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Thursday, November 9
 

9:30am

WSET Level 1
WSET Level 1
Drink like a pro! If you’ve always dreamed of becoming a sommelier or gaining expert certification, this course is for you. It's perfect for the serious amateur wine-lover or collector, as well as the hospitality professional. WSET Level 1 is held over the first two days of the 11-day Cornucopia festival of food & drink, in beautiful Whistler, BC. Instructed by wine industry expert and veteran instructor DJ Kearney, attendees will spend 2 full days learning tasting technique and wine fundamentals. Upon certification, the WSET Level 1 graduates will then have the opportunity to see in a new light the incredible collection of wines showcased over the 11-day festival. Registration includes the exam, all study materials and attendees take home their own set of ISO certified glasses. Receive a free ticket to the CRUSH GRAND Gala Tasting on Saturday Nov 11th and enjoy your new skills at a world class tasting event!

Deadline to Register: Friday October 27th, 2017

Thursday November 9, 2017 9:30am - Friday November 10, 2017 5:00pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way

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

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

3:00pm

Restaurant Hall of Fame

The Restaurant Association of Whistler (RAW) is pleased to once again host our annual Restaurant Hall of Fame, celebrating those that have contributed to the rich, storied and varied restaurant culture in beautiful Whistler, BC.

 

This year RAW is pleased to announce that our 2nd inductee into the Hall of Fame will be Lawrence Black of Black's Restaurant.  Lawrence is a true example of Whistler's early years of entrepreneurial grit and determination. He has held almost every position possible at Black's Restaurant (there are photos to prove his pizza making skills) over it's 30 years history, as a landmark establishment near the base of Whistler Mountain.  It is with great pleasure that we will be hosting Mr. Black as our second inductee this year, following our inaugural Hall of Fame member, Mario Enero of La Rua and Caramba restaurant.


The Restaurant Association of Whistler is an association representing food primary, licensed establishments in Whistler, BC.  Our board of directors meet monthly to discuss all matters related to the business of Food & Beverage, from local/provincial government changes to international tourism trends, with the goal of providing our RAW members with all the tools necessary to dazzle our guests with award winning service in Whistler, BC. For more information about our association, please visit: www.restaurantswhistler.com 

Please contact admin@restaurantswhistler.com for Guest List.  


Thursday November 9, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way

5:00pm

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

Thursday November 9, 2017 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Legs Diamond 4573 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

6:00pm

Intimate Wine Dinner Series in The Cellar by Araxi Icons of the Okanagan
The Cellar by Araxi kicks off the 2017 Intimate Wine Dinner Series with the glorious wines of Von Mandl Family Estates.  They include top tier wines from iconic Okanagan wineries Mission Hill and CedarCreek, as well as their two newest additions, CheckMate (Chardonnay and Merlot) and Martin's Lane (Riesling and Pinot Noir).  This is a very exciting line up of many rare wines representing the pinnacle of BC vineyards and winemaking.

Thursday November 9, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
The Cellar by Araxi 150 - 4222 Village Square, 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!

Thursday November 9, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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! 

Emcee / host:
Colin Sharp has always spent too much time in his own head, so now he spends his time on stage. A friendly, inviting presence, he loves telling stories from his life and getting way too passionate about things that don't matter. Colin has toured Western Canada, been featured as part of the Just For Laughs Northwest Comedy Festival and SiriusXM Top Comic Showcase, and opened for comedians like Jackie Kashian. In high school, he broke his finger playing flag football, but it no longer affects his everyday life. 

Headliner: Sophie Buddle 
Bio: Sophie was runner-up at SiriusXM Top Comic, which has led to her first national TV appearance here at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal this summer. Barely Legal, the monthly show she runs with her room-mate in Vancouver, was a featured show at Just For Laughs Northwest. She's also performed at some of the coolest spots in LA and occasionally writes for CBC's comedy website. 

