Kitchen party: They say the best parties end up in the kitchen. Such was the case with Growing Chef's third annual Farm to Fork Gala held at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. The cooking school opened up their test kitchens to some of the city's finest chefs for the annual food and wine event in support of Merri Schwartz's school program pairing volunteer chefs with elementary classrooms. At the sold-out affair, 160 lucky guests enjoyed the evening of good food, good wine and good company.
House party: The Vancouver Hospice Society hosted its Butterfly Gala chaired by Paula Coghlan and Nancy Johnson. With the Granville Street end-of-life, six-bed care home just completed, nearly 500 guests gathered at the Hellenic Centre to help open the doors. Yours truly played auctioneer at the dinner and dance sponsored by the Courier, featuring rock 'n' roller Zachary Stevenson.
Bird bash: Two hundred guests filed into the Vancouver Aquarium for the Arthritis Society of B.C.'s seventh annual Bluebird Gala. This year's cocktail reception took place amongst the many marine life galleries of one of the city's most popular attractions. Global TV's Chris Gailus hosted while his sister, Erika, living with arthritis, was the keynote at the swish splash sponsored by Scotiabank. Proceeds from the Bluebird Gala will fund research and essential programs that support those living with arthritis.