Bill Brooks: Dinner by Design feast for the senses
There are dinner and cocktail parties and then there is Dinner by Design. The avant pairing of design, cuisine, art and culture saw scores of people gather at the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) recently for the two-evening fete. Ten acclaimed artisans with expertise in interior design, architecture and event design transformed nine, 12 ft. by 12 ft. spaces and one 24 ft. by 24 ft. space into fantastical tablescapes providing the backdrop for the Cocktail Art event and the Gala Dinner. More than 400 guests gathered for Cocktail Art which featured canapes from Nicole Gourmet, Whitehall Restaurant chef Neil McCue, Vintage Chophouse executive chef Kaede Hirooka and Redwater Rustic Grille culinary director Duncan Ly as master mixologists Franz Swinton of Hotel Arts fame and Stuart Connoer from PRLR Lounge prepared myriad cocktails.