[Event] World Vision Party with Chef Dennis Prescott

Website: http://www.worldvision.ca/http://hungerfree.ca/
Event Location: The Berkeley Fieldhouse, 311 Queen St. E, Tor., ON
Date Attended: Oct. 4th, 2016

I recently attended a grand event at the beautiful Berkely Fieldhouse organized by World Vision to celebrate food and to talk about their #hungerfree campaign. The Berkely Fieldhouse makes a beautiful event space with a country farm house feel. I loved the fall decor and meticulously placed table settings. I have fond memories of this space as my cousin had her wedding reception here.

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During the dinner, we had World Vision (WV) guest speakers including Chef Dennis Prescott who is also a WV ambassador and an incredible photographer (Instagram account @dennistheprescott). I have been following Chef Prescott for some time on Instagram and was excited to finally meet him in person.

Chef Dennis Prescott

Chef Dennis Prescott

The highlight for me was not food or drinks, but hearing Chef Prescott’s passion as an ambassador and his love for photography. He provided us with photography tips to better capture our food which I have adapted since. We also watched a heartfelt video of his recent trip to Kenya. During his trip, he saw first hand how food was grown and made, and how food had connected the community. Our menu during the evening was inspired by Chef Prescott’s travels.

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Southern Fried Chicken on a waffle with mac and cheese

Southern Fried Chicken on a waffle with mac and cheese

A Taste of Kenya

A Taste of Kenya

As Thanksgiving weekend in Canada just passed, it is a great time to reflect on the abundance of food that many of us have. Also, October 16th is #WorldFoodDay. I encourage you to join World Vision for the month of October to celebrate food and work towards a #hungerfree world. The hope is that everyone can gain better access to sustainable food they love.

Grapefruit sparkler

Grapefruit sparkler

I know there are many charities out there and I appreciate your time to read my post. I trust that the World Vision projects truly make a difference! With the support of World Vision donors, the money has lifted 200 million people around the world out of hunger over the last 15 years. 8.8 million people including children benefited from food distributions, helping them to fight hunger and malnutrition. Let’s work together for a #hungerfree world!

How you can help?

  • Celebrate food with a Meaningful Meal on World Food Day (Oct. 16, 2016) and ask your friends and family to donate to World Vision’s food work. The grocery or restaurant bill can be a guide as to how much to donate.
  • Celebrate food and hope for a hunger-free world by following and sharing #HungerFree stories on social media.
  • Have a global impact, encourage our government to do more to help provide people in developing countries with sustainable food access.
  • Visit hungerfree.ca, Donate 

(Source: World Vision)

And last, I leave you with a picture that showcases WV projects at work, and a paragraph about food that really resonated with me.

Women in Tanzania tending to an income-generating vegetable garden. Photo credit: George Justine Banyenza/World Vision

Women in Tanzania tending to an income-generating vegetable garden. Photo credit: George Justine Banyenza/World Vision

“Food is wonderful. It engages all our senses. It brings people together. It sustains us and comforts us. It’s the center of many of our celebrations. Many of us show our love through the food we cook, and feel loved when someone cooks us our favourite meal” (Source: World Vision)

 * Disclosure: I was invited by the Food Bloggers of Canada and World Vision. The food and drinks were complimentary but the opinions in the post are my own.
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