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Green Thumbs, Green Futures - Celebrating 10 years of school gardens

  • 14 Sep 2017
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • John Norquay Elementary - 4710 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC V5R 2A1



Join us for SPEC's School Gardens Program's 10th anniversary celebration and fundraiser on Thursday September 14 at John Norquay Elementary. 


Date: Thursday, September 14 

Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: John Norquay Elementary School, 4710 Slocan St, Vancouver, BC V5R 2A1 

The evening includes a delicious supper made by Tayybeh Syrian Catering, a silent auction, cash-bar, and an inspirational talk from chef, author and co-owner of Vij’s restaurant, Meeru Dhalwala, titled The Love and Respect of Food for our Personal, Cultural and World’s Survival.

Tickets are $60 and can be purchased online, by cheque or by phone at (604)-736-7732 *

Doors at 5:30PM

 We hope you can plant a seed and grow with us!

*A limited amount of discounted tickets will be available for teachers and parents.

Meeru Dhalwala’s vision is to connect the 3 main points of food and cooking: culture, personal health and the environment. 

Meeru was born in India and moved to Washington, DC at a young age with her parents. In DC, she worked with various international non-profit organizations on human rights and economic development projects. She received her MSc degree in Development Studies from Bath University in England. Meeru moved to Vancouver in February 1995 and has since been cooking and running the kitchens at Vij’s and Rangoli restaurants. Vij’s has been hailed by the New York Times as “easily among the finest Indian restaurants in the world.” 

Meeru works closely with her all-female kitchen staff--all of whom hail from villages in the Punjab, India—to experiment with various cooking techniques and spice combinations for all of the recipes at the two restaurants. Meeru also penned the three Vij’s cookbooks: Vij’s—Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine, which won Cuisine Canada’s 2007 Gold Award for Best Cookbook, and Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey, which placed second in the Best Indian Cuisine Book in the World category at the 2010 Gourmand International World Cookbook Awards in Paris, France. The third cookbook, Vij’s Indian—Our Cherished Recipes and Stories, with Penguin-Random House was released in October 2016 and has been shortlisted for best Indian Cookbook at the 2017 Gourmand International World Cookbook Awards. 

Meeru’s particular focus is to forge relationships with other local businesses, and farmers in particular. She is committed to improving her business environmental footprint, most notably through her choices in produce, seafood and meats. She sits on the board of directors for Vancouver Farmers Markets and has developed close, professional relationships with many BC farmers.

Society Promoting Environmental Conservation

2305 West 7th Ave 

Vancouver, BC  V6K 1Y4

T: 604.736.7732
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