Our Story

Oliver Eats believes that connecting people through food creates a better community. Our mission is to expand the local food economy by supporting its producers. We provide resources to the food entrepreneur and a place for the public to experience food.

We forge alliances with chefs, farmers, and grassroots organizations that promote self-sufficiency, food security and sustainability through education. We provide resources to the food entrepreneur through a vertical integration of services. This includes offering products through our fast casual counter deli, selling items in our venue showcase and opportunities to showcase member’s skills.

Come visit our delicatessen now open in downtown Oliver BC.


Derek Uhlemann Chef/ Founder

Derek Uhlemann’s career started in Vancouver Island’s vibrant culinary community before being drawn to the wine and agriculture of the south Okanagan Valley. His stops along the way included BC coastal fly-in fishing lodges, boutique wineries, Albanian mining camps, après ski bars, and creating Piggy’s BarBQ in Penticton BC. Derek has worked with restaurants, wineries, farmers, and food artisans throughout British Columbia as an advocate for certified organic, minimal intervention, and restorative agriculture.

Derek lives in Okanagan Falls British with his wife Sunnie and daughter Ruby Mae. Chef Derek’s mission is to share the Pastrami sandwich with the world and create conversation around community and food.