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UFC: Gusto 101’s Chef Daniel Mezzolo

Last, but certainly not least…Chef Daniel Mezzolo of Gusto 101 will be bringing his expertise in the kitchen to the Ultimate Food Challenge, trading freshly-picked tomatoes for canned ones.

Chef Daniel Mezzolo

Chef Daniel Mezzolo

Born in Italy, he spent his childhood in the kitchen. His specialty dish is risotto. “To serve the perfect risotto is not easy, but to serve a customer the perfect risotto makes me so happy,” says Chef Daniel.

‘It’s the simple things in the kitchen. A beautiful tomato, a nice buffalo mozzarella and you have two beautiful elements. Add the salt and pepper and a bit of olive oil, the plate is done. You don’t have to cover the flavour.”

On May 7, Chef Daniel will be creating a delicious dish out of common items you would find in a food bank hamper: things such as rice, canned meat/fish, canned vegetables or tomato sauce. All three chefs will also be preparing and serving a signature dish before the competition begins. Chef Daniel’s signature dish will be Arancini di Riso (Rice Balls with Wild Mushrooms).

Daily Bread’s Ultimate Food Challenge will help raise much-needed funds for the Food Services Training Program, a paid training program that helps prepare people experiencing barriers to employment with a future in the kitchen. This program also helps to prepare some of the thousands of meals that go out to hostels and shelters across Toronto.

“You have healthy food and you have a healthy life at the same time. These two [things] are married together.”

The Ultimate Food Challenge is on May 7 at Corus Quay. Tickets are $150 and now on sale at Enjoy a chef competition, drinks, silent auction, espresso and dessert bar, as well as signature dishes from each chef and Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen. Guests will also have a chance to try each competition dish and vote on their favourite.

Tickets to the Ultimate Food Challenge are on sale now! Find out more about the event on May 7 or buy tickets online at – See more at:
Tickets to the Ultimate Food Challenge are on sale now! Find out more about the event on May 7 or buy tickets online at – See more at:

Date Added: April 30, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Ultimate Food Challenge — Tags: , , — Anderson @ 10:05 am

Feature Agency: Parkdale Parents Primary Prevention Project (5P’s)


Stacia Stewart is the Program Coordinator for the Parkdale Parents Primary Prevention Project (5P’s). A part of the Parkdale Community Health Centre, 5P’s has a prenatal and staples food bank and has been a member agency of Daily Bread for over 20 years.

Stacia first used a food bank when her son was 2 and a half years old and she was laid off. “Going to a food bank is a stressful process”, said Stacia, “especially for a new mother.” Having needed some support herself as a recently unemployed mother at the time, she knows how important programs like 5P’s are for parents who are struggling.

For new parents and parents-to-be, 5P’s offers programs including a Mom & Baby Circle group for children 0 to 6 months, a Baby & Me group for children 6 to12 months, a Prenatal Nutrition & Support program and a program aimed at engaging new fathers. They also offer many one-off training sessions and workshops such as Infant CPR or food demonstrations during the various programs. Stacia has recently launched a program in partnership with Daily Bread where breast pumps are distributed to new mothers who want to feed their babies breast milk but might not be able to breast feed. The food bank has items specific to the needs of new parents, such as diapers, formula and baby food. The program space is accessible for strollers and has a baby change table.

The 5P’s program sees a very diverse group of participants including newcomers, women with mental health challenges and or addictions, youth and teens who are parenting, families who’ve experienced domestic violence or other types of trauma, parents struggling with postpartum depression, and women who are in shelters, homeless or underhoused.  Free supportive counselling is available for participants who would like to access it through 5P’s sponsor agency, Parkdale Community Health Centre.

5P’s is one of Daily Bread’s longest running and most successful programs. Stacia describes the success in the many clients she has seen graduate from the program. “Often the first time a woman comes in to 5P’s she may be facing many different stressors… we offer support from conception to one year old in our program, and there are also counselling and community development opportunities as well. Sometimes participants who entered our program facing an uphill battle have graduated and moved on to support other parents by volunteering in 5P’s or joining our Women’s Connection Advisory Group.” There is even one staff person working at 5P’s who began over 19 years ago as a participant and then moved into volunteering followed by a staff position.

Date Added: April 29, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Member Agencies, News — Jessica @ 9:14 am

The Starfish Throwers premieres at Hot Docs this Saturday

The film The Starfish Throwers  which Daily Bread is co-presenting at this years Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival premieres this Saturday, April 26th at 3:30 at Hart House!

The film explores the stories of how three compassionate individuals fight hunger and struggle to restore hope to the hopeless. View the trailer.

