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Friday, November 17
 

12:00pm

Nourish: Live Bodies Need Living Foods!

A living body needs living foods…..

Incorporating raw living foods into your daily food plan has huge health benefits and really is what we are supposed to do to maintain optimal health. Heavy, cooked foods tire the body out, everything has to be broken down to be digested and that wears you down!  Have some fun with some a variety of raw vegetable and seed crackers, some nut cheeses and a fall vegan soup (raw) – yes raw soup…give your body a healthy boost of nutrients while we indulge in the festivities of Whistler Cornucopia!  Keep the balance! 



Speakers

Friday November 17, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
TBA

2:30pm

Nourish: Mountain Tune Up - Roll to Shred
Move better, mountain longer, recover quicker. With the winter season soon upon us, who doesn’t want to be able to spend more quality time in the snow? Having a good season not only is about strength, but also the ability of your body to recover. With a focus on feet, legs and hips, learn self-massage techniques and exercises with the aid of Yoga Tune Up® therapy balls to help you get into the muscles and fascia which can take a beating on those pow days. Aid your recovery and help keep you strong an supple for the entire season. Session includes your own set of Yoga Tune Up® therapy balls to take home with you (RRP $30)

Speakers

Friday November 17, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm

6:00pm

The Cellar by Araxi Intimate Wine Dinner Series Ruffino, Italy

With bubbles and white wine directly from Italy’s northeast, this evening will flow into the soul of Tuscany – the home of Ruffino’s famed estates – including Greppone Mazzi in Montalcino. Influenced by his time in Tuscany, Chef James Walt’s passion for the region will shine in his inspired dishes – the perfect complement to these superb vintages.


Friday November 17, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Cellar by Araxi 150 - 4222 Village Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

6:00pm

Four Seasons: An Evening with Nobu - Long Table Dinner
A truly exciting collaboration from the tropics to the mountains, SIDECUT will be hosting Nobu Lana'i's Chef Marlowe Lawrenko to bring a taste of Four Seasons Resort Lana'is newest restaurant's signature new-style Japanese cuisine to Whistler.  Teamed up with Executive Chef Eren Guryel's modern steakhouse menu heavily influenced by British Columbia's seasonal ingredients, this long table dining experience will be fresh, fun and memorable. The dinner will be further enhanced by wines from the first vitage of Kelowna's ultra premium Mirabel Vineyards.

Friday November 17, 2017 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Four Seasons Resort Harmony Foyer 4591 Blackcomb Way

6:00pm

Winery Dinner: Undercover Revelry - hosted by Whistler Cooks
Whistler Cooks invites you to an evening of stealthy revelery.Meet us in the Whistler Taxi Loop and get taken to our secret location for a shared platter dinner served with wine pairings from local winery, Fort Berens.

Friday November 17, 2017 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Private Whistler Home

7:00pm

Legs Diamond: Intimate evening at Legs Diamond Supper club
4 course menu with wine pairings.  

Friday November 17, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Legs Diamond 4573 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

7:00pm

Winery Dinner: Blasted Church Winery Dinner
An evening of storytelling though wine and food with one of British Columbia’s much-loved and celebrated vineyard, Blasted Church. This winery dinner will be an intimate gathering in the private dining room of Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Grill Room toys with unusual wine pairings.

Friday November 17, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler 4599 Chateau Boulevard,

8:00pm

Night Market: Taste of the World
Demonstrating the wonderful adaptability of wines, beers and liquors, attendees enjoy this fun-filled evening in a casual yet refined environment emulating street style cuisine from across the globe.  Browse the streets of our market, enjoying the sweet, the spicy and savory while enjoying tastes of a variety of beverages to suit any style.

Friday November 17, 2017 8:00pm - 10:30pm

9:30pm

Bearfoot Bistro Dessert Tasting

Hosted in the Bearfoot Bistro Wine Cellar, this four-course dessert tasting menu perfectly paired with selections from our legendary wine collection will take you through the mind and tastebuds of Executive Pastry Chef Dominic Fortin.

