Culinary Stage: Lost Feast
Join food expert and author Lenore Newman with Centreplate Executive Chef Neal Harkins for a rollicking exploration of the history and future of our favorite foods. This narrated feast will discuss how local, seasonal foods have been carefully developed over centuries, as well as the threats to the ecological systems and cultural treasures that underpin cuisine. Lenore will share the work that dedicated chefs and farmers are doing to preserve our culinary wealth, including heirloom fruits and vegetables, and the Earth’s pollinators.
You may choose to purchase Lenore Newman’s book, Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food, for a discounted rate with your ticket. Purchased books will be delivered at the event.
Chef Neal Harkins
Neal’s love of cooking started early, at about four years of age, when he drained the family aquarium of water to boil a pot of onions. The fish… well that’s a detail only Neal can tell.
Raised in a large family kitchen with European roots, Neal played sous chef to his grandmother and quickly learned the heart and soul of hearty home cooking, traditional recipes, and respect for market ingredients. Neal understood that sitting around the table isn’t a meal – it’s an experience.
Neal thrives in a busy kitchen, where cooks exchange ideas and inject personal and ethnic inspirations to create menus that are innovative, fresh and outstanding. Meeting with local growers and selecting the very best ingredients and wines, is essential to this successful kitchen.
Neal’s culinary philosophy is simple. Keep dishes delicious and honest. Let the integrity of the ingredients steal the show. Less is more.
Neal has hung his chef’s hat up and down the Pacific Northwest and into San Francisco, but he always returns to Whistler. A dad to three spirited children, Neal connects to the youthful friendly vibe of his alpine home.
Room set-up/format: Sit down information/instructional tasting.
Location: Whistler Conference Centre - Sub Zero & Wolf Culinary Stage - Grand Foyer