Cornucopia: Guide for Gourmets and Entertainers

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Cornucopia: Guide for Gourmets and Entertainers

Updated: October 2018

“Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale.” – Elsa Schiaparelli, Italian designer

The act of taking a meal with friends and family is a tradition shared across the globe regardless of religion and culture, making it one of the great shared human experiences. Sourcing, preparing and presenting your own food to friends can be a source of great delight, and a never-ending opportunity for learning and creativity from the simplicity of perfecting the grilled cheese sandwich to creating a memorable dinner party for your extended family.

Friends Sharing a MealPHOTO DARBY MAGILL

Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial celebrates all facets of the culinary world, from learning where food comes from to the skills needed to create a stunning dish and the art of pairing food and drinks of all kinds. Here we outline events that offer something for the gourmets (and gourmands), the entertainers, and those who want to explore the fascinating world of cooking and eating.

The Art of Dining: Winery Dinners
Whistler’s finest restaurants team up with wineries and distilleries from BC and beyond for evenings of exceptional food and drink pairings. Each night is a multi-course voyage of discovery led by skilled chefs and sommeliers, both delicious and inspiring. Winery dinners have limited seats so purchase tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment.
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Food as Craft: Chef’s Table Luncheons
If you are really into your food – both eating and cooking – then the Chef’s Table Luncheons might be right up your alley. Held in private houses throughout Whistler, these intimate events let you get up close and personal with the chef, watching and chatting with them as they prepare their meal and explain their food philosophy.
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New Skills: Culinary Stage Series
The festival mainstage is the place to be if you are interested in getting a full food education from produce to plate. Local and national chefs will be demonstrating cooking techniques and sharing their passion for local ingredients and their own unique style of cooking.
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An Education in Taste: Drink Seminars
If you believe life is too short to drink bad wine and the dinner party is definitely not dead, do take a look at the Drink Seminars. Each one offers a comprehensive look at a range of beverages or a food and drink pairing that can easily be replicated when entertaining at home. Expect to dive deep into how a delicious product is made or why two items –say, wine and cheese– go together so beautifully. Expand your gastronomical horizons, and take home tips to wow your guests.

Drink Seminar: Top Value Wines
Walk away with a list of wines to take to dinner that will impress without breaking the bank.
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Cocktail Drink SeminarPHOTOS DARBY MAGILL

Drink Seminar: Daring Pairings: Wine and Junk Food Come out of the Closet
Rachelle Goudreau hosts this shameless celebration of wine and junk food pairings that won’t impress critics but will get rave reviews from your friends and their taste buds.
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Drink Seminar: Bubble-Icious
Although often sterotyped as a “special occasion” wine, bubbly comes in a range of styles and price points, and is a food-friendly option for everything from a casual weekend breakfast to an impromptu picnic in the backyard.
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Drink Seminar: BC Varietal Showdown
Wine educator Gerrit Van Staalduinen leads this guided tasting of a selection of signature BC wines – there’s no better way to experience the diversity and the quality of our locally made vino.
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Drink Seminar: New World and Old World: Power vs. Pedigree
There’s a commonly held conception that Old World wines are subtle and complex, whereas New World wines are big and bold.  But is this true, or is it based on the same cultural stereotype that pits Shakespeare and Da Vinci against Andy Warhol and Eminem?
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Drink Seminar: Bottle and the Beast: Charcuterie and Wine Pairing
Whether you’re looking for a shortcut to entertaining, or want to host a movie night to remember, the culinary power of wine paired with charcuterie can’t be overestimated. Guests will sample a range of wines paired with handmade charcuterie from Oyama including pâtés, sausages, and terrines.
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Drink Seminar: He Said / She Said: Food Fight & Wine Pairing
Eric Blouin and Samantha Rahn return with this spirited seminar about the pleasures and pitfalls of pairing food and wine.  Each host will recommend — and defend — a wine pairing for each of four different dishes, and let the chips fall where they may.
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Drink Seminar: Rosé Pajama Party: Get Your Chill On
Guests will sample a wide selection of rosés at their own pace while noshing on flavoured popcorn and bopping to danceable tunes all in the comfort of their fashionable (or decidedly not) PJ’s.
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Wine and Chocolate PairingPHOTOS DARBY MAGILL

Drink Seminar: Score Like A Pro
Have you ever purchased a wine based on a critic’s high score, only to find it didn’t measure up?  Are you confused about which expert’s ratings to trust, or why ratings vary?  You’re not alone!
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Drink Seminar: Pizza and Pinot Noir Party
The 2018 version of Cornucopia’s annual pizza and wine pairing seminar explores the fabulous flavour synergies between pizza and wines made from the Pinot grapes
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The more you take in of the festival, the more you’ll take home to your own dining table – check out the accommodation deals and packages from and stay an extra day or two. Bon Appetit.

Pip Campbell

Pip Campbell

Pip has somehow worked her way around from being a snow-and-bike bum to holding a real job while also being outdoors as much as possible. She’s collected scars, bikes for (almost) every occasion, a small trail dog and a love of craft beer plus a rudimentary understanding of skiing, snowboarding, sketching, and the art of chairlift conversations. She currently believes a combination of gravity, snow, dirt and rad people are what make Whistler tick but investigations are ongoing.