February is Ocean Wise Month and We’ve Got Chowder!
Chef Ned’s Famous Chowder Returns for Pick Up at Naramata Inn for a Limited Time
Naramata Inn is joining Canada’s Ocean Wise Seafood Festival Ocean Wise with on of Chef Ned’s most popular dishes. This year’s version is a Salt Spring Island Mussel Chowder with clams, shrimp, golden potatoes, fennel and corn. Priced at $30, each one-litre container serves up to four, with $5 going to Ocean Wise. With only 50 available, you’ll need to act fast.
As the Inn currently closed for dining and lodging, the pre-frozen containers of chowder will be available for pick up from the Inn on Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. Order yours now by clicking here. Then vote for Ned’s chowder to receive the People’s Choice award here.
The Ocean Wise Seafood Festival is a month-long fundraising event celebrating sustainable seafood hosted by Ocean Wise partner businesses across the country. Each partner will be selling sustainable seafood chowders, dishes, fillets or packaged products, with part proceeds donated to the Ocean Wise Seafood program.
Every dollar raised during the Ocean Wise Seafood Festival ensures that everyone has the resources and guidance they need to support sustainable seafood systems, avoid overfished species, and limit bycatch and habitat damage. Collectively, our Ocean Wise choices make a difference for the fishers and farmers working to secure the health of our oceans, lakes and rivers for generations to come.
Shellfish and broth:
- 1/4 cup whole butter
- 1/2 diced white onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 bottle white wine
- 1 lb fresh BC clams (Little Neck, Savoury or Manila)
- 1 lb fresh mussels (Outlandish Shellfish Honey Mussels or Salt Spring Island)
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 small diced medium onion
- 2 cups Chilliwack corn kernels
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 bottle white wine (we use Naramata Bench white wine)
- 1 lb diced potatoes (we use Medley Organics from Summerland)
- 1 litre whole milk
- 1 litre cream (we use D Dutchmen Dairy in Sicamous)
- 2 lbs wild BC fish: BC salmon, BC halibut, BC hake, BC sablefish, and BC ling cod. You can use fresh or frozen, diced into 1” inch cubes
Broth and shellfish:
- Over medium-high heat in a medium-large pot, sauté the onions and garlic in the butter for two minutes, then add the clams and mussels and sauté for a further one minute.
- Add the white wine and cook for two minutes or until the clams and mussels are cooked and the shells pop open.
- Remove from heat and stop cooking immediately. With a basket strainer, strain the broth from the shells, keeping both the broth and the shellfish. Remove the clams and mussels from their shells, and set aside.
- In a medium pot over medium heat, sauté the onion with the canola oil for two minutes. Add the salt and corn and sauté another for five minutes.
- Add the salt and flour to the pot and cook for two minutes. Add the white wine, cook for two minutes. Add the diced potatoes and add the shellfish stock (see above) and cook for three minutes.
- Add the milk and cook for three minutes, then add the cream and cook for a further three minutes.
- Finally, add the fish and already cooked shellfish (see above) and simmer for three minutes.
- Ladle the chowder into a bowl, and top with some chopped fresh herbs and foraged sumac. Enjoy with some warm, crusty sourdough and some wonderful Naramata Bench white wine.
- Sumac: We don’t use lemons and limes at the Naramata Inn, we focus on hyper local and hyper seasonal ingredients and as such we forage, make or create other flavours to use in place of citrus. Verjus made from pressed and fermented fresh green grape juice, fresh chopped Sorrel, and foraged Sumac that stand in and perfectly represent the Taste of Place we are looking for her in Naramata. As we like to say, you can only have this dish or meal, here.