THE STARFISH THROWERS // Project Teaser #1 from Jesse Roesler on Vimeo.


Worlds apart, a five-star chef, a retired school teacher and a young girl discover how their small efforts to feed the poor ignite a movement in the fight against hunger. Award-winning Indian chef Narayanan Krishnan, fighting against the caste system, quits his job to begin a life of cooking and hand-delivering fresh meals to hundreds of people in his hometown. Katie Stagliano’s planting of a single cabbage seedling blossoms into Katie’s Krops, a non-profit dedicated to ending hunger. Retired middle school teacher Mr. Law battles personal health issues as he hand delivers more than a thousand sandwiches nightly to the hungry. This inspiring and heartwarming documentary tells the tale of these remarkable individuals and the unexpected challenges they face. Despite being constantly reminded that hunger is far too big for one person to solve, they persevere and prove the doubters wrong.

The festival runs from April 24 to May 4.

Hart House Theatre – Sat, Apr 26 3:30 PM

ROM Theatre – Mon, Apr 28 10:30 AM

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2 – Sun, May 4 9:00 PM

Buy tickets.

Date Added: April 27, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Events, News — Jessica @ 11:26 am

UFC Chefs: Cibo Wine Bar’s Chef Saverio Macri

One of our competing chefs at this year’s Ultimate Food Challenge, Saverio Macri is the Executive Chef of Cibo Wine Bar. As a native Italian, he has trained in a number of trattorias in Tuscany, Italy and has a passion for Italian food.

Cibo Wine Bar's Executive Chef Saverio Macri

Cibo Wine Bar’s Executive Chef Saverio Macri

“Dinnertime was always a big time for my family, so food was always a positive influence on my life. My desire and passion for cooking is what drove me to become a chef,” said Chef Saverio.

On May 7, Chef Saverio will compete against two other chefs to create the best dish out of food hamper box items that you would commonly find in a food bank. Judges, including Masterchef Canada judge Michael Bonacini, will choose the ultimate winner, but guests will also have a chance to taste the competition dish and choose a fan favourite winner as well. Chef Saverio Macri wishes his rivals, Chef Donna Dooher (Mildred’s Temple Kitchen) and Chef Daniel Mezzolo (Gusto 101) good luck. Kind of. “I know it’s a fun event, but I want to win,” he said.

Proceeds from the Ultimate Food Challenge will help support Daily Bread’s Food Services Training Program as well as meals for low-income children and families.

“We’re fortunate enough to have food…as much food as we want, so donating a can of chickpeas or a pack of pasta won’t make a difference in our lives,” said Chef Saverio. “But it makes a difference in somebody else’s life who needs the food.”
Tickets to the Ultimate Food Challenge are on sale now! Find out more about the event on May 7 or buy tickets online at

Date Added: April 24, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Ultimate Food Challenge — Tags: , , , — Anderson @ 10:34 am

Easter Weekend Holiday Meals

The Toronto Drop-In Network (TDIN) has worked with its own drop-in network and Daily Bread Food Bank to release a list of meal programs that are available over this holiday weekend.

Please click here to download the pdf of meal programs available from Friday, April 18 to Monday April 21.






Date Added: April 17, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Meal Programs, Member Agencies, News — Anderson @ 12:37 pm

UFC Chefs: Donna Dooher of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen

Chef Donna Dooher is looking forward to competing at Daily Bread’s Ultimate Food Challenge. An accomplished chef, author and owner of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, Donna has a passion for bringing people to the table. Her favourite part about being a chef? Seeing the delight of people enjoying the dishes she prepares. Having known someone who has needed a food bank, being a part of this event means even more to her since proceeds will go to food programs for low income children and families. Donna Screen shot

“As a cook, I see so much food coming back on guests plate,” says Chef Donna. “And I often think of those who have none. It saddens me to think that in a city like Toronto, in a country such as Canada, we have children who wake up hungry and go to school hungry.”

On May 7, she will be competing against Cibo Wine Bar’s Saverio Macri and Gusto 101’s Daniel Mezzolo to win the Ultimate Food Challenge crown. Using common food bank hamper ingredients, the chefs will have half an hour to create a tempting, delicious appetizer for judges Michael Bonacini, Massimo Capra and Emily Richards to taste. Guests will also have a chance to try the chef’s competition dish and vote for their favourite as well.

Join Chef Donna Dooher at Daily Bread’s Ultimate Food Challenge! Tickets are $150 and include drinks,  an espresso and dessert bar, appetizers from Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen as well as chef’s signature dishes and their competition dish. Buy tickets or find out more!

