p.m., Dec. 27)
restauranteurs spread Christmas cheer of the edible variety
By Fred Sherwin
Marc Miron and Chantal Gagné spent Christmas Eve morning preparing 20 gourmet
Christmas dinners for 20 financially-strapped families in Orléans. Photo
For the second
year in a row the staff and customers at the Cuisine et Passion restaurant
and cooking school on St. Joseph Blvd. have taken time out of their busy
schedules to provide a gourmet Christmas dinner for 20 financially-strapped
families living in the far east end.
Each meal consisted
of pumpkin, apple and curry soup, a turkey with traditional bread stuffing,
sweet potatoes and mixed vegetables and pecan pie for four. Customers and
other members of the public were invited to sponsor eaxch meal for just
$50. The families were all clients of the Orléans-Cumberland Resource Centre
who helped prepare and deliver the meals.
Marc Miron and his wife and business partner Chef Chantal Gagné started
preparing the meals early Thursday morning. By 11:30 a.m. they had all been
delivered to the recipient families.
to support our community and this is just the most natural way for us to
do it," says Miron. "The response from our customers was fantastic.
It's the type of thing that they wanted to support and they were even happier
to support knowing that it was going to stay in the community."
The retail value
of each gourmet meal for four was $180.
were very excited. They were thrilled to be getting such a beautiful dinner
that they could share with their family," says Miron. "We plan
to make it a tradition and continue it every year."
was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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