Brunch is on!

Together again! This year we are holding Porridge for Parkinson’s® at Toronto’s iconic Evergreen Brick Works. Join us for brunch prepared and served by top Toronto chefs, a brunch-themed silent auction, and special guest speakers.

Save the date: November 12, 2023, 11:00 AM.
Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto
Tickets now available.

It’s time to raise awareness and funds for groundbreaking research into the cause and cure for Parkinson’s Disease

Evergreen Brick Works

Jeanne Beker—Emcee extraordinaire

Harry Forestell—Guest speaker

Fifth Element Jazz—Musical guests

14 celebrity chefs

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Celebrating Donna Dooher

Celebrating Donna Dooher

Iconic Mildred’s Temple Kitchen in Liberty Village is known for locally sourced, seasonal ingredients—simply and sumptuously prepared.

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Welcome back, Kata

Welcome back, Kata

Kata’s contributions to brunch delivery during the pandemic were a hit. Meet her in person on November 12 at the Brick Works.

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Check out the TASTETORONTO November 2021 article – “Brunch with purpose this month with Porridge for Parkinson’s”

“We can’t sit around waiting for something to happen.”

Porridge for Parkinson’s was founded in Vancouver in 2001. Marg Meikle, a well-known radio broadcaster, developed Parkinson’s Disease at the early age of 43, and she was determined to do something to advance a cure for this progressive disease. As with many people with Parkinson’s, her symptoms were least active in the morning, so she started a low-key breakfast event in her home to raise money for Parkinson’s research.

The great success of Porridge for Parkinson’s inspired Marg’s friends in Toronto to begin a similar event in 2007. Porridge for Parkinson’s TO is now a biennial event that has raised over $1 million for Parkinson’s research.

As Marg said, “We can’t sit around waiting for something to happen. The fact that the science is ahead of the money inspires Porridge for Parkinson’s.”

The generosity of our sponsors and donors makes it all possible.

The proceeds from our events fund groundbreaking research into the cause and cure for Parkinson’s Disease. Since 2019, they have been directed toward the Parkinson’s Research Excellence Fund at the Edmond J Safra Program in Parkinson’s Disease, at the Krembil Brain Institute, Toronto Western Hospital, UHN.

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Dollars Raised

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Evergreen Brick Works is a unique indoor/outdoor event space located in the centre of the city. Nestled in Toronto’s lush ravines in a setting of heritage buildings, the expansive, light-filled interior space opens to an airy outdoor courtyard. Our brunch-themed silent auction is bigger than ever, with many new objects and experiences available for display on November 12. Stay tuned for details. The Brick Works is located at 550 Bayview Avenue. 

It’s an exciting year! CBC host and journalist Harry Forestell is our special guest speaker, and the amazing Jeanne Beker is once again our emcee. Our longtime partner chefs Jamie Kennedy and Joanne Yolles are back again, along with Donna Dooher (Mildred’s Temple Kitchen) and Sandra Katsiou (Baker and Scone). They will be joined by chefs Paula Navarette (above), Food Dudes, Toben Food by Design, Chocolat de Kat, Lev Bakery, Robinson Bread, Primrose Bagel, Crank Coffee, and The Honest Leaf. More announcements to come.

We are delighted to introduce our special guest speaker, Harry Forestell.

Photo: RTDNA Canada

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There are still opportunities available for Porridge for Parkinson’s in 2023. If you are interested in viewing the sponsorship package, please email us at hello@porridgeforparkinsonsto.org and help support this important fundraiser for PD research.

Please join us on Sunday, November 12, 2023, at 11 am. Order now tickets are going fast.

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We are thrilled to announce that Porridge for Parkinson’s is back for our in-person event and the brunch is shaping up to be the biggest and tastiest yet! Above: A first look at our 2023 venue at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto.

Please mark your calendars for Sunday, November 12 and join us at Evergreen Brick Works for brunch—we look forward to seeing you all.

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Remembering Marg Mieke, P4P founder and our beginnings. Chefs Jamie Kennedy and Joanne Yolles engaging virtual demo and the recipes—Overnight Rye Bread and Marinated Salmon Tartine.

Announcing P4P-2023. Save the date—November 12, 2023—at the iconic Toronto Brick Works.

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Join us for brunch in 2022! On November 6, we are delivering a delightful selection of non-perishable items for you to enjoy at your leisure.

Chocolatier Kata Ambrus, owner of Chocolat de Kat. Their bonbons were a big hit in 2021 – and are included in the P4P 2022 selection.

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Conversations with long-term supporters Dr. Philip Hébert and Chef John Horne of Oliver & Bonacini – and a delicious recipe from Jen Cerny.

Yes, we will be delivering brunch in November 2022 – inspired by @quinceflowers  from the P4P 2021 brunch packages.

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Our plans for 2022 remain uncertain, much like the next phase of the pandemic. No matter what, we are committed to raising funds for Parkinson’s research and staying connected to all of you.

Beautiful flower bouquets by @quinceflowers were included in the brunch packages.

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Undaunted by the pandemic, the 2021 Organizing Committee persevered – with four weeks of brunch delivered! The reviews were warm and encouraging.

What a wonderful time we had – supporting such an important cause by enjoying a gourmet brunch! What could be better?!”

Group of people seated at tables at the 2019 event

Heartfelt thanks to all the chefs and organizations participating – keenly aware of how hard the pandemic has hit the hospitality industry, this year the food costs will be covered.

Thanks to our 2021 sponsor, Bob’s Red Mill, and supporter, The Printing & Promotions Group.

Group of people seated at tables at the 2019 event

Harry McMurtry ran 500 miles to raise funds for Parkinson’s research. He was also the P4P2015 keynote speaker so we were excited to catch up on his adventures.

“Our arrival in Toronto was special. We were greeted by family and friends. We garnered a lot of media attention. We met the Mayor and thereafter the Premier. Wow!”

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