Food as Community is a series of hybrid cooking demonstrations, curating a wide range of culturally inspired meals and desserts, while reconnecting our communities through the of sharing cooking tips and expertise, in a time we need it most!

Food connects communities. Food is a conduit that can reduce isolation, provoke memories and connections to our loved ones, and improve our cognitive, emotional, social and physical wellbeing. Join us in celebrating Food as Community while raising funds to address unprecedented grief and trauma in our communities! 

The Centre for Grief and Healing is proud to launch our first ever episode with Chef Phil DeWar, a well-known community activist and a Caribbean heritage ambassador. He will teach us how to cook Seared Cod Loin & citrus salsa, with harvest veggie spaghetti squash + cranberry & balsamic brussels sprouts.

This event will run from 7pm to 8:30pm on Tuesday September 13th online via Zoom and in person at Nella Cucina, Toronto. There are 3 different ticket levels that provide different access to the event. There will also be an option to make or add a donation when you purchase your ticket(s).


General Admission: This provides a single user access to Food as Community episode online. Ticket purchasers will receive an email with the access link and instructions closer to the event date.

Group Admission: This provides a group access to Food as Community episode online for up to 6 viewers. Ticket purchasers will receive an email with the access link and instructions closer to the event date.

In-Person Admission: This ticket provides access to the event in-person at 876 Bathurst Street, Toronto. Attendees will get to watch Chef Phil DeWar cook in person while enjoying light refreshments and beverages. All attendees will have the chance to taste the meal prepared by Chef Phil DeWar. **Only 35 in-person tickets available. Please note, the kitchen is on the second floor and is only accessible by stairs. No elevator on site. Nella Cucina is a three minute walk from Bathurst Subway Station. Paid street parking is available directly outside venue. A paid parking lot is a four minute walk located at 622-644 Markham St, Toronto, ON M6G 2P6. For more information, or if you are in need of any assistance please email


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Phil DeWar has worked as a community activist through his career in restaurants, and as a local cultural ambassador with CaribFest. CaribFest was the first event of its kind in Dufferin County organized to celebrate the Caribbean heritage, history and culture. In collaboration with the Dufferin County Canadian Black Association (DCCBA) Phil also serves as a Community Outreach Leader & Speaker. Phil has also managed a social enterprise, BSOCIAL, which works in partnership with Community Living Dufferin, Family Transition Place (FTP) and Dufferin Child and Family Services (DCAFS) to empower marginalized persons supported by these agencies. BSOCIAL provides a person-centered employment for those who have faced boundaries to traditional employment. As a food enthusiast, Phil is also a private chef, caterer, restauranteur and consultant.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting "Food as Community":

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