"But it was also a big day for me, appearing on the Halifix show, and doing an interview with Heidi Petracek and Ashley King right after the taping about Halifax Restaurant Deals and the TASTE, DINE & COOK Like a CHEF Sweepstakes."
I like new things. More accurately, I like being a part of new things. It invigorates me. Since I've been working in the restaurant business, I've been involved in opening three restaurants and started my own catering business, Relax Dinner Parties. I love the excitement, energy, and enthusiasm that goes into a new project or venture.
Over the last few weeks, I've gotten involved in a startup project with my brother and a business partner of his. It's calledHalifaxRestaurantDeals.com
What I bring to the table for this new venture is my industry knowledge and restaurant contacts. After working in this industry for over eight years, I have met many amazing people from the back of the house to the front, as well as many managers and owner/operators of Halifax area restaurants of all shapes and sizes. But what I've realized in the last few weeks while working on Halifax Restaurant Deals is that it's just the tip of the iceberg!
Halifax Restaurant Deals is going to be featuring one amazing deal from a Halifax area restaurant every week - a deal you won't be able to find anywhere else. Besides being exclusive, deals will be in short supply and offered for a limited time only.
To be the first to hear about the new deals when we launch, please add yourself to receive a notification email on our home page: www.HalifaxRestaurantDeals.com
40 days ago - on January 12th, 2010 - a magnitude 7 earthquake struck Haiti just before 5pm. The epicenter was only 25km from the capital city of Port-au-Prince. An estimated 3 million Haitians were affected - including more than 200,000 deaths, and over 1 million left homeless. Read more about the earthquake on wikipedia.
Water distribution by Oxfam - Oxfam water distribution Delmas 48 (former golf course)
In the rest of the world - fundraising started almost immediately. Here in Halifax, I'm sure there were at least 50 benefit events in the weeks following January 12th, and they're still going on. Oxfam Maritimes played a large role locally - and helped/supported many events throughout the maritme provinces.
Thanks to the guests who appeared in video segments - including Shaun Majumder, CBC's Bob Fournier, Brian O'Neill from Oxfam Maritmes, and Mark Fried, an Oxfam worker on the ground in Haiti - who sent a video message he recorded in Port-au-Prince during the show.
And Thanks to Oxfam Maritimes for all their support - they were invaluable in the planning, took care of all the donations on-site and also brought their own team of volunteers to help ensure the event went well.
A special thanks to Pat Kipping - Oxfam's Senior Fund Development Officer for Canada's Eastern Region - who helped in all aspects of the event, did several live interviews during the show and helped to highlight the amazing work Oxfam has done in Haiti since the earthquake.
The Pogue Fado was rockin' on January 30th for Haligonia 4 Haiti - a benefit show and live webathon that raised over $6500 for Oxfam. Some of the region's most talented bands, musicians and artists came out to lend their support, entertain and educate the crowd at the Pogue, and the audience online. The entire 6.5 hour show was broadcast live on the web by Haligonia.ca.
It was an all-star line-up that showcased the diverse talent and sounds of Haligonia - from solo artists like Mike Trask and Mary Stewart - to the 20+ crew of Samba Nova. Beatboxers and a belly-dancer, spoken word poets and the hard-rocking Remedy. In total, there were 17 memorable performances.
Thanks again to the that gave their time for this great cause - we have a pretty special community of artists in Nova Scotia.
Four weeks ago, Classified shot the video for his new single "Oh Canada" in downtown Halifax. Granville Street was a sea of red as fans mingled with Classified and DJ IV, who hosted the videos below for Haligonia.ca.
Director Cazhhmere works fast - 10 days after the shoot you could see the official video online and on MuchMusic. A new Canadian Classic.