Araxi Restaurant and Bar, Whistler, British Columbia

Araxi Executive Chef James Walt should be very proud. He’s garnered Gold for our Innovation Awards and has been on the Vancouver Magazine Awards podium for years. It’s a testament to both Walt’s talent and leadership and, of course, his award-winning brigade. He and his team take their...

Sonora Resort, Sonora Island, British Columbia

Sonora Resort is in what many believe is to be the most beautiful setting in coastal British Columbia, perhaps on the planet.  Sonora Island is at the mouth of Bute Inlet, a fiord where the majestic, glacier-crowned coastal mountains rise out of the ocean. The rivers that melt from them spill into...

Part and Parcel, Victoria, British Columbia

This small, well-run and ultimately casual restaurant is outside of the tourist region of downtown Victoria but it’s seriously worth the 10 minute cab ride! Heck, on one of the city’s many nice days, you could walk.  EAT Magazine, the city’s go-to culinary guide, writes...

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...

Burdock & Co, Vancouver

Andrea Carlson, another veteran of John Bishop’s incredible kitchen which has launched so many fine careers, has landed on the soon-to-be-trendy Main Street.   The relatively tiny restaurant is a perfect canvas for her to practice her culinary art.  I love her totally shareable menu.  The...

Bishop’s Restaurant, Vancouver

John Bishop has been Vancouver’s consummate host for over three decades. His restaurant, simply named “Bishop’s” is a quiet haven filled with extravagant bouquets, great works of art from John’s personal collection and extraordinary food. In 2011, his contribution to Canada was recognized at...

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...

West Restaurant & Bar, Vancouver

The motto is “True to Our Region; True to the Seasons.” The commitment has never, ever wavered since the day that West first opened and it leapt onto the Vancouver restaurant stage as a serious contender for the most delicious regional food. The service at West is so superlative that it was...

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.  ...