Fourth Annual International Women’s Day Dinner Smashes Previous Totals, Raising $13,192 For Canadian Mental Health

[Kelowna, BC, March 13, 2020] – The Paisley Notebook’s Aman Dosanj is proud to announce that her latest International Women’s Day dinner on March 8 has generated a donation of $13,192.77 for Foundry Penticton and Kelowna, South Okanagan Women in Need Society and Slow Food Canada.

The special five-course wine-paired dinner held at Liquidity Wines brought together the culinary talents of Andrea Callan (Red Fox Club at Indigenous World Winery, West Kelowna), Aman Dosanj (The Paisley Notebook, Kelowna), Dana Ewart (Penticton), Christine Sandford (Biera, Edmonton) and Kelsey Johnson (Café Linnea, Edmonton) beautifully paired with wines from Alison Moyes (Liquidity Wines), Christy Bibby (Nighthawk Vineyards), Keira LeFranc (Stag’s Hollow Winery), Leslie D’Andrea (Noble Ridge) and Severine Pinte (La Stella Winery). During the intimate dinner, chefs, winemakers and proprietors stood in front of a sold out room to share personal experiences and stories about equality and mental health and the meal ended with yet another standing ovation.

“This dinner has never been simply a dinner; it’s driven by community and kindness and that feeds into everything we do. And yes, the line-up is all-female and also celebrates International Women’s Day, but it’s not a ‘look at us, we’re female and we’re cooking’ type thing, it’s ‘this is what we do, this is how we do it, and we’re going to do a lot of good in our local community.’

Restaurant life has a bad rep for all sorts of unfairness, but my events are there to show people that there is another way; it’s just not standardized in a package for people to easily understand and you can say it’s always a bit of an adventure. On the night, the food and wine pairings were stunning, our guests and volunteers were so generous, the team worked seamlessly (and this was the first time working together) and the room just felt good to be in” says Dosanj.

The inaugural event in 2017 hosted at Quails’ Gate Winery raised $7,709.82 with just 37 guests. Growing each year, 2018 raised $10,774.30 at Tantalus Vineyards, followed by $10,953.89 in 2019 at the CMHA Kelowna’s ‘Wellness Centre’. Heading to the South Okanagan for the first time, the dinner hosted at Liquidity Bistro and Liquidity Wines raised a massive $13,192.77, with the generous help and support of 52 guests, 5 chefs, 5 wineries, 4 charities, 1 silent auction, 1 host venue, 1 photographer and 9 volunteers on the night.

After four years, this is the last International Women’s Day dinner hosted by The Paisley Notebook, but the project will continue community building with smaller gestures of kindness. Since 2017, The Paisley Notebook has raised over $60,000 for local charities, including CMHA/Foundry Kelowna, Karis Support Society and South Okanagan Women In Need Society.

“This one event takes me about five months to organize; there are a lot of moving parts. Among other logistical things, ticket sales are always a challenge and it’s frustrating when you know how magical and different a dinner like this is. Throughout the years, I’ve made so many connections because of this International Women’s Day dinner and when we struggled with ticket sales, I have asked those connections for help and they showed up. If we had not been able to ask for help, then the work we’ve done for the past four years would have been for nothing. The magic of food is something I always talk about and it really does make things better”, says Dosanj.

The project will continue with its edible storytelling and pop up dinners across the Okanagan. For more information on Aman Dosanj and The Paisley Notebook, see paisleynotebook.com.

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About The Paisley Notebook

Aman Dosanj, the former Poppadoms owner and Western Living Magazine ‘Foodie of the Year’ 2015, has returned from a 7.5-month edible adventure, writing about how food connects us. Telling stories using food, Aman organizes pop up dinners and collaborative events across the Okanagan aimed at bringing the community together. Winner of the ‘Culinary Tourism Experience’ category at the 2018 Canadian Tourism Awards, and a two-time gold winner for the Food Day Canada ‘Good Food Innovation’ Award in 2018 and 2019, Aman and The Paisley Notebook has raised over $60k for local charities since 2017. For more information, check out paisleynotebook.com.

About Foundry Penticton and Kelowna

Foundry Kelowna is an integrated youth and family clinic that unites partner organizations to provide coordinated services addressing the primary care, mental health, substance use, counseling and social service needs of youth 
aged 12 – 24 and their families. Foundry supports young peoples’ wellbeing by intervening early so youth can find the help they need, when they need it. See foundrybc.ca for more information.

About South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS)

SOWINS offers programs and services to provide shelter, safety and support by helping individuals recognize, understand and overcome the impacts of abuse. Their services are given to individuals who have experienced, or who are at risk of experiencing violence or abuse in the South Okanagan (from Summerland to Osoyoos and from Naramata to Keremeos). For more information, see sowins.com

About Slow Food Canada

Slow Food is a global grassroots organization that envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them; good for those who grow it and good for the planet. Slow Food involves over a million activists, chefs, experts, youth, farmers, fishers and academics in over 160 countries. For more information, see slowfood.ca.

For media queries contact:

Aman Dosanj | 250.899.3627 | aman@paisleynotebook.com 

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