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Vancouver Events - Tommy Douglas Seattle Chef, Mission Hill Winemaker Dinner at Blue Water and PNWER Conference

July 23-24, 2008

By Catherine "Cat" Barr

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Acclaimed chef Tommy Douglas has been rubbing people, and salmon, the right way in Seattle for over 24 years. Last week, during a special promotional tour of Vancouver, the sovereign of seafood and veritable king of crab cakes made a stop at Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks to demonstrate his prowess and tout his line of "Rub with Love" spice mixes. The "crabby" crowd in attendance ate it up, loving every minute spent with the affable author of "I Love Crab Cakes" and more. Also this week, it was time to rub elbows with international delegates and business leaders as the Vancouver Aquarium and Mayor Sam Sullivan welcomed delegates from the Pacific North West Economic Region (PNWER) 18th Annual Summit. Visitors had a whale of a good time as they wined and dined on oceanwise entrees and mixed and mingled with the local inhabitants. Lastly, big hugs and kisses go out to Mission Hill's Anthony van Mandl and winemaker John Simes for their prestigious Winery of the Year award. Celebrating with a sip and sup at Yaletown's Blue Water Cafe, the powerful pair proved why they beat out over 300 other Canadian wineries to take home the coveted title. Aye, there's the rub.

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PNWER_conference-5591 Before Heather Deel was elected to Vancouver council, she was a full-time biologist. Here at PNWER, she poses with her likeness which is a permanent part of the aquarium's displays.
PNWER_conference-5594 Mayor Sam Sullivan, left, and Vancouver Aquarium President / CEO John Nightingale welcome dignitaries from all over the globe at the PNWER reception.
PNWER_conference-5597 Vancouver Mayoral candidate and NPA councillor Peter Ladner takes in the celebrations at the PNWER / Aquarium reception with Global Creative VP Karyn Holyk.
missionhill_at_bluew#70001 Mission Hill's PR gal Lori Pike celebrates the Winery of the Year award with founder/proprietor Anthony von Mandl at Blue Water.
missionhill_at_bluew#70002 Kate MacDougall, left, and Shelley McArthur, both of the TopTable restaurant group, raise a glass to the top of the class - Mission Hill.
missionhill_at_bluew#70003 Kiwi born winemaker John Simes is all smiles as he celebrates Mission Hill's Winery of the Year award at Blue Water with sommeliers/writers Michelle Bouffard, left, and Michaela Morris.
missionhill_at_bluew#70004 Blue Water's Executive Chef Frank Pabst dazzles diners at the Mission Hill winemaker's dinner with dishes expertly paired with sinfully good wines.
tommydouglas_barbarajo0008 T2 Communications' Tanis Tsisserev, left, and Barbara-Jo McIntosh are anything but crabby as they entertain Seattle superstar chef and crabcake-maker Tommy Douglas.
tommydouglas_barbarajo0009 Helping out at the seminar for Tommy Douglas are Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks staff members Charlene Ainsworth, left, and Berglind Kristinsdottir.
tommydouglas_barbarajo0010 He's the main man in Seattle and then some. Iron chef Tommy Douglas, seen here with assistant seminar chef Adrienne O'Callaghan, cooks up a storm in Vancouver for the day.



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