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The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler
4090 Whistler Way • Whistler, BC V0N 1B4 · Canada • Phone: 604-905-5000 · Hotel Reservations: 888-627-8979
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11th Annual Christmas Breakfast - Corporate Challenge

November 12, 2014

Each December we partner with Mountain FM to host our Christmas Breakfast Food and Toy Drive. We welcome the local community for a delicious (and free!) breakfast in exchange for donations to benefit food banks in the Sea to Sky Corridor.

Every year we have managed to move that needle and increase donations. This year we want to push it even further by getting local companies involved. We had only just thought about this idea when one of our partners, Gibbons Hospitality Group, stepped up to the plate.

Gibbons operates some great Whistler venues, including our own FireRock Lounge, as well as Buffalo Bills, Longhorn Saloon and Grill, and Tapley’s Neighbourhood Pub. For the month of November they will be donating $0.50/glass and $1.00/pitcher of all Deep Cove Draught sold to the Christmas Breakfast donation pool. Deep Cove is one of my favourite local breweries with a tasty and very creative line up of beers.

Gibbons has set the stage, and we’re throwing down the same challenge to other local businesses and organizations to raise donations for local food banks. Cash and food donations will be accepted the morning of the breakfast, and the winning organization will be named on site!

11th Annual Christmas Breakfast
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
6:00am - 9:00am
Emerald Ballroom
@Westin_Whistler @MountainFM #WestinBreakfast

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Supplier Profile: North Arm Farm

September 25, 2014

In our kitchen we have committed to using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients. We take pride in supporting regional vendors.  In doing so we have the ability to offer food that you can trust. North Arm Farm is one of our main resources in providing the colorful, nutritious vegetables that we serve to our guests every day.

Candy Cane Beets

North Arm is a 60-acre family owned and run farm located just 40km outside Whistler. Jordan and Trish Sturdy started the farm in 1995 and since then have brought on their children, Emma and Thea, to assist with operations. The farm practices organic methodology and is certified by the Pacific Agricultural Certification Society. North Arm hosts seasonal ‘You Pick’ walks that allow you to freely walk anywhere on the farm and see what they grow, and how they grow it, while picking your own berries, flowers, and pumpkins – that is transparency you can trust!

Fairy Tale Squash

We proudly serve Walla Walla onions, fairy tale squash, Jerusalem artichokes, candy cane beets, purple carrots, purple beets and Thumbelina carrots from North Arm Farm. It is the quality in these wholesome vegetables that assist in bringing flavour to the plates we serve.

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Featured Recipes

Muesli
Warm Chocolate Cake
SuperFoods
Buffalo Blueberry Ragu
Kiwi Walnut Loaf
Haida Gwaii Halibut with Celery Root Fries
Dungeness Crab Spring Rolls
Lemon Tart with Tarragon Paint and Berry Salad
Guest Request: Salmon Tartare
Summer Beet Salad
Black Quinoa Risotto
Visit from a Food Critic - Polenta
Summer Lobster Salad
Line Caught Pacific Coho Salmon
Sweet Vidalia Onion Soup
Whistler Cornucopia Special – Potato and Halibut Terrine
"The Classic" Burger
Seafood Marinara
Superfood Chocolate Bark
Soup to Warm Your Soul
Fresh Focaccia Bread
Superfood Muffins
Homemade Ravioli
Lobster Butter


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Barley and the Beast: Brewery Dinner

September 8, 2014

The Whistler Village Beer Festival kicks off this weekend, and everyone is getting excited to experience over 200 beers from 62 breweries, and an action packed schedule of events. At Grill & Vine we’re excited to host our very first brewery dinner with Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers called Barley and the Beast. We’ve designed a delicious 5-course menu with carefully selected beer pairings, served at an intimate Chef’s table outdoors. 

The menu was designed by Executive Sous Chef Eliott Brass, and combines ingredients that highlight the very best from our local suppliers. It’s fresh, well-balanced, and the perfect end to summer. Eliott was recently interviewed in the Pique, where he talked about the creative process behind the menu. He also shared a recipe for one of the desserts we’ll be serving. Give it a try yourself, or buy a ticket of your own for dinner with us!


Ingredients
6 Egg Yolks
250g Sugar
250g Dark Chocolate
1 Liter Whipping Cream
6 Shots Espresso

Method
Whip the egg yolks and sugar like crazy until you get ribbon stage (at least 5 mins on high speed). Melt the chocolate.
Whip the cream until soft peak to peak.
Let the coffee cool. Fold the coffee, chocolate, and egg yolks together.
Fold the whip cream into the mix.
Pipe into ring moulds (3" works well) and freeze for 4-6 hours.
When the mousse is frozen punch it out of the rings.  Garnish with whipped whipping cream and black berries.
Enjoy with a Smooth Criminal stout!

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Recipe: Grape Bruschetta

August 18, 2014

Bruschetta is a classic Italian recipe with many variations. After seeing how much our guests love the maple-glazed grapes we incorporate into our Crispy Quail & Waffle appetizer, we took the next step to create this recipe. It has a remarkably well-balanced flavour of sweet and savory that is perfect for summer.

We’ll be serving this dish at our August 22 Al Fresco dinner. Tickets are $75 for a 5-course dinner of Italian small plates with wine pairings. Call 604.935.4344 to book.



Ingredients
30 Plump Red Grapes
2 Shallots, Julienned
2 Cloves Garlic, Rough Chopped
2 tsp Fine Chopped Parsley
8 Pieces Focaccia Bread (¾” Thick and 4” Long), Lightly Grilled
1 tsp Maple Syrup
1 Liter x Half and Half Cream
1 Lemon Zested and Juiced
1 tbsp White Vinegar

Method
Fresh Ricotta: Bring cream to 190F, remove from heat, add lemon juice, zest, and vinegar. Gently stir once or twice then leave undisturbed for 5 minutes. Strain through a cheese cloth lined colander. Let drain in fridge for two hours. Season with kosher salt and local honey, keep in air tight container refrigerated.

Toss grapes, shallots, and garlic in the maple syrup then place on small sheet pan and lightly bake in oven at 350F until they start to caramelize. Place ricotta on the grilled focaccia bread and top with grape, shallot, and garlic mixture tossed with parsley. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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Wine @ The Vine Summer Series: Al Fresco

August 5, 2014

Summer in Whistler seems endless this year. In July the weather inspired us to channel Spanish influence in our kitchen, and the continued warm summer nights are now reminding us of Italy. So, what better way to take advantage of this time than an al fresco dinner?

My Executive Sous Chef Eliott Brass has been hard at work creating the menu for our second installment of the Wine @ The Vine Summer Series. He’s created a series of small plates that infuse classic Italian recipes with hints of Canadiana. We’ll be serving it up on Grill & Vine’s patio, boasting one of the best views in Whistler.

Join us at 6:30pm on Friday, August 22 for Al Fresco. For tickets or more information call 604.935.4344.