June 1, 2010, Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver, B.C, – Conscientious diners can take to higher ground to enjoy aquatic fare sustainably sourced and exquisitely served in The Observatory fine dining restaurant. Where Vancouver magazine recognized The Observatory’s superb seafood preservation practices with a Critics Choice accolade announced yesterday.
"Where Vancouver has selected The Observatory, Grouse Mountain's finest restaurant, as its champion for continuing to take standards of food conservation to new heights," says Executive Chef Dino Gazzola. "We are grateful to the judging committee and the readers of the publication for this award, which also reflects on the resort’s commitment to sustainability in all forms."
The Observatory's contemporary BC menu has harnessed the remarkable confluence of local flavours and worldly techniques that give the province its unique character. Chef Gazzola is dedicated to sourcing the finest and freshest regional ingredients available, creating memorable dining experiences for the discerning palate.
Grouse Mountain is a proud member of Ocean Wise, a Vancouver Aquarium conservation program, which guarantees that seafood dishes have been certified ocean-friendly. In 2006, Where Magazine in collaboration with Ocean Wise and other local sustainable seafood experts created the Sustainable Seafood Award for Vancouver. The aim of the award was to recognize passionate and creative chefs and restaurants that have made huge strides in providing their patrons not only with the freshest and highest quality, but also the most ocean-friendly, sustainably sourced seafood possible.
Grouse Mountain pursues all manner of sustainability endeavours, guided by a principle of balance in environmental and ecological terms. The resort is also a member of the Green Table Network, which is devoted to sustainable and responsible restaurant practices. Vancouver’s first commercially viable wind turbine, The Eye of the Wind, was inaugurated earlier this year as part of Grouse Mountain’s goal to become carbon neutral. The Eye of the Wind is now open for the public to learn about this limitless form of alternative energy.
The Observatory is open for dinner 7 nights a week from 5 pm - 10 pm. Grouse Mountain Admission is complimentary with advance dinner reservations and includes admission to the Skyride and mountaintop activities such as Grouse Mountain’s Theatre in the Sky. Diners can call 604.980.9311 or reserve online at grousemountain.com