August 24, 2021
Home gourmet chefs will have another chance to learn from the pros with Dan’s Legacy Foundation’s “Chefs in the House presented by Pacific Restaurant Supply” virtual fundraiser from 6:00pm – 7:00pm, October 20, October 27 and November 3. Funds raised at the event support the charity’s trauma informed counselling and life-skills programs for youth at risk in Metro Vancouver.
For the second year in a row, participants are invited to join the live Zoom-cast with chefs Shay Kelly (The Caterer) and Andrew George (BC’s first Indigenous Red Seal Chef), as well as pastry chef Alannah Peddie (Frolic & Forage), for a one-hour, interactive cooking show, live from the test kitchen at Pacific Restaurant Supply in Vancouver. A 4th pre-recorded show, available to all access Chef Class Pass holders, will showcase the talents of two chefs competing to create a dish in one hour from a box of surplus food. The competition will be judged by Cassandra Anderton, President of Les Dames d’Escoffier, BC.
“We had such a great time with last year’s series of shows, that we decided to keep the fun going this year,” says Barbara Coates, Dan’s Legacy’s executive director. “Everyone enjoyed the interactive nature of the event – being able to cook along with the chefs and ask questions in real time. We’re looking forward to seeing guests from last year and welcoming all newcomers!”
Food and cooking are integral to the success of Dan’s Legacy’s core counselling program, which is supported by its recovered food collection program. Each month the charity collects over 14,000kgs of donated surplus food from three grocery stores in Vancouver and Burnaby, and delivers the product to 14 charitable organizations. A portion of the food supplies Dan’s Legacy’s food bank as well as its “Intro to Cook” job-skills training program in New Westminster.
The majority of the charity’s clients are youth aging out of foster care with significant mental health challenges, many are homeless, and all are hungry. Since the start of COVID-19, Dan’s Legacy fielded a 50% increase in referrals from other agencies, as well as identified a 50% increase in hospitalizations for youth with psychosis, overdose and suicide attempts. Dan’s Legacy’s team of trauma-informed therapists go directly to the youth wherever they are, there is no wait list and its programs and counselling services are free.
Dan’s Legacy would like to thank its supporters and sponsors: Presenting Sponsor Pacific Restaurant Supply; Media Sponsor Global BC; Social Media Sponsor Miss604; Chef Shay Kelly, Chef Andrew George, and Pastry Chef Alannah Peddie; Platinum Sponsor Grimm’s Fine Foods; Champion of Change Sponsors Pacific Blue Cross Health Foundation and Ace Excavating Ltd.; Food & Friends Sponsors Redstamp Agency and Squish Juicery.
Tickets are $25 per household, or purchase an all access Chef Class Pass for $100.
Can’t tune in to all the classes? No problem! Each one will be recorded and sent to ticket holders for private viewing later.
About Dan’s Legacy
Dan’s Legacy provides trauma and culturally-informed counselling and life-skills intervention programs for youth at risk in Metro Vancouver. In the past five years Dan’s Legacy has helped over 400 youth meet their educational, employment, and recovery goals. We respectfully and gratefully acknowledge that our work takes place on the unceded and traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples.