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Thursday, November 9
 

12:00pm

Nourish: Ferment Inc.
Every tribe and community on this planet fermented foods long before international communications became a reality. This workshop addresses the ever-growing interest in fermented foods and probiotics. Discover how best to incorporate these incredible foods into your everyday life, and reach a deeper understanding of the importance of good bacteria to our overall health. Learn the basics for fermenting your own foods at home. The beauty of these foods has been somewhat lost in our fast-food culture, but with a little patience and an adventurous spirit, you’ll soon be making delicious, nutritious condiments such as sauerkraut, salsa, or pickles. Eaten alongside meals, fermented foods improve digestion, add flavour, and spice things up.  Fermented beverages have long been a staple of the human diet. Once used as a method of preservation, fermentation also provided humans with the myriad enzymes and healthy bacteria needed to more effectively derive nutrients from their food. Now, in an age of anti-bacterial-everything, it’s time to reintroduce these ancient, effervescent foods and drinks to our diets.  We will learn the process of fermentation and how it works with grains and dairy and vegetables and beverages and water!


Thursday November 9, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

2:30pm

Nourish: Tech Savy Release
Computers, iPhones, smart phones, iPods, telephones, tablets, televisions you name it, tech-wise, we use it. As a result, so many of us have painful shoulders, text neck, achy backs, sore wrists, headaches or stress-aches. With a specific focus on the neck and upper back, learn self-massage techniques with the aid of Yoga Tune Up® therapy balls to help you get into those knotted, gnarled issues in your tissues. Release tension, erase pain and improve posture. Leave feeling refreshed, with more mobility and comfort in your body. Session includes your own set of Yoga Tune Up® therapy balls to take home with you (RRP $30

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Thursday November 9, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

6:00pm

The Picnic
Join us as we gather together the visionaries and talent of Whistler's culinary tradition to celebrate Cornucopia, Whistler's favourite food and drink festival.  This blend of talents, tastes, and toasts will be the perfect start to an exceptional festival.
Come celebrate with us at a picnic like no other - a truly Whistler experience!

9:00pm

Comedy Kitchen
Doors at 8pm
Why not kick off the incredible Cornucopia festival with some laughs! 
Top off your evening of entertainment by consuming some killer comedy from three hilarious comedians! This is the third year for the Comedy Kitchen show and it always sells out so get your tickets!  The comics are being rounded up and will be announced soon!  

Thursday November 9, 2017 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Buffalo Bill's 4122 Village Green, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
 
Friday, November 10
 

12:00pm

Nourish: Mastering The Basics
Caveman Grocer invites you to Master the Basics. Co-founder of Caveman Grocer, Kara McMaster will be speaking and teaching on how to master the basics of cooking, and the building blocks to creating delicious and nourishing recipes. Kara McMaster is the co-founder of Caveman Grocer, a paleo dedicated meal delivery service. She started Caveman Grocer in 2012. She noticed that people wanted to follow a paleo diet, but lacked the time, knowledge and skills to do so. Kara knew there was a whole in the market, and created Caveman Grocer. Her passion and dedication to providing clients with paleo meals featuring local farms, pastured raised animals and old school cooking techniques have brought rapid growth to the company.

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Friday November 10, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

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)

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6:00pm

The Cellar by Araxi Intimate Wine Dinner Series Stoller Family Estate

The Cellar by Araxi kicks off the Cornucopia Dinner Series with the beautiful wines of Stoller. Planted to vines in 1995, this historic family estate – well known for their award-winning Pinot Noir – will be featuring several wines showcasing the Oregon terroir. Sales Manager and Certified Wine Educator Bill Hanson will guide guests through this spectacular Pacific Northwest evening of food and wine.


Friday November 10, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Cellar by Araxi 150 - 4222 Village Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

7:00pm

Winery Dinner: Island Flavours Dinner
Discover Vancouver Island’s emerging wine regions paired with local ingredients in an intimate gathering in the private dining room of Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Grill Room.

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

7:00pm

Fondue Wine Dinner with Santa Ema

Join us at FIX FONDUE HUT for a delicious evening of fondue and wine featuring a selection of Vinos Santa Ema. Enjoy 3 delicious courses with five carefully chosen pairings for $89 pp. 

Cheese Fondue & Wine Night with Santa Ema Winery

Reception wine

SAUVIGNON GRIS, SANTA EMA,  2015

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TO START

NITA BROKEN CAESAR, ROMAINE HEART, SHAVED

PARMESAN, POACHED EGG, ROASTED GARLIC DRESSING

SAUVIGNON BLANC  TERROIR, SANTA EMA, 2014 

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TO FOLLOW

TRADITIONAL CHEESE FONDUE

EMMENTHAL & GRUYERE CHEESES, ARTISAN BAGUETTE, STEAMED VEGETABLES, ROASTED FINGERLING POTATOES, PICKLES, PROSCIUTTO, SALAMI, PEPPERONI & CHORIZO

MERLOT  GRAN RESERVE, SANTA EMA, 2013

AMPULUS ONE  CARMENERE/SYRAH, SANTA EMA, 2014 

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DESSERT

CHOCOLATE FONDUE
STRAWBERRY, MARSHMALLOW, BANANA BREAD, MERINGUES

CELLAR SURPRISE  PRIVATE RESERVE, SANTA EMA



8:00pm

Cellar Door Grand Tasting
Cellar Door unlocks the gates to the world of luxury fine wines, uncorking top-shelf bottles of wine and champagne ($35 and up) to sip, savour and salivate over.  Discover new wines and meet the producers and winemakers behind them.  Browse the wineries and indulge in gourmet treats, living the high-life, when Cornucopia opens the Cellar Doors.

