BEHOLD 💥 our Red Deer AUGUST Burger of the Month – Created in collaboration with local guest Chef Becca Swanson!
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Grilled marinated chicken breast, basil aioli, Prosecco caramelized onions, Asiago crisp, baby spinach, arugula, and beefsteak tomato on toasted brioche bun.
$2 from every Burger sold goes directly to the Give a Mile Foundation ❤️ which helps provide the means to people to connect with family and friends who are seriously or terminally ill.
Becca : 👇
“What do you do when someone you love is terminally ill, and you’re across the country, continent, maybe the world? Worse yet, you just can’t afford the flight to get there to say goodbye in time. That’s where Give A Mile comes in.
Instead of asking for dollars, they ask for your unused/extra travel miles (think Aeroplan, Amex points, etc) to get people from wherever, to wherever, to say goodbye to a person they love.
If you’re like me, you have miles scattered across multiple platforms and some programs will never amount to anything, so why not donate those miles to a great cause?
With so many people being affected financially by COVID-19, Give A Mile is a great way to give back if you don’t have room in your budget right now.
A new BBQ is thousands and thousands of points (and it’s never the model you really want). One last hug, one last conversation, one last goodbye.. that’s priceless.”
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:
April RD BOTM Guest Chef
Cilantro and Chive
BEHOLD our Red Deer May Burger of the Month!
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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!
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:
Cilantro and Chive Lacombe
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:
Red Deer Meals on Wheels
Mar RD BOTM Guest Chef
Cilantro and Chive
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.