Top Chefs Create Dinner Event for Honey Bee Research Centre

November 08, 2013 - News Release

The University of Guelph’s Honey Bee Research Centre will benefit from a buzz-worthy food event taking place in downtown Toronto Nov. 11.

The Northern Chefs Alliance – a culinary think tank of top chefs – will attend a one-night fundraiser at Toronto’s Buca Osteria and Enoteca. The event will bring together 10 celebrated chefs from Canada, the United States and England to cook a 10-course dinner.

University of Guelph food laureate Anita Stewart worked with chef Derek Dammann of Montreal's Maison Publique, alliance co-creator and one of the event participants, to find a cause for the night.

“The Honey Bee Research Centre is doing incredible work, and pollination research is essential to good agriculture,” Stewart said.

“We are grateful to these chefs, who are all leaders in their field, for coming together to support the community outreach and education efforts of the research centre. I am looking forward to this delicious meal, and it really is an extraordinary opportunity to try foods from leading chefs all under one roof.”

The event will be hosted by Kevin Brauch, known for his work on Iron Chef America and The Thirsty Traveller.

The dinner will cost $250 per person. With matching donations, the event is expected to raise nearly $30,000 for the bee research centre. Only 100 tickets are being sold. The event is part of the Visa Infinite Dining Series and is open only to Visa Infinite card holders through or by calling 1-888-711-9399.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, or; or Kevin Gonsalves, Ext. 56982, or

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