Vegreville News Advertiser - Feature Article
Michael Simpson, Staff Writer
Operating under its new name has proven not only to be a non-factor in the satisfaction of patrons who attended Gourmet Affair, and possibly a benefactor instead. From its fiery roots as a response to Dine Kalyna being moved to other venues the function itself came into full bloom during the opening night of the Vegreville Country Fair on August 9, drawing in a smaller than previous years crowd of 200 patrons but delivering every savory ounce of deliciousness that it had promised.
“We vowed to create the best dishes possible with local product and local or invited chefs that would be comparable to any dining room in any four or five star restaurant and we did just that,” Dena Sokalski, owner of Simply Fine Sweets and a key sponsor and chef in the event herself said. Vociferously proclaimed to be one of the driving forces behind the event by Gourmet promoter Kevin Kisilevich, Sokalski humbly passed on the praise to Gourmet Affair Coordinator and aide-de-camp, Suzanne Malo and all the volunteers who put in their time and put on their best airs to set the quality atmosphere inside the Vegreville Social Center.
“We managed to pull it off with a lot of class and quality,” Sokalski said. “The volunteers who were involved were phenomenal. Guests said they appreciated the volunteers playing hostess to the tables and found it very personable – that was a crucial part of the evening’s success.”
Looking to learn more about Gourmet Affair? Read the previous articles in the Vegreville News Advertiser and Vegreville Observer: