A Note on Food and Giving
by Susan Winters, Volunteer Coordinator
photo from: www.thatscoop.com
This past weekend, my family and I sampled the edible delights of Indian Fusion, an Indian-Fijian restaurant located in the calm outskirts of downtown Edmonton. It’s an establishment that puts thought into every aspect of your meal. The dining room is small, yet seats several large families comfortably. The modest space also allows for Parkash or Chanchal’s warm greeting from behind the bar as you walk in. Subtle curiosities nestle in every corner and your eye has a surprising place to land all the time it wanders. My favorite items were the ornamental porcelain knobs adorning the tops of each chair.
The food was amazing. The spice level (offered to us on a scale of one-to-five) matched our semi-adventurous expectations. The butter chicken stood out for hearty chicken, noticeable fresh tomato flavor and creaminess. Baby okra in the Bhindi Masala was cooked to the best of soft and firm. I could go on.
There are two special reasons why Indian Fusion has found its way into The Works to Work blog:
1. Parkash’s dedication to his community ought not to be forgotten.
You might know Indian Fusion as “the restaurant that gives food to people who are down on their luck.” It’s true. On the back door of Indian Fusion, the sign reads, “Dear friends, if you are hungry and have no money to pay, just ring the bell below or come in for a free meal box/coffee anytime.”
I know many local businesses that rally for community, but Parkash’s message is especially powerful. The simple gesture of giving food blows away the dust. It is a direct connection that exceeds politics – the awful red tape of giving.
2. Indian Fusion is a sponsor for The Works volunteers!
At The Works, we depend on many local businesses to energize, recognize and appreciate our volunteers. I am humbled by this generosity. Gathering donations, I’m reminded that behind good businesses are good, motivated people and I can’t wait to see our volunteers devouring an Indian Fusion meal.
Susan Winters, born in Dauphin, Manitoba, is a screenwriter, poet, and recent
graduate from the University of Victoria.
In 2014 Susan won Best Screenplay through the Reel Shorts Film Festival with the script, Little Thailand, which she directed the following year. Her poetry has appeared in publications including,This Side of West (2016) and Canthius (2015). She placed second in (parenthetical)’s Blodwyn Memorial Prize and two of her poems were shortlisted for PRISM international’s Poetry Contest (2016).