ate.  There were too many flavours to love, too many pairings to appreciate. 


Here’s what we ate, followed by more pictures from the evening.  Cheers to God’s Mountain for hosting, to the Okanagan producers whose food we ate, and to Joy Road for working so incredibly hard.  Many chefs make meals, but only a few manage to make meals we’ll always remember.  Thanks for being the latter. 


-Dana’s homemade bread with organic Canadian wheat.


-Spanish-style roasted olives with fennel and citrus
A tasting of Cameron’s housemade charcuterie
Baby vegetables
Pork rillet with apple butter
-Paired with God's Mountain Wild Goose Riesling


-Minestrone verde with asparagus, freshly-shelled English peas, basil, watercress, lemon zest


-Charcoal grilled leg of lamb rubbed with roasted garlic and herbs
Braised beet greens with cream, Dijon, and quince paste
Tapenade aioli
-Paired with Pentage "Hiatus"


-Panzanella (Tuscan bread salad) with roasted red peppers, parsley, basil, anchovy, and capers (my favourite dish of the night)


-Roasted broccoli with espellete peppers and lemon


-Nicoise-style salad with beans, cherry tomatoes, and potatoes


-A salad from their musician/farmer friend, Jordan


 -Black Forest cake with sour cherries from God’s Mountain and locally-made Kirsch; Lemon pot de crème; locally roasted coffee and fresh chocolate mint tea