Breaking Bread, Breaking Stigma


Eating disorders are a diagnosable form of mental illness – in fact, the most fatal of them all. Together, anorexia and bulimia kill as many Canadians every year as melanoma. More specifically, an individual diagnosed with anorexia has a one in five chance of dying from the disease – either from the physical ravages to their body, or by suicide as they have lost hope of ever recovering. Despite these sobering statistics, eating disorders remain heavily stigmatized and chronically misunderstood.

Hopewell Eating Disorder Support Centre will hold an event on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 to raise awareness of the complexity and prevalence of eating disorders (“breaking stigma”) and the organization’s place in addressing them. Hopewell has secured four of Ottawa’s top culinary talents, each of whom will create a unique and innovative gourmet sandwich (“breaking bread”), to see who will be crowned Sandwich Sovereign of Ottawa.





From left to right:
Stephen La Salle – Andaz Boutique Hotel
Katie Brown Ardington– 24 Sussex
Louis Charest – Rideau Hall
Joe Thottungal – Coconut Lagoon







Guests will be treated to musical entertainment and cocktails as they enjoy the rustic atmosphere of the Cereal Barn, located on the grounds of the Experimental Farm. Every 15 minutes, a chef will present their creation to a panel of three celebrity judges on stage: Peter Hum, Margaret Dickenson, and Kathy Smart (pictured above). Servers will circulate amongst the crowd of 130 guests with the newest offering in the competition.


At the end of the night, the celebrity judges will declare their favourite, and there will also be a People’s Choice Award given for the favourite amongst the guests. Katherine Dines from MAJIC100 is returning as this year’s MC!  



 Early Bird Special

If you purchase tickets before August 19th, we are offering a 10% discount AND Hopewell will cover the Eventbrite administration fees!



The Eventbrite ticket purchase page contains a list of FAQs about this event. If you have further questions, please email

We look forward to welcoming you on September 19th!


Thank you to our generous sponsors!


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