It is with great pleasure that we announce a new concept and menu change at Joie Picnique for the coming 2018 season: Le Comptoir at Joie Picnique.
This summer our owner and winemaker Heidi Noble will be returning to her culinary roots with the support of our core staff and her partner, JJ Skidmore, using our wood burning oven to serve rotating small-plate offerings of European-inspired snacks to accompany our European-inspired wines.
Le Comptoir at Joie Picnique is not a restaurant, rather a beautiful outdoor salon to sit casually or throw down a blanket amongst the heritage fruit trees and orchard to enjoy wine country snacks and a bottle of wine. We will serve classic European dishes highlighted with fresh seasonal produce from our garden, local growers and the Penticton Farmer's Market. Guests can expect an ever-changing menu of small dishes such as: wood-fired marinated sardines, Vancouver Island escargot with garlic pistou, wood-fired lamb ribs with apricot harissa, local sausages with homemade choucrôute, wood-oven bean pots with heritage grains, homemade ricotta with local honey and rosemary, pissaladière, tarte flambée, and charcuterie of cheese, olives, smoked nuts and lightly-cured fish.
We know our Neopolitan-style pizza will surely be missed, but it is our intention as an integrated team of food lovers (all of whom love to cook and eat!) to provide a menu that can better speak to our local terroir and evolving food culture on the West Coast of Canada. It is our intention to cultivate this culture on our lawn this summer.
Le Comptoir at Joie Picnique Hours
Open 12pm to 4pm Thursdays to Sundays (weather dependent)
Closed Mondays to Wednesdays
Saturday to Sunday starting May 19th with Chef Heidi Noble, JoieFarm Winery owner & winemaker
Célébration de la Vie was created in memory of our friend, collaborator and prolific artist, Dale Nigel Gobel, as a celebration of his life and works. Dale created JoieFarm’s labels and graphics for 19 years, including the original Joie logo doodle in 2001. His ‘look and feel’ has permeated the spirit of JoieFarm for two decades strong and this special wine was inspired by him and intended to celebrate springtime and the renewal that comes with this hopeful season.
Joie was built on the backs of restaurants. For those of you who are new to the brand or don’t know the story of the winery, Joie had humble restaurant origins started by a cook and a waiter. Literally...
On my table today is love, abundance and presence. One of the silver linings of our current situation is the opportunity to sit quietly and be present with our families and share a meal. A good meal - one that took hours together to prepare.