TORONTO — Toronto Taste, held June 4 at Corus Quay, raised $925,000 for Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food-rescue charity. Funds raised will provide 1.8 million meals to people facing hunger across Toronto.
“Toronto Taste is a monumental event that helps Second Harvest continue to provide fresh, healthy food to Torontonians experiencing hunger. Its legacy is a testament to the ongoing generosity of our sponsors, donors, chefs and our incredible staff and volunteers, who are critical to the event’s success,” says Debra Lawson, executive director, Second Harvest. “The funds we raise account for 20 per cent of Second Harvest’s annual revenue and help provide millions of meals to those in need.”
Guests sampled dishes and drinks from more than 90 of the most sought-after restaurants and beverage purveyors, including Baro, Lavelle, Kanpai Snack Bar, Bar Reyna and Ufficio. Chefs Guy Rawlings (Montgomery’s), Anne Sorrenti (The Oakwood Hardware Food & Drink and Chopped Canada winner) and Eric Chong (R&D and MasterChef Canada winner) entertained guests in the Chef Challenge. After a close competition, Guy Rawlings was crowned the winner.
At the live auction, attendees could bid on chef-dinner packages, such as dinner at Bob Blumer’s L.A. home or the opportunity to join chef Roger Mooking for an action-packed food tour of New Orleans. The live auction raised a total of $46,000.
Bob Blumer, Second Harvest Ambassador and long-time supporter, reached his goal of personally raising $165,000 towards the purchase of a truck for Second Harvest when an anonymous donor came forward to top up his fundraising.