A week ago there was an ad in the local Cowichan Valley paper that the Farm Table dining room was open for the season. We had a lovely dinner there in October last year just before the end of their season, so great to hear that they are once again open for reservations.
The Farm Table is the teaching dining room for the Vancouver Island University Culinary program. For quite a few years the teaching dining room was part of Frances Kelsey Secondary School in Mill Bay, with the attendant limitations of the room used for the dining room also serving as a class room. The program seemed to be quite successful, also with takeout meals that they sold. We had several lunches and dinners there over the years and they were always great, and also very affordable.
In 2013 the program formed a new partnership with the historic Providence Farm in Duncan, near Cowichan Bay. Providence Farm is a 400 acre organic, not-for-profit, therapeutic farm that has for many years helped adults with developmental and mental issues. The teaching dining room opened at Providence as the Farm Table in April of 2013. It is not only a larger venue than the highschool but is able to access all the fresh produce grown at the farm. In fact, the students enrolled in the culinary program participate in the growing and harvesting of the produce. In addition they offer full banquet facilities.
Costs are still very reasonable, but the restaurant does not have a liquor license. The Farm Table is open for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5:30 – 9:00 pm. Call 250-597-0599 for reservations. We will be doing just that!