Friday November 10, 2017 8:00pm - 11:00pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
 
Saturday, November 11
 

10:00am

Nourish: Farmer's Breakfast
Ryan and Melissa met over 20 years ago and they were two souls that were destined to be together. They were blessed to not only fall in love with each other but also share a deep love and passion for food. But they also shared an outlook on the world and life that it could be done “better”. As Chef Ryan has stated “The path is longer the hard way around but when it’s the right way, that is what counts.” They have stayed true to their path of doing what they love and making a difference. Over the years, they have been Chef’s for Umbertos, corporate hotels, and other restaurateurs. All of which has shown them how to do it better and differently. They first developed “The Good Life Café” and it grew quickly, leading them into developing the Pemberton Catering Company. The Venue Restaurant was a manifestation of combining amazing food, with stellar wines in an atmosphere that is warm, comfortable and filled with laughter. Chef Ryan and Melissa Leitch are not a corporation that hammers out “X” number of plates a day, For them it is about preparing amazing food that people love but also the connection they have with each of their customers. They not only create delicious food but strive to inspire the people that eat it to engage with them about what they are eating. They love their customers to ask them about the food, and how it came to the plate. In the case of Ryan and Melissa sometimes following a different path, doing what you love and sharing your passion pays off. You can tell this in every bite you savor at The Venue!


Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

11:45am

Chef's Table Luncheon - Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
*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.

Vancouver's Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar provides a distinctive showcase for the celebrated culinary vision of Executive Chef Alex Chen and redefines the fine art of dining with subtle, unexpected and playful approaches to cuisine, service and style. With an innovative approach that blends a respect for the past with a celebration of the present, Chen’s seafood-focused menu is grounded in classical technique and training, while artfully infusing casual West Coast flair and creative hints of his international influences. From the stylish dining room, seated oyster bar and craft-cocktail and champagne bar to the vintage-style lounge, private dining room and expansive wrap-around outdoor patio, Boulevard offers guests a wide range of culinary experiences — from early morning to late at night. A crossroads between a classic, European-styled bistro and contemporary bespoke style, the décor embraces local works of art, natural stone and imported Italian marble, up-cycled and refurbished antique chandeliers, white oak floors, violin veneer paneling and subtle accents of bronze and gold. Chef Alex Chen Bio Alex Chen’s culinary vision is an inspired recipe of family tradition, classical technique and training and an artful infusion of casual West Coast flair and creative hints of his international influences. Boulevard’s opening in July 2014 marked Alex’s official return to his hometown of Vancouver after charting a top-10 finish representing Canada at the prestigious Bocuse d’Or culinary competition in Lyon, France in 2013. Alex previously spent six years as the executive chef of the legendary Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel and held the roles of senior sous chef at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago and chef de cuisine at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. In 2015, Alex set the gold standard at the 10th annual Gold Medal Plates competition in Victoria, winning the title of regional champion and the honour of representing B.C. at the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna in February of 2016. From his childhood roots in Malaysia to his apprenticeship under Chef Robert Sulatycky at the Wedgewood Hotel in Vancouver to his time in California, the Pacific Rim and West Coast regions have helped form the basis for Alex’s innovative signature style, as well as his love for seafood. So, too, has his emphasis on sourcing the best fresh, local and in-season ingredients to accent his dishes.

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

11:45am

Chef's Table Luncheon - Villa Eyrie Resort
*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.

Inspired by Lake Como, the Villa Eyrie Resort is carved into the mountainside of Vancouver Island’s Malahat Summit. Known for its elevated setting and soaring views of the wild West Coast, Villa Eyrie overlooks the Saanich Inlet with eagles overhead and sea underfoot. Offering luxury accommodations and service in the skies. Executive Chef, Carmen Ingham leads the culinary team at Villa Eyrie Resort’s Summit Restaurant, which was recently named one of the top 30 new restaurants in Canada by enRoute. Previously the former sous chef at Relais & Chateaux property Sonora Resort, he was a Canadian finalist in the 2016 San Pellegrino Young Chef competition, and recognized as the "Le Creuset Rising Star" of the 2013 Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship. He is a passionate supporter of the local food movement and believes in forging lasting relationships with nearby farms and wineries, as well as further expanding Summit’s own burgeoning garden. His cooking truly personifies his coastal British Columbia roots, while his Italian heritage complements Summit’s Tuscan-style.

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

12:00pm

Drink Seminar: A Wine with Fingerprints: Small Wineries in a Global Age
In a world of corporate mergers and cultural homogeneity, wine has far too often been reduced to merely another product with a barcode.  Fortunately, there is an exciting resurgence of small, independent wineries that are fiercely devoted to creating unique wines that speak of a distinct time and place.  The production may be small, but the flavours are as expressive the people who made them.  Join Paul Watkin for a tasting of terroir-driven wines made by passionate people who leave their "fingerprints" on the bottle.

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Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B10

12:00pm

Drink Seminar: To Boldly Grow:  Reinventing South African Winemaking
The winemaking culture of South Africa is in the middle of a perfect storm. The country has a venerable tradition of old vines and established wineries, but a wave of young and forward-thinking winemakers is transforming the industry with fresh ideas about sustainability, as well as a newfound awareness of regional strengths. Join Daenna Van Mulligen for this action-packed virtual tour of South Africa's changing wine landscape. Guests will taste reds, whites, and sparklers from across South Africa.


Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B9

12:30pm

Culinary Stage Series: Canada's 150th - A Cultural Culinary Journey
Join Edible Canada's national leader and Chef Eric Pateman, plus his Director of Culinary, Tobias Grignon, and Restaurant and Beverage Manager, Harriet Whitecross for a lunch that showcases the best of Canada. With a culinary scene defined by local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients in the hands of many cultures, Chef Pateman and his team will lead you on a multi-course journey from Coast to Coast, while Harriet will pair wines and cocktails with the courses showcasing the diversity of our amazing country.


Saturday November 11, 2017 12:30pm - 2:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

2:30pm

Drink Seminar: Guilty Pleasures: Wine and Junk Food
Presenter: Rachelle Goudreau Even the most sophisticated palates splurge on junk food from time to time. Food and wine pairing shouldn't be reserved for fancy dinner parties, everyday can be a chance to experience new flavor combinations. From Pouilly-Fuisse with Popcorn to finding the perfect Canadian wine to pair with the perfect Canadian snack; ketchup chips! Whether your guilty pleasure is sweet or salty, we will find a wine to elevate even the humblest snack into a culinary experience.


