TASTEMATTERS 2014 In Support Of Eva’s Initiatives-Tues.,Oct.21st,2014@The Liberty Grand

By Rose Khan

Toronto is the home of world class cuisine culture and some of the world’s best chefs, vintners and brew masters. Toronto also prides itself in civic action, where community rallies together to stand up for those who need a great start in life, and sometimes a second chance.

TasteMatters 2014 in support of Eva’s Initiatives http://www.evasinitiatives.com/ celebrating 20 years of creating opportunities for homeless youths. Eva’s Initiatives works locally and nationally to prevent, reduce and end youth homelessness.
Taste Matters funds safe shelter for 114 youth, age 16 to 24, each night in Toronto. In Toronto, there are at least 10,000 young people who are homeless throughout the year and as many as 2,000 on a given night. 

Since they opened their doors in 1994, Eva’s Place has helped over 19,000 youth. Not only does Eva’s place provide a safe space for homeless and at-risk youth, it also offers a wide variety of programs that help youth with everything from finding a job, to essential life skills. 

Taste Matters was definitely a one-of-a-kind annual evening that brought together talent, skill and expertise in sublime food and drink to raise funds and support for the homeless and at-risk youth of Toronto.  We joined Eva’s Initiatives as we celebrated the experience of taste and hope for a better future.

I first heard about Eva’s Initiatives when I was a high school student. I’m grateful that I never had to use a youth shelter, but sadly, so many young people depend on it.

Taste Matters is a wonderful way to give back to the community and help youth who rely on the essential services that Eva’s Initiatives offers. The room was filled with foodies and wine connoisseurs on a budget enjoying a delicious one-night sampling tour of some of Toronto’s best wine, craft beer, and desserts that were created and presented by the youth residing at Eva’s.  The youth offered a mini global excursion that exposed guests pallet to 15 vineyards and accompanies them with 15 international cuisines combined in one whirlwind evening! All while helping to raise money for Eva’s Initiatives.

Marcia MacMillian, Anchor of CTV News Network was the host for the evening which included: a photo booth, ice Sculpture, beautiful flower decorations, a DJ to keep the patrons on the dance floor and amazing auction items. A great night to celebrate a great cause of giving homeless youths the opportunity to live a normal life. We look forward to next year’s edition of TasteMatters 2015.