Juice, soups, rice, pasta and peanut butter.
These are just some of the foods on the Calgary Food Bank’s most-needed list.
Until October 15th, they’re also the components of dishes being created at some of the city’s best restaurants as part of the OctoberFeast fundraiser for the organization that helps make sure everyone in Calgary is getting something good to eat.
Chefs at all 21 of the participating restaurants had to come up with a creative and delicious dish using at least two items from the food bank’s list. At The Beltliner, they’re serving up a Spaghetti Puttanesca, while Avec Bistro has a Salad Nicoise. Alloy has dessert covered with a Coconut and Mango Custard with Sesame Meringue, or you can opt for the classic combo of peanut butter and jam with Market’s PB&J Pie.
Part of the proceeds from each dish sold during OctoberFeast will go to food bank coffers to help buy fresh food for their Emergency Food Hampers. Throughout the year, for every dollar the food bank raises, they can give out $5 worth of food.
The event only lasts until Sunday, so strategy may be important. Find a full list of restaurants and their dishes here.
Gwendolyn Richards is a Calgary-based food writer and the author of Pucker: A Cookbook for Citrus Lovers. She regularly contributes to Avenue Magazine, the Calgary Herald and is the restaurant columnist for Where Calgary. She shares too many pictures of food – and occasionally shoes – on Twitter and Instagram at @gwendolynmr.