Happy Labour Day weekend friends! I hope you've been enjoying it with friends and family soaking up the last bits of summer.
I just got back from a quick getaway to Whistler, where I have NEVER been before. A good friend of mine asked if I wanted to accompany her to the Araxi Long Table Dinner, and I couldn't say no.
First things first, we stayed at the stunning Nita Lake Lodge, which reminded me of the lodge from Dirty Dancing - we were only missing Patrick Swayze. After a quick refresh and drink on the Cure Lounge patio, we were off to Pemberton, B.C. to dine with 270 fellow patrons.
We were a bit skeptical about the weather, but as soon as we arrived for cocktail hour, the sunshine broke through the clouds, right on queue.
Divine doesn't even begin to describe Executive Chef James Walt's dishes. Served family-style, his attention to detail and true farm to table message did not go unnoticed. He took a few minutes to chat with my colleague and I before dinner, and I was very impressed by his calm demeanour when he was only 15 minutes away from serving a huge feast.
My favourite nugget? Hearing him chat about serving and interacting with a couple major music artists during the first Pemberton Music Festival a couple years ago. We also had a moment chatting about of my favourite artists, Bif Naked. In my books, you're both the rock stars of B.C.
The standout dish for me was the dungeness crab stuffed squash blossoms - I've never had a squash blossom before, and I'm very intrigued to try them again. My table couldn't stop raving about the fresh tomatoes, which were literally picked from the farm that morning and were on our plates hours later.
I couldn't think of a lovelier way to end the summer, and I think I might have a new crush on Whistler...another trip this Fall is definitely needed. I can only imagine how beautiful it is in the snow.
Here are a few more snaps from this weekend. Enjoy the holiday Monday!