Design for a good cause

People in the magazine business don’t spend a lot of time pondering how to fill the restless hours. There’s always a lot to do, and precious little time in which to do it. So when magazine people take on an extra-credit project, you know it’s something that means a lot to them.
That’s certainly the case with Dine By Design East, where the hard-working team of volunteers includes Halifax Magazine publisher Patty Baxter and East Coast Living editor Janice Hudson. East Coast Living (which, like Halifax Magazine, is owned by Metro Guide Publishing) presented the event from October 30 to November 2.
The event brought 10 pairs of Nova Scotian designers and chefs together at Olympic Gardens for a showcase of interior design and local cuisine. Funds raised support design education at NSCAD University through the Amber Harkins Memorial Scholarship Fund. Amber, who died from cancer in 2012, was creative director at Metro Guide Publishing and editor of East Coast Living during its formative years. This event is an important way we mark her memory, while supporting young design talent.
At Dine By Design East, guests socialized with the designers, chefs, gallerists and trendsetters, at events that included a gala, a fashion show, public viewing of the design spaces, workshops, an “Avant Garde Cuisine” seminar and more. “Dine By Design East means a lot to us,” says Baxter. “With all our magazines, we want to be involved in our communities, helping good causes and doing things that make a difference. This is an ideal way to do that, and support the city’s up-and-coming talent.”
Check out our December issue for Randal Tomada’s photos from Dine by Design East.
Meanwhile in this issue, Janice Hudson visits the new Halifax Central Library, which is emerging as one of the city’s design triumphs. She talks with the people who designed the building about what makes it so special. And Katie Ingram visits some of the downtown’s most enduring architectural landmarks to look at how they got their unique names. (Spoiler: the Green Lantern Building has nothing to do with comic books.)
And we’re particularly excited about Suzanne Rent’s cover story. She profiles the efforts of the CeaseFire Halifax team, which is working to break the cycle of violence in target communities with an innovative new program that’s been successful in cities around the world.
Due to a research error, the story “Andre the giant” in our October 2014 issue incorrectly identified two people as minority owners of the Halifax Rainmen. In fact, Jadranka Crnogorac and Paul Riley have no ownership stake in the team. Halifax Magazine regrets the error.

This story was originally published in Halifax Magazine.

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