Joline Martin

Spices and Blarney cooking up another fundraiser

fundraising cooking/dining classes featuring unique Indian menus

Scott Stanfield

Record staff

The cooking tandem of Spices and Blarney are at it again, in time for the season of need.

Liz Datoo and Joline Martin are offering a pair of fundraising cooking/dining classes featuring unique Indian menus. Proceeds will benefit the Dawn to Dawn: Action on Homelessness Society, a non-profit focused on ending homelessness. Its goal is to create a comprehensive transitional housing program for homeless and at-risk individuals and families in the Comox Valley.

“A very difficult situation that is very prevalent in our Valley,” Datoo said, noting the importance of raising the profile of Dawn to Dawn, and of the plight of the homeless.

“It’s a scary thing. The need is huge.”

“We want to keep the issue of homelessness in people’s minds,” Martin added.

Datoo’s background is cooking and event planning. Martin’s is social work, and working with housing societies.

They hope 24 to 30 participants will sign up for the first session, which runs from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at Lake Trail School. The second class is Sunday, Jan. 29, same time and location.

The lessons will include demonstrations and cooking, culminating in a dinner.

There will also be entertainment to complete the experience.

“I believe if you’re having people over, make it worth their while and let there be a bit of magic attached to it,” Datoo said.

The pair hopes to release a cookbook — For the Love of Curry — next October. Recipes will be unique, created by Datoo, her family members, Martin and other contributors.

Tickets for the Nov. 20 class are $100 with a tax receipt. Call 250-331-0778 or 250-338-6284.

 

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