Introducing Il Caminetto – the newest Whistler restaurant to join the Toptable Group famiglia! After months of planning, designing, and re-building, the storied Il Caminetto has once again opened its doors on Village Stroll where it offers a modern taste of Italy at the mountainside resort.
It truly takes a dedicated cast of hospitality professionals, from both the kitchen to the front-of-house team, to offer a standard of excellence and a dining experience that is synonymous with the Toptable Group brand. With just a few days in operation from launching after the holidays, Il Caminetto’s personality is already an extension of all of its colleagues who tirelessly play a role in the art of true hospitality.
On behalf of Executive Chef James Walt and Restaurant Director Darin Newton, Il Caminetto looks forward to welcoming guests to the re-imagined dining room and space set amidst the spectacular mountain scenery. Come sip and savour fresh new takes on Italian classics in Whistler’s most elegant restaurant.

With the highly anticipated opening of Whistler’s Il Caminetto, Toptable Group now encompasses seven approachable fine dining restaurants including Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar, Bar Oso, Blue Water Cafe, CinCin Ristorante + Bar, West Restaurant + Bar, and Thierry Cafe.

With a philosophy built upon making inspired memories for each and every guest, Toptable Group is privileged to be a part of your celebrations, be it large or small, with both family and friends alike.


(Calgary, AB - December 8)  - On December 8, Canada Beef brought chefs, ranchers, food bloggers, social media influencers and journalists together to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and a staple of the Canadian menu – Canadian beef.

This was the final event in the Canada 150 Culinary Series and Chef Exchange program, with previous events celebrating the influence of Mexican and Chinese cuisine to the Canadian menu. Chef Anton Amoncio from the Philippines joined Canada Beef’s Mathieu Paré and the Chateau Lake Louise’s executive chef Jean-Francois Fortin to create unique dishes, some with a Filipino flavour. Chef Anton has accomplished a lot in a short time – winning a coveted price on the Asian Food Channel, opening his first restaurant at the age of 24 and now as a host on the Asian Food Channel.


The day began with a tour of the Canadian Beef Centre of Excellence (CBCE) in Calgary followed by a Craft Beef and Brews lunch. The theme of craftsmanship encompassed not only a look with Nick Fodor at Grizzly Paw’s craft brewing, but also the “craft” of raising cattle and bringing beef to the table. Chefs Anton, Fortin and Paré crafted several dishes including:

Three of these recipes were also demonstrated by Chefs Mathieu, Jean Francois and Anton, and shared on a Facebook Live post from the Wildrose Brewery in Calgary – see ithere.

The group then toured the Wineglass Ranch near Cochrane and met Travis Eklund, the fifth generation of ranchers to care for the land and animals in that location for over 130 years. Travis and his wife Kara showcased the work, that goes into their operation and supports their environmental and animal welfare standards - and produces great Canadian beef. Tours such as these provide access to grass-roots food production for bloggers and journalists who may not otherwise see ranching first-hand.

Let it Snow

Next stop was the magnificent Chateau Lake Louise and the Let it Snow chef exchange event. The evening began with a beer tasting, Rancher Reception and ended with the Wine & Dine event – and included an insiders’ tour of the picturesque resort.  

Ranchers and an industry representative from British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan - Linda Allison (BC), Rich Smith (AB) and Chad Ross (SK) - talked about the enormous impact that wildfires had on ranching communities in all three provinces this summer, and the aftermath for those communities. Canada Beef hosted several fundraisers this summer to support those impacted.

The Let it Snow chef exchange allowed Chef Matheiu and Chef Anton to get creative, bringing the flavours of the Phillipines to the Rockies, and highlighting the versatility of Canadian beef. The signature dish that evening was Beef Short Ribs Sinigang and received rave reviews.

The event culminated in a Saturday morning skate on Lake Louise (a bucket list item for many) with hot chocolate and chili with all donations going to Canadian Wildfire relief efforts.

The event concluded a year of celebrating the diversity that makes Canada great and has filled Canadian restaurants and home menus with tastes, cooking techniques and recipes from around the globe. With Chefs from countries such as Mexico, China and the Philippines looking for the qualities Canadian beef brings to their kitchens, this year has confirmed that Canadian beef is a protein of preference. And that is a great way to celebrate 150 years of Canada.

International blogger, Carlos Munda was part of the event and shared his Lake Louise experience here.

For more information about Canada Beef, visit Curious about the event? Go to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and look up #beefbeyondborder, #LoveCDNBeef or #skatethelake.



            Jeff Kiker, National Service Manager with Robot Coupe U.S.A.  will retire at the end of December 2017.  For over 35 years, Kiker has been of immense help handling “service and parts” inquiries; he will be much missed by his many friends in the foodservice industry.   Jeff and his wife, Sondra, plan to travel the USA and spend time on their boat.


Family and friends are welcome aboard Saturday, December 23, 2017!

Seafood lovers rejoice! The Captain’s Boil, a seafood favourite across Canada, announces the opening of its first location in Winnipeg, MB at 2081 Pembina Highway on Saturday, December 23, 2017. With 26 thriving locations across Canada and 7 dropping anchor soon, The Captain’s Boil is going coast to coast. Offering a unique dining experience for friends, family and large groups and combining elements of a classic seafood boil with the Captain's unique and flavourful sauces, guests can choose from a variety of freshly caught entrees and delicious sides to create their very own seafood feast.

Don a bib and roll up your sleeves, as you won't find any cutlery on your table at The Captain's Boil. Gather your crew - it’s time to get a little messy and start cracking!


What: The Captain’s Boil Winnipeg - Now Open

Where: 2081 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg, MB R3T 5J9

When: Saturday, December 23, 2017

Mon-Thurs: 11am - 11pm 
Fri/Sat: 11am - 12am
Sun: 11am - 10pm 
CLOSED: Dec. 25

For more information about the fresh catch on the menu and holiday hours, please visit and follow The Captain’s Boil on social media.



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