THERE was a certain inevitability about one of the winners of the raffle at the Glasgow Business Awards last Thursday.
One of the prizes at the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce event was a bottle of Highland Park, produced by Glasgow-based Edrington.
Compere Fred MacAulay had a good old laugh when the winner was announced: Debbie Smith of William Grant & Sons. Then again, William Grant was probably entitled to a bottle of Highland Park. It played a key part in bringing the brand into the Edrington stable by helping fund the Glasgow-based distiller's £601 million takeover of Highland Distillers in 1999, and still has a stake in it.
THERE were anecdotes galore when The Bottom Line interviewed chef patron John Quigley at his Glasgow restaurant Red Onion in Glasgow.
Mr Quigley said his career as a private chef to some of the biggest recording artists of 1980s and 1990s had thrown up some predictably outlandish requests. But the most startling was arguably the least rock and roll.
During his five-year stint with Bryan Adams, Mr Quigley said he regularly received orders for tea and cake from the Canadian rocker. His request from Guns 'N' Roses' guitarist Slash for reindeer while in Sweden suddenly felt even more debauched.
PACKETS of blue and white-branded jelly beans caught our eye during a recent visit to law firm Shepherd & Wedderburn.
One member of the firm pointed out the sweets can provide a good source of energy when meetings run into the night. And they are apparently easier to conceal than a boiled sweet when speaking to a client.
RETURNING to John Watson, the veteran printer surprised The Bottom Line as he revealed his next step. "I'm going to be a lollipop man," he quipped. Drivers and pedestrians, beware!
He ain't heavy
WEST of Scotland restaurant operator Cook Gill is enjoying success with the World Buffet concept he developed with business partner Indi Singh. The business has grown into a chain of five restaurants since the first opened in Hamilton in June 2001, with more in the pipeline.
But Mr Gill knows he can always count on his big brother - Glasgow's former "curry king" Charan Gill - for advice. "I still phone him on a weekly basis," the modest Cook Gill said. "He's still the man."
Glasgow could be set for a new culinary coronation if Cook and Indi's World Buffet continues its rise.