Executive Producer and narrator chef Anthony Bourdain, at the October 2017 premiere of “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste,” at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in New York. (Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP photo)

Restaurateur honours late Anthony Bourdain with dinner supporting youth mental health

June 25 fundraiser to be held at Uli’s in White Rock

A fundraiser dinner planned for this coming Tuesday on White Rock’s waterfront aims to celebrate an “iconic humanitarian” while raising support and awareness for youth dealing with mental illness.

Tyson Blume of Uli’s Restaurant (15021 Marine Dr.) said 100 per cent of proceeds from #BourdainDay for DiscoverY will be donated to Sources DiscoverY program, which offers short-term counselling for struggling youth and young adults.

The fundraiser was planned in honour Anthony Bourdain, the well-known chef, author and TV personality who took his own life a year ago in France.

READ MORE: Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain found dead at 61

In material promoting the fundraiser, Blume describes Bourdain as “an international treasure.”

“For me personally, I have never been so sad to lose someone I have never met and I think part of that is because you could see how genuine of a human being he was,” Blume writes.

Blume told Peace Arch News that he appreciated Bourdain’s “take on the world,” and how he provided insights on people and places that many would otherwise have never imagined.

“His show was really more about people than it was about food,” Blume said Wednesday. “He just brought you to families… real-life stuff.

“There’s not enough of those kind of people in this world. Unfortunately, I think it was also his undoing.”

Noting Bourdain was said to have taken his life as a result of years struggling with mental illness, specifically depression, Blume said he could see how some of the things Bourdain saw in his travels could take a toll.

Celebrating Bourdain while supporting a program that helps youth navigating a difficult journey was an easy decision, said Blume.

“If you can help one child or youth, that’s huge,” he said.

Tickets to the dinner – which is taking place on what would have been Bourdain’s 63rd birthday – are $125.

Blume noted that guests familiar with Bourdain will notice a theme in the evening’s eight-course menu.

“A lot of the meals… there’s some play on stuff that he liked,” he said.

“Seven of them, if you watch enough shows, you’d recognize a kind of play on what he liked.”

As example, Blume pointed to the planned dessert, which is a cheese dish. It’s “because he hated baking.”

For tickets to Tuesday’s event, call 604-538-9373.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Bloodhounds join the search for missing Chilliwack woman

Petsearchers Canada arrive in town Monday afternoon to help out

‘No little nook and cranny that’s too small’ in search for Chilliwack woman, say RCMP

Residents urged by police to assist in search for Grace Baranyk by checking property thoroughly

Search continues for missing elderly woman in Chilliwack

RCMP, Chilliwack Search and Rescue and community members combing area for Grace Baranyk

Big Chill a hot event in Langley

Flight Museum holds “ask the pilot panel” and demos flights for young pilots over the weekend

VIDEO: Hiker airlifted from Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park Sunday

Park east of Chilliwack popular with tourist and B.C. residents who walk up to the falls

‘Bad choices make good stories’: Margaret Trudeau brings her show to Just for Laughs

Trudeau says over the decades she has been suicidal, manic, depressed

UPDATE: Youth seen with gun at Nanaimo mall, suspect now in custody

Woodgrove Centre shut down during police incident

B.C. man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Last known case of human rabies in B.C. was 16 years ago

Crown recommends up to two-year jail term for former Bountiful leader

Crown says sentence range should be 18 months to two years for Bountiful child removal case

B.C.-wide police efforts identify Vancouver Island robbery suspect

Warrant issued for arrest of North Vancouver man for TD Bank robbery

VIDEO: Wolf spotted swimming ashore on northern Vancouver Island

Island wolf population estimated at under 150 in 2008, says VI-Wilds

Diversity a Canadian strength, Trudeau says of Trump tweets at congresswomen

Trudeau avoided using Trump’s name when he was asked about the president’s Twitter comments

B.C. couple bring son home from Nigeria after long adoption delay

Kim and Clark Moran of Abbotsford spent almost a year waiting to finalize adoption of Ayo, 3

Garneau ‘disappointed’ in airlines’ move against new passenger bill of rights

New rules codified compensation for lost luggage, overbooked flights

Most Read