Spo7ez Table at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) presents Spo7ez Table – an intimate and immersive First Nations experience featuring a multi-course luncheon paired with wines by Indigenous World Wines and Fort Berens Estate Winery. Canapes and sparking wine greet guests upon arrival prior to being seated for a three-course wine-paired lunch. Cultural Ambassadors will share songs and storytelling throughout.
The SLCC, located in Whistler’s Upper Village, is one of Whistler’s most spectacular venues dedicated to celebrating and sharing the cultures of Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation. The menu is designed by the SLCC's Executive Chef D’Arcy Demoe, and features locally foraged foods from the shared, traditional, unceded territories of the Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation, of which Whistler resides. The menu is designed with modern dietary requirements in mind, without sacrificing the authenticity of the dining experience. “Our culinary team has been taking a good look into what it means to ‘dine Indigenous’,” shares Demoe, “We know that there’s more to Indigenous cuisine than salmon and bannock, and this menu is our first step in sharing that with our guests. So, rather than serving traditional Indigenous cuisine, this menu will spotlight the process behind traditional ingredients and food preparation, and marry them into contemporary dishes.”
The event namesake, Spo7ez Table, refers to the ancient village shared by the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Lil’wat7ul, Spo7ez, located where Rubble Creek and the Cheakamus River meet. Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, a Coast Salish People, and Lil’wat7ul, an Interior Salish People, resided on this site together. As this menu represents what can be harvested from Interior Salish and Coast Salish territories, and the story of Spo7ez reminds us of acceptance and belonging, we chose it to further pique interest amongst diners to engage further not only with our culinary, but also our cultural offerings.