Remarkable Canadian Women Break the Culinary Glass Ceiling

     Equality Day - A Celebration of Women presented by the Women's Legal
                       Education and Action Fund (LEAF)

    TORONTO, April 13 /CNW/ - A selection of talented female culinary stars
and winemakers will step into the spotlight Wed., April 15, 2009 at George
Brown Chef School as part of this year's annual LEAF Equality Day celebration.
    In spite of remarkable odds, including a culinary culture much dominated
by high-profile males and a persistent yet unexplained high drop-out rate for
female students enrolled in culinary educational pursuits, some very special
Canadian women have gone on to excel. A selection of these accomplished
individuals will be on hand to share food, wine and real-life stories from
6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
    LEAF ( annually celebrates Equality Day in recognition of the
coming into force of Section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms,
guaranteeing equality rights for women and disenfranchised groups.
    This year, LEAF will welcome key Canadian female chefs and winemakers,
celebrities in their own right, who have carved out their own unique career
path and continue to excel in a culinary culture. In fact, from 6:30 to 7:30
p.m. ticketholders will enjoy food and wine presented by:

    -   Amar Patel (Indian Rice Factory)
    -   Heather Baker (President's Choice)
    -   Donna Dooher (Mildred's Temple Kitchen)
    -   Dinah Koo (Tiger Lily, Dinah Koo Catering)
    -   Susie Reading (Calphalon Culinary Center)
    -   Anne Yarymowich (Frank/AGO)
    -   Christine Walker (George Brown College)
    -   Deborah Paskus (Closson Chase Vineyards)
    -   Ann Sperling (Southbrook Vineyards)
    -   Sue-Ann Staff (Megalomaniac Winery)

    Co-chairs of Equality Day 2009, chef, cookbook author and restaurateur
Donna Dooher and well-known actress and winery proprietor Sonja Smits will
take to the event stage at 8 p.m. for a Hands-On demo.
    The evening also features a silent auction of wonderful gift cards to
women-owned restaurants, among other surprises.


    LEAF is a national, nonprofit organization committed to confronting all
forms of discrimination through legal action, public education, and law
reform, and to achieve equality for women and girls under the Charter of
Rights and Freedoms. For more information, please visit
    George Brown Chef School is located at 300 Adelaide Street East, Toronto.
Tickets information can be found at
    Media are encouraged to arrange advance interviews by calling Teresa
Donia, IAMBIC Communications 905-508-5550.

For further information:

For further information: Nicole Curling, Director of Communications,
LEAF, (416) 595-7170,; Teresa Donia, President, iAMBIC
Communications Inc., (905) 508-5550,

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