Whistler's new Peaked Pies has taken the town by storm.
Since opening the doors on July 6, the restaurant has been filled to the brim with happy and hungry customers. Whistlerites Alex Relf and Kerri Jones are elated with the immediate success.
Alex is originally from Victoria and studied hotel and restaurant management at Camosun College.Kerri is from Newcastle, Australia, came to Whistler for the 2009 winter season and, like most people, never left.
"As does every Aussie, Brit and Kiwi, I missed my meat pies and was telling Alex about them," said Kerri. "He had no clue what a meat pie was. At first he was thinking I meant fruit pies. After some explanation, Alex cooked me a meat pie. It was amazing! I made the comment that we should open a store so that every Aussie in Whistler has a chance to get one of these meat pies. That was about two years ago, and here we are now."
Alex has never tried a meat pie from Australia, nor even been there, but he has created these pies to perfection. Kerri, being the keen taste-tester and quality control manager, made sure that they are as quintessential as an Aussie meat pie can get. Their customers agree.
They definitely had their challenges in the planning stages, as these pies are not common in North America. When asking for extra lean ground beef and small chunks of fresh beef for their steak pies, they were told that a higher fat content makes things tastier. Not so for meat pies, as it ruins the pastry.
"We went through so much meat in testing the products supplied to us as we kept being given the wrong kind of meat. Now our suppliers understand since they've tasted our pies," said Kerri.
The pair has also created a Canadian-inspired pie featuring our beloved bacon.
"Australia only really has the one style of bacon, but we use a delicious, smoky Canadian bacon. As such, our steak, cheese and bacon pie is our best seller," Kerri said.
All of the pies are handmade daily in the store. Customers can have them "Peaked" with the mashed potato, mushy peas and gravy. This is more of a Sydney tradition than in other areas across Australia. The mushy peas are very English, too, so the eatery has all of the favourites covered.
Since opening, they have also added a sweet choice with their apple berry pie after many requests. You can "Peak" these, too, with fresh whipped cream. If a more traditional Australian dessert is preferred, they also serve lamington.
"Since opening, we have been inundated with gratitude, thanks and support from the local community who love their meat pies," says Kerri. "(It's been) predominantly Aussie customers at this point, but once someone tries a meat pie for the first time, they are hooked. We have only been open for three weeks, but already we have familiar faces and regular customers."
Peaked Pies is open daily from 11 a.m. until pies are sold out. For more information on Peaked Pies, you can visit them at #105-4369 Main St., across from 7-11, call them at 604-967-0097 or visit their website at www.peakedpies.com.
Eymundson back at Home Hardware
Whistler Home Hardware is happy to welcome back its leader from the past as their principal owner.
Lance Eymundson first became a part of the Whistler store's team in 1996 when he moved to the resort from Nanaimo. He became store manager in 1998 and remained there until 2007, when he reluctantly left his beloved mountain town for another great opportunity on the Island.
In 2008, he purchased Ross Bay Home Hardware store in Victoria. Originally from Nanaimo and with his daughter attending the University of Victoria, Eymundson continues to own and operate the store there while enjoying Island life on a part-time basis. He is thrilled to be able to share his time between both great communities.
Now with 22 years of retail experience in the hardware industry, he is ready for the challenge. Since acquiring the Whistler store on June 1, Lance has begun to settle back in.
"It is great to be back," he said. "My heart never truly left Whistler and I'm looking forward to getting back on my bike and my board."
Avalanche Appliance now active
Craig Wheeler and Mike Stevens have just announced the launch of Avalanche Appliance Services.
Wheeler, a Whistler resident for the last seven years, and Stevens, a resort resident for the last 22 years, have combined forces for this Whistler venture. The two have worked together for the last seven years throughout the corridor and decided that it was time to go into business on their own.
Known as "Whistler's appliance guys," both longtime local technicians have experience fixing all makes and models of appliances. The Avalanche Appliance shop will officially open on Aug. 2 in their Function location at #209-A2-1200 Alpha Lake Rd. For more information you can visit their website at www.avalancheappliance.ca or call them at 604-962-2099.
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