15th Annual “Wine’d Up” Gourmet Dinner & Auction in Support of Whistler Search & Rescue
Whistler Search and Rescue Society (WSAR) will hold their fifteenth annual gourmet dinner and auction, “Wine’d Up”, on Saturday, October 18th, 2014.
Attendees at this popular event will enjoy an evening of outstanding cuisine prepared by five of Whistler’s renowned chefs. The five-course dinner will be paired with wine from Washington State’s acclaimed Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, generously supported by the winery and the United States Consulate. The evening will help fund the critically important work of Whistler’s Search and Rescue organization.
“Wine’d Up is the single largest source of revenue for our very busy volunteer team,” says Brad Sills, President of WSAR. “Without the support of all the persons who contribute to making this event the success that it is, Whistler SAR would simply not be in a position to fulfill its mandate. The ever-increasing costs of maintaining rescue quality equipment and training regimes is a constant burden in the face of uncertain funding sources.
This year marks the event’s 15 years in support of Whistler Search and Rescue and with over $480,000 raised since 2000, the October gourmet dinner and auction will aspire to surpass the $550,000 mark!
Cuisine from the five chefs will be paired with the following premium wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle:
•Steve Bjormark, Executive Events Chef, Whistler Blackcomb
– Columbia Valley Riesling
•Jeff Park, Chef de Cuisine, Araxi Restaurant + Bar
– Columbia Valley Chardonnay
•Tory Martindale, Executive Chef, Four Seasons Resort Whistler
– Indian Wells Merlot
•Paul Moran, Executive Chef, Nita Lake Lodge
– Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon
•Dustin Harkness, Executive Chef, Whistler Cooks Catering
– Domain Ste. Michelle, Blanc de Noir
In addition to great food and wine, guests will enjoy live and silent auctions throughout the evening; the auctions will be loaded with exciting items generously donated by businesses, artists and individuals in Whistler and throughout B.C. Recommended attire for the evening is smart western/smart casual.
Whistler Search and Rescue Society’s Fourteenth Annual “Wine’d Up” Gourmet Dinner & Auction
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Dusty’s Bar & Grill, Whistler Creekside
Reception & Hors D’Oeuvres 6:00 pm
Tickets $170 + GST – on sale September 1st
For tickets call Whistler Blackcomb at 1-800 766 0449 ext. 2
About Chateau Ste. Michelle Wines: “Great wine can only come from Italy or California”…Or at least that was the misconception the Chateau’s founding fathers set out to prove wrong when they first broke ground years ago and pioneered the Washington wine region. Built on the 1912 estate owned by Seattle lumber baron Frederick Stimson, the winery’s roots date back to the Repeal of Prohibition. In 1967 under legendary winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff, a new line of premium vinifera wines was introduced called Ste. Michelle Vintners. The first vines were planted at Cold Creek Vineyard in Eastern Washington in 1972. Four years later, Ste. Michelle Vintners built a French style winery Chateau in Woodinville, and changed its name to Chateau Ste. Michelle. Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard was planted in 1991. Since then, the winery has combined Old World winemaking traditions with New World innovation. In fact, Chateau Ste. Michelle is one of the few premium wineries in the world with two state-of-the-art wineries, one for red and one for white. The whites are made at the Chateau in Woodinville, WA, while the reds are made at Canoe Ridge Estate winery in Eastern Washington. Wine & Spirits magazine recently named Chateau Ste. Michelle a “Winery of the Year” for the 19th time, making it the most honored American winery and the second most honored winery overall in the past 27 years.
About Whistler Search & Rescue: Founded in 1973, the Whistler Search and Rescue Society is a registered charitable organization in the province of British Columbia, Canada. A fully volunteer organization, the SAR team’s primary function is that of a community resource to assist the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in a variety of search and rescue functions. They utilize helicopter rescue in most cases, and are equipped with helicopter long-line, high angle rope, swiftwater and mountain rescue equipment.