These are the meals of our lives….
There are few places where pairing a classy seven-course meal and the melodrama of a return from the dead or a stolen baby would work but at the 2020 Chefs’ Gala & Showcase, it makes perfect sense.
The event Saturday Feb. 8, 2020 at the World Trade Centre at Prairieland Park promises to throw convention out the window as artists and culinary masters celebrate the world of daytime drama.
“We’ve done everything from James Bond to romantic comedies but there was just something about the soap opera that we all jumped into,” says Ritornello’s Jacqueline Woods. “I mean, multiple personalities, evil villains and baby switches, it’s going to be amazing.”
“I mean, multiple personalities, evil villains and baby switches, it’s going to be amazing.”
The Gala was originally designed as a way to showcase the Saskatoon Chefs’ Association’s annual awards night. In the past decade, it’s become an evening of music, theatre and fine food that leaves a lasting legacy on the city’s arts and foodie scene. The proceeds support some of the top independent arts groups like Ritornello Chamber Music Festival, Live Five Independent Theatre and Little Opera On the Prairie.
“The money from Chefs’ Gala is absolutely integral to every organization involved,” says Woods. “It keeps our city’s arts scene vibrant and helps support emerging artists. Because of the Gala, Live Five was able to add a show to its season, Ritornello brought in ground-breaking musicians to its festival and LOOP continued to present unique opera experiences this past year.”
The Gala also fosters a new generation of chefs as students from Saskatchewan Polytechnic work side by side with the city’s top chefs to create dishes like Scott Torgerson’s smoked honey miso glazed sable fish with nasturtium sauce or Anthony McCarthy’s breast of chicken filled with smoked leg meat.
Organizers promise this soap opera themed evening will take the young and restless to another world.
“This is for people who love good food and appreciate live, local entertainment,” says Woods. “I promise you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll eat till you can’t move!”