Feature: Mayce Galoni 
Bio: Mayce Galoni is a comedy superstar in the body of a comedy writer. He has appeared at Just for Laughs, JFL42, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Halifax Comedy Festival and more. He has appeared numerous times on CBC's The Debaters, and his debut comedy album "Praying to see Boobs" can be heard regularly on SiriusXM. In 2016, Mayce was a finalist in the Seattle International Comedy Competition, and taped a set for Kevin Hart's LOL network. He has also appeared on MTV and starred in a prank show on BiteTv called PrankYou which he is pretty sure now only airs in Brazil. 

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

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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Friday November 10, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm

5:00pm

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

Friday November 10, 2017 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Legs Diamond 4573 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

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

6:00pm

Sidecut: Peak to Peak to Peak - A Four Seasons Mountain Collection Chefs Collaborative
Executive Chef Eren Guryel plays host to his Four Seasons Mountain Resort brethren from Four Seasons Vail and Four Seasons Jackson Hole to create a high altitude culinary experience. Chefs Topher Strittmatter of Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole and Ashton Fichtl of Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail bring the heat and seasoning from their American steakhouse eateries, Westbank Grill and Flame, to mingle with SIDECUT's famous cuts and rubs.

Friday November 10, 2017 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Sidecut 4591 Blackcomb Way, 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.

Featuring wines and spirits from:
Sheringham Distillery
Vigneti Zanatta
Alderlea Vineyards
Averill Creek
Salt Spring Vineyards 

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
 
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

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.

featuring:
  • Blue Mountain Gamay Noir
  • Foxtrot Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Alpha Box & Dice Tarot Grenache
  • Vina Koyle Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Texier Brézème Vineyard Syrah
  • Upper Bench Merlot
  • Camaraderie Cellars Madrona
  • Finca Zerberos Garnacha "Arena Pizarra" 
 

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Saturday November 11, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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

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

2:00pm

Trade Tasting - Crush
Trade Only Tasting 
A tasting event for wineries 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 11, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way

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.

featuring:
  • La Marca Prosecco
  • Tantalus Riesling
  • TIME Rosé
  • Painted Rock Chardonnay
  • Monte da Baia Tinto
  • Raza Reserve Malbec
  • Lini910 Lambrusco
  • Gonzalez Byass Nutty Solera
  • Gonzalez Byass Apostoles 
 


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm

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

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!

featuring:
  • Chateau de Sancerre
  • Rapaura Springs Sauvignon Blanc
  • Noble Ridge Chardonnay
  • Louis Jadot Chablis
  • Famille Bougrier Vouvray Chenin Blanc
  • Quails’ Gate Chenin Blanc
  • Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz
  • Painted Rock Syrah
  • Sea Breeze Pinot Noir
  • Louis Jadot Bourgogne Pinot Noir 'Couvent des Jacobins'
  • Borsao Garnacha
  • Monte Antico Sangiovese
 


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm

3:00pm

Four Seasons: Mezcal with Mica: VIP Cocktail Master Class + Tasting
Featuring Mica Rousseau, one of the top mixologists in Mexico, of creative bar concept Fifty Mils at Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City, #61 top bar in the world.   Enjoy a small audience with this inventive cocktail master, sampling premium mezcal, a trio of cocktail tasters and Chef Eren Guryel perfectly-paired taco creations.  "Mixology has that kind of romanticism that allows us to tell a story with a drink, and to create an authentic experience for guests." - Mica Rousseau

Saturday November 11, 2017 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Four Seasons Resort Harmony Foyer 4591 Blackcomb Way

4:00pm

Culinary Stage Series: A Cut Above: High Altitude Argentinean Wine for Meat Lovers
Join British Columbia’s 2015 Sommelier of the Year, Jason Yamasaki, for this sit-down event featuring Argentinean wines paired with cuisine from Whistler’s own Wild Wood Bistro.  As Group Sommelier for the Joey Restaurant Group, Yamasaki determines wine lists for restaurants across Canada and the west coast of the USA.  He visited Argentina in 2013 and came back brimming with enthusiasm for the country’s food-friendly offerings.   He will select, and comment on, a total of 8 Argentinean wines, which will be sampled with 3 dishes.  The food will be prepared on-site by Wild Wood’s Chef Leah Brennan, who will offer tips and techniques to bring out the flavours of the meat for maximum enjoyment.

