Christina Veira’s first love was always cooking and serving; growing up the child of elders in a large church, she was always helping prepare and serve food – for social gatherings and community outreach alike. She landed in the hospitality industry as a fluke; as a broke University of Toronto student, the lure of a free meal as a job benefit was very appealing. Twelve years later, she has occupied every front-of-house position (and a couple in the kitchen) while pursuing certifications in wine and beer. Most recently, she has focused on bartending and competitions while using her experience in restaurant and catering management to create memorable, lively and profitable fundraisers for charities. In the past two years, she has facilitated the fundraising over $40k in cash and in-kind donations for local charities, most notably Nellie’s Women’s Shelter. In 2018, she helped coordinate Speed Rack Canada Season 3 and has her sights set on creating a foundation to bridge the hospitality industry with local charities in local, impactful and cost effective ways.
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