New restaurant

Sharon Ferguson and Peter Contos, owners of the new Lost Horn Mediterranean Restaurant opening next week on Main Street in West Kelowna sit on the restaurant patio in front of the live wall.

The Lost Horn Mediterranean Grill at 2424 Main St. will be open next week to elevate the food experience in West Kelowna.

Owners Peter Contos and his wife Sharon Ferguson decided to open the restaurant when they saw a lack of a Mediterranean restaurant in West Kelowna.

Contos has been successful in the restaurant industry for years. His last restaurant was written up by James Barber, the Urban Peasant.

The 70-seat restaurant decorated in warm colours will offer Mediterranean flavours, with French, Spanish, Italian, Middle Eastern, Moroccan and Lebanese influences.

The Lost Horn will offer a core menu, but the features will change throughout the season.

Contos has hired two well-seasoned chefs, Richard Desnoyers, known as the wicked chef, and Konstantine Kiriopoulos, who will bring their talent and experience. .

Lunch will be a fast casual experience, with customers able to order items such as duck confit poutine, vegan poutine, falafels or gyros at the counter with staff bringing the order to their table.

At dinner, the atmosphere changes. Customers will be seated for full table service and have the option to sit back and be entertained by the chefs.

“Our chefs are the type that will mosey out into the dining room and say hello,” said Contos. Contos said the must-try menu items are the Grilled Lamb and the Tuna Salad Nicoise.

Because all the dishes are made fresh, they can be altered to suit vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, sensitivities or preferences.

Contos said they will be sourcing ingredients locally and using B.C. products when possible.

The 18-seat patio includes a live wall planted with herbs and flowers by Sharon.

The restaurant’s name pays homage to Amalthea and the Horn of Plenty.

In Greek mythology, Amalthea the goat nurtured the baby Zeus in a cave after his mother had hidden him to prevent his father Cronus from killing him.

One day Zeus accidentally broke off Amalthea’s horn.

He kept it and passed it to his daughter, the goddess of the harvest, and it became the Horn of Plenty,

an eternal symbol of abundance.

The Lost Horn will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday with dinner service only on Sundays.

Lunch and Learn

A lesson on dealing with bullying and harassment in the workplace will be presented during the Greater Westside Board of Trade’s next Lunch and Learn, June 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2372 Dobbin Rd.

Greg Pratch and Mark Grabas of Pushor Mitchell’s Employment Law Group will outline your legal duties, your responsibilities and investigation best practices.

This event is free for members and $10 for non-members.

Register under the events tab at

gwboardoftrade.com.

Business After Hours

The Greater Westside Board of Trade’s June Business After Hours networking event takes place Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Interior Savings at 3718 Elliot Rd.

Your $10 ticket includes two drink tickets and appetizers.

Taste wine on Dad's Day

Grizzli Winery at 2550 Boucherie Rd. in West Kelowna will be offering complimentary tastings all day to celebrate Father’s Day. For more information, go online to grizzliwinery.com.

Appreciation BBQ

The Greater Westside Board of Trade’s annual member appreciation barbecue takes place June 26 from

3 to 6 p.m. on the front lawn of the board for trade office at 2372 Dobbin Rd.

Members are invited to bring a friend, colleague or potential member. No children as alcohol will be served.

Register online at gwboardoftrade.

com under the events tab.

Ambassador sponsors

The 2019-20 Youth Ambassador Team was selected Saturday night. This year’s candidates were sponsored by businesses Fifth Avenue Auto, the West Kelowna Warriors,

Ms. Patty’s Westside Montessori Children’s Centre, Kizzmet Tourism, the Heritage Retirement Resident, Westwood Retirement Resort, Okanagan Implant and Dental

Centre and Nexus Fire and Safety Ltd.

As well, community groups such as the Westbank Lions Club and Peachland Little Theatre sponsored candidates. These sponsors make it possible for young people in West Kelowna to participate in the program.

Mount Boucherie Winery going organic

Brett Thiessen has joined Mount Boucherie Estate Winery as their manager of viticulture to oversee the winery’s 300-acres spanning across five vineyards in the Okanagan and the Similkameen.

Thiessen brings a wealth of experience in organic and biodynamic viticulture and will be working with the teams at both Mount Boucherie Estate Winery and sister winery Rust Wine Co. to implement sustainable, organic growing practices.

His goal is to start farming with nature instead of against it.

“The conversion to organic will take time, but we are starting this year by removing all synthetic chemicals from our vineyards in order to build a sustainable relationship with our soil and our vines,” said Thiessen.

For more information about Mount Boucherie Estate Winery, visit MtBoucherie.com.

Barb Aguiar’s business column appears every two weeks. Call 250-768-0129 or email westsidebusiness@telus.net.

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