Cooking for a cause

Team STOFAThe Ottawa restaurant industry has always given big-heartedly its precious time and gastronomic treats to a worthy cause. And here’s yet another example of this generosity: STOFA (chef-owner Jason Sawision) was the first of three restaurants to host a pop-up dinner in support of the invaluable work of Citizen Advocacy Ottawa. Four courses for 35 lucky people with every penny donated to an organization serving the needs of many of our city’s most vulnerable. And I was one of those lucky people. Hurrah!

For more than 45 years, Citizen Advocacy has supported people of all ages across the disability spectrum — those living with physical, developmental, intellectual, mental health, age-related and multiple diagnoses challenges. 

Corey Fortier, who I knew for many years as a server at Atelier, is now the Development Officer for Citizen Advocacy. He and his small team have launched this dining series — “dining for inclusion” he calls it — with STOFA leading the charge, then Bar Lupulus picking up the baton in May, and a soon to be revealed third restaurant rounding things off beautifully in June. Stay tuned for firm dates, then circle them on the fridge calendar and get booking. A multi-course dinner at three of our city’s finest restaurants in aid of a terrific cause. What could be better?

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