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20th annual 'Wine'd Up' event supports Whistler Search and Rescue

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KELOWNA - One of the Okanagan's most lauded chefs will be making his way to Whistler this fall to help celebrate and raise funds for some of the hardest working men and women in Whistler.

The Whistler Search and Rescue Society (WSAR) will hold its annual "Wine'd Up" fundraising dinner and auction on Saturday, Oct. 26.

The evening includes a five-course gourmet delight, paired with select wines from Spain, Italy, France and California. This year marks a very special year, celebrating 20 years for the event, and founding Chef Bernard Casavant will be joined by four of Whistler's top chefs.

Brad Sills, the President of WSAR, said that Wine'd Up is the single largest source of revenue for his volunteer-driven agency. WSAR saves numerous lives every year, and the non-profit organization is an invaluable resource to the RCMP, the local community, and the visitors to Whistler who propel the resort's economy. Since its inception, the fundraising dinner has raised funds to enable their volunteers and the society to successfully meet their mandate and the needs of the community and visitors it serves.

International Cellars Inc., the wine agency that founded the event 20 years ago with Chef Bernard will provide a selection of premium wines that will be paired with cuisine from these five renowned Whistler chefs:

  • Steve Bjormark, Executive Events Chef, Whistler Blackcomb/Vail Resorts
  • Bernard Casavant, Director of Operations, RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd.
  • Mark McLoughlin, Executive Sous Chef, Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar
  • Dustin Harkness, Executive Chef, Whistler Cooks Catering
  • Anup Chaubal, Executive Pastry Chef, Fairmont Chateau Whistler

In addition to outstanding food and wine, guests will enjoy live and silent auctions featuring items generously donated by businesses, artists, and individuals from the local community and beyond. Recommended attire for the evening is smart casual.

The event is generously supported by Whistler Blackcomb Vail Resorts.

About Whistler Search & Rescue: Founded in 1972, the Whistler Search and Rescue Society is a registered charitable organization in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Its 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 and are equipped with helicopter long-line, high angle rope, and mountain rescue equipment.

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