OH DEER! Look at the results from our Red Deer Burger of the Month!

Oh deer, oh deer, oh deer our team served up a LOT of burgers in April at our Red Deer location!  To say we had a little fun with our April Guest Chef’s, the boys from the Oh, Deer… podcast would be an understatement.

We jumped at the opportunity to work with Ted Emmett, Dustin Moore, Ryan Lund and Kevin Walsh who chat about all things Red Deer, living in Alberta and just life in general on their podcast.  Their “OH DEER” burger was a ground elk patty, topped with bacon jam, Troubled Monk open road BBQ sauce, mac n’ cheese smash patty, crumbled sweet heat Doritos and Troubled Monk rebels red beer battered onion ring on a brioche bun! $2 from every burger sold is going directly to their charity of choice HEROS Hockey and their efforts to launch a SuperHEROS program to serve Red Deer and area.

Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS) is a volunteer-driven charity that uses the game of hockey to teach life-skills and empower Canada’s marginalized youth. HEROS’ free programs provide young people a team for life by celebrating in their first goal on the ice and assisting in their dreams off the ice.  Their SuperHEROS programs in Calgary, Edmonton and Regina provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment to youth living with physical and cognitive challenges.  HEROS is currently working with the Red Deer Rebels, Blackfalds Bulldogs and other community stakeholders to establish a regional program to serve central Alberta, with kids set to hit the ice this fall.

For Ted, Dustin, Lund and Walsh hockey has been a huge part of their lives, and a sport that has given back to each of them in different ways.  They see this as a small way they can help ensure more people can have those same experiences, regardless of any barriers.  All four have been supporters of Motionball and the Special Olympics for many years, and they see this as another opportunity to give back and (hopefully) change the lives of many.  For Ted personally, he has more than one family member living with a mental disability, so he is passionate about bringing the SuperHEROS program to central Alberta to give the opportunity to play hockey to many more athletes.

Thanks to your support of our beloved Burger of the Month Program Ted, Dustin, Lund and Walsh helped us hand over $1626 to HEROS today (Friday, May 7th).  Thanks to the amazing support we see from our guests for our beloved Burger of the Month program month after month, we have had the opportunity to give back over $80,000 to local charities over the past 51 months!  THANK-YOU!

The May Burger of the Month in Red Deer is “The BIG SMILE” created in collaboration with Guest Chef’s Allyne Simonot and Lily Forsyth.  It includes a marinated chicken breast, bacon, sunny fried egg, arugula, tomato, balsamic glaze, and lime avocado aioli on a brioche bun! $2 from every “Big Smile” burger sold in the month of May will go directly to the Notre Dame High School Grad Service Project charity of choice the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation.

 

 

For more information contact:

 

Kevin Hodgson

Executive Director

HEROS Hockey

587.228.6928

kevin@heroshockey.com

Ted Emmett

April RD BOTM Guest Chef

Oh, Deer…podcast

403.710.4784

info@tedmedia.ca

 

Kim Kay

Community Relations

Cilantro and Chive

403.597.2127

kim@cilantroandchive.ca

 

 

 

 

Results from our Lacombe April Burger of the Month!

BOOM!  Much like our firecracker of a Guest Chef for April in Lacombe, burger sales most definitely went off like a bang!

A little spice and everything nice is the perfect way to sum up Guest Chef Merry Kuchle!  Merry, originally from Alabama, is a blogger, entrepreneur, and all-around stand-up community member.  She now calls Gull Lake home and owns and operates Merry’s Mercantile in Bentley.  Her “SOUTHERN COMFORT” burger included a smoke marinated chicken breast, Alabama white sauce, Birmingham slaw, zesty pimento cheese (queso) on a toasted potato roll skewered with pepperoncini! $2 from every Lacombe April Burger of the month sold is going directly to Merry’s charity of choice the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter (CAWES).

