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Here’s what went down at Eatertainment and The Stop’s six-course benefit dinner

By Toronto Life| Photography by Nick Lee
Here's what went down at Eatertainment and The Stop's six-course benefit dinner

On Wednesday night, a crowd of sharply dressed Torontonians sat down to an outstanding meal for an even better cause. Eatertainment Events & Catering’s Sheila and Sebastien Centner and The Stop Community Food Centre’s executive director Rachel Gray hosted the feast at Eatertainment’s sleek east-end event space to raise money for The Stop—they of the ever-popular Night Markets. Proceeds from the event—more than $17,000—will help The Stop fund its goal of challenging inequality by improving access to healthy, sustainable meals for all Torontonians.

Along with four volunteer cooks from The Stop, Eatertainment executive chef Chris Matthews and his team prepped the six-course menu with ingredients from 100km Foods, Hooked and Sanagan’s Meat Locker. The Butler Did It handled service. And wine pairings included selections from Jacob’s Creek, Adamo Estate Winery, Stoneleigh and Mission Hill Winery.

Here’s a look at the festivities:

Here's what went down at Eatertainment and The Stop's six-course benefit dinner
Eatertainment’s decked-out east end space.

 

Here's what went down at Eatertainment and The Stop's six-course benefit dinner
Eatertaiment’s Sebastien and Sheila Centner.

 

Here's what went down at Eatertainment and The Stop's six-course benefit dinner
These citrus-forward welcome cocktails were a big hit.

 

Here's what went down at Eatertainment and The Stop's six-course benefit dinner
They were followed by flutes of Jacob’s Creek chardonnay pinot noir sparkling wine.

 

Here's what went down at Eatertainment and The Stop's six-course benefit dinner
Here’s the packed room.

 

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Here's what went down at Eatertainment and The Stop's six-course benefit dinner
Eatertainment’s Chris Matthews gives his kitchen crew a pep talk.

 

Here's what went down at Eatertainment and The Stop's six-course benefit dinner
And here they are plating the third course.

 

Here's what went down at Eatertainment and The Stop's six-course benefit dinner
Here it is up close: Ontario pickerel escabeche with rainbow carrot ribbons, pickled peppers, organic radish, grilled scallion relish and olive oil.

 

Here's what went down at Eatertainment and The Stop's six-course benefit dinner
Four volunteer cooks from The Stop joined the kitchen for the night.

 

Here's what went down at Eatertainment and The Stop's six-course benefit dinner
The main course: grain-fed beef striploin with a Jerusalem artichoke mousse, vegetable mirepoix, black truffle and vidalia onion jus.

 

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Here's what went down at Eatertainment and The Stop's six-course benefit dinner
To end the night, a dessert tray of sweet pastry bites, truffles, flourless chocolate spice cake and spiced meringues landed on the table.

 

Here's what went down at Eatertainment and The Stop's six-course benefit dinner

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