2023 Events and Experiences
The Nourish Spring Series features signature events including wellness dinners, brunches and farm visits, not to mention many other wellness activities on offer to nourish yourself this spring.
Check out our talent spotlight to learn more about the culinary, health and wellness experts at the 2023 Nourish Spring Series.
Here's a look at what happened in 2023. Please check back for updated information for the 2024 event closer to the date.
Farm to Table Dinners
Friday Evenings June 2, 9, 16, 23 | Various Whistler Restaurants
Indulge in one-of-a-kind dining experiences that support local farmers and sustainable farming practices, in restaurants such as Quattro, The Den at Nita Lake Lodge, and Cinnamon Bear Grille. Savour locally-sourced food, expertly crafted into delectable multi-course meals by Whistler’s world-renowned chefs. From local produce to artisanal cheeses, appreciate the tastes of farm-fresh ingredients, perfectly paired for your enjoyment.
Trip to the Farm Progressive Lunch
Saturdays June 3, 10, 17, 24 | Various Pemberton Valley Farms
Escape the hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in the bounty of BC's agricultural scene. Wellness expert Astrid Cameron Kent leads you on a rejuvenating journey and progressive lunch through four local farms in the Pemberton Valley, each with their own unique story and character. Learn about sustainable agriculture, the farm-to-table movement, and more. Connect with others who share your interest in food, health and wellness.
Grillin' & Chillin'
Saturday Afternoons June 3, 10, 17, 24 | Station House on Alta Lake
Become the ultimate grill master just in time for summer! Legendary chefs BBQ Bob, Julian Bond, Bruce Worden and Alana Maas offer personalized attention to ensure you get the most out of the session. Learn the secrets to creating perfectly grilled meats, vegetables, and seafood, with tips on how to infuse them with mouthwatering flavours, all while making them healthy choices.
Wellness Dinner Series
Saturday Evenings June 3, 10, 17, 24 | Bearfoot Bistro
These dinners are hosted at the exceptional Bearfoot Bistro. Guests will enjoy a luxurious four-course meal prepared by world-renowned Whistler Executive Chef Melissa Craig. Dishes are thoughtfully crafted with a focus on wellness and ingredients that are both delicious and nourishing. Whether you're a health-conscious foodie or simply looking for a meal that makes you feel good, this dinner series is for you.
Sunday Brunch Series
Sunday Mornings June 4, 11, 18, 25 | Station House on Alta Lake
These unique, wellness-focused brunch experiences take place on the tranquil shores of Alta Lake. Your morning begins with a scenic walk to the brunch location with stunning views from the trail. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the forest, then enjoy mouthwatering, healthy dishes prepared by renowned chefs Julian Bond, Bruce Worden, Neal Harkins and Alana Maas.
Body and Soul
Various Dates and Locations throughout June
Refresh yourself this spring with a variety of activities and experiences to get you moving and learning. Paint and Picnics with Artist Andrea Mueller at Station House on the shores of Alta Lake, Holistic Tours & Indigenous Tea Offerings and a Spo7ez Wellness Feast at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, plus free fitness and dance classes in the meadow under the Audain Art Museum.
Whether you're cooking, dining, painting or excercising, take a look at the chefs, fitness experts and artists who will be guiding you during your Nourish Spring Series journey.
Chef Julian Bond
BC Restaurant Hall of Fame inductee and inaugural recipient of Vancouver Magazine’s Mentorship Award, Chef Julian Bond has mentored well over 3,000 culinary arts graduates in his most recent role of Executive Chef and Vice President of Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA). PICA is the founding member of Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program under Chef Bond’s lead. He sat for two terms as President of the Chefs’ Table Society of BC and gained well-rounded experience at Michelin-Star establishments in the early days of his career.
Chef Alana Maas
Raised in a food-centric family, Alana graduated from Dubrulle Culinary School in 2002, worked in some of the most demanding kitchens in Vancouver, and quickly earned recognition as a leading and coveted chef in the city, successfully running the kitchens at Cru Restaurant and The Hart House. A Chopped Canada winner, her confidence and trust in herself is contagious. Board member of the Les Dames d’Escoffier chapter of Vancouver, Alana is committed to empower women in her profession.
