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Let’s eat together

Celebrity chef Vikram Vij helped launch Touchstone Family Association’s Eating Together campaign Wednesday night.  - Bhreandáin Clugston photo
Celebrity chef Vikram Vij helped launch Touchstone Family Association’s Eating Together campaign Wednesday night.
— image credit: Bhreandáin Clugston photo

Richmond families are being urged to dine together and Touchstone Family Association has put together a week of activities to help bring people together at the table.

Eating Together—set for Feb. 24 to March 3—aims to raise awareness of the benefits of families eating together and raises funds for Touchstone’s Front Porch Program, which provides counselling and support services to families.

Eating Together encourages families to eat together through a series of activities such as community meals, cooking classes, restaurant participation and the distribution of awareness information. Organizers point to research that shows families that regularly share meals connect more effectively, have fewer problems and stay together.

“We believe it is much better to keep families strong,” said Michael McCoy, executive director of Touchstone.

Eating Together is returning for a third year.

Vikram Vij, an award-winning chef and co-owner of Vij’s and Rangoli restaurants in Vancouver, and co-author of two best-selling Indian cookbooks, turned out to a pre-event launch Wednesday at AutoWest BMW in Richmond. Touchstone’s week-long Eating Together campaign is close to Vij’s heart and is one of the reasons he created Vij’s At Home, his own name brand of frozen foods, which will be showcased at the event.

“Eating together should not be just for the sake of eating together,” Vij said.

“Eating together should be you are  communicating to each other, you are talking to each other, you are giving ideas,  you are getting into fights, you are having discussions, you are talking about what is important to  your child.”

Six community centres in Richmond have organized family meals in support of Eating Together, starting with the Eating Together Kick-Off Pancake Breakfast at Minoru Place Activity Centre this Sunday at 10 a.m.

Touchstone has also lined up five cooking classes during the week to help get home chefs inspired.

And the Better Together BC  program is holding two sesssions to help families and community leaders learn how to make eating times a positive experience.  This program will be held on February 28th from 7-8:30 p.m. in the second floor program room at the Brighouse branch, 7700 Minoru Gate and on Friday, March 1 at the Thompson Community Centre board room from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

For more information about the week’s activities and to register, visit

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