House of Bombay Sapphire Invite-Only VIP Afterwork Patio Party

On Friday November 17th, Vernard Goud of LuvNGrace Entertainment and Adam H. Hurstfield, President at XOXO Entertainment, joined forced with Bombay Sapphire Distillery to offer a Invite-Only VIP Afterwork Patio Party in The Shangri-La Hotel's beautiful Market by Jean-Georges Restaurant. I loved the fact this event was an after work affair running from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. I come in from Richmond, so heading into Vancouver for a late night event is always a challenge.

This was my first evening event in awhile as I have been travelling quite a bit, so I was really excited to connect again with friends and make some new ones. I am also a big a fan of Bombay Sapphire (it is a fav gin of one of my family members and given often as a gift), so I was also looking forward to being a part of this evening.  Here is an excerpt from some of the company's press -

       "From the launch of our pioneering blue bottle, to the botanicals that give our gin its 
      unique taste...Based on a secret recipe from 1761, the creation of BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® 
      Gin is truly unique. There are only a few Carterhead stills remaining in the world today 
      and three are exclusive to BOMBAY SAPPHIRE...The Carterhead stills remove any last
      impurities in the spirit vapour before it passes up through the basket and in a process 
      known as vapour infusion it is delicately infused with the aromatic flavours of the 
      botanicals. The result is the complex and refined taste which gives BOMBAY SAPPHIRE 
      its extraordinary mixability."

At the entrance to The Market Restaurant, I was met by 2 beautiful women decked out in long dresses in the company's signature blue colour.  In addition to big welcoming smiles, one held a cigarette girl style tray showcasing examples of the flavour ingredients used in their signature gin as well as the new notes that are included in their Sapphire East label. The second offered me a token to receive a complimentary Gin Cocktail courtesy of Bombay Sapphire.

Music this evening was spun by Miss DJ aka Chelsea Joelle. It started nice and easy, but by the end had built to some really great songs that had our feet tapping. A few of us that couldn't sit still were up dancing. Once I mixed and mingled a bit with the crowd of familiar and new faces, I found a seat with a three amazing women. Wild stories and lots of laughter ensued.

At the table, I took a moment to check out out the complimentary cocktail choices. There were four - Sapphire East & Tonic, Sapphire Pineapple Ginger Tonic, Sparkling Sapphire and Sapphire Martini. I loved the way the company printed the drink choices on a traditional Bombay Sapphire label and then displayed it on one of their signature bottles. Great product placement. I chose the Sparking Sapphire cocktail featuring a mix of gin, strawberry, lime juice, mint leaves and Proseco. It was absolutely wonderful.  I had a second just to be sure.

While I didn't sample the menu this evening, many around me did. The food looked fabulous and I have it on good authority from my friend Victoria Clements that the fish tacos were truly delicious. Next time I'm absolutely going to have a bite.

Towards the end of the evening we were offered a tea-style fashion show by Vancouver designer extraordinaire - Nancy Perreault.  She brought body hugging sexy wear and showcased the looks on smiling, beautiful models - I personally love it when models smile. This was a great final note to the planned portion of the evening.

Shortly after the show was over it was time for me to head out, but it was obvious the party would be continuing for awhile. The vibe was high, the music great and smiles were everywhere.

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