This week’s feature is on our favourite partner who was also one of our tour guides! Meet Mike, former manager at Hunter Gather, one of the newest restaurants in Whistler, where food is always freshly made and locally sourced. Check out our conversation below to learn why we love him so much 🙂
How long have you been living in Whistler?
I’ve been in Whistler for 6 years.
Where are you originally from?
I’m from South Africa!
How long have you been at Hunter Gather?
Hunter Gather opened officially in June 2017 and I’ve been with the company since March. I came onboard as the manager in the early days while we were putting the team together and setting up for opening and first year of operations.
What item from the menu would you recommend to someone visiting for the first time?
I’ve got three that stand out: For vegetarians, the Pemberton Bowl, which features beets from Pemberton and chickpeas with a miso sauce, always made with seasonal fresh goodness which changes as produce does. Super hearty and always delicious. The BBQ Pork Ribs are also a great option, but you better come in hungry as its a full rack. You must also enjoy making a mess because you’ll need your fingers to eat it! My go-to is always the Chef’s Daily which is a charcuterie and cheese plate, it’s great for snacking and sharing with friends. A great pairing is the Liquidity Pinot Gris.
Where would you take family from out of town?
When my family visits they usually come to Hunter Gather to have a beer with me. It also depends on the season. During the summer, I would take them to Alta Lake to enjoy the sunshine. During winter, besides skiing, snowboarding and aprèsing, I would take them snowshoeing at Callaghan Valley.
What’s your favourite BC vineyard to visit?
Not a fair question because I love so many of them! A special mention to the incredible wine makers at Tantalus Vineyards in Okanagan Valley. David Paterson is currently featuring an award-winning Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Which is your favourite beer?
Our list is always changing but we usually feature lots from Coast Mountain Brewing, a Whistler local. My favourite is the Daydreamer IPA. My favourites (not from Coast Mountain Brewing) are from Andina Brewery, they’re two Colombian couples so they use a lot of South American flavors. We’re currently pouring a Guava Saison.
What tips would you give to first time Whistler visitors?
If you want to see a lot of restaurants in a short period, definitely book a Whistler Tasting Tour. If you’re here for the scenery, I would recommend renting a bike and hitting the valley trails. During the winter, obviously hit the slopes. If not, make sure to bring your snowshoes and check out the hiking trails.
Click here if you’d like to visit Hunter Gather on tour!
Posted by: Emily Tsai