Dinners fit for the podium 

Charity dinner raises funds, spirits

The Pemberton Rotary plates a culinary celebration with six world-class chefs stepping into the kitchen to produce a six-course meal to both raise funds for an African street youth program as well as foster Olympic spirit as part of the Pemberton WinterFest festivities.

The intimate goodwill dinner of divine deliciousness will be hosted Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Pemberton Valley Vineyard.

The event aims to showcase talented chefs as well as promote local products pulled straight from the grounds of Pemberton.

Spectacular Mount Currie views will be coupled with the even more spectacular crew of talent, including vineyard executive chef Ryan Leitch, who will share his kitchen with Whistler food aficionados James Walt of Araxi, Melissa Craig of the Bearfoot Bistro, Vincent Stufano of the Fairmont Chateau and RD Stewart of La Rúa.

A sommelier will introduce different wines with each course to further add to the special evening.

The dinner raises funds for the Pemberton Rotary Club and the WinterFest committee. The Rotary Club will contribute funds to support the Emanuel Boys Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. The centre is a home and rehabilitation centre for youth living on the street. Shelter and education is provided for the boys with the hopes of helping the young men grow into responsible adults, rising above challenges such as physical and emotional abuse.

Tickets for this intimate evening of fine dining are $150. Tax receipts are available. To purchase tickets, contact Lisa Ames at 604-932-1661 or Peter Vandenburg at 604-894-0065.


Gold Medal Plate grand finale

Gold medal Olympians, gold medal chefs; The 2006 Gold Medal Plates grand finale showcases the best of both worlds with seven chefs battling over the dinner table for gold Saturday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Whistler Hilton Resort.

The annual dinner is the star of a weekend of festivities that raises funds for Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes as well as sharing the 2010 Olympic spirit with the rest of the country.

Gold Medal Plates was celebrated in seven different cities across Canada with the top chefs from each city battling it out for kitchen space at the grand finale dinner in Whistler.

This year’s chef competitors include Ray Bear of Gio, Halifax; Makoto Ono of Gluttons, Winnipeg; Michael Brown of Westin, Edmonton; Mark McEwan of North 44, Toronto; Robert Clark of C restaurant, Vancouver; Michael Blackie of Brookstreet, Ottawa; and Michael Lyon of Giorgio’s Trattoria, Banff.

The evening also includes guest Olympian and Paralympian speakers as well as a cocktail reception, guest judging, fine wine samplings, entertainment and, finally, the official crowing of Canada’s 2006 Gold Medal Chef.

Only a few tickets are left for this fundraising event, so culinary aficionados must reserve in advance by calling Matt Ray at 416-646-2751 or e-mailing mray@dshevents.com. Tickets are $300. For more information, visit goldmedalplates.com.

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