On October 21, we're asking you out on a dinner date!

Friday, August 28, 2015

One night. 13 cities. 50+ restaurants. One goal: supporting the right to healthy food.

Restaurants for Change is an annual fundraising event that brings together some of Canada’s best restaurants to create change in our food system. On October 21, 50+ of Canada’s best restaurants will donate total food sales from their dinner service to support healthy food access and empowering food programs in low-income communities across Canada, and push for a fairer and healthier food system. 

Join in and show your support by making a reservation at a participating restaurant in your city! Go to the new Restaurants for Change website to check out where you can eat, and reserve a spot now. On the website, you'll also be able to find out What's Cooking with some of the best chefs across Canada: just sign up for Restaurants for Change updates, and you'll get access to exclusive (and delicious) recipes from some all-star chefs!

To learn more about the event, watch our latest PSA starring some of our favourite chef friends, including Carl Heinrich (Richmond Station), Lora Kirk (Ruby Watchco), Ted Corrado (The Drake Hotel), and Robbie Hojilla (The Harbord Room):

Restaurants For Change 2015 PSA from Community Food Centres Canada on Vimeo.

Wondering what this event supports? In cities where there is a Community Food Centre, proceeds are shared between that centre and Community Food Centres Canada (The Stop and Regent Park in Toronto, Norwest Co-op in Winnipeg, The Local in Stratford, The Table in Perth, Dartmouth North in Dartmouth, and two developing CFCs in Hamilton and Calgary). Other funds raised help CFCC support more than 75 Good Food Organizations across Canada with an annual conference, grants, training, program resources, and other capacity-building tools.

The event would not have been possible without the help of our committed event chair, James Chatto, and our national spokespeople, Ryan Donovanand Carl Heinrich, co-owners of Richmond Station. Through Restaurants for Change, Community Food Centres Canada is working with a growing number of chefs and restaurants across the country that have demonstrated a commitment to local, sustainable food, and who believe they have a role to play in building a movement calling for a healthy and fair food system where everyone can access good food. Our 2015 restaurant line-up includes: 

Calgary: Bonterra Trattoria, CHAR|CUT roast house , Cibo, Farm, NOtaBLE the restaurant , Parc Café & Brasserie, Posto Pizzeria and Bar, River Cafe, Rouge Restaurant, Scopa, The Nash. Edmonton: North 53, RGE RD, The Common. Dartmouth/Halifax: Feisty Chef pop-up, 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 restaurant , Bar Buca, Buca Enoteca and Osteria, Buca Osteria and Bar, Drake Devonshire, The Drake Hotel, Edulis, Globe Bistro, Hawthorne Food and Drink, Hey Meatball, 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.

Thank you to our generous sponsors: National Sponsors: Garland Canadaiögo, King Street Food CompanyNational Media Sponsors: Food Network Canada, Global News. Regional Media Sponsors: Gastropost, Toronto Life. Event Sponsors: Le Creuset, Telus. Community Partners: Aeroplan Beyond Miles, Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance's Feast ON, Toronto Food and Wine Festival. In-Kind Sponsors: Dot Dot Dash, J Sutton Communications, The Siren Group.


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