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“Passions” culinary event celebrates 10 years this September

PassionsLogo- 350More than 20 of Vancouver’s top restaurants and chefs are set to come together on Sunday, September 15, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Passions – a benefit for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. Proudly presented by Scotiabank, the fundraising gala has raised more than $900,000 since its inaugural launch in 2003.

“I am so honoured to have been able to spearhead such a valued event in the community, especially for a cause that is very close to my heart,” explains Nathan Fong, Passions Committee Chair and Founder. “Who could have imagined ten years would pass by so quickly? None of this would be possible without the amazing support from our local chefs, restaurants, volunteers, and my committee team. Let’s paint the town red this year!”

Guests will be treated to an unforgettable evening of food and drinks by participating restaurants and chefs Chambar, CinCin, Crave on Main, Coast, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Forage, Fraiche, Le Gavroche, Maenam, Market by Jean-Georges, Miku, MIX the Bakery, Oru, Provence, The Observatory, Tojo’s, Urban Fare, and West. Newcomers to Passions include Beaucoup Bakery, Burdock & Co., Espana, Joe Fortes and Le Parisien.

Passions will once again spotlight a selection of wines courtesy of New Zealand Winegrowers and beer from R&B Brewing Co.

“The unwavering support of Nathan and the Passions team has allowed the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation to provide vital care to hundreds of vulnerable individuals living with HIV/AIDS,” says Maxine Davis, Executive Director of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. “The amount of time and dedication involved in organizing such an event cannot be measured. The 10th annual Passions will be the best one yet.”

Global TV’s Sophie Lui and “Man About Town” Fred Lee of the Vancouver Courier, The Province, and CBC Early Edition will be Passions’ emcees for the evening.

Tickets are on sale now with an early bird purchase price of $200 for general admission until August 1, 2013. Regular ticket prices are $300 for the champagne reception with general admission, and $225 for general admission. Tickets are available now at www.drpeter.org or by calling 604.331.5086.

The pre-event champagne reception, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., gives guests advance access to the event. They can sip bubbly as they preview auction items, mix and mingle with event hosts and Dr. Peter’s friends and family. A limited number of champagne reception tickets are available.

Passions – A Benefit for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation
Date:
 Sunday, September 15, 2013
Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Champagne Reception: 5 p.m.
General Admission: 6 p.m.
Where: Dr. Peter Centre
Address: 1110 Comox Street, Vancouver BC
Tickets: After August 1, 2013 – $300 champagne reception with general admission, and $225 general admission.
Tickets are available now at www.drpeter.org or by calling 604.331.5086.

About the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation
At the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, every day is an inspiring reminder of what we can achieve by providing HIV treatment and other supports for people whose lives are impacted by HIV/AIDS and the additional challenges of addiction, mental illness, homelessness, poverty and discrimination. For more information on the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, the Dr. Peter Centre, and Passions, please visit www.drpeter.org.

About Passions
The history of Passions dates back to 2002 when a small charity cooking class was held at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks. A year later in 2003, the event was moved to the Dr. Peter Centre and christened “Passions.” Organized by Vancouver food media personality, Nathan Fong, the inaugural event featured nine chefs, 100 attendees and raised $7000. Under Nathan’s continued stewardship, Passions has since tripled in size and has become one of Vancouver’s most popular food and wine events. The 2012 event featured 24 chefs, 300 attendees, and raised over $100,000. In total, Passions has raised $900,000 since 2003.

The 9th annual “Passions” event at the Dr. Peter Centre is just a month away

On September 9th, two dozen of Vancouver’s top restaurants & chefs will come together for an unforgettable evening of food and wine to benefit the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

Proudly presented by Scotiabank, Passions – a Benefit for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, is one of the city’s most sought-after events for food and wine lovers. This year, Passions continues the tradition with another unforgettable night on September 9, 2012 at the Dr. Peter Centre, from 5pm to 9pm.

