From The Venue, with Love
There’s a place in Whistler where love reigns supreme, a place
where diners gather to delight in the culinary passions of Chefs
Ryan and Melissa Leitch. The married couple have been grilling,
sautéing, and flambéing together in kitchens for 23 years, and
their enduring love, integrity and passion for food is infused in
every element of The Venue.
“We focus a ton of energy on the raw product, where it comes
from, how it was grown, and making masterpieces,” says Ryan.
The chefs grow or select organic and local food wherever
possible, and work with several local businesses to knit together
a circle of sustainability. Their restaurant food scraps are
delivered to Sea to Sky Soils to compost into soil, which is then
used to grow the vegetables for their exquisite dishes.
On the menu are classic French and Italian comfort foods with
a twist, such as roasted duck breast with blueberry, port demi-glace, and veal osso buco, served Tuscan style with saffron
risotto. “We want to make food that tastes really good,” says
Melissa, “and isn’t just pretty or trendy.”
Cap your Whistler weekend with The Venue’s fabulous Sunday
brunch buffet, featuring a cornucopia of dishes including fresh
fruit, eggs Benedict, meats, home fries, baked in-house pastries
and cakes, blueberry pancakes and Canadian soft cheeses.
Since The Venue is located a short drive south of the Village,
Ryan and Melissa have found their niche in catering special
events, including wedding parties of up to 70 guests, birthday
parties, celebrations of significant milestones, corporate and
community events. An à la carte menu is offered throughout the
winter, and reservations are recommended.
Tucked away in the forest, The Venue is the perfect mountain
setting to share good times, laughs and delicious food. After all,
that is what Ryan and Melissa live for — and with that kind of
passion, it’s hard not to feel the love.
604-932-2244 | whistlervenue.com
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WHAT We Love NOW
What Makes a Great Cup of Joe?
For many, a hot, steaming cup of coffee can provide the
perfect brain-buzz to get the day rocking. If caffeine is the
kick in the pants you need, any old coffee should do, right?
Not so, says Marie-Ève Laroche, owner of Pikolo Espresso
Bar in Rainbow, located 6 kilometres ( 3. 73 miles) north
of Whistler Village. At Pikolo, the process of making your
coffee has been carefully nurtured from crop to cup, to give
you the perfect coffee to suit your taste and mood.
Whether you need a quick espresso before a run, a large
Americano as you hit the road, or a creamy latté as you
relax and catch up with friends, Pikolo has an extensive
coffee menu and will help create the ideal brew — just for
you. Their well-trained baristas are experts at knowing the
right ratios of milk and water to set the intensity, and how to
precisely monitor the extraction for time, temperature and
Pikolo’s quality coffees are created long before the beans hit
the grinder, however. Laroche works closely with specialty
roasters such as Phil & Sebastian and Heart Roasters to
access multiple origins and the most superior, freshest
crops. Each coffee has a unique terroir, influenced by its
origin and the local soil, climate and altitude. “Some coffees
are rounder, with more chocolatey notes, or creamier, and
others are on the fruity side, with a bit more acidity coming
out,” says Laroche. “It really depends on what you like and
how exotic you want to get.”
604-962-1110 | pikoloespresso.com