Supporting women and children impacted by family violence is a cause close to Merry’s heart, as she has seen the effects firsthand.  Long ago, she herself was able to leave a difficult situation with the help of a caring support network.  Merry would love to pay it forward to local women who are seeking safer futures for their families.

We all know these are extremely difficult times, and Roxanne Kirton with CAWES says the pandemic has added a layer of complexity to domestic and intimate partner violence, due to the vulnerability of families and isolation requirements.  Experts have reported a 57% increase in calls, texts and chats to Alberta’s One Line for Sexual Violence since the start of the pandemic, and there’s also been an increase of calls to the shelter’s 24-hour crisis line and requests for admission.  Further complicating an already dire situation Kirton says CAWES has lost a significant amount in donations due to cancelled fundraisers and events because of the pandemic over the last year.  Kirton says donations like this one will help them continue to provide a safe and secure place for women and children to live, when their home is too dangerous.  Children have access to a safe bed, clothes, school supplies and their Children’s Healing Centre and mothers have access to 24-hour crisis intervention and emotional support, nurturing parent programs and support groups and individual cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Thanks to your support of our beloved Burger of the Month Program Merry helped us hand over $888 to the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter today.  Thanks to the amazing support we see from our guests for our Burger of the Month program month after month, we have had the opportunity to give back over $75,000 to local charities over the past 51 months!  THANK-YOU!

The May Burger of the Month in Lacombe is the “” created in collaboration with Guest Chef Jamil Rawji of Ponoka Professional Pharmacy, one of our first Cilantro and Chive customers.  It includes……! $2 from every Lacombe April Burger of the month sold will go directly to Jamil’s charity of choice…….

 

For more information contact:

 

Roxanne Kirton

Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter

403.352.4080

roxanne.kirton@cawes.com

 

 

 

Merry Kuchle

April LA BOTM Guest Chef

Merry’s Mercantile

587.897.4316

merrysmercantile@gmail.com

 

Kim Kay

Community Relations

Cilantro and Chive

403.597.2127

kim@cilantroandchive.ca

 

Merry Kuchle of Merry’s Mercantile in Bentley served as our April Burger of the Month Guest Chef in Lacombe, helping us create the “Southern Comfort”.  A smoke marinated chicken breast, Alabama white sauce, Birmingham slaw, zesty pimento cheese (queso) on a toasted potato roll skewered with pepperoncini! $2 from every burger sold is going directly to Merry’s charity of choice the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter.

Giving back to our Veterans, one Burger at a time.

BEHOLD 💥 our Lacombe 📍 May Burger of the Month!
“𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐑𝐨𝐲𝐚𝐥 𝟔𝟔”
Created in collaboration with local Guest Chef Jamil Rawji

$2 from every Burger sold going directly to the Ponoka Legion Branch 66 ❤️🇨🇦

Marinated chicken breast, pepper jack cheese, arugula, sliced tomato + pickles, shaved onion and moroccan aioli on a garlic buttered brioche bun!
Jamil is a husband and father of 3, and very active in the Ponoka community for years.
Jamil : “We chose the Legion as we recognize revenue streams are down. With the lack of in person attendance, decreased memberships and the inability to rent their facility for events- we want to show our appreciation and support the organization that is a second home to those who have served our country. It is open to everyone and we miss the socialization and support the Legion offers to the community”.
Very much looking forward for another tasty month of giving back to our community and the brave men and women who served for our country! 🍁
❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🤎

Two AMAZING young women helping support Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation

BEHOLD 💥 our Red Deer May Burger of the Month!

“𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗕𝗜𝗚 𝗦𝗠𝗜𝗟𝗘!” 😁🍔

Created in collaboration with local Guest Chefs Allyne Simonot + Lily Forsyth

With marinated chicken breast, bacon, sunny fried egg, arugula, tomato, balsamic glaze and lime avocado aioli on a brioche bun!

