MATCH Eatery & Public House Launch Ontario Food Truck featuring Live Entertainment in Support of Make-A-Wish® Canada
Lunchtime Festivities to help Make-A-Wish Canada’s Wish Hero Campaign
September 23, 2021 – London, ON – Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (“Gateway”) is pleased to announce they have expanded their food & beverage operations to include mobile restaurant service with the launch of their “MATCH On The Move” food truck at Gateway Casinos London. This is the second food truck Gateway has opened since introducing their first mobile eatery last July in Langley, BC.
Gateway’s most successful signature food and beverage brand, MATCH Eatery & Public House (MATCH), is a contemporary themed pub that offers a great sporting and entertainment experience, with the atmosphere and comfort of a neighbourhood pub. The vision for Match On The Move is to bring the MATCH brand of pub tastes to the streets of the communities they operate with the familiarity of the bricks & mortar experience. Gateway currently operates MATCH restaurants at its casinos in Chatham, Point Edward and Sarnia, with more to come at other sites in Ontario.
The MATCH food truck menu is inspired by MATCH favorites – and will feature items such as Fish N’ Chips tacos, The Whole Hog pork belly sandwich, a Market Chicken salad and sweet treats like the Orange Creamsicle Float and S’mores Fries. MATCH On The Move will be travelling throughout southwestern Ontario this fall and will be returning next spring for a full summer season of good eats. You will find MATCH On The Move at the local hot spots around town and the truck will be available to book for private parties, community events and fundraisers.
“We are extremely excited to expand our popular MATCH Eatery & Public House brand and to share it with communities across BC and now we are bringing that experience to Ontario,” said Todd Pollock, Gateway’s VP of Food & Beverage. “We want to connect MATCH On the Move with local community groups and charitable organizations to enhance their fundraising efforts – starting with our national partners at Make-A-Wish® Canada and the Make-A-Wish® Foundation locally here in London.”
“We are thrilled to be a part of this unique and expanding initiative! It is with the support of our dedicated and passionate partners, like Gateway, that we are able to create hope and grant life-changing wishes to children with critical illnesses,” said Tiffany MacDonald, Vice President, Development (Central Canada), Make-A-Wish Canada. “The pandemic has impacted each and every one of us in some way, and for us, it means that thousands of wishes are now waiting. While we are still granting wishes within the limits of COVID-19, the funds and awareness being raised through programs like MATCH On The Move, will help address the backlog of wishes and allow us to continue unlocking the everlasting power of a wish.”
Kicking off the launch festivities in London is former “wish kid” and now goodwill ambassador for Make-A-Wish Canada, the very talented singer/songwriter, Sarina. Her wish was granted back in 2017 when she wished to perform an original song. Since her wish coming true, her music has gained the attention of many in the industry for her soulful lyrics that are beyond her years. Sarina will be performing two songs and personally recount her medical journey back to good health and the role Make-A-Wish played in helping bring her to the live stage.
When asked about her wish experience and the impact it’s had on her life, Sarina said, “my life has forever been changed since my wish coming true. Being able to experience the magic of a wish has inspired me to continue to use my passion for music to raise money for various charities in any way possible, locally and internationally.”
Throughout the fall, GatewayGIVES – Gateway’s community and charitable giving program – is proud to fundraise for Make-A-Wish Canada, a national partner of GatewayGIVES. During the next few months, every time customers purchase the Hero Burger a donation will be made to their Wish Heroes Campaign. Gateway Casinos London will be matching all donations up to $1,000.
Be sure to watch for the truck roaming a neighborhood near you! For more information and to book Match On The Move, please visit: matchpub.com/food-truck/.
To begin following the trucks on social media, go to:
Name: Match On The Move Username: @MatchTruck
Name: Match On The Move – ON Username: @MatchTruckON
Name: Match On The Move – BC Username: @MatchTruckBC
Name: Match On The Move ON Username:@MatchTruckON
Name: Match On The Move – BC Username: @MatchTruckBC
About Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (“Gateway”) is one of the largest and most diversified gaming and entertainment companies in Canada with 26 gaming properties in British Columbia and Ontario and two additional properties in Edmonton, Alberta. Across its entire portfolio, Gateway currently employs over 8,000 people and features approximately 421 table games (including 48 poker tables), 14,162 slots, 82 food and beverage outlets and 561 hotel rooms. A multi-pronged growth strategy has seen Gateway diversify and expand its product offering, including developing proprietary casino and restaurant brands, dramatically improving the gaming customer experience while attracting new customers. Some of Gateway’s proprietary brands include Match Eatery & Public House, Atlas Steak + Fish and the new Halley’s Club. In 2017, Gateway celebrated 25 years in the business of gaming and entertainment in Canada. Additional information is available at www.gatewaycasinos.com. * All figures as at February 13, 2020
About Make-A-Wish® Canada
Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. As an independently operating affiliate of Make-A-Wish International, Make-A-Wish Canada is part of the network of the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization. We serve children in every community in Canada, and in more than 50 countries worldwide.
Since 1983, Make-A-Wish Canada has granted over 36,000 wishes across the country, over 1,000 last year alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish Canada, visit makeawish.ca.