GOODS: Araxi Wine Director Samantha Rahn Named 2013 Sommelier Of The Year

The multiple award-winning Araxi Restaurant is located at 4222 Village Square in Whistler, BC | 604-932-4540 |

The GOODS from Araxi

Whistler, BC | A passionate sommelier and world traveler, Araxi Wine Director Samantha Rahn has won the Vancouver International Wine Festival’s 2013 Sommelier of the Year Award. Nominated from the top sommeliers in British Columbia and Alberta, and voted on by a wide cross-section of industry professionals, the award represents the highest level of achievement in Western Canada.

Samantha exemplifies the modern sommelier in her approach to tasting, sourcing, and educating our staff and guests. With formal training from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, and over 15 years of hospitality experience, Samantha is well known for procuring exciting, value-driven wines to complement Araxi’s extensive cellars.

“We are absolutely delighted that Samantha has been recognized,” said Toptable Group proprietor Jack Evrensel. “Samantha is enormously talented, and passionate in ensuring the enjoyment of every guest whom she serves. This award, coming on the heels of the VIWF Gold Wine List Award for Araxi, is truly representative of a very dedicated professional.”

“It is an honour to bring this award home to the mountains,” Samantha said at the Awards Luncheon today. “This award is very much about our entire team at Araxi and my wonderful colleagues who have supported me over the years.”



4222 Village Square | Whistler, BC | VON 1B4 | MAP
Voice: 604 932 4540


TerracearaxiLounge and barsemi private wine roombuffalo mozzarella with heirloom tomatoes and organic olive oilVancouver Island octopus with cucumber pearls, Dungeness crabasil crusted sablefish with fresh peas and house-made gnocchiroasted Polderside Farm duck breast with morels, peas and parsnip crispsbasil crusted sablefish with fresh peas and house-made gnocchiseared sockeye salmon, with cauliflower, sultanas, polenta and carrot puréepistachio nougat glacé with blueberries and apricotsmeyer lemon tart with red berry sorbet and lemon madelinesPemberton raspberry napoleon with hazelnut sabléVanilla cheesecake


Restaurant 5pm – 11pm
Raw Bar 5pm – midnight
Bar 3pm – midnight
Sunday Brunch 10am – 2pm

Our Team

James Walt, Executive Chef
Aaron Heath, Pastry Chef
Neil Henderson, Restaurant Director
Samantha Rahn, Wine Director
Tova Johnson, Assistant Restaurant Director
Pat Allan, Restaurant Manager + Assistant Wine Director

About Araxi Restaurant


Best of the Pacific Northwest

The culinary cornerstone in the heart of Whistler Village, Araxi enjoys a long-held international reputation for excellence in food, wine and hospitality.

Executive Chef James Walt celebrates carefully sourced local ingredients from nearby Pemberton Valley farms, where he collaborates frequently with local growers. His seasonally rotating menus also feature the freshest seafood catches direct from the Pacific Ocean. Walt’s innovative and skillfully executed dishes deliver intelligent compositions and delightful flavours, carefully married to our award-winning wine list. Chef’s tasting menus, and a la carte selections, are popular with Whistler residents and visitors alike.

The dining room resonates with lively ambiance enhanced with fresh flowers and original works of art. The adjoining Bar is the mountain’s popular gathering place for locals and visitors, and in the summer season the patio is the nexus of Whistler’s village life, wrapped by stunning mountain vistas.

The Cookbook

JamesWaltAraxi, Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant

by James Walt $45.00

Gorgeous photography and accessible recipes frame the seasons and chef James Walt’s celebration of our region’s bounty in Araxi: Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant. A graduate of Stratford, Walt’s sterling career includes the executive chef position at the Canadian Embassy in Rome. The highly anticipated cookbook was just released to high praise by both patrons and Walt’s peers, including chefs Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal. Walt’s distinct Canadian style – that celebrates both local farms and coastal fisheries – has won praise and ovations at New York City’s James Beard House where he has showcased his talents three times. Now long established as Whistler’s finest dining experience, Araxi also features exceptional dessert recipes from pastry chef Aaron Heath and wine pairings from Samantha Rahn.

Best Chef Book in Canada, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, 2009.

Nominee, Cooking from a Professional Point of View, James Beard Foundation Awards, 2010

Best Illustrated Cookbook, Cordon d’ Or – Gold Ribbon, International Culinary Academy Awards, 2010

For more details and to order a copy, click here.


“This splendid restaurant is one of the best things about Whistler.” “The commitment to local products and suppliers shines through the inventive dishes from chef James Walt’s kitchen.”
Vancouver magazine, 2011

“Standout restaurant…”
Wall Street Journal, 2011

“Araxi is a restaurant hitting on all cylinders and clearly at the top of its game. Ambiance and service are impeccable – a real model for other restaurants to emulate.”
Food Network Canada, 2010

“Locally minded, universally delicious dishes.”
Food & Wine magazine, 2010

“Everything at Araxi is of the finest quality and is always executed with brilliant precision and
thoughtful sophistication.”
Huffington Post, 2010

Best Whistler, Gold
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2011

Best Whistler Restaurant
Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards, 2011

Best Whistler Restaurant
WHERE Magazine ‘To DIne’ Awards, 2011

Wine List Award, Silver
Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, 2011

‘Best of’ Award of Excellence
Wine Spectator, 2010

Nominee, Cooking from a Professional Point of View – Araxi: Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant
James Beard Foundation Awards, 2010

Best Illustrated Cookbook – Araxi: Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant
Cordon d’ Or – Gold Ribbon, International Culinary Academy Awards, 2010


  • Brett Anomyces

    Interesting and rather shortsighted that 4 of the last 8 winners come from the TopTable group.

  • Luch

    I learned a lot when I worked as a server at the Top Table group a few years back. It is a company which actually believes in staff development and does what it takes to maintain its service standards, it is a commitment and an inve$tment which pays off. (Isn’t there a CinCin alumni^^)