$2 from every BIG SMILE burger sold going directly to the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation 💜

Allyne and Lily are both students of Notre Dame High School in Red Deer, and part of the Notre Dame Grad Service Project! This year, the Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation was chosen for the project by the graduating students.


Allyne Simonot :
“The Notre Dame class of 2021 agreed that in light of the many events, or lack thereof, that mental health should be a priority now more than ever. Thus we chose the charity – Smiles through Lindsey. We all know first hand the toll taken to our lifestyle nonetheless life as we knew, and a lack of the necessary supports to weather these challenges would be catastrophic. Lindsey More was, like us, a Notre Dame graduate. After she tragically took her life in 2015, her family began Smiles Thru Lindsey. She was a regular happy girl, nothing seemingly wrong. She was involved in the school community through sports and the grad service project of 2011. We knew that our school community would connect to her and her story as easily as it has.”

Lily Forsyth :
“This cause is actually very personal for me, it is another way for me to support my friends who are struggling, a way to communicate to every person who is willing to listen that they are not alone. That everyone is feeling or has felt a toll on their mental health and that there are resources and people out there to help.”

So this month, let’s start spreading more SMILES ☺ and happiness, and giving to such an important organization!

❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🤎

Helping the United Way “Period Promise” Campaign in Red Deer!

What happens when you get a team of women together, some local breweries and a great cause?!  Plenty of smiles and laughs, tasty beer of course and a nice chunk of change to help fuel an incredible pilot project underway in some Red Deer Public Schools.

In mid April, eight female team members from Cilantro and Chive had the opportunity to spend some time at four local breweries, creating casks to serve up as part of a “Period Promise” campaign fundraiser.  Huge thanks to Blindman Brewing, Snake Lake Brewing Company, Troubled Monk and Red Hart Brewing for their generous contributions of time and product to help make this event a reality.

United Way Central Alberta is fuelling that “Period Promise” campaign and Soroptimist International Central Alberta is behind a pilot project that will bring free tampons, pads, and dispensers to all washrooms at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School, Eastview Middle School, Normandeau School and G.H. Dawe School.  Dispenser installation is underway now.

An international movement is building, bringing public awareness to period poverty, and the need for free and accessible access to menstrual products in public restrooms, including schools.  Periods are a fact of life and menstrual products are a necessity, sadly not everyone can afford them.  The campaign will help ensure students do not miss school, extracurricular, sports or social activities because they don’t have access to the products they need, helping restore dignity and gender equality.

This pilot project bears a $27,000 price tag.  A gender-equality grant from the Red Deer District Community Foundation will help take care of more than $20,000 and the United Way Central Alberta is funding the remainder.

 

On Tuesday, April 20th all four casks were served up at our Red Deer location with 100% of proceeds earmarked for the “Period Promise” campaign.  Cilantro and Chive Lacombe Assistant Manager Danika Foesier was thrilled to turn over a cheque for $1000 today, April 26th.

 

 

For more information contact:

 

Brett Speight

CEO

United Way

Central Alberta

403.309.3820

brett.speight@caunitedway.ca

 

Sherri Smith

President

Soroptimist International

Central Alberta

403.391.7912

sherrismith946@gmail.com

 

Shelia Sillery

Vice Principal

Lindsay Thurber

403.347.1171

shelia.sillery@rdspd.ab.ca

 

 

Danika Foesier

Assistant Manager

Cilantro and Chive Lacombe

403.782.2882

danika@cilantroandchive.ca

 

Thank you for supporting Red Deer Meals on Wheels!

There is seriously nothing better than 2 Burgers of the Month and our Red Deer and area has really stepped up to get behind this program.  Thank You!

Roxanne Martin served as our 2nd Red Deer Guest Chef, helping to create the “You Grow Girl”.   Her burger included a brown rice, walnut & black bean patty, jalapeño jack cheese, avocado crema, chipotle aioli, iceberg lettuce, beefsteak tomatoes, sliced onion and pickles on a potato roll! $2 from every burger sold is going directly to Roxanne’s charity of choice, Red Deer Meals on Wheels.

