On May 15, 2014, ARTFUL DISH brought together twelve cultural luminaries and six leading Canadian chefs for an extraordinary evening of courses and discourses in seven fabulous private homes. The glittering evening was a unique opportunity for guests to dine in an intimate setting with renowned cultural celebrities and dialogue about their lives and impact on arts and culture.

ARTFUL DISH was a tremendous success, netting over $215,000 for the Koffler Centre of the Arts, its cultural and educational programs.

Cultural luminaries included:

  • Ian Brown Journalist and author of Charles Taylor Prize-winning The Boy in the Moon
  • Johanna Schneller Film columnist for The Globe and Mail and interviewer for Vanity Fair, GQ, Chatelaine, Toronto Life
  • Adad Hannah Internationally acclaimed contemporary artist working in photography, video and mixed media
  • Barbara Astman Celebrated Canadian artist specializing in a hybrid of photography and new media
  • Deepa Mehta Academy Award-nominated film director and screenwriter of Fire, Earth, Water, Midnight’s Children
  • Anne Michaels Award-winning poet and novelist, Fugitive Pieces
  • Bernice Eisenstein Renowned artist and author, I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors
  • Colin Mochrie Canadian actor and improvisational comedian, Whose Line Is It Anyway?
  • Debra McGrath Canadian actress and comedian, Little Mosque on the Prairie
  • Louise Pitre Tony Award-nominated musical theatre actress, Mamma Mia and Les Misérables
  • Veronica Tennant Ballet dance legend, Companion of the Order of Canada

Chefs included:

  • Bertrand Alépée Executive Chef & Owner, The Tempered Chef, renowned for his classical French techniques
  • Benny Cohen Executive Chef, Mideastro Yorkville, trained in Tel Aviv & known for infusing the flavours of the Middle East and Mediterranean
  • Jamie Kennedy Governor General Award-winning chef/owner, Gilead Café & Jamie Kennedy Kitchens, Member of the Order of Canada, instrumental in shaping the culinary landscape in Canada
  • Mark McEwan Celebrity chef from TV’s Top Chef Canada & The Heat, owner of legendary Toronto restaurants Bymark, North 44, ONE and Fabbrica
  • Massimo Renzi Born and raised in Rome, trained at Cordon Blue and Café de Paris in Rome, currently Chef of Sotto Sotto Ristorante
  • Michael Stadtländer Recognized as one of the world’s most accomplished chefs, German-born culinary icon and Governor General Award-winning chef/owner of Eigensinn Farm & Haisai

Dinner hosts who graciously opened up their homes for the evening included:

  • Sarena & David Koschitzky
  • Nancy Pencer & Michael Benjamin
  • Debra & Barry Campbell
  • Ronnen Harary
  • Wendy & Elliott Eisen
  • Heather & Maxwell Gotlieb
  • Esther & Sam Sarick 

Thank you to our generous patrons who supported the Koffler at ARTFUL DISH.

CIBC Wood Gundy

Marvelle and Murray Koffler
Anna and Tom Koffler
Tiana Koffler Boyman and Marc Boyman

Micki and Sam Mizrahi
Jill and Joel Reitman

Dorothy Shoichet

BloombergSen Investment Partners

Esther and Sam Sarick
Lawrence and Judith Tanenbaum
Family Foundation

RBC Foundation

Karen and Ray Arbesman
Debra and Barry Campbell
Ricky and Peter Cohen
Wendy and Stephen Cole
Wendy and Elliott Eisen
Camille Dan and Family
Tamara and Gary Fine
Sherry and Jay Firestone
Patricia and Richard Fogler
Simmie Frieberg Antflick and The Frieberg Family Charitable Foundation
The Ira Gluskin and Maxine Granovsky Gluskin Charitable Foundation
Terry and Carl Goldenberg
Heather and Maxwell Gotlieb
Kitty and George Grossman
Ronnen Harary
Jay and Barbara Hennick Family Foundation
Julia and Henry Koschitzky
Sarena and David Koschitzky
Roslyn Levine and Brian D. Segal
Leanne and David Matlow
Pauline Menkes
Faye Minuk
The Ouellette Family
Nancy Pencer and Michael Benjamin
Sarah and Morris Perlis
Wendy Posluns and Lewis Mitz, Posluns Family
Philanthropic Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto
Lynda and Jonas Prince
Eva Ryterband
Salpam Corporate Properties
Honey and Barry Sherman
Hinda and Allan Silber
Donna Starkman and Randy Shiff
Judith Wells
Judy and Jack Winberg
Renée and Ralph Wolfe
Carole and Dr. Bernard Zucker

Royal De Versailles

Helen Burstyn
The DH Gales Charitable Foundation of Toronto
Karen Green
Wendy Halbert and Gary Silverberg
Debbie and Warren Kimel
Bruce and Lianne Leboff
Barbi and Michael Levitt
Florence Minz
Ilana and Anton Rabie
Rochelle Reichert and Henry Wolfond
Ariella Rohringer
Nathan and Lily Silver Family Foundation
Brenda Simpson and Dr. Len Goodman
Anne and Randy Weisz
Renée and Ralph Wolfe

Andy and Marlene Borins
Arnold Cader
Helen and Marvin Goldberg
Janice and Howard Langer
Cheryl and Marc Newburgh
Delmarie Scherloski and Ronald Factor

Henry Campbell
Ashley Fienberg
Annice and Harvey Frisch
Ruth Frisch
Ellen Goldstein
Honorable Jerry and Carole Grafstein
Alison Jarvis
Judy Osten
Linda and Sigmund Soudack
Dr. Elaine Todres
Randy and Robert Zittrer

Thank you to the hosts
Sarena & David Koschitzky
Nancy Pencer & Michael Benjamin
Debra & Barry Campbell
Ronnen Harary
Wendy & Elliott Eisen
Heather & Maxwell Gotlieb
Esther & Sam Sarick

Tiana Koffler Boyman | Jill Reitman

Camille Dan | Elly Daniels | Tamara Fine | Patricia Fogler | Simmie Frieberg Antflick | Anna Koffler | Dorothy Shoichet | Renée Wolfe