Canada's Great Kitchen Party fundraiser to bring Canadian musical and culinary talents to B.C. homes

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      Miss having kitchen parties due to the pandemic? Well, here's an option to consider that supports some important national causes.

      Canada’s Great Kitchen Party is joining forces with three charities to offer Canadians a chance to have a meal made by a local culinary talent while taking in an online show with some of Canada’s top musicians.

      As Canadian musicians and culinary communities have all been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, Kitchen Party cofounder Karen Blair explained in a news release that they have decided to support these industries during these tough times while also bringing some hope and enjoyment to Canadians.

      Kitchen Party, which has been holding events in 13 cities across Canada for 15 years and has raised almost $17 million for various charities, is devoted to enriching Canada through food, music, and sports.

      This year, the organization is raising funds for MusiCounts, which helps ensure students have access to music education; Community Food Centres Canada, which develops food centres and programs to address poverty, food insecurity, and the health and wellbeing of low-income Canadians; and B2ten, which provides optimal training and preparation services to elite amateur athletes.

      Kitchen Party will hold five virtual events from October 22 to 30. Participants can choose a ready-to-serve three-course meal prepared by one of the competing chefs and also watching a virtual shows by Canadian musical acts, and each show will feature a different lineup. (Participants will be provided a nontransferrable link to the show.) 

      Jim Cuddy

      Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy has curated the roster of musical talent, which includes Serena Ryder, Ed Robertson, Alan Doyle, Barney Bentall, Johnny Reid, Whitehorse, Lorraine Segato, Gord Bamford, Eagle and Hawk, William Prince, Anne Lindsay, Murray McLauchlan, Danny Michel, Alex Cuba, Measha Brueggergoserman, Neil Osborne, Kandle Osborne, Bill Henderson, Julian Taylor, Devin Cuddy, Elisapie, Sam Polley, Terra Lightfoot, Tom Wilson, Rose Cousins, Joel Plaskett, Dawn Pemberton, Donovan Woods, Nuela Charles, and more.

      There’ll also be cameo appearances by Canadian celebrities such as Rick Mercer, Chris Hadfield, Tessa Virtue, Sacha, and more.

      In B.C., an event—with the theme of "Emerging Stronger"—will be held in Vancouver, Victoria, and Kelowna at 7:30 p.m. on October 29.

      The competing chefs in Vancouver are Forage’s Welbert Choi, Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar’s Roger Ma, Toptable Group’s Alex Hon and Kristian Eligh, and The Acorn’s Devon Latte.

      Each of the chefs' main dishes will be evaluated by local judges and the winning chef will be announced during the Winner's Circle segment.

      For full details, as well as the chef lineup for Victoria and Kelowna, visit the Kitchen Party website.

      Vancouver chefs Roger Ma, Welbert Choi, and Kristian Eligh
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