It is our pleasure to invite you and your significant other to ARPICO's year-end dinner.
The event will take place on Saturday December 3, 2016 starting at 7 pm at recently renovated Italian fine-dining 'Bay Moorings Restaurant' in West Vancouver, which we have reserved for the occasion. (Yes, it is a little out of the way, but the word is on the street that is serves excellent food at reasonable prices---some of our board members have recently tried it with great satisfaction; check it out here baymooringsrestaurant.com)
The approximate program for the evening is as follows:
- 7-7:30 - arrival and while-u-mingle-style appetizers with cold cuts, cheeses, focaccia and prosecco
- 7:30-7:45 - short address by ARPICO's president on behalf of the board
- 7:45 onward - sit-down buffet style 3-course dinner including seafood risotto, sesame-crusted salmon with passion fruit and balsamic vinegar OR lamb chops with red wine reduction and berries, pannacotta with strawberry compote.
Sincerely, ARPICO Board of Directors
December 03, 2016 at 7:00pm
Bay Moorings Restaurant - 6330 Bay Street West Vancouver, BC
"It was a dark and stormy night... " would be an appropriate way to start describing Arpico's year-end dinner event. Add to it the downtown traffic of a typical Canuck game night and the relatively remote location of the Bay Moorings restaurant (baymooringsrestaurant.com) where the dinner was held (Horseshoe Bay) and you'll agree with me that I was entitled to fear a low turnout for the event.
But we (Arpico's board of directors, that is) were pleasantly surprised that 40+ people turned up and appeared to have a great time.
The dinner went off without a hitch, if I am allowed to discount a couple of glitches hardly worth mentioning. People trickled in on timeor even earlyr. Appetizers---some excellent cold cuts, cheeses and focaccia---were served shortly thereafter, accompanied by a good music mix by Luigi. Shortly before sitting down, yours truly gave an
informal welcome to the party, the highlight of which being the recognition of the superb job done by our past-president and current vice-president Franco Mammarella during his presidential mandate. Wemanaged to surprise him both with my little speech on his work and with the gift of a bottle of Amarone on behalf of the board. He would have
looked less stunned had we smacked his face with a pie!
It was great to hear the loud chatter throughout dinner, and to see that people kept mingling long past the stand-up appetizer part of the evening. And of course as the party was dwindling, a few finally hit the dance floor, who knows for how long into the night (I was gone by then).
I do hope this enthusiasm will carry through the upcoming year of Arpico activity.