Thursday, October 9, 2008

Growing Appetites: A Wonderful Night!

Wow! What a night! I am so impressed by Merri Schwartz and the team of chefs, servers and local growers who put the Growing Appetites evening together. The food was even better than I'd imagined! Mmm... Some of the tastiest dishes were pumpkin canelloni, squash and chorizo soup, and roasted apple tortillas with honey cream cheese icecream.

I was touched by the generosity of all the people involved — the chefs who donated their time and energy to cook the food, the hardworking and extremely proficient servers, the local farmers and vinters who supplied the food and wine, and finally, the kind folks who paid for the tickets to attend the dinner, and also took part in the silent auction.

The best part (aside from the food) was seeing some of the charming young students of the Growing Chef's program. They bravely read out the menu for each course, and spoke a bit about being involved in the program. Fred Lee and Margaret Gallagher of the CBC, and MCs for the night, interviewed the kids with real tenderness. It was lovely to watch.

Consider attending next year's fundraiser, or perhaps volunteering your time in the classroom, helping kids to grow their own vegetables, and then cook with them.

I applaud Merri Schwartz and wish her continued success with this wonderful program! It was a privilege to be a part of it.

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