It’s been a pretty busy start to 2013 here at Chinched Bistro.  With our new winter menu rolling out this week and the fundraisers we’ve been involved with it seems like there’s always something exiting happening at Chinched Bistro!

On Thursday evening of last week Chinched Bistro along with a lot of help from our friends hosted the Gold Medal Plates Podium Dinner and Auction at the Quidi Vidi Brewery. The event was a fundraiser to help with the expenses for the Chinched Team heading to Kelowna BC for the Canadian Culinary Championships.

The event was a group effort with a lot of different hands involved.  Chef Mark McCrowe and Chef Roary McPherson (the other two podium finishers at Gold Medal Plates along with Chef Shaun Hussey of Chinched) each prepared two courses. The 6 course meal was then paired with wine and beer graciously donated by Dialog Wines, P&S Wines, Mer & Soliel and the Beverage Barron. Quidi Vidi provided the beer and  Collingwood Spirits provided a complimentary cocktail to start off the evening.  All in all the food and beverages were fantastic and we couldn’t have done it without all the help we received.

Throughout the evening there was both a silent and live auction taking place. The very entertaining live auctioneer Wayne Bartlett hosted the auction portion of the event and with his help we were able to sell every item we had (he even sold Shaun twice!). Wayne livened up the party and was a major help in the both the organization and execution of the evening.

The wonderful and talented Nancy Brace, Executive Director of the Restaurant Association of Newfoundland and Labrador was also involved from start to finish.  It would be hard to find anyone more knowledgeable and dedicated to the St. John’s restaurant scene than Nancy and without her help I’m not sure the event would have been nearly as successful as it was.

Through our partnership with the Restaurant Association we hope to start a fund for future culinary competitions to help support teams attending various events.

All in all it’s been a busy January but a successful one.  Thanks once again to everyone who helped us with the Podium Diner Fundraiser. We hope to make everyone proud in Kelowna!


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