 

Cornucopia dessert tasting menu 2017 

Zephyr white Chocolate

mint, kiwi, finger limes, papaya, tequila

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Zephyr Caramel Chocolate

Granny smith apple, wasabi, saduchi citrus, Iranien pistachios

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Arriba Milk Chocolate

 Kona coffee, pecans, tonka bean, maple syrup

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Quanah Dark chocolate

Lapsang Souchong somked tea, Oatmeal stout ice cream


Friday November 17, 2017 9:30pm - 11:30pm
The Bearfoot Bistro 4121 Village Green, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

10:00pm

Champagne By Night
Tommy Africa's Presents... Champagne By Night A 1920's Black & White Ball. A night of dancing, champagne and music. Many champagne features including Dom Perignon, Moet & Chandon and more! $10 ticket includes a glass of bubbles upon entry! Dress code is smart casual. Dress up is encouraged. Doors at 9pm. See www.WhistlerCornucopia.com for tickets

Friday November 17, 2017 10:00pm - Saturday November 18, 2017 2:00am
Tommy Africas Nightclub 101 - 4216 Gateway Drive Whistler BC VON 1B4
 
Saturday, November 18
 

10:00am

Nourish: Brunching with Holiday Flavours with Chef Alana Peckham

ALANA PECKHAM, CULINARY INSTRUCTOR

My journey in cooking started at the young age of 8 years old. My mom would do all of the prep and under her supervision, I would execute the meals and cook the stir fry’s. I discovered in my teens that I had a love for all things food. Watching cooking shows, before The Food Network came around, and experiencing new foods definitely excited me! This love would lead me to enter the professional world of food and cooking. I started my career at Dubrulle International Culinary School, followed by positions at Feenie’s and Lumiere before eventually becoming the Executive Chef at CRU and later The Hart House Restaurant. My experience in these top local restaurants prepared me for my win on The Food Network’s popular show Chopped Canada in 2015! Since my win, I have been the Corporate Chef for Alligga and a private catering chef. I now join Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver with full confidence that I will be able to help influence and guide our dedicated students to reach their goals. My attention to detail and organization will be key assets to mine and our students’ success here at Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver. Aside from my passion for food, I also have a great love for my family and dogs. I was born and raised here in Vancouver and I take great pleasure in enjoying our West coast lifestyle.


Speakers

Saturday November 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am

10:00am

Experiential Chocolate Making Workshop: Cocoa Couture
A popular culinary workshop featured in Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s annual 'All About Me' women’s weekend: Cocoa Couture!  Be transported into the romance of the movie, Chocolat!

Indulge in the fine art of chocolate design with internationally-trained Fairmont Executive Pastry Chef, Anup Chaubal.  

Participants will take home a decadent selection of their very own creations provided they aren’t tempted to consume them all before the end of the class!  Best suited to ages 13 and older.  

Saturday November 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler 4599 Chateau Boulevard,

11:30am

Drink Seminar: Best in Glass: Award-Winning BC Craft Beers
BC-made craft beers continue to punch above their weight in North American competitions. At the 2016 Canadian Brewing Awards, for example, 47 of the 165 medals, including Beer of the Year, went to beers made in this province. Ken Beattie, Executive Director of the BC Craft Brewers Guild, leads a guided tasting of the different styles of BC beers, and shares the stories behind many of the winning local brews.

Speakers

Saturday November 18, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm

11:30am

Drink Seminar: Just Add Bubbles: Carbonated Gin Cocktails
This action-packed seminar will teach you everything you need to know about supercharging your gin cocktails with carbonation.  Bubbles not only add visual interest to a drink, they also affect the taste of its ingredients.  Jacob Sweetapple and Craig James will talk about making cocktails with Fentimans Tonic as well as other tools and techniques for boosting a mixed drink's bubbly deliciousness.  Why should Champagne have all the fun?


Saturday November 18, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm

11:30am

Drink Seminar: Wines from Old Vines
It's common knowledge that some wines get better when they're aged in the bottle.  Few people know, however, that the age of a grape vine affects the character of wine made from its fruit before the wine ever enters the bottle.  Rachel von Sturmer leads a tasting of old vine wines from around the world that illustrates the amazing concentration and flavour intensity they have to offer.  Guests will enjoy samples from venerable vineyards in Australia, Spain, Chile, Portugal, Italy, California, and more.