Date Added: April 15, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Ultimate Food Challenge — Tags: , , , — Anderson @ 12:00 pm

Food Sort Challenge



If you are part of an organization this is the perfect team building event for you!

On June 5th 24 corporate teams will battle to win the Food Sort Challenge title! This event is a fast paced event where team of 10 members race agaisnt the clock to sort the most donated food. Our goal is to raise $60,000 and sort 72,000 pounds of food.

Make your mark against hunger by registering a team right now and show Toronto that your corporate teams cares about fighting hunger!

Registration fee is $1,000 per team. There are TWO shifts to choose from: 9:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. and 1:30 P.M. – 4 P.M.

Teams then further their support by raising $1,500 in pledges. All proceeds got to the purchase of most-needed nutritious food to supplement food donations.
Register now – space is limited!

If you have any questions please contact

Thank you!

Date Added: April 14, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Events, Fundraising Events, News — Anita @ 3:06 pm

Spring Drive Update

Daily Bread’s Spring Drive ends in 2 weeks! With goals of $225,000 and 225,000 pounds of food, we’re currently at $75,000 and 64,000 pounds of food.

We have a couple of big food drives this week that we are still picking donations up from, but we need your help too! Not sure what to donate? Some of our most-needed food items include whole wheat pasta, tomato sauce, peanut butter, canned tuna/meat and canned fruits and vegetables. Liem Vu from The Morning Show on Global visited us in the warehouse today to find out more about our Spring Drive!

Take a look at the video below to find our more about what kind of healthy food you can donate, and help us reach our goals by April 26. You can drop off food donations at any Loblaws, valu-mart, No Frills or Real Canadian Superstore as well as your local fire hall. Financial donations can be made by clicking here!

Date Added: April 11, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, News, Spring Drive — Tags: , , , , — Anderson @ 11:45 am

Ultimate Food Challenge returns May 7

Daily Bread’s chef competition and fundraiser, the Ultimate Food Challenge is back!

Ultimate Food judge Michael Bonacini

Ultimate Food judge Michael Bonacini

On May 7, three chefs will test their skills in an attempt to create the best dish using ingredients found in a food bank hamper box. Chefs Donna Dooher (Mildred’s Temple Kitchen), Saverio Macri (Cibo Wine Bar) and Daniel Mezzolo (Gusto 101) will face off in the ring while judges Michael Bonacini, Massimo Capra and Emily Richards decide the ultimate winner.

Guests will have a chance to vote for their favourite challenge dish as well, and sample gourmet hors d’oeuvres from Daily Bread’s Catering Kitchen and chef’s signature dishes from their restaurants. An espresso and dessert bar will round off the evening, along with a silent auction, drinks and an outdoor patio.

A culinary competition on the Toronto waterfront, proceeds from the Ultimate Food Challenge will support Daily Bread’s Food Services Training Program and meal programs for low-income children and families.

Tickets are $150 and on sale now! For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit

Chef Daniel Mezzolo

Chef Daniel Mezzolo


Donna Dooher (Executive Chef and Owner of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen)
Saverio Macri (Executive Chef, Cibo Wine Bar)
Daniel Mezzolo (Executive Chef, Gusto 101)


Michael Bonacini (Chef and Partner of restaurant company Oliver and Bonacini)
Massimo Capra (Chef and Co-owner of Mistura and Sopra Upper Lounge)
Emily Richards (Home Economist, Chef and Author)

Judge Emily Richards

Judge Emily Richards


Maureen Holloway (Co-host of Q107’s Derringer in the Morning with Maureen Holloway)
Fred Kennedy (Host of 102.1 the Edge’s Fearless Fred afternoon drive show)

Date Added: April 9, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Events, News, Ultimate Food Challenge — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Anderson @ 6:00 am

City Spring Food Drive on April 16

On Wednesday, April 16, join City’s Breakfast Television and CityNews at the Loblaws (380 The East Mall) and support Daily Bread Food Bank’s Spring Drive! Be sure to tune-in to Breakfast Television and CityNews for all the details.

Most needed food items include: pasta, dried/canned beans or lentils, rice, canned fruit and vegetables, baby formula and food, tomato sauce, peanut butter, canned tuna/meat and powdered milk. Every dollar donated means Daily Bread can provide $5 worth of food.


This Spring Drive, Daily Bread is encouraging supporters to share why they give with a tweet or a photo on Twitter using the hashtag #WhyIGiveTO.

Spread the word and inspire generosity! Whether it’s dropping off food donations at your local fire hall or running your own food drive, take a picture and share it with Toronto.

Financial donations can be made easily and securely online here. 

Date Added: April 4, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Events, News — Tags: , , , , — Anderson @ 11:25 am

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