Chefs present their colourful canapes for Colour Your Palate.


Our 9th annual fundraiser was a colourful, tasty evening and the local community raised a whopping $20,000 for artsREACH!

On May 11 chefs from local restaurants, hotels, and catering businesses participated in a canapé challenge based on colour. The participating chefs were from 10 Acres Group, Brentwood College School, Fireside Grill, Food For Thought Catering, The Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Saveur Restaurant, Shel’s Kitchen, Toque Catering, The University Club, and Westin Bear Mountain.

Hats off to Toque Catering!

Chef Nick Waters of Toque Catering won two awards for his canapé: Most Colourful Creation and Best Tasting. Chef Waters created an orange canapé of gin and juniper age cured Arctic Char, carrot papaya gazpacho, and smoked orange.

Chef Nick Waters of Toque Catering presents his orange canape to guests at Colour Your Palate.

The people have spoken!

The People’s Choice Award went to Chef Morgan Milward of Brentwood College School for his canapé. Chef Milward’s purple canapé was a crispy pork belly with an opal basil coconut crust.

Brentwood College Chef Morgan Milward presents his purple canape at Colour Your Palate.

It was a tough job, but someone had to do it

Our esteemed judges were (from left) David Mincey, Denise Marchessault, and Noreen Dennis (filling in for Gary Hynes).

Three judges sit at a table and prepare to taste canapés at Colour Your Palate.

Special thanks

We’re so grateful for the support and contributions by our sponsors:  The University Club, Everything Wine, Island Blue, Event Service Production, CTV, CFAX 1070, KOOL FM, and the Times Colonist. We also appreciate the support of Bruce Williams (Master of Ceremonies), Scene About Town, Matt McCeachie, Aaron Licht Photography, Wendy Paige, and Nicholas Tuele.

The awards were created by John Davis, Redroom Artglass Studio, and Taylor Gauthier Designs.

Colour Your Palate sponsor logos

Thanks also to our last-minute sponsor,, who discovered our event this month and couldn’t wait until next year to be part of it. logo

What a smashing silent auction!

Wow. The plethora of goodies donated to our silent auction was incredible. Thank you so much to the individuals, organizations, and businesses who donated prizes and silent auction items, including:

10 Acres Group, 4Cats Art Studio, Alan and Liz Yuen, Alex Fong, Andrea deLange, Anna Rutgers, Audrey Famden, Ballet Victoria, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, Best Western Plus Chemainus, Beth Camp, Beth Threlfall, BMW Victoria, Bonnie Vermiere, Brentwood College School, Browns The Florist, Buddies Toystore, Canterbury Coffee Corp, Chemainus Theatre Festival, Cook Culture, Damaris Oakley, Diane Farris, Don Mee Seafood Restaurant, Dutch Bakery Coffee Shop, Everything Wine, Fireside Grill, Flowers To You, Food For Thought Catering, For Good Measure Bulk Foods, Garden Works, Genevieve Chandler, Gera Scott Chandler, Heather Carpenter, Heather Keenan, Helen Pednault, Hemlock Printers, Heron Rock Bistro, Highland Pacific Golf, Il Terrazzo Ristorante, Intrepid Theatre, L.A. Limousines & Transporation, Langham Court theatre, Licorice Fern Studio, Linda Bazuik, Louisa Elkin, Luxury Wine Tours, Marilyn Sing, Marne St. Claire, Mary Conley, Maureen Yip, Meira Mathison, Nancy Sing, Not Just Pretty Modern Organic Clothing, Obara & Co. Chartered Accounting, Olive The Senses, Options Picture Framing, OPUS Art Supplies, Ottavio Italian Bakery & Delicatessen, Pachena Coastal Clothing, Pacific Opera Victoria, Patricia Chop, Pendray Restaurant, Rayani Family Pharmacies, Red Room Art Glass Studio, Robert Bateman, Robert Bateman Centre, Royal Bank of Canada, Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Saveur Restaurant & Catering, Scott-Moncreiff & Co., Sheila Smedley, Shel’s Kitchen, Stanley Eakin, Susan Walter, Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa, The University Club, The Village Restaurant, Theatre SKAM, Toque Catering, Urbana Kitchens, Victoria Athletic Club, victoriaROX designs in jewelry, Video Links Productions, Valerie Sharp, Vivian Jubb, Westin Bear Mountain, WHISK, Whitespace Dance, Wildfire Bakery and Willow Stream Spa.

Guests bid in the silent auction at Colour Your Palate.

Behind the scenes

Could an event like this just happen? We think not. Special thanks to Colour Your Palate’s incredibly talented organizing committee: Maureen Weston (chair), Sandy Hunka, Maureen Archambault, Barbara Strachan, Tracy Laramee, Andrea deLange, Liz Hamblett, and Judy Tomlinson.

Colour Your Palate organizing committee chair, Maureen Weston, speaks at the microphone while chefs stand behind her.

The committee was joined at the event by a team of enthusiastic volunteers, wearing brightly coloured flowers: Cathy Praud, Gaylia Lassner, Whitey Mitchell, Maureen Yip, Lorna Bourke, Jan Dong, Vicky Barkley, Sarah Wilson, Jane Chadwick, Susan McLaren, Anne Nilsen.

Thanks also to the entire artsREACH board of directors, artsREACH founder Marilyn Sing, and to our Marketing Communications coordinator, Angela Hemming.

A collage of photos of Colour Your Palate volunteers.

See you next year!


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