Dining in the PEAK 2 PEAK? A Whistler Gondola Dinner Experience
“It’s exciting to be involved in an event that’s the first of its kind. With a venue this spectacular it raises the bar for me in creating a menu that will match it – I have to hit the wow factor,” says Bearfoot Bistro’s Executive Chef Melissa Craig, the culinary genius behind the menu for the first ever Whistler gondola dinner experience.
At Gibbons Life we love hearing stories of creativity and innovation, so when we caught wind of the Bearfoot Bistro’s daring SKYHIGH event we had to know more. They will be serving a six-course dinner in the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, at a height of 436-metres and spanning 3-kilometres as it goes to and from the Whistler and Blackcomb peaks. If that wasn’t incredible enough, all the profits are going to the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, which provides financial support to registered non-profit organizations whose activities provide benefit to residents of the Sea to Sky Corridor – nice.
How Is It Going to Work?
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 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 – and we know those get pretty wild.
Who’s Idea Was This Anyway?
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.
What Does a Seat at the Whistler Gondola Dinner Table Cost?
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 Whistler gondola dinner with wine pairings, and entry to the post-dinner party at the Bearfoot Bistro. With only 28 gondolas, the event is limited to 280 guests, making it rather exclusive.