Billed as B.C.’s most ambitious al fresco dining experience, the Araxi Longtable Dinner Series took place at Pemberton’s North Arm Farm on August 18, with 272 guests sharing family-style dishes prepared by some of Whistler's best chefs amid spectacular surroundings.
The Sturdy family’s 60-acre working organic farm (open daily to the public from May till November) sits at the base of magnificent Mount Currie, where the long-table dinner has taken place since 2011.
Executive chef James Walt (a farm-to-table pioneer who oversees Whistler’s Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar and its sister restaurants the Cellar by Araxi, Bar Oso, and Il Caminetto and whose CV includes roles at the Canadian Embassy in Rome and appearances at the James Beard House) and chef Jorge Muñoz-Santos used dozens of farm-fresh ingredients in their four-course menu.
The meal ranged from vegetable terrine to cured charcuterie to charcoal-grilled Double R Ranch beef striploin to blueberry-lemon chiffon cake. Walt and his team made multiple types of pasta for the dinner, including beet, spinach, nasturtium, and porcini.
Wines from Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, CedarCreek Estate Winery, Fort Berens Estate Winery LaStella Winery, Steller’s Jay Winery, Quails’ Gate Estate Winery were all poured, along with cocktails featuring Sheringham Seaside Gin, recently voted the best contemporary gin in the world.
Check out the photos below from the 2019 event.