Posted by Colin Heggie on Oct 13, 2020
James Fradley, of Vernon’s Med Restaurant ( , formerly the Eclectic Med), was introduced by Jim Kanester.  James began his life in Reading, UK.  In the early 1990s, his father moved the family to Portugal, where he marketed holiday apartments.  This was followed by a 1996 move to Burlington, ON.  During a family holiday, James’ mother called on a childhood friend in Vernon, leading the family to establish The Eclectic Med.  While his parents’ restaurant flourished, James attended the University of Alberta, began a study of Japanese, relocated to Japan, & supported himself by helping non-Japanese people adapt to Japan.  He became a Tokyo-based recruiter for foreign companies with Japanese operations, eventually being recruited himself, to help Google grow their Tokyo office.  Moves with Google to London & Zurich followed.  After 14 years with Google, James returned in late 2018 to Vernon, where he joined the Med.  His contributions included physical upgrades to their building, & involvement in menu changes.  When Covid-19 hit, James used his technology skills to help pivot the restaurant, with considerable success, to a take-out heat & serve model, which sustained them through nine weeks of closure.  Re-opening May 22nd, 2020, with reduced seating, the Med continues to provide take-out meals in addition to regular in-house dining, & is considering an expansion of their offerings.  James is an engaging gentleman, with an eclectic English, Portuguese, Japanese background!