How do you support important dietetic research while satisfying your cravings for unique cuisine? By Going Gourmet!
The Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research (CFDR) held its fourth annual Go Gourmet event on April 30 in Toronto, raising over $18,000 net to support our annual research grant program.
Two hundred guests convened at the Toronto Reference Library’s Appel Salon for an evening of cocktails and a menu of dishes, complete with wine pairings, designed by some of Canada’s leading celebrity and award-winning chefs.
The dinner kicked off with a spirited Q&A session led by MC Mairlyn Smith, a home economist and Second City alumnus, and including our chefs: Cottage Life TV host and Clean Eating Magazine’s chef Jo Lusted; Chatelaine Food Editor and chef Claire Tansey; blogger and cookbook author Charmian Christie (aka The Messy Baker); and freelance chef and sous chef for George Weston Ltd Andrea Buckett. Our celebrities spoke about the inspirations for their dishes and offered tips for “homechefs” wanting to re-create them.
Starting with appetizers including smoked mozzarella fritters and kimchee quesadillas, the menu featured ricotta and lemon eggplant involtini, seared chicken thighs with rhubarb sauce and coffee-rubbed tenderloin with baby kale and brussels sprout salad. For dessert: whisky-kissed pecan pie with boozy brown sugar whipped cream.
CFDR would like to thank our generous Go Gourmet sponsors: Campbell Soup Company Ltd., Dairy Farmers of Canada, Imagination Plus Inc., kbs+ Montreal, Canadian Sugar Institute and Bonduelle. Also many thanks to the dozens of companies and individuals who donated items for our silent auction!
We would also like to recognize our stellar volunteer committee who made the evening possible: Shannon Crocker, Georgette Harris, Johanne Trudeau, Barb Ledermann, Sandra Bourdeau and Cathy Payne. Also thanks for our volunteers who supported CFDR at the event.
Of course, special thanks go out to Mairlyn Smith, Jo Lusted, Claire Tansey, Charmian Christie and Andrea Buckett for their inventive recipes and participation in the event.
Caption: Go Gourmet host Mairlyn Smith (centre) flanked by our chefs (left to right) Claire Tansey, Andrea Buckett, Charmian Christie and Jo Lusted.
Finally, thank you to all of the companies and individuals who bought tables and tickets for the event. We hope to see you all in 2016!
Call for Volunteers
Work is beginning now on the 2016 Go Gourmet and we invite applications for volunteers to help recruit celebrity chefs, support ticket sales and help to organize the silent auction.
We offer an enjoyable volunteer experience, with a dedicated core volunteer group and a very rewarding outcome.
Interested? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.