Meet Mary Halpen of Best of Bridge #WithTownHall

By Leeann Froese

It’s a new week to introduce you to one of the fabulous personalities in the world #withTownHall!

This does not mean they work as part of our team, or are our client (although sometimes they are).

We just interact with so many amazing people that we want to expand networks and introduce them to you, and you to them. This week #withTownHall, we introduce you to Mary Halpen.

Mary Halpen an original member of the eight friends that started Best of Bridge

Mary is one of the original eight friends who founded Best of Bridge.

In 1975, Mary, along with a group of friends who played bridge together regularly, decided that they would write a cookbook to celebrate the food they shared with each other when they’d meet. Their first book in 1976 led the way for more than 15 books between then and now.

These recipes, written by regular moms, have worked for families across Canada for decades. Best of Bridge recipes are staples at dinners, potlucks and gatherings, and the generation of children that was raised on these cookbooks is now cooking these recipes for themselves.

The original members of Best of Bridge, including Mary, are setting to retire; but they are passing on their legacy to new groups and Best of Bridge continues to live on.

If you have not tried any of the Best of Bridge recipes, then don’t let the holiday season go by without giving one of these tried-and-true group friendly recipes a try.

And in honour of the trailblazing work that Mary and her seven friends did in starting Best of Bridge can you please give her a big hello!

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Meet Skip and Judy Stothert #withTownHall

By Leeann Froese

It’s a new week to introduce you to one of the fabulous personalities in the world #withTownHall!

This does not mean they work as part of our team, or are our client (although sometimes they are).

We just interact with so many amazing people that we want to expand networks and introduce them to you, and you to them. This week #withTownHall, we introduce you to Skip and Judy Stothert.

Coolshanagh Proprietors Skip and Judy on the vineyard on Okanagan Lake

Coolshanagh proprietors Skip and Judy at their vineyard overlooking Okanagan Lake

Skip and Judy Stothert have been partners in life and love since they met on a blind date in high school and have been together ever since. Skip ran a successful highway paving business (Green Roads Recycling) while Judy taught Interior Design at BCIT while handling a select stable of clients. In 2003 Skip and Judy relocated from Deep Cove in North Vancouver to a 52-acre-site seven kilometers north of Naramata, directly above the water.

Skip and Judy named their new home Coolshanagh which means “a meeting place of friends” because it was part of Judy’s family tradition.

It was on this site that Skip and Judy first cleared and planted Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the best suited varietals for the land after much research. Renowned global terroir specialist Pedro Parra called their site among the top 15% of key sites in the world, with some of best exposure and soil structures for grape growing he had seen in the Okanagan.

After selling their grapes for a few years, Skip and Judy decided to make their own wine in 2012 at Okanagan Crush Pad, under the Coolshanagh label, beginning with Chardonnay. Subsequent vintages have been released and the production of Coolshanagh Pinot Noir is underway.

Our team is very proud to have done the packaging and to promote this tiny producer.

With all of this shared about Skip and Judy, will you please help us give them a big hello?

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Meet William Ho #withTownHall

By Leeann Froese

It’s a new week to introduce you to one of the fabulous personalities in the world #withTownHall!

This does not mean they work as part of our team, or are our client (although sometimes they are).

We just interact with so many amazing people that we want to expand networks and introduce them to you, and you to them. This week #withTownHall, we introduce you to William Ho.

William Ho

William is a TV host with Fairchild TV and a Radio presenter with Fairchild Radio AM1470 / FM96.1.

William hosts the Leisure Talk segment on Fairchild TV which covers a wide range of interesting topics and features the equally wide range of guests. It is no suprise that William is equally as great on the radio, as he has a strong passion for music (and a large collection of vinyl) as well as an amazing voice (he recently joined Mimi Choo on stage for a harmonizing duet).

William holds his friends close as they are the most important fixture in his life. This love for his friends, as well as his passion for finding great dishes has led him, alongside Deborah Moore and Bosco Mo to form The Three Gourmigos. The Three Gourmigos love to explore Vancouver’s food scene, share their experiences, and recommend some of the best dishes in the city to their audience.

Deborah Moore also introduced her readers to 14 things you didn’t know about William – so learn a bit more on him there too.

When he is not on the air or out on the town with The Three Gourmigos, William spends his time catching up on both Western and Chinese soap operas, listening to Chinese and Western songs, new and old, to prep for his show, or listening to his favourite artist; Barry Manilow.

With all of that said about William, will you please help us give him a big hello?

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