New chairlifts. New trails. New ownership for Whistler Blackcomb. Clearly, the resort is going through an era of major change. But when it comes to dining, there are certain dishes that remain constant. For a relatively young ski resort and municipality, Whistler boasts an abundance of beloved restaurants that have stood the test of time — in these cases, two decades or longer.
Female executive chefs are a lot like award-winning hotel restaurants — rarities in an industry where both still face bias. So, in some respects, Isabel Chung is practically a unicorn. Executive chef of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, she is currently the only top-toque-wearing boss lady in the entire group of 76 Fairmont hotels and resorts worldwide.
Classic cocktails never go out of style, but Whistler’s best mixologists are constantly innovating and challenging themselves with bold new ingredients, techniques and presentations to delight and surprise. Here are just a few of their latest and greatest creations conjured for the winter season.
Whistler has you covered for tasty food & drink and unique gifts. Fuel-up with a hearty Aussie meat pie at Peaked Pies, but with a twist… have you ever tried Kangaroo? treat yourself to the tantalizing, bubbly, caramelized delight of seafoam from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory; pick up a custom gift basket to thank that special person at Blackcomb Liquor Store.
Sparkling wine goes hand-in-flute with celebration. Whatever the type — Champagne, cava, crémant or prosecco — there is an alluring, festive quality about the pop of the cork, the stream of tiny bubbles floating up the glass and the nose-tickling mousse.
Experience what we love this winter with some local Whistler favourites. Relax with a single-origin coffee and tasty treat at Cranked Espresso; experience unique First Nations cuisine at the Thunderbird Café in the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre; join some locals to watch your favorite game on TV and indulge in some delicious pub fare at Roland’s Creekside Pub.