Bearfoot Bistro Belongs On Your Bucket List

Eyes: feast on THIS.

THIS was the pièce de resistance of a five-course tasting menu enjoyed at one of the most extraordinary restaurants I’ve had the pleasure of visiting: Bearfoot Bistro. Due to its remarkableness, I’ll skip my colorful, long-winded romance and instead urge you to make the trip up to Whistler to experience it for yourself, with someone you love.

Here are six reasons why the dining event awaiting you is one you will never forget.

1. ‘WOW’ FOOD. Dinner at the 2010 Olympic mountain’s favored restaurant is action-packed, yet unhurried and exciting. The Bearfoot experience includes fanciful courses by award-winning executive chef, Melissa Craig, and impeccable wine pairings delivered and detailed by the charming sommelier himself.

Smoked Mackerel in Yuzu Vinaigrette with avocado, caulifower, basil, and sepia | Jackson Estate Stich, Sauvignon Blanc '09
Blini with haricots, cured wagyu short ribs in a truffle sabayon | Meyer Family Vineyards Tribute Series Chardonnay '08
Duck Rillette & Celery Root with truffle, huckleberry, and apricot | See Ya Later Ranch Pinot Noir '07
Dessert #1: Vanilla Custard wrapped in passionfruit gelatin | The Lost Bars Vidal Ice Wine
Dessert #2: Assortment of Truffles by expert pastry chef Jason Pitschke | Sortilege Maple Whisley

2. NITRO ICE CREAM. Bearfoot’s famous last course being made right at the table. Ingredients: cream and sugar.

Build your own Sundae toppings

3. WORLD CLASS VODKA. Connoisseurs can sample from 50 of the best in Bearfoot’s -18 degrees celcius Belvedere Ice Room (the coldest of its kind), wearing a $1K Canada Goose down parka and winter hat provided by the fun-loving hosts.

Bearfoot's Marc Des Rosiers, myself, and my birthday mama
Chilled snacks to go with your vodka flights: gravad lax, oysters, & caviar

4. CHAMPAGNE SABERING. Below the dining room lies Bearfoot’s exclusive, underground wine cellar where you can peruse over 20,000 bottles, including 11 vintages of Louis Roederer, Cristal Champagne and 110 labels from the Champagne region.

A ‘must’ for your Bearfoot evening: Sabering Champagne. Can you guess who holds the Guinness World Record for most bottles in under a minute? Of course, it’s Bearfoot’s owner, Andre St Jacques! You won’t believe how many he sabered. Here’s my mom (and dining partner for the evening) trying it out:

5. FLAWLESS SERVICE. The tightly knit Bearfoot team is a well-oiled machine. Throughout the course of the experience, several delightful staff members will contribute — each adding a little something to your dining experience.

Where the magic happens: Bearfoot Bistro kitchen, the calm after the storm

6. THE BACKDROP. Teardrop lighting, oversized rawhide chairs liable to mold to your body (making it even harder to leave), live piano music, and an open kitchen. Bearfoot Bistro’s dining room is truly majestic, matching the show put on by their staff.

At the end of the gratifying evening (and of course a few sips of wine), Bearfoot’s pianist and lovely maitre d’, Maria, insisted on driving us home in their very own vehicle to ensure our safety. As if my mom and I weren’t already completely blown away by the warmth, hospitality, and friendliness of our new Whistler friends. This final touch was extremely thoughtful and absolutely heartwarming.

A huge thank you to Maria, Andre, Marc, Liz, Spectacular Ink, Matt, and the entire BB team for the unforgettable experience.

Visit Bearfoot Bistro’s website here to make a reservation at one of my favorite restaurants.

Ciao for now.

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