Carefor Maple Brunch raises $3,700
The winners of Carefor's fourth annual Maple Brunch and Desserts competition stand with Sharon Maye, Carefor's director of operations. Starting from left is Laurie Serran, the winner of the People's Choice Award, Sharon Maye, and representing Courtyard Bistro, the winner of the Best Maple Dessert are Val Petroff and Jocelyn Rumbolt.
It was the sweet taste of success.
On Sunday, some of Pembroke’s top pastry chefs unveiled their prized maple-inspired recipes at the fourth annual Maple Brunch and Dessert Competition, held at the Carrara Hall in the Carefor Mackay Centre.
This year's competitors, who vied for a chance at taking home the "Peoples Choice Award" and/or "Best Maple Dessert in the Valley" awards were: first time entrant Wilkies Fresh Baked Bread, the 2017 champions The Courtyard Bistro, the Thai Garden Restaurant, and Laurie Serran, flying solo.
In the process, the event raised $3,700 for the life enrichment fund.
While the expert panel of celebrity judges sampled the wares – which included MPP John Yakabuski, the Pembroke Business Improvement Area's manager Heather Sutherland, Neil Carroll, president of Frank Carroll Financial, Brian Burton of Star 96, Colleen Loboreski, who retired from Carefor Dietary Aid after 21 years, and David Bonsor a long time income tax volunteer for
Carefor - the Magic of Steven Anthony and Zephyr kept the sold out crowd of 80 entertained, as they too enjoyed the offerings of a hearty brunch. That was provided by Carefor's dietary staff.
After, the people themselves got to sample the creations of the four competitors, then vote on their favourites for the People's Choice Award.
In the end, Serran won the People's Choice Award, while Courtyard Bistro won the Best Maple Dessert in the Valley.
Ciara Deschamps, Carefor's fundraising specialist, said the event sold out, selling all the spaces at the tables.
“This went very, very well,” she said. “It was a very packed house, and we are happy with the outcome.”
Deschamps said she wanted to give a big thank you to their maple syrup providers, Ray and Carol Anne Bonenburg from Mapleside Sugarbush, who donated the sweet cargo for the event.
Plus Carefor thanked the sponsors who provided silent auction items including: two 100 level suite tickets to Rod Stewart at the Canadian Tire Centre courtesy of Scotiabank; a family skate package including one hour of ice time at the PMC or PACC and skate sharpenings courtesy of the City of Pembroke and Play It Again Sports Arnprior and Pembroke; A month unlimited membership to White Pine Yoga;
and two lift passes to Calabogie Peaks Resort.
Carefor is a not-for-profit organization which relies on the generosity of the community and the fundraising activities they host throughout the year.
A fundraising total should be available soon.