I freely admit that this is the biggest “formal” event we have attended in a couple of years and it sent both my Mr. and I scrambling to find out what “appropriate” wear would be expected and to discover if we had such attire amongst our closet. We did and we did, though it was somewhat cobbled together. Ha - what am I saying, my Mr would look fantastic wearing a paper bag - he was the handsomest man there!
As you can see, the decor was so exotic and truly transformed the atmosphere into an exotic world away!
I apologise for the blurry photos. My Mr begged me not to take my good camera along as he preferred us to simply enjoy our experience but I made sure to take a few iphone photos.
The food was fabulous. It was prepared by a group of chefs coming together from Natasha Schooten of Terrafina, Justin Paakkunainen of Walnut Beach Resort, Jonas Stadtländer of Watermark Beach Resort, Jeff Van Geest of Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek and Liam McNulty of Nk’Mip Cellars.
All the food was along a Moroccan theme and was VERY good. Two items we were a bit reluctant to try but wound up fully appreciating were a “squid and cucumber salad” and the spiced lamb. The squid was beautiful - delicate, succulent. The lamb (pictured toward the back, left) was DIVINE! The portions were quite large, but we dove in for “seconds” on these items. We have had “bad lamb” experiences in the past, but this was over the top tasty and we have great respect for it now!
Ohhh lala, I drool just looking at this Mousse Cake! It was the perfect finale to the evening. That is something like 6 inches of the creamiest, dreamiest silken chocolate deliciousness I’ve eaten in forever. SO appreciative of our local gourmet restaurants - I think they are as good as any big city in our province.
There were other fun activities at the event, a silent auction to which MANY local businesses donated and also a draw for $1000 which was won by Tracy Doucette - a friend and local realtor. Tracy generously donated the cash back to the Desert Sun Counselling Center! All the monies raised help with the many community services the Counselling Center provides. A great cause.
I am truly grateful for the opportunity to attend this event. It is heart warming to realize the true generous spirit of our community.
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