By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - A collaboration between a local fine-dining restaurant and a gourmet foods store raised funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Cornwall and District.
Q's chef and owner Christian Barque served a savoury selection of dishes, as Tony Lacroix from Love Love Food supplied three mouth-watering desserts on Saturday night. Proceeds from each treat sold were donated to BBBS.
"It's a great way for folks to donate funds to a much needed organization and they get to have a great meal and treat themselves," said Lacroix.
The funds raised will help the non-profit agency run their seven mentoring programs.
"When a local small business takes the time to give what they can we all win," said Amanda Brisson, BBBS executive director.
Barque opened his doors to philanthropy in December 2013 with Lacroix as guest dessert chef in support of the Agape Centre.
"It's nice to give back to the community," he said. "I think we''ll raise a nice charitable donation for Big Brothers Big Sisters."
Brisson recognized that the monetary value of the event wasn't the only pay off of the evening.
"Maybe one of those diners will now consider being a big brother or sister to a child in need," she said. "Every single dollar helps us help the children. I'm very grateful for wonderful people like Tony and Chris."
For more information on BBBS or to volunteer, call 613-933-8035 or visit their website here.