Fundraising and Special Events

Big Night at the Green Barn

Ten years ago, a community came together.

Inspired by The Stop’s mission to connect people around good food and thriving gardens, they created Big Night at the Green Barn—a vibrant celebration of the rich history of growing food in Toronto.

This vital fundraiser has since grown into a beloved local tradition. Every June, guests gather to enjoy a magnificent family-style meal inspired by classic Italian home cooking and prepared by some of the city’s finest chefs. Since the first Big Night in 2009, over 3,500 guests have raised $1,944,710 for The Stop’s community programs.

Thank you for joining us in 2019!


Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | Reception: 6pm, Dinner: 7pm


Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St.

The Food


Albert Ponzo, The Royal
Crispy polenta, pecorino and spring pesto

Monica Bettson, The Stop Community Food Centre
Antipasto platter: roasted and marinated Ontario vegetables, orange and thyme olives, Prairie Boy crostini, a trio of seasonal dips

Daniel Galletti and Sarah Wilcox, Pusateri’s
Warm Ricotta Bowl

Gabrielle Paganelli,Speducci Mercatto
Cured Meats


Lorenzo Loseto, George Restaurant
Crocchette di mozzarella with arugula salad


Elena Morelli and Eron Novalski, Aria, Noce
Risotto with wild mushrooms, sweet peas, stracciatella di burrata


Ted Corrado, The Drake
Slow-roasted Cumbrae’s lamb shoulder, wilted dandelion with peperoncini and white anchovy salsa


Giovanna Alonzi, Sud Forno, Terroni
Gelato and bomboline, nutella and cream


Event Committee

Big Night couldn’t happen without the passion, generosity, and hard work of our volunteer-led Event Committee.

On behalf of the many thousands of people who rely on The Stop’s food access and community-building programs, we thank you!

Freddy De Gasperis, Deena DelZotto, Johnny Guglietti, Stephen Longo, John Montesano, Christina Sorbara, Saverio Veltri

Our Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

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Food and Beverage


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