Whistler’s annual Cornucopia fest isn’t all about overindulgence in food and drink: it has health and wellness events every day.
With dozens of food and wine events, Whistler’s Cornucopia festival is 11 days of high-altitude hedonism. But the fest has another side that helps bring balance to the gourmet extravagance. The Nourish: Health and Wellness series features workshops and activities centred on healthy living. Although not an exhaustive compilation, the following are some suggested self-care and selfindulgence pairings.
ENJOY WINE, DINE, AND FIZZ
Called Icons of the Okanagan, the first of the Cellar by Araxi Intimate Wine Dinners (November 9) highlights wines by von Mandl Family Estates—mission Hill, Cedarcreek, Checkmate, and Martin’s Lane— paired with dishes by acclaimed Araxi executive chef James Walt. At Ferment Inc., you can develop an understanding of how “good” bacteria contribute to better health in a workshop with healing-foods specialist Astrid Cameron-kent. Here’s where you can learn about making effervescent items like sauerkraut, salsa, and pickles, just a few of the fermented foods that are abundant in enzymes and probiotics that improve digestion.
BASICS, THEN A BLOWOUT Caveman Grocer cofounder Kara McMaster will go over the building blocks of healthy, tasty food in her Mastering the Basics workshop (November 10). You’ll want to get back to basics in the kitchen after indulging in events like Peak to Peak to Peak: A Four Seasons Mountain Collection Chefs Collaborative, taking place at Sidecut Modern Steak + Bar. Whistler Four Seasons Resort executive chef Eren Guryel hosts American colleagues from Vail and Jackson Hole, each with a knack for steaks. Another option that evening is an intimate four-course paired dinner at Legs Diamond Supper Club, an Upper Village restaurant that gets its name from a Prohibition-era New York bootlegger.
FUEL FOR A FULL DAY Start off November 11 with Farmer’s Breakfast, a wholesome meal by Venue Restaurant chefs Ryan and Melissa Leitch at the Whistler Conference Centre. You’ll have enough energy to take in several events that day, whether it’s the Chef’s Table Luncheon by Carmen Ingham of Villa Eyrie Resort’s Summit Restaurant or the Truffle Dinner at Quattro Whistler. Drink seminars that day include Vermouth’s Bittersweet Revenge and Guilty Pleasures: Wine and Junk Food. Then there’s the Crush Grand Tasting, the festival’s flagship event, a lively night of food and wine tastings.
HEALTHY SNACKS, REEL FOOD,
FEMALE INFLUENCE At the Energy in Motion session (November 12), Whistler Blackcomb executive chef Wolfgang Sterr will share recipes for simple pick-me-ups for sustained energy to get you through the day. (A vegetarian and athlete, Sterr is also leading Nourish’s November 14 Plant-based Deliciousness workshop.) Once you’ve got those healthy recipes in your back pocket, move on to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Ellevate Together collaborative fundraiser that evening. Three accomplished female chefs—nicole Gomes, recent Top Chef Canada: AllStars winner; Melissa Craig, executive chef at Bearfoot Bistro; and the Chateau’s executive chef, Isabel Chung— will each create two courses with the assistance of female apprentices. With wine being provided by Quails’ Gate winemaker Nikki Callaway, the evening will not only highlight women in the food and wine industries but also turn over all proceeds to cancer research. Another hot ticket that night is for Sensory Cinema: Lost in Translation with Harajuku Izakaya. Sofia Coppola’s 2003 hit will play alongside a tasting menu inspired by the Japanese tapas and sake bar team’s favourite moments from the film.
TO VEGGIES, WITH A TOAST At Meatless Mondays (November 13), a plant-based lunchtime cooking demonstration and tasting, three registered holistic nutritionists will talk about the nutritional benefits of a trio of featured dishes. And on November 16, the Whistler family behind the Green Moustache will share ways to prioritize organic and local produce and food that nourishes and detoxifies the body. Knowing that life is all about balance, you can head with a clear conscience to Beer Pairing Dinner, a four-courser with pairings by Whistler Brewing Co. The collaborative event with Blacks Pub and Restaurant will include on the menu curried roast-pumpkin soup and pan-roasted duck breast.
Whistler’s annual celebration of food and drink, otherwise known as Cornucopia, brings epicureans together for fabulous food and wine.