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Digging deep for Dining Out For Life

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While Sargeant said they don't yet have a final tally on the event this year, she was confident that they would reach their goal of $200,000.

Dining Out For Life is one of three major fundraisers that Friends For Life depends on. The $100,000 that they will receive through this year's event represents about one sixth of their annual operating budget.

"We're open seven days a week, 12 hours a day, and that is something that you can't do on 10 per cent government funding," Sargeant pointed out.

Here in the Sea to Sky area, Christine's on Blackcomb, Ciao Thyme Bistro, Elements, Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company, Hy's Steakhouse, Jordan's Crossing, Kypriaki Norte and Player's Chophouse all took part in Dining Out For Life.

"Whistler has always been a longtime supporter of Dining Out For Life, so we're really thrilled to have the businesses on board and the people of Whistler on board."

If you didn't make it out to eat at one of the participating restaurants last Thursday, you can still make a direct donation at www.diningoutforlife.ca.

 

An extra scoop

To wrap up an amazing year, which included a star-studded partnership with Gordon Ramsay's hit television show, Hell's Kitchen and the release of their first-ever cookbook, Araxi has just received a prestigious James Beard Foundation Award nomination.

The annual James Beard Foundation Awards were established in 1990 to recognize the best and the brightest talents in the food and beverage industry and build on the foundation's mission of celebrating, preserving and nurturing America's culinary heritage and diversity.

Their new cookbook, entitled, Araxi: Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant , was nominated in the Cooking from a Professional Point of View category. The Araxi book is facing stiff competition from Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan and The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Pastry Arts by The French Culinary Institute with Judith Choate.

"I'm absolutely delighted for our entire culinary team at Araxi, along with John Sherlock, Jim Tobler and our publisher, Douglas & McIntyre, all of whom dedicated a great deal of time and expertise to this important project," Jack Evrensel, proprietor of Top Table Group, said in a recent release.

Araxi is one of just two Canadian nominees, but this isn't Chef Walt's first experience with the James Beard Foundation; he has performed three times at James Beard House, located in New York City's Greenwich Village.

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