News from Scout supporter Bearfoot Bistro
Whistler, BC | Stepping off the slopes into Whistler’s Bearfoot Bistro? Après-ski will take on a new twist this winter as Canada’s first sub-zero vodka room opens at Whistler’s Best Restaurant. The Bearfoot Bistro’s new Belvedere Ice Room is a sleek space where guests can step up to the ice bar and sample a range of 50 vodkas from around the world. This cold-as-ice room opens just in time for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and replaces the Bistro’s former Cigar Lounge. Connoisseurs keep warm, while looking oh-so chic in the -18 degree C temperature, wearing Canada Goose down parkas and winter hats.
The Belvedere Ice Room menu features suitably chilled partner plates of gravadlax, oysters and caviar with vodkas from Russia, Poland, France, Sweden, the Czech Republic, United States, and even neighbouring Pemberton, British Columbia to name a few. Guests will be served flights of vodka to sample and sip in an arctic ambience as music blasts the foreground. Behind the frozen bar the standout spirit is showcased in individual ice sculpted display boxes.
The new Belvedere Ice Room is the latest coup among many dreamed up by Bearfoot Bistro owner, André Saint-Jacques, to provide exclusive dining experiences that wow guests. The new space joins the just launched private catering service that brings the Bearfoot Bistro experience into your home. As the Winter Games approach, the Bearfoot Bistro is prepped to bring the party to the people with its award-winning Wine Cellar where world-record-holder André Saint-Jacques teaches the art of champagne sabring. Meanwhile above ground in the Champagne Bar, flutes chill atop an ice rail. This newest icy initiative adds a touch more indulgence to the already trumpeted restaurant. Bearfoot Bistro has been named Whistler’s Best Restaurant in 2009, and acclaimed Bearfoot Bistro Chef, Melissa Craig, was named Canada’s Best in 2008.
For more information on the Bearfoot Bistro visit www.bearfootbistro.com or call (604) 932-3433.
About Bearfoot Bistro
At the legendary Bearfoot Bistro, every night is a celebration of sophisticated culinary wizardry and magical joie de vivre.
The festivities begin in the stylish Champagne Bar, where your crystal flute awaits, chilling in a frozen cradle of illuminated ice carved out of the solid pewter bar. Relax into a high-backed leather chair while the resident pianist warms up the romantic dining room with some bluesy jazz.
Founder André Saint-Jacques is the convivial master of ceremonies who presides over the lively ambience of this award-winning dining room, the only Whistler restaurant to receive a coveted three-star rating from the anonymously conducted Where to Eat in Canada guide for 2009/2010.
Mr. Saint-Jacques’ passion for champagne sabering – he holds the Guinness World Record for 21 bottles sliced open in under a minute – is as renowned as his saucy Masquerave parties, at which body-painted models lend lusty fizz to the free-flowing bubbles.
But after you’ve finished touring the Bearfoot’s extravagant underground wine cellar (a perennial winner of the Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence) and the smoke clears from the cauldrons of nitrogen ice cream flash-freezed tableside, it is the subtle elegance of executive chef Melissa Craig’s modern haute cuisine that will leave you dazzled.
In 2008, Ms. Craig was crowned “Canada’s best chef” at the Canadian Culinary Championships. Her triumphant Alaskan king crab trio tantalizes the taste buds with her gastronomic signatures: a thoughtful progression of exquisitely balanced flavors and surprising mix of textures. In this case, it was a bamboo cone of tender claw meat topped with soy-infused pop rocks that wowed the judges.
Whether it’s a delicate quail egg sprinkled with Canadian caviar or a luscious cube of Wagyu beef from Japan, the Bearfoot Bistro brings you the very best ingredients from local farmers and around the world to create an unforgettable experience.
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