1955 spring Ruth Eisenberg photo by Sam Perl of Perls Studio


I’m pleased to announce that my documentary MEET AND EAT AT LEE’S GARDEN will be broadcast by CBC on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 7 p.m. on the show Absolutely Canadian in Quebec only. It will also be available for streaming as of Friday, November 13th (Canada only) through CBC’s GEM app.

When I was a kid, my second home was our restaurant, Lee’s Garden. My father opened it in 1951  and operated it for about 20 years until he retired in the early 1970s. I started working there on Sundays when I was in elementary school and it became my summer job during high school.   The restaurant is the inspiration for many of my stories. It’s where I heard my father and the Greek and Jewish customers tell stories about immigrating to Canada. These stories were little gems as my parents didn’t talk much about their past, so I sat there quietly, listening as they talked and laughed about the people they knew, the jobs they had and the discrimination they faced. I only gleaned little details here and there and could never connect the whole story until recently, when a friend’s chance remark made me realize that the restaurant was more than just a way for my parents to make a living.

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