Board of Trade

The Greater Westside Board of Trade elected its 2020 board of directors at its annual general meeting held at the Cove Lakeside Resort Jan. 15.

Seven restaurants on the Westside are part of over 50 restaurants participating in the 2020 Dine Around Thompson Okanagan, co-ordinated by the B.C. Restaurant and Foodservices Association.

The annual event attracts customers to restaurants during a traditionally slow time of year and presents budget-conscious diners with an opportunity to enjoy three-course, fixed-price menus at restaurants they haven’t tried before or at a familiar favourite.

Il Mercato Social Kitchen, 19 Okanagan Grill + Bar, Blu Saffron Bistro at Volcanic Hills Winery,

Lost Horn Mediterranean Grill, Old Vines Restaurant at Quails’ Gate,

the Red Fox Club at Indigenous World Winery and Sammy J’s Grill and Bar as well as the Gasthaus on the Lake in Peachland are all participating.

Over at Blu Saffron Bistro, diners can enjoy a three-course menu for $35. Entrée choices include beef short ribs, arctic char or chicken supreme.

Take in a three-course lunch for $35 at Old Vines at Quails’ Gate with mushrooms and celeriac risottoas as an option.

There are three price points at

19 Okanagan. Diners can opt for a $25, $35 or $45 three-course meal. The choice of starters and desserts remain the same for all meals and diners can chose entrée options such as a green curry rice bowl for a $25 meal, lobster mac and cheese for a $35 meal or filet of beef tenderloin for $45 meal.

Prices do not include taxes, gratuity or optional wine pairings.

Dine Around runs until Feb. 2.

For a complete list of participating restaurants and their Dine Around menus, go online to dinearound. ca.

New board at Board of Trade

The Greater Westside Board of Trade elected its 2020 board of directors as its annual general meeting at the Cove Lakeside Resort Jan. 15.

Returning to the board are Craig Garries of PostNet West Kelowna as president, Ray Kandola of City Furniture as secretary and directors Andrea East of Pushor Mitchell LLP and Sean Shepherd of Nucleus Strategies.

They are joined by Calvin Barr of Luxury Lake Tours as vice president; Amber Hall of Telus as second vice president; Sarah Sabo of Aries Accounting as treasurer and directors Julie Pringle of Snap Commercial Photography, Ed Stephens of West Kelowna Daybreak Rotary and Carmen Weld of the BC Cancer Foundation.

Ask the Expert about taxes and finances

The Greater Westside Board of Trade hosts an Ask the Expert session on Finance and Tax for its members from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Heritage Retirement Residence, 3630 Brown Rd.

Steven Cressman, a financial adviser with HSBC Bank Canada, Sarah Sabo, accountant at Aries Accounting, Alison Oxtoby, LLB TEP, corporate lawyer at Balmains Law, and Aaron Dodsworth accountant and tax adviser at WK Group, will be on hand to answer questions.

Participants will be assigned to a group of four or less.

Each group will sit down with one expert for a maximum 10 minutes to ask questions. Every 10 minutes, the groups will rotate and sit with a different expert.

The process will continue for about one hour, followed by a short time for networking.

For more information or to register, call the Board of Trade at 250-768-3378.

Bell Let's Talk Day happening Jan. 29

Bell Let’s Talk Day is set for Jan. 29.

As part of Let’s Talk Day Bell will donate toward mental health initiatives in Canada by contributing five cents for every tweet or retweet using the #BellLetsTalk hashtag, every time someone uses the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame, every time someone sends a snap on Snapchat using the Bell Let’s Talk filter and every time someone watches the

official video on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube or Snapchat.

As well, Bell will donate five cents to Canadian mental health initiatives for every text message sent by a Bell Mobility customer.

For more information, go online to

Barb Aguiar’s business column appears every two weeks in the Westside Weekly. Call 250-768-0129 or email