I’ve been skiing all my life; every year my family went to a different resort town in Colorado or Utah for as long as I can remember. And it was wonderful, one of the best memories I have of my family all together, renting a cabin, skiing until our legs felt like they’d fall off, finishing the night over pots of homemade spaghetti. A grand tradition. But once I graduated from college, those trips stopped, sadly. I hadn’t skied in nearly five years… until Whistler. This past February, I packed my bags and headed to Canada to ski the Whistler Backcomb. And while the snow was some of the best I’ve ever skied, the town of Whistler truly won my heart, namely due to the food. I was blown away by how many great restaurants were in town, perhaps my favorite being Sidecut at the Four Seasons Whistler.
At Sidecut, when I wasn’t slurping back the freshest oysters I’ve ever tasted with fresh horseradish, I was devouring the most delicious beef. See, Chef Edison Mays specializes in cooking top-quality, Canadian prime meat on an 1800-degree infrared grill, which guests can then complement with one of Mays’ nearly two dozen housemade spice rubs (My favorite combo: Edison’s Medecine on the Kobe steak). Dining off property was also amazing. But I thought I better leave it to the expert. So, Chef Mays has stepped up to the plate to provide us with his Whistler Dining Guide:
Kate: Chef, where do you go when…
You’re craving ethnic food?
Sachi Suchi has great food with the feeling of a true sushi restaurant. I love sitting at the sushi bar watching the chef create.
You want to celebrate a special occasion?
Alta Bistro is small and intimate with awesome cocktails. They have cool staff and the food is very artistic. You can tell a lot of care and detail goes into preparing it.
You need a quick, cheap bite to eat that you know is going to taste amazing?
Brandys is my place to go and eat chicken wings and watch the game! It’s not complicated and they have friendly and inviting staff.
It’s brunch time?
Elements has damn good food! It’s consistent, I know I get the same thing every time. I usually get the Smoked Salmon Benedicts and it comes with this awesome potato cake.
You want to get away?
What is Whistler’s best kept secret?
Creekbread. It’s outside the village in Creekside. It has a Whistler spirit to it. It has some unique ingredients as well as your traditional. The pizzas are all handmade and cooked in this huge wood burning oven.