Food Court Social Distancing

A selection of plates

The Food Court Social is George Brown College Foundation’s signature fundraising event, with proceeds going to George Brown College’s Augmented Education program. Over the years, the Food Court Social has drawn on the creativity and expertise of Toronto’s celebrity chefs, culinary artists and restauranteurs to become an iconic foodie fundraiser, bringing Toronto’s business community, philanthropists and educators for a night jam-packed with fine cuisine and exceptional entertainment.

In 2020, the George Brown College Foundation’s annual Food Court Social was transformed into a virtual culinary experience, aptly titled “Food Court Social Distancing”. Food kits were delivered to patrons and, on October 15th, 2020, Food Court Social supporters came together online to cook alongside George Brown College’s very own Master Chefs, Chef John Higgins and Chef David Wolfman. Thanks to the generous backing of our sponsors, Food Court Social Distancing netted over $150,000, with 100% of which going to the Augmented Education program.

This year, we are back and hungry for more!

On Thursday November 4th, 2021, the George Brown College Foundation will host another fantastic edition of Food Court Social Distancing. With more of Toronto’s top celebrity chefs lending support to this venture, it is sure to be even more exciting than before!

Participation in Food Court Social Distancing is reserved exclusively for sponsors. To donate or become a sponsor, please click the links below.

Become a Food Court Social Distancing Sponsor
Donate to Food Court Social Distancing 2021 


A man standing at a food truck
Chefs and Aug Ed students at Food Court Social
Woman at a stall at Food Court Social event

About The Augmented Education Program

George Brown College’s Augmented Education Program (Aug Ed) helps individuals with mental health and addiction challenges find and maintain employment. Aug Ed gives students the tools to achieve degrees of independence that would otherwise be extremely difficult to attain. Aug Ed provides job-focused education and training as well as post-program placement support.

This program offers two streams of training: the Culinary Skills (Preparatory Training) Program and the Construction Craft Worker Foundations Program. Successful completion of the program affords students their Ontario College Certificate as well as assistance finding jobs relevant to their training.

Aug Ed is offered at no cost to students and is partially funded by the government and by fundraising efforts. As the government provides performance-based funding, this means levels of funding fluctuate year-to-year. The funding raised by the Food Court Social is therefore essential to keeping this exceptional program operational and to help even more persons struggling with mental health and addiction challenges.

The Aug Ed program continues to function and serve its students from a distance during the pandemic, and as such, students still need your help.