Roll Out the Red Carpet: It's Canning Season in Canada

TORONTO, June 16, 2014 Canada's canning season typically begins with the seasonal likes of asparagus and fiddleheads. This year, however, Canadian home canning company – Bernardin – kicks it off with #jarsfromthestars, a charitable initiative launching today in support of Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC).

Well-known Canadian celebrities, personalities and chefs have signed and filled Bernardin's limited-edition vintage-inspired green glass jars with edibles, trinkets and memorabilia resulting in one-of-a-kind collectors' editions of the iconic mason jar.

Beginning today at 4:00 p.m. EST on eBay Canada and running through June 26, 2014 the jars will be auctioned off to the highest bidders with all funds raised donated to CFCC. With its strong connection to food and ongoing support to aid the issue of hunger, the company's latest fund-raising campaign has attracted the following participants:

  • Food Network's Chef Anna Olson
  • Chef Susur Lee (Lee, Toronto)
  • CBC Q Host, Jian Ghomeshi
  • The Marilyn Denis Show Host, Marilyn Denis
  • Women's Hockey Olympian, Hayley Wickenheiser
  • Barenaked Ladies Bassist, Jim Creeggan
  • Love It or List It Vancouver's Jillian Harris
  • Food Writer and Columnist, Toronto Sun & Sun Media, Elizabeth Baird
  • Chef Jamie Kennedy (Gilead Café, Toronto)
  • Social Columnist, Shinan Govani
  • Niagara College's Chef Michael Olson
  • Food Network's Bob Blumer
  • Canada AM's Design Expert, Karl Lohnes
  • National Post Columnist, Bonnie Stern
  • Food Network's Chef Michael Smith
  • Top OHL Scorer, Connor Brown
  • Chef Ned Bell (Four Seasons Vancouver)
  • Spice Goddess, Chef Bal Arneson
  • Toronto City Councillor, Mary-Margaret McMahon
  • Chef Jeff Dueck (Art Gallery of Ontario)
  • Health Expert, Kathy Smart
  • Chefs Lynn Crawford & Lora Kirk (Ruby Watchco., Toronto)
  • Chef Trevor Bird (Fable Kitchen, Vancouver)
  • Chef Chris Whittaker (Forage, Vancouver)
  • Top Chef Canada (Season One), Chef Dale Mackay (Ayden Kitchen & Bar, Saskatoon)
  • Top Chef Canada (Season Two), Chef Carl Heinrich (Richmond Station)
  • Actor David Sutcliffe
  • Dolce Vita's Chef David Rocco
  • CBC Sports Anchor, Scott Russell
  • Top Chef Judge, Chef Hugh Acheson
  • Toronto Star Columnist, Vicky Sanderson
  • CityLine's Carson Arthur
  • Tool Girl, Mag Ruffman
  • Chef Massimo Capra (Mistura, Toronto)
  • Diva Q Danielle Dimovski
  • Food & Travel Writer, Amy Rosen
  • Canadian Living Food Director, Annabelle Waugh
  • Toronto Star Food Editor & Saucy Lady Columnist, Jennifer Bain
  • CBC Here & Now Host, Gillian Deacon
  • Actress Natalie Brown
  • Food Network's Laura Calder
  • Musician Maylee Todd
  • Award-winning Illustrator, Gary Taxali
  • Actor, Enrico Colantoni
  • Toronto Argonaut Wide Receiver, Mike Bradwell

About Bernardin
Bernardin ( has been part of our culture for over 100 years having been established in 1881 by Alfred L Bernardin. For more than a century, Bernardin has been in the business of helping cooks safely store food and drinks. Today, Bernardin serves a new generation of gardeners, farmers and advocates of local food from its headquarters in Canada. Bernardin's goal is to provide the tools and expertise required for home canning with in-house chefs creating recipes tailored to local tastes, using the fruits and vegetables available in Canada.

About CFCC
Community Food Centres Canada ( provides resources and a proven approach to partner organizations across Canada to create Community Food Centres that bring people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food. CFCC also works with the broader food movement to build greater capacity for impact and to empower communities to work toward a healthy and fair food system.

Image with caption: "Barenaked Ladies bassist Jim Creeggan filled his signed limited edition Bernardin green jar with concert and tour memorabilia as well as a handwritten personal note and a string from his bass. (CNW Group/Bernardin)". Image available at:

Image with caption: "Winner of Top Chef Canada (Season 2), Chef Carl Heinrich of Richmond Station filled his signed limited edition Bernardin green jar with homemade pickled leeks. (CNW Group/Bernardin)". Image available at:

Image with caption: "Award-winning illustrator, Gary Taxali filled his signed limited edition Bernardin green jar with an original illustration - Happy Sandwich - in a tinted mason jar. (CNW Group/Bernardin)". Image available at:

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