Food and Drink 

Cornucopia’s conspicuous and copious consumption


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Friday night, Jack Evrensel and his team at Araxi celebrated 25 years in the village with a memorable evening of food and wine. If I had to pick a favourite course that night it was the truffle ricotta gnocchi with white Alba truffles and Pecorino tartufo with a sublime bottle of Louis Jadot 1999 Clos St. Jacques Pinot Noir.

Araxi is offering a fabulous dining deal from Nov. 3 through Dec. 10. The Dine and Unwind Menu is a four-course dinner deal for only $45 plus taxes and gratuity. Now that’s a steal.

As usual there wasn’t much down time during Cornucopia, but I did manage to drop by Après to check out chef Eric Vernice’s new winter menu. Vernice gets my vote as the top chef in the village, but you’ll need a reservation to find out. The popular bistro is always packed. Après is the intellectual home of food and wine in Whistler, but you can experience bites of it from the bar area at very reasonable prices.

Quattro was my last stop, where Antonio Corsi and his team specialize in relaxed but always elegant dining. When you’re seeking comfort but you don’t want to compromise on quality, Quattro is the place to head. Pasta is a science here, the wine list is bible. Warm, friendly, inviting and affordable. Need I say more?

Anthony Gismondi is a globetrotting wine writer who makes his home in West Vancouver, British Columbia. For more of his thoughts on wine log onto

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