The Paisley Notebook and Aman Dosanj is proud to announce that her recent International Women’s Day dinner on March 8 has generated a donation of $10,953.89 for Foundry Kelowna, Karis Support society and Slow Food Canada.
The special 5-course wine-paired dinner held in the Canadian Mental Health Association’s ‘Wellness Centre’ united Chefs from across the country with pairings from the Okanagan’s top wineries. This year’s celebration included the culinary talents of Aman Dosanj (The Paisley Notebook, Kelowna), Davina Moraiko (RGE RD, Edmonton), Sarah Maw (Block One at 50th Parallel Estate Winery Lake Country), Kaleigh Jorgensen (Creek & Gully Cider, Naramata) and Sarah Farmer (formerly The O’Brien House, Ottawa) who showcased local ingredients from their respective provinces, paired with Pénélope Roche (Roche Wines), Nicole French (Little Engine Wines), Pénélope Roche (Roche Wines),Mireille Sauve (Dames Wines), Stefanie Schales (8th Generation Vineyard), Ruth Hanbury (Liquidity Wines) and Karen Gillis (Red Rooster Winery).
During the intimate dinner, Chefs, Winemakers/Proprietors/Estate Presidents and representatives from the charities stood in front of two communal long tables to share personal experiences and connections with mental health.
“This dinner has always been driven by the community for the community – everyone working it is a volunteer and I think that makes it even more special because it’s not about the perfections. This year, I wanted to host the dinner in the CMHA Kelowna’s ‘Wellness Centre’. Funds from the past two events have been directed into their culinary program and they recently kitted out their kitchen with our help. It was really important for our guests to see the direct impact that something as simple as eating can have and the change that it can bring. The dinner table is supposed to be a place to continue the conversation and we did just that”, said Dosanj.
With 100% of proceeds (after operating costs) annually going to the three chosen charities, funds have been directed into culinary related areas to feed more than the 48 people served on March 8, 2019. Planning for the fourth-annual dinner on Saturday, March 8, 2020 has begun, with Liquidity Bistro/Liquidity Wines in Okanagan Falls being the first South Okanagan host venue for the growing event.