Featuring:

  • Michael Torino Cuma Torrontes
  • Renacer Punto Final Chardonnay Reserva
  • Vina Cobos Felino Malbec
  • Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec
  • Masi Tupungato Passo Doble
  • Finca Las Moras Reserve Tannat
  • Decero Petite Verdot
  • Mascota Vineyards Unanime


Traditional empanada, filled with beef, egg, olive & spices

Fugazza, an Argentinian focaccia served warm, topped with onions and cheese

Chimichurri mixed grill: chimichurri 3 ways, on cast iron seared steak, with a venison meatball, and accompanying a free-range chicken wing

Torta negra galesa, a dense spiced fruit cake

 

Saturday November 11, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way

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.

Speakers

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

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

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.

featuring:
  • Pol Roger Cuvee de Reserve Brut NV
  • Henriccson Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
  • Mirabel Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015
  • Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2012
  • Checkmate Black Rook Merlot
  • Fuse Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
  • DeLille Cellars Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Caymus Napa Cabernet 2015
  • The Chocolate Block
  • Taylor Fladgate 325th Anniversary Edition Reserve Tawny Port
 

Speakers

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

5:00pm

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

Saturday November 11, 2017 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Legs Diamond 4573 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

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

6:30pm

Quattro Whistler Truffle Dinner
An event not to be missed - The Quattro Truffle Dinner - featuring the prized white truffles from Alba, Italy. The menu highlights these hidden gems and is paired with the wines from Batasiolo. A celebration of Italian  food and wine. Book now - limited seating in our private dining room at Quattro in Whistler. 

Saturday November 11, 2017 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Quattro 4319 Main St, 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

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
 
Sunday, November 12
 

10:00am

Nourish: Energy In Motion

 Simple recipes for the quick pick me ups to full 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. 

Items served:

Cranberry Quinoa Muffin 

Quinoa and Veggie Bites

Zen Lunch Bowl

Superfood Red Velvet Bites


Speakers

Sunday November 12, 2017 10:00am - 11:30am

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.

featuring:
  • Chandon Brut
  • Champagne Taittinger Prestige Rose
  • Wolfberger Cremant d’Alsace Rose
  • Jaillance Cremant de Bordeaux Brut Rose
  • Canella Prosecco Millisemato DOCG
  • Lini910 Lambrusco
  • Meyer Sparkling
  • Pinot Nero, the Bottega White Gold
  • Segura Viudas Heredad Brut Reserve
  • Summerhill Blanc de Noir
 


Sunday November 12, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm

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.

Sunday November 12, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm

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.

featuring:
  • Protea Chenin Blanc
  • Cono Sur Bicicleta Viognier
  • Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling
  • Emiliana Organic Vineyards Coyam
  • Borsao Garnacha
  • Torre del Falasco Ripasso
  • Bodega Garzon Reserva Tannat
  • La Bastide Rouge
  • Famille Bougrier Muscadet Sevre et Maine
  • Medici Ermete Concerto Lambrusco Reggiano
  • Divici Verso Rosso
 


Sunday November 12, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm

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: Fort Berens with The Kitchen featuring Chef Dylan Foss

The Chef. The Winemaker. The Farmer.

Presenters:
The Chef - Chef Dylan Foss, The Kitchen at Fort Berens Estate Winery
The Winemaker - Danny Hattingh, Fort Berens Estate Winery
The Farmer – Tristan Banwell, Spray Creek Ranch

As an emerging wine region, Lillooet is quickly becoming a destination for wine exploration. With its vineyards on sage-brush covered benchland along the Fraser River at the base of towering mountains, Fort Berens embraces the spirit of Lillooet. Winemaker Danny Hattingh and the team are committed to handcrafting award-winning wines that reflect their unique Lillooet terroir.