Two dozen of Vancouver’s top restaurants and chefs will take part in this year’s event. Returning restaurants include Beachside Forno, Cibo, Chambar, CinCin, Coast, Diva at the Met, Forage (previously O’Doul’s Restaurant), Fraîche, Hapa Izakaya, Kale & Nori, Le Gavroche, Maenam, Market, MIX the Bakery, Oru at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, Provence, The Observatory, Tojo’s, and West. Newcomers to the event include, La Belle Auberge, Miku/Minami, Urban Fare, and Yew. Upon arrival, guests will be treated to food truck bites from Roaming Dragon.

Passions will once again spotlight a selection of wines courtesy of New Zealand Winegrowers and beer from R&B Brewing Co. DJ Raffi will spin the tunes.

The pre-event champagne reception is from 5pm to 6pm, which was a great hit last year. Guests can sip bubbly as they preview auction items, mix and mingle with event hosts and Dr. Peter’s friends and family. A limited number of tickets are available. Auction item highlights include a stay-cation package at Rosewood Hotel Georgia with Hawksworth Restaurant, a weekend sailboat trip, and a weekend trip to Victoria via Helijet.

Global TV’s Chris Gailus and Sophie Lui will be Passions’ emcees for the evening.

Passions – A Benefit for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation
Date:
 Sunday, September 9, 2012
Time: 5pm to 9pm
Champagne Reception: 5pm
General Admission: 6pm
Where: Dr. Peter Centre
Address: 1110 Comox Street, Vancouver BC
Tickets: $300 general admission and champagne reception, $225 general admission – available now at www.drpeter.org or by calling 604.331.5086.

About the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation
Since 1992, the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation has continued the legacy of Dr. Peter Jepson-Young. The Dr. Peter Centre opened its doors in 1997 and cares for people living with HIV/AIDS. Operating a day health program and a 24-hour residence with palliative care and respite care services, it is the only program of its kind in Canada and is recognized as a leader in HIV/AIDS care. For more information on the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, the Dr. Peter Centre, and Passions, please visit www.drpeter.org.

About Passions
The history of Passions traces back to 2002, to a small charity cooking class at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks. A year later in 2003, the event was moved to the Dr. Peter Centre and christened “Passions.” Organized by Vancouver Food Media Personality, Nathan Fong, the inaugural event featured nine chefs, 100 attendees and raised $7000. Under Nathan’s continued stewardship, Passions has since tripled in size and has become one of Vancouver’s most popular food and wine events. The 2011 event featured 24 chefs, 300 attendees, and raised over $100,000. In total, Passions has raised $800,000 since 2003.

Tickets now on sale for this year’s Passions at the Dr. Peter Centre

This year’s Passions is the biggest yet, with 24 of Vancouver’s top restaurants, a caterer and a food cart all coming together for one unforgettable event!

Over the past eight years, Passions, the annual fundraising gala at the Dr. Peter Centre, has rightfully earned a reputation as one of Vancouver’s top events for lovers of great food and wine, as the city’s top chefs come together to support a worthy cause.

This year, Passions will be bigger and better than ever, with more restaurants (just when you thought they couldn’t squeeze in any more), a cocktail and canapé pairing station, a food cart and a caterer!

24 restaurants will betaking part in this year’s event. Returning restaurants include Cibo, Cin Cin, Chambar, Coast, Crave on Main, Diva at the Met, El Barrio, Fraiche, the Kambolis Group, LeGavroche, La Terrazza, Market at the Shangri La, MIX the Bakery, O’Doul’s, The Observatory, Oru at the Pacific Rim, Provence and Tojo’s. Newcomers to the event include The Apron at the Wall Centre Westin, Ensemble, Hapa Umi, Hawksworth, Maenam and West. To reflect the changing landscape of Vancouver’s culinary scene, a street-side food cart will be greeting guests as they arrive, courtesy of Fresh Local Wild.

The event will once again feature wines courtesy of New Zealand Winegrowers and a new additionthis year will be a cocktail and canapé pairing station courtesy of Kale & Nori and The Keefer Bar.

