Fonds OSC-ARC-38 - Chefs About Town video fonds

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Chefs About Town video fonds

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34 UMatic cassettes
1 wine label

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Gary Faessler is a winery sales and marketing representative, chef, food and wine writer, stylist, and photographer. He currently lives in Duncan, on Vancouver Island.
Chefs About Town was a community access television program that aired on Shaw and Rogers cable as well as the Knowledge Network from 1988 to 1994. Chefs was created, produced, and hosted by Gary Faessler, who traveled British Columbia to visit and interview chefs and winemakers. Chefs About Town, while recorded using rented Shaw and/or Rogers equipment and facilities, was wholly under the artistic and financial control of Gary Faessler.

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The fonds was donated to the Okanagan Special Collections and Archives in 2023 by the creator and producer of the television program, Gary Faessler.

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Fonds consists recordings of or materials relating to Chefs About Town 1998-1994. The programs promo touts it as “a cookery program that focuses on the foods and wines of [the] Pacific West Coast.” Each week, the host is joined by some of BC’s most talented food and wine professionals. The series explores diverse locations around BC, including air ballooning over Okanagan Valley vineyards and Canada’s only Champagne cave in Summerland. The program contains video footage of many Okanagan wineries and vineyards captured on location at places such as Gray Monk, Summerhill, Cedar Creek, Calona, Sumac Ridge, and many others.

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Compiled by Ariel Nicolaides and Paige Hohmann (2024)

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