About Barnes & Maracle
Sarah's culinary journey began in the heart of Cowichan Valley, where she learned the art of cooking from her mom, aunt, and grandmother. Her grandmother's wisdom of always having a generous meal ready, welcoming unexpected guests with an open door, remains a guiding philosophy in Sarah's life.
At just 14, Sarah embarked on her first professional cooking adventure aboard her father's commercial fishing boat. Her passion for food led her to open NOW restaurant in 2010, a vibrant spot known for its spicy noodles and delectable bites. Following the closure of NOW, Sarah returned to her mentor Fatima Da Silva at Vinoteca on Zanatta Vineyard.
The years spent alongside Fatima, savouring her exquisite cuisine and embracing her generosity, have shaped Sarah's culinary journey. With 15 years of wining and dining in the Cowichan Valley, Sarah's love for food is a timeless and enduring passion.
Star's journey began on a sun-soaked fruit farm in Southern Ontario, where she savoured peaches warmed by the sun. Her passion for fine dining was ignited by her aunt, introducing her to frog legs and escargot in opulent French restaurants from an early age.
Starting as a prep cook at the age of 15, Star swiftly ascended the restaurant ranks, earning her Red Seal Chef certification. Driven by a sense of adventure, she ventured to Austria, where she apprenticed on a sheep farm, honing her skills in cheese and cured meats production. Along the way, she collaborated with local farmers, even lending a hand in goat milking for Haltwhistle cheese and aiding friends in building their culinary ventures.
Complementing her culinary expertise, Star boasts comprehensive wine knowledge, having achieved her level 3 WSET certification and serving as the Wine Director at Cabana Bar and Grille in Kelowna. With this wealth of knowledge, Star is the perfect consultant to turn to when seeking expert wine pairings for your event.
Donna & Douglas
"A little note this morning to say WOW, and well done, the long table dinner at Zanatta on Sunday was fabulous. It was such a wonderful evening of perfect summer flavours, lovely presentation, and graceful service, paired well with wine and made sublime with the beautiful Cowichan Valley Zanatta setting."
"All your meals are excellent! We are so glad we have your kitchen to rely on, especially when entertaining a few groups this summer. I have to highlight - your Glow Bowl is incredible! And your dressing for the Citrus salad is spot-on perfect!"
"Barnes and Maracle catered our wedding - they executed our vision perfectly. The food was incredible; everyone was raving about it. The team was an absolute delight. We loved having them at our event. Absolutely would recommend them to anyone."