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Gold Medal Plates Olympic Fundraiser at Hyatt Hotel Vancouver

Nov 14, 2006

By Catherine Barr


Last week, the Hyatt hotel held a fundraiser of Olympic proportion. Gold Medal Plates - deemed the "ultimate celebration of Canadian Excellence in food, wine, sport and community," was held on Nov 14th. The Vancouver version of this multi-city event featured wine and food by local restaurateurs that were paired up with Olympic host athletes. Keynote speeches, entertainment and more followed the tasting event and proceeds raised support the Canadian Olympic Foundation and the "Own the Podium 2010" and "Road to Excellence" initiatives.

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Vancouver's Lori Fung won the first ever Olympic gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics in 1984. This night she served alongside North Shore resident and master pasta chef Pino Posterano of Cioppino's.
North Vancouver moutain bike racer Alison Sydor, a silver medalist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, helped dish the fish with Hapa Izakaya chef Atsuo Nomura.
West Vancouver broker Peter Boronkay, seen here wtih wife Geraldine, deserves a round of applause for serving as event co-chair.
North Shore gal Charmaine Crooks, silver medalist in the 4 x 400 relay in 1984, chatted with expectant mother and keynote speaker Catriona LeMay Doan, Olympic double gold medal speed skater in 1998 and 2002.
Gold medal paralympion Paul Rosen shattered his leg in a hockey accident at age 15. But today, this motivational speaker is the number one sledge hockey goalie in the world and has a team Canada championship ring to prove it.
Le Crocodile chef Michael Jacob (left) teamed up his tasting menu with famed North Van based chocolatier Thomas Haas.
Simon Whitfield's gold medal triathalon win at the 2000 Sydney Olympic games was one of the most memorable on record after he fought back from a bike crash and slowly overtook the entire field to cross the finish line first.
Entertaining guests was Dallas Arcand, an Edmonton born Plains Cree Indian who is also a World Champion Hoop Dancer title holder.



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