The Grill Room @ Chateau Whistler, 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...

pilgrimme Restaurant, Galiano Island, British Columbia

Every Gulf Island has it’s own food voice.  Galiano is no different but lately the tune has been enhanced by the team of Chef Jesse McCleery and his partner Leanne Lalonde who’ve opened a new farm-to-table restaurant they’ve called pilgrimme and immediately began to be noticed....

Cacao, Vancouver

In the evolution of Canadian cuisine there’s been country-style; cuisine minceur; deconstructed dishes and whole menus bent out of shape with gelatins, foams and a myriad of other concoctions. Cacao Chef Jefferson Alvarez is taking his notion of wild and local to a whole new iteration.  ...

Locals, Courtenay, British Columbia

Chef Ronald St Pierre and Tricia St Pierre have created Locals, a very real culinary destination in the Comox Valley. My friend, Jeremy Ferguson wrote the following in the Globe and Mail: “Courtenay’s claim to fame comes through a different passion: It wants to be foodie capital of the island....

Waterfront Wines Restaurant, Kelowna, British Columbia

Kelowna is a hotbed of culinary talent. Many of the young chefs (seems that youth is a prerequisite) have arrived from across Canada. Because the city is at the heart of the wine industry, it was just a matter of time before a chef with sommelier credentials would land in the valley. In 2004,...

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...

Heartwood Kitchen Food Outfitter, Ucluelet, 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. 2017 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 brigade....

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...

Wildebeest, Vancouver

Wildebeest opened in 2012 in Vancouver’s Gastown and has proven to have culinary staying power in a city that has many great, on-trend restaurants.  With it’s slender, brick-walled interior it’s become a meeting place for locals and travellers alike.  In 2016, Ian McHale joined...