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#1 Caramia

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 10:07 AM

There is a fundraiser on June 8th for the Youth Hospitality Training Centre, see this thread for details on the Centre
Here's the invite...

An Appetite For Change
A benefit for the Youth Hospitality Training Centre

You and your friends are invited for an evening of food, libation and entertainment
Sunday, June 8th, 2008, from 6:00-8:30pm


The best kitchens in the city have generously donated fabulous dinner party packages,
featuring fully catered in-home service as well as Chef’s tables for silent auction.
Every bid is also a chance to win an exciting prize!


The event will be held in the Canoe Brewpub’s
1894 landmark heritage building on Victoria’s Inner Harbour.
The reception will be fully hosted by Canoe Brewpub and Chef Alain Léger.


Victoria’s culinary teams have come together in support of
making our community a better place. Will you join us?


Ticket price is $50.
All revenue from the event will go to providing
opportunities for disadvantaged youth in Victoria.


Tickets can be purchased by email reply to spc@vyes.ca, by phone at 383-3514,
at Canoe online or in person at the following locations:
Victoria City Hall, Canoe Brewpub or The Bay Centre Customer Service.


Free validated parking is available at Canoe and Chintz & Co.



#2 Ms. B. Havin

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 08:40 PM

Sounds fantastic... I'm a bit unclear what the $50 ticket buys: access to an auction (silent?, live?) or dinner, or both?
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#3 Caramia

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Posted 22 May 2008 - 09:40 PM

$50 is the ticket price. The silent auction items are separate, and hopefully will attract enough bids to give something significant to the Centre. The ticket price includes appetizers, wine, beer, and music in the Canoe Brewpub for the evening.

#4 Ms. B. Havin

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 01:31 PM

^ Thanks for the details/ clarification, Caramia! So it's drinks & appetizers, but not a buffet or sit-down meal? That's the part I was confused about, thinking it could be buffet or sit-down w/ separate cash bar, for example (I understood that the auction was separate). One can of course eat enough apppies to easily make a meal of it -- so it's a pretty good deal!
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#5 Caramia

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 10:07 PM

Yes, exactly Ms B, I know there are a couple of VV folks going, see you there?

#6 Mike K.

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Posted 26 May 2008 - 03:42 PM

This is a great cause to support and Canoe's hospitality, to boot, has always proved wonderful for community events.

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#7 Caramia

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Posted 01 June 2008 - 10:43 PM

I just noticed that local urbanist and focus magazine writer Yule Heibel did a write up for An Appetite for Change and the Youth Hospitality Training Centre with a link back to this post. Thanks Yule, if you are reading!
http://blogs.law.har...ite-for-change/

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#8 Ms. B. Havin

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 08:43 PM

Not sure if this should be in a separate thread, but maybe it's ok to add it to "Appetite for Change"?

Mark your calendars, Thursday, June 5:

Ted Hughes, co-chair of the Greater Victoria Commission to End Homelessness, invites you to share a little cup of kindness with our homeless community.

This Thursday, June 5th between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., you can pick up a cup of coffee in exchange for a donation at the new Starbucks, located on the corner of Fisgard and Government Streets. Your donation will go toward helping the Commission make a real, positive and lasting change to the lives of the homeless among us. Ted Hughes and members of the Commission will be on hand to greet the public.

What: Cup of Kindness Fundraiser for the Greater Victoria Commission to End Homelessness
When: Thursday, June 5, 2008, from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Starbucks, 1-1689 Government Street (corner of Fisgard and Government)


The Greater Victoria Commission to End Homelessness is a community based, not for profit organization established by a broad base of community agencies to implement strategies to end homelessness across Greater Victoria. The Commission is dedicated to delivering real solutions by uniting and coordinating the efforts of all funders, service agencies and housing providers to ensure the delivery of comprehensive supports to the city’s most vulnerable homeless residents.

For more information, contact Commission member, Charlayne Thornton-Joe at (250) 217-0776 or at cthornton-joe@victoria.ca


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#9 Caramia

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Posted 03 June 2008 - 09:13 PM

Oh definitely. Even more so because his wife Helen has been a huge motivating force in pulling the Youth Hospitality Centre together from day one.

For this, I might actually go drink Starbucks gut rot. Ugh. Its for a good cause though.

#10 Ms. B. Havin

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 08:08 AM

Helen? You mean Ted Hughes is Counc. Hughes's husband? I never made that connection before -- d'oh!

Victoria -- 2 degrees of separation, not 6...
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#11 Marilyn

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Posted 04 June 2008 - 11:59 AM

There is a fundraiser on June 8th for the Youth Hospitality Training Centre, see [URL="http://www.vibrantvictoria.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=1992"]this

Ticket price is $50.
All revenue from the event will go to providing
opportunities for disadvantaged youth in Victoria.
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This looks like a great event, good venue, good food and helping out at the same time. I'll pass it on to my daughter. Thanks.

#12 Caramia

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Posted 05 June 2008 - 04:47 PM

We've had some nice coverage from Keith Vass of Vic News and Jason Brown of Monday Mag.

