James Walt Visits Ensenada, Mexico


James Walt Visits Ensenada, Mexico
Araxi Chef Conjures Up Coastal Cuisine at Seafood and Wine Festival –

Whistler, B.C.  (April 7th, 2015) – Executive chef James Walt of Whistler’s Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar is taking his culinary talent on tour in 2015. Next weekend – April 10th–12th – he will be participating in the Festival de las Conchas y el Vino in Ensenada, on the Baja coast of Mexico. The annual seafood and wine festival attracts many international visitors, especially from Southern California, located two hours north.

Araxi executive chef James Walt portrait“Much like Whistler, Ensenada is rapidly making its mark on the food and wine industry, and I’m honoured to be invited to participate as a guest at their annual festival,” states Walt. Baja’s thriving food scene has been strengthened in the past five years by its burgeoning wine industry. Wineries now pepper the peninsula, with many clustered near Ensenada in the Valle de Guadalupe wine trail, and are drawing increasing attention from aficionados.

Friday will see Chef Walt shopping for local ingredients at the market and visiting with fish merchants at the docks. On Saturday evening he will be creating a menu comprised entirely of local fare for a dinner at Ensenada’s famed seafood-centric Restaurante Manzanilla. Owned by chefs Solange Muris and Benito Molina, Manzanilla is rated in ‘Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants’. Chef Walt will wrap up the festival with a cooking demonstration on Sunday afternoon.

Gastronomes can follow Chef Walt’s travels and cooking demonstration in Ensenada on social media using the hashtag #ChefWaltOnTour. Guests from around the world can participate in real time and ask questions while he shops and cooks through Twitter’s new live-streaming video application, Periscope.

Next September, Chef Walt will lead a ten-day culinary excursion to Peru. Further details about this tour are available here. Information about upcoming events at Araxi can be found online at www.araxi.com or by calling the restaurant at 604 932 4540.

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The culinary cornerstone in the heart of Whistler Village, Araxi enjoys a long held international reputation for excellence in food, wine, and service. One of Canada’s leading hospitality groups, Toptable Group has four elegant, yet approachable, restaurants in Vancouver and Whistler: Araxi, CinCin, Blue Water Cafe and West, as well as the chocolaterie, patisserie and café, Thierry.  More information can be found online at www.toptable.ca.

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Judy Ahola
Director of Communications
Toptable Group
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