Our annual Wine & Cheers event took place last Thursday, September 7th at Ristorante Verdicchio and was a great success with more than 100 attendees. Our guest speaker, Justine Martin shared her experience with the Win This Space competition and talked about how being let go of her job with Science North, ultimately lead her down the path she is on now. Having slipped into depression, and realizing that she found joy in baking and creating her culinary masterpieces, she went from having one or two orders a week to having to turn people away. Realizing that she could make a career out of this, and after hearing about the Win this Space initiative, she finalized a business plan and submitted her ideas. She is currently renovating the space that will be located across from Peddlers downtown. Justine describes it as a Dessert Lounge, where during the week you will be able to have your favourites, and on Friday and Saturday night it transforms to a space that you can come in and pair your favorite dessert with a drink. We can’t wait for it to open, and experience it ourselves! Justin James performed throughout the night, taking a pause for Justine and was a great addition to the event. Attendees really enjoyed the wine, the music, and Justine’s moving and inspirational keynote and we cannot wait for our next event.
Weren’t able to make it to the event? No problem, we recorded Justine’s amazing keynote and you can watch it here!