It’s no secret that the culinary and restaurant industry has gone through a difficult year and a half due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While ordering takeout and tipping well has certainly been helpful, in some cases it’s just not enough to give restaurants across Canada the income needed to stay afloat, let alone open. To do their part, sparkling water company S.Pellegrino has launched the S.Pellegrino Chef Collective which supports chefs, restaurants, and emerging talents in the culinary world.
“It’s no secret that COVID-19 has taken a toll on the restaurant industry and, in particular, diminishing the opportunities available for emerging chefs to become the future of an industry for which they show so much passion,” says Paul DeLarzac, President of Nestlé Waters Canada.
“As a long-standing supporter of chefs and restaurants, S.Pellegrino developed the Chef Collective to support Canada’s culinary community by raising awareness of the challenges the industry is facing and supporting the future of Canada’s culinary talent with new opportunities to train and finesse their craft.”
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From June 30 to July 4, a selection of restaurants in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal will offer exclusive, curated tasting menus paired with complimentary 750ML bottles of S.Pellegrino sparkling water.
If free bubbly water isn’t good enough for you, know that all menu sales will go directly back to the restaurant and S.Pellegrino will be making a $100,000 donation to the BC Hospitality Foundation, the Canadian Hospitality Foundation, and Montreal Restaurant Workers Relief Fund.
“I had wanted to become a chef since 12, and though the road hasn’t always been smooth, the positive support and camaraderie I’ve experienced with the community and those chefs who have helped me along the way has been instrumental, especially over the last year,” says Chef Rafael Covarrubias, Hexagon in Oakville, Ontario and winner of the North American S.Pellegrino Young Chef Competition. “I am so proud to take part in the S.Pellegrino Chef Collective and welcome back foodies to enjoy a restaurant-calibre tasting menu curated by me while making a fundamental difference in the lives of countless members of the culinary community.”
There’s clearly no better time to dine out and enjoy a delicious meal. Not only are you going to enjoy amazing food but the feel-good, giving back is a reason all of its own.
Participating restaurants in Vancouver include Hawksworth Restaurant and Nightingale, L’Abattoir, The Mackenzie Room, and Como Taperia. In Toronto, participating restaurants include Hexagon, Dailo, Gusto 101, and ēst Restaurant. In Montreal, participating restaurants include Le Virunga, Le Serpent, and Chez Chaval. For a full list of all participating restaurants, click here.
Featured Image: Hexagon via Tock