The Wickaninnish Inn & The Pointe Restaurant, Tofino, B.C.

Soft round notes of a hidden flute rise as the early summer sun sets over the Pacific. The shores become shadowy; frogs take over, singing their hearts out. Offshore a line of breakers surge onto a reef connecting the islands.  The Wickaninnish presides over it all.  This is Tofino, more...

The Farmer’s Apprentice, Vancouver

A celebrated champion of locavores and a staunch proponent of ecological gastronomy, Chef David Gunawan sharpened his skills in acclaimed kitchens in Chicago, Seattle, Vancouver and Belgium before opening Farmer’s Apprentice in 2013 and Grapes & Soda and Royal Dinette in 2015, each setting a...

The Wildflower, Whistler, British Columbia

Nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, it took Canadian Pacific Hotels to build another chateau with luxurious rooms, lots of dining options including the Wildflower, award-winning golf and a full-service spa. Although it’s now a Fairmont property, it remains one of the finest such...

From Scratch – A Mountain Kitchen, Fairmont Hot Springs, British Columbia

There are few restaurants that can claim the view and the attention to local ingredients but From Scratch, A Mountain Kitchen is one of them. Co-owner Lara McCormack couldn’t have said it better: “With a name like From Scratch, you get what we’re all about.” Lara and her...

Old Vines Restaurant, Quails’ Gate Winery, West Kelowna

Tiny quail skitter quickly between the rows of grapes (and across the roadways). The vineyards stretch down towards the water, disappearing over a ridge. The air smells of earth and of summer. One of the veterans of Food Day Canada, Quails’ Gate Winery is owned and operated by the Stewart...

The Great Room @ Long Beach Lodge, Tofino, British Columbia

Chef Ian Riddick’s career in Canada is long and rich.  But nothing could really have prepared him for the magnificence of having access to the ingredients of a coastal rainforest, particularly in working with the extraordinary bounty of local seafood. “You would think that would be...

Araxi Restaurant and Bar, Whistler, British Columbia

Araxi Executive Chef James Walt should be very proud. This year marks another consecutive Gold win for Araxi’s decade-plus legacy as Vancouver Magazine Awards’ Best Whistler Restaurant. This is a first for the award and a testament to both Walt’s talent and leadership and his award-winning...

RauDZ Regional Table, Kelowna, British Columbia

When Relais Gourmande veterans, Chef Rod Butters and business partner Audrey Surrao, launched RauDZ Regional Table in Kelowna, it was clear that the city was ready for such a culinary experience. They had come from the coast of Vancouver Island and the extraordinary Wickaninnish Inn where between...

forage, Vancouver

Chris Whittaker grows his own vegetables, catches his own fish (or tries to at least!), makes his own preserves, composts all of his food waste, keeps mason bees to pollinate his plants, hunts for the purpose of conserving our land and feeding his family, and forages to connect himself with nature...

micro bar • bites , Kelowna, British Columbia

The culinary cousin to RauDZ Regional Table, micro bar • bites in downtown Kelowna is an expansive 900 square feet of bar and small bites.  Chef Butters jokes that the space is so small that “we don’t even capitalize the ‘m’ of micro!” No fancy stemware here.  The creatively simple approach...