Indulgence cupcakes
[Indulgence cupcakes]

It’s gourmet cupcake time! The Cupcake Throwdown is an annual event benefiting the H.A.V.E. Culinary Training Society, an important community member of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

H.A.V.E.’s mandate is to provide residents of their community with culinary training, Food Safe certification, and supportive work placements. H.A.V.E. aims to “eliminate the experience of social isolation associated with unemployment in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside while increasing self sufficiency and access to employment for those who have been excluded from meaningful work”. Many DTES lives have been changed through this vital awareness program.

H.A.V.E.’s onsite cafe, located at 374 Powell Street, is also open to the public from Monday to Friday (9 am to 2 pm) for full breakfast and lunch. H.A.V.E. infuses the same passion and care they have for their students into their food, preparing all items from scratch using locally sourced ingredients.

For three years, The Cupcake Throwdown has hosted bakers going head to head, vying for cupcake supremacy. This delicious, sugar-fueled event raises much needed funds for H.A.V.E. Attendees can help the organization “one cupcake at a time”. And who doesn’t love a tasty cupcake or two? If you would like to volunteer, bake, or support the event in any way, contact Stephanie either by email vancouver.cupcake.throwdown [at] gmail [dot] com or by phone: 604.506.0112.

Event sponsors as of this writing include kunstudios, DJ Hebegebe, Nicli Antica Pizzeria, John Fluevog Shoes, ACME Cafe and Chapel Arts.

Cupcake Throwdown
Venue: Chapel Arts, 304 Dunlevy Street, Vancouver
Date: February 16, 7 to 10 pm
Tickets: $10 admission includes five tastings. Additional tasting tickets $1 each; all proceeds go to H.A.V.E.

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