Smiling Land Foundation

Smiling Land Foundation

October 08, 2014 07:35 ET

Award Winning Chef Jeremy Charles of Raymond's Restaurant will be the Celebrity Guest Chef for the 2014 Rockin' Big Give on November 29 in Toronto

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 8, 2014) - The Smiling Land Foundation announced today that Chef Jeremy Charles will be Celebrity Guest Chef at the 2014 Rockin' Big Give. The Rockin' Big Give will be held on November 29 at The Mod Club in Toronto.

Chef Charles is recognized as one of Canada's hottest chefs and is a major influencer and pioneer of the farm to table movement in Canada. An award winning chef, he is the only chef in Canada to receive two Best New Restaurant awards from enRoute magazine; has won the Gold Medal Plates St. John's competition in 2010; has placed second in the Canadian Culinary Championships in 2011; and is regularly invited around the country as an ambassador of Newfoundland and Labrador cuisine.

"We are delighted to have leading Chef Jeremy Charles join us at the Rockin' Big Give this year" says Paul Sparkes, Chairperson of the Smiling Land Foundation. "Since our first party in 2008 the Smiling Land Foundation has raised over $1 Million for Newfoundland and Labrador charities, and we're looking forward to adding to that with this year's Rockin' Big Give. This event is about bringing people together and giving back."

Chef Charles will serve Newfoundland and Labrador inspired hors d'oeuvres and "down-home remembrances" to accompany our featured musical line-up - this party will rock the house in support of charities in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Rockin' Big Give spreads Canada's warm and welcoming East Coast culture and spirit in support of a different Newfoundland and Labrador charities each year. This year's chosen charities are Rainbow Riders and The Gathering place.

With live music, Newfoundland-inspired eats, and many friends, this is sure to be the best party west of Newfoundland and Labrador! Whether you have Newfoundland and Labrador roots or just love a fabulous party in support of wonderful charities, you won't want to miss this one-of-a-kind event!

The Smiling Land Foundation is the product of a group of proud Newfoundland and Labradorians who have come together to do something to benefit the province they love, and share the spirit of this wonderful province with the rest of Canada.

To purchase tickets or for more information visit the event homepage.

About the Rockin' Big Give

Where: The Virgin Mobile Mod Club, 722 College Street Toronto

When: November 29, 2014, (Doors open at 8pm), must be 19 years of age to enter.


About Smiling Land Foundation:

Smiling Land consists of eight ordinary people with extraordinary plans and hearts to match. Proud Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who have come together for a common cause: to give back! The Foundation strives to spread Canada's warm and welcoming East Coast culture and spirit through the Rockin' Big Give fundraiser; a one-of-a-kind kitchen party held in Toronto guaranteed to provide a unique cultural experience. Since its inception in 2008, the Smiling Land Foundation has donated over $1,000,000 to worthy causes in Newfoundland and Labrador. For more information, please visit

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Proceeds from this year's Rockin' Big Give will go to two wonderful charities: Rainbow Riders and The Gathering Place:

Rainbow Riders

For the past 20 years, Rainbow Riders has operated a therapeutic riding program to help countless Newfoundland and Labrador children grow and develop despite physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities - all through horseback riding. By uniting these children with an equine partner and a team of volunteers, Rainbow Riders provides the rider with one of the more progressive forms of therapy, improving the rider's strength, circulation, muscle tone and sensory integration.

Through therapeutic riding, horses help physically and mentally challenged children achieve things that may seem impossible. They help an autistic child make connections and improve communication skills. They lend a six-year-old child, confined since birth to a wheelchair, his legs to run through a field.

Relying solely on donations and fundraising, Rainbow Riders operates from a facility that currently houses 13 horses and provides an indoor riding arena to support year-round operation. Rainbow Riders is on Facebook

The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place is a service centre committed to building community, promoting equality and providing nourishment for those seeking respite from isolation and loneliness.

The Gathering Place is open for guests Monday to Friday and is operated mostly through financial and in kind donations and by the generosity of a large number of volunteers.

The Gathering Place provides meals for 80 - 125 men and women per day. The hospitality and ample space provides a caring and nurturing environment. There is an atmosphere of care, respect, compassion and support that encourages social development and self-esteem and a response to individual needs as they arise. Social services such as advocacy, literacy education, and assistance with activities of daily living are made available as resources permit. For more information, please visit

About Chef Jeremy Charles

Born in St. John's, Jeremy moved to Montreal at the age of 19 to pursue culinary arts at St. Pius X Culinary Institute, eventually landing a job at Mediterraneo under Claude Pelletier and Michel Ross.

Jeremy's passion for fly tying and fishing for atlantic salmon led him to his dream job, working as a chef at a prestigious fishing camp in northern Quebec. He later found himself a regular at the Fulton fish market in Chicago where he worked as a personal chef and honed his skills at many of Chi-Town's top tables.

Jeremy's connection to his roots brought him back to his hometown and at the helm of Atlantica in Portugal Cove, Atlantica was selected Best New Restaurant in Canada by enRoute magazine in 2007. In 2010, he went on to open Raymonds with partner Jeremy Bonia, again being selected Best New Restaurant in Canada by enRoute in 2011. Jeremy remains the only chef to have won Best New Restaurant in Canada more than once. Jeremy travels regularly participating in culinary events like Cook it Raw, Terroir Symposium, Northern Chefs Alliance and Gold Medal Plates, where he was the national silver medalist.

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