October 26, 2010
They Dished and they Dazzled
In the photo: Left: The "Polski Punch" created with Belvedere Vodka by Lauren Mote of The Refinery restaurant -- served with tea biscuits made from the milk solid "lees" that was a byproduct of the cocktail creation process. Right: David Wolowidnyk, Bar Manager for West Restaurant, literally shone in his sparkling red dinner jacket - the most dazzling in the room.
Drinks before dinner ... They dished and they most certainly dazzled at last evening's Dish and Dazzle fundraising gala in support of the B.C. Hospitality Foundation Fund.
Organized by Jay Jones, a director of the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association (CPBA), the event featured six of the most accomplished names on the Vancouver bartending scene, partnered with six premium spirits brands. The presence of the star bartenders, who offered their unique and often intricate signature cocktails added a refreshing new element to the restaurant/winery combo format that is the usual supporting backbone of these types of events, and their talent is one that we hope other events will continue to drawn on.
Bartenders participating in the event included:
Danielle Tatarin – Keefer Bar at The Keefer
Simon Ogden – Veneto Lounge at the Hotel Rialto
Shaun Layton – L’Abattoir
Lauren Mote – The Refinery
Shawn Soole – Clive’s Classic Lounge at Chateau Victoria
Jacob Sweetapple – Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel
BCHF's goal via this fundraiser and its silent auction was to raise $60,000 for their charitable fund which assists people employed in BC's hospitality industry who are challenged by financial, health or educational needs.
Restaurants supporting the event included: Raincity Grill, West Restaurant, Fraiche, CRU, Sanafir, Hart House Restaurant, Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House, Aqua Riva, Lift Bar Grill View, the Vancouver Convention Centre, YEW Restaurant + Bar, Joey Restaurants and Cabana Bar & Grille.
Supporting wineries and wine agents included: Hellbent Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 represented by Icon Fine Wine and Spirits, Pol Roger Champagne represented by The Bacchus Group, Segura Viudas Brut Rose and Segura Viudas Brut Reserva represented by International Cellars Inc., Tinhorn Creek Oldfield Series 2 Bench White 2008, Yealands Seaview Sauvignon Blanc 2009 & Jackson Estate Stitch Sauvignon Blanc 2009 represented by New Zealand Winegrowers, Big House White represented by Mondia Alliance, Woolaston Estate Nelson Pinot Noir 2006 & Sacred Hill Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009 represented by New Zealand Winegrowers, Belle Glos Meomi Pinot Noir 2008 represented by Grady Wine Marketing, Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico DOCG 2007 represented by Mark Anthony Brands, Poggio al Tufo (Tommasi) Rompicollo 2008 represented by International Cellars, Trivento Reserve Malbec 2008 represented by Select Wine Merchants, Bodegas Escorihuela1884 Reservado Malbec 2009 represented by David Herman and Son, and Layer Cake Shiraz 2009 represented by Authentic Wine & Spirits.