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B12

2:30pm

Drink Seminar: The Bold Coast: Wild Whites from the Pacific Northwest
Join Michael Alberty for this seminar on some of the exciting and unconventional white wines being produced in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Pioneering winemakers from these regions are challenging traditional farming and viticultural methods, as well as reconsidering ideas about what it means to be natural and authentic. Their combination of curiosity and willingness to experiment is resulting in outstanding and truly original wines that express the Pacific Northwest's unique terroir. Guests will sample a range of one-of-a-kind whites that offer tantalizing glimpses into where winemaking may be headed.

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Saturday November 11, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B20

2:30pm

Drink Seminar: Wine Detective -- On the Case!
Think of this as a refresher course on the basics of wine. Want to know why you should swirl and sniff before tasting? Check. Want a reminder about the best temperature to serve a cabernet? Check. Host Daenna Van Mulligen will round up the usual suspects -- Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet, and a few of their friends -- and lead a blind tasting to illustrate how to recognize varietals based on clues such as their appearance, fragrance, and taste. She'll also give you the skinny on Old and New World differences, regional strengths, food pairings, and more. Go go Gadget corkscrew!


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B11

5:00pm

Drink Seminar: Spanish Wines: Viva la diferencia!
The remarkable diversity of Spanish wines is no accident.  Sure, the country has a variety of climates and geographical regions, but Spanish culture has also been a deciding factor.  Spanish winemakers have long valued and taken measures to preserve the many different grapes that grow in their country.  The result is an offering of riches with flavours that aren't found anywhere else on earth.  Spanish Wine Educator, Paul Watkin leads this guided tasting of a selection of outstanding Spanish wines.

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Saturday November 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B15

5:00pm

Drink Seminar: Vermouth's Bittersweet Revenge
Welcome to the Vermouth Renaissance! With classic brands revitalized, and new spirits emerging from upstart New World artisans, Vermouth has never been more popular than it is right now. A balancing act of bitter and sweet, it's enjoyable as a solo aperitif or as a key player in many cocktails. Join deVine Spirits’ master distiller Ken Winchester and mixologist Shawn Soole for this grand tour of Old & New World Vermouths. Guests will sample a range of cocktails that illustrate the spirit's complexity and versatility.


Saturday November 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B14

5:00pm

Drink Seminar: WOW Wines
WARNING:  The iconic wines you taste at this event may ruin you for all other wines!  Wine educators DJ Kearney and David Scholefield lead this guided tasting of a selection of elite wines that have become the benchmarks against which all other wines are measured.  There's no better way to research your options for the next time you want to select a cellar-worthy gift or to dazzle your host at a special dinner party.  The full list of wines to be sampled at the event is a carefully guarded secret, but we can reveal that the Cabernets from Caymus and Signorello Estate are among those that will be tasted by seminar guests.

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Saturday November 11, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE

6:00pm

Savour
The third annual Savour brings you an irresistible selection of locally-inspired lounge favorites including our coveted Poutine Bar, Specialty Sliders, Truffle Mac n’ Cheese, and more. These comforting culinary delights are perfectly paired with local craft beer, wine and spirit samplings throughout Grill & Vine and FireRock Lounge. Savour will prime your palate for an energizing night of Cornucopia events. Recipient of Where Magazine’s Top Ten New Restaurants in Canada Award, Grill & Vine offers locally-inspired dining sure to delight every palate. Executive Chef Bradley Cumming, born and raised in Vancouver, BC, is passionate about using fresh, regionally-sourced ingredients. Savour is presented in partnership with FireRock Lounge, the perfect place to kick back and relax with a great cocktail, craft beer, and a delicious plate of appies.

6:00pm

Araxi Big Guns: Viva Italia 

As the Toptable team prepares to relaunch the storied Il Caminetto, Araxi is delighted to showcase the very of best Italian wines from across the country. Wine Director Samantha Rahn has assembled a stellar line-up of Italy's finest wines from Tuscany, Piedmont, Sicily, Veneto, and beyond to highlight Executive Chef James Walt's modern interpretation of Italian cuisine. 


Saturday November 11, 2017 6:00pm - 10:00pm
The Cellar by Araxi 150 - 4222 Village Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

7:00pm

Winery Dinner: Quails’ Gate Winery Dinner
An intimate gathering in the private dining room of Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Grill Room. Experience exquisite BC wines expertly paired with a delicious menu that celebrates the finest British Columbia’s ingredients with some of British Columbia’s best wines.

Saturday November 11, 2017 7:00pm - 11:00pm
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler 4599 Chateau Boulevard,

7:45pm

Crush Grand Tasting: Early Entry
The Crush Early Entry ticket is a head start for a limited number of attendees to the Crush Gala Tasting. This is your chance to interact with dozens of wineries and sip and savor a fantastic collections of wine. Take the opportunity to talk one-on-one with winemakers and producers from BC and beyond.
Do you ever look at a wine list and wish you could have it all? At Crush, you can do just that. As the renowned flagship grand tasting event of Cornucopia, Crush creates a vibrant atmosphere for attendees to sip, savour and sample their way through the night and get to know new wines, creating new favourites.  Crush is an opportunity for the attendee to discover a new gem, or ten!  Meet wineries from BC and beyond and enjoy bites from some of Whistler's best restaurants. Located in the Sea to Sky Ballroom at the Whistler Conference Centre, Crush is dynamic, lively, sensational and a feast for the senses.

