Hungry Hearts 2022 Gala Fundraiser

Announcing the eight competing kitchens participating in the Hungry Hearts Culinary Competition:

Camosun College Culinary Program
Delta Hotels by Marriott Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort
Fairmont Empress
Inn at Laurel Point
Saveur Restaurant
Tapestry Victoria Harbour
The Big Spoon
Virtuous Pie

Check back for the names of the competing chefs and the signature dishes they will be presenting at the September 10 gala fundraiser. We will also be giving a glimpse of their dishes during our Hungry Hearts broadcast on CHEK on September 3rd. Stay tuned!

Important dates:

  1. Hungry Hearts online auction: Item viewing begins August 26. Bidding begins August 29 and Auction closes on Saturday, September 10 at 8:30pm.
  2. Hungry Hearts Broadcast on CHEK Television: Saturday, September 3 at 5pm
  3. Hungry Hearts gala fundraiser: Saturday, September 10.

We are excited to present the return of the Our Place’s popular Culinary Gala. Hungry Hearts is presented by PwC in September of 2022. This high-profile food competition has raised an incredible $1,075,000 for Our Place over the past eight years and is considered Victoria’s favourite culinary fundraiser. We hope you will consider being a part of the 9th anniversary event.

We truly could not do this without the support of our community. We are asking you for your help to make this event the best yet. Please consider supporting Hungry Hearts and Our Place by donating to our Live or Silent Auctions. We also offer a great event sponsorship package if you would prefer to support the event with a monetary contribution.

Our auctions will be held online at and can be accessed by all. Opening up our auctions means we are able to promote our supporting businesses.  and their donated products and services to thousands of people across the region. Donors will be recognized on our event webpage with a link back to your business. We will also thank and acknowledge you in a Times Colonist display ad and on social media.

In addition to the great marketing benefits, donors and bidders will have the satisfaction of helping to provide thousands of people with a feeling of hope and belonging. You would be funding warm, nutritious meals, counselling, hot showers, free clothing, programing and outreach services to Victoria’s most vulnerable: the working poor, the impoverished elderly, the mentally and physically challenged, the addicted, and the homeless.

All funds raised at Hungry Hearts will directly support Our Place and will allow us to meet the critical needs of our most marginalized members of society. Please consider helping us transform the lives of others by making a donation to the event. This year, the money raised will go to our food security program. For so many, who access our vital programs and services, it all starts with a meal!

Auction donors: We ask that  auction donations be received no later than August 20, however if you can get them to us sooner it would be incredibly helpful. We are able to arrange for pickup of your donation with the support of Maximum Express.  Please make sure to list your website so we can help promote you! The more you can describe your product(s) or service(s), the better! If you need any additional information please contact Steven Seltzer at: (Office) 250-940-5064 or by email .

Thanks in advance for your support!

(Watch for more information in the coming months re. Hungry Hearts our broadcast, auctions and gala event.

Looking back at our 2021 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 money 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!

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!


2021 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, 2021 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!