Monday, August 29, 2011

Garden party raises $39,000 for the animals

Chef Kurt Waldele

The memorial fundraising garden party organized by friends of Kurt Waldele raised over $39,000 for the animals at the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS).

For nearly a decade, Waldele, the former Executive Chef of the National Arts Centre, organized summer garden parties benefitting the OHS at his home with his wife Dr. Suzanne Beauchemin, and volunteered his time and talent preparing menus for the OHS FurBall galas.  Over the years he helped raised close to $750,000 for Ottawa’s animals. 

Waldele’s long-time friend Robert Bourassa, owner of the former Cafe Henry Berger in Gatineau, along with Nicole Paradis of C.A. Paradis and Robin Duetta, former publisher of FoodMODE magazine, organized the garden party as a tribute to Waldele and to benefit the animals as he had done.  Culinary delights for approximately 250 guests were prepared by more than 20 Ottawa area chefs, some who never serve the general public, including Chef Tim Wasylko of the Prime Minister’s Residence, who prepared “Tacos para mi pastor” with assistance from volunteer sou-chef Rachel Harper while her mother Mrs. Laureen Harper chatted with chefs, party guests and OHS supporters.

“I can’t think of a better way to honour Kurt’s memory than to combine his passion for food and animals in an event that helps the animals in our care,” says Bruce Roney, Executive Director, Ottawa Humane Society.  “We’re happy to host the party at our new facility and we’re very pleased with the success of the event.  Kurt would be very proud.” 

Friends of Kurt teamed together with dozens of local Chefs to present this OHS fundraiser.  Guests sampled food from various Ottawa area Chefs, and wines from Niagara, Prince Edward County and beyond. 

This very rare culinary event allowed guests to witness first-hand how funds raised for the OHS are put to use at the Ottawa Humane Society.

photo by Lois Siegel

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