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December 13, 2006 13:30 ET

Bloor Street Diner to Host Special Holiday Dinner for Toronto's Underprivileged Youth

- After the success of last year's dinner, Bloor Street Diner is turning the PARC dinner into an annual event - Dinner guests, who range from 15-24 years of age, are from the Pape Adolescent Resource Centre - Restaurant owners personally shop for each teen's gift from a wish list provided by PARC - According to the Children's Aid Society of Toronto, 15-24 year olds are the most overlooked demographic during the holidays

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 13, 2006) - Bloor Street Diner, one of Toronto's landmark restaurants, will host its second annual holiday dinner for underprivileged young adults on Sunday, December 17, 2006, announced Stephen Centner, President of Eatertainment Hospitality, the company that owns and operates Bloor Street Diner.

The three-course dinner, which will be personally prepared by Eatertainment Hospitality's Executive Chef Jeff Dueck, will be served by a formally dressed wait staff to 125 teens and young adults from the Pape Adolescent Resource Centre (PARC).

"Many of the young adults who are a part of the PARC program have never celebrated the holidays with nice dinners like this and gifts. They come from broken families and are victims of circumstances beyond their control. By turning this dinner into an annual event, we are able to establish an ongoing relationship with these young adults and ensure that they have something consistent to look forward to each year," said Centner.

Last year, Bloor Street Diner held the event for the first time and was considered a success by its owners and attending guests. Each guest received a gift that was personally purchased by the Centners as requested from a wish list provided by the teens and young adults at PARC.

"Some of the requests were not typical teen holiday gifts. Some asked for warm winter coats and boots for the snow, or gifts for their younger siblings who they felt needed things more then they did," said Centner.

PARC is a joint program of the Children's Aid Society of Toronto, Catholic Children's Aid Society and Jewish Family and Child Service for teens and young adults between 15-24 years of age who receive or received care from the Children's Aid Society. The program's mandate is to support and aid youth through the transition to independent living. For more information on PARC and the Children's Aid Society of Toronto please visit www.TorontoCAS.ca.

"These are fabulous young people and they have a lot of potential. An experience like this one helps nurture that potential as well as providing a great holiday memory," said Carolyn Buck, Executive Director of the Children's Aid Society of Toronto. "The Bloor Street Dinner owners and staff are to be congratulated and thanked for remembering our youth."

Many of the teens and young adults have children of their own who will also be attending. There will be a separate kids dining area with a more casual menu, as well as clowns and face painting so that parents and their children can enjoy the evening equally.

Bloor Street Diner has a long history of charitable giving, dating back to when the restaurant first opened in 1981. This is the second year Bloor Street Diner will host the dinner for the teens and young adults of PARC, turning the event into an Eatertainment Hospitality and Bloor Street Diner holiday tradition. In the past, the owners and staff have raised funds for Tsunami relief efforts and assisted emergency workers during the collapse of the Uptown Theatre in Toronto.

Eatertainment Special Events & Catering is a leading event planning and catering company that boasts an extensive client list including such well-known names as Hugo Boss Canada, BMW Canada, Porsche, the Toronto International Film Festival, Manulife, and Molsons. In addition to the Bloor Street Diner, the company also owns and operates Panorama Lounge, Cfood and MEATing. Eatertainment's website can be accessed at www.eatertainment.com

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