Our Exceptional Story
Now that business is kicking off ‘for real’ I am excited to share a bit about who I am and my dreams and goals for A Dashing Pinch.
Born and raised in Toronto, I also met my better half, David, there. Two years after we married we had a perfect son, Nadav. When he was 8 months old our pediatrician started to become concerned about his gross motor delays. Fast forward, Nadav was diagnosed at 2.5 years with Angelman Syndrome. We went through the emotions every family with an exceptional diagnosis goes through. We mourned the loss of the child we thought we had. We reminded ourselves of the happy and healthy child we did have. We realigned our goals and ideas about what day to day life looks like, what long term life looks like. We mourned some more. And we celebrated. A lot. Nadav’s every milestone was celebrated. We adjusted our priorities. And we had 3 more perfect children. And life went on.
Receiving an exceptional diagnosis for a child has many implications. For one, I had to become ok with driving to different therapies and schools and doctors’ appointments - each on their own complicated schedule and ‘homework.’ Think soccer mom on steroids. I had to be able to be comfortable with the fact that giving up personal goals was ok. I would get a chance to do what I wanted, later, when life settled down. What the doctors don’t tell you is that life doesn’t really settle down. You learn to cope and manage with a fuller plate, but you will always have a part of you that worries and doesn’t sleep, a part that is living the goals and dreams of someone else. The worry is heavy. Really heavy. And it changes with time. The worries of will my child ever walk turns into will my child ever run? Will he be able to walk to a friend’s house independently? Will he have friends? Will he be accepted? Will his social interactions be meaningful? And then the second most stressful worry, what happens when he graduates high school? What will he do every day? Yes, I know he is only ten years old, but time flies. It really does. Will he go to school with a ‘helper’? Will he work? Who will hire him and what will he do? Will he be a really young resident in a nursing home and be excited about Thursday night bingo and pizza Tuesday?
Through all this worry A Dashing Pinch was born. What if I could open a business where Nadav could be employed? I took into consideration that Nadav loves watching cooking and baking shows and helping me in the kitchen. What if I could employ other exceptional moms who can’t commit to full time jobs? Because that was the other challenge of being a mom to an exceptional child. I couldn’t commit to much more than raising my son. There were too many sudden schedule changes and appointments.
Back to goals and dreams. A Dashing Pinch is a social enterprise. As a company, we employ exceptional moms first, and over time, we wish to also employ special needs individuals. We provide high quality healthy and wholesome kosher food that is always freshly prepared at very reasonable prices. We take pride in presentation. We are prepared to meet complicated dietary needs (these could be related to allergies, preferences, or kashrut-related such as chalav Yisrael). Send us a message telling how we can help cater your next event or prepare a dinner for you. We are also happy to cater work-related events such as business lunches and holiday parties.