Red Door Bistro becoming a locals' favourite

Creekside's newest gem, the Red Door Bistro, has kicked off its first winter of operation with a bang. Since opening in December, the boutique restaurant has quickly become a favourite, especially of locals.

Locally owned and operated by Karen Roland, the Red Door is a perfect neighbour to Roland's Pub. Executive chef R.D Stewart has created a fantastic menu offered at reasonable prices in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Stewart, previously of La Rua Restaurant, has brought along three of his past colleagues to help him create the dining experience that his foodie followers know and love. The Red Door's cassoulet and bouillabaisse are instant favourites.

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Most of the 35 to 40 seats available in the restaurant seem to be occupied with local customers nightly, so reservations are highly recommended. The Red Door Bistro is open from 5 to 10 p.m., seven days a week. For more information, stop by in Creekside or call 604-962-6262.

New caterer in town

Another local chef has welcomed a new year with a new venture. Chef Christopher Szewczyk launched Antipasti Catering Services on Jan. 1. The new business provides catering options for events of all sizes, ranging from family take-home meals to large events throughout the Sea to Sky. Personal chef services are also available.

Menus feature an Italian-inspired focus, specializing in antipasto platters of various combinations, as well as traditional dishes. Platters may include cured and smoked meats mixed with local sustainable ingredients. Take-home meals include soups, salads, pasta dishes and deserts.

Szewczyk's goal is to create authentic Italian products with an emphasis on constructing colourful and mouth-watering delights. The second-generation Canadian was raised in a northern Canadian town by an Italian-Polish family and was immersed in an Italian community. His family embraced old-world traditional cooking and culinary skills.

With Szewczyk's ingrained passion for Italian food, extensive culinary and business training and over 20 years of experience in the industry, the business is sure to be a success. For more information you can contact 604-966-4201, email catering.antipasti@gmail.com or visit www.antipasticatering.com.

Guy joins Dubh Linn, Pan Pacific team

The kitchen brigade at Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub and the team at Pan Pacific Whistler are delighted to welcome chef Michael Guy, who joins the hotel and pub team as the executive chef for all food service at the Dubh Linn, Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside and Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre.

After attending the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) in Vancouver, Guy's early career was spent as a key member of the kitchen teams at Vancouver's Blue Water Café and West Restaurant. After cooking stints in both Ontario and Italy, Guy and his family returned to Whistler in 2008.

Since his return, Guy has enjoyed working at Araxi, followed by two years as the executive chef at Nita Lake Lodge. During his time in Whistler, Guy further expanded his culinary diversity when running his own catering business in Pemberton.

Chef Guy is pleased to be joining the crew in the lively pub located at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb. Leading the food scene for Pan Pacific also allows him to bring his catering expertise to meetings and events at both of the hotel's resort locations.

Guy started the role on Dec. 12, replacing chef Dave Currie, who after 15 years decided to take time for himself, enjoying some travel with his family. Guy knows many of the dishes created by his predecessor are visitor favourites and part of Currie's legacy. Since the hearty meals continue to be crowd-pleasers, no major changes are expected on the menu in the short term.

JoNo's Novak celebrated

Whistler's Joan Novak of JoNo Hair has just been recognized for her work on Bangstyle.com.

The website has launched the largest weekly hair competition in the world, called "The Supremes." The site celebrates the best hair imagery submitted by its Global Community for Hair. Over 1,000 photos are entered weekly, and the six most inspiring hair photos exhibiting technique, style, and trending hair fashion are chosen each week to be featured before their worldwide audience. More than 100,000 people view The Supremes every week.

Joan Novak's photo was chosen during the week of Dec. 4. The photo exhibited technique, style and hair fashion at its best. For more information visit www.bangstyle.com.

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