Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund (CCCF)

Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund (CCCF)

October 27, 2011 10:03 ET

Four Top Toronto Chefs Compete in a Charity Borshch-Off for the Golden Beet Award

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 27, 2011) - Chef Lynn Crawford of Food Network's Pitchin' In, Executive Chef Anne Yarymowich of the Art Gallery of Ontario and four top Toronto chefs are among the culinary experts headlining and lending a hand with an upcoming culinary fundraiser in support of Dzherelo Children's Rehabilitation Centre in Lviv, Ukraine.

Called Dishing For Dzherelo: The Borshch Edition - Not Your Baba's Borshch, the November 6th event is presented by Toronto-based volunteer group Friends of Dzherelo. Dzherelo Children's Rehabilitation Centre a project of the Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund (CCCF).

After the success of the group's first Dishing For Dzherelo fundraiser in 2007, Friends of Dzherelo are extremely excited about this year's Dishing installment.

The concept for Not Your Baba's Borshch is a competition AND a luncheon. Four of Toronto's top chefs are invited to produce their version of borshch using just two obligatory ingredients: beets and a souring agent. After that, what boils up is left to the imagination. The borshch tasting and judging are packaged as the fundraising event, where four judges will review the soups and choose a winner.

The 'Experts' Choice' judging panel consists of Malcolm Jolley of Good Food Revolution, Tom Birchard, owner of Veselka Restaurant (much lauded in New York City for its borshch), and of course, a Babusia (grandmother), Mrs. Olya Stanko.

There is also a 'People's Choice' vote. Shooters of borshch will be ladled out to some 200 guests who will vote for their favourite as well. Then after combining the votes, the winning chef will be awarded the 'Golden Beet'.

The lineup of Not Your Baba's Borshch chefs include Chef Donna Dooher, Mildred's Temple Kitchen; Chef Jeff Dueck, Executive Sous-Chef, Frank Restaurant, Art Gallery of Ontario; Chef Anthony Rose, The Drake Hotel; and Chef Tatiana Shabotynsky, La Petite Chef Catering.

Lynn Crawford of Food Network also hosts the Borshch-Off. Following the competition, guests will be served a three-course luncheon prepared by Executive Chef Anne Yarymowich of the Art Gallery of Ontario, inspired by the Veselka Restaurant in New York City.


  • Date: Sunday, November 6, 2011
  • Time: 2 pm to 5 pm
  • Location: St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church Community Hall, 4 Bellwoods Avenue (at Queen Street West) Toronto, Ontario

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