Farm-fresh delicacies served up at fundraiser

Cooking competition draws hungry crowd to The Peninsula Retirement Residence.

Resident Sigrid Umann looks at one of the dishes prepared for Farm to Table event at The Peninsula Retirement Residence Nov. 15.

It was an afternoon of wining and dining Sunday when a local retirement residence hosted a food-filled event that raised $3,300 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

The fundraiser, dubbed Farm to Table, welcomed residents, family members and friends to the Peninsula Retirement Residence on 152 Street Nov. 15, where chefs from the host residence – as well as The Pacifica (on King George Boulevard) and The Astoria (in Port Coquitlam) – took part in a friendly cooking competition, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Delicacies offered ranged from vodka-cured Osoyoos salmon on rye bread to crab cakes on caper lemon aioli and Yarrow meadows applewood smoked pork back ribs, and attendees had the opportunity to sample each dish and vote for which retirement residence deserved the ‘silver spoon’ trophy.

Attendees mingled while they listened to the music of Earl Marriott student and lounge-pianist/singer Ben Dunnill; wine and sparkling cider was sold by donation and several items were up for silent auction and raffle.

When the votes were tallied, the hosts from the Peninsula were presented with top honours at the inaugural event.