Coldest Night 2022

8th annual Hungry Hearts, presented by PwC

The vibrant business and philanthropic community set a new fundraising record when it came together for the eighth annual Hungry Hearts, a unique foody fundraiser for Our Place, raising over $170,000. That’s over half a million dollars YOU helped raise towards work as therapy programs that instill confident, pride and hope for so many.

Top local chefs from 13 local restaurants used their culinary expertise and imagination in a competition to see who could create the most popular and delicious land (mushroom) and sea (halibut) creations.

Guests were invited to “vote with their heart” in crowning their favourite dish. With over 2,100 votes cast through the Times Colonist website, the winner is Fireside Grill.

Our Place took a multi-pronged approach to Hungry Hearts, its annual ­fundraiser, with the culinary competition, as well as an online auction and a virtual gala.

We are so grateful to everyone who made this event such a tremendous success – from everyone who donated hundreds of incredible auction items to all of the local restaurants and their patrons who voted to CHEK News for spreading the word through the Hungry Hearts broadcast – we could not have done this without you, our Hungry Hearts community. Thank you!

You can still make a donation by calling us at 250-940-5060, or visiting our donation page!

Click here to see photos of the event and the filming of the broadcast! Thank you so much to everyone for their support of Hungry Hearts 2021!

Best of the Region Auctions – NOW CLOSED

With the support of the local business community, the charity launched its largest ever-online auction. Stay tuned to find out how much was raised thanks to their generous support!


Land and Sea Restaurant Competition
– August 10 to September 7

We searched for Victoria’s favourite halibut and local mushroom dishes. Over 2,100 people visited our 13 competing restaurants and voted for their favourites on the Times Colonist contest page.

The winners were announced on on Saturday, September 18 at 6pm on the 1-hour Hungry Hearts Broadcast on CHEK Television.

Times Colonist People’s Choice:

  • 3rd Place: Il Covo
  • 2nd Place: Spinnakers
  • 1st Place: Fireside Grill

Chefs’ Choice:

  • Runner Ups: House of Boateng and Aura Restaurant (tie)
  • Winner: Saveur

The delicious Land and Sea dishes will be continue to be served at the restaurants will continue to be served in coming weeks, so be sure to drop by and support our local restaurants and thank them for being a part of Hungry Hearts.

Thank you to the following restaurants for participating in the 2021 culinary competition:

We also asked for the help of two of the region’s top chefs, Takashi Ito and Peter Zambri to let us know their top favourites as well (seen here with CHEK News anchor Joe Perkins). Thank you Chefs Ito and Zambri for all that you did to make this year such a memorable event!

The Hungry Hearts Broadcast on CHEK Television and livestream
– September 18 at 6:00pm

The main event was a one-hour television show on CHEK and CHEK+ (CHEK+ is available now to be downloaded for free on Apple TV, iOS, Android Mobile, and some Android TV devices), hosted by CHEK News Anchor Joe Perkins. It featured:

  • A cooking demonstration from Executive Chefs Peter Zambri and Takashi Ito
  • A special performance by the Juno Award winning band Dear Rouge
  • Stories of strength and determination from people who have faced poverty and addiction
  • The awarding of this year’s Hungry Hearts champion based on the Land and Sea competition as well as some behind the scenes fun from our culinary judges.

And much more… watch it below!