Okanagan's Finest, formed in 2002, brings together the talents, skills, and more than 20 years experience of chefs Ryan B. Smid and Travis P. Hackl.
“The idea of offering our product beyond the restaurant niche is what prompted us to embark on this venture,” says Hackl. “In our various restaurant kitchens and through our catering experience, we have served a number of vinaigrettes that have received rave reviews. We took this feedback and developed two of our favorites for the market place. Response was so great that we decided to expand the line.”
“As trends shift away from over-processed foods, consumers are seeking smaller, artisan food producers who provide healthier alternatives,” says Smid. “We have always been inspired by this region’s natural bounty and our dressings have been developed to respond to a demand for natural products and wholesome ingredients.”
So, Okanagan's Finest was born and in a very fortuitous location—the heart of the Okanagan Valley, an area that abounds with small artisan food producers who can supply fresh, natural, flavourful ingredients.
Chefs Smid and Hackl have taken their delicious products to consumers beyond the Okanagan Valley, to Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary.
Another passion of the chefs of Okanagan's Finest is working with event coordinators to develop personalized menus for catered events. Their catering menus reflect the same philosophy as their vinaigrettes: thoughtful combinations of full-flavoured ingredients from small, artisan food producers.