Saturday November 11, 2017 7:45pm - 8:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B10

8:30pm

Crush Grand Tasting
The renowned flagship grand tasting event of Cornucopia: Crush creates a vibrant atmosphere for attendees to sip, savour and sample their way through the night and get to know new wines, creating new favourites. Crush is an opportunity for the attendee to discover a new gem, or ten! Meet wineries from BC and beyond and enjoy bites from exciting and different vendors. Located at the Whistler Conference Centre, Crush is dynamic, lively, sensational and a feast for the senses. 

Saturday November 11, 2017 8:30pm - 11:00pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B5
 
Sunday, November 12
 

10:00am

Nourish: Energy In Motion
Simple recipes for the quick pick me up's to ful your body, soul and taste buds. The focus will be on healthy delicious bites that will provide sustained energy for all daily activities. Sugary snacks are out, whole some homemade snacks are in. Join Chef Wolfgang Sterr on this snack adventure.

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Sunday November 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

11:00am

Bubbles & Brunch
Seating times:
11am / 12:30pm / 12:45pm

A lingering weekend breakfast is a delightful indulgence, and Fairmont Chateau Whistler sets a sparkling stage for their decadent Sunday brunch experience with the refreshing pairing of bubbles. Live music sets the scene as tables overflow with brunch delicacies including juicy carved roasts, piles of fresh seafood, made-to-order omelets with all the fixings, Belgian waffles topped with fruit and cream, and decadent desserts

Sunday November 12, 2017 11:00am - 12:45pm
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler 4599 Chateau Boulevard,

11:00am

Brunch: Stonesedge Boozy Brunch
Join us for a Boozy Brunch to wash away a weekend of indulgence. There's only one way to get over a weekend of food and drinks, and that's more food and drinks. Brunch Canapes, Mimosa's, Caesars, Cocktails and great tunes. Included in the ticket cost are passed canapes and a welcome sparkling cocktail.

Sunday November 12, 2017 11:00am - 2:00pm
Stonesedge #13 – 4122 Village Green Whistler BC V0N 1B4

11:30am

Drink Seminar: Bubble-icious
This annual seminar on sparkling wines always rises to the top of the list of must-attend events at Cornucopia. Host Daenna Van Mulligen will again tirelessly advocate for bubbly as a versatile and food-friendly option for everything from breakfast to nights with Netflix. Guests will sample a range of sparklers from around the globe that show the variety of styles and flavours available to choose from. Note that this is a stand-up seminar.


11:30am

Drink Seminar: Stealing the Scene: BC's Similkameen Valley
BC’s Similkameen Valley is a place of sharp contrasts. Steep mountains encircle the flat valley bottom; temperatures fluctuate dramatically between desert-like extremes; soils are a complex amalgam of disparate elements. The Valley’s trademark wind blows over the land, and the Similkameen River winds endlessly through the vineyards and orchards. All these intense forces combine to create unique flavours in the glass, and the region is rapidly gaining recognition for its world-class wines. Join the panelists for a virtual tour of 3 of the Similkameen’s top wineries: Clos du Soleil, Corcelettes Estate Winery, and Orofino. Guests will sample the Valley’s complex wines paired with complementary bites.

11:30am

Drink Seminar: Top Value Wines
Back by popular demand, this seminar focuses on wines from around the world that share a common quality: they over-deliver for their price point. Hosts Rachelle Goudreau, Tyler Dawson & Jason Yamasaki will lead a guided tasting of a range of varietals and blends. A great way to discover your next go-to weeknight dinner wine, as well as recommendations for stocking your cellar for special events and the holiday season ahead.


11:45am

Chef's Table Luncheon - The Salted Vine
*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.

Located along the picturesque Sea-to-Sky Highway in downtown Squamish, The Salted Vine is a collaboration between industry veterans and longtime colleagues Jeff Park and Pat Allan, who lead the team as Executive Chef and Restaurant Director/Sommelier, respectively.

With a menu of share plates that place a premium on fresh, sustainable and seasonal ingredients, an expertly curated beverage program and modern-country farmhouse décor that reflects the hardworking spirit of the local community, The Salted Vine offers a contemporary and inspired taste of the Pacific Northwest and a new upscale dining experience in the heart of historic Squamish.

The Salted Vine is open for happy hour and dinner service Tuesday through Saturday and features a 70-seat dining room and lounge and 20-seat patio. With a design that pays homage to Squamish’s earliest incarnation as a railway terminus and logging outpost while also recognizing its new role as a growing and vibrant community that connects Greater Vancouver and the resort community of Whistler, The Salted Vine boasts modern-country farmhouse décor that reflects the hardworking and pioneering spirit of the surrounding area. Taking centre stage in the oldest building in Squamish — built in 1910 — The Salted Vine’s dining room and lounge feature an abundance of natural light, a colour palette that mingles dark and light tones of grey with hints of deep red in the interior doors and a sliding barn door behind the bar as well as an abundance of wood accents such as locally stained and reclaimed poplar patterned wall panels, grey teak tables and maple serving platters that were custom milled, cut and finished by Ian Annett of Raven Timberworks in nearby Paradise Valley. Executive Chef Jeff Park’s menu of small share plates will be accented by local dishware provided by Sandra Hutchison, also of Squamish, while paintings adorning the walls come courtesy of Whistler’s Suzanne Johnston.

Sunday November 12, 2017 11:45am - 2:30pm
Private Whistler Home

12:00pm

Culinary Stage Series: West Coast Contemporary

With Chef John Ferris.

The Collective Kitchen is a full service private dining company serving the Sea to Sky Corridor.

We work collaboratively with local and regional farmers, artisans and purveyors. We respect their work and we want to serve the best that British Columbia has to offer. We are professional chefs who will help you design a custom menu that fits the needs of your special event. You can expect the same attention to detail and craft that you would find in the finest restaurants in BCThe Collective Kitchen brings together John’s passion for Pacific Northwest Cuisine. His farm to table philosophy begins with simple elegance and a culinary standard that includes the highest quality food locally available.

