Whistler Traveller Magazine - - TRAVELLER I CONTENT -

There’s a place in Whistler where love reigns supreme, a place where din­ers gather to de­light in the culi­nary pas­sions of Chefs Ryan and Melissa Leitch. The mar­ried cou­ple have been grilling, sautéing, and flam­béing to­gether in kitchens for 23 years, and their en­dur­ing love, in­tegrity and pas­sion for food is in­fused in ev­ery el­e­ment of The Venue.

“We fo­cus a ton of en­ergy on the raw prod­uct, where it comes from, how it was grown, and mak­ing mas­ter­pieces,” says Ryan. The chefs grow or se­lect or­ganic and lo­cal food wher­ever pos­si­ble, and work with sev­eral lo­cal busi­nesses to knit to­gether a cir­cle of sus­tain­abil­ity. Their restau­rant food scraps are de­liv­ered to Sea to Sky Soils to com­post into soil, which is then used to grow the vegeta­bles for their ex­quis­ite dishes.

On the menu are clas­sic French and Ital­ian com­fort foods with a twist, such as roasted duck breast with blue­berry, port demiglace, and veal osso buco, served Tus­can style with saf­fron risotto. “We want to make food that tastes re­ally good,” says Melissa, “and isn’t just pretty or trendy.”

Cap your Whistler week­end with The Venue’s fab­u­lous Sun­day brunch buf­fet, fea­tur­ing a cor­nu­copia of dishes in­clud­ing fresh fruit, eggs Bene­dict, meats, home fries, baked in-house pas­tries and cakes, blue­berry pan­cakes and Cana­dian soft cheeses.

Since The Venue is lo­cated a short drive south of the Vil­lage, Ryan and Melissa have found their niche in cater­ing spe­cial events, in­clud­ing wed­ding par­ties of up to 70 guests, birth­day par­ties, cel­e­bra­tions of sig­nif­i­cant mile­stones, cor­po­rate and com­mu­nity events. An à la carte menu is of­fered through­out the win­ter, and reser­va­tions are rec­om­mended.

Tucked away in the for­est, The Venue is the per­fect moun­tain set­ting to share good times, laughs and de­li­cious food. Af­ter all, that is what Ryan and Melissa live for — and with that kind of pas­sion, it’s hard not to feel the love.

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