40+ restaurants join forces 
to support health care heroes
Chopsticks to Vancouver Health Care Heroes #ChopstickstoHeroes

These are dark times, and the Greater Vancouver’s food and beverage industry has been one of the worst-hit by the COVID-19 disruptions. Chinese restaurants have even faced the large drop in sales since the end of January. Yet, when there’s darkness, there must be light.

Frontline health care workers have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic. Local Asian restaurants have decided to band together and offer a bit of solace: a nutritious and satisfying meal. This campaign is also to relay the effort from restaurants that have already been donating meals.

With an inseparable relationship with the restaurant industry, Chinese Restaurant Awards has co-created the Chopsticks to Vancouver Health Care Heroes #ChopstickstoHeroes campaign with contributors and participating restaurants. The first donation, consists of 1,500 nutritious lunch meals with vegetarian options, was sent to health care workers at the Vancouver General Hospital this April.

We are grateful for the indefatigable and selfless efforts from health care heroes combating the pandemic. We’ll get through this together.

April, 2020

1,500 meals to Vancouver General Hospital, donated by 30 restaurants.

900 meals to Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, donated and pledged. 

640 meals to Richmond General Hospital, donated and pledged. 

640 meals to UBC Hospital Purdy Pavilion, donated and pledged. 

500 meals to Royal Columbian Hospital, pledged. 

400 meals to Dr. Peter Centre, pledged. 

May, 2020

400 meals to three Covid-19 testing sites (Downtown, Central Park and Edmonds), pledged.


April 24, 2020 – We will temporarily discontinue the online crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe as we have received sufficient funding to run the meal donation to fulfil the previous immediate needs and requests from staff of hospital health care facilities which were/are at the fight of Covid-19 for the community.

April 3, 2020 – Due to overwhelming request and response, and also generous donation inquiry from public, we decided to launch “Pledge a Day” fundraising program of #ChopstickstoHeroes. General public can now support our efforts in providing food to the frontline health care heroes during this challenging time. The new initiative will also help the local restaurant industry. Keep them busy.

About “Pledge a Day“:

CAD 500 can help provide 100 emergency food box meals at one health care facility for one day.

Ways to contribute

– You can crowdfund with your friends and families to come up with an amount of CAD 500. Contact the Awards when you reach the goal. You can pay the restaurant directly.

– (Temporarily discontinued. Please do not have to contribute.) [ GoFundMe ] crowdfunding page

100% goes to the restaurants.

This fundraising initiative is co-created with Chef Xin Mao, Mr. Jason Yang and Mr. Alex Wang. Special thanks to their support.

Our goal is to simplify the procedure and ensure responsive action to the meal request from health care facilities. Since the Awards is not a registered charity organization, we cannot issue a charitable tax receipt. Our priority is to work with restaurants which may have encountered more financial crisis, cannot receive rent relief, and/or those who voluntarily sign up for the meal program.

If you are…

Health care organisations: in need of donated meals.


Restaurants: sign up to join the good cause.

Corporations: sponsor to fund the meal donation campaign.

Suppliers: donate products to help minimise food cost of the participating restaurants.

Media Inquiries | Press Release : April 2

Participating restaurants of other health care facilities’ meal donation campaign. Voluntary donation, Pledged or Funded by the Awards

Bamboo Grove Restaurant
Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle
Copa Cafe
Dinesty Dumpling House
Emperor’s Kitchen
Kitchen by Maji
M Cafe
M8 Bistro and Bar
Memory Corner
Myst Asian Fusion Restaurant
No. 1 Beef Noodle
New Fishport Seafood Bistro
Parker Place BBQ & Meats
Peninsula Seafood Restaurant
Saint Germain Bakery
Sweet Memory
The Dolar Shop
Big G Large Fried Chicken

#ChopstickstoHeroes 1 x 1 Chef series

Fable Kitchen’s Chef Trevor Bird and M8’s Chef Xin Mao exchanged recipe and cook for UBC Hospital Purdy Pavilion. Read more about the collaboration.

Chef Trevor Bird, two-time finalist on Top Chef Canada and Top Chef Canada All Stars.

Chef Xin Mao, Top Chef Canada Season 8 competitor.

#ChopstickstoHeroes for Dr. Peter Centre

In Memory of Chef Nathan Fong, the Canadian culinary icon and connector for Chinese restaurant industry and community

Participating restaurants:

Fanny Bay Oyster Bar, Heritage Asian Eatery, Notch 8’s Chef Dennis Peckham and M8’s Chef Xin Mao

Innovative partner

Delivery partner

Fantuan Delivery

Supplier sponsor

Lee Kum Kee

Supplier sponsor

Wing Wing

Participating restaurants of Vancouver General Hospital Campaign. 100% donated

Bamboo Groove Restaurant
Cherry’s Food House
Chow Fusion Restaurant
Dinesty Dumpling House
Emperor’s Kitchen
Fortune Terrace Chinese Cuisine
Glorious Bao & Fried Rice
Gram Cafe and Pancakes
Hotpot Palace

Jianghu Taiwanese Pots & Wok Cuisines
Kyabia Japanese Restaurant
Liuyishou Hotpot
M Sushi
M8 Bistro and Bar
Me and Crepe
Memory Corner
New Fishport Seafood Bistro
New Mandarin Seafood Restaurant

Old Beijing Roast Duck
Peninsula (Oakridge) Seafood Restaurant
Seorae Korean BBQ
Shine Valley Lamb Soup
Sip Bowl La Mian
Szechuan Chili Restaurant
The Dolar Shop
The Fish Man
Tian Shi Fu Restaurant
Uno Beef Noodle
Yang Guo Fu Spicy Soup
Yuan’s Hotpot

Co-creator of VGH campaign 


Co-creator of VGH campaign 

tracy zhu studio

Delivery partner 

kabu eats

Supplier sponsor

Lee Kum Kee

Supplier sponsor

Other generous contributors: Olympic Distributors, Imaginarium, Love Survive, Canada ShanDong Association, Wai Lam Cheung, Vanpeople.com and Chihuo.

While the participating restaurants are supporting this good cause, we encourage the dining public to show the Canadian spirit of mutual support in fighting the pandemic by ordering take-out or delivery from these restaurants. Please contact them directly for ordering. #supportlocalbusiness

We also encourage you to support these fundraising campaigns to help the community and restaurant industry.

Greater Vancouver Food Bank : LINK 

Feed the Frontline Vancouver GoFundMe : LINK 

Vancouver Food & Beverage Community Relief Fund : LINK