John has been passionate about food since he was a young man. He began his fine dining culinary career under Chef Geddes Martin of the Inn at Ships Bay on Orcas Island, WA. He continued to gain knowledge and technical skills working in top restaurants throughout the West Coast and Pacific Northwest including Portland’s landmark Veritable Quandary under Chef Annie Cuggino and the cutting edge cuisine of San Diego’s Nine-Ten Restaurant under award winning Chef Jason Knibb. This was followed by a year in Toronto with Chef Christian Serebecbere where John honed his pastry craft at the Patisserie Patachou. In 2006 John started what would be 5 years at Whistler’s celebrated Araxi Restaurant as Chef de Cuisine.

Over the past decade John has aquired the skill and expertise needed through numerous events such as Puerto Vallarta’s Festival Gourmet, Whistler’s Cornocopia Gala Parties, the Pemberton Music Festival, Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics, Slow Food Cycle, Gold Medal Plates, and the Gran Fondo. He brings this knowledge to planning and executing any event, large or small.

He is privileged to live in the bountiful Sea to Sky where his passion and commitment for bringing natural ingredients together with sound techniques shows itself on every plate.


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Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

2:00pm

Drink Seminar: French Classics
One of the dangers of being really, really good at something is that people start taking you for granted because you make it look easy. This seminar is a reminder of why certain French wines are considered benchmarks by winemakers around the world. Rachelle Goudreau leads a guided tasting of a range of classic French wines from diverse regions. Note that this is a stand-up seminar.


2:00pm

Drink Seminar: Rosé, Rosato, Ramato: Drink Italian Pink
When it comes to Rosé, the rest of the world has a lot of catching up to do in order to equal Italy's love of pink wine.  The country boasts almost 250 appellations entitled to produce rosés, and that doesn't include sparklers, dessert styles, or Ramato, a centuries-old style made from Pinot Grigio. Italy has few rivals in it’s depth and diversity and history of rosato wine production.  Tyler Dawson presents this stand up tasting of different origins, varietals and styles of food-friendly rosés from across Italy.

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2:00pm

Drink Seminar: (R)Evolutionary Australia
Australia has a rich winemaking history that has contributed to an exciting evolution of styles, regions and varieties. Besides Italy, Australia is the only place on earth where Italian grapes thrive. But it doesn't stop there.  French winemakers consider the land Down Under to be their only rival for producing the world's best Chardonnay.  The oldest Grenache vines in the world are found in Australia. And Shiraz? The only thing to debate is which of Australia’s 65 wine regions produces your favourite.  Jason Yamasaki leads this tasting of wines from across Australia that illustrate why it's arguably the most diverse winegrowing country in the world.

Speakers

2:00pm

Drink Seminar: Oregon Pinot Noir - Willamette Valley and Beyond
Willamette Valley Pinot Noir deserves full credit for putting Oregon on the global wine map. And while wines from the Willamette Valley continue to hold the world's attention, high quality Pinot Noir is also being made in other parts of the state. Michael Alberty will illustrate the long history of Pinot Noir in Oregon (it may have been planted in the state for the first time in the 1860s) by leading guests through a tour de force tasting of Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley, Columbia Gorge, Southern Oregon and the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range.  

Speakers

3:30pm

Drink Seminar: And Now for Something Completely Delicious
Bored by Bordeaux? Tired of Tannat? We have just the ticket. Rachelle Goudreau leads this seminar focusing on unusual wines from France's lesser-known regions. We all know the country produces high-end headliners, but French winemakers also excel at crafting great value gems with unique flavour profiles. Guests will sample a range of wines that make great conversation starters. Note that this is a stand-up seminar.


3:30pm

Drink Seminar: Sangio-Crazy
Presenter: Tyler Dawson

This stand-up seminar explores the many moods of Italy's most widely planted grape.  Host Tyler Dawson will discuss various clones, interpretations and expressions of Sangiovese as he leads a tasting of single-varietal and blended wines from regions including Tuscany, Umbria, Emilia-Romagna, Abruzzo, Molise and Marché, all of which are renowned for their Sangiovese-based wines.

Speakers

4:00pm

Drink Seminar: Beauty and the Bane: The Last Bottles on Earth
It's a common mistake in the whisky world that Single Malt whisky is not blended. In almost all cases it is blend, just blended from the same distillery, rather than two or more. Single barrel whisky is the only whisky that is not blended. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is the Rolls Royce of single barrel brokers. With an average bottle run of less than 300 bottles for the entire world, the beauty and the bane of these exclusive whiskies is the flavours are unlike anything you get from the big distilleries however once the bottle is finished you never get to taste it again. Join Legacy Liquor Store Brand Manager Darryl Lamb and Chef Bruce Worden to sample six whiskies which are now sold out. Limited to just 45 seats, be one of the last people ever to drink this whiskies.

Sunday November 12, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE

4:30pm

Drink Seminar: Cocktail Cherry Bomb: Mixed Drinks with Attitude
This action-packed seminar on making mixed drinks won't forget to add the FUN. Kelly Ann Woods (a.k.a. the Booze Witch) will introduce you to all the tools, techniques, and ingredients you need to put together classic cocktails, as well as taking it one step further and offering tips to help you create your own. Woods will cover egg creams and whites, muddling, carbonating, burning, shaking, and more -- all garnished with her trademark dash of sassiness.

Speakers

4:30pm

6:00pm

Sensory Cinema: Lost in Translation with Harajuku Izakaya
Imagine a movie experience unlike any other Sofia Coppola's classic 'Lost in Translation' paired to a tasting menu inspired by Whistler's Harajuku Izakaya's favourite moments in the film. Playfully pairing the scenes with sweet and savoury canapes, perfectly timed and delivered to their seats by a friendly Sensory Cinema usher. With the added dimension of taste, touch and smell, the movie comes alive in an immersive cinematic experience.

For more general information on Sensory Cinemas click here

Harajuku Izakaya Menu 

6:00pm

The Cellar by Araxi Intimate Wine Dinner Series Foxtrot Vineyards, British Columbia

The Cellar by Araxi is thrilled to welcome back Winemaker Gustav Allander to showcase Foxtrot’s benchmark Okanagan Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Allander will be showcasing treasures from their family cellar to share with guests once again this year. It's truly a rare opportunity that’s not to be missed!


