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Best of Whistler 2012: Food and Drink


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According to co-owner Bob Dawson, the building is one of, if not the, oldest commercial building in Whistler.

"It was somebody's home. It has that feeling of (being) someone's house," said Dawson.

"I think our atmosphere is very calming and relaxed. It feels like a cabin in a ski resort."

Honourable mentions this year go to Sushi Village and Araxi for polling second and third respectively.

Best On-mountain Dining

This is another classic face-off featuring Whistler Blackcomb properties.

But it was  Christine's , which came out on top followed by the Crystal Hut with its Belgian waffles and Glacier Creek Lodge. All three are on Blackcomb Mountain

Sebastien Vickers, the chef at Christine's, was happy to learn of the acknowledgement for his eatery.  

 "We are all extremely honoured by the vote," he said. "We put a lot of love and effort into our food to make it fresh and from scratch. This is very encouraging and we are going to keep striving to make our food better every season. I'm looking forward to seeing new faces in the restaurant this season."

Best Server

Being a server is just one of those gigs. Sometimes, people are nice, generous and easy to please. Other times, they treat you like a sounding board for all their life's misery. Occasionally, they do neither. It takes a solid sort of person to persevere in the face of customers in various moods, to hold high the chin and turn cold the shoulder, all the better to serve the smiley set in the next booth.

This year,  Nicole Weiss  from Sushi Village got the highest number of votes for best server. You can sample her superior service Friday through Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. at the sushi favourite above Mountain Square.

Honourable mention goes to Mike Birkett from The Keg at the Mountain for his second place showing in this very competitive category.

Best Chef

 Melissa Craig  of the Bearfoot Bistro takes the honour of best chef for 2012.

"I am thrilled to receive this award – it really means a lot to me," she said. "Nothing feels better than to know that the people of Whistler enjoy what I do. I love to feed people, and I want every meal at the Bearfoot Bistro to feel special."

Craig is the executive chef at the high-end restaurant found in the Listel Hotel. She serves up modern Canadian cuisine in a restaurant that features a vodka sampling ice room and a massive wine cellar complete with a bobsled, a reminder of Whistler's Olympic Games.

Second spot goes to RD Stewart, executive sous chef at Araxi, and third is Owen Jones at 21 Steps.

Best Service