TORONTO, October 31, 2023 /CNW/ – UHN Foundation is proud to announce that this year’s Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival raised more than $5 million to support groundbreaking medical research and innovations across brain, diabetes regenerative medicine, surgery and vision program areas at University Health Network (UHN).

Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival is a two-day event uniting esteemed chefs and wine producers from Toronto and around the world with the brightest minds in medical research to support UHN’s world[1]leading programs. The event featured a series of private dinners in homes across Toronto and a live auction. The largest event of its kind, Grand Cru is the top fundraising food and wine festival in the world, and is a marquee event on the UHN Foundation calendar year after year.

“Food and wine have an incredible uniting quality! This week at the Grand Cru festival, they united community leaders, patients and medical experts to transform health care at the number-one hospital in the country,” says Julie Quenneville, CEO of UHN Foundation. “When we are united, we have the power to unlock new discoveries that will save lives.”

Opening night, hosted at the iconic Casa Loma in Toronto, included a spectacular live auction and cocktail reception. Guests had the opportunity to bid on a number of rare items including pieces by renowned artists Mr. Brainwash and Jane Waterous, a luxury Range Rover Autobiography and trip to the U.K. to tour the Jaguar Land Rover factory, rare wines from around the world, and more.

The live auction raised more than $1 million. On night two, 14 private homes across Toronto opened their doors for invitation-only private dining experiences with the world’s most esteemed chefs, including multi-Michelin-starred Daniel Boulud (Daniel) and Emmanuel Renaut (Flocons de Sel); the first woman at the helm of a restaurant awarded four stars by the New York Times, Melissa Rodriguez (Al Coro); and Toronto culinary masters Eron Novalski (Aria Ristorante) and Sash Simpson (Sash), and many more. Each unique five-star menu was custom[1]designed to pair with fine wines selected by international vintners.

“Philanthropy plays a pivotal role in funding medical innovation,” says UHN Trustee and UHN Foundation Board Member, Todd Halpern, who founded Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival. “It is thanks to our donors that major medical advancements at UHN are within reach. Thank you to our sponsors, participants, volunteers, wine-makers and culinary talents who continue to make Grand Cru the best impact-based food and wine festival out there.”

The Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival was sponsored by Grand Touring Automobiles, Miele and Halpern Enterprises. For a complete history and further information about Grand Cru, including a full list of sponsors, participating hosts, chefs, wineries and UHN clinicians and researchers, please visit grandcru.ca.

About Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival

Since its inception in 2005, Grand Cru has raised more than $132 million in support of UHN programs including: Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, Sprott Department of Surgery, Krembil Brain Institute, Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, Donald K. Johnson Eye Institute, McEwen Stem Cell Institute, Ajmera Transplant Centre, Schroeder Arthritis Institute and Diabetes Program. The 19th edition of the Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival took place October 27 to 28, 2023. Founded by Todd Halpern, Trustee, UHN Board of Trustees and Board Member, UHN Foundation Board of Directors, Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival is the highest fundraising food and wine festival in the world, bringing together the finest wine, gourmet cuisine, brightest minds in medical research, and UHN donors and sponsors. grandcru.ca

About UHN Foundation

University Health Network (UHN) is Canada’s top research hospital and home to one of the top five hospitals in the world. UHN Foundation raises funds for Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, Toronto Rehab and The Michener Institute of Education at UHN. Donor support is critical to pushing the status quo of health care to ensure the excellence in patient care that UHN is known for, as well as advancing innovative medical research and training the world’s best and brightest medical minds. UHNfoundation.ca

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