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Stone Soup 2015 a Success!

Events, Stone Soup, Volunteers | Comments Off on Stone Soup 2015 a Success! | Mar 13, 2015


During this year’s Stone Soup we were able to meet our fundraising goal, raising nearly $30,000. Thank you, thank you, thank you to our volunteers, supporters and the hundreds of Winnipeggers who came down to MB Hydro Place to make a donation and try some great soups.

A big congratulations is also owed to our two Silver Ladle soup award winners:Colourful Soup

  • Fern Kirouac, chef at Inferno’s Bistro, winner of the People’s Choice Silver Ladle for his delightful Chicken Ragu with Cashew Kale Chips.
  • Jess Young, chef at Buffalo Stone Café, winner of the Judges’ Choice Silver Ladle for her satisfying Solyanka Hearty with Smoked Meat.

If you missed Stone Soup this year, take a look at some fun event coverage including entries from CBC, The Winnipeg Foundation, the Winnipeg Free Press, and GlobalNews. Some of our own photos, provided by Julie Fulsher photography, are included below. Take a look and enjoy!

Finally, THANK YOU to our incredible list of restaurants and chefs, sponsors and partners:

This year’s 12 amazing chefs were from:

The Tallest Poppy West (website) • Deseo Bistro & Enoteca (website) • Frenchway Cafe (website) • Elements and Diversity Catering (website) • Inferno’s Bistro (website)  • Stella’s Cafe (website) • Sydney’s at the Forks (website) • Red River College School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts Program (website)  • Rudy’s Eat & Drink (website) • 295 York (website) • Buffalo Stone Cafe (website) • R.B. Russell Vocational School Culinary Arts Program (website)

 Our incredible Stone Soup 2015 Partners:

McKim select     6625_BIZ_LOGO_CMYK_U  Hydro     CBC Radio One

Our wonderful Stone Soup 2015 Funders:

UM-Logo      Cambrian copy       Dairy-Farmers-Logo      CHCP-logo        Assante Wealth Logo      MAO Logo    Dominion    Teekca-Logo

Special thanks to:


StoneSoup2015 Judges

Our Stone Soup Celebrity Judges! From Left to Right: Yosuke Mino, Royal Winnipeg Ballet; Al Simmons, Entertainer; Tom Chan, Educator. Winner of Judges’ Choice was Jess Young/Buffalo Stone.

Our chefs and guest judges just before kick-off.

Our chefs and guest judges just before kick-off. Let the competition begin!

Student-chefs from R.B. Russell Vocational High School.

Student-chefs from R.B. Russell Vocational High School getting their North African Spice soup ready for lunch.


Let’s talk about volunteers

Volunteers | Comments Off on Let’s talk about volunteers | Sep 1, 2013

It’s that time of year again – school is back in session after summer break. If you are a nutrition program coordinator, you are likely already working hard, digging out old menus from last year, coming up with some new meal ideas, ordering food and supplies, and ensuring that your space is all ready to serve kids. You may also be wondering about volunteers: who is going to do the dishes, help kids serve themselves, shop during the week, keep track of finances, help with grant applications and reporting, and complete the many other varied tasks that go along with running a nutrition program?

Kitchen Sink

Finding and keeping committed volunteers can be a challenge for any program, yet it can also be the foundation of long-term success. This month we will be featuring volunteer resources and ideas here on our website, as well as Facebook and Twitter to help get you started on the right track, so make sure to follow us. Topics will include recruitment, engagement, retention, appreciation, and of course, stories.  In the meantime, take a look through the quotes below from child nutrition programs around Manitoba about their volunteers:

Volunteer at Collicutt School

“It is amazing how this program runs so smoothly, I owe this all to my volunteers who help it run that way.” (Ruth Betts Community School) 

“Many students who have gone on from our school to middle school are returning and volunteering for the program because of the positive relationships that they have built here.” (Hampstead School)

“Our goal last year was to increase volunteer participation. We now have 1 to 2 consistent volunteers that assist in preparing a snack on a weekly basis.” (John M. King School)

“Our local grocery has become a large part of our organizing committee and the daily maintenance of our program.” (Morris School)

“The fire hall helps us with our school garden by watering and weeding it through the summer.” (École Leila North Community School)

“The majority of our volunteers are retired seniors who offer supportive, intergenerational environment to our students, and an integral social aspect of our breakfast program.” (Radisson School)

photo: A Collicutt School staff member has fun cooking breakfast each week, with support from student volunteers.

Stuff the School Bus Recap

Events, Volunteers | Comments Off on Stuff the School Bus Recap | Aug 27, 2013

After another successful Stuff the School Bus event we would like to extend a hearty thanks to our community. Your support means that more children are able to receive healthy foods in a nurturing environment during the day.

We would also like to recognize our partners, Polo Park Shopping Centre and First Student Canada, for providing the venue and school bus, and our volunteers who did an excellent job raising awareness and funds for child nutrition programs in Manitoba.

Take a look at the facts!

Stuff the Bus Apples

  • We raised $1750
  • Volunteers contributed over 100 hours
  • 605 parents, kids, and community members put their name on the bus in support of child nutrition programs