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The Ultimate Dinner in Motion

WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, June 3, 2014 – Imagine a six-course tasting menu from the Bearfoot Bistro served in a private gondola cabin on Whistler Blackcomb's iconic PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola at an altitude of 436 metres in aid of a deserving cause. That’s what the Bearfoot Bistro and the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation have joined forces to create on Saturday June 28, 2014 with their “SKYHIGH” event, one of the most imaginative and memorable fundraising events Whistler has ever hosted. This is a dinner in motion, spanning the world’s longest continuous lift system. Each gondola seats up to ten people and are priced at $7,500 per cabin, which includes invites to a pre-dinner cocktail party, the six-course dinner with wine pairings served in the gondola, and entry to the post-dinner party at the Bearfoot Bistro. With only 28 gondolas, the event is limited to 280 guests. For more information and to book visit: http://bearfootbistro.com/?event=skyhigh

The night will begin on the Wizard and Solar Coaster Express chairlifts as guests head to the Rendezvous Lodge on Blackcomb Mountain for a Champagne cocktail reception on the patio at Christine's Restaurant. They will then board their private PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola cabin to begin a seated six-course tasting menu with service provided by the Bearfoot Bistro.  The Bearfoot Bistro kitchen brigade will be stationed at both terminals of the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola to prepare courses for each part of the journey as the attendees experience glorious views and the setting sun from a height of 436 metres. Finally, after the meal, they’ll descend the mountain on the Whistler Village Gondola for a post-dinner party at the Bearfoot Bistro. 

The concept was the brainchild of the Bearfoot Bistro’s founder, André Saint-Jacques and his team, who wanted to create an event so striking in its ambition that it pushed the boundaries of what could be achieved. A year in the making, and involving an incredible amount of attention to logistical details, the Bearfoot Bistro and Whistler Blackcomb Foundation teams have set the stage for a breath-taking dining experience with a menu created by highly-acclaimed Executive Chef Melissa Craig. They only have just over a minute to clear away and serve each course as the gondolas pass by the docking stations, so timing will be critical.  The first three courses will be served in the gondola, the fourth just outside the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola station on Whistler Mountain to give people a chance to take a quick break, and the last two back in the gondolas. This dinner matches Whistler’s most innovative fine dining restaurant with a world record-breaking tourism attraction, making for a culinary experience that will be hard to beat in terms of grandeur and sheer creativity.

The profits of the SKYHIGH event are going to the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, which is dedicated to providing financial support to registered non-profit organizations whose activities provide benefit to residents of the Sea to Sky Corridor in the areas of health, human services, education, recreation, arts and culture and the environment with an emphasis on children, youth and family programs. Its mandate is to support larger, more everlasting community projects within the Sea to Sky Corridor, as well as to build a stronger relationship with residents of the community.

Guests looking for accommodation can book the event specific rate of $199 per night at The Fairmont Chateau Whistler three days prior to the event, they can do this by calling 1-800-606-8244 and identify themselves as being with the Bearfoot Bistro Sky High Event or visiting: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/skyhigh

For more information or reservations, call (604) 932-3433 or visit www.bearfootbistro.com.

For more information on the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation visit www.whistlerblackcombfoundation.com

Media Contact: Dee Raffo, Ki Communications: dee@kicommunications.ca / (1) 604 905 0933

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