Olympic Postcards – Notes on Olympic Memories, Cookbook Awards and The Most Romantic Night of the Year

Vancouver + Whistler, B.C. – Like yours, our Olympic memories are rife with wonderful individual moments and the spirit that celebrated excellence at every turn. We enjoyed a great mix of our regulars and locals at each of our restaurants – Araxiin Whistler, and Blue Water CafeCinCin, and West in Vancouver – along with many visitors, royals and celebrities of an extraordinary diversity.

But in our eyes, the true stars of the Olympics were the athletes.

In concert with Champagne Nicholas Feuillatte, we offered complimentary bottles to every Olympic medalist to accompany the sparkling toasts of thanks they made to friends and family. It made for many intimate moments and we were delighted to share in so many of them in Whistler and Vancouver, including Canadian Gold Medalists Ashleigh McIvorMaëlle Ricker, and Jon Montgomery, and Canadian Silver Medalists Mike RobertsonJennifer HeilShelley-Ann Brown and Helen Upperton, to name a few.

Araxi and Blue Water Cafe win Cordon d’ Or Cookbook Awards

On the heels of our recent cookbook awards in the Gourmand ‘Best in the World’ competition, Araxi: Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant andBlue Water Cafe: Seafood have been awarded Cordon d’ Or – Gold Ribbon International Culinary Academy Awards. Two of four awarded in Canada and out of only 16 worldwide, Araxi won ‘Best Illustrated Cookbook’, while Blue Water Cafe took the ‘Best Fish and Seafood Cuisine Cookbook’ category. Congratulations to chefsJames Walt and Frank Pabst, and the teams at Araxi and Blue Water Cafe, for these accomplishments.

Earth Hour

Why is Saturday, March 27th more romantic than Valentine’s Day? Because on that night, the world turns off the electricity in honour of Earth Hour. For the third consecutive year, our four restaurants will join hundreds of millions of people around the world and will go candlelight for one hour starting at 8:30 pm, in an effort to show it’s possible to take positive action on climate change. To reserve your table, visit: AraxiBlue Water CafeCinCin and West.


A library of recipes and high resolution images are available for Araxi, Blue Water Cafe, CinCin and West.

For further information, contact:

Shelley McArthur
Communications Director
Top Table Restaurant Group
Araxi | Blue Water Cafe | CinCin | West
604 836 8005 | shelley@toptable.ca