Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan, left, and Gung Haggis Fat Choy founder Todd Wong are all smiles in this cross-cultural celebration of Robbie Burns culture and the Lunar New Year.


Too many events, so little time — especially this week. Seems everyone is back at it and some of those New Year’s resolutions are falling by the wayside.


But for those of us who love to eat and drink, we certainly had our pick of places to party over the last seven days. Liberty Merchant Company got things started at the Hyatt on Tuesday with its inaugural Taste B.C. 2008 — a new twist on its usual wine and oyster night.

On Wednesday, the compliments and the champagne were flowing at the Vancouver Club, as close friends roasted and toasted local legend Brian Jessel on winning the prestigious Laureate Award for Business Innovation 2007 presented by the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association.

Also looking good this week were the folks at the Vancouver Lookout who took the chance to show off their new art gallery, and finally, the haggis and the wontons were the stars of the show at Todd Wong’s 10th annual Gung Haggis Fat Choy celebration at Floata restaurant.

Liberty Wine’s Tyler Dawson and Regan Schwartz, director of marketing, welcome guests to the first Taste B.C. at the Hyatt.

David Taguchi, left, and Conor Roche of Rodney’s Oyster House had the ladies lining up to see them schuck their stuff at Taste B.C.

Pinky’s steakhouse staffers Julia Doty, left, Danny Markowitz and Jerusha Dunsmore serve up mega meatballs at the Taste B.C. event.

Wine director and GM Alain Canuel, left, and chef Lee Humphries, of Figmint Restaurant and Lounge, take part in the Taste B.C. event.

Dr. Paul Devlin, left, and Arthur Griffiths, of Canucks hockey fame, get the chance to roast and toast their friend Brian Jessel on his lifetime of achievements.

Ask a Woman Enterprises’ Tammy Preast, left, and Sharon Chan take in the view on a crisp clear night at the Vancouver Outlook social.

A toast to Brian Jessel for receiving the Laureate Award for Business Innovation 2007 presented by the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association — one of the most prestigious in the automotive business. Seen here with girlfriend Amber Webster, he has good reason to smile.

At the Brian Jessel honours: Mike Rogers, left, joined Marika and Frank Palmer at the Vancouver Club celebrations.

Carol Anne Petty, of Glowbal catering, and Vancouver Outlook’s Steve Bickerdike mix and mingle at the high-altitude social.

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