Guests will enjoy samples from venerable vineyards in Australia, Portugal, California, BC, Italy, and South Africa, including a mini-masterclass of delicious old vine Zinfandels”. 


Saturday November 18, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm

11:45am

Chef's Table Luncheon - Botanist
*Guests of the luncheon: please meet at the Whistler Conference Centre's Lower Valley Foyer at 11:45am. Transportation to the private home will leave from the Whistler Conference Centre.

Botanist celebrates harmony with nature, in an environment that is as rich and diverse as the terroir it represents. The experience reflects a new Pacific Northwest, one that has always been here, just waiting to be discovered.

Helmed by Botanist Executive Chef Hector Laguna, the menu represents the abundant botany of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, where ingredients sourced from their natural landscape are coupled with contemporary techniques; designed to showcase the best version of themselves.

The menu depicts the culinary abundance of the region - produce rooted from the soil of the northwest, sustainably sourced seafood; and organic agricultural methods from backyard suppliers.

The menu is accompanied by wine director Jill Spoor’s boutique terroir-driven wine program that supports sustainable, organic and biodynamic farming and winemaking practices.Located in the heart of Coal Harbour inside Fairmont Pacific Rim, the inviting space offers four distinct areas, each with their own robust personalities; a bar, garden, dining room and champagne lounge – all inspired by the principles of botany.

Chef Hector Laguna
Hector Laguna joins the Botanist opening team as Restaurant Executive Chef. 
Laguna grew up surrounded by food, and his love for cooking first sparked while helping his mother in their family kitchen in Hidalgo, Mexico. Laguna has been cooking for as long as he can remember, and began perfecting handmade tortillas at a young age, sealed with his mother’s approval. His love for cooking has always been built on the foundation of bringing friends and family around the table, bound by a shared passion for great food and good conversation. His culinary career spans over a decade cooking in kitchens across North America’s top foodie destinations including San Francisco, Miami, Toronto and Vancouver. He began to pursue cooking professionally in 2000 when he moved from small- town Mexico to the Golden State, and worked up the culinary ranks at Three Seasons Restaurant in San Francisco. Over the next six years, Laguna honed his skills in global flavours, adding Vietnamese and Asian cuisine to his repertoire. It was there in the heart of San Francisco where he met and married his wife, Joelle. Laguna moved to Miami in 2007, under the mentorship of renowned James Beard award recipient, Chef Michelle Bernstein, at Michy’s in Miami. As her sous chef, he took on the role of developing the seasonal menus for this signature dining hot spot. Working with revolving in-season ingredients, he produced inventive dishes that kept true to the ingredient’s original flavour by enhancing each items natural flavour, mastering techniques that would allow the ingredients strengths to shine through in each dish. It was during his time at Michy’s that led to an extraordinary invite to cook under Bernstein at the prestigious James Beard House for a sold out restaurant; four adrenaline-packed courses later, it was an hounourable cooking performance for the duo, and one that Laguna will remember for this rest of his culinary career. In 2011, Laguna made his Canadian debut in Toronto, working at Lee Restaurant, where he gained exceptional experience under Chef Susur Lee, blending traditional Chinese and French techniques. Another stop in Toronto brought him to Nota Bene with Chef David Lee; a culinary program built on well executed techniques with quality local ingredients. Laguna got his first taste of Vancouver in 2012 when he visited family while on vacation; he knew he was destined to return, and now calls it “home” with Joelle and their two-year old son, Lucas. Recently as the Senior Sous Chef at Hawksworth restaurant in Vancouver, Hector joins the team at the highly anticipated Botanist restaurant as the Executive Chef. “I believe that food influences us emotionally; it can comfort, calm, satisfy and bring joy, all in one meal,” comments Hector Laguna, Restaurant Executive Chef. “It’s about watching someone take their first bite, and know that I’ve made their day even a little bit better, and I look forward to bringing that to the plate at the Botanist. When not leading the culinary brigade at the Botanist, Hector can be found enjoying quality time with his family, whether playing soccer at the park, visiting the library, cooking for his friends and family, and creating new family traditions around the dinner table.

