On April 12th, Roncesvalles Refugee Relief held a fundraiser at Gallery 345 on Sorauren Ave. RRR was completing the fundraising needed to sponsor a multi-generational Syrian family of 13.


The event was titled Food Binds, in so many cultures food is one way of bringing people together and celebrating friendship. Three Syrian women were in attendance and met with guests who enjoyed the delicious appetizers and dessert they had made. Recipes were provided for the yalanji (stuffed grape leaves), fatayer (cheese and spinach filled pastry) and ma’amoul (cookies with either pistachios or a date filling).


A well-established Roncesvalles business, Cookery, was supportive from the events inception. Cookery made delicious appetizers as well as expertly ran the kitchen. More appetizers were provided by Union, Quesada and California Sandwiches.


Other local businesses were on board to fully support the theme of the evening. An oyster bar was provided by De La Mer, an olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting table by My Olive and beer was supplied by High Park Brewery. My Olive also gave guests an introduction to a refreshing summer crowd-pleasing non-alcoholic drink of sparkling water and various balsamic vinegars.


Many more Roncesvalles businesses generously showed their support by donating gift baskets and gift certificates for the Silent Auction. Local individuals also participated in the Silent Auction with one particularly special donation being a week at a beautiful new cottage in Prince Edward County!


Music with a Cuban flair was provided by Ache and his band.


While RRR waits for their sponsored families to arrive, members have spent the past two years volunteering with Government Assisted Refugees. GARs do not have the support of sponsorship groups to assist them in resettling into their new homes in Toronto and RRR has tried to step in to fill some of the void.


For more information, please visit roncyrefugeerelief.org/rrr-great-food-event