Enjoying delicious food for a cause
Winnipeg has the most creative and talented chefs in the world and my growing belly will second that notion. Not only do they make the most amazing food, but given the opportunity, Winnipeg chefs can all come together to support worthy causes and have fun doing it.
Share our Strength’s “Taste of the Nation” is one of Winnipeg’s hottest food and wine events of the year. Well, that’s what organizers claim and they’re pretty accurate in doing so. Taste of the Nation is a foodie paradise with over 40 Winnipeg restaurants taking part to fight child hunger. Among my favourite dishes included Resto Gare’s grilled cheese with Siracha butter, gruyere served with a mini-shooter Solo cup of smoky tomato soup. Every single food, wine and dessert station was superb, as many chefs featured popular menu items while many chefs took a more adventurous route.
Over 400 people paid $90 each to feast on the culinary delights from Winnipeg’s popular restaurants. At the end of the evening, over $60,000 was raised for local agencies such as the Immigrant Centre, which conducts nutrition and cooking classes for refugees and low and fixed income families. In it’s 21st year, Taste of the Nation continues to raise awareness and funds for their “No Kid Hungry” campaign.
The Stone Soup fundraiser was in it it’s 2nd year and brought 11 of Winnipeg’s best chefs to showcase their soup making skills in support of the Child Nutrition Council of Manitoba. Over $15,000 was raised from Stone Soup and will go back into Winnipeg school breakfast, snack and lunch programs.
Some of the soups included Deseo Bistro’s wild mushroom & shallot bisque; Terrace in the Park offered snow crab & corn chowder; The Current (Inn at the Forks) offered up strong arm beer & cheddar soup, and dark chocolate, mango and butternut squash soup from Constance Popp Chocolatier. All the soups were fantastic and I can’t wait for next year’s event. For a minimum donation of $10, lunch included samples of three soups, bannock and fruit.
Photos by Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal