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Food pur­ga­tory — an af­flic­tion suf­fered by many each time they’re handed a menu. How­ever, there is a way to by­pass it, and that’s to let the pro­fes­sion­als de­cide. Wine­maker Din­ners are multi-course culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ences that marry the tal­ents of a chef and wine­maker. In Whistler, the all-im­por­tant ad­di­tion of a spec­tac­u­lar lo­ca­tion adds an­other level to these deca­dent evenings. On the tran­quil shores of Nita Lake sits one of the most pic­turesque pa­tios in Whistler. This is where Aura Restaurant at Nita Lake Lodge hosts its five-event Sip & Savour Wine­maker Din­ner Series. With a fo­cus on sea­son­al­ity and the light, fresh flavours of sum­mer, Ex­ec­u­tive Chef James Ol­berg works along­side guest wine­mak­ers from around B.C. in­clud­ing La Stella Win­ery, Painted Rock Es­tate Win­ery, Meyer Fam­ily Vine­yards, and Bur­row­ing Owl Es­tate Win­ery, wrap­ping up in Septem­ber with the 2017 Euro­pean Win­ery of the Year, Fon­tatafredda from north­east­ern Italy. ni­ta­lakelodge.com El­e­vat­ing the din­ner ex­pe­ri­ence by 1,850 me­tres (6,069 feet) is the Sun­rock Vine­yards by Jack­son-Triggs Wine­maker Din­ner at the end of July at Steeps Grill and Wine Bar, in­side the Round­house Lodge on Whistler Moun­tain. En­joy a stun­ning gon­dola ride up the moun­tain be­fore you in­dulge in a six-course meal by Chefs Vin­nie Hall and Steve Bjor­mark ac­com­pa­nied by Troy Os­borne, direc­tor of viti­cul­ture, west, Arterra Wines Canada. whistlerblack­comb.com Ex­ec­u­tive Chefs James Walt and Quang Dang of Araxi Restaurant presents a longtable event in late Au­gust in the lush fields of North Arm Farm in Pem­ber­ton, 20 min­utes north of Whistler. The im­pos­ing Mount Cur­rie rises be­hind din­ers as they re­lin­quish their taste buds for an al fresco, four-course, fam­ily-style feast, paired with wine. araxi.com

STO­RIES BY DEE RAFFO | PHO­TOS JOERN RO­HDE

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