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Jerk chicken drumsticks for the Jays Care Foundation

Thanks to Alexa Clark for all the photos.

Earlier this week we donated jerk chicken drumsticks to a fundaising event hosted by our friends Chef Matt Kantor and his girlfriend Alana, a member of the Jays Care Foundation’s Young Professionals Committee.

About Jay’s Care Foundation

Jays Care Foundation is the charitable arm of the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club. As a registered charity, Jays Care is governed by an independent, volunteer Board of Directors, with a vision to use the sport of baseball, the reach of the Toronto Blue Jays and the resources committed to the foundation to serve children and youth in need across Canada.

The Young Professionals Committee is a volunteer opportunity for Toronto’s young professionals to utilize their leadership and management skills, creativity, passion, talent and social networks to engage in the Toronto Blue Jays community investment efforts to benefit Canada’s children and youth.

The goal of the event was to raise funds for the ChangeUp campaign to fund the building of a Blue Jays Youth Zone in the Bridletowne Circle YMCA located in a high priority neighbourhood where more than 50% of residents are physically inactive and access to safe community space is crucial. Since the launch of the campaign in mid June the committee has raised nearly $80,000 towards their $150,000 goal.

Let's go blue jays!
Let’s go blue jays!

The event we contributed to was a Popup Snack Party, with food inspired by a night out at the park. We got there early, helped with some set up, and stayed to celebrate and eat some food.

“We’ve got popcorn! Peanuts! Beer! Get your beer here!”

Matt Kantor's popcorn
Sweet with a bit of heat

…Nachos, corndogs, lobster rolls, sausages with mustard too. Okay, maybe lobster rolls aren’t traditional ballpark food, but Matt made the potato rolls that they were served on and, unlike many lobster rolls that I’ve eaten in the past, it wasn’t drenched in mayo.

Matt Kantor's nachos
No fake yellow nacho cheese on these.

Matt Kantor's lobster rolls
sausage with mustard in a bun

The mini bacon explosions were donated by Matt Basile of Fidel Gastro’s/Lisa Marie and the TV Show Rebel Without a Kitchen.

bacon explosion bites

…and our drumsticks!

jerk chicken drumsticks

The beer and wine selection was WAY better than the selection at the Roger’s Centre, aka Skydome. 🙂 I was totally digging the Local 7 Session Saison, which I’d tried the previous weekend. I can’t recall which red wine I drank, but I liked it a lot. If I hadn’t had to leave early – and get up early the next morning to walk the dog – I’d have drank way too much of it.

Jay and I had to leave to prep some ribs for a subsequent cater so we missed the ice cream sandwiches.  The photos of them make me envious.

Matt Kantor's ice cream sandwiches
Matt Kantor’s ice cream sandwiches

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