Last Saturday, March 31st, we ate our first 100 Mile Dinner at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Westdale. I’m a big supporter of local food but this was especially interesting as every ingredient on the menu was sourced within 100 miles of Hamilton.
The Red Door Cafe is a joint venture between St. Paul’s and Student Open Circles, which ‘works with university students in Hamilton, Ontario to engage them in local service, to mentor them as leaders, and to encourage their personal development and holistic growth.’ Their strong focus on social justice makes them a good match with
St. Paul’s who provides them with office space. A note of transparency here, I do volunteer communications for St. Paul’s so if you visit their website, you’ll notice they have the same photos as this post!
This fundraising event was highly successful and there was a great team effort with McMaster university students to prepare and serve the meal. Some of the students had their first-ever experience of making bread for the meal in St. Paul’s kitchen. Musical entertainment included Soul’s Desire, Conservation Authority and Chinese folk dancers.
As over 150 diners finished their meal and the evening transitioned to the open mic segment, Earth Hour 2012 was ushered in with dozens of candles.
The Red Door Cafe runs an open mic event every month with performances from singers, musicians, comics and writers. There are also board games, crafts for the kids and vendors selling hand-crafted goods.