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BC Restaurant Hall of Fame, Ocean Club 2nd YeAR PARTY, CraftsMan Collision at the Vancouver Symphony with the Mambo Kings

April 10, 12, 2008

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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Healthy food, fun food and famous food highlight this past week's events which, most definitely, were gastronomic delights every step of the way. First, the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame's annual gala dinner dished out honours to local restaurateurs and more at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Front of House, Friend of the Industry and a Lifetime Achievement award to the late James Barber were all part of the ceremonies. Next, congratulations are in order for the gang at the Ocean Club restaurant and lounge in West Vancouver where a sexy second anniversary party saw VIPs party till the wee hours. Former Olympians Dr. Doug and Diane Clement entertained family and invited guests at the Shaw Tower for the launch of their new healthy lifestyle cookbook. But the week ended on a high note thanks to one of this city's most distinguished gentlemen - Bill Hatwell of Craftsman Collision fame - who, thanks to his very generous, private, donation to the Grammy and Juno award-winning Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, helped support the arts and the recent Mambo Kings concert at the Orpheum Theatre.

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BC_Restaurant_Hall_F#40001 The BC Restaurant Hall of Fame awards MC and CTV-9 news gal Coleen Christie works the room with cameraman Corey Baird before the show starts.
BC_Restaurant_Hall_F#40002 Mark and Tina Hills, left, of Hills Foods fame and David Hawksworth, formerly of West Restaurant, are among the inductees at the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame awards.
BC_Restaurant_Hall_F#40003 Restaurateurs Vikram Vij, left, and John Bishop need no introduction - an now their names are also part of the hall of fame.
BC_Restaurant_Hall_F#40004 Black ties and little black dresses define the night at the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame awards thanks to John Blakeley, of Bistro Pastis, and Shannon Heth.
BC_Restaurant_Hall_F#40005 Mayor Sam Sullivan and fiance Lynn are among the VIPs at the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame dinner and gala.
Clement_Cookbook_Launch Telling people how to keep healthy well into their senior years is the goal of former Olympians Dr. Doug Clement and wife Diane, seen here at the launch of their newest book - Start Fresh.
Craftsman_Mambo_Kings-4946 Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's Vice President Erik Dierks, left, honours Craftsman Collisions President and CEO Bill Hatswell for and wife Illiana their support and patronage at a private reception featuring the Mambo Kings.
Ocean_Club_2nd-4922 Believe it or not, they're mother and son. The amazing Grazia Cartocci cuddles up to son Pier Paolo at the Ocean Club's sexy second anniversary party.
Ocean_Club_2nd-4928 Ocean Club owners Derek Pink, left, and Dave Kershaw celebrate their newest club's second season with general manager Lee-Anne Gordon.
Ocean_Club_2nd-4929 Hugs and kisses for four of my favourite local musicians. The Adam Woodall band has everyone dancing at the Ocean Club party.



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