Krysta Anderson, Gleaner Writer
Balloons, face painting, giant bubbles and pop corn. It was like carnival had come to town. The location was the City Life Ministries at two High Holborn Street.
The carnival - the 2013 launch of the Gleaner-sponsored Restaurant Week (RW) that will run from November 8-16. Along with its sponsors, RW pulled out all the stops to make sure everyone present had a good time in the Southside community.
From the face painting at the Yellow Pages booth, to the 'Hula Cylinder' at Gas Pro to the Gleaner's game centre, the young stars of the evening had their fair share of fun.
Food was most certainly not left out. Copperwood kept guests filled with a variety of delectable pork dishes, while Eve lived up to their name as the first family of fine foods with some very creative dishes using some of their most popular products.
Selectbrands, Café Blue and Stoli had numerous bars to replenish and refresh. From water to hot or cold coffee to caffeine-free subzero beverages for the children, they had everyone accounted for.
The formalities were short as it was a night for fun. RW organiser Stephanie Scott gave everyone a warm welcome, while the Gleaner's Managing Director Christopher Barnes congratulated Scott on her innovative venture.
Carrington 'Peter' Morgan, executive director of City Life Ministries, thanked the RW team and their sponsors for sharing in his vision for Southside.
Restaurant Week, Morgan noted, is about more than just food, it's about fellowship.
He encouraged everyone to have a taste of Southside - play with a child and to connect with a community member as the ministry has done in its bid to institute transformational programmes in the inner-cit community.
He shared his plans to transform the garage, in which the splendour of the launch was unfolding, into a 24-hour community centre. To help realise the dream, the sponsors of RW pooled together and presented him with a cheque of $185,000 to start making his dream for the community a reality.