Saturday November 18, 2017 11:45am - 2:30pm
Private Whistler Home

12:00pm

Culinary Stage Series: Tin Horn Creek and Miradora Restaurant
With Tinhorn Creek’s reputation as a sustainable winery, it should come as no surprise that the executive chef of Miradoro Restaurant is all about local food. Chef Jeff Van Geest is one of British Columbia’s most celebrated chefs, focusing on locally procured foods from sustainable producer partners.

Jeff was born in St. Catharines, the heart of the Niagara region. His grandparents were farmers and taught him to respect what farm-fresh meant – which might explain Jeff’s desire to have a small garden on site at Miradoro, even if he doesn’t have time to tend it every day.

With his culinary training at the Vancouver Community College, Jeff landed an apprenticeship at Bishop’s restaurant in Vancouver – one of the earliest pioneers in sustainable cuisine. He worked his way through the ranks to Sous Chef before leaving to start his own restaurant: the Aurora Bistro. Highlighting field-to-table and honouring the farmer/chef relationship earned Jeff a reputation in the restaurant industry as someone who walked (or cooked) the talk.

After closing Aurora, Jeff accepted a position of Executive Sous Chef at Diva at the Met – another name on the who’s who list of British Columbia restaurants. Yet at every move in the culinary chain, thoughts of Jeff’s grandparent farmers stayed on his mind and the allure of rural living grew stronger. When Miradoro called in 2010, Jeff answered by moving his family to the Okanagan and the heart of British Columbia’s agricultural country.

You can just as easily catch Jeff at Miradoro’s kitchen door buying produce from a local forager, as you will find him talking to a group of 50 as they sit down for a communal table dinner. Look for him: Jeff’s the really tall guy with his thumbs hooked behind the bib of his apron and wearing a big smile on his face.

Saturday November 18, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way

2:30pm

Drink Seminar: Bottle and the Beast: Charcuterie & Wine Pairing with Oyama
Charcuterie gives us a depth of savoury, sweet and spicy flavours with wonderful ranges of textures. This bounty of tastes offers amazing opportunities to pair with wine, but with expressive flavours come pairing challenges.  Well, challenge met when Paul Watkin teams up with Jerome Dudicourt from Granville Island's award-winning Oyama Sausage Co. for this seminar focused on matching wines with the local favourite's handmade charcuterie including pâtés, sausages, and terrines.

featuring:
  • Fort Berens Riesling
  • Mellot Val de Loire Pinot Noir Rose "Sincerite"
  • Justin Monmousseau Chinon
  • Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec
  • Alvear Fino
  • Painted Rock Syrah
  • Boutinot Wandering Beeste Syrah
  • Divici Verso Rosso
  • Tasca d'Almerita Regaleali Nero d'Avola 
 

Speakers

Saturday November 18, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm

2:30pm

Drink Seminar: Brewing Outside the Box - Brewers Gone Wild
Picasso was perfectly capable of painting anatomically correct -- and boring -- portraits of attractive women, but if that was all he'd ever done, you probably never would have heard of him. He had mastered the depiction of the human body, but his genius lay in going a step further. Similarly, BC's eminently qualified craft brewers are experimenting brilliantly with unusual ingredients and flavour combinations. Ken Beattie leads this tasting of BC craft beers that will turn your expectations of how a beer should taste inside out and upside down.

Speakers

Saturday November 18, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm

2:30pm

Drink Seminar: Viva La Vodka!
Vodka is the world’s favourite spirit.  It has somewhat humble origins in the countryside of eastern Europe, where it was initially a very simple fermented beverage made from the grains and potatoes that were staples of the rustic diet.  Over time, however, the spirit has developed to include more exotic ingredients, and it’s now made by passionate distillers around the globe.  Join Chris Funnell of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits for this guided tour of premium vodkas from influential distilleries, including Grey Goose, Tito’s, Sobieski, and Ultimat.  Guests will sample “pure” vodka as well as two cocktails prepared by a renowned local mixologist.


