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The Gourmet Warehouse | Charity Event

CHOCOLATE CHALLENGE 2020

Dear Sponsors and Benefactors,
It is with a very heavy heart that I am compelled to cancel our popular charity event this year, due to the overwhelming evidence of growth regarding the dreaded global coronavirus. Given the unpredictable restrictions that we have been witnessing both locally and globally it would be a disaster to see the participants hard work and generosity fall to poor attendance surrounding this situation. I am truly saddened, as our collective work contributes to such great programs that do so much for children facing food shortages in our city.
My apologies go out to the Firefighters Snacks for Kids, Project Chef, and the Strathcona Backpack Program that count on your donation every year to continue the good work.
The chefs and I will be back next year, enthusiastic and energized to produce an even better “Chocolate Challenge”.
Please know that this has been an extremely hard decision to make but I am confident it is the right thing to do.

Caren McSherry
Founder and President

Our annual charity event, The Chocolate Challenge, was born in 2012 from the sadness of watching children on the downtown east side go to school hungry. Our mission was to create a neighbourhood event that would be casual, friendly, and embrace the vision of raising money through the sweetness of chocolate. We engage the talent and generosity of the top chocolatiers in the city to prepare 300 crafted chocolates on which the guests enjoy. We make a competition out of it and guests rub elbows with the celebrity chefs.

We sponsor the event with Vintage Corks and all proceeds go to VANCOUVER FIREFIGHTERS SNACKS FOR KIDS, PROJECT CHEF and STRATHCONA BACKPACK PROGRAM.
These charities focus entirely on children who are hungry. This is our primary focus, but do our share to other charitable causes in the city.

Chocolate Challenge 2019

Well, we did it! Thanks to you and your generosity, our 7th annual Chocolate Challenge was again a huge success. Starting with the red carpet Vancouver Firefighters welcome, to the stellar silent auction, raffle, and generous prizes from Air Canada, The Hudson's Bay and The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. We turned the East end of Vancouver into a buzz of sweet activity raising $21,000 bringing our 7th year total to $125,330.40!

None of this is possible without our amazing suppliers who continually step up to make the event as encouraging as possible with your fabulous gifts.

Again this year, our award winning chocolatiers mentored their rising star, which brought excitement to the challenge. Here are the 2019 winners:
- First Place Winner Jalayne Jones - Okanagan College (mentor: Daniel Capadouca)
- Second Place Winner Geoffrey Shek - Temper Chocolate Pastry (mentor: Steven Hodge)
- Third Place Winner Tricia Delchiaro - Fairmont Pacific Rim (mentor: Jeffry Kahle)
Congratulations to the winners!
Your generous contribution paved the way to ensuring the sustainability of the Vancouver Firefighters Snack Program, Strathcona Backpack program and Project Chef.

I am happy to have the opportunity to make a difference by helping hungry kids in the hood. The dollar amount is not as celebratory as the importance of awareness. We need to break the cycle of hunger.

With sincere thanks,
Caren & The Gourmet Warehouse team

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