While expressing the terroir of Lillooet in the wine, it goes hand-in-hand that Chef Dylan Foss from The Kitchen at Fort Berens Estate Winery is also committed to creating culinary dishes that showcase fresh, local ingredients. In a celebration of the finest bounty from Lillooet, Chef Dylan creates farm-to-table dishes that feature fresh, local ingredients and classic, old-world techniques.

Farmer Tristan Banwell and his team at Spray Creek Ranch raise certified organic beef cattle, pigs, meat chickens, turkeys and laying hens on pasture as part of an integrated and regenerative agro-ecological system.  They are a certified organic and diversified regenerative farm in Lillooet using ecological principles to produce wholesome, delicious, pastured meats.

The Best of BC Wine Country Awards recently recognized all three of these talented individuals and teams with a number of awards, as voted on by the public. In the emerging region category, Fort Berens won “Best BC Red Wine”, “Best BC White Wine” and “Best Overall Wine Experience”. The Kitchen at Fort Berens won "Best Overall Culinary Experience" and "Best Restaurant Showcasing Local Foods”, while Spray Creek Ranch won "Best Local Food Product".

This culinary stage experience is a unique opportunity to learn from and taste with The Chef, The Winemaker and The Farmer. You will learn about agriculture in the Lillooet area from these three locals with a broad wealth of knowledge. This experience is designed to be just as educational as it is delicious.

During the presentation, you will learn more about the wines on the menu, the potential for wine in this emerging region and the future of Fort Berens wines. You will learn about new and ethical farming practices at work in Lillooet, the food system that is growing in the sea to sky corridor, and the great products being grown in the region. The experience will culminate in a three-course wine and food paired meal that will delight all of your senses.

 

1st Course

Grilled Cheese

Farmhouse country morning, bing cherry and Cabernet Franc compote, honey compound butter

Paired with a cocktail featuring the Fort Berens Late Harvest Riesling

 

2nd Course

Spätzle

Roasted pine mushroom, cedar scented cream sauce, parsley verde

Paired with Fort Berens White Gold

 

3rd Course

Grass fed beef and carrots

Carrot steak, braised Spray Creek Ranch chuck, beets, toasted wild rice, tomato jus

Paired with Fort Berens Red Gold


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

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.

featuring:
  • Pierre Paillard Champagne
  • Chateau de Sancerre
  • Halos de Jupiter Cotes du Rhone
  • Chateau Argadens Rouge AOC Bordeaux Superieur
  • Joseph Drouhin Laforet Pinot Noir
  • Louis Bernard Chateauneuf du Pape
  • Garnier Chablis
 


Sunday November 12, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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.

featuring:
  • Ricasoli Albia Rosé
  • A Mano Rosato
  • Argiolas Serra Lori
  • Leone de Castris Five Roses Negroamaro Rosé
  • Il Feuduccio Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo
  • MASI Rosa dei Masi
  • Foradori Pinot Grigio Fuoripista
  • CostaRipa Rosa Mara Chiaretto Valtènesi
 

Speakers

Sunday November 12, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm

2:00pm

Culinary Stage Series: Culinary Olympic Champion Chef Dave Ryan w/ Sub Zero and Wolf

Chef Dave Ryan
Canadian born and raised in Nova Scotia, Dave began his career in 1984 after graduating with highest standing awards from a from a 2 year culinary arts program at NSIT, in Nova Scotia. With a variety of ethnic influences throughout his career, along with his own Middle Eastern and Irish heritage, his cooking style is modern European influenced with Canadian roots.

