Brunch is a favourite past time shared by many and should be an extraordinary experience, one that you will cherish. Vancouver has some wonderful places for brunch. Each of the places I visit is unique for what is offered along with the type of service and selection of dishes. I am on a journey around the city to find these extraordinary places and, at the same time, I will be joined by a notable personality who may be a Film Producer or Director, Musician, Arts Festival Director, Actor or other well-known individual for Brunch at restaurants in and around Vancouver.
For my forty fifth brunch in this series, I was joined by CTV News Anchor Keri Adams on The Roof at Black + Blue in downtown Vancouver.
Keri Adams is a Canadian journalist who is currently the anchor of CTV News at 11:30 at CTV British Columbia. She began her career in 1995 as a photojournalist in Red Deer, Alberta, a position she held for 2 years. In 1997, she became an anchor/reporter at CFRN-TV anchoring the weekend newscasts. In 2001, she moved to BCTV as Weekend Morning and Noon News Anchor. In 2002, she moved to CTV British Columbia where she became a reporter and fill-in anchor, until being appointed to her current position in 2004. She received the prestigious Jack Webster Award for Best News Reporting in 2005.
Her first job in television was a news writer for a morning news program in Edmonton. She moved to Red Deer, Alberta to take on the challenging role of photojournalist, before moving back to Edmonton as a night reporter and eventually weekend news anchor. In 2001, she headed west to Vancouver where she worked as a weekend morning news anchor with Global Television before being hired by CTV British Columbia as a reporter.
You can follow Keri Adams on twitter @Keri_Adams
Have you always wanted to be a News Caster?
No – I thought of lots of different careers from nursing to administration. I was a singer when I was a child, landed in broadcasting cause I enjoyed writing. My parents are newshounds, the tv was always on in the house.
What is it about the News that you love?
It’s immediacy. I am interested in the information, things that would interest people and delivery of the news. When I am on the air, the performance part is wonderful to do deliver their news, and do what I love and have fun doing it.
What do you want your viewers to learn from your newscast each day?
Hopefully all the info they need, that enlightens them, learn from, the weather for the next day, more about me.
Tell me what some of the notable news stories you have reported on your news show over the years ?
1) North Vancouver mudslide, it happened Jan 19, 2005. Where a woman was killed when homes slid down an embankment. The information I had uncovered as part of my report was that the District of North Vancouver was aware several homes including the one involved in the slide were sitting on unstable ground. I won a Jack Webster Award for Best News Reporting.
2) Terry Fox Marathon of Hope – we looked at his legacy as a young cancer survivor.
If you could guess how many news shows you have done over the years, how many would that be?
How are you able to report on a news story or topic in a positive away if that particular news story is one that you either do not believe in or are personally affected?
It’s not my job to react to something that affects me personally on the air. I look at it from a non-partisan point of view.
Has there ever been a news story that you have wanted to cover and not been assigned to cover?
The North Van mudslide – I was assigned to do a different story that day. I spoke up and pushed for it to do that story and they agreed and I did it. Twelve months later I won an award for the story.
What is your favourite food?
What are your favourite restaurants in Vancouver?
- Flying Pig
- Sala Thai
Mimosas were served to start. Keri and Richard shared the Rooftop Salad with jerk chicken as well as the Spot Prawn Flatbread to begin. We were then served a taste of the restaurant’s specialty steak. Keri had the Black & Blue Eggs Benny while Richard had the Crab Omelette. For dessert Keri and Richard shared the Apple Pie with Vanilla ice cream.
What is the best food you have eaten in recent memory?
Multicourse dinner at The Cannery
What was the most recent restaurant that you have eaten at?
What do you do in your off time?
- Time with my kids
- Dinner with friends
Do you come from an entertainment family?
No – my sister is a high school drama teacher with a farming background
Where was your recent trip?
Who are your mentors?
1) Andrew Smith – he was an Instructor at North Alberta Tech
2) Daphne Khuene – female anchor in Alberta
What has inspired you recently?
Generally the scenery in Vancouver. Walking the hills on the North Shore, the beach with my kids.
What’s next for you or what’s on the horizon?
- Growing, learning and trying new things
- Continue day news
- Some new hosting opportunities that can showcase more of my personality
- I would be willing to consider everything .
Style: a La Carte
Attire: Smart Casual
Time: Saturday and Sunday 11:30am – 3:00pm
The Roof at Black + Blue
1032 Alberni Street (3rd Level), Vancouver
For Reservations, please call 604 637 0777
Stay tuned to my next guest Interview along with the next Brunch in and around Vancouver.
By: Richard Wolak