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Quick Bites

A tub of peanut butter and a spoon?



Quick bites with

Andrea Volker

Co-owner Mongolie Grill

Photos and text by Maureen Provençal

PQ: What’s your food/wine philosophy?

AV: Eating organic foods and drinking wines from around the world.

PQ: One food you can’t live without?

AV: Wine and cheese.

PQ: One ingredient you can’t live without?

AV: Pepper.

PQ: What food/drink should people be more open to trying?

AV: Teas.

PQ: One food you avoided as a child and now love?

AV: Seafood.

PQ: Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

AV: I don’t think I’ve eaten anything weird.

PQ: Most memorable meal you’ve ever eaten?

AV: In a cave under the Napa Valley.

PQ: Exact moment you decided to become a chef?

AV: Eight years ago we took over a bankrupt restaurant and turned it into the Mongolie Grill that it is today.

PQ: What’s your solution for a last minute meal?

AV: Tub of peanut butter and a spoon.

PQ: Best trend in food/restaurants?

AV: Sushi fusion.

PQ: Worst trend in food/restaurants?

AV: Starbucks/large corporations.

PQ: Greatest professional moment?

AV: Creating a successful restaurant with a great business partner, Chris Miron.

PQ: Where would you go to eat, if you could go anywhere in the world?

AV: I would have fresh seafood on a tropical beach.

PQ: Where would you go for your last meal in Whistler?

AV: Appetizer at Quattro, entrée at Kypriaki’s and dessert at SoMo.

PQ: What brought you to Whistler?

AV: The ratio.

PQ: Who has been the most influential person on your business career?

AV: My father for his knowledge in business and guidance over the years, and my mother for being very supportive and patient.