Saturday November 18, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm

3:00pm

Trade Tasting - Poured
Trade Only Tasting 
A tasting event for the pros only. Exclusive to industry professionals, Trade Only Tasting offers an opportunity to network with restaurants, bartenders, wine directors, sommeliers and more.

A minimum of $10 donation to our charity and proof of industry affiliation is required for entry.

Saturday November 18, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way

3:00pm

Sidecut: Mezcal y Maize - A Taco Après Party
In partnership with Four Seasons Hotel Mexico's award-winning Fifty Mils and their star mixologis Mica Rousseau, SIDECUT is thrilled to present Mezcal y Maize - The Apres Party. Rousseau's talent and creativity knows no bounds as demonstrated by his recent win of Best Bartender at 2017 World Class Mexico competition.  Executive Chef, Eren Guryel will be teaming up with Rousseau to create a trio of delicious and inventive tacos to pair up with one of his signature cocktails. Start this inspired Apres experience with a taste of premium Mezcal while enjoying a fun DJ vibe.

Saturday November 18, 2017 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Sidecut 4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

4:00pm

Culinary Stage Series: Cicerone Vs. Sommelier

Beer vs. Wine. Which is better? You be the judge! In the age-old love affair between food and wine, has beer been nudged off the dinner table? Cicerone or Sommelier... who will win? Join Jack Crompton of Whistler Debates as he hosts a scrappy and scrumptious multi-course match-up between world class experts in their fields. Set on Cornucopia's Culinary Stage attendees will enjoy a multi-course tasting, each course being paired with both a wine and beer. Held under the Munk Debate format, the audience votes on their way in, then again after the showdown and whosoever sways the most votes in their direction will be named the winner. And the rest, as they say, is history.


Chef Luis Valenzuela Robles Linares
“Close your eyes and imagine what you want to do for the rest of your life,” once said a wise man to a then 14-year-old Luis. That conversation jump-started his journey through culinary profession.

For Luis, cooking is a medium through which he makes the invisible, visible, like transforming raw materials into a mouth-watering dish. He admires Spanish food, for he thinks it symbolizes conviviality. He feels alive, centered, and present while cooking. Maybe that’s why he says, “I’ve never thought about cooking as my job.” He then adds, “It is my calling.”

Luis cooks some of the most exciting dishes in Toronto’s food scene. According to him, “respect” is his secret sauce… Respect the dignity of the ingredients. Respect the authenticity of traditional recipes. And respect the harmony of his team.

Brendan Grills, Cicerone
I grew up in Whistler and spent a great deal of my childhood in my families restaurants, Ole Mole, Zeuski's, and Thai One On. This started my love for food and beverage. After graduation, I went to SFU and joined the home brewing club (SFBrew) and was elected president the following week. From there I started working at a number of breweries in the lower mainland and perusing my Cicerone Certification, which I passed November of 2014. I currently work in a number of capacities freelance consulting: staff training, beer judging, brewing, and menu developing.

Claire Saksun, Sommelier
You could say Claire was truly born the day she had her first glass of off-dry Riesling.  Since then, food and wine has grown into her life’s passion. After studying International Development and food security at McGill University, Claire moved back to her hometown Toronto to work in restaurants and further her education in noodle culture at Momofuku Toronto. On a search for more noodles/doughy delights, she relocated to Vancouver to complete her Master of Architecture with a focus on food production, preparation, and consumption design. During this time, she joined the team at Royal Dinette and has since left architecture behind to take on the role of Wine Director. Her personal wine philosophy is centered around organic and biodynamic production, with an interest in a more hands-off approach to winemaking. These days you can find Claire speaking passionately about orange wine and ambient yeasts to anyone who will listen, or rolling pasta in bed.


