The GOODS from Araxi
Whistler, BC | As summer approaches, we near another exciting season featuring Araxi’s famed Longtable Series. This year, we are pleased to announce a new location as part of the series – in addition to Lost Lake in Whistler and North Arm Farm in Pemberton, Araxi’s Longtable dinner is also coming to Stanley Park in Vancouver! The striking long table has a capacity of 300 people, and guests will have an opportunity to experience Araxi right in the heart of the city.
Award-winning Executive Chef James Walt will craft an exclusive four-course menu, showcasing his internationally recognized farm-to-table creations. Chef James celebrates locally sourced ingredients, and has built close relationships with the regional farming and ranching communities. As part of this year’s Longtable Series, an exclusive Farmers’ Market will be on site at the Vancouver and Whistler events, allowing guests to meet the producers and taste Chef James’ favourite ingredients in their raw form. Participating suppliers will include, amongst others, Root Down Organics and Pemberton Meadows Natural Beef. Guests attending the event at North Arm Farm can look forward to a guided farm tour with proprietor Jordan Sturdy.
Chef James says, “We are very excited about expanding our Longtable series into Vancouver, and offering three very special settings to choose from this summer. We look forward to introducing our guests to our valued producers and showcasing the vibrant flavours of BC’s harvest.”
Samantha Rahn, Araxi’s Wine Director and 2013 Sommelier of the Year, has invited some of the region’s top winemakers to partner for each dinner, giving guests an opportunity to meet and mingle with the industry’s finest talents. Each event will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by a magical family-style dinner thoughtfully paired with select BC wines.
A percentage of ticket sales will go to The Chef’s Table Society of BC, supporting regional chefs, producers and the local food industry. Get all the details and dates after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Araxi
Whistler, BC | Araxi Restaurant is excited to announce araxi longtable @ north arm farm, a series of outdoor dining experiences taking place this summer at Pemberton’s picturesque North Arm Farm, located 20 minutes north of Whistler, British Columbia.
A progression of Araxi’s strong partnership with Pemberton’s farming community, the inaugural year will kick off with four events: Saturday, July 2nd; Saturday, July 30th; Saturday, August 27th; and Sunday, September 11th.
With dozens of ingredients grown just footsteps from Chef James Walt’s outdoor kitchen, diners will enjoy a four-course menu featuring the valley’s freshest produce, beef from its pastures, day-boat catches from our coastal fisheries and wines from leading producers. Each event will begin at 3:00 p.m. with a reception and farm tour led by North Arm Farm’s proprietor Jordan Sturdy.
The 60-acre North Arm Farm is certified organic, and has more than 45 acres planted with multiple varieties of vegetables (six varieties of carrots alone), stone and berry fruits, and herbs. Chef Walt has enjoyed a lengthy ‘growing relationship’ with the Sturdy family, planning seasonal menus around their just-picked produce, and visiting frequently during the growing season. Details after the jump… Read more
Michelle and I went up to Whistler last weekend for a wee bit of gastronomic excess with some journalists visiting from the United States (cool cats all). It was bloody hot out, so we borrowed a pretty sweet convertible for the duration, and cranked old Rolling Stones tracks all the way up, singing “Pleased to meet you, won’t you guess my name, wooo-hooo!” Good times…
After checking in at the Westin (hooray for pools), we headed straight for Araxi, this year’s critic’s choice for Best Whistler at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. It and Bearfoot Bistro are my two Whistler reliables, as their respective chefs – Melissa Craig and James Walt – are two of the best in BC. We couldn’t get up in time to enjoy lunch at BB with the American journos, but they regaled us with tales of noon-hour excess. One of them even fell asleep at the table after the lunch had ended! I had the opportunity of being a judge when Melissa won the Canadian Culinary Championships in Toronto a few years back, so I have pretty good idea as to the excellence of what we missed. Sigh…it sounded fantastic, like a fisherman’s “one that got away” tale. There’s always next time…
The 10 of us – happily received in Araxi’s private room by GM Steve Edwards – were led through five courses prepared by James and his crew (including recently minted sous chef Owen Lightly). Several of the best meals I’ve ever had in my life have been enjoyed in that room, and this one was definitely in the running. It began with a tiny, Caprese-esque salad of GME heirloom tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, basil sorbet, gazpacho vinaigrette and nasturtiums, crescendo-ed with a plate of Pemberton Meadows shortribs that had been cooking for 72 hours, and finished with white chocolate-pistachio nougat glacé dealt by pastry chef Aaron Heath. Wine Director (and charmer) Samantha Rahn made some great and sometimes brave pairing moves – like saddling the beef up to a seven year old Austrian Gruner Veltliner – but…if I can channel Hopper for a sec, it was pure poetry, man…poetry. Here’s the menu… Read more
It’s actually Pemberton and not Vancouver, but we’re nothing if not stiffly formulaic with our headlines. We have over 100 photos that we’re putting together for a Scout feature on our weekend up in Whistler and Pemberton (coming shortly in the carousel), but this one is too pretty not to share immediately. Wished you were there…
With the upcoming Outstanding in the Fields feast scheduled to be held on his farm in the Pemberton Valley, we thought this might be a good time to track down farmer/mayor Jordan Sturdy to ask him a few questions… Read more
Pemberton Distillery Inc. | 1954 Venture Place | Pemberton, BC V0N 2L0
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Hours: 11:00am – 6:00pm, Friday – Sunday, Year Round
Tours: On the hour (last tour 5pm) | To visit during the week, call/email for appointment.
