On December 