Christmas giving is on the menu at the Canadian Food and Wine Institute

The spirit of giving is in full force at Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute  

On the mornings of Dec. 16 and Dec. 17 chef professors and second-year Culinary Management students will prepare a traditional Christmas feast with all the trimmings to be served at the 14th annual Spirit of Christmas Dinner. The event to be held at Gord’s Place Bar and Grill in St. Catharines on Christmas Day will provide a festive meal to those in need.

The annual event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Niagara College and Gord’s Place. More than 500 people attend each year – including individuals facing financial difficulties and families who have recently arrived in Canada. The occasion also includes a visit from Santa Claus and presents for the children in attendance.  

The kitchens of the CFWI will buzzing with activity on Dec. 16 and 17 from 8:30 a.m. to noon as chefs professors and culinary students prepare the holiday meal of roasted turkey and ham apple sage stuffing mashed potatoes peas and carrots cranberry sauce and Niagara fruit crisp.

ᾮNiagara College has been a longstanding partner with this incredible community initiative since its inception. Their special attention to detail and commitment to perfection makes for a memorable day for all of those in attendance” said Kithio Mwanzia director of policy and government relations Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to the Spirit of Christmas Dinner chefs and students from the CFWI are involved with the Out of the Cold Community Kitchen in Niagara Falls. Chef Peter Blakeman and six students will be preparing and serving food on Jan. 21 and 28 2014. (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.). They also prepared and served dinner there on Dec. 4.

In addition CFWI chef professor Michael Olson; his wife celebrity chef Anna Olson; and six culinary students served a holiday dinner to women and children at Women’s Place Shelter in Niagara Falls on Dec 10.
“These are wonderful opportunities for our chefs and students get involved in the community” said acting dean of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute Craig Youdale. “It’s an honour to be involved initiatives that have such a positive impact on the lives of so many local residents.”
 Food prep for Spirit of Christmas Dinner

 When:     Dec. 16 and Dec. 17 8:30 a.m. to noon

 Where:   Niagara College Canadian Food and Wine Institute NOTL Campus

                Rooms HT 104 105 and 112

 RSVP:     Media interested in taking a photo or interviews during food preparation times are asked to contact Julie Greco at  [email protected]  

For information contact:

Michael Wales
Senior Communications Officer
Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7773
Cell: 111.328.4101
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Julie Greco
Communications Specialist
Office: 111.111.1111 ext. 7368
 [email protected]