As a local foodie and food blogger, Roxanne is passionate about great food and believes that no one should go without a decent meal!  Not only does food nourish us, but it also brings us together and it’s that connection piece that is so powerful in Roxanne’s eyes.  My grandmother passed away last year; we were able to deliver some meals to her while she was isolated before she passed. It made all the difference for her. My elderly neighbor lost his wife and broke his hip recently; I’ve seen firsthand how much a meal can bring us together and can make a difference in someone’s day.”  She is grateful these services exist in our community and knows just how essential they have been through the pandemic, not just helping to meet people’s basic needs, but providing a social and caretaking lifeline for those unable to cook for themselves.

Red Deer Meals on Wheels has been in operation since 1979, providing a hot, nutritious noonday meal to those unable to prepare or obtain one for themselves.  They have close to 50 volunteers who help deliver approximately 20,000 meals a year.  Donations help ensure they can continue to support their clients with nutritious and affordable meals.  Volunteers are the lifeblood of their organization; they are always looking to recruit volunteers to deliver meals and to serve on their Board of Directors.

Thanks to your support of our beloved Burger of the Month Program Roxanne helped us hand over $972 to Red Deer Meals on Wheels today (Friday, April 23rd).  Thanks to the continued amazing support we see from our guests for our Burger of the Month program month after month, we have had the opportunity to give back over $75,000 to local charities over the past 50 months!  THANK-YOU!

The April Burger of the Month in Red Deer is the “OH DEER”!  Created with Guest Chefs Ted Emmett, Ryan Lund, Dustin Moore and Kevin Walsh of the Oh, Deer…podcast.   It’s a ground elk burger, topped with bacon jam, Troubled Monk open road bbq sauce, mac n’ cheese smash patty, crumbled sweet heat doritos and Troubled Monk rebels red beer battered onion ring on a brioche bun! $2 from every burger sold will do directly to Heros Hockey and their efforts to launch a SuperHEROS program to serve Red Deer and area.

 

For more information contact:

 

Louise Lamberigts

Program Co-ordinator

Red Deer Meals on Wheels

403.340.2511

rdmealsonwheels@shaw.ca

Roxanne Martin

Mar RD BOTM Guest Chef

403.588.8484

roxanne.m@shaw.ca

@reddeereats

Kim Kay

Community Relations

Cilantro and Chive

403.597.2127

kim@cilantroandchive.ca

 

From L-R: Dennis Philpott with Red Deer Meals on Wheels, Roxanne Martin the Red Deer March BOTM Guest Chef, Louise Lamberigts with Meals on Wheels, Melody Palko Assistant GM Cilantro and Chive Red Deer, Chef Ryan Poole Cilantro and Chive Red Deer, and David Gillespie with Meals on Wheels.  A total of $972 from “You Grow Girl” burger sales in March was turned over to Red Deer Meals on Wheels today, April 23rd.

Roxanne Martin, the March Burger of the Month Guest Chef in Red Deer and the “You Grow Girl” burger.  It included, a brown rice, walnut & black bean patty, jalapeño jack cheese, avocado crema, chipotle aioli, iceberg lettuce, beefsteak tomatoes, sliced onion and pickles on a potato roll! $2 from every burger sold went directly to Roxanne’s charity of choice, Red Deer Meals on Wheels.

 

Giving back to local schools, one Ice Cream Sandwich at a time!

We sure missed interacting with the kids at school, but we still soaked in plenty of smiles from those who had the opportunity to dine in and enjoy our teams’ latest ice cream sandwich creation in support of Iron Ridge Intermediate Campus in Blackfalds.

Under our School Ice Cream Sandwich Program, every three months we select a local school to benefit from ice cream sandwich sales, kicking back $1 of every sandwich sold to a program or project that could use a boost at the school.

