Montreal’s food-loving philanthropists got a taste of the sweet and savoury life at the 3rd annual Taste For Life. In the heart of downtown Montreal, the sensational newly-opened Le Cinq rolled out the red carpet for over 450 of the city’s chicest party-goers, who waited excitedly for the tasting spectacular to open its doors. And spectacular it was.
A mesmerizing display of décor and deliciousness welcomed us inside, with soaring ceilings, stained-glass windows and sumptuous chandeliers hanging over too-cool neon LED booths. And of course, at the centre of it all, the endless of array of exquisite eats provided by fifteen of Montreal’s most heavenly hotspots, each one more tantalizing than the next. Some of the most talked-about items included melt-in-your-mouth grilled cheese from SuWu, Moishes‘ steak, organic salmon tartar by Monsieur, Gros Jambon’s mac n’ cheese with smoked meat, sushi by Ryu, Lesters’ smoked meat sandwiches from Lester’s Deli, bite-sized Beavertails in chocolate, caramel and cinnamon sugar, and melt-in-your-mouth cookies from Twins Delights. Other highlights included Squish‘s vegan candies, Le Richmond‘s grilled octopus, frozen yogurt from Swurl, and other too-good-to-pass-up treats from Sel Gras, Joverse, Bar Anabel, Sandy’s Cupcakes, and more.
Spanning two glorious floors, guests sipped and sampled the night away, while up on the stage DJ Tiguru and DJ Adrien Malka provided the beats. Exclusive VIP balconies presented the ideal locale for tasters to enjoy their treats in cool comfort while a sprawling terrace enabled guests to feast and fête under the stars outside. An impressive silent auction offered something for everyone including a stunning Sam Shuter print and an autographed P.K. Subban jersey.
The ICRF New Leadership Division consists of young professionals volunteering their time to raise significant funds for finding a cure for cancer. Taste for Life was proud to honour Paul Kaylor. Diagnosed with non-seminoma testicular cancer at age 19, Paul put his dreams of becoming a doctor and studying abroad on hold to undergo treatment. With the loving support of his friends and family, and the innovative treatments made possible by cancer research, Paul is now cancer-free and following his dreams of becoming an oncologist.
“The highlight of the evening for me was the video of Paul’s story,” said co-chair Andrew Harris. “Everyone in the room was hanging on to every word he said – you could hear a pin drop. It is hard to not be touched by his experience and want to do whatever you can to help support cancer research.” Co-chair Livia Dayan added, “I am so blessed to lead a committee comprised of brilliant and generous individuals. The turnout and success of the event is a true testament to what can be accomplished when a team comes together with a clear set of goals and a unified vision.”
ICRF Montreal would like to thank the 2014 Taste for Life donors and sponsors who helped make last night a truly special evening. Major event sponsors were: ALDO Group, Le Se7t Condos Griffintown, and Reitmans Canada Ltd.
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Images by: James Paul Correia