TORONTO — Toronto’s landmark culinary event, Toronto Taste, was held recently with the support of The Daniels Corporation, raising enough funds to provide more than 1.9-million meals for those experiencing food insecurity in the city. The proceeds help Second Harvest — Canada’s largest food rescue charity — rescue and deliver fresh food to 253 social-service agency partners.
“In one night, over 70 chefs, 30 beverage purveyors, 60 sponsors, 400 volunteers and 1,500 guests came together to raise funds in support of Second Harvest,” says Debra Lawson, executive director, Second Harvest. “We’re so thankful for, and incredibly proud of, the community which has supported us over the past 28 years and held our mission as close to their hearts as it is to ours.”
Over the past seven years, celebrity chef Bob Blumer has been donating dinners at his home in the Hollywood Hills to the event’s live auction. The funds raised have allowed for the purchase of a new $175,000 delivery truck.
During the event, guests sampled dishes from the city’s best culinary talent, including La Banane, Café Boulud and Grey Gardens. The live auction included a private dinner party for five guests, complete with wine pairings, personally prepared by Top Chef Canada contestant, Ivana Raca; a day trip for two to the 2019 U.S. Masters via private jet; a 10-day river boat cruise from Budapest to Prague; a $5,000 gift certificate to Knar Jewellery and more.