Toptable Group Honoured at 2014 WHERE Magazine’s ‘Where To Dine’ Awards


Araxi, Blue Water Cafe, and Thierry Honoured at 2014 WHERE Magazine’s ‘Where to Dine’ Awards

Vancouver, B.C. (May 2nd, 2014) – Basking in the warm Vancouver sunshine on Wednesday, the city’s hospitality leaders convened for WHERE Magazine’s 2014 ‘Where to Dine’ Awards which honoured Araxi, Blue Water Cafe, and Thierry for their industry excellence. These reader’s choice awards represent the opinions of WHERE Magazine’s well-travelled readers and celebrate the best of Vancouver’s local flavours and genuine hospitality.

Toptable Group president Michael Doyle said, “We would like to thank the readers and voters of WHERE Magazine’s ‘Where to Dine’ Awards. Their recognition of the hard work, diligence and creativity of the thousands of men and women in our industry continue to highlight Vancouver as a true culinary destination to travellers near and far.”

Araxi Restaurant
Best Formal Whistler

For a fourth consecutive year, Araxi proudly accepted the award for Best Whistler Restaurant, a reflection of Chef James’ commitment to celebrating locally sourced ingredients from nearby Pemberton Valley farms; Restaurant Director Neil Henderson’s unparalleled service; and Wine Director Samantha Rahn’s diverse and value focused wine list.

Blue Water Cafe
Best Seafood

Executive Chef Frank Pabst and Restaurant Director Stephan Cachard led Blue Water Cafe to win Best Seafood for a second consecutive year. WHERE Magazine stated, “The onetime-Yaletown-warehouse now dazzles with the freshest of marine cuisine – including, every February, less common “unsung” local tastes – in a bustling but cozy setting with polished service.”

Best Last Course

Chef Thierry was once again honoured with the ‘Best Last Course’ designation, a testament of his contemporary approach to the finest handcrafted chocolates, macarons, pastries, and desserts. WHERE Magazine says, “Thierry’s Busset’s elegant nod to a traditional French cafe-patisserie is a veritable pastry-and-chocolate-lover’s dream, with macarons, handcrafted chocolates, pastries, cakes and even savouries, along with superb coffees, teas and spirits.”
An online version of the press release and high-resolution images can be found in the Toptable Group media room at


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

Judy Ahola
Director of Communications
Toptable Group
604 836 8005

April Penney
Communications Coordinator
Toptable Group
604 786 0540