Saturday November 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way

5:00pm

Drink Seminar: Cabernet Cabaret
In theatrespeak, cabernet sauvignon's got range. The grape can steal the spotlight all by itself, but it's also terrific as an ensemble player in luscious red blends. Joanne DiGeso is the Master of Ceremonies for this seminar on Cabernets from around the world that will showcase regional differences in style and flavour. Like a cabaret show, anything goes, so leave your expectations at the door and get ready to enjoy yourself. And remember: there are no small wines, only small glasses.

featuring:
  • Cono Sur Organic Cabernet Carmenere Syrah
  • KATOGI AVEROFF CABERNET SAUVIGNON
  • Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Torres Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Hugging Tree Winery Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Painted Rock Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Blue Mountain Brut Rose
  • Anthonij Rupert Optima 2012
  • Howard Park Leston Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Le Dix de Los Vascos
  • Stonestreet Estate Rockfall Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Stonestreet Estate Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
 

Speakers

Saturday November 18, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm

5:00pm

Drink Seminar: Delicious by Design: The Martini Glass and What It Inspired
Sometimes a little innovation can make a good thing even better. The classic  Martini glass is a marvel of engineering that helped to influence many cocktails.  Join Jacob Sweetapple (Absolut Brand Ambassador), Keith Trusler (The Glenlivet Brand Ambassador) and Colin MacDougall (Wiser's Brand Ambassador) for this comprehensive look at the history of the Martini Glass. The seminar will examine, in particular, 5 drinks that both influenced, and were influenced by, the glass in which they were served, and guests will taste all 5 in a heroic attempt to determine for themselves whether the shape of the glass is still relevant to the modern Martini.


Saturday November 18, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm

5:00pm

Drink Seminar: Single Malt Seduction
This Cornucopia favourite returns to again shine the light on why single malt whisky is king.  It hasn't always been this way:  the popularity of single malt whisky is a 20th century phenomenon, as blended whisky reigned supreme in earlier times.  Paul Watkin and Chris Funnell explore the reasons behind single malt's rise in popularity and lead a tasting of diverse single malt whiskies that will reveal the complex spectrum of flavours a single grain can offer.

featuring:
  • Lohin McKinnon Single Malt Whiskey
  • Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt Classic Release 06
  • Deanston Virgin Oak Highland Single Malt
  • Aultmore 12 year old “Foggie Moss” Speyside
  • Glenfiddich 15 year old Solera Reserve Single Malt
  • Glenfarclas 17 Year Old Highland Single Malt
  • Tomatin 18 Year Old Highland Single Malt
  • Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Islay Single Malt
  • Westland Peated American Single Malt
  • Port Charlotte 10 Year Old Islay Single Malt
 


Saturday November 18, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm

5:00pm

Experiential Mixology Workshop: Liquid Kitchen
The Mallard team of mixology masters invites you into their world for an evening!  After learning trade secrets and sampling a collection of favourite classic cocktails, guests will be teamed up with a professional 'coach' to develop their own bartending skills. With a fabulous selection of ingredients to choose from, you’ll get to concoct your very own signature cocktail. Ages 19 and over. 

Saturday November 18, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler 4599 Chateau Boulevard,

6:00pm

Intimate Wine Dinner Series in The Cellar by Araxi The Wine Estates of Moet Hennessy
We all love the the great Champagnes and Cognacs of the Moet Hennessy stable, which will be included in this final instalment of the Intimate Dinner Series. They do also have a number of great whites and reds in their collection as well, and we will be introducing several of them this evening, featuring a three vintage vertical of the famed Numanthia from Toro, Spain. Fans of big, bold reds, sophisticated Champagne and sultry spirits, this is the dinner for you.

Saturday November 18, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Cellar by Araxi 150 - 4222 Village Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

7:00pm

Legs Diamond: Intimate evening at Legs Diamond Supper club
4 course menu with wine pairings.  

Saturday November 18, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Legs Diamond 4573 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

7:00pm

Winery Dinner: Small Farms Dinner
Discover some of the finest BC wines you will never find on any liquor store shelf. From the Okanagan to the Kooteneys - discover how hard work, dedication and terroir shape the wines. This dinner will be an intimate gathering in the private dining room of Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Grill Room.

