Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation

Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation
Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival

Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival

October 05, 2010 13:21 ET

Wining and Dining: Toronto Celebrates Its Sixth Annual Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival

City's Culinary Talent Raises $1 Million to Support Neuroscience Research

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2010) -

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On Saturday October 2nd, 350 connoisseurs and gourmands joined some of the city's most prominent scientific minds for the Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival, Toronto's premier wine and food event. The event raised $1 million to support research at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre. 

The event, now in its sixth year, features both local and international culinary talent, as well as some of the world's most renowned wine producers and is hosted in private homes throughout the city. Each chef who participated generously donated their time, preparing multicourse meals paired with superlatives wines, donated by Toronto wine broker Todd Halpern, President of Halpern Enterprises.

Guests dined on dishes such as seared wild boar tenderloin, Italian truffle flan, Qualicum Bay roasted scallop's and pan seared arctic turbot. Specially paired wines such as 1982 Chateau Margaux, 1995 Chateau Latour and Barolo Brunate 2005 accompanied each dish and delighted the palate.

Halpern, one of the event founders, is extremely proud of the over $7.5 million dollars that Grand Cru has raised for various University Health Network programs. "This event continues to age much like a fine wine. Each year we set even more aggressive goals than the year before, in terms of the projects we raise funds for, and each year, we meet them."

The Krembil Neuroscience Centre is Canada's leading clinical, research and teaching facility for disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and eyes. The funds raised during this year's Grand Cru allow KNC Program Director Dr. Michael Fehlings and his team to continue the vital research that keeps Toronto at the forefront of neuroscience research.

"Once again we are absolutely delighted with the support for Grand Cru," said Tennys Hanson, President of Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation. "This event brings together the very best of several worlds and truly demonstrates how collaboration and commitment can inspire the power of philanthropy to support leadership, innovation and discovery at our hospitals."

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