David Brown, owner of Fearless Meat, named Beach Citizen of the Year for 2022 – Beach Metro Community News
David Brown, featured at Fearless Meat Grill on Kingston Road, has been named Beach Citizen of the Year for 2022. Photo: Alan Shackleton.
The Beach Citizen of the Year for 2022 is David Brown, owner of Fearless Meat on Kingston Road.
A ceremony to present him with this honor will be held on Saturday, October 1 at the Millennium Garden in Woodbine Park starting at 12:45 p.m.
Brown opened the Fearless Meat restaurant in early 2018 and quickly became involved in supporting many community causes and local businesses. He has held fundraisers for a number of local businesses, organizations and initiatives over the years, including Variety Village and Beach Metro Community News.
“I am deeply honored and will do a great job of being a community ambassador in the future,” he said after being named Beach Citizen of the Year for 2022.
“I help with a lot of things because I’ve known what this situation is like when you don’t have a lot of money since I was a kid,” he said.
In addition to supporting charities and local causes, Brown is also known for distributing free food items to children, veterans and their families, and those in need.
“I remember ice cream was something we couldn’t afford, so now every kid can come here and have ice cream,” he said. “The reality is that even now it’s not possible for every family to be able to afford ice cream cones for their children.”
A butcher for nearly 50 years, Brown said it’s a profession with a long tradition of helping people in need. “I have been a butcher for 50 years and it is a tradition that I have always taken very seriously.”
A craft that dates back hundreds of years, the tradition of helping others dates back to the close relationships butchers had with the farmers and people of the towns and villages they served.
Fearless Meat’s slogan is “tender as a butcher’s heart” and it’s a philosophy Brown lives by.
Originally from Kincardine on Lake Huron, Brown has been a Beach resident since the early 1980s. He has been a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) since 1988, and culinary icon Julia Child has dubbed him ” The Butcher of Canada” after cooking for her and 200 of her friends in Rhode Island.
Helping others has always been part of what Brown does. “Fearless Meat is going to support and be a leader in the community,” he said.
“I think it’s important to do the right thing and step in to help people. I lead by example and hope it inspires other business people who can help others. when they can.
Brown’s leadership was particularly felt in the early days of COVID-19 when the virus began making headlines. The owner of a Kingston Road flower shop has been the victim of a racist tirade linking COVID to China. Brown stepped in to offer his support to Flower Center owners Andy Sue and Wing Ye after the incident by encouraging others to shop at the store and condemning racism on behalf of all other local business owners.
Brown also shows his support for local veterans in a number of ways, including fundraising, hosting Remembrance Day events and donating free food.
“It’s important to step in and help people like seniors and people with problems. Veterans too. This is a group that has been very underrated. It is important to do what we can to support them,” he said.
In addition to involving Fearless Meat in fundraising, Brown also personally helps create supportive and affordable housing in Toronto. He did the same in Bruce County, where his hometown of Kincardine is located.
In 2015, Brown purchased two homes in Toronto’s Cabbagetown neighborhood and then helped turn them into transitional housing in partnership with First Nations representatives, the Ontario Ministry of Health, Good Shepherd Non-Profit Housing and the Toronto Community Health Centre.
He is now involved in a similar project with the Fred Victor Center for the building on the west side of Fearless Meat. Brown plans to expand the size of the restaurant and also create a six-story mixed-use building providing self-contained accommodation with supportive services.
“I am going through the process with the city for the building next door and will be expanding the restaurant and also having affordable housing apartments taken by the Fred Victor who will be administering the apartments and providing 24/7 support / 7 and individual case management for tenants,” Brown said.
He said he will also offer jobs at Fearless Meat to some of the residents living in the units once they are built.
“That’s where we’re going to help build self-confidence and job skills so they can leave the shelter system,” Brown said.
“I think it will be a very positive thing in the community. I hope there will be positive feedback, but I’m willing to sit down with people who have concerns.
He said business owners and landlords stepping up to do the right thing for those in need are critically important during the current housing and economic crisis many are facing. in Toronto.
“It’s not a band-aid solution. This is a permanent solution that can be replicated in other Toronto neighborhoods and across Canada,” Brown said.
A community supporter, Brown also wanted to thank local residents for their support of his business. Hw said he was very lucky to have been so strongly supported and embraced by the Beach community since he opened Fearless Meat.
“I love this area and I’m proud of the people who are so selfless when helping others and it reflects the strength of the community.”
The Beach Citizen of the Year has been awarded since 2001. It is awarded to someone who has worked hard for a period of time to improve life in the community, has had an impact on a wide range of community members, has made a tangible contribution over a long period of time and inspired others to become more involved in community life.
For more information, including a list of past winners, please visit https://beachcitizenaward.org