Momofuku Noodle Bar Toronto’s Executive Chef Hans Vogels visited CRC on September 26th to serve up his signature Chilled Spicy Noodles.

As part of a month-long celebration of Momofuku’s East Village Noodle Bar’s 15th Anniversary, Momofuku Noodle Bar Toronto serving up a “Throwback” noodle dish to its delighted clientele, while raising funds to support the Serge Ibaka Foundation’s FAST BREAK MEALS PARTNERSHIP with the CRC | Regent Park Community Food Centre. A portion of proceeds from each sale of Momofuku’s fan favorite “Chilled Spicy Noodles” dish, enjoyed over one month, has been donated to help the Foundation and CRC provide thousands of healthy, delicious, free meals to low income people in Toronto’s downtown east.

From August 10 to September 10, 2019, the Noodle Bar served almost 2,000 Chilled Spicy Noodles, the proceeds from which have translated into one day of delicious, healthy, free and dignified breakfasts and lunches for CRC Meal Program participants.

To add to this philanthropic contribution, on September 26th, Chef Hans Vogels worked alongside CRC Chef Jesus Gomez to serve up this same signature noodle dish to members of the Regent Park community who participate in our daily meal program. Chef Hans has been committed for a long time to the idea of using his influence and talent to impact a community facing food insecurity, and it was very important for him to roll up his sleeves, along with a number of Momofuku’s staff, to do what he does best – create and serve great food.

Hans is not only passionate about great food, he also happens to be a huge Raptors fan. His kitchen counter was decorated with Raptors jerseys, banners, and stickers, long before the Raptors made NBA Championship history this year. When Momofuku restaurant groups began organizing charitable events, a serendipitous meeting took place when Serge came into Momofuku Toronto. Turns out, Serge’s Manager Jordi Vila is also a huge, long-time Momofuku fan. And, it’s no secret that Serge is a talented chef as well as a star forward. One more coincidence; greens for this noodle dish are supplied by the New Farm, also a supporter of the CRC | Regent Park Community Food Centre.

Hans already had a list of charitable organizations he wanted to support,says Nadia Alam, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator at the Noodle Bar,and The Serge Ibaka Foundation was at the top of his list.

The FAST BREAK MEALS PARTNERSHIP now includes a contribution from Momofuku’s Toronto Noodle Bar to support CRC’s Meal Program. In basketball, fastbreaks are transitions, the whole team coming together to quickly change the game from defense to offence. The FAST BREAK MEALS PARTNERSHIP is focused on working as a team to overcome poverty.

Says CRC’s Executive Director, Claire Barcik, “We are so grateful for this truly generous gift and partnership with one of Toronto’s premier restaurants. We love that Chef Hans is bringing his talent and compassion to serve the Regent Park community and that Momofuku wants to help draw attention to the issue of food insecurity and poverty across the country, including in low-income communities like here in the downtown east. Our work in Regent has shown us that people’s lives are improved in profound ways through access to healthy, delicious meals, a great learning environment to build on food skills, a deep sense of community and the ability to grow your own food in one of our 240 community gardens.”