International Women’s Day is just three weeks away (it’s on Friday, March 8, to be precise) and the place to be that evening is Mildred’s Temple Kitchen in Liberty Village. The occasion is Kitchen Sisters, a fundraising feast prepared by some of Toronto’s finest chefs including Donna Dooher (chef-owner of Mildred’s, of course), Lynn Crawford, Anne Yarymowich, Christine Bib, Suzanne Baby and Andrea Damon-Gibson. It’s the finale of a fundraising initiative aimed at building a new kitchen for Sistering.
And what is Sistering? It’s an agency and advocacy group that has been supporting low-income and marginalized women in the Toronto community since 1981 by providing a safe haven during the daytime hours in a welcoming, multilingual and multiracial environment. Hot meals are part of the service – indeed, in the last few years the demand for meals has increased substantially, until the Sistering kitchen now finds itself providing more than 250 meals a day, 365 days a year. In order to meet this growing need, the kitchen required a massive overhaul. Fridges, stoves, cooking and baking equipment were all needed to give the hard-working chefs at Sistering a leg up on their production. The resounding success of the past two International Women’s Day dinners has meant that much of the funding is in place and Donna Dooher hopes this ‘Last Supper for Sistering’ will help them reach that final goal.
All proceeds from the event at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen will go towards Sistering’s kitchen renovation project. Tickets are $500 for a spectacularly delicious four-course feast, served at the Temple Kitchen communal table, complete with wine pairings. Partial tax receipts (for $350) will be issued. For information or tickets, please call 416-926-9762 ext. 243.
Sistering’s twitter account is @sisteringTO and Kitchen Sisters’ hashtag is #kitchensisters13