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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Don’t miss out on extended lineup; tickets still available for Cornucopia presented by North Shore Credit Union

Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - November 7, 2012

Don’t miss out on extended lineup; tickets still available for Cornucopia presented by North Shore Credit Union

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Whistler, B.C. – A whirlwind taste tour through Argentina, Spain or Italy, an exploration of Asia or a visit to the heart of B.C.’s wine country – wine, spirit, cocktail and food connoisseurs can experience it all right here in Whistler this week with Cornucopia presented by North Shore Credit Union.

Now in its 16th year, this year’s event offers five days of dinners, tastings, trade events, demonstrations, parties and after-parties and gala events. While the countdown to five days of decadent indulgence nears, tickets are still available for many events.

Thursday kicks off with a free event with the Whistler Chef’s Challenge finale at 10 a.m. The day continues with the Viking Stage series: Rogers Chocolates and Burrowing Owl Wine pairing event, House Party featuring the Best of B.C. and newcomers The Chalk Board at Alta Bistro and The Butcher and the Brewmaster at Dubh Linn Gate. Best of the VINOS features a selection of short films about the B.C. wine industry.

Friday hosts the Eat, Drink and be Merry Viking Stage Series event, followed by Divine and Distilled, with the Street Meet Truck and Granville Island Brewing event in the late afternoon. The Absolut Sensory Cocktail Experience at the The Fairmont Chateau Whistler from 4-5 p.m. is a great lead-in to the evening events. With a variety of winery dinners at Araxi restaurant + Bar, the Aubergine Grille at the Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler, Hy’s Steakhouse, Aura Restaurant at Nita Lake Lodge, Alta Bistro and The Bearfoot Bistro, guests will have plenty of culinary options before heading to the Crush, Gala Grand Tasting. After-parties include two new events: Eau de Vie - A Spirited Affair at 5280 Bar at the Four Seasons and the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s High Rollers.

Saturday starts off at the farm and wraps up in the heart of Whistler Village. The schedule opens with the popular Chef’s Trip to the Farm, a winery brunch at the Southside Diner, a continuation of the Viking Stage Series with The Flour Pot and Edible Canada, a number of additional presentations, the Slow Food Artisan Market  and various Chef’s table luncheons. Also on Saturday is the new marTEAni Party at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, the Top 25 Celebratory Reception at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, winery dinners at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Tandoori Grill, Sidecut at Four Seasons and Alta Bistro followed by the Saturday evening Crush, Gala Grand Tasting, the The Longhorn Saloon’s Rock of Ages party and the signature Araxi Bubbles + Oceans event.

Once again on Sunday, the schedule kicks off with the Viking Stage Series featuring Fresh and Delicious Dishes with Chef Nathan Lyon and Mission Hill wines, followed by winery brunches at Southside Diner, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Sushi Village. The mini tasting series takes place throughout the afternoon with the day culminating in the Sunday Sausage Party at Alta Bistro with Two Rivers Meats and Whistler Brewing, followed by the inaugural Cornucopia Night Market – A Taste of Asia.

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In addition, guests will want to book their winter vacation packages by November 15 and save up to 39 per cent on winter stay and ski packages that include lodging and lift tickets. Plus, kids stay, ski, rent & shuttle for free. The Book Early and Save promotion promises the lowest rates of the season and the Best Price Guarantee.

Faces of Cornucopia - Executive Chef Jeremie Trottier, Quattro at Whistler

Born and raised in Vancouver, Chef Jeremie Trottier believes that the same philosophies apply inside and outside the kitchen; just keep it simple, uncontrived and honest.

After graduating from BCIT's Culinary Arts Program in 1989, Jeremie began his culinary career as an apprentice at the Hotel Vancouver working alongside Chef Robert LeCrom. The experience of creating fine food for Vancouver's biggest ballroom would prove invaluable to Jeremie when he found himself catering to the crowds during busy winters at Quattro.

From the historic Hotel Vancouver, Jeremie moved to hip Yaletown and opened Mangiamo as Ken Bogus' sous chef. At Mangiamo cooking for the Vancouver Canucks was commonplace and here Jeremie began to develop his knack for pairing Italian food with wines from around the world. Jeremie was also a sous chef at Vancouver's popular Allegro Café.

In May 2000, Jeremie left Vancouver and made his home at Quattro at Whistler, where the Corsi family welcomed him as executive chef. Today, Jeremie prides himself in tapping into the heart and soul of Italian cuisine and presenting it with contemporary West Coast flair.




Cornucopia is a five day dazzling display of gourmet food and wines, attracting more than 10,000 people to the resort – and catering to everyone from amateur enthusiasts to aficionados. Respected industry professionals, judges and presenters headline each event, seminar and tasting, offering the best possible opportunity to garner as much information and insight as possible. Held on the cusp of the opening of each ski season in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia, Cornucopia was designed to showcase and support the local food and wine industry. Now encompassing wineries and restaurants from Vancouver, greater B.C. and beyond, Cornucopia has become internationally recognized as a preeminent representation of the culinary and viticulture tourism industry in Canada. With widespread appeal shown through the immense variety of events available, the festival is truly a food and wine festival with a Whistler attitude.

Whistler is Canada's premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and - Whistler's official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

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