An Evening with Jan Wong

Spend an evening with Jan Wong as she talks about her latest book, Apron Strings: Navigating Food And Family In France, Italy, And China. Published in September, 2017, it was named a must-read book by both the CBC and the Toronto Star.   Chris Nuttall-Smith (Top Chef Canada judge) wrote: “a sharp-minded — and famously sharp-tongued — reporter drags her fully grown, chef-trained son on a homestay cooking tour of France, Italy, and China. What could possibly not go wrong? Inquisitive, caustic, delicious, and can’t-look-away entertaining, this is Jan Wong at the peak of her powers.”

Jan Wong knows food is better when it’s shared, so when she set out to research home cooking in several countries known for their distinctive cuisine, she asked her 22 year old son, Sam, to join her.  While he wasn’t keen on spending excessive time with his mother, he dreamed of becoming a chef.  Ultimately, it was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up.  The result of this exploration is Jan’s latest book, Apron Strings: Navigating Food And Family In France, Italy, And China.  In this book, Jan tells the story of their journey.  Jan and Sam live and cook with locals, observing close up how globalization is changing food, families and cultures.  Along the way, mother and son explore their sometimes fraught relationship, uniting – and occasionally clashing – over their mutual love of cooking.

This event will include a 8 course Chinese banquet dinner with Jan talking about her book afterwards as well as a Q&A.  It will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 6:00pm at Golden City Restaurant.  Tickets are $40 per person for the dinner or $60 per person for the dinner and a book.  For reservations or more information, please contact Gala Fabrics at 250.389.1312 or Pei Mei Chia at 250.514.1928 or chiapm@shaw.ca