Reap’ing the benefits

On September 25th, REAP (Respect for the Earth and All People) is hosting their 7th Annual Food for Thought gala. Featuring sample selections from 22 local chefs and artisans the event is sure to be a success.

But REAP’s event is much more than just delicious food. As many local businesses struggle in in Calgary’s current economic landscape, by shining a positive light on local businesses, REAP hopes to show “the vibrancy and sustainability of our city, and encourage Calgarians to shop and eat local.”

Stephanie Jackman, REAP’s Founder and President sees a huge opportunity with REAP and is, “proud to host Food For Thought and connect Calgarians with local farmers and chefs.” She continued, “during these tough economic times, it’s important to build a sense of community and keep more of our money re-circulating locally. When this also means eating higher quality, more delicious food that is better for us – it’s a win-win!”

REAP is a Calgary non-profit made for and run by locally owned businesses that care about the community and the environment. Food for Thought’s event continues this dedication to the community by being “bullfrogpowered” with 100% green electricity as well as working with Mealshare so that every ticket purchased will also give a meal to a person in need.

REAP businesses demonstrate that profit and helping the community do not need to be mutually exclusive. By patronizing a REAP business instead of a chain store or restaurant you not only support local businesses but also REAP’s community initiatives. These include having more Calgary businesses using renewable energy, reducing landfill waste and paying workers a Living Wage.

Food for Thought takes place this Sunday, September 25th at Hotel Arts. Tickets are available through their site or at the door.