#IndoorGardenLunch with Chef Darren Brown and the Urban Cultivator at Adera’s The Shore

I recently attended a lunch event at The ShoreAdera‘s newest North Vancouver development. The Shore is a low-rise apartment complex located within walking distance to Capilano Mall and Lonsdale Quay.
I toured a few other display suites and noticed that they were each distinctly different. Not only do they come in 2 different colour schemes, one light and one dark, but the units can also be customized with different flooring options, custom closets, millwork, and more through Adera’s i.D. By Me personalization program.
The event was hosted inside one of The Shore’s beautifully designed 3-bedroom presentation suites, where we got to enjoy a meal prepared by former Fairmont Pacific Rim Executive Chef, Chef Darren Brown.  He treated us to an up-close cooking demonstration using ingredients grown with the indoor gardening system, The Urban Cultivator, which was built into the suite’s kitchen island. Having seen it at the IDSWest and several other home shows in recent years, I was already familiar with the appliance but had never really seen it in action before. It is about the same size as a small kitchen wine cooler, and it allows you to grow your own herbs, vegetables, and microgreens from right inside your home. With automatic humidity, watering, and lighting functions, it makes growing pesticide-free, non-GMO greens really easy. It can save you money on produce and trips to the grocery store as well.
Above: The first dish served was this heirloom tomato salad, with basil, burrata, and nasturtium. The tomatoes were fresh and sweet, the burrata was full and creamy, and the nasturtium added a nice spicy kick.
Left: Chef Brown methodically and carefully rolled out the dough for the ravioli; Right: The finished product was this duck confit and roasted butternut squash ravioli with sunflower sprouts and pea tendrils.
Left: Chilled Cauliflower soup with kale and komatsuna pesto, topped with Northern Divine caviar; Right: Brown sugar, basil and ginger creme brûlée.
It’s worthwhile to note that Adera supports the BC SPCA through their Adera Cares Program. As we toured the suites, we noticed some life-size cut-outs of some of SPCA’s adoptable animals scattered throughout the units. The cut-outs have a QR code that you can scan, which directs you to the animal’s profile. Kudos to them for coming up with this creative campaign. All of the profiled animals so far have already found homes, so that’s great to hear that the campaign is a success. The Shore is scheduled for completion next year, but their presentation suites are already open to the public. For more information, visit Adera’s website.

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