Drinking for charity



The Wynn Against Hunger food drive will run from Mon., Feb. 12 to Mon., Feb. 19. People can bring in donations of non-perishable food items to any of the following drop-off locations:
• St. Albert Place
• St. Albert Centre
• Any St. Albert Public School or Greater St. Albert Catholic School in the city
• Servus Place
• Either office of MP Michael Cooper or MLA Marie Renaud
• Love Pizza
• Any regular drop-off bin at grocery stores including Save-On Foods, Superstore, Safeway or Sobey’s

If hanging out at the library after hours is your idea of a fun time, Peter Bailey has an upcoming event that is going to take your palate on the gustatory equivalent of a roller coaster ride.

He will be hosting the Beer and Chocolate Pairing Fundraiser in just a few weeks. Don’t worry, Bailey has an extensive career in drinking beer so he knows what he’s doing. He isn’t just the director of the St. Albert Public Library either; he’s also been the beer columnist for The Tomato Food & Drink magazine for about a decade. He’s so committed to his passion for beer that he once drank a different beer every day of a calendar year.

But with chocolate?

“It was one of my beer epiphanies early on. I was in first year university. I got dared to have a pint of Guinness. It seems ridiculous now. This was the early ’80s and dark beers like Guinness were kind of a fearsome thing. One of the first things I thought was ‘this kind of tastes like coffee.’ Coffee and chocolate are two of the key tastes that come out of dark beers like stouts and porters like Guinness,” he said.

“Right from the start of my interest in unusual beers or craft beers or the wider beer world, there was that taste in there. When people talk about a chocolate beer, generally they’re talking about beers that have a bit of a chocolate taste or aroma. That generally doesn’t come from chocolate or cacao in the beer. It comes from the roasted malts.”

Bailey will bring a selection of different beers and chocolates for the assembly to sample.

The event will be held in Forsyth Hall at the library from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 2. Visit www.sapl.ca for more information.

Attendees will learn tips on what beer to pair with what chocolate, although non-drinkers are encouraged to come out as well. Tickets are $40 (or $15 for non-beer drinkers) and can be purchased from the customer service desk at the Library or by calling 780-459-1530. All proceeds will go to support the St. Albert Readers’ Festival.

Valour Place donation

The City of St. Albert made a recent contribution of $2,476.18 to Valour Place after its cheque of $11,000 last year. That sum of $13,476.18 represents the fulfillment of the total proceeds that were raised during the Capital Region Golf Tournament, which the city hosted in 2017. This recent cheque was made possible after the city’s year-end review identified that there was additional revenue from the tournament.

Valour Place is an organization that supports families of the fallen, veterans, members of the Canadian Forces, RCMP, first responders and their families by providing temporary lodging for those who require medical treatment in Edmonton but do not live in the area. People can learn more by visiting www.valourplace.ca.

Wynn Against Hunger is on

The new food drive in memory of Const. David Wynn started this week with people being asked to make donations to the St. Albert Food Bank.

“St. Albert is an amazing community that comes together when it needs to. Our families have had a rough couple of years. Last year, we made almost 3,000 hampers and fed over 8,000 people,” said food bank director Suzan Krecsy in a Facebook video posted on the Cominghome Real Estate page on Friday.

The campaign will run until Mon., Feb. 19 – Family Day, with home pickups starting the following day. People can inquire about pickups or volunteering via email at unitedinlight1234@gmail.com.


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Scott Hayes

Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns and profiles on people.