This is Canada’s first HIV pop-up eatery with HIV-positive cooks

To reduce the stigma that people living with HIV/AIDS experience, a team of more than a dozen HIV-positive cooks will open Canada’s first HIV pop-up eatery in Toronto this week.

Led by chef Matt Basile of Fidel Gastro in Toronto, a team of 14 HIV-positive cooks aim to debunk myths surrounding the condition, by playing hosts to a two-day dinner party at June’s, where they’ll serve a four-course meal.

  • ontario john

    This is to be followed in diverse Toronto, with the opening of an eatery by muslims from Africa that have the plague.

    • Observer

      And they are discriminating against Pakistani cooks who have drug resistant tuberculosis!

      • UCSPanther

        I think TB, regardless of strain is all “drug resistant”…

        • HIV, plague, TB?

          I will be out of town for a week or so.

          Don’t save a seat for me.

  • Sharkibark
  • HIV+ Eatery. Sounds like a great gift certificate idea to leave under the tree from Santa Claus this Christmas for the progressives in your family. With a little note attached: “Non-transferable — cannot be re-gifted, signed, ‘Santa'”.

  • john700

    The way things go in Canada, soon it will be mandatory to accept blood donations from HIV positive people.

    • Liberal Progressive

      But if you don’t you are a wacist or a homophobe!

  • CodexCoder

    While I understand that strides have been made in the treatment of HIV, the elimination of HIV is still on the list.

    HIV, again as I understand it, is transmitted by intimate bodily fluid exchange, not via air. BUT, that being said, advertising that you have a communicable disease, and then expecting that someone will want you to cook a meal for them is a bit ridiculous.

  • Hard Little Machine

    For the record, scientists working with HIV utilize BL-2 protocols. This is standard industry summary of the protocol:

    Biosafety level two would cover work with agents associated with human disease, in other words, pathogenic or infectious organisms posing a moderate hazard. Examples are the equine encephalitis viruses and HIV when performing routine diagnostic procedures or work with clinical specimens. Therefore, because of their potential to cause human disease, great care is used to prevent percutaneous injury (needlesticks, cuts and other breaches of the skin), ingestion and mucous membrane exposures in addition to the standard microbiological practices of BSL 1. Contaminated sharps are handled with extreme caution. Use of disposable syringe-needle units and appropriate puncture-resistant sharps containers is mandatory. Direct handling of broken glassware is prohibited, and decontamination of all sharps prior to disposal is standard practice. The laboratory’s written biosafety manual details any needed immunizations (e.g., hepatitis B vaccine or TB skin testing) and whether serum banking is required for at-risk lab personnel. Access to the lab is more controlled than for BSL 1 facilities. Immunocompromised, immunosuppressed and other persons with increased risk for infection may be denied admittance at the discretion of the laboratory director.

    BSL 2 labs must also provide the next level of barriers, i.e., specialty safety equipment and facilities. Preferably, this is a Class II biosafety cabinet or equivalent containment device for work with agents and an autoclave or other suitable method for decontamination within the lab. A readily available eyewash station is needed. Selfclosing lockable doors and biohazard warning signs are also required at all access points.

    • Gary

      But would you eat there or work in the kitchen and bend over to pick up the ladle when it dropped on the floor.

  • QiPo

    Many years ago 4 colleagues went out lunch. The sun streamed in through a window across the table. I was surprised to observe spray ejected from the mouth of one speaking, striking iced teas and plates of food revealed by the light beams angle. I never forgot that event. That colleague passed from aids a few years later. Given my observation, I do not see how they can guarantee no cross contamination in a restaurant environment.

    • A cop once told me you could get STD’s from tears. I don’t know if he was making a metaphor (e.g. don’t cheat on your wife).

      • Gary

        Maybe he meant tears in the condom not tears from the ducts by your eyes .

  • Clink9

    Mmmm, anal sex n’ intravenous drug disease.

    Please sir, may I have another?

    • Gary

      It’s not true that HIV is only a problem for those into the Arts ……it’s being into the Arts, Joes , Bills, Teds , Brads and Lances that put you at risk.

  • UCSPanther

    “Stop resisting! I’m here to cure you!”

    -Medieval Plague Doctor

  • Norman_In_New_York

    This brings to mind the saying about too many cooks.

  • Manual Paleologos

    At least they advertise it on the window, so we can eat somewhere safe.

  • WildWelshWoman

    What’s next, a gourmet eatery in a leper colony?