In November 2021, we brought brunch to you!
On each Sunday in November, we delivered brunch for 4-6 people to homes in the GTA. In previous years, our wonderful chefs have donated their time and food for our brunch events. In 2021, the pandemic meant that we couldn’t gather as we usually do.
We were also keenly aware of how hard the pandemic hit the hospitality industry. To show our support for our brunch partners, we covered their food costs for the November 2021 event.
Proceeds will again support the Parkinson’s Research Excellence Fund at the Edmond J. Safra Program, at Krembil Brain Institute, Toronto Western Hospital, UHN.
Bob's Red Mill
Bob Moore and his wife, Charlee, founded Bob’s Red Mill in 1978 with the mission of building a company that would provide wholesome foods to folks around the world, and offer financial security to its employees. After succeeding beyond his wildest dreams, Bob took it one step further in 2010, when he created an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) that would give employees stock in the company.
The Printing & Promotion Group
2021 Print Sponsor
PPG Advertising is a skilled and experienced design, marketing & print company based in Vaughan, Ontario. Services include professional advertising and print solutions – from design development to printed collateral.
2021 Brunch Partners
Jamie Kennedy, CM
Jamie Kennedy Kitchens
Chef Jamie Kennedy has been instrumental in shaping the culinary landscape in Canada. His innovative approach to gastronomy, commitment to sustainable agriculture and advocacy of local food have been unwavering. He is the owner of Jamie Kennedy Kitchens and author of J.K. The Jamie Kennedy Cookbook.
Pastry Chef, Instructor, Recipe Developer
Formerly a celebrated pastry chef at Scaramouche and other notable Toronto restaurants, Joanne is an instructor at George Brown College and recipe developer. She has been involved with planning Porridge for Parkinson’s events since 2009.
Forbes Wild Foods
Forbes Wild Foods supplies wild, hand-picked foods that are sustainably harvested from the Canadian wilderness by trained, knowledgeable pickers. Forbes suppliers practice progressive harvesting methods — ones that are both sustainable for its neighbouring plant species and surrounding ecosystem; and for the pickers themselves, whose livelihood is supported by a thriving source of wild foods. Only wild foods that grow in great abundance and whose survival is not in danger are considered for harvest. Forbes also works to help propagate rare wild food plants by reintroducing them to lands that need remedial attention.
Lev means “heart” in Hebrew and with five generations of bakers in his family, it’s no wonder that Yoni Kamil now has his own baking company. With modern takes on tradition, Lev Bakery offerings include delicious challahs and babkas based on the recipes from Yoni’s youth. Lev products are made with organic grains, a natural fermentation process and seasonal ingredients. Yoni and his wife Samantha started the company from their home oven, and Lev items can now be found in several retail outlets in and around Toronto.
David Mattachioni opened his first Italian trattoria with the hopes of making the world a better place, one pizza at a time. Mattachioni had been the pizzaiolo at Terroni and decided to open his own small bakery and pizzeria on Dupont in 2015, later expanding with the help of his family and friends to Gerrard St East in January 2021. Operating a take-out, bodega style shop and churning out fresh sourdough loaves during the lockdowns, he hopes to return to the classic sit down restaurant soon. At Mattachioni, they bake their own loaves of bread, prepare fresh meals, pick up their own produce, and give away their sourdough starter! A one-stop shop with two locations – 1617 Dupont St and 1501 Gerrard St East.
Parallel – The Sesame Brothers
Primrose Bagel Co.
With its rotating selection of hand-rolled, malt-boiled and baked-fresh-daily bagels, Sam Davis’ Primrose Bagel has become a Toronto hotspot. In addition to bagels, the shop also has a deli counter complete with a variety of bagel toppings – everything from flavoured cream cheese, house-smoked trout, home-made gravlax, and a variety of delicious salads. A selection of mouth-watering bagel sandwiches is also on offer, as well as a small selection of sweet treats. Don’t be surprised to see a line-up outside this small shop located on Oakwood Avenue.
Take it Away
After 20 years working in financial services, Jen decided to study pastry and baking arts. She was a partner at Stircrazy Catering which had a successful run for 14 years. In addition to donating her culinary talent to Porridge for Parkinson’s events, Jen has been a committee member since 2013 and co-chair since 2017. She is currently starting up Take it Away, exquisite food you take away!
Rosie Little’s love for flowers and plants led to her launching Quince Flowers in 1997. Quince is staffed by passionate floral artists who use flowers as the medium for beautiful pieces that enhance the experience of spaces and events. The shop is located at 660 Queen Street East, in Toronto’s Riverside district.