Last week saw Vancouver’s culinary elite and tastemakers zip their way to the recently opened roof at Glowbal Group’s Black & Blue Restaurant for a mid-afternoon soiree and celebration for the WHERE To Dine Awards courtesy of WHERE Magazine Vancouver. A plethora of long-time heavy hitters mixed and mingled around the stunning, open-air space, surrounded by glass-walled office towers (with more than a few jealous onlookers pining for freedom from their desk, no doubt). Before the ceremony got underway, there was plenty of time for invited guests, media and VIPs to squeeze in some quality catch up chit-chat (that is, unless they were too busy eating and drinking). And there was indeed plenty of that to be done.
A never ending stream of signature small plates paraded around the deck with everything on-offer, right down to delectably sweet desserts such as the miniature bananas foster. To wash it all down, Russell Brewing had their latest seasonal selection on offer – and if you weren’t exactly the beer type, a quick meander over to the expansive bar would score you a glass of bubbles or craft cocktail in no time.
Emcee and ‘Man About Town’ Fred Lee took to the stage (obligatory glass of wine in hand) and humoured the crowd of about 200 or so before launching into the awards presentation, one he promised would be all but record-setting so the party could continue.
With approximately 30 envelopes and glass plaques to distribute, Fred took to the task, calling up to the stage the likes of Joe Fortes‘ own Frenchie, Forage’s Chef Chris Whittaker (who took home the Green Table Award) as well as long-time Vancouver restaurateurs Vikram Vij (Vij’s), Le Crocodile’s Michel Jacob and the unofficial ‘King’ of Gastown (he might as well be), Sean Heather of The Irish Heather origins.
For the complete list of winners and nominees be sure to check this link.
If you’re already hankering to enter WHERE To Dine 2014 contest (for Vancouver and Whistler) be sure to take a look online.