A Taste For Life- hope made deliciousPublished on April 18, 2013

  • Beer braised beef short rib with mole by Taylors Genuine

  • California Rolls by New Generation Sushi

  • A Taste For Life

  • Jill Woodley and Mayor Watson

  • Smoked Salmon and Chevre roll by the Main Street Cellar

  • Steph Legari and bacon-wrapped chicken wings

Now in its fifteenth year, the A Taste for Life fundraiser has raised almost $700,000 for Bruce House and the Snowy Owl AIDS Foundation. First held in Ottawa, A Taste for Life now takes place in 23 communities across Canada. In 2013, the one-night event has grown in size, with 48 restaurants and a goal of $100,000. It’s simple to participate â€" just book a table at one of the restaurants for April 24th and when you dine, the restaurant will donate 25% of the bill to local charities supporting those living with HIV and AIDS.

A launch event was held April 15 at Urban Element to generate additional buzz in advance of the big day. On hand to present delicious treats representative of the excellent fare available in the 48 participating restaurants were:

Chef Andrew Lucy of Il Primo, dishing up garlic crostini with Portobello compote and brie as well as butternut squash ravioli with chèvre alfredo;

Bou Chiv, general manager of New Generation Sushi, serving several varieties of delicious maki sushi along with salmon tartare and lotus chip;

Chef Ryan Edwards of Taylor’s Genuine offering beer braised tri-tip beef tostadas with mole and vibrant turmeric pickled onions as well as chicken liver on crostini with cold-pressed canola-oil;

Chef Ian Sunstrum of Main Street Cellar with salmon and goat cheese rolls on a bed of greens; and

A Taste for Life’s “Spokeschef” for the second time, Steph “The Grilling Gourmet” Legari, whose delightful creations included twice-smoked chicken wings wrapped in sugary bacon as well as cold-smoked salmon with a maple syrup-Greek yogurt-dill sauce.

“One of the biggest reasons I love participating in this event is that it truly helps to break down the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS and generates awareness of the wonderful organizations that exist to support people,” said Steph.

Venues this year include nine first time participants: Vetta Osteria (Bank Street), New Generation Sushi, Flippers, Taylor’s Genuine Kitchen and Wine, Hintonburg Public House, Navarra, Main Street Cellar, Black Dog Bistro and Burgers on Main. Among the veterans are Trattoria Caffé Italia and Zola’s who have been a part of A Taste for Life since the very beginning. Where will you dine on April 24th?

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