Poverty activists set to target pricey dome dinners

Poverty activists are targeting a pop-up luxury dining event located next to the site of a former homeless camp.

The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty dubbed Friday's protest ``Dinner With A View... Of The Rich.''

It's set to take place alongside a pop-up known as ``Dinner With a View,'' in which a minimum $550 purchase allows a party of four to nosh in a clear heated dome under the Gardiner Expressway. The three-course gourmet meal comes from former ``Top Chef Canada'' winner Rene Rodriguez.

Dinner organizers say their elaborate event takes place on property run by a charity, not by the City of Toronto which recently forced the removal of a nearby makeshift camp. The area is known as The Bentway, which offers year-round public events including a skate trail, markets and festivals.

The poverty group is promising a ``view of the brazenness of the wealthy and the brutality of the city'' with its own free three-course meal. They are encouraging participants to bring noisemakers as they demand adequate shelters and rent-geared-to-income housing.

``Dinner With a View'' runs until May 2. Another ``Dinner With a View'' event is slated for Montreal from April 16 to May 18.