Dave started his culinary journey working in higher end hotels like the ITT corporate Sheraton and New World hotels. Working across Canada in major cities like Toronto and Calgary, Dave has been lucky to work with some of Canada's most notable chefs like Tony Marakaimi, Marcel Krentz, and Fred Zimmerman. He eventually landed in Vancouver near the end of Expo 86 and moved to the interior in 1992, taking on the role as Executive Chef at Lake Okanagan Resort in Kelowna. While in the Okanagan, Dave co-hosted a radio program called' 'Stump The Chef", but in 2001 the city beckoned him back, and so he lives in Abbotsford and commutes into Vancouver to VCC everyday. Dave has contributed published material in 9 hard covered books, including the 1999 to 2004 editions of "Canadian "ON COOKING" and the "2008 Culinary Team Canada Cooks" cookbook.

He dedicates his time to working directly with young chefs and competitors of the future. He is a former regional team BC manager and past coach for our provincial Aboriginal Team. Dave holds 5 Healthy Chef titles all with student teams from VCC and personally helped raise money for the Elizabeth Fry Society, Rotary club and other local charities. In 2007 Ryan was involved in the reality TV show "The Next Great Chef", in 2008 selected for the" Julius Pokomandy Award" and "2009 BC Chef Of The Year". Completing his certification in National judging, Dave was on the list of select Canadian chefs who represent as international judges for W.A.C.S. sanctioned events around the globe.

Having become involved in culinary competitions early in his career, Dave sees them as a source of great inspiration for both apprentices and established professionals. "There is more to cooking and creating than our everyday work can offer. We can't re-invent food but I believe we can take that basic function and elevate it to an art." He has certainly proven that with his achievements in culinary competitions. He holds 9 Provincial trophies, over 26 medals, and 5 gold with distinction in competitions within Canada and the United States. Dave has seen 13 national competitions in the European circuit; and 9 as a core team member of our National Culinary Olympic Team. With over 45 National medals all gold except 3 and 6 medals highest in category, Dave is a 2 time World Champion and holder of the Olympic "Grand Gold" in the 2000 World Culinary Olympics.



Sunday November 12, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way

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.

featuring:
  • Mitolo McLaren Vale Vermentino
  • Voyager Margaret River Chardonnay
  • Coldstream Hills Yarra Valley Chardonnay
  • Alpha Box & Dice ‘Blood of Jupiter’ McLaren Vale
  • D’arenberg ‘Custodian' McLaren Vale Grenache
  • Hesketh Negroamaro
  • Yalumba Old Bush Vine Grenache
  • Yangarra McLaren Vale Grenache
  • Ochota Barrels Syrah
  • Tyrrell’s Hunter Valley Shiraz
 

Speakers

Sunday November 12, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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

Sunday November 12, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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.

Sunday November 12, 2017 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Sidecut 4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

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.

featuring:
  • Domaine de la Rosiere Savoie Rosé
  • Domaine de la Rosiere Jongieux Blanc
  • Gerard Bertrand Terroir Corbieres
  • Wolfberger Cremant D’Alsace
  • Chateau Leret Monpezat Le Gouleyant Malbec
  • Louis Jadot Bouzeron 
 


Sunday November 12, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm

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.

featuring:
  • Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG
  • Altesino Rosso di Montalcino
  • Felsina Chianti Classico
  • Farnese Fantini Sangiovese
  • Di Majo Norante Sangiovese
  • il Centro Sangiovese Rubicone
  • Arnaldo Caprai Montefalco Rosso
  • Carpineto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva
 

Speakers

Sunday November 12, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm

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 4010 Whistler Way

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

Sunday November 12, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm

4:30pm

Drink Seminar: Dynamic Wine & Chocolate Pairings: Knowing Your Place!
The character of grapes and cacao beans are profoundly influenced by the geography and climate in which they’re grown, as well as how they’re processed.  Wine educator Paul Watkin and Hodie Rondeau of Vancouver’s iconic XOXOLAT lead this guided tasting of wine and chocolate.  Guests will first taste 2 Single Source Cacao samples to gain an appreciation for the link between their distinctive flavours and their place of origin; then 2 wine samples, ditto.  Finally there will be a range of pairings that explore the synergistic flavours and textures of wine and chocolate that will have you "thinking outside the box".

