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Zajac Ranch Spring Fashion Show and BC Hall of Fame Awards

April 23, 2007

By Catherine Barr


The third annual B.C. Restaurant Hall of Fame awards were given out last Monday at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The event honours excellence in several categories, including Front of House, Back of House, Active Restaurateur, Friend of the Industry, and Pioneer in the Industry. In addition, this year, The Lifetime Achievement Inductee was Bing Smith of Vitality Foodservices Canada Inc. The awards represent recognition of restauranteurs and food service industry pros from their peers. Th banquet included a black tie reception, a $200 five-course dinner (prepared by Chef Blair Rasmussen) and a very entertaining awards ceremony.

Luncheon ladies gathered at Capilano Golf and Country Club on April 19th for a very special fundraising event. The first annual "Spring into Spring" fashion show benefitting the Zajac Ranch for Children featured fashions from Lynda Hipp, Jacqueline Conoir and Catherine Regehrl. The Zajac Ranch for Children is the only camp of its type in Western Canada - it opens its doors to all agencies serving children with life threatening, chronic illnesses or physical disabilities.

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Century Spa owner Wendy Cocchia (left) was at the Zajac ladies' luncheon with Global TV anchor Jill Krop, who was also the event's MC.
Corinne Zajac (right), daughter of The Zajac Foundation founder Mel, and her step daughter enjoyed a four-star lunch at Capilano Golf and Country Club in support of the kids.
CBC's Gloria Macarenko toasted Top Table head honcho Jack Evrensel at a West Restaurant after hours celebration for both his BC Hall of Fame induction (for the "Active" category) as well as his many Vancouver magazine restaurant awards. Top Table's restaurants include West, Blue Water, Cin Cin and Araxi in Whistler.
Robert ÒFrenchyÓ Gagne
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He gives extra style and class to Joe Fortes restaurant, and now, as a BC Restaurant Hall of Fame inductee, "Front of House" m'aitre d' Robert "Frenchy" Gagne has been immortalized.
Hosting the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame Awards was CTV-9 early news anchor Coleen Christie.
C Restaurant and Nu Restaurant's star chef Robert Clark tied for "Back of House" honours at the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame inductions with Rod Butters (Fresco Restaurant) and Pierre Dubrulle (Dubrulle Culinary School / La Gavroche).



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