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Fredericton Steps up to the “Plate” with Dine Around Freddy!

Over the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to join Heather Allaby and Debbie Perry (with Fredericton Tourism) in their efforts to blog about the upcoming Dine Around Freddy event. This annual event is aligning with FROSTival, Fredericton’s very own winter celebration. Commencing on January 23rd, the dinning event runs until February 7th, where FROSTival will be in action until February 15th. Check out all the events and dates here–> www.frostival.ca

In previous years, the Dine Around Freddy event involved a number of Fredericton’s local restaurants that prepared a special 3 course menu for a great value ($29.00). Proceeds from each dinner were then donated to a charity. This year, I am happy to announce Greener Village’s involvement with Dine Around Freddy as their charity of choice, donating $1 from each plate sold between the 10 host restaurants.

Between Debbie, Heather and I, we visited each of the 10 restaurants and tasted their “dine around” dinners. As for me, a staff member at Greener Village, I wanted to be as involved as I could. I think with all the great non-profit organizations in Fredericton today, when an opportunity like this happens and you are the “chosen one”, you have to run with it! I wanted to show as much support as possible and do what I could to help the whole project be successful. In this case, I decided to offer my inexperienced skill set of food blogging. Now, I am guilty of taking the odd photo of a meal and posting it to Social Media, but going into a restaurant knowing I’d be taking the pictures, tasting the food and then having to write about them was a whole new thing for me. I love food. I love to write. I love social media. It was also a bonus that I got the pleasure to meet and dine with two very nice ladies!

Each restaurant has a special menu offered, typically an option between two starters and two main dishes plus your desserts. They have totally accommodated for the vegetarians and special dietary needs. Some offer the Soup of the Day so that may change depending on when you go!

Here are a few of my favourite dishes from each restaurant I attended!

Isaac’s Way

I was blown away by one of the main dish options: Pork tenderloin with apple chutney. Beautifully presented, hint of flavourful spice, a smashed potato with season vegetables cooked to perfection.

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For dessert, we were served a heaping portion of apple bread pudding and a glass of mulled cider. It tasted like my grandmother had just pulled it out of the oven!!
photo 4 (5)Catch Urban Grill at Delta Fredericton

To start, Catch had a delicious beet salad BUT they also had these hand made loaded perogies served with mushrooms, onions and spicy sour cream. They stole the show for me!
photo 2 (4) As a main, this flatbread pizza was a great size and big hit between Debbie and I. Roma tomatoes and asparagus added the gourmet taste and look to this dish!photo 4 (4) The East Coast Bake. Baby shrimp and scallops. Mussels. Salmon. Fusilli pasta. Need I say more? photo 3 (4)

Terrace Dining Room at Crowne Plaza

To start we had a beautiful, light, summer cocktail salad. This immediately put me on a beach! Cucumber Carpaccio: a vodka mint vinaigrette with grapefruit salsa. Presented so elegantly and left me ready for the next course!

photo 4 (3)I have been told that the Terrace knows their desserts so it was no surprise when we were greeted with the dark chocolate tart. Accompanied by vanilla sea salt and fresh berries.
photo 5 (1)The Palate

Serving up their classics for Dine Around Freddy, the soup of the day and caesar salad with their signature poached egg prepared us for our mains. This one in particular was my favourite because of the delicious seasonal hearty vegetables. Chicken supreme with mushrooms, zucchini, carrots, roasted potatoes, and pureed squash.
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540 Kitchen & Bar

Am I allowed to have a favourite? …because this is definitely it. 540’s dine around menu was perfect for a cold winters’ night! You will definitely have trouble choosing between their two main dishes.