Featuring wines from:
Skaha Vineyards
Seve Directions
Soahc Estate Wines
Anarchist Vinyeards
Synchromesh Riesling 

Saturday November 18, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler 4599 Chateau Boulevard,

7:00pm

Catalina Wine Mixer
Longhorn Saloon will be showcasing wines from California, New Zealand, Canada and Argentina. With Live music by Whistler's best cover band Red Chair. Come in for a great night of Live music and great wine.

Saturday November 18, 2017 7:00pm - Sunday November 19, 2017 1:00am
The Longhorn Saloon 4280 Mountain Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

8:00pm

Poured Grand Tasting
Poured is the most all-encompassing drink event at Cornucopia. Experience the full spectrum of what the beverage industry has to offer as you sip scotch, an expertly crafted BC Beer, a Canadian Cider or a fine wine from across the globe.  Anchoring the second Saturday of Cornucopia, POURED is a spirited night of music and revelry. Tickets include a souvenir glass and five tokens, and additional tokens are $1.50 each.

Saturday November 18, 2017 8:00pm - 11:00pm
 
Sunday, November 19
 

11:30am

Drink Seminar: Blockbuster BC
In the last couple of decades, BC wineries have started to produce a number of iconic wines that can be considered among the best in the world.  As the reputations of these wines reached the stratosphere, however, their prices sometimes followed, making it difficult for the wine lover on a budget to experience them firsthand.  Here's your opportunity to taste some BC superstar wines without taking out a second mortgage.  Rachel von Sturmer will lead guests through a lineup of top BC wineries, with a spectacular lineup of Okanagan & Similkameen producers.

featuring:
  • Noble Ridge 'The One" Sparkling
  • Bella Reserve Blanc de Blancs
  • Wild Goose Stoney Slope Riesling
  • Checkmate Queen Taken Chardonnay
  • Blue Mountain Reserve Pinot Noir
  • Foxtrot Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Burrowing Owl Cabernet Franc
  • CULMINA Family Vineyards Hypothesis
  • Orofino Wild Ferment Syrah
  • Nk'Mip Riesling icewine
 


Sunday November 19, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm

11:30am

Drink Seminar: Chardonnay Pajama Party
Now in its 4th year, the legendary Cornucopia Chardonnay Pajama Party celebrates this often-maligned grape in a uniquely fun way.  Sample a great lineup of Chards from around the world with popcorn pairings.  There will be door prizes and a grand prize for best pajama outfit.  This may be the most fun you'll ever have in your PJs!

featuring:
  • Quails’ Gate Chardonnay
  • Bollini Chardonnay
  • Foxtrot Vineyard Chardonnay
  • Kunde Sonoma County Chardonnay
  • Domaine Rijckaert Cotes du Jura Chardonnay "Les Sarres"
  • True Myth Chardonnay
  • William Hardy Limestone Coast Chardonnay
  • Noble Ridge Reserve Chardonnay
  • Harper's Trail Chardonnay Sparkling 
 


Sunday November 19, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm

11:30am

Drink Seminar: Cozy Up to Winter Wines
Don\'t give wine the cold shoulder just because the snow is falling.  Joanne DiGeso hosts this seminar on wines to warm up to during colder weather.  She\'ll explore reds such as peppery Mondeuse Noir and Syrah; whites with honey and ginger notes; and full-bodied reds laced with baking spice that won\'t give you a chill.  Perfect timing to get ideas for bottles that will help keep you toasty during the season ahead!

featuring:
  • Gustav Lorenz Grand Cru Gewurztraminer
  • Truchard Roussanne
  • Clos d’Idylle Mondeuse “La Saxicole”
  • Azienda Agricola Gatto Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato
  • Domaine Paul Autard Côtes du Rhône
  • Fonterutoli Mazzei Ser Lapo, Chianti Classico Reserve DOCG
  • Daydreamer ‘Marcus Anselms' Syrah Okanagan Valley
  • Cantina di Negrar Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
  • Chateau d'Aramajan des Ormes Sauternes
 

Speakers

Sunday November 19, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm

11:45am

Chef's Table Luncheon: Tin Horn Creek and Miradora Restaurant
With Tinhorn Creek’s reputation as a sustainable winery, it should come as no surprise that the executive chef of Miradoro Restaurant is all about local food. Chef Jeff Van Geest is one of British Columbia’s most celebrated chefs, focusing on locally procured foods from sustainable producer partners.