Our latest creation was the “Super Hero” ice cream sandwich, it included strawberry, banana, blueberry ice cream nestled in-between 2 house baked double chocolate cookies, and a house-made bubble gum whipped cream!  $1 from every ice cream sandwich sold is supporting the Nutrition Program at Iron Ridge Intermediate Campus.

Under the Nutrition Program, every week fresh fruits are delivered to classrooms providing an alternative for students at snack time or lunchtime or whenever they are hungry. It helps the school infuse healthy alternatives and build those healthy eating habits in kids.  Iron Ridge also has a staff member who prepares different types of food for students to sample and sends the recipes home for families to try.  Recently a tower garden was also set up for the nutrition program to utilize.

Typically, we would host a pop-up ice cream sandwich sale at the school, utilizing students to serve up those tasty sandwiches to their peers. Unfortunately, covid restrictions meant we could not execute the pop-up this time around but we sure hope to get back to doing them again soon!  Regardless we are THRILLED to support Iron Ridge Intermediate Campus and their Nutrition Program, handing over a cheque for $448 today (April 8th).

 

Stay tuned, we’re gearing up to also kick off this program at our new Red Deer location, allowing us to support even more local schools who are all working hard to educate our future community leaders!

 

 

For more information contact:

 

Kim Kay

Community Relations

Cilantro and Chive

403.597.2127

kim@cilantroandchive.ca

 

 

Heidi O’Neill

Grade 4 Teacher

Iron Ridge Intermediate Campus

403.885.6100 ext 4676

heidi.oneill@wolfcreek.ab.ca

 

 

 

 

The “Super Hero” Ice Cream Sandwich! Strawberry, banana, blueberry ice cream nestled in-between 2 house baked double chocolate cookies, and a house-made bubble gum whipped cream!  $1 from every ice cream sandwich sold is supporting the Nutrition Program at Iron Ridge Intermediate Campus.

Lacombe Potatoes and an amazing community help raise money for the Team Jigger Foundation!

Our Lacombe Burger of the Month – “Southern Comfort” to support C.A.W.E.S.

BEHOLD 💥 it’s our Lacombe 📍 APRIL Burger of the Month!
“𝐒𝐎𝐔𝐓𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐍 𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐅𝐎𝐑𝐓”
Created with guest chef Merry Kuchle!
Smoke marinated chicken breast, alabama white sauce, birmingham slaw, zesty pimento cheese on a toasted potato roll skewered with pepperoncini!
$2 from every Lacombe April Burger of the month sold will go directly to Merry’s Charity of choice, the Central Alberta Womens Emergency Shelter (C.A.W.E.S.)
The Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter offers safe refuge, personal counseling, and community support for families experiencing family violence. Every year, they meet nearly 3,000 people who have made the brave step towards a life free from violence. There are thousands more in our community who still need our help, especially after this past year. ❤️
Available in LACOMBE 📍only for the month of April – DINE-IN or CURBSIDE PICK-UP!

“Oh, Deer!” helping bring HEROS Hockey to Red Deer!

BEHOLD 💥 our Red Deer 📍 Burger of the Month for APRIL!
“𝐎𝐇 𝐃𝐄𝐄𝐑!”
Created with guest chefs Ted Emmett, Ryan Lund, Dustin Moore and Kevin Walsh!
MSW Farms ground elk burger, bacon jam, Troubled Monk open road bbq sauce, mac n’ cheese smash patty, crumbled sweet heat doritos and Troubled Monk rebels red beer battered onion ring on a brioche bun! 🍔
$2 from every April Red Deer Burger of the Month will go directly to HEROS Hockey 🏒
HEROS provides free ice hockey programming for at risk youth, offering a safe and stable environment for young people to succeed, experiment and connect. HEROS educates youth of all backgrounds; providing opportunities for development, scholarship and personal success while focusing on four fundamental behaviours: Listening, Respect, Discipline and Having Fun!
Available in our RED DEER 📍 location only for the month of April – DINE-IN or CURBSIDE PICK-UP! 🙌