Another first for thisyear will be a pre-event champagne reception where guests can sip bubbly asthey preview auction items, mix and mingle with event hosts and Dr. Peter’s friends and family, and enjoy scrumptious canapés from The Lazy Gourmet. Only 50 tickets will be available for the reception.

This year’s event will be hosted by Global TV’s Sophie Lui and Jay Janower, and CBC Radio’s fabulous Fred Lee will return as auctioneer. Music for the evening will be provided by Sangre Moreno and Passions’ guests will once again be wowed by the high-flying acrobatics of Circus Aerials.

Passions – A Benefit for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

Date: Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Time: Champagne Reception, 5 pm to 6 pm

Main Event, 6 pm to 9 pm

Where: Dr. Peter Centre

Address: 1110 Comox Street, Vancouver BC

Tickets: $300 – general admission & champagne reception (only 50 available)

$200 – general admission

Available at www.drpeter.org or by calling 604-331-5086.

About the Dr. PeterAIDS Foundation

Since 1992, the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation has continued the legacy of Dr. Peter Jepson-Young. The Dr.Peter Centre opened its doors in 1997 and cares for people living with HIV/AIDS. Operating a day health program and a 24-hour residence with palliative care and respite care services, it is the only program of its kind in Canada and is recognized as a leader in HIV/AIDS care. For more information on the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, the Dr. Peter Centre, and Passions, please visit www.drpeter.org.

About Passions

The history of Passions traces back to 2003, to a small charity cooking class at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks. A year later in 2004, the event was moved to the Dr. Peter Centre and christened “Passions.” Organized by Nathan Fong, the inaugural event featured nine chefs, 100 attendees and raised $7000. Under Nathan’s continued stewardship, Passions has since tripled in size and has become one of Vancouver’s most popular food and wine events. The 2010 event featured 21 chefs, 300 attendees and raised over $100,000. In total, Passions has raised over $600,000 since 2004.

Passions – The Hottest Event on the Culinary Calendar

On Sunday, September 20th from 6:00-9:00PM, the Dr. Peter Centre West End (1110 Comox Street, Vancouver) will host the 6th Annual Passions – A benefit for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. Emceed by Global TV’s Sophie Lui and consisting of 19 top Vancouver Chefs, a steady flow of wine and live and silent auction items to knock your socks off, Passions is the hottest event on the culinary calendar. Tickets are $200 and available online at www.drpeter.org or by calling 604.331.3452 starting July 15, 2009.

A small gala with tonnes of spirit, Passions tickles your taste buds and tempts your palate while opening your heart. This year’s participating restaurants include: Bin 941/942, C Restaurant, Chambar Belgian Restaurant, CinCin, Crave Restaurants, Diva at the Met, El Barrio, Elixir, Fraîche Restaurant, Hamilton Street Grill, La Terrazza Restaurant, Le Gavroche, MIX the Bakery, O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar, Provence Restaurants, So.Cial at Le Magasin, The Observatory, Tojo’s and Zin. Passions is generously sponsored by A&B Party Rentals, Ethical Bean Coffee Company, Precision Graphics, The Vancouver Courier, BC Housing, The Flower Factory, and Firestain.

“Passions is an extraordinary evening filled with fantastic food, great fun and wonderful people,” says Leah Solomon, Development Manager for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. “We were thrilled that the support we received from the community last year helped to make it a record-breaking year. We’re hoping for even greater things for 2009.”

The Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation is a non-profit organization specializing in health care services and programs for people with HIV/AIDS. The Foundation established the Dr. Peter Centre West End as the province’s only HIV/AIDS Day Health Program and 24-hour nursing care Residence. The only program of its kind in Canada, the Centre’s innovative, comprehensive model of care is improving people’s health and inspiring health care providers around the world. For more information on the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, Dr. Peter Centre West End, and Passions visit the website at www.drpeter.org.