Spring is all about renewal and opening up to endless budding possibilities. This spring keep things light and fresh with simple, yet beautiful entertaining ideas including inspirations from the popular butter boards, as well as an Easter dinner that won’t break the bank. Gin might just be the perfect spirit for spring, with its herbal juniper backbone. We invite you to explore the world of gin through delicious classic and contemporary cocktails. Spring wouldn’t be complete without supporting local. Join us for BC Wine Month in April for our BC VQA Release. Enjoy all that the season has to offer, and wherever this spring takes you, let your spirits bloom! Spirits Bloom in
the taste team
SUSANNE KNIGHT MANAGING EDITOR/ART DIRECTOR Susanne leads the content and creative direction of TASTE and holds the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Certification. Born and raised in Vancouver, she is passionate about creating a quality magazine for BC customers. She loves producing beautiful images to showcase the recipes and products. Susanne mixes gin and tonic with blood orange juice in spring. CAMI TORGERSON CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER Cami leads the creative strategy at BCLIQUOR, providing the overarching vision for retail store design, graphics and TASTE. She has always had a passion for design, creating beautiful spaces, images, and campaigns that connect emotionally to today’s consumer. Her advice for design: “ever evolving, and a step ahead on the latest trends.” Cami enjoys an Aperol Spritz in spring. CONNIE HUI EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Connie leads the marketing team for BCLIQUOR and is responsible for creating innovative ideas for the brand and magazine. Her in-depth experience in marketing and consumer research allows her to capture the trends that readers are most interested in. She enjoys running and yoga and is an avid foodie. Her spring cocktail go-to is a Raspberry Mojito. LYDIA DEL BIANCO CDP SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Lydia has a BFA from UVic and has studied internationally at the Masters level with SVA and SCAD. She has been the senior designer on TASTE since 2009 and leads the in-house design team at BCLIQUOR. Lydia is passionate about typography and branding and sips on St. Germain and Prosecco in spring. RAISA HASANEN GRAPHIC DESIGNER Raisa has a B.Des from Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design and more than 15 years of experience in design. She sees life through a creative eye and finds joy wading through a sea of colour swatches or balancing even the smallest unit of type. During spring she likes a refreshing Belgium beer in the garden. DIANE SMALLWOOD DIGITAL IMAGING SPECIALIST Diane has a diploma in Graphic and Visual Design and over 25 years of experience in design and production. Her specialty on TASTE is bringing out the best in the photos. She holds the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Certification. In the spring, Diane enjoys a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. CONNIE LEE MARKETING PRODUCT SPECIALIST Connie holds the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 Certification and a Marketing degree from UBC. She enjoys travelling and exploring new cuisines and wines to share with customers and readers. During the spring, she reaches for a Ranch Water Seltzer. CAITLIN REID CONTENT & PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Caitlin holds the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 and a Masters of Business Administration with a focus in consumer behaviour. She enjoys curating food and beverage experiences CAROLINE RIEDEL ASSISTANT COORDINATOR Caroline has a degree in Social Communication with a major in Marketing & Advertising. She has experience working with magazines in Brazil and is passionate about photography. She loves travelling and exploring new places. Caroline sips on a Cucumber Collins in the spring. for curious palates and her culinary, travel and hospitality experiences are an asset to the TASTE team’s creative process. In the spring, she swirls a glass of local Gewürztraminer.
JOE BORRELLI PHOTOGRAPHY PICNIC CREATIVE
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