European style Café by day and casually comfortable Restaurant & Wine Bar once the lifts stop turning.
In 2008 two European families, who’d become friends in Vancouver, sat in a small venue at Big White and decided this would be a great place to raise a family and offer something different on the coffee & food scene. After several months of passionate discussions, “Little Globe” was born in Trappers Crossing, originally in the current home of Underground Pizza. 13 seasons later, those two families of 5 little boys are all expert skiers and enjoyed the mountain childhood of your dreams! Jude & Paul have remained at the helm ever since, and with the help over the years of four talented Executive Chefs and two awesome General Managers, Globe has grown in its current venue to a much loved hang out at Big White. We now welcome our regular locals and visiting tourists through all the seasons. We started to offer a different kind of Italian coffee and our style of dining began as “Tapas” originating in Spain and true to its roots. But as Big White’s first and original Tapas Bar, we are influenced by our travels and have evolved our love of all things Mediterranean with a wider menu to appeal to all tastes. Our philosophy for dining is simply this: the warmest of welcomes, globally inspired simply presented food that wows, that can be shared with friends & family, and that delights your taste buds! We combine this with indulgent desserts like our world famous Tabletop S’mores, creative cocktails & Sangrias, local VQA wines showcasing the best of the Okanagan Valley, a live music scene in a warm and cosy decor, the friendliest of staff, and conversation that flows. Welcome to our home from home.
No Fuss … No Rush … No Rules
Our commitment to the environment...
We're always looking for ways in which we can better ourselves and do our part for the planet. From introducing the MugShare programme to reduce the amount of paper cups we use, to installing environmentally friendly hand-dryers in our washrooms, we are continuously looking for ways in which we can be 'more green.'
Read our sustainablility statement here!
Meet the team...
Executive Chef - Grant de Montreuil
Chef Grant de Montreuil was born and raised in Kelowna and is no stranger to our local mountain. During the late 90’s he owned and operated the “DeMontreuils” restaurant at The White Crystal Inn, and he’s keen to get back to a mountain kitchen… and to the slopes!
His family has been farming in this valley since the early 1900s and he grew up on a small farm growing fruit and operating a market garden. He began his culinary career in 1979 as a dishwasher, like so many top chefs, and after graduating he pursued culinary roles in Calgary, Edmonton and finally, while in Vancouver at the English Bay Café, he began a formal apprenticeship. After completing his Red Seal he began kitchen management training at the English Bay Café, while Sous Chef. A move back to the Okanagan in 1990 saw him as Executive Chef with the Hotel Eldorado and two years later he started the Certified Chef de Cuisine program with the Canadian Culinary Institute, which is the highest you can go in the Canadian industry.
In the mid 90’s Chef Grant was at his busiest and opened 4 restaurants including DeMontreuils Downtown, Old Vines Patio at Quails Gate Winery, The Teahouse at Kelowna Land and Orchards, and DeMontreuil’s White Crystal at Big White Ski Resort. After 8 intense years he closed the business operations to take on the new challenge of exec chef roles at the Naramata Heritage Inn & Spa followed by Summerhill Winery. When a family opportunity presented itself he dived into his next personal adventure which involved fast paced mobile event catering at music festivals, including Shambala. as well as contracts with various heli ski operations where he got a taste for the snow again! Now settled back in Kelowna, he will be bringing his talents and experience to Globe’s kitchen with a post Covid return to their Tapas & Mediterranean roots, along with a new twist on the daytime menu for hungry skiers.
Come say hello (again!) to Chef Grant when you are on the hill!
Maddie Hodges - General Manager
Maddie was born and raised in South West England, and before moving to Canada in 2017 she spent time living and working in France, Italy and Austria experiencing a variety of ski slopes and summer activities, as well as a broad range of European cuisine and drinks.
Keeping a foot in the hospitality door since 2005 when she started serving, Maddie started with Globe in 2018 and worked her way up to General Manager, after fulfilling both serving and bartending roles. Maddie adored bartending and has completed WSET 1 Spirits, BarSmarts 2 in Mixology, and WSET 3 Wines with distinction to round out her knowledge and skillset for creating original cocktails and wine lists.
Maddie has made Canada her forever home, and continues to share her passion with the team year on year.
People who made us who we are today...
Ross Derrick, Globe's First Executive Chef in 2008
Ross assisted in the design and creation of Globe's first ever menu, at Big White and at our sister Globe restaurant at Sun Peaks. Since leaving us in 2010, Ross has moved on to positions in various kitchens around Kelowna, including the Sparkling Hill Wellness Hotel and Delta Grand Okanagan, before a new venture saw him as the owner-chef at his own catering company 'The Table Cafe and Catering' which eventually expanded into a restaurant and food truck!
Thanks for being a part of Globe's history!
James Ponder, Head Chef from 2013 - 2017
In a career that has taken him across the world, James started in the kitchen while in Australia. A string of successful jobs at various restaurants led him to Globe at Big White. During his time at Big White, Globe were ranked one of the top 5 Ski Hill restaurants in Canada. Since then, Pickle and Ponder was born - James' business sourcing the finest of ingredients that BC has to offer, and pickling them!! To read more about it, take a look here
Now a co-owner of the Vice & Virtue Brewing Co. in Kelowna, we are so proud to have had Nelson as part of our history.
You'll still see him about at Big White with a snowboard or a bike, so say hi if you do!