A unique culinary event is taking place in Ottawa on February 26th; it’s an evening of deliciousness in support of a very worthwhile cause. Celebrating the Shepherds of Good Hope’s 30+ years of service to the most vulnerable men and women in our community, A Taste for Hope offers the chance to sample unique, inventive dishes prepared by many talented local chefs, along with fine wines and local beers. All proceeds from this showcase event will be used to refurbish the Shepherds of Good Hope’s volunteer-run kitchen and cafeteria that served up over 700,000 meals last year.
A quick look at the star studded roster of kitchen talent should heighten your sense of anticipation. Some of the featured chefs participating in this year’s edition include Danny Mongeon from Hooch, Luc Dorion from Patty Boland’s, Kyle Mortimer-Proulx from Zen Kitchen, Natasha Kyssa from Simply Raw Express, Kenton Leier from the Westin Ottawa, Bruce Enloe from the Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill, John Morris from the National Arts Centre and Marc Lepine from Atelier. A Taste for Hope is also delighted to welcome back Robin Bowen who is returning to Ottawa specifically to participate in this special evening. With an all-star lineup like this, the food is certain to be dazzling.
“I really can relate to this important cause, said Chef Mongeon. “There was a time in my youth when I witnessed first-hand the good things done by the generous and kind people at the Shepherds of Good Hope. I’m so proud to now be able to help them raise money to continue their work.”
This year’s event, the second annual, has established a fundraising goal of $50,000; organizers believe this is attainable, given that the inaugural event last year raised $40,000. An impressive roster of live and silent auction items, including a dinner for eight prepared by Danny Mongeon as well as a dinner for ten at Earnscliffe, home of the British High Commissioner, will support the evening’s fundraising efforts.
A Taste For Hope will be held at Jean Pigott Hall, in Ottawa City Hall, on Wednesday, February 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. For each $150 ticket purchased, you will receive a $100 tax receipt; tickets are available online or by calling Judy at 613-789-8210 ext. 223.
“A Taste for Hope really is a pivotal event for the most vulnerable men and women in Ottawa,” said Anna Silverman, Executive Director of the Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation. “With so many attending this event our community is showing their generous support for the 1600 people who come through the doors of Shepherds of Good Hope every day.”