International Women’s Day Dinner Delivers Stellar Cross-Country Lineup

International Women’s Day

On March 8International Women’s Day is being marked with a special 5-course collaborative fundraising dinner by The Paisley Notebook at the Canadian Mental Health Association’s ‘Wellness Centre’ in Kelowna. All profits from the third annual dinner will be donated to Foundry Kelowna/Canadian Mental Health Association KelownaKARIS Support Society and Slow Food Canada.

Aman Dosanj, 2018 #pressforprogress Dinner

“This dinner isn’t just a dinner – it changes lives. This dinner is about kindness, celebrating differences and being able to ask for help. To see this event grow every year has been amazing”, said Aman Dosanj, The Paisley Notebook. “Last year, we raised $10,774.30 with 44 guests and this year I wanted to bring the event to one of the places that will benefit from the donation. The CMHA’s ‘Wellness Centre’ changes and comes to life at lunchtime. Now we get to do the same at dinnertime for our guests”, said Dosanj.

2018 #pressforprogress Dinner

This year’s celebration will bring together the culinary talents of Davina Moraiko (RGE RD, Edmonton), Aman Dosanj (The Paisley Notebook, Kelowna), Sarah Maw (Block One at 50th Parallel Estate Winery), Kaleigh Jorgensen (Creek & Gully Cider, Naramata) and Sarah Farmer (formerly The O’Brien House, Ottawa). Along with wine pairings generously donated by top winemakers, winery owners and presidents from across the Okanagan Valley – Nicole French (Little Engine Wines), Pénélope Roche (Roche Wines), Stefanie Schales (8th Generation Vineyard), Ruth Hanbury (Liquidity Wines) and Karen Gillis (Red Rooster Winery). Each Chef will take on a course with the 2019 International Women’s Day #BalanceForBetter theme in mind.


Event Details:

  • Friday, March 8, 2019, 6 PM to 10 PM
  • Hosted in Canadian Mental Health Association’s Wellness Centre (504 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5X1)
  • Tickets cost $165 (+ Eventbrite fees) – price includes 5-course dinner with wine pairings. All profits (after operating costs) will be donated to our chosen charities
  • This event features a set menu and silent auction
  • Unfortunately due to the number of out-of-province Chefs on this line-up, certain allergies and special dietary needs may not be accommodated
  • Tickets available on a first-come-first-served basis
  • Parking is available at The Cathedral Church of St. Michael’s at 608 Sutherland Avenue

For more information on The Paisley Notebook visit Tickets will be available to purchase on January 29 at 9:00 AM via Eventbrite.

2018 #pressforprogress Dinner

About The Paisley Notebook

Aman Dosanj, the former Poppadoms owner and Western Living Magazine ‘Foodie of the Year’ 2015, has returned from a 7.5-month edible adventure, writing about how food connects us. Telling stories using food, Aman organizes pop up dinners and collaborative events across the Okanagan aimed at bringing the community together. The Paisley Notebook was recently a top 3 finalist in the ‘Remarkable Experience’ category at the BC Tourism Industry Awards 2018 and ended the year by winning the 2018 ‘Culinary Tourism Experience’ category at the Canadian Tourism Awards. Aman has raised over $37,000 for local charities between 2017 and 2018. For more information, check out

About Foundry Kelowna

Foundry Kelowna is an integrated youth and family clinic that unites partner organizations to provide coordinated services addressing the primary care, mental health, substance use, counselling and social service needs of youth 
aged 12 – 24 and their families. Foundry Kelowna supports young peoples’ wellbeing by intervening early so youth can find the help they need, when they need it. The Canadian Mental Health Association, Kelowna and District Branch is the lead agency and operator of Foundry Kelowna. See and for more information.

About Slow Food Canada

Slow Food is a global grassroots organization that envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet. Slow Food involves over a million activists, chefs, experts, youth, farmers, fishers and academics in over 160 countries. For more information, see

About KARIS Support Society

Karis Support Society is a non-profit organization that provides recovery-focused counseling, programming and support to women, and women with babies or children within a supportive home environment.  Their participants are women whose experiences of trauma, abuse, crisis or overwhelming stress have led to substance abuse or mental health challenges which have negatively impacted their lives and they are now actively working on personal recovery.  For more information, see

Media release and images provided by Aman Dosanj, The Paisley Notebook. Photo credit: Thuy Tran Photography

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