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As social activities resume, intimate events are a welcome return

With the easing of restrictions related to the pandemic, events are safely resuming across Canada. In Toronto, two recent gatherings raised funds for medical care and research, and in Montreal, a great leader toasted his successor.

The Great Jewelery Heist, the annual lunch and jewelry auction that supports Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, has done things a little differently this year. With the guidelines for gatherings in Ontario still evolving, the Sinai Health Foundation and the event co-chairs Salah Bachir, Andy pringle, Janice O’Born and Isabelle Poisson abandoned the usual format of sit-down meals at noon for something new and more interactive. Held at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery from September 13-15, this year’s event, the 10th edition, was part a celebration of healthcare workers and part an exhibition showcasing the sophisticated facilities and myriad of Bridgepoint programs. In accordance with health guidelines, masked groups of about six clients were taken to space, where they could participate in a virtual reality experience or write thank you messages to frontline workers. Cocktails were served outside on the adjacent galleries terrace after the tours. There was of course still some jewelry to be had, which was offered through a silent auction (with an online component for those who couldn’t attend in person). There were over 100 coins to be won, including a donation from the personal collection of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honorable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, who came to visit the show on her own, and a necklace made by a Bridgepoint patient who overcame her dexterity issues while at the facility. The event, presented this year by BMO, raised nearly $ 3 million over its 10-year history.

The following week on the eve of September 22, the entrepreneur’s house Stephane Arbib was the backdrop for the third installment of Chefs’ Circle, a dining series designed by the restaurateur Guillaume Cheng. The event raises funds to support the Jack Tu Chair in Cardiovascular Research at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto. Only 20 guests gathered for the $ 6,000 per seat supper, which was prepared by the chef Masaki Saito of Sushi Masaki Saito in Yorkville (owned by Cheng) and retired chef Stephen tong, who is considered a master of Cantonese cuisine à la Hong Kong. Readers of this column may remember Yourself covering the first installment of this event at the end of February 2020, just weeks before the start of the pandemic. I said then, and think even more now, that the fundraising model for the 500-person galas needs a revamp. More intimate fundraising gatherings like the Chefs’ Circle are a delightful example.

When it came to food, on the evening of October 1, Marcus Restaurant + Lounge, which is perched on the third-floor terrace of the Hotel Four Season Montreal, hosted a one-night-only dining experience for a group. of fully vaccinated gastronomes. . The evening marked the return of the chef Marcus Samuelsson at his eponymous restaurant for the first time since it opened in 2019. The event was also an opportunity for Samuelsson to hand over the reins to the chef Jason morris, who was recently announced to take over as Executive Chef. The duo collaborated on a special menu that was only served for one night, and in true Montreal style, taste wasn’t the only sense to be satisfied. There were performances throughout the evening, including one by a violin / guitar duo from Cirque du Soleil of Black Mohawk Productions, and although Quebec safety regulations currently do not allow any dancing, there was still sets from several DJs, including Blakk Hazelnut and Felix da housecat.

Great Jewelery Heist Co-Chair Isabelle Fish and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario the Honorable Elizabeth Dowdeswell.Ryan Emberley / The Globe and Mail

Great Jewelery Heist Co-Chair Janice O’Born is experimenting with a virtual reality module used at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare.Ryan Emberley / The Globe and Mail

From left to right, Louis de Melo, Peter Cohen, Richard Pilosof and Maxine Granovsky Gluskin.Kennedy Pollard / The Globe and Mail

From left to right, Mary Lee, Jennifer Bishop, Christine Hepburn and Rachel BlumenfeldRyan Emberley / The Globe and Mail

Chef Masaki Saito at the Cercle des Chefs.Ryan Emberley / The Globe and Mail

From left to right, William Cheng, Jonathan Goldman and Tyler MacNamara.Ryan Emberley / The Globe and Mail

Nikko Ruvolo, left, and Stephen Arbib.Ryan Emberley / The Globe and Mail

Fashion designer Lysa Lash, left, and chef Marcus Samuelsson.RYAN EMBERLEY / The Globe and Mail

Nate Matthew and Olivia Blais.RYAN EMBERLEY / The Globe and Mail

Chief Jason Morris.RYAN EMBERLEY / The Globe and Mail

An artist with Black Mohawk Productions.RYAN EMBERLEY / The Globe and Mail

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