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Table for 2000: Block party Christmas + dining hosted by UGM and Glowbal Collection

Vancouver, BC—Just in time for Christmas, thousands of Downtown Eastside residents will enjoy a world-class event on Tuesday, December 20th when Union Gospel Mission hosts Table for 2000, a festive, free culinary feast made possible by the generosity and volunteer-time of celebrated local restaurant group, Glowbal Restaurants. The entire event is designed to give Downtown Eastside residents a unique and delicious Christmas dining experience.

To accommodate so many guests, Union Gospel Mission will raise a massive tent outside of its building on Princess Avenue between Hastings and Cordova, seating several hundred people at a time. The spacious environment will ensure that guests don’t feel rushed as they enjoy hearty, fresh, custom-made creations from Glowbal’s gourmet chefs.

At the end of the evening, guests will depart with a bag full of goodies and a hand-written card from UGM’s Drug and Alcohol Recovery Program alumni, to help add some holiday cheer to their Christmas season.

UGM will offer a shopping cart valet service, so that guests can relax and dine leisurely with the knowledge that their belongings are secure. The SPCA will be on-hand to care for and feed dogs and other pets.  

The Details

WHAT: Union Gospel Mission partners with Glowbal Restaurant Group to present Table for 2000, a gourmet Christmas feast in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside that is free to all.

WHERE: Princess Avenue between Hastings and Cordova, beside Union Gospel Mission (601 East Hastings). The street will closed to traffic for this event, and guests will enjoy the meal in a massive heated tent while being serenaded live entertainment.
WHEN: Tuesday, December 20, 2011; 3:00pm – 7:00pm

•    Over 200 Glowbal servers, chefs, hosts and community members are collaborating to make this event possible
•    Music from the Vancouver Firefighter band
•    Music from Hot Club of Mars jazz band
•    Appearance from Santa Claus

MEDIA:  Interested journalists are welcome. Set up begins at 2:00 pm. The first meal is served just after 3:00 pm. Planning a live broadcast? A heads-up is appreciated to Keela or Laura (contact details below).

Union Gospel Mission has been feeding hope and changing the lives of men, women, and children for over 70 years. Through its 9 locations in Metro Vancouver and the city of Mission, UGM provides counseling, education, safe housing, and alcohol and drug recovery to those struggling with poverty, homelessness, and addiction. The heart of the mission is to demonstrate God’s transforming love, ease the burden of the most vulnerable, rebuild the lives of the broken, and offer dignity to those who feel cast aside. To find out more, visit


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