Hungry Hearts supports Our Hearts at Home

Published Monday, May 10, 2021

Hungry Hearts supports Our Hearts at Home

Local chefs and event organizer Cale Graydon hope to inspire the foodies of Thunder Bay to support local cardiac care with exclusive locally-sourced dishes! Pictured (l to r): Chef Allan Rebelo, Bight; Chef Cody Donio, Giorg cucina e Barra; Cale Graydon, Sommelier & Manager, bistro/one; Chef Steve Simpson, Tomlin; Chef Glenn Srasdin, bistro/one.

The Thunder Bay community continues to create new events to support local healthcare through the Thunder Bay Regional Health Science Foundation!

Upon the most recent extension of the Ontario lockdown, a unique event was launched: Hungry Hearts – A collaboration of four local restaurants, offering exclusive locally-sourced take-out dishes created by some of the city’s best chefs.

Partnering with farms and suppliers in the region, participants will experience a culinary creation designed specifically and exclusively for Hungry Hearts. In addition to supporting our local restaurants, a portion of the ticket price will be donated to the Our Hearts at Home Cardiovascular Campaign through our Health Sciences Foundation. The funds will be directed specifically to help purchase an intra-aortic balloon pump to save the lives of cardiac patients.

"Many people have family or friends who’ve needed local cardiovascular care.” says Cale Graydon, who is the Sommelier and Manager at bistro/one, and who organized Hungry Hearts. “Before being transferred to Toronto, my father was saved by an intra-aortic balloon pump at Thunder Bay’s hospital. These pumps are critical in supporting the need to bring cardiovascular surgery to Thunder Bay."

Hungry Hearts will provide a delicious selection of dishes for two from four local restaurants in Thunder Bay: bistro/one, Bight Restaurant, Giorg cucina e barra, and Tomlin are excited to bring this new and innovative event to the Thunder Bay community, who have been so supportive during the pandemic.

"I hope this is a fundraiser we can do every Summer.” Graydon continues, “In addition to raising money for the Hospital, I wanted to build on the great sense of community within our restaurant industry and its diners – offering a uniquely ‘northern’ dish for our Thunder Bay foodies.”

Tickets are now on sale for this exclusive culinary event! They can be purchased for $150 at until May 25th. Limited spots remain, so reserve yours while you can! Plus, for every ticket a $50 charitable tax receipt will be issued in the purchaser’s name.

The take-out event will take place through June and July. Each participant will be able to choose their pickup times from a set schedule.



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