Farm Fresh Dining Family StyleAt Echo Valley, we believe that the best possible way of serving farm fresh food to our guests is to know where everything we serve is grown and raised, so we fully embrace the 100-Metre-Diet. We are proud to raise our own cattle, pigs, turkeys, and chicken, and we are passionate about growing fresh herbs and produce in our ranch garden, greenhouse, and root cellar (where we also save our seeds from year to year). The fruit trees around the ranch deliver the basis for delicious desserts like apple pie, best enjoyed with ice cream.
Our Chef de Cuisine grows a few different types of mushrooms and is a well-seasoned forager. Maybe you'll accompany him one morning to look for burdock, cat tails, wild garlic, leeks, and weeds, which he prides himself on serving in fresh and healthy seasonal recipes.
Farm Fresh Dining at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is experiencing a truly local and authentically Canadian menu, prepared by our Chef de Cuisine with expertise and a love for food, nature, and our culture of sustainabilty.
The MealsBreakfast and lunch are relaxed, help-yourself affairs from a selection of items laid out along the kitchen counter. Generally, our guests share their meal seated together around a large table, often joined by owners Norm and Nan. Family style dining gives the opportunity to meet fellow guests and staff from all over the world. Dinner menus at the ranch resort are pre-set with a selection of choices prepared by our Chef de Cuisine. Sometimes, our guests choose to savour their evening meal more intimately, as a couple or with a new group of friends - individual tables can be set accordingly.
Western BBQTuesday and Friday night summer barbecues are all about the flavours of the wild west: rosemary roasted lamb, slow-baked salmon, baked potatoes, barbecued beef, burgers and hot-dogs, and always a vegetarian option. The ranch's working cowboys find these nights hard to resist and around the open pit fire, s'mores are at the ready.
Stay to watch shooting stars cross the ebony-black skies; perhaps grab a blanket and head to the grassy verge at the end of the runway. Set a small distance away from the main buildings, it's a magical spot on any night for star-gazing, and never more so than when the camaraderie and wilderness of the west has been so much a part of your evening.
Eastern Thai NightThursday night's culinary showcase epitomizes Echo Valley's East-West harmony. This is when the ranch's Thai staff prepares superb Thai food, as authentic as you would find in Thailand's finest restaurants, and served with the gracious hospitality that is the hallmark of the Thai people. But this is only the beginning. The evening continues with traditional Thai dancing where everyone can get involved. The exotic pageantry, fun and friendships that these evenings engender is not to be missed. No other Canadian ranch resort can compare.
Open KitchenOne of the best seats in the house is at the kitchen counter. Our executive chef is always happy to provide you with cooking demonstrations, tips and techniques. You might even enjoy some preview tasters of dinner, though only enough to whet your appetite... never spoil it! Cooking lessons are offered upon request.