(for groups, corporate or otherwise, visit our website or call 604-894-0222)
Within easy reach of Vancouver and Whistler, our boutique distillery is open year round offering comprehensive guided distillery tours and artisan spirits tastings. We offer a fantastic Guided Tour that takes you behind the scenes at the distillery and gives you an amazing insight into the handcrafted production of artisan spirits. Join us in the tasting room to enjoy our award-winning spirits. We also offer limited release spirits and specialty products perfect for the spirits and culinary connoisseur.
Schramm Family: Bill, Gillian, Tyler, Lorien, Jake, Jenine, Jonathan, Zephyr
Owners: Tyler (Master Distiller) and Lorien Schramm (Communications & Assistant Distiller)
ABOUT PEMBERTON DISTILLERY
Pemberton Distillery is a boutique distillery set in heart of the snow capped Coast Mountains of British Columbia. Founded in 2008, the distillery is the brainchild of brothers Tyler and Jonathan Schramm, who saw an opportunity to turn Pemberton Valley’s renowned potatoes into high quality vodka.
Like a fine meal, a great spirit has to start with great ingredients and the Pemberton Valley is known for its quality produce, especially its potatoes. We source organic potatoes for our Vodka and Gin from Across the Creek Organics, a fourth generation family farm located just 15km from the distillery. Surrounded by massive ice caps and glacial streams, we are fortunate to have access to some of the best quality water to blend in our spirits.
Our philosophy is to produce fine, authentic sipping spirits that highlight the natural and unique character of the beautiful region from where they come. Our master distiller, Tyler Schramm, trained in distilling sciences at Heriot Watt University in Scotland, a world leader in the field, and all our spirits are slowly batch-distilled by hand in a copper pot still. Making our spirits by hand gives us complete control over the quality and taste of our final product.
We are entirely family owned and operated, passionate about our craft and committed to excellence.
Schramm Vodka – Schramm is the world’s only organic potato vodka. Handcrafted from locally grown spuds and pristine mountain water, it is a sipping vodka easily enjoyed on its own terms and mixed in fine cocktails. Awarded Double Gold and Spirit of the Year at the World Spirits Awards in Austria.
“Fresh floral aromas with a hint of chocolate and mint emphasize the caramel, coffee and smooth smoky flavours in the clean, warm finish of this artisanal vodka. Serve on the rocks to experience its true taste.” Judith Lane, TASTE Magazine
Schramm Gin – Canada’s first organic Gin. Batch distilled in a copper pot still using 8 organic herbs and botanicals including juniper berries, coriander, orange peel, rosemary and hops grown locally on Jonathan Schramm’s family farm. Traditional dry gin with a bold juniper nose, a fresh earthy floral body and a smooth finish.
Single Malt Whisky – Technically new make spirit until 2013, our single malt whisky is batch distilled in a copper pot still following Scottish tradition. Organic barley is sourced from the Peace River and Salmon Arm regions of BC and malted in Armstrong at the smallest malthouse in North America. Racked into ex-bourbon barrels for aging in September 2010, we will offer tastings at the distillery in 2013 and our first bottling in 2015!
Pemberton Fruit Liqueurs – We handcraft our artisan liqueurs from Pemberton Valley fruits and natural Cariboo honey. Including raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, apple, strawberry and more. Delicious enjoyed on their own over ice or with soda and mixed in cocktails.
ACCOLADES & PRESS
Double Gold, 2010 World Spirits Awards, Austria
Spirit of the Year, 2010 World Spirits Awards, Austria
“Superb! Highly Recommended” 2010 Spirit Journal
“Best of the Year” Jurgen Gothe, Georgia Strait, 2009
“Superb” Globe & Mail, 2010
“good enough to sip, like a fine scotch.” Calgary Herald, May 2010
“This [is] no ordinary spirit. Tyler and his family have created a fine artisan vodka, worthy of standing bottle to bottle with the world’s best.” Michelle Gourley, Edible Vancouver Magazine
“A very, very fine product that is heads and tails above what is coming out of Europe and
something that British Columbians can be proud of.” Aaron Bourcier, Spirit Guru & Assistant Manager at Brewery Creek Liquor Store.