It kind of looks as though I put the cart before the horse on this one. I went ahead and showed you what I made for dinner without telling you anything about the guy who ate it! A little hasty to get this blog off the ground I'd say, but now I'll fill you in!
As a chef, I really appreciate being able to stop into one of the many local farmer's markets to pick up field/orchard fresh produce and then stop into a winery to grab a nice bottle of wine for the evening meal.
Penticton is also located on Okanagan Lake and attracts thousands of tourists every summer. It is a summer playground for people from around the world.
Here's a bit about me............
Mark Livingston began his culinary career in 1991 when he began a two year culinary management course at
After successfully completing his stint at
While working as Executive Chef of
From Whistler he headed south to Squamish to open the state of the art Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company. This was the ground up opening of a micro-brewery/fine dining room/brew pub/mountain inn, and
Out of this venture into “Cuisine à la Bière,” a cookbook was born. Livingston co-authored “Contemporary Brewhouse Cooking” which took a serious look at the brewing styles and brewing facilities of the Pacific Northwest as well as the many recipes he had labored over to create while developing his menus at the Howe Sound Inn & and Brewing Company. A spin off from the book had
After the birth of his son, Mark decided to change to a career which would afford him more time to spend with his family and went into the painting and decorating business as an independent contractor. His business, “Argyll Painting and Decorating,” quickly became a company known for precision workmanship and quality.
Mark and his family located to The Okanagan where he continued his contracting career. His reputation in Whistler followed him and the transition was effortless. Again, his personality enabled him to sell his services to his customers and he had more than enough business. He saw the opportunity to make his personality and his creativity work together to provide another service to his clientele and studied interior design for two years. “Livingston House Design and Décor” was added to the list of services that his business provided and he was able to employ his creativity, management skills and knowledge of the building trades in the opening of a second business.
With the construction boom in the Okanagan as well as the real estate frenzy throughout
Mark’s passion for food and wine have not diminished even though he is not presently working as a chef, nor have his skills fallen by the wayside. Mark plans, hosts and prepares theme dinners on a regular basis for a group of fellow culinarians and wine aficionados. Living in the Okanagan in the bosom of
Livingston continues to seek out opportunities to showcase his culinary, artistic, writing and interpersonal skills in order to bring to life the art of fine cooking and living well to all those who share his passion for a full flavored life.