Cornucopia – Araxi Big Guns Dinner

12 Nov

30 years working in any industry is a pretty big deal but 30 years in the ever-changing, often fickle, restaurant industry is something to be celebrated.  Last night we helped Araxi celebrate their 30th anniversary at Cornucopia’s Big Guns dinner in Whistler. What a phenomenal evening!

The Big Guns event is a formal, multi-course dinner with wine pairings held at Araxi. Tickets were $250 and included canapés, a seven course dinner, eight different premium wines, and tax and tip. This was my first time experiencing Cornucopia and I now wonder what took me so long.

As we arrived we were greeted with a flute of Taittinger “Comtes de Champagne” and as we sipped our celebratory champagne we nibbled on canapés that were served to the hundred or so diners that had gathered in the bar. After another glass of champagne and some canapé tasting we made our way to our assigned table and sat back and waited for the Araxi team to deliver what would be a very memorable meal.

Our first course was an organic ocean spot prawn salad with salsa verde, house smoked wild salmon and oyster beignet, which was paired with a glass of Joseph Drouhin Chablis Bougros Grand Cru 2002.

The second course was spice roasted yarrow meadow duck breast served with a pheasant and duck boudin blanc (sausage). The duck was paired with a glass of Spanish Remelluri Gran Reserva 1999.

The third course was stuffed truffle gnocchi with house made ricotta cheese, potato foam, and a quail egg. It was paired with a Michele Chiarlo “Cerequio” Barolo 2004.

The fourth course was a loin of venison, finished with Pemberton beets and sunchokes with red currant glaze. The wine, Mission Hill’s Oculus 2007, was one of my favourites. I’m going to have to splurge on a bottle of that for myself.

The fifth course was lamb with toasted fennel polenta and Swiss chard, finished with an olive and toasted pine nut sauce. The Inglenook “Rubicon” 2008 was another wine stand-out.

I’m not a fan of blue cheese so the next dish was lost on me but the lightly poached Okanagan pear with arugula and blue cheese was an extremely popular dish at our table. I was very happy with a glass of the matching wine, the St Urbans-Hof Riesling, Leiwener Laurentiuslay Spätlese 2006. A sweet, thick wine, it completely changed my mind about what I thought Rieslings were.

The seventh course, the valrhona nyangbo chocolate with vanilla bean ice-cream, was absolutely amazing. It was paired with a Quinta do Noval Port 20 year old Tawny. We finished off the dinner with a plate of Thierry macarons, päté de fruites, and chocolate caramels. What a way to end the night!

Araxi really knows how to put on a celebration. It is no surprise that they have been in business for 30 years. The quality of the service, the food, and the wines was outstanding, and even though the tickets were expensive, I feel that we got value for money. I will definitely be back next year to see how they could possibly top this. Happy 30th Araxi! Hope you are around for many more years.

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8 Responses to “Cornucopia – Araxi Big Guns Dinner”

  1. VancityAllie November 14, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    Looks ABSOLUTELY AMAZING Amy!!!! I’m so jealous! What a fantastic looking meal… Mmmmmm my mouth is watering!

    • greedyguts November 14, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

      It was fantastic – you would have loved it.

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