Party For A Cause This Holiday Season

Red Door Family Shelter Partners with Chef’s Catering to Fill the Bellies of Homeless Mothers and Their Children


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TORONTO, November 29, 2018 – ‘Tis the season of giving and a unique partnership between Red Door Family Shelter and local, family-run business, Chef’s Catering, allows companies to give back in an entirely new way. Specializing in corporate foodservice, Chef’s Catering will match every meal purchased from them, with a meal for the women and children seeking refuge at Red Door Family Shelter, starting this December and continuing through 2019. So, this holiday season, companies are encouraged to order and celebrate for a cause and leverage their office parties, lunch-and-learns and team-building sessions to provide those in need with healthy and delicious food.

Located in downtown Toronto, Red Door Family Shelter is a charitable organization that provides emergency shelter to women and children fleeing intimate partner violence. The shelter houses approximately 300 homeless mothers and their children annually, not only providing them with food, shelter, and safety, but also with counselling, legal support and help finding affordable housing once they are ready to leave. Their mission struck a cord with Justin Siklis, President of Chef’s Catering, whose goal is to donate 50,000 meals over the next year.

“When people feel safe, are cared for and fed well, it gives them a sense of dignity and it empowers them in other aspects of their life,” explains Siklis. “That’s why we wanted to partner with Red Door—to help these women and kids start their new chapter on the happiest and healthiest note possible.”

“We are humbled and extremely excited to announce our partnership with Chef’s Catering,” explains, Carol Latchford, Executive Director at Red Door Family Shelter. “This opportunity will have a huge impact on our organization’s bottom-line and the families we serve.”

If you’re interested in hiring Chef’s Catering for your corporate catering needs, office party, events, team or client meetings, you can check out their inspired holiday menu here:

If you don’t have any catering needs but would like to make a donation to Red Door Family Shelter, visit

Cooking for a crowd this holiday? Try this recipe for an easy (and delicious!) appetizer developed by Chef’s Catering owner and operator, Justin Siklis.

Festivus Balls

1 – 2 pounds sliced turkey (white and dark meat)
2 cups leftover stuffing
2 cups equal parts of carrots, potatoes or whatever other vegetables you have.

1. Heat oven to 375°F.
2. Slice Turkey into chunks and dice all vegetables.
3. Mix together with the stuffing in a large bowl.
4. Roll the mixture into balls. If the mixture doesn’t stick together add a little stuffing or gravy into the mixture.
5. Put gravy at the bottom of baking pan and put the balls on top of the gravy in a single layer. Cover and bake for 20 to 30 minutes until the meatballs are heated through.
6. Garnish with fresh parsley or herb of choice and serve with cranberry sauce and gravy on the side.

Alternatively, fill small muffin molds with the turkey, veggie and stuffing concoction and top with a doll-up of mash potatoes and gravy when cooked through. Make sure to spray the molds prior to filling them with the mixture.

About Red Door Family Shelter
For over 35 years the Red Door Family Shelter has been on the front lines of delivering support services to homeless families, refugees, and women escaping intimate partner abuse with their children. The Red Door provides safe and supportive emergency shelter to over 300 families in the Greater Toronto Area every year. In addition to shelter, the Red Door provides critical services to help families to heal, rebuild their lives and integrate back into a community. These include: counselling, medical assistance and referrals, legal and immigration assistance, child care and educational programs, support in securing permanent housing and outreach services for families in need.

About Chef’s Catering
Chef’s Catering is a family-run business founded in 1974 by corporate Chef Peter Siklis. Today, with his son Justin at the helm, the company has grown throughout the GTA and boasts an impressive roster of corporate clients including Staples Canada, Apple Canada, CGI and Coca Cola Canada to only name a few. Chef’s Catering has continued to thrive for 44 years by maintaining a steady focus on high-quality, delicious and nutritious foods and service, which involves innovation, creativity, and the ability to be flexible and responsive to their client’s needs. The company has set themselves a goal of providing 50,000 meals to domestically displaced mothers and their children in 2019 through a unique partnership with Red Door Shelter in Toronto.

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For more information or to schedule an interview with a representative from Red Door Family Shelter or Chef’s Catering, please contact: The PR Department at 416.535.3939 or by email at [email protected].