AAW Signature Awards at The Metropolitan Centre


The AAW is the Advertising Association of Winnipeg and every year they recognize the best in advertising that is created in and for our city and province.  I have long been associated with this group and facilitate their Media Planning Couse each fall.  This provides a wonderful opportunity to meet the newest members of the industry and do my part to teach, mentor and pass the torch.  The Signatures are like our “Cannes” or as I have been known to say Winnipeg’s version of the Academy Awards; or the closest thing that we Winnipeggers will feel to experience such an event.  I suppose the more appropriate comparable would be the Golden Globes because guests sit at round tables and get to imbibe during the evening.  This sometimes creates some silliness at the podium both in Hollywood and in Winnipeg.


Last night was my very first visit to the refurbished Metropolitan Entertainment Centre but certainly not my first visit to the building.  I clearly recall (and I recounted these stories last evening), being taken to see “101 Dalmatians” as a little girl with my twin brother and sister accompanied by our two eldest brothers.  I can also recollect viewing “The Poseidon Adventure” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark”.


The building has been carefully restored and now looks like a beautiful Great Grandma, lovingly coiffed and dressed to attend a celebration for one of her great-grandchildren.


The evening was one of those rare treats for me when my worlds collide, coupling the business that I have cherished over the years with my newish profession of blogger and food appreciator. I must confess at this juncture, that I did not have terribly high expectations for the food and I was pleasantly surprized.  The entire meal service was efficient and cordial.  We started with a subtle cream soup that was velvety smooth and slightly sweet and then immediately to a mixed green salad with oranges, cranberries, almonds and red onions.


Both soup and salad courses are not often offered at formal dinners any more.  They happen to be the highlights for me.


A bold move on behalf of the kitchen and organizers was the serving of pork for the entrée- a lovely surprize alternative to chicken.  The appropriate sized cut was accompanied by an array of mixed vegetables and a triangular potato pie.  Loved it.


Dessert was a light chocolate mousse and was served as the lights dimmed and the award festivities began.

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In all, an absolutely lovely evening.  I extend my thanks to the Signature organizing committee and my table host-Global TV.

Kath’s quote: “And do as adversaries do in law, strive mightily, but eat and drink as friends.”-William Shakespeare


Love-that is all.


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