He’s been called freeskiing’s favourite hippie, (by Lisa Richardson in this awesome Coast Mountain Culture Magazine article ‘Farming Turns’), and now professional skier Mark Abma and two-time Olympic mogul skier and fiancée Kristi Richards will bring fresh inspirations and a truly holistic food experience to Pemberton’s dining scene. Mark and Kristi have partnered with Edward and Gosia Dangerfield of Whistler’s very popular Alta Bistro to create food that resonates by launching a new eatery called Solfeggio.
“Solfeggio is a place to find healthy food choices that support local, organic farms. The cuisine is inspired by food that heals and food that resonates,” says Kristi. “For me, I fell in love with the idea of opening a restaurant after working at winery bistros in the Okanagan to support my skiing career. The nutrition aspect of food really fell into place from being an athlete and constantly trying to find better ways to fuel my body for sport. I am currently attending the Institute of Holistic Nutrition, and I am excited to share the healing power of food with others through the outlet of Solfeggio.”
The menu will be inspired by the symbolism of the name Solfeggio. “Thought to be lost centuries ago, Solfeggio is an ancient musical scale that has the capacity to affect matter and consciousness. The healing sounds resonate with our energy centers, creating balance and positive shifts. We aim to heal ourselves, and our planet, one meal at a time,” says Kristi. ”The partnership between Mark and I, and Edward and Gosia, is a perfect fit… we all value the importance of local, organic farming practices and the nutritional value in our food. We are excited to be able to create a place for people to find healthy, local food!”
Edward Dangerfield currently owns and operates Alta Bistro in Whistler with Eric Griffith, Tom Merenyi and Executive Chef Nick Cassettari. He also knows a thing or two about only serving local, ethically sourced food served up in the right season, at the peak of flavour.
“I met Mark and Kristi years ago through mutual ski friends, and then later at Alta Bistro. I started helping them with their ideas for a restaurant, and it grew organically from there,” says Edward.
Solfeggio will open its doors in about a month and is located next to the health food store Be Natural in Pemberton at 109-7433 Frontier Street. The eatery will have 25 seats and an outdoor patio with convenient counter service in the day and items to go. On Friday and Saturday evenings the space will transform for seated dinners and on Sunday, brunch will be the perfect way to savour the last day of the weekend.
Solfeggio is an organic, farm to table concept with fresh juices, superfood smoothies, and menu items that cater to specialized diets including raw, vegan, vegetarian and gluten free. And, meat eaters won’t be left out either.
“Raw food items are going to be very popular, but we will also support Pemberton Meadows Beef and Oceanwise Seafood,” says Edward. “Smoothies will be flying out the door!”
Solfeggio will source fresh produce from Ice Cap Organics, Mana Farms and Rootdown Farm in the valley. Solfeggio will be licensed and will pour ethical, local and sustainable wines; house made cocktails featuring spirits from Pemberton Distillery; and fresh, cold beer from Whistler Brewing.
With the addition of Solfeggio, Pemberton is about to get even more awesome than it already is! See you on the patio when they open in a month. Like Solfeggio on Facebook now to take a peek at construction photos and updates as they get the space ready!