Chef BBQ Bob
BBQ Bob has been a prominent figure in the Whistler culinary scene for 25 years. He has won 11 BBQ Championships in Western Canada and the USA, solidifying his reputation as a grill master. Currently, he is the chef and owner of Wildwood Café in Function Junction, where he continues to create unique and delicious dishes.
Chef Neal Harkins
Raised in a large family kitchen with European roots, Neal understands that sitting around the table isn’t a meal, it’s an experience. Neal thrives in a busy kitchen where cooks exchange ideas and personal and ethnic inspirations to create menus that are innovative. Working with local growers is essential and Neal’s culinary philosophy is simple: keep dishes delicious and honest to let the integrity of the ingredients steal the show. Neal has hung his chef’s hat up and down the Pacific Northwest and into San Francisco, but he always returns to Whistler.
Astrid Cameron Kent, Healing Foods Specialist
As a Certified Healing Foods Specialist, Astrid specializes in fermentation. Her journey began in 2000, when she started promoting and distributing local cheeses and other regional products in this region among local chefs and retailers. She is the founder of Slow Food Sea to Sky, which was originally known as Slow Food Whistler. Astrid was an early pioneer and advocate for the local food movement in the region. She encourages chefs and retailers to access and use local food producers and farms as their suppliers.
Body and Soul
Meaghan Sutter, Founder + Lead Kinesiologist, Peak Training Whistler
An entrepreneur, Kinesiologist and Certified Personal Trainer, Meaghan loves getting the community of Whistler strong and fit. She has extensive experience training clients of all ages and uses strength and mobility coaching to help them optimize performance while reducing injury and decreasing pain. After moving to Whistler and building a successful practice in 2015, she opened Peak Training Studio in Function Junction in 2019.
Makenzi McLeod, Kinesiologist + Certified Personal Trainer, Peak Training Whistler
Makenzi has a passion to enhance the well-being of others through movement and a love of snowsports. She began her career working with motor vehicle and workplace accident victims, and saw the importance of utilizing a holistic approach to therapy, focusing not only on the physical injuries, but how it affected the individuals’ mental, social and psychological well-being. Makenzi uses her positive attitude to not only develop herself personally and professionally, but also to guide her clients in living their best lives.
Andrea Mueller, Contemporary Artist + Art Instructor
Andrea is an award-winning artist who has been voted Whistler's favourite artist for five consecutive years. A Fine Art graduate from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Andrea's work is characterized by brilliant colours, messy loose brush strokes and darkly playful imagery. She has worked out of her Whistler-based studio for almost 20 years and taught creative classes to over a thousand people (that’s not an exaggeration). Andrea hosts monthly Paint Nights, multi-day workshops and corporate creative events.
Carmen Rich, Licensed Zumba Instructor
Carmen has been sharing her passion for fitness and dance for over 30 years, teaching many formats of group fitness. She is a longtime Whistler local and was the first to start teaching Zumba in the Sea to Sky Corridor. Carmen has always loved to dance and teaching has given her the outlet to share her passion. Her motto is that there are only two rules in Zumba; keep moving and enjoy the party! Zumba really does change lives, connecting people through music and friendship.
Amelie Lavoie, Professional Dancer + ALGN Whistler Founder
Amelie has extensively trained in various styles of dance and established a dynamic career in the entertainment industry. She is also an experienced choreographer and teacher who has taught dance for fifteen years and expanded her repertoire in aerials and other acrobatic work. She believes that dance is constantly evolving and there is always room to grow. In January 2022, Amelie founded ALGN Whistler, a community movement hub that offers adult drop-in dance classes and a space for those involved in all areas of art and movement.
Prices do not include applicable taxes. Cornucopia encourages all guests to drink responsibly and to Sniff, Swirl, Sip & Spit! Please make sure to arrange a safe ride home from your event, or search for accommodation within walking distance of your event.