Breaking Bread, Breaking Stigma

Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre is holding a special event at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum Tuesday, September 19, called Breaking Bread, Breaking Stigma.  Featuring some top Ottawa chefs, plus a panel of celebrity judges, it’s a showdown to see who’s Sandwich Sovereign of Canada’s Capital. It’s also an event to raise awareness of the complexity and prevalence of eating disorders and Hopewell’s place in addressing them. That’s the breaking stigma “ingredient.”

 Four of the city’s top culinary wizards will each create a unique and innovative gourmet sandwich. That’s the breaking bread “ingredient.”  The chefs are Stephen La Salle from Andaz Byward Market, Katie Brown Ardington from 24 Sussex, Louis Charest from Rideau Hall, and Joe Thottungal from Coconut Lagoon. The celebrity panel of judges will feature Kathy Smart, Margaret Dickenson, and Peter Hum.

To top it all off, this creative feast will be MC’d by Katherine Dines of MAJIC100.

Guests will enjoy musical entertainment and cocktails in the perfect Ottawa setting:  the Cereal Barn on the grounds of the Experimental Farm. Every 15 minutes, a chef will present a creation to the panel of judges on stage, and servers will circulate amongst the crowd with the newest offering in the competition.

There will also be a silent auction and a bar featuring local offerings.

Hopewell is the only  eating disorder support centre in eastern Ontario. A registered charitable organization, it dates back to  1999 when three local mothers took action to help their daughters overcome battles with anorexia. Hopewell’s services include support groups, mentoring programs, workshops, information and community education.  

As the Hopewell website notes, “Currently, eating disorders are the most common chronic illness in the female adolescent population. More than that, nearly one in five young women suffering from a serious eating disorder does not survive.”

Part of Hopewell’s mission is “promoting prevention by helping people understand eating disorders and the importance of healthy attitudes towards body image, eating and physical activity.” For details, see


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