What These Canadian Chefs Did Will Warm Your Heart



Fifty nine restaurants across the country did something amazing on October 21st. They all served packed dining rooms of hungry guests, cooking delicious food and pouring fine wine, working tirelessly through service. Nothing new, that’s de rigeur in the restaurant business. But on the 21st there was a twist, because at the end of the night instead of tallying the receipts and making a deposit at the bank all of those restaurants did something unbelievable.

They donated the night’s profits and together raised over $200,000.00 for one of this country’s most important food initiatives.

from the press release:

Toronto, ON.  On October 21, thousands of diners came together in 59 restaurants in 13 cities across the country to support Restaurants for Change/Des restos pour demain, a fundraising initiative put on by Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) to raise funds to support places that bring people in low-income communities together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for healthy food for all.  The event raised more than $200,000 in its second year.


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“This year’s participating chefs and restaurants are part of an amazing community who care about where food comes from and also about who has access it,” said Nick Saul, president and CEO of Community Food Centres Canada.  “We’re very thankful for their support, and excited to expand the event to more cities and restaurants next year, and to engage more and more Canadians from coast to coast in the movement towards a healthy and fair food system.”

Fifty-nine of Canada’s most celebrated and innovative chefs and restaurants pledged their support in the second year of the event.  Participating restaurants included Calgary: Bonterra Trattoria, CHAR|CUT roast house, Cibo, Farm, NOtaBLE the restaurant, Posto Pizzeria and Bar, River Cafe, Rouge Restaurant, Scopa, The Nash.  Edmonton: North 53, RGE RD, The Common.  Dartmouth/Halifax: EnVie, The Canteen, Chives Canadian Bistro.  Hamilton: Earth to Table: Bread Bar, Rapscallion Rogue Eatery, Papa Leo’s Restaurant, Pub Fiction.  Kingston: Le Chien Noir Bistro, Chez Piggy.  Montreal: Lavanderia, Le Bremner, Maison Publique, Nora Gray, Park Restaurant.  Ottawa: Atelier, Murray Street, Supply and Demand, Thyme and Again.  Saskatoon: Riversdale Delicatessen & Market, Wanuskewin Heritage Park Restaurant.  St. John’s: Mallard Cottage.  Stratford: Revival House.  Toronto: Actinolite, Bar Buca, Buca (King Street), Buca Yorkville, Drake Devonshire, The Drake Hotel, Edulis, Globe Bistro, Hawthorne Food and Drink, Hey Meatball (east), Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse, Pukka, Richmond Station, Rose & Sons, Ruby Watchco, The Drake One Fifty, The Saint Tavern, THR & Co., Union.  Vancouver: Burdock & Co, Jamjar, My Shanti. Winnipeg: Deer + Almond, Elements Restaurant by Diversity Foods.




The sponsors and partners for the second year of Restaurants for Change included: national sponsors Garland Canadaiögo/olympicKing Street Food Company; national media sponsors Food Network Canada, Global News; regional media sponsors GastropostToronto Life; event sponsors Le CreusetTelus; community partners Aeroplan Beyond MilesOntario Culinary Tourism Alliance’s Feast ON, Toronto Food and Wine Festival; in-kind sponsors Dot Dot DashJ Sutton CommunicationsThe Siren Group Inc.

Funds raised through the event support healthy food access and empowering food programs in low-income communities across Canada.  Restaurants for Change directly supports the NorWest Co-op Community Food Centre (Winnipeg), The Local Community Food Centre (Stratford), the Regent Park Community Food Centre and The Stop (Toronto), The Table Community Food Centre (Perth), the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre (Dartmouth), and developing centres in Calgary and Hamilton.  Other funds raised help CFCC to provide national leadership on food issues and support more than 75 Good Food Organizations across Canada with an annual conference, grants, training, program resources, and other capacity-building tools.

Next year’s event will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Please visit www.restaurantsforchange.cato subscribe for updates, or like the Restaurants for Change page on Facebook.

About Community Food Centres Canada
Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) believes healthy food can be a transformative force in low-income communities.  We support and build vibrant, food-focused organizations and programs that bring people together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food for all.  For more information, visit www.cfccanada.ca.   Help support the cause and join the conversation on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CommunityFoodCentresCanada, Twitter: @aplaceforfood, Instagram: @aplaceforfood, Linkedin: Community Food Centres Canada, Vimeo: Community Food Centres Canada, and YouTube: @aplaceforfood.

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