Fall cooking classes offered at VIU's Deep Bay Marine Field Station

Fall cooking classes at the Deep Marine Field Station include not only shellfish harvested in the region, like these oysters, but also holiday baking and Tuscan cooking.

November 3, 2014 - 1:30pm

From Tuscan cooking, to delicious holiday baking, to how to prepare fish and shellfish –  this is a sampling of new fall cooking classes Saturdays at Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Deep Bay Marine Field Station. 

“We’re excited to announce fall cooking classes in November and December taught by award-winning chef instructors,” says Stephanie Richards, Facilities Coordinator at the Field Station.

Award-winning VIU Culinary Arts Chef Debbie Shore will teach an authentic Tuscan cooking class called ‘Buona Sera Rustic Italian’ Nov. 8 from 2 to 5 pm. “Fancy sauces aren’t needed because Tuscans love pure, strong flavours and the freshest of ingredients,” says Shore. The class includes a tasting dinner with Italian flair and a glass of wine.

Tired of baked salmon? Come and learn new ways to prepare the local catch in a ‘Bounty of the Sea’ cooking class while enjoying the beautiful view of Baynes Sound. Resident Red Seal Chef Lila Ruzicka will demonstrate cleaning, filleting, and different cooking methods for fish and shellfish Nov. 15 from 2 to 5 pm. The class includes a four course tasting meal and a glass of wine.

“Anyone who wants to take home Christmas goodies will love the ‘Holiday Baking with Spirits’ class Dec. 6 from 1 to 4pm,” says Richards. Participants will learn how to make apricot and white chocolate biscotti, dark rum truffles and hot Belgian chocolate. 

“The Field Station is one of the most beautiful and scenic venues on Vancouver Island. While learning how to cook, we hope guests will make time for a self-guided tour of the Station to learn about marine science through colourful exhibits, large public aquaria and touch tanks teeming with marine life collected from local BC waters.”

Each class is $60 per person, plus tax. Call 250.740.6611 to pre-register or for more information. Space is limited.  

VIU’s Deep Bay Marine Field Station is located in Bowser, an hour and 20 minute drive north of Nanaimo. For detailed directions or more information, visit www.viu.ca/deepbay.



As a key research facility for VIU, the Deep Bay Marine Field Station is fast becoming a popular tourism destination for the region. Open daily to the public from 10 am to 4 pm with nominal admission fees, the facility provides hands-on learning opportunities to educate school children, community members and other groups about marine science.

The Field Station supports coastal and marine research related to sustainable shellfish aquaculture development, preservation of coastal ecosystems and interdisciplinary projects involving local communities. With panoramic ocean and mountain views, and on-site culinary facilities, the Field Station is a popular venue for weddings, celebrations, conferences, workshops and other special events.

Field Station staff arrange interpretive tours for school and community groups and individuals, customized workshops, birthday parties, overnight programs or private tours and sunset dinners.

The building, awarded LEED Platinum certification, is an attraction in itself with a distinctive clamshell shaped roof and unique sustainability features. For more details visit www.viu.ca/deepbay


Janina Stajic, Manager, Vancouver Island University

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