Sunday November 12, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Cellar by Araxi 150 - 4222 Village Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

6:00pm

Fairmont’s “ELLEvate TogetHER” Collaborative Fundraiser

Join Fairmont Chateau Whistler for a collaborative culinary dinner on Sunday, November 12 with three of Canada’s top powerhouse female chefs lending their time and talent for a cause.  The purpose of this event is two-fold; first and foremost, to raise money for cancer research, a cause that is deeply personal to all three chefs.  And while doing so, highlight other women in the industry.

These chefs include Nicole Gomes, recent Top Chef Canada All-star winner; Melissa Craig, executive chef at Bearfoot Bistro; and Fairmont’s own executive chef, Isabel Chung. Each chef will oversee two mouth-watering courses, with a female apprentice chef sharing the spotlight on one of those. Nikki Callaway, acclaimed winemaker at Quails’ Gate, will not only be providing her wine for the event but also insight into her role in the industry. The wine program for the evening will be executed by two of British Columbia’s top sommeliers: Maryke Vandermarel from Bearfoot Bistro as well as B.C.’s 2016 Sommelier of the Year, Jill Spoor from Fairmont Pacific Rim.

It’s an intimate dinner at Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Grill Room restaurant with only 50 seats available. All proceeds go toward the Canadian Cancer Society.


Sunday November 12, 2017 6:00pm - 10:00pm
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler 4599 Chateau Boulevard,

8:00pm

With a Twist: Celebrating 10 years of Centerplate Catering at the Whistler Conference Centre

This year, we are adding some more twists...Centerplate at the Whistler Cornference Centre is celebrating 10 years of catering! To commend these 10 years of greatness, Centerplate will be featuring 10 of their best dishes. A sampling of each will be provided along with cocktails and beverages to say cheers to 10 years!

Continue the celebrations with a Silent Disco! What is a Silent Disco? It's a party like no other! Each attendee receives a pair of headphones (supplied by us), and three different DJs play on three different channels. Switch it up, mix it up, dance all night - it's three parties at once! Take a break from the dancing to browse, taste and learn about the world of beer, spirits and cocktails as world-class mixologists and producers showcase their favourite liquids. Tickets include a souvenir glass and five tokens for your drinks, additional tokens are $1.50 each. 

 

Centerplate's featured dishes:

  1. Fois Gras Rillettes
  2. Mushroom Ravioli, Sage Cream, Braised Short Rib
  3. Mac and Cheese Lobster Fritter
  4. Tuna Poke, Wonton Crisp
  5. Yam Medallions, Avocado Puree, Smoked Tomato Compote
  6. Crab and Artichoke Phyllo Bites
  7. Roasted Tofu Lollipops, Quinoa Pesto
  8. Braise Sticky Pork Belly, Goat Cheese Polenta
  9. Assorted Mini Crème Brulee
  10. Donut Maker

 


Sunday November 12, 2017 8:00pm - 11:00pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B6

8:30pm

Sensory Cinema: Lost in Translation with Harajuku Izakaya
Imagine a movie experience unlike any other Sofia Coppola's classic 'Lost in Translation' paired to a tasting menu inspired by Whistler's Harajuku Izakaya's favourite moments in the film. Playfully pairing the scenes with sweet and savoury canapes, perfectly timed and delivered to their seats by a friendly Sensory Cinema usher. With the added dimension of taste, touch and smell, the movie comes alive in an immersive cinematic experience.

For more general information on Sensory Cinemas click here

Harajuku Izakaya Menu

Sunday November 12, 2017 8:30pm - 10:15pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE
 
Monday, November 13
 

12:00pm

Nourish: Meatless Mondays

Join Registered Holistic Nutritionist’s Dawn Levelton, Amanda Dawn & Morgan Dunn for a plant-based lunch adventure. Together, they will show you 3 dishes that can be created effortlessly, perfect for the season and to aid your digestive system to good health. Along with a cooking demonstration and tasting, you will be guided on all of the nutritional benefits to their recipes to ensure you get a full range of macronutrients, vitamins and minerals. Plant-based eating has never been so fun!


About Dawn Levelton:
Born and raised on one of Richmond's original dairy farms, Dawn gently endorses a mainly plant-powered "back to roots" holistic approach. A nutrition ninja, gardener and foodie based in Steveston Village, Dawn's passion is to work with and inspire activity lovers with digestive, thyroid or hormonal challenges wanting to optimize their energy & health naturally with plant-based foods. She enjoys sharing her knowledge about nutrition through hands-on cooking workshops & pop-up events designed to educate and connect people to whole, nutritious and tasty meals.(#planttheseed)

 

About Morgan Dunn:
Morgan is a nutritionist based out of Squamish, B.C with over a decade of experience in coaching athletics and nutrition. She specializes in working with those who love to move their body on the mountain, in a yoga studio or on the trails and help them combat chronic conditions or inflammation to ensure that they can do the things they love with nothing holding them back. When Morgan isn’t working with client’s, you can find her snuggling her fur baby, tending to her garden (#EatLocal) and enjoying the sea to sky lifestyle with her husband.

 

About Amanda Dawn:
Amanda Dawn is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, ACSM Personal Trainer, Yoga & Spin Instructor. She has been involved in the health and fitness industry for the past 12 years and is passionate about inspiring others to transform their health and wellness. It is not only her passion, but a way of life.


