Ayoko Design would like to extend a huge thank you to Rebecca Smith and Charli Feener from Fast Track Films for doing such an amazing job capturing the Christmas spirit at our Table Stories event in December at Blue Moon Furniture store. As well, a special thank you to Tracy Koga from Hue for facilitating this filming project.
Community Tablescapes Decorated for Christmas & the Holidays
Tracy Koga and her production team at Hue did a wonderful job creating this video for Winnipeg Harvest. Take a peek to learn more about our Down to Earth cookbook project, and please help us reach our fundraising goal of $100,000 by sharing this video on social media.
We are planning to do a second print run of cookbooks, and hope you will tell all your friends and family about this amazing local project. The cookbooks are only $10 and make a great Holiday gift. Who doesn’t love soup?
Since we first launched our Down to Earth: Home Made Soups in Handmade Vessels cookbook at Winnipeg Harvest’s Empty Bowl Celebrity Auction on October 9th, we have nearly all 10,000 copies of our cookbook in circulation, and most have been sold.
Within the first couple weeks, we sold 5,000 copies, and we reached 6,000 copies within the first month. People in the publishing industry understand just how difficult it is to achieve this kind of success. Books and magazines published locally, by an independent publisher, just don’t move that quickly. So, why has our fundraising project been so successful? There is definitely a secret recipe, but the most important ingredients and key to our success have been COMMUNITY and COLLABORATION. It literally “takes a village”, and we are so honoured to have been part of this project.
Down to Earth is a product our Ayoko Design’s collaboration with the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s (WAG) CRAFTED Show + Sale, November 2 & 3. Now long time friends of Ayoko Design, Joyce Berry and Hennie Corrin, also the founder’s of CRAFTED, were instrumental in connecting me with the CRAFTED event. Last year, I came on board as the Philanthropic Chair. During it’s four years running, CRAFTED has supported collected hand knit scarves for Chase the Chill, hand made quilts and pillow cases for kids in hospital care, hand knit toques, mitts and socks for the Boys & Girls Club of Winnipeg, and now in 2018, we have created our Down to Earth cookbook in support of Winnipeg Harvest to fulfill the philanthropic component of the CRAFTED event.
Featuring 20 local chefs, who created the recipes, and 20 local ceramic artists, who made the beautiful soup bowls, Down to Earth showcases Winnipeg’s amazing local talent, and is an example of what a community working together can achieve. The WAG’s Director of Retail Operations, Sherri Van Went, was instrumental in coordinating our contributors and was never short of ideas. We had a lot of fun working together on this project, and it was a pleasure adding her to our creative team. Catherine Maksymiuk, Manager, Media & Marketing at the WAG also worked very hard at promoting our project. And, thank you to our editor, Jenny Gates and for the amazing photos by WAG photographer, Lianed Marcoleta and her assistant Ken Gregory.
Our project also could not have happened without the support of the WAG staff and CRAFTED volunteers who put on an amazing show, and Winnipeg Harvest’s CEO, Keren Taylor-Hughes, Colleen McVarish, Assistant Director of Development and Communications, Community Kitchen Facilitator, Anneliese Schoppe, and the Winnipeg Harvest volunteers who continue to work so hard selling our cookbooks.
Steampunk-Inspired Christmas dining table by Yoko Chapman of Ayoko Design, aDesigned Magazine.
Today is the final day of our Table Stories event Presented by Ayoko Design’s aDesigned Magazineand Blue Moon Furniture store at 109 Pacific Avenue it the Exchange District. Proceeds from the sales of our Down to Earth cookbook,a collaborative project of Ayoko Design and the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s CRAFTED Show + Sale, aDesigned Magazine, and 5% of ceramic sales will be donated to Winnipeg Harvest. Proceeds from Blue Moon’s draw for a teak root coffee table will be donated to Willow Place Women’s & Children’s Emergency Shelter.
Community Tablescapes Decorated for Christmas & the Holidays
Ayoko Design’s aDesigned Magazine & Blue Moon Furniture
IN SUPPORT OF
Winnipeg Harvest & Willow Place Women & Children’s Emergency Shelter
20+ breathtaking live edge tables decorated for Christmas & the holidays by local Builders, Interior Designers, Decorators & Artists.
Favourite holiday recipe samplings from local Chefs featured in the Down to Earth: Homemade Soups in Handmade Vessels cookbook (A Collaborative Project of Ayoko Design & the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s CRAFTED Show + Sale).
Great holiday gifts for sale including the Down to Earth cookbook, ceramic pieces made by the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s CRAFTED Artists, restaurant gifts cards for featured Chefs & Restaurants.
Food and art tell the story of our history, traditions, culture and backgrounds, and bring people together in every country around the world. Our food, serving vessels, dining tables and homes are inherently related. They all facilitate the sharing of a meal with friends, family, or even total strangers, and create the opportunity to celebrate our differences, share a common experience, and give the gift of nourishment and shelter. Because these are all things we value so deeply, it’s no surprise we take such pride and care in making these very practical objects in our lives both functional and beautiful.
If tables could talk, what would they say? Have you ever counted the growth rings in a tree? The heart of every tree trunk very literally tells us their story. And, just like with people, the environmental influences on the life of a tree make a mark. What Ayoko Design and Blue Moon Furniture share, is our commitment to supporting our community. Please help us make a mark together, and join us for a breathtaking display of Winnipeg’s art, craft, design and food at it’s finest! Our Table Stories event will not only support local businesses – Builders, Interior Designers, Decorators, Chefs, Restaurants and Artists alike – it will also support 2 important local not-for-profit organizations – Winnipeg Harvest and Willow Place Women & Children’s Emergency Shelter. What better time than the holiday season to celebrate the community that we all love and share?
5% of restaurant gift card sales will be donated to Winnipeg Harvest.
5% of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s CRAFTED artist’s sales will be donated to Winnipeg Harvest.
FOR WILLOW PLACE WOMEN & CHILDREN’S SHELTER
5% of the sales of Blue Moon’s furniture & accessories will be donated to Willow Place.
Blue Moon Furniture has donated a beautiful coffee table for our door prize. All proceeds from the sale of door prize tickets will be donated to Willow Place.
The beautiful trees used to make the majestic, one-of-a-kind pieces of nature’s artwork from Blue Moon’s signature live edge table line are grown from sustainable sources. Watch Blue Moon’s video for a glimpse of things to come at bluemoonfurniture.ca
Tablescapes will remain on display, and Down to Earth cookbooks, restaurant gift cards and ceramic wares will be for sale until end of day Wednesday, December 5th at Blue Moon Furniture. 5% of the sales of Blue Moon’s furniture and accessories will be donated to Willow Place from November 29th to December 5th.
Down to Earth: Homemade Soups in Handmade Vessels is a collaborative project of Ayoko Design and the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s CRAFTED Show + Sale. This special cookbook issue of aDesigned Magazine brings together 40 ceramic and culinary artists from Manitoba to feature 20 inspiring pairings of soup recipes and ceramic vessels. These stunning bowls are all souped up and the table is set for a visual feast, so please pull up a chair and join us for 20 extraordinary meals.
We invite you to order a copy of this special CRAFTED Cookbook in support of Winnipeg Harvest and help us achieve our fundraising goals.
Thank you to everyone that attended our launch party. We were able to kick-off our fundraising campaign for Winnipeg Harvest, and thanks to your generous contributions, we were able to donate over $1000!