YOUNG SPROUTS Yours truly, along with CBC’s Margaret Gallagher, hosted Growing Chefs Society’s ninth Farm to Forks Harvest Party, staged at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. Guided by executive director Helen Stortini and development director Jaydeen
Williams, the Sunday night event drew some 120 supporters to the annual kitchen party. Joined by the province’s best chefs, bartenders, growers and producers, foodies enjoyed a fun-filled night of fine wine, craft beer, bespoke cocktails, and 10 delicious tasting stations sprinkled throughout the cooking school’s eight classroom kitchens.
The epicurean experience would ultimately raise more than $65,000 — a new fundraising standard for the charity’s classroom gardening and cooking program — giving children hands-on experience growing and preparing their own healthy, and nutritious food.
More than 100 classrooms across B.C. have benefited from the grassroots effort thanks to the support of more than 150 chefs, growers, producers and community volunteers. Monies generated will play a crucial role in helping the outfit’s goal to reach more than 1,500 children across the province annually.