Speakers

Monday November 13, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

5:30pm

Drink Seminar: They’ve Got Chemistry - Pairing Chocolate & Cocktails
Is your idea of chocolate and spirit pairing a holiday box of assorted chocolate liqueurs?  If so, get ready to have your mind (and your tastebuds) blown.  Kelly Ann Woods and Hodie Rondeau host this fascinating exploration of the world of spirits, chocolate and cocktails.  Hodie is the founder of Vancouver’s Xoxolat, which specializes in importing the world’s top Single Origin and Estate chocolates.  She’ll lead a tasting of chocolate in its purest form to help seminar guests appreciate its flavour subtleties.  Kelly Ann Woods will then lead a tasting of raw spirits with the cacao.  Finally, guests will sample cocktails a variety of chocolates from Xoxolat paired with cocktails, and will learn the basics of making mixed drinks so they can rock their chocolate with handmade cocktail pairings at home.


6:00pm

The Cellar by Araxi Intimate Wine Dinner Series Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, British Columbia 

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery’s excellent wines from the South Okanagan and Similkameen valleys are truly Araxi and Cornucopia guest favourites. Their diverse range of white, red, and fortified wines pair seamlessly with Executive Chef James Walt's regional farm-to-table cuisine. 


Monday November 13, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Cellar by Araxi 150 - 4222 Village Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
 
Tuesday, November 14
 

12:00pm

Nourish: Wolfgang Sterr - Plant Based Deliciousness
Plant Based Deliciousness: Simply delicious plant based dished for yous everyday Meatless Monday. Let the bold flavours, textures and vibrant colours of plant based dishes speak for themselves. Learn how to plant based dishes have a positive effect on yout health and wellbeing while helping to preserve the health of our planet.

Speakers

Tuesday November 14, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

5:30pm

Drink Seminar: From Broomstick to Swizzle Stick: The Witchy Women of Whisky
Celebrate the world of whisky with a couple of witchy gals who have a spirited passion for all things liquid. Join hosts Kelly Ann Woods (a.k.a. The Booze Witch) and Lynn Coulthard (a.k.a. Bewhiskyed) for a fun and magical evening exploring whisky.

Guests will sample a range of top whiskies while learning how to taste and identify flavours. In addition, some fabulous cocktails ideas will be offered for your conjuring pleasure. So hop on your swizzlesticks and take a wild ride through all things whisky from Bourbon to Irish to Scotch to bedknobs and broomsticks !

This seminar is a celebration of whisky and the women who've played a leading role in its production and enjoyment. Hosts Kelly Ann Woods (a.k.a. the Booze Witch) and Lynn Coulthard are old friends as well as good colleagues, and they'll share their combined 50+ years of knowledge about spirits in a fun and interactive way. Guests will sample a range of top whiskies that show the influence of risk-taking, boundary-breaking women who weren't afraid to do things a little differently.

Celebrate the world of whisky with a couple of witchy gals who have a spirited passion for all things liquid. Join hosts Kelly Ann Woods (a.k.a. The Booze Witch) and Lynn Coulthard (a.k.a. Bewhiskyed) for a fun and magical evening exploring whisky.

Guests will sample a range of top whiskies while learning how to taste and identify flavours. In addition, some fabulous cocktails ideas will be offered for your conjuring pleasure. So hop on your swizzlesticks and take a wild ride through all things whisky from Bourbon to Irish to Scotch to bedknobs and broomsticks !

This seminar is a celebration of whisky and the women who've played a leading role in its production and enjoyment. Hosts Kelly Ann Woods (a.k.a. the Booze Witch) and Lynn Coulthard are old friends as well as good colleagues, and they'll share their combined 50+ years of knowledge about spirits in a fun and interactive way. Guests will sample a range of top whiskies that show the influence of risk-taking, boundary-breaking women who weren't afraid to do things a little differently.


6:00pm

The Cellar by Araxi Intimate Wine Dinner Series Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington

A guest favourite from 2016’s Intimate Wine Dinner Series, The Cellar by Araxi welcomes back Chateau Ste. Michelle with a stellar selection of their diverse estate wines for another evening to remember. From gorgeous Riesling to bold full bodied reds, the wines pair seamlessly with Araxi’s seasonal cuisine.


Tuesday November 14, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Cellar by Araxi 150 - 4222 Village Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
 
Wednesday, November 15
 

12:00pm

Nourish: Aura Restaurant | Dining with Balance
Aura Restaurant | Dining with Balance Learn about Chef Dean Hossack’s philosophy on classic and vegan cuisine, using healthy methods and ingredients to produce dishes that guests rave about. 

Biography | Dean Hossack Executive Chef, Dean Hossack, brings a focus on fresh, local food to the menus at Nita Lake Lodge while still paying tribute to his culinary roots in the Okanagan region of British Columbia. Chef Hossack has developed excellent relationships with local farmers and growers throughout the Sea to Sky region. Farm to table creations is one of his culinary passions. Chef Hossack began his culinary career at S.A.I.T in Calgary where he graduated with honors before accepting an apprentice position at Lake Okanagan Resort under the Canadian Culinary Olympic Gold Medalist, Chef Dave Ryan. His extensive experience in Okanagan kitchens continued as he spent over five years as the Executive Chef at the Okanagan Golf Club and four years at the Kelowna Yacht Club. Chef Hossack is also known on the international stage, having travelled and competed as a member of the Culinary Team British Columbia in Luxembourg, Switzerland and Germany.

Speakers

Wednesday November 15, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

5:30pm

Drink Seminar: Mix it Up & Chow it Down: Pairing Food and Cocktails
Most of us are familiar with the basics of pairing food with beer or wine, but we can feel a little unsure of ourselves when it comes to pairing food with cocktails.  This is a pity, because food and mixed drinks can enhance each other’s flavours in the same way a slice of smoked Gouda can turn up the volume on a good Cabernet.  Sommelier/Mixologist Kelly Ann Woods leads this seminar on winning strategies for pairing cuisine and cocktails, including a discussion of which spirits work best with which ingredients and cooking methods.  Guests will sample a range of mixed drinks paired with savoury bites from the Wild Wood Pacific Bistro.  Essential research for holiday entertaining, movie nights, or maximizing your next après experience!

