Victoria restaurants join Canada’s largest dinner party

Les Dames d’Escoffier fundraiser will help with youth education programs

Seven pubs and restaurants in Victoria are joining eateries from across the province to host Canada’s largest concurrent dinner party – in an effort to support food education programs for elementary students.

Organized by the B.C. chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, a philanthropic organization formed in the 1970s to help open the world of food, wine and hospitality to women, it has since grown to incorporate several youth education programs.

Each participant will open up a private table on location, so Victorians will be able to enjoy the private patio at Bard & Banker, the shaded garden at the Fairmont Empress Hotel or the seaside balcony at The Beach House. Other participants include Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub, Little Jumbo Restaurant and Bar, Camille’s at Bastion Square and North 48.

Proceeds from the dinner parties go to Project CHEF (Cook Healthy Edible Food) and Growing Chefs, which pair chefs with kindergarten to Grade 7 classrooms to teach kids about growing and cooking their own food.

Dinner is served Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $79 and available online through eventbrite.ca.