Caren McSherry, Corby Winemakers and
Orpheum 75th Anniversary

Vancouver Courier - Nov. 13 2002

by Catherine Barr

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CELEBRITY chef Caren McSherry's inexhaustible, upbeat personality is evident in all she does. Her latest cookbook, "More Than Salt and Pepper" was launched on Nov. 5 at the Four Seasons Hotel and all her famous friends came out to celebrate. She signed lots of autographs and was most definitely the star of the show save for Global TV's Jill Krop whose sexy shoes caught the attention of Whitecap book publishers. Who knows, maybe a coffee table book on the well-heeled is in the works. Next it was off to Gotham on Nov. 6 where Corby Distilleries held the Clos Du Bois Winemaker's Dinner. A small but select group of published palettes and restauranteurs dined on lobster, crab, carpaccio, lamb, ribeye and duck each accompanied by one of Clos' select vintages. Finally, best wishes are in order for the Orpheum Theatre which celebrated its 75th anniversary on Nov. 7 with a gala performance. "A Salute to the Orpheum" featured never before seen performances, the stars of which attended a private reception afterwards proving, even at 75, the grand old dame is still the toast of the town.


BC-CTV 9 weathergal Tamara Taggart (left), news anchor Bill Good and co-anchor Pamela Martin came to wish Caren McSherry all the best at the launch of her new cookbook.


Global TV's popular Jill Krop (left) caught everyone's attention with her black San Francisco shoes. She was one of the hosts at Caren McSherry's (centre) cookbook launch which was presented by president Michael Burch and his Whitecap Books gang.


Absolute Spas owner Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia showed off some rare ahi tune served in its own spoon, just one of the goodies served at the McSherry book launch.


Brix restaurant owner/proprietor Patrick Mercer (left) has one of the finest tuned palettes I've ever seen. He and Ouest restaurant's wine director, Jay Jones, sampled sauvignons at the Clos du Bois event.


Corby Distilleries' Andy Phillip (left), congratulated Gotham chef Bala Kumanan who designed a perfect tasting menu for Clos Du Bois guests. Liberty Wine's Robert Simpson was among the few.


Clos Du Bois winemaker Margaret Davenport (left) spends most of her time in Sonoma, but this night she and Corby's Stefanie Gretsinger and Ian Sparks were showing off their finery.


Guest conductor Clyde Mitchell (left), mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell (who is best hailed for her performances as Carmen), and jazz volcalist Denzal Sinclaire attended the star-studded Orpheum reception after their gala performances.


King of Swing, Dal Richards (left), began the evening with The Sounds of Vaudeville as co-producer and Vancouver civic theatres director Rae Ackerman did the introductions at the Orpheum.


Salute to the Orpheum's artistic producer Elizabeth Ball (left) was busy receiving accolaids from guests like gallery owner Diane Farris at the Orpheum after party.


Who says musician can't have their cake and eat it too? The Orpheum celebrations included performances by Robert Silverman and Jane Coop, two of the three pianists to perform "Concert for 3 Pianos".

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