The 13th Annual Scotiabank Passions event, a benefit for the Dr. Peter Centre, raised more than $142,000 on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. A night of food, drinks and extraordinary philanthropy were on the menu for the 300 guests in attendance. Since its inception, Passions has raised a cumulative total of $1.38 million dollars.
“We are very grateful for the ongoing commitment of the chefs and restaurants, and for the many tourism and restaurant partners who donated experiences. They are a vital element in our success year after year,” says event founder and co-chair, Nathan Fong.
Vancouver’s top 26 chefs and restaurants – the most restaurant stations ever at Scotiabank Passions – donated their talent to the event, including Beaucoup Bakery & Café, Black + Blue, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Chez Christophe, CinCin, Forage, Hawksworth, Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House, Juniper, La Pentola, La Tab, Market by Jean-Georges, Minami, NextJen, Notch 8 Restaurant & Bar, PASTRY – Glowbal Group, Provence Restaurants, Royal Dinette, Savoury Chef, The Observatory, The RawBar at Fairmont Pacific Rim, The Rosewood Georgia Hotel, Tojo’s, Urban Fare, VCC Culinary Arts, and West.
Attendees sipped a selection of wine from New Zealand Winegrowers, Stolen Bike Stout poured by local R&B Brewing and cocktails created by Lauren Mote, award-winning bar personality, co-proprietor of Bittered Sling Bitters and Vancouver Magazine’s 2015 Bartender of the Year. Alongside Sabrine Dhaliwal, bar manager at UVA Wine + Cocktail Bar, guests enjoy two varieties of cocktails crafted especially for the event.
The Sparkling Reception, hosted by Oyster Bay and Urban Fare and held one hour before general admission, afforded VIP guests a chance to win an Okanagan Getaway with accommodation and private VIP wine tours, Sparkling Brut from the New Zealand Winegrowers, a preview of silent auction items, and the first opportunity to taste the canapés.
Global TV’s Sophie Lui and ‘Man About Town’ Fred Lee, from CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition, Vancouver Courier and the Province Newspaper, served as repeat emcees and auctioneer. Fred Lee’s incomparable auctioneering skills generated massive support for the fundraiser.
Passions will return in September 2017. Please check back for confirmed dates and more information at www.drpeter.org/passions
About the Dr. Peter Centre
The Dr. Peter Centre is a leader in the care of people living with HIV and vulnerabilities such as mental illness, addictions poverty and social isolation. The Centre operates a seven-day-a-week Day Health Program, a 24-hour specialized nursing care residence, and an Enhanced Supportive Housing Program.
The history of Passions traces back to 2002, to a small charity cooking class at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks. A year later, in 2004, the event was moved to the Dr. Peter Centre and entitled “Passions.” Organized by Vancouver food media personality, Nathan Fong, the inaugural event featured nine chefs, 100 attendees and raised $7000. Under Nathan’s continued stewardship, Scotiabank Passions has since tripled in size and has become one of Vancouver’s most popular food and wine events, raising much-needed funds for the Dr. Peter Centre.