What's proper etiquette for the queen's sommelier? West Coast Wine Education's John Gerum confronted this question head on when he served Queen Elizabeth II. Apparently he made the right choice, as he went on to pour wine for prime ministers, presidents, provincial premiers, and cultural icons during his 20-year career. Gerum's achievement distills three generations of fine-dining experience that was passed down from his father, a chef, and his grandfather, a maitre d'. Wine education was always his passion, so when starting out, he sought personal instruction from the master sommelier Andrew Lalibert? and demonstrated a palate refined enough to earn him membership and certification from the International Sommelier Guild. Gerum often merges his know-how with other wine educators to cultivate a roster of classes and hone their delivery. These experts join in delineating scotch terroir and describing the bouquet of a student's favourite pinot-stained shirt with an easy professionalism that has enthralled groups of up to 300 people. They share their expertise with casual drinkers and professionals during two-hour workshops, in consultation for store openings and events, and through appearances on Global TV.
Along with a decade of coaching experience, Tribeca Equestrian instructor Jenna Brownjohn-Ritchie has certifications as an Equine Canada competition coach, a Regional Pony Club Examiner, and a farrier. With this varied background, she's able to manage and guide a team of qualified instructors. The instructors give students a well-rounded education, teaching them the art of horsemanship from tacking and caring for the horse to proper technique in the saddle. During lessons, the team aims to help riders grasp the fundamentals before they can set goals for progress, such as moving from flat riding to jumping over fences or jumping over fences to dunking a basketball on horseback.
As a third-degree black belt with nearly two decades of experience, Sensei Brian Purves boasts enough expertise to train advanced martial artists. But he chooses to spend the majority of his time teaching kids’ classes at Westwood Karate. Pupils between the ages of 6 and 12 master karate’s self-defense techniques under the sensei’s direction; some even continue on to compete in tournaments. Sensei Purves also leads kick-boxing classes for adults, corralling kickers in a space that evokes the vibe of an empty warehouse with industrial-looking lights instead of shimmering disco balls that would distract minds from the task at hand.
Amid the glitzy shops and department stores of the spacious Coquitlam Centre, guests at the third-annual Unwined: Sip, Savour & Mingle expands their palates while making memories with old and new friends. Notes of live jazz music wash over the swanky event, soundtracking each sip of craft beer, cider, and fine wine from producers such as Turning Point Brewery, Vincor Canada, Central City Brewery, and Peacock & Martin. Local restaurateurs win over future patrons with samplings of their wares, as chefs from Townhall Pub, COBS Bread, Tasters, Cactus Club, and Pasta Polo serve up tasty bites to pair with each glass of vino.
Tightlines River Guiding started as a shared passion of Kendra and Brian Harvey, and quickly blossomed into a business. Both certified anglers, they equip their clients with the highest-quality rods and reels from brands such as Sage, Redington, and Hardy. From there, they set out with groups of up to three to the best spots for casting a line, sharing tips and instructions on how to hook a sturgeon and a number of varieties of salmon. And because the duo wants to share their passion, most of their trips are designed specifically for folks who have never caught a fish or watched The Incredible Mr. Limpet before.
Leigh Square Community Arts Village honours art in all its forms, from handmade woodcarvings to flamenco-dance interpretations of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales. The complex?s three buildings reflect its broad focus. The band shell, a glass-covered outdoor stage, hosts live music and dance performances. The indoor exhibition space houses visual-art exhibits, and the complex?s final building, a refurbished post office, serves as a workroom where creative minds can craft new works.