Sunday, November 6, 2011


With the Hollywood Glam theme for the evening in mind, CSL's question of the evening,
Q: Who is your favourite Hollywood celebrity, and if you met them, what would you toast with?

Marlene (pictured above) from Eclipse, dressed as her idol Audrey Hepburn.
A: "Audrey Hepburn. She was a great Humanitarian, and we would toast with Champagne!"

Peggy Perry of Willow Park
A: "Sandra Bullock. I just love her. We would toast with Charles de Casanove rose."


A tasty offering from one of the many chefs who were present

A creamy, warm Lobster Bisque with mini wontons warmed guests up, served alongside Pork tenderloin and delicious duck confit grilled cheese from caterer Janet Lewis. Best dishes of the evening!

Janet Lewis of Janet Lewis Catering plating up her dishes

The Grand Marnier display featured a ice sculpture drink luge

Mario Bollag from Terralsole.
A: "Nicole Kidman, I like them tall. We would toast with Terralsole Brunello di Montalcino."

Sous chef and Executive chef Kyle Groves (right) from Catch

Hazelnut truffles in mini cones from the Calgary Stampede

Grilled lamb popsicle with a mushroom duxelle and topped with an olive from The Calgary Stampede

Lamb in pastry on a pea puree from Hotel Arts

Charles de Cazanove Champagne (pictured, rose) was served throughout the evening

Flourless chocolate cake from Buzzards

The lively crew from Kinjo sushi

Some of the items up for auction

Wayne Henuset owner of Willow Park Wines and Spirits with wife Liz.

Wayne: "James Bond - Roger Moore. We would toast with Dom Perignon champagne. For the millennium Willow Park had the most bottles of Dom Perignon anywhere in the world."

Liz: " Julia Roberts. I love her. We would toast with Dom Perignon."

Susan Atkins of Borden Ladner Gervais.
A: "Audrey Hupburn. We would toast with Grand Marnier"

Cathy Simpson of Simpson and Associates.
A: "Robert Redford. I love him. I think that every woman has a fantasy of sitting in a chair and having her hair shampooed by him. We would toast with Selosse Champagne. I also love bad boys: Gary Oldman, Sam Sheppard, and Ryan Gosling is a great young actor."

Grand Marnier cocktail

Inducting honorary Calgarians with a white hat ceremony

Chocolates from Leonidas

The ladies from Pacific Wines and Spirits, serving a gorgeous Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Executive Chef Bob Matthews of La Chaumiere with foie gras toasts

Rush's tuna nicoise with dehydrated olive, tomato powder and potato lattice

The crowd enjoying the festivities

The always lavish display from Great Events

Brightly coloured tuna push pops topped with roe from Great Events

Glasses emblazoned with the Willow Park logo and filled with Champagne

(left) Pascal Desjardins and Chef Nicole from Nicole Gourmet

Appetizers from Nicole Gourmet

A North-African/Meditteranean merguez and olive appetizer from Nicole Gourmet

Marc (Nobilis) sampling a beautiful Chateau Bouscaut 2008 and Chateau La Serre 2006

David Michiels (Willow Park whisky buyer)
A:"Gregory Peck. He was such a suave guy, I like the old world. We would drink a 1946 Macallan."

Charlie Chaplin makes an appearance (as played by Greg Travnicek who did not break character once during the night)

The coffee station

Wonder woman Cynthia (Pacific Wines and Spirits) and the Blues Brothers Lance (from Vintage Group) and Bill (Edmonton Police)
A (Cynthia) : "George Clooney- my favourite actor has to have a degree of sophistication and culture so we can enjoy port together. We would toast with Fonseca Port while in Porto."

A warm banana cake with caramel ice cream from Earls.

Earls Chef preparing desserts

Another Chef from Earls smiles for the camera

Bailey's shots with truffles and chocolate- banana mini cones from Great Events

Maggie Couper (nurse)
A: "James Dean. He had a classic style that transcends the ages. We would toast with champagne. A classic drink to classic style.

Tyler (PMA) and Offley Port (the 20 yr old port was a very nice end to the evening)

Fozzie bear and Audrey Hepburn, because they are the most obvious couple right?
Photo's by K&S Media

The 18th Annual Willow Park Wine and Spirits Charity Wine Auction was themed Hollywood Glam. Audrey Hepburn, Cleopatra, Charlie Chaplin and Wonder Woman all made appearances at the event, with proceeds benefiting: Habitat for Humanity, Kids Cancer Care, Prostate Cancer Centre, Southern Alberta Institute of Urology, The Calgary Homeless Foundation, The Mustard Seed, The Poppy Fund & Veterans Food Bank, and the University of Calgary.

With food from several Calgary's restaurants and caterers: Rush, Chefs Table, Belgo, Bonterra Trattoria, Calgary Stampede, Nicole Gourmet, La Chaumiere, Kinjo sushi, Vintage Chophouse, Leonidas, Great Events, Patisserie du Soleil (to name a few) and spirits, libations and wine from a plethora of houses from Big Rock to Antinori, Clos du val to Chateau vignot, the event was a success, bustling till the wee hours of the morning. Congrats to all of the volunteers, sponsors, participants and attendees. Here's to next year!

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