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Fall the time of year to enjoy Whistler’s restaurants

As farmers, winemakers and others with dirt under their fingernails and a sixth sense for weather are doubtless aware, fall is a time to reap what you sow. Crops are harvested, the last vegetables pulled from the ground and fishing season comes to an end. The brief hunting seasons – game, fowl and mushrooms – also take place in the fall.

For those of us a little less connected with nature, fall is still a time to enjoy the bounty of the season – served in Whistler’s restaurants. In fact, some would argue it’s the best time of year for fine dining in Whistler, because the deals are as plentiful as the harvests.

The only caveat is that many restaurants are closed for a few weeks in October and November. But that doesn’t stop the frugal gourmand. The restaurants don’t all close at once, so with a telephone and careful perusal of the ads in local papers you can find superb deals from September through November.

The Bearfoot Bistro, for instance, is currently offering a three-course dinner for $45. The Bearfoot has earned some of the highest praise accorded any restaurant on the continent, from authorities such as the Times of London, Wine Access magazine and the Chicago Tribune.

The Edgewater Lodge, one of the most intimate of Whistler’s fine-dining restaurants, is offering a three-course dinner for $29.95 mid-week through October. Zeuski’s and Thai One On are offering 30 per cent off all menu items through October.

Earlier this fall such high-end restaurants as Val d’Isere, Rimrock Café, Quattro, Teppan Village and others were offering affordable dinner specials.

Even some of the pizza places and pubs have deals during October.

But there are more reasons for dining out in the shoulder season than just the deals. By dining out you’re supporting a local business during a slow time of year. The restaurant, in turn, is employing local staff. In some cases the ratio of staff to customers is higher than it is during the height of the ski season, so you may have two or three waiters doting on you and making sure your dinner is a memorable experience.

The fall also offers a time for people to reconnect with friends, neighbours and local businesses before the hectic Christmas season. Take advantage; everyone benefits.

Araxi’s 20th

One of Whistler’s oldest fine-dining restaurants will be celebrating its 20 th anniversary next month. Araxi Restaurant is bringing in the top chefs from its sister restaurants for a multi-course winemakers dinner on Nov. 10, during this year’s Cornucopia Food and Wine Festival.

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