Hi, I'm Chantal Ireland, a Victoria-based Food Writer and Entrepreneur. Long winded version is here.

A freelance writer and craft drink sales manager, my work takes me on road trips across BC, camera and notebook in hand. I write about food, drink and the grand adventures of love, life, and being an Entrepreneur. Based in Victoria, BC, my office is a VW Golf Sportwagen. It holds 32 cases of cider, a 45L Patagonia duffel bag and has a sweet Fender stereo for Bob Seger classics.

I eat, write, roam and take pictures. My kitchen's a mess, but there's cake.

Chantal Ireland

A Bourbon Blood Orange Wheat Ale and Tom Petty helped me articulate this.

 
 

Like any proper west coast city, Victoria has a coffee culture that's alive and well.

This is a collection of my favourite places to get great coffee in Victoria. Many are Roasters, all serve high-quality, fairly traded coffee, roasted in small batches served by a Barista who cares. If you love coffee and Instagram your latte art, these are your people.

 
 
 

From polenta to cashew hollandaise, latkes and thick cut bacon, brunch comes in many forms. 

This is a collection of my favourite places to head for brunch in Victoria. These are some seriously committed Chefs, Owners, and crews serving up fresh, local, high quality dishes. Ethically raised meats, or vegetarian and vegan dishes, with craft drinks. Service is warm, the rooms are all enjoyable, eclectic, modern or otherwise.

 
 
 

Join us. There's cold beer.

I book and host great events for clients and share them with you here. Winemaker, Brewmaster, and Cidermaker dinners are in the works for 2016. I'll be on tour this spring and summer serving up Bridge Brewing, Black Cloud Pinot Noir, Gabbie's Premium Cider, and TH Wines for thirsty fans.

If you have an event you'd like me to share or join, please send details.

 
 
 

A community hashtag project. Use #BCbounty to share what you love and find your tribe. Use the hashtag in Instagram and photos end up here.
 

 
 

In 2005 on a Mexican beach I read Let My People Go Surfing by the founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard. It drove a major shift in my life.

 
 

In the years since, I've supported mission-driven entrepreneurs. I've been earning and spending in the local economy.

Yvon Chouinard and Craig Mathews started 1% for the Planet with a commitment to driving change. Member businesses like mine and over 1200 others, give 1% of revenue (not profits) to non-profits registered with 1% for the Planet. I encourage other businesses to join this growing community, I'm the only liquor sales agent member in BC so far.

 

 

With a love of the sea and wild places, my business gives back.