Sophia Ikura


Sophia Ikura is the Executive Director of the Population Health Solutions Lab. The lab is dedicated to bringing together partners from social and health systems to tackle some of the most complex issues that pose a threat to health and well being.  Rapid ethnographic research is followed by testing solutions for solving homelessness, isolation and stigma. We work to support thriving and resilient communities with the goal of dramatically changing people's lives and their health for the better.  


Outside work, life is full and happy with her three kids, love of travel and new food. She and her husband Joshua Tepper look forward to putting on a spread and sparking interesting conversation with Homes for Dinner 2018. 

Sara d’Amato

Writer, Wine Critic, Educator, Sommelier

Sara is a Toronto-based wine consultant, educator, sommelier, wine critic and principal partner with She has worked in cellars both in Niagara and in Bordeaux, France. Sara formerly held the title of Sommelier of Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto and at the Platinum Club of the Air Canada Centre. Sara writes freelance for a number of publications and travels extensively reporting on classic and emerging wine regions. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Niagara College’s Winery and Viticulture technician program, she continues to participate in judging wine competitions across the country and abroad such as Argentina and Portugal. Currently, Sara is President of the Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers and is an instructor of the Wine and Spirits Education Trust program in Toronto with Fine Vintage Ltd. With a global perspective, Sara’s paramount focus is on southern French wine regions and she is an accredited Rhône Valley Vineyards Educator.



Appetizers - Assorted Crostini



Arpege Egg



Tuna Crudo, Ajo Blanco, Roasted Grape, Marcona Almond



Endive, Orange, Sour Dough and Walnut Granola



Duck w Hazelnut, dates and sour cherries





Blue Cheese Cheesecake w Honey and Pistachios or Flourless Chocolate Cake w Creme Fraiche

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