For almost four decades, the Deep Cove Chalet Restaurant in Sidney, B.C., has been tantalizing the palates of discriminating Victoria-area residents with exquisite gourmet offerings from the kitchen of owner-chef Pierre Koffel. Born in Strasbourg, France, Pierre is renowned for Alsatian-inspired dishes such as rabbit stew with prunes, duck salad, prawn tartelette and a flourless chocolate cake with crème Anglaise. Dinner wines might include a bottle of crisp white from Chalet Estate Winery across the road, using Ortega grapes from the Koffels’ own vineyard near the restaurant’s entrance. So celebrated is Deep Cove Chalet that guests have included Barbra Streisand, Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, Jimmy Pattison, Bill Gates and Victoria’s own David Foster, among many others.
|Japanese irises pair beautifully with yarrow|
|Peach Diascia, lavender and fuchsias |
carpet a tiered fountain in the formal garden
Her love of flowers was evident as a young girl at Victoria’s St. Ann’s Academy, now a National Historic Site. Recalling the school’s annual May Day procession, Bev says, “I was the one who made the bouquets for my classmates.” That early training serves her well today as she creates the arrangements for the restaurant’s dining tables with blossoms from the gardens. Similarly, childhood visits with her mother to Windsor Park Rose Garden in Victoria’s Oak Bay inspired a lifelong love of roses, seen today in the many shrub roses in the borders and fragrant climbing roses intertwined with clematis that adorn the trellises surrounding the dining terrace.
|Pierre’s kitchen garden supplies the restaurant|
|a bronze frog reigns over the box-edged formal garden|
|A peach heuchera and red Japanese maple take centre stage in this mixed border of hostas, ornamental grasses and shrubs|
|The formal garden is a favorite setting for summer al fresco dinners and as a photo backdrop for weddings or parties|
|SEASIDE PARADISE, Idyllic Deep Cove lies past yellow phlomis, pink spirea and maroon ninebark|