Sunday November 12, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way

5:00pm

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

Sunday November 12, 2017 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Legs Diamond 4573 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

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 

Sunday November 12, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way

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 and 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

8:00pm

Audain Art Museum: ARTprès SKI

ARTprès SKI at the Audain Art Museum: an evening of art, entertainment, food and drink.
Presented by the Audain Art Museum, The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler, Gibbons Après Lager.
In partnership with MAGNETIC – A Whistler Blackcomb Movie and Prior Skis and Snowboards.

Experience ARTprès SKI. This fabulous party is inspired by the ever illustrious “art opening” but with an added flair - the mountain après experience. Explore the Museum’s newest Exhibition, Stone and Sky: Canada's Mountain Landscape, after-hours on its opening weekend, interspersed with sipping beverages and enjoying an extensive array of culinary delights.

This unforgettable party will feature a showcase of Whistler’s mountain culture including après-inspired food & beverage tasting stations, DJ Vinyl Ritchie and DJ Flipout spinning 45” vinyl records, stunning visuals from MAGNETIC - A Whistler Blackcomb Movie, and a temporary art installation featuring a history of Ski and Snowboard topsheet art from Prior Skis and Snowboards.

 


Sunday November 12, 2017 8:00pm - Monday November 13, 2017 12:00am
Audain Art Museum 4350 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
 
Monday, November 13
 

9:30am

WSET Level 2
WSET Level 2: *Advanced Registration Required
For those dedicated to the love of wine! Held over three days, this qualification is popular with wine and spirit employees as well as the seriously interested, wine-loving consumer, giving students an excellent all-round knowledge of wine. WSET 2 has a rigorous curriculum that focuses on the key grape varieties and regions of the world, plus principle spirits styles. Train with the best, taste over three dozen of the world’s best wines while nestled in the setting of one of the world's premier food and wine festivals. This is high-level wine training with an exceptional teacher and amazing atmosphere, and a first-ever Whistler opportunity. WSET Level 1 is not a pre-requisite for WSET Level 2, although Level 1 is highly recommended, as is pre-reading the textbook prior to the course. Registration is required well in advance – deadline Sept 24th. Textbooks will be available for pick up in Vancouver and Whistler October 14th so students can prepare for their course. Registration fee includes the exam, all textbooks and study materials and attendees take home their own set of ISO certified glasses. Receive three Cornucopia educational seminars as our gift to you!

Monday November 13, 2017 9:30am - Wednesday November 15, 2017 5:00pm
WHISTLER CONFERENCE CENTRE 4010 Whistler Way

11:00am

Cornucopia Junior Chef

Does your teen loving to cook?  Introducing Cornucopia Junior Chef - for budding culinary artists and junior foodies. This workshop for kids age 13-18 is dedicated to bringing teens and professionals together to share in the craft of cooking and learning about food, nutrition and healthy living.  Junior chefs will create their own meal, prepare food while considering the food system and sustainability and present and share it with others.  Reinforcing the connection between food, community and health and lead by veteran food educator, high-school teacher and chef Jason Dabbagh, this program is designed as a sneak peek into the culinary arts, with fun and learning at its core.  Set in Aava Hotel's CABN, Cornucopia Junior Chef turns up the heat while experiencing working in one of Whistler’s top-notch professional kitchens.

 

 

About Jason Dabbagh

Jason Dabbagh is a passionate food educator that believes in the abilities of young people. He has created a new program at Bellerose Composite High School in St. Albert that prepares students for the food and beverage industry. 

At his core, he feels developing core culinary competencies will directly impact people's eating habits and their appreciation for the process of creating meals for people they love. Prior to beginning his carrier in education, Jason spent his 20's in the food and beverage industry. He has a passion for hospitality and believes in the connection between food and community.


