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Whistler's Cornucopia and Masquerave Wine Tasting Event

Nov 11, 2005

By Catherine Barr


North Shore residents make the trek to Whistler for all kinds of great reasons. There's golf in summer, skiing in winter and, every fall, there's Cornucopia - Whistler's Wine and Food Celebration. Last weekend was Cornucopia's 9th annual festival which featured seminars, wine makers' dinners and the ever popular, sold-out "Crush! Gala Grand Tasting" event at the TELUS Whistler Conference Centre. But the fun didn't stop at 10 o'clock because that's when 2,000 revelers headed over to Andre St. Jacques' Bearfoot Bistro to party at his notoriously naughty "Masquerave". Your $200 ticket included a big top of events including free flowing champagne, decadent delights, three live bands and over 60 beautiful body painted models. The event is said to be Andre's last as rave-master as he celebrated his 10th and final year as Whistler's party king. But fear not, because this festival weekend will be back with more next year - which is about how long it will take to get over the hangover.

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Quattro's restaurant gals Edith Corsi (left) and chef Naomi Salmond at Crush!
Earl's restaurant's Travis Bailey (left), Nadia Zaraweh and Charlie Bonsan at Crush!
Try a robust Australian Rosemont wine with Stephanie Gretsinger (left) and Shauna Hansen at the Crush! tasting event.
Some tasty treats from Ric's Grill's own chefs, Tyler Hodgson (left) and David Rabbit.
North Van's own Dean Bertram had a hard time stealing a moment alone with wife Dana Harris who was busy helping coordinate this year's big events.
Sandhill winemaker Howard Soon and Vincor's Megan Moyle, who also hails from the North Shore, sampled at the sold-out "Crush" event.
Wine man Gregor Mowatt was happy to have Patricia Bruno (left) and Olivia Astorino help out at the MASI Italian wine table.
West Van fans know fellow resident Ray Signorello and his famous California cabs. This night he and business partner Irv Wight were busy pouring their new Edge wine.
Cornucopia presenter and West Van man Chris Perry, seen here with wife Tricia Bradshaw, is co-owner of Landmark Selections and was one of this year's seminar leaders.
Wining and dining with friends was what it was all about as these West Van pals will tell ya. From left: Heather and Bijan Sanii, Geremy Thomas and filmaker Shane Lunny.
Bearfoot Bistro's Andre St. Jacques, seen here with one of his famous painted ladies, was literally ringmaster of his own circus with over 2,000 guests attending his "Masquerave", his final one, under a huge tented big-top that was put up just for this event.
In celebration of its 10th and last year ever, Andre St. Jacques' "Masquerave" party featured live music, free flowing champagne and over 60 beautiful body painted models who are were more nice than naughty.
West Van's Zen Sushi chef Nobu Ochi, who also runs a location at Whistler Creekside, had to try hard not to blush as he placed his sushi pieces atop the nude table models at "Masquerave". Now if we can just get that added to the local menu here . . .
West Van's Milena and Jim Robertson have been looking forward to "Masquerave" ever since they purchased the tickets at the Vancouver Playhouse's Bacchanalia auction earlier this year.
With pretty painted champagne ladies everywhere you looked, it's easy to understand why Mark Braithwaite wasn't the only one sporting a big smile.


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