Dine Strathcona initiative supports the WISH Drop-In Centre

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      The Dine Strathcona initiative will showcase the neighbourhood's culinary scene and raise funds to support vulnerable individuals in the Downtown Eastside.

      From November 18 to 30, participating establishments will offer a feature dish, with $1 from each order going to the WISH Drop-in Centre, a longtime refuge for street-based sex workers dealing with poverty, homelessness, trauma, and violence.

      “Small businesses and organizations like the WISH Drop-In Centre are at the heart of this neighbourhood," says Strathcona Business Improvement Association executive-director Theodora Lamb on the SBIA website, "and it’s more critical now than ever to show our support for them. Dine Strathcona allows residents and visitors alike to do just that--make a positive impact in the lives of those who live and work in the district while also enjoying safe dining experiences at the many incredible cafés, restaurants, and small businesses that call Strathcona home.”

      This year's participating restaurants and dishes include Ask for Luigi (fried cauliflower and chickpeas, $15), Axum Ethiopian Restaurant (vegetarian combo, $15), Belgard Kitchen (wagyu bavette steak, $26), Container Brewing (rarebit, small $8, large $14), Dosanko Restaurant (wild mushroom doria, $20), Harken Coffee (Japanese vegan curry, $13), Hastings Mill Brewing Company (chicken tacos, $13), HoliDrink Cafe (pegobo noodle & HoliDrink spicy ginger, $25), LanaLou's Restaurant (cheeseburger and fries, $13), Luppolo Brewing Company (funghi pizza, $17), Pallet Coffee Roasters (grilled cheese and beverage, $10), Railtown Cafe (the Winter Kale, $12.75), Strathcona Beer Company (margherita pizza, $17), SuperFlux Beer Company (roasted cabbage with beef and duck bolognese, $17), the Garden (mushroom bowl, $12), the Uncommon Cafe (green cheese & yam pizza, $11), and W Tapas Lounge (warm cauliflower dip, $13).

      Participating locations have implemented safety and distancing measures to keep customers safe, while many dishes are also available for takeout and delivery for those who wish to support Dine Strathcona from home.

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