Jeff was born in St. Catharines, the heart of the Niagara region. His grandparents were farmers and taught him to respect what farm-fresh meant – which might explain Jeff’s desire to have a small garden on site at Miradoro, even if he doesn’t have time to tend it every day.

With his culinary training at the Vancouver Community College, Jeff landed an apprenticeship at Bishop’s restaurant in Vancouver – one of the earliest pioneers in sustainable cuisine. He worked his way through the ranks to Sous Chef before leaving to start his own restaurant: the Aurora Bistro. Highlighting field-to-table and honouring the farmer/chef relationship earned Jeff a reputation in the restaurant industry as someone who walked (or cooked) the talk.

After closing Aurora, Jeff accepted a position of Executive Sous Chef at Diva at the Met – another name on the who’s who list of British Columbia restaurants. Yet at every move in the culinary chain, thoughts of Jeff’s grandparent farmers stayed on his mind and the allure of rural living grew stronger. When Miradoro called in 2010, Jeff answered by moving his family to the Okanagan and the heart of British Columbia’s agricultural country.

You can just as easily catch Jeff at Miradoro’s kitchen door buying produce from a local forager, as you will find him talking to a group of 50 as they sit down for a communal table dinner. Look for him: Jeff’s the really tall guy with his thumbs hooked behind the bib of his apron and wearing a big smile on his face.

Sunday November 19, 2017 11:45am - 2:30pm
Private Whistler Home

2:00pm

Drink Seminar: Slice Advice:  Pizza Pizzazz
Roast vegetables, skinny crusts, breakfast toppings: as pizza changes, so do the wine-pairing options. Proving "that a slice is nice, but with wine it's divine!", Paul Watkin and Chris Funnell host this annual seminar celebrating wine and pizza pairing. It will be a stand-up event, with a scattering of high tables to give guests a place to put their glass while they mambo with some mozzarella. Guests will taste a variety of wines matched with pizza samples from Caramba! Restaurante.

featuring:
  • Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico DOCG
  • Lupi Reale Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
  • Bodega Garzon Estate Cabernet Franc Tannat
  • Torrevento Torre del Falco Nero di Troia
  • Bottega Poeti Prosecco
  • Medici Ermete Concerto Lambrusco Reggiano
  • Foxtrot The Waltz Pinot Noir
  • Fort Berens Cabernet Franc
  • Marrenon Classique Rose
  • Herdade da Comporta Branco
  • Upper Bench Chardonnay 
 


Sunday November 19, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm

3:00pm

BEARFOOT BISTRO WORLD OYSTER INVITATIONAL & BLOODY CAESAR BATTLE

Don’t miss our annual throwdown, when the best oyster shuckers, bartenders and mixologists from around the globe descend on Whistler to meet and compete. 

The event will take place during Cornucopia, Whistler's food and drink festival, in the foyer of the Whistler Conference Centre to have the space we need to host this hugely popular event. 

Your ticket includes all refreshments, food and entertainment, plus a front row seat to witness the knives fly as oysters are shucked against the clock, and a chance to try each Caesar entered into the bloodiest battle of the year.

This year’s competition is held in aid of the BC Cancer Foundation, the fundraising partner of the BC Cancer Agency, the largest founder of cancer research in the province. The BC Cancer Foundation enables donors to make contributions to leading-edge research that has a direct impact on improvements to cancer care for patients in British Columbia.

The Listel Hotel Whistler is offering special rates for the event. For more information please call 1 800 663 5472
*Ticket price includes: food, alcohol, entertainment and gratuity. 

Sunday November 19, 2017 3:00pm - 7:00pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way

7:00pm

Legs Diamond: Intimate evening at Legs Diamond Supper club
4 course menu with wine pairings.  

Sunday November 19, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Legs Diamond 4573 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4