jungle winter classic 

Roundhouse a jungle Saturday From the jungles of south-east Asia to the less tropical jungles of Nova Scotia, to the law of the jungle when it comes to food, the Whistler-Blackcomb Foundation is going wild this Saturday night for the Roundhouse Gala Dinner and Dance. Part of the BC Tel Mobility Winter Classic, Saturday’s gala dinner and dance will follow a jungle theme. The Whistler-Blackcomb chefs and apprentice chefs are creating grazing buffet tables with jungle influences. They will also be competing head-to-head and Linda Airs, director of food and beverage operations for Whistler-Blackcomb, will be Judge of the Jungle. Kathy Monk, who has 10 years of South East Asian cooking experience, will team up with special events chef Meghan Donoghue and apprentice Mark Muller to create the cold buffet. The appetizer reception team is headed up by Dan Collins, from the deep, dark jungles of Nova Scotia. He will work with Grant Cousar from the GLC and Gord Sherlock, who recently joined Whistler-Blackcomb from the Delta Hotel. The hot grazing buffet team includes Rob Shortreed, Blackcomb’s alpine chef, long-time Whistler chef Brian Banachek and apprentice Sean Pennel. Oyster Boy Chris Field will be schucking ’em back at the oyster bar, while apprentice Jason Methot will head up the jungle desserts. Taming the wild beast on an open outdoor spit will be Executive Chef Tony Weyland, Roundhouse chef James Linklatter and apprentice Greg McLeod. The jungle theme will kick in the moment guests board the village gondola Saturday evening, where they will be served tropical jungle cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for the ride up. There will be live birds in the Roundhouse, bongo drumming and likely a few wild (party) animals. Live and silent auctions and dancing to the band Wall Street are also part of the evening. There are still some tickets for the gala dinner and dance available, at $125 per person. They’re available from Horstman Trading or by calling 932-6102. A tax receipt will be issued for half the ticket price. The BC Tel Mobility Winter Classic includes two days of corporate team events on Whistler and Blackcomb and also tonight’s (Feb. 12) Evening of Fine Wines and Cheese at the Chateau Whistler Resort. Twenty-five prominent wine agencies will be pouring more than 125 wines from around the world at the Chateau. Some of the better known labels include Fetzer, Mumms, Sterling, Tin Horn Creek and Walnut Crest. There is also a chef’s cheese plate competition tonight, as well as a silent auction and live music from Pete & Chad. Tickets — and they may be scarce — are $30. The Evening of Fine Wines and Cheese gets underway at 7 p.m. The BC Tel Mobility Winter Classic is the largest single fund-raising event of the year in Whistler. Funds raised by the Whistler-Blackcomb Foundation go to registered non-profit organizations whose activities benefit the residents of the Sea to Sky Corridor. The foundation has raised $750,000 since its inception in 1992 and last year provided grants to 27 charitable organizations, including a $400,000 commitment over two years to the Whistler Skier’s Chapel Society for a daycare facility in the new Whistler Millennium Place.

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