Victoria News
Cooking up a future for troubled youth
Keith Vass



Monday Magazine
doesn't make it easy to link to a static page so here is what they wrote (it's in the lifestyles section)

Cooking with Hope
By Jason Brown
Jun 04 2008


Youth Hospitality Training Centre offers at-risk youth a chance

Sometime soon you might find yourself driving down Herald Street past the distinctive white dome of the old Taj Mahal Restaurant and wonder about all of those young people streaming through the doors of the formerly vacant building. These would be the very first participants at the Youth Hospitality Training Centre, which began partial operations on May 1. The YHTC, an initiative of the Youth Empowerment Society, accepts at-risk youth into its programs and provides a complete package of life-skills training, addictions services, transitional housing and classes designed to find participants employment in the restaurants and hotels of Victoria’s booming hospitality industry. When brought fully online over the next three years, the Centre will see 80 students per year graduating from its halls and instructional kitchens.


The seeds of the Centre were planted several years ago when Pat Griffin—who heads up YES—and a UVic business co-op student were talking about the shortage of workers available to fill entry-level positions in local restaurants. YES has a hand in a number of different projects in support of youth at risk in Victoria, and Griffin made a connection between this need and a possible supply of workers. “Some of the people we see were almost there,” says Griffin, but what was needed was a bit of training and some sort of avenue to usher them into the system. Enter councillor Helen Hughes, who got wind of their discussion and arranged a meeting at City Hall between representatives of a number of different bodies—including YES, the Restaurant Association, the Hotel Association and Tourism Victoria. Three Point Properties offered up a cheap lease on a building and the YHTC was born.


Now that all of the big work getting it off the ground is done, it’s clearly time to celebrate the Centre’s creation. Sitting with Cara Segger (YES’s planning support officer) and Sean Sloat (Canoe’s assistant general manager) last Friday evening, the sense of excitement from the two was palpable and contagious. Together, with Hughes, they’ve put together Appetite for Change, a fundraiser and launch party for the Centre to be held at Canoe Brew Pub on Sunday, June 8.


Canoe’s involvement is a no-brainer, says Sloat, considering that the popular waterfront restaurant will also be a likely landing spot for YHTC graduates. Plus, located just down the street from Streetlink, Canoe is particularly aware of the pressing need to be proactive about issues surrounding homelessness, poverty and addiction among the young. “We realized we had a role in dealing with the stewardship of this area,” says Sloat, “and wanted to do something besides rattling the cage at City Hall.”
“The Centre has received big support from so many people,” says Segger. And Appetite for Change is no exception. Canoe is bearing all costs for the event, several other restaurants have stepped forward with dinner-for-six party packages for a silent auction and free music is being offered by both Mike Lefebvre and Emily Braden. Segger, who YES has brought on specifically to oversee this event, has been deeply impressed with the level of support it’s received. “It’s really brought out the best in people,” she says. “There’s been no anxiety at all from a fundraising point of view.”


In the end, of course, YHTC is all about its students. And while it’s too early to judge the effectiveness of the Centre, Griffin says the response from youth he’s had contact with has been very positive. “They see it as a lifeline to getting off the street,” he explains. “Because we’re combining outreach, detox, housing and employment training all in one place, we’re able to take some of the more hard-to-place kids and really give them a chance.”


Off the streets and into the kitchen—cheers to that. M



An Appetite for Change
6-8:30pm Sunday, June 8
Canoe Brewpub, 450 Swift
Tickets $50 at City Hall, Bay
Centre (customer service desk),
venue, 383-3514 or spc@vyes.ca
canoebrewpub.com • 361-1940



Thai Crusted Crab Cakes (serves 4 as an appetizer)

Alain Léger, executive chef at Canoe, provided this recipe, which will be one of many items served up at Appetite for Change. (Léger will be serving these with Panang Curry Sauce, and if you’re interested in that recipe, just e-mail me and I’ll be happy to provide it.)

• ½ lb Dungeness crab—cleaned and well drained
• 2 tbsp red bell peppers (finely diced)
• 2 tbsp yellow bell peppers (finely diced)
• 2 tbsp French shallots (finely diced)
• 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
• 1 tsp Sambal Oelek
• 1 tbsp mayonnaise
• 3 egg whites, beaten stiff
• 100 gr black Thai rice, pulverized to a fine powder and sifted (an electric coffee grinder works perfectly)
• Salt and pepper to taste
Sauté peppers and shallots in a little olive oil and reserve. Mix with all other ingredients but the Thai rice and the egg whites. Season to taste. Fold in the egg whites.
Form the preparation into small discs ½ inch high by 1 inch in diameter. Freeze a little to facilitate the handling. When they are hard enough, dip all surfaces of the discs in the Thai rice powder. In a fairly hot pan, sauté a few minutes on each side in vegetable oil.

#13 Mike K.

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 02:20 PM

Lots of people showed up last night.

A big thanks to Caramia and her team for organizing this wonderful event!

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#14 Caramia

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 07:26 PM

What was so awesome was seeing my VV friends there! Thanks for coming out guys - it was a big success, and we definitely put a dent in the funds needed for the Youth Hospitality Centre to be fully up and running. It was a great test run for what is going to be an annual event!

I am still boggled by the generosity of the hospitality industry in this city. Around 14 local kitchens (and a few non-culinary sponsors) came forward to offer auction packages, a few of which were worth up to $800. Amazing.

#15 D.L.

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Posted 09 June 2008 - 09:11 PM

yes it was great to be there! :)

 



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