On October 19, thousands of diners came together in 68 restaurants and 16 cities across the country for Restaurants for Change, a national event that raises funds for local Community Food Centres and Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC). The event raised more than $250,000 in its third year, exceeding the goal set out by organizers. Funds raised through the event will support empowering programs that bring people in low-income communities together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for healthy food for all.
“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 engage more Canadians from coast to coast in the movement towards a healthy and fair food system.”
2016 restaurants that took part in Restaurants for Change
Calgary Bonterra Trattoria, CHARCUT Roast House, Cibo, Deane House, Model Milk, NOtaBLE The Restaurant, Pigeonhole, Posto Pizzeria & Bar, River Café, Scopa, The Nash Edmonton RGE RD, The Common Halifax/Dartmouth Chives Canadian Bistro, enVie, The Canteen Hamilton Earth to Table Bread Bar: Hamilton, Papa Leo’s Restaurant Guelph Earth to Table Bread Bar: Guelph, Artisanale French Country Cooking Kitchener The Berlin Kingston Le Chien Noir Montreal Garde Manger, Lavanderia, Le Bremner, Park, Santa Barbara Niagara-on-the-Lake Backhouse Ottawa/Perth Atelier, Fieldhouse, O’Reilly’s Pub, Supply and Demand St. John’s Mallard Cottage Stratford Pazzo Pizzeria Toronto Actinolite, Alo, Ascari Enoteca, Bar Begonia, Beast, Big Crow, Cafe Belong, Drake 150, Edulis, El Rey Mezcal Bar, Fat Pasha, Mamakas, Richmond Station, Rose and Sons Swan, Rose and Sons, Ruby Watchco, The Drake Hotel, Union Vancouver Burdock & Co., Cabrito, Farmer’s Apprentice, Jamjar Wellington Drake Devonshire Winnipeg Ben Kramer Pop-up at Kitchen Sync, Deer + Almond, Enoteca, Maque, Pizzeria Gusto, Promenade Cafe and Wine, Segovia Tapas Bar, The Merchant Kitchen, The Mitchell Block
Lead sponsor CIBC Gold sponsor Zwilling J. A. Henckels National media sponsors Global, Food Network National community partner Aeroplan Bronze sponsors Ace Bakery, Garland Canada Regional media sponsor Toronto Life Community partners Culinary Tourism Alliance, Taste of Nova Scotia, Terroir In-kind partners J Sutton Communications, Open Table, The Siren Group Inc.
Restaurants for Change directly supports The Alex Community Food Centre (Calgary), the NorWest Co-op Community Food Centre (Winnipeg), The Local Community Food Centre (Stratford), the Hamilton Community Food Centre (Hamilton), the Regent Park Community Food Centre and The Stop (Toronto), The Table Community Food Centre (Perth), the NDG Food Depot (Montreal), and the Dartmouth North Community Food Centre (Dartmouth). Funds raised also support Community Food Centres Canada to provide national leadership on food issues and support more than 90 Good Food Organizations across Canada with an annual conference, grants, and other capacity-building tools.
About Community Food Centres Canada: Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) believes healthy food can be a transformative force in low-income communities. We build and support vibrant, food-focused places that bring people together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food for all. For more information, visit www.cfccanada.ca.