Monday November 13, 2017 11:00am - 2:00pm
The Cabn at the Aava 4005 WHISTLER WAY, BC V0N1B4

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

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.

Monday November 13, 2017 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Sidecut 4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

5:00pm

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

Monday November 13, 2017 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Legs Diamond 4573 Chateau Blvd, 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.


Monday November 13, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm

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 dishes for everyday .  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 your health and wellbeing while helping to preserve the health of our planet.

Items Served:

Avocado Toast, Sprouted Salad, Sea Salt

Potage of Vegetables, Quinoa Quenelles, Watercress

Spiced Apple and Pear Pie

Lemon Coconut Ice Cream


Speakers

Tuesday November 14, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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.

Tuesday November 14, 2017 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Sidecut 4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

5:00pm

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

Tuesday November 14, 2017 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Legs Diamond 4573 Chateau Blvd, 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.

featuring:
  • Buffalo Trace Bourbon
  • White Oak Akashi Whisky
  • Glenfarclas 12 Year Old Highland Single Malt
  • William Grant & Sons Monkey Shoulder
  • Gordon Graham Black Bottle
  • Compass Box Great Kings Street Artist Blend
  • Bunnahabhain Ceobanach
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • Lot 40 Rye Whisky
 


Tuesday November 14, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm

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

6:30pm

Winemaker's Dinner with Tightrope Winery
5-course meal at Red Door Bistro paired with Tightrope Winery wines.

Tuesday November 14, 2017 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Red Door Bistro 23-2129 Lake Placid Road Whistler, BC V0N 1B2
 
Wednesday, November 15
 

12:00pm

Nourish: Aura Restaurant | Dining with Balance
Join Chef James Olberg and Team Nita as they guide you through some Vegan favorites that can be enjoyed by all at Nita Lake Lodge. Feel refreshed with a cold pressed juice, energized with an exciting yet healthy plant based lunch and topping it off with a decadent Vegan Chocolate Cherry dessert.

Nita Lake Lodge’s Executive Chef James Olberg boasts a remarkable career spanning over 20 years.   He has led culinary teams in some of our country’s foremost dining establishments including; Coast Restaurant, Sheraton Hotel, La Société - Queen’s Landing Hotel, Glowbal Group as well as Crowne Plaza Hotels, proving he is one of Canada’s most versatile chefs. 

After completing his Culinary Studies at George Brown College in Toronto, Chef James quickly excelled under the direction of Executive Chef John Higgins as an apprentice and later as Chef de Partie at the King Edward Hotel.

Chef James creativity and skill under pressure have earned him multiple medals at culinary competitions. He was a Member of Culinary Team Canada, earning four Silver Medals and placed fourth at the Chicago Classic. He is most proud of his mentorship of Trevor Ritchie, World Junior Champion of the Hans Bueschkens Memorial Competition, Santiago Chile.

Most recently, Chef James has won the right to represent Canada at the Bocuse d’or 2017 in Lyon, France.


Speakers

Wednesday November 15, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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.

Wednesday November 15, 2017 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Sidecut 4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

5:00pm

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

Wednesday November 15, 2017 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Legs Diamond 4573 Chateau Blvd, 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

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 elegant French atmosphere. Delectable dishes of local seasonal vegetables, boeuf bourguignon paired with small batch, handcrafted wines from Tightrope Winery. To accompany dinner, enjoy a spectacular silent auction selection and dance the night away with charming French music. Hosted by Whistler's Ecole La Passerelle, all proceeds from the evening will enrich the education of students at Whistler's only francophone school.

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

6:30pm

Winemaker's Dinner with Tightrope Winery
5-course meal at Red Door Bistro paired with Tightrope Winery wines.

Wednesday November 15, 2017 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Red Door Bistro 23-2129 Lake Placid Road Whistler, BC V0N 1B2
 
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

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

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.

Thursday November 16, 2017 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Sidecut 4591 Blackcomb 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

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

7:00pm

Beer 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!

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