From under the sea to Cee Lo Green 0
Penning a social column may not be rocket science, but there are some tricks to my trade that may prove valuable to partygoers down the road. Here's one (I call it "Vancouver Party Circuit Lesson #203"): Not all Aquarium galas are created equally, so always double check the roster of restaurants that will be catering before buying a ticket.
For example, you definitely would have gotten your money's worth at last week's "Night at the Aquarium," a fundraiser that raised $316,433 for the Aquarium's conservation, research and educational programs.
The marine science centre was transformed into a sea of five-star, food-fare booths - each offering freshly prepared Ocean Wise delights from the city's heaviest culinary hitters, including none other than Blue Water Cafe and West (no bush-league restaurants here).
Guests weaved around majestic fish tanks, as they leisurely enjoyed their gourmet appies and sampled vino from the many wine-tasting tables that were set up throughout the venue.
Thankfully, the weather was co-operating on this beautiful Thursday evening because all the dessert tables, including a dessert sushi buffet, were set up outside by the beluga tank. That's where I first laid eyes on my own little piece of heaven: An entire stand dedicated to Daniel le Chocolat Belge. Now, that's how you do it.
The seventh annual Brian Jessel BMW Charity Gala: Cabriolet - which included auctions, gourmet catering as well as a private performance from Cee Lo Green - was packed with beautiful car-loving socialites. But they weren't just there to talk about their sweet rides or to see and be seen (although there was plenty of that - natch). They were also there for a good cause. Proceeds from the event went to Arts Umbrella, a non-profit arts education centre for kids aged 2-19.
If there's one thing the JetSet Crew and co. love, it's an elaborately themed party. They go all out for those things. And this year's annual Hamptons White Party was no exception, so they weren't about to let a little thing like a torrential downpour dampen their spirits. Proving that yes, the show must go on, the white-clad partygoers made the best of it by foregoing the gardens and patios and just kept their Saturday night celebration inside Stanley Park's very packed Fish House.