On Saturday April 30th, 2016 some of Calgary's most talent Chefs, Restaurateurs and Wine Professionals came together in support of The Alex Community Food Centre. The sold out event was an inspiring and tasty evening that was enjoyed by everyone who was there. Read the full story below:
In early April 2016, Chef Michael Noble of NOtaBLE Restaurant brought a very special opportunity to Willow Park Wines & Spirits to be involved to help raise much needed awareness and funds for The Alex Community Food Centre. His concept was to create an evening like no other that featured some of the Calgary’s most talent chefs, restaurantuers and industry geniuses all in support of The Alex Community Food Centre’s new facility. “This new centre will provide all people with the opportunity to access food, information about food and many other types of community outreach programs with dignity and joy!” explains Chef Noble.
His vision became a reality on April 30th, when a sold-out crowd of over 300 people gathered in the Festival Cellar at Willow Park Wines & Spirits to partake in an evening of incredible food prepared by over 13 of the cities most coveted restaurants, sample expertly paired wines from around the globe and partake in a silent auction that included everything from vintage wines to the opportunity to run in the Bordeaux Marathon. The evening was an incredible feat, especially since the event was pulled together in little under a month, by a group of like minded and enthusiast individuals and organizations and was a huge success as the night help to raise over $27,000 to this much anticipated and needed food program in our city.
“Words cannot express the gratitude we have for everyone who was involved, donated and supported this event and how proud we are to be able to help and support it. Calgary has an incredibly generous heart and this is just another example of how we all come together for the people of our city” Peggy Perry, VP of Marketing for WPWS.
The evening also began as a secret surprise birthday party for Chef Meiko Pennock, of Willow Park Wines & Spirits with all proceeds from the event being donated in her name to the Alex Community Food Centre. “We plan to honor Meiko with a plaque commemorating her many years of service and dedication to serving, teaching and helping others appreciate good food.” says an excited Perry.
To find out more about The Alex Community Food Centre and how you can be involved in what they are doing please click here.
A very special thank you goes out to all participants, restauants, chefs and wineries for all thier support. We would also like to thank our silent auction and raffle donors.
Ross Harvey, Rouge Restaurant, Galileo Wines & Spirits, Corby Spirt & Wine Limited, Andrew Peller Limited, River Cafe, NOtable the Restaurnat, Hotel Arts, Wurtz Beverage, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, James Sichel, Bryon Howard & Peggy Perry, James Sachiw & Mount Royal Hotel, Peasent Cheese Shop, Jane Erbern, Waterford and Renaissance Wine Merchants.
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