Wednesday November 15, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B10

6:00pm

The Cellar by Araxi Intimate Wine Dinner Series Torres, Spain

The exciting wines of Torres showcases a broad range flavours and styles from all across Spain. The culinary team of Bar Oso, led by Chef Jorge Muñoz Santos, take center stage at The Cellar by Araxi alongside a collection of wines that range from light whites, to rich reds and sweet wine for an evening with true Spanish flare.


Wednesday November 15, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Cellar by Araxi 150 - 4222 Village Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

6:00pm

French Rendezvous
Discover the magic of French food paired with fine wines in an intimate and elegently French atmosphere. To accompany dinner, enjoy a spectacular silent auction and dance away the night. Hosted are presented by the Ecole La Passerelle in Whistler, all proceeds from the evening will enrich the education of students at Whistler's francophone school.

Wednesday November 15, 2017 6:00pm - 11:00pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

7:00pm

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

Wednesday November 15, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Legs Diamond 4573 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
 
Thursday, November 16
 

12:00pm

Nourish: The Green Moustache
We, Nicolette and Pierre Richer, are a local Whistler family who were inspired by our 3 vibrant children (Jaden, Hazelle & Sadie) to always make organic, healthy and tasty whole food meals, snacks, and treats for our family and friends.  Green Moustache Inc. is a way to carry this inspiration through to our community. Now our passion has grown to four restaurant locations in Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler, including an amazing crew of staff from around the world.

These are our priorities:
1.) Organic and local produce
2.) Delicious and nutritious whole foods
3.) Food that nourishes and detoxifies the body. They are simple yet mighty powerful and once you’ve tried our juices and other products, you might even say life changing! We are serious about organic, nutritious and delicious whole food, and we always make sure it’s made with laughter and love. We want health to be creative, fun, simple, clean and organic, and easily attainable by everyone.

Speakers

Thursday November 16, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

2:30pm

Nourish: Tech Savy Release
Computers, iPhones, smart phones, iPods, telephones, tablets, televisions you name it, tech-wise, we use it. As a result, so many of us have painful shoulders, text neck, achy backs, sore wrists, headaches or stress-aches. With a specific focus on the neck and upper back, learn self-massage techniques with the aid of Yoga Tune Up® therapy balls to help you get into those knotted, gnarled issues in your tissues. Release tension, erase pain and improve posture. Leave feeling refreshed, with more mobility and comfort in your body. Session includes your own set of Yoga Tune Up® therapy balls to take home with you (RRP $30

Speakers

Thursday November 16, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

5:30pm

Drink Seminar: Not So Straight Bourbon
Bourbon has a reputation as a down-home, shoot-from-the-hip spirit that takes pride in its Kentucky origins. While classic bourbon continues to be popular, however, a new generation of whiskey makers across the USA are experimenting with innovations such as apple wood smoke and peated malt. Legacy Brand Manager and host of TSN 1410’s Handcrafted Spirits Darryl Lamb hosts this seminar focused on the microdistillery revolution that's shaking up the bourbon scene. Guests will sample a range of whiskies from across the USA.

Speakers

Thursday November 16, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B24

6:00pm

The Cellar by Araxi Intimate Wine Dinner Series Culmina Family Estate Winery, British Columbia 

Culmina is the Triggs family's latest venture on the Golden Mile Bench in the South Okanagan. Join Canadian wine pioneer Don Triggs as he shares his stories and memories, and experience world class wines from this family's ambitious and successful vineyards and winery. 


Thursday November 16, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Cellar by Araxi 150 - 4222 Village Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

6:00pm

House Party: Best of BC
The House Party - Best of BC combines local foods and domestic wines, spirits and beer. Featuring the best of local talent in food and drink, we invite you to our house. Indulge in BBQ from our backyard, home-grown vodka, micro-brewed beer and much more from BC’s land of plenty.  House Party is a perennial sell out.

Thursday November 16, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B7

7:00pm

Winery Dinner: 4-Course Beer Pairing Dinner with Whistler Brewing Co
Tantalize your taste buds with an evening of irresistible food and delicious beer in this collaborative event from local friends Whistler Brewing Co and Blacks Pub & Restaurant. Including a four-course meal spectacularly paired with staple and seasonal brews. If you love food and beer, this is a night not to be missed!

Sneak Peak at the Menu:
1st Course
Curried roast pumpkin soup with cilantro crème fraîche

2nd Course
Wild BC Salmon and maple chilli sweet potato salad

3rd Course
Spice-rub pan roasted duck breast served with apple & dark cherry sauce 

4th Course
White chocolate apricot almond bread pudding with whiskey custard and topped with vanilla bean ice cream

Thursday November 16, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Black's Pub 4270 Mountain Square Whistler, B.C. Canada, V0N 1B4

7:00pm

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

Thursday November 16, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Legs Diamond 4573 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
 
Friday, November 17
 

12:00pm

Nourish: Live Bodies Need Living Foods!
Nutritionist and Raw Food Chef, Merina Koly, will prepare a healthy, delicious, light lunch that will focus on living foods and all the benefits of incorporating more raw food into daily food choices.

Speakers

Friday November 17, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

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

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

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
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B8

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

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
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B26

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
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B25

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.


Saturday November 18, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B27

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

2:00pm

Culinary Stage Series: Hunter Gather - Smoke & Brew
Hunter Gather, Whistler's newest Tap House & Eatery along with Coast Mountain Brewing will join forces to bring you the best of house smoked meats paired with locally crafted beer.

Saturday November 18, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE

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.

Speakers

Saturday November 18, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B29

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
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B28

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
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B10

4:00pm

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.

Speakers

Saturday November 18, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B31

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
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B30

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.


Saturday November 18, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B32

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,

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.

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

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
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B9
 
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.


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!


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 wnes to warm up to during colder weather. She'll explore reds such as Syrah and peppery Schiopettino; whites with honey and baking spice notes; and full-bodied rosés that won't give you a chill. Perfect timing to get ideas for bottles that will help keep you toasty during the season ahead!

Speakers

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.


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