Seared Atlantic salmon with spicy chorizo sausage and mussel risotto. YUM. So much flavour in every bite. The salmon was perfect and the mussels were like an added surprise!
photo 5How great is this presentation? The perfect portion of lamb shepherd’s pie with a delicious light side salad. That little pot tasted like heaven.photo 4 (1)

Are you hungry yet? With all the conversation, photos and food over, I do have one take home message that I wanted to end with: Not everyone can afford to eat out. If you can, it’s an event like this that really highlights why Fredericton is so great. We see some of the best restaurants in our community stepping up to the “plate” to take part in Dine Around Freddy, proceeds of which are being donated to Greener Village Community Food Centre. At GV, we strive to make good nutritious food available to everyone who needs it. So please, support the local businesses, know you are helping out a local not-for-profit and GO ENJOY THE GOOD FOOD!

Be sure to tweet, share, post and instagram photos of your experience with Dine Around Freddy!

Full list of menus and participating restaurants here:

www.DineAroundFredericton.ca

-S


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Call for Volunteers

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Did you know that we also have a Clothing Bank at our Greener Village location? Every month, we distribute over 3,000 items of clothing for free to our clients!

We’re restructuring and expanding our clothing outlet and we need volunteers! If you can spare some time, we can use the help!

Available opportunities:
Welcome/Reception – Welcome the public, receipt donations, answer the phone and redirect messages – may also assist with the day to day operation of the clothing bank

Clothing Boutique Attendant – greet clients or public, help and direct shoppers, restock racks, tag clothing, assist with bagging clothing

Clothing sorter – sorting clothing into different types, boxes, racks, folding and rotating stock.

Shifts:
Monday to Friday 9am-12noon, 12noon-3pm, 3pm-6pm
Thursdays 6pm-8pm


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Benefit Concert; The Orange Blossom Special

Dr. Kevin Call

Dr. Kevin Call

There is a great event that is being held in our benefit, with food and monetary donations coming directly to the Food Bank.

Come to an evening of music from around the world, directed by Dr. R. Kevin Call, Professor of Music from BYU-Idaho.

Concert includes selections from Bach to Phantom of the Opera.
Free admission and refreshments.

When: Saturday, August 24, 7 PM

Where: 986 Smythe Street
You Tube: Canada Halifax Mission: Orange Blossom Tour, for a concert sampler.

Please help spread the word and come support the organizers if you can make it.

 

 

 

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Upcoming Events!

There’s lots of fun things coming up; here are a few you should mark on your calender now!

August 23rd: Genre Benefit Concert

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Genre will be performing at Officer’s Square on August 23rd and they have very generously accept donations of food or cash in aid of the Food Bank. Please come out and support this wonderful group, and don’t forget to bring something for the Food Bank!

August 31: Zombie Walk & Food drive

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Last year the Zombie Walk raised 700lbs of food for the Food bank. This year they’re aiming to raise at least 1000lbs!

September 15: Open House

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You are invited to Greener Village Community Food Centre’s OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, September 15th from 11:00AM – 4:00PM, 686 Riverside Drive. The Fredericton Food Bank has been busy transforming itself into a Community Food Centre and we’re ready to show off a bit.
Tuck into our locally-sourced Fundraising Breakfast of blueberry pancakes and baked beans ($5 per person – served from 11:00AM-1:00PM). Come behold the inner workings of our Food Distribution Warehouse. Browse through our new Clothing Boutique and support our food security-related programming and workshops with a purchase or two. Treat yourself to an ice cream or sampling of local fare while strolling through our Community Gardens, Compost Demonstration Site, Native Edible Tree & Shrub Garden…or dare to take our “Mystery Tour of the Woodlands”.
The whole family is welcome! Join us for an unforgettable day filled with great local food, music, activities for all ages and loads of fun!


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Food Drive

So yesterday I shared our needed and wanted food wish list. Today I’m going to tell you about an upcoming food drive. Our shelves are looking more bare than ever here, so we really need your help. Posters will be going up tonight like the one here; giving out all the details.

fooddriveIf you don’t live on one of the routes being covered by our food drive, remember you can always drop off donation  of non-perishable food items to us directly at 686 Riverside Dr. and we do have an after hours drop off at the front of the building (Near the clothing boutique).

We appreciate all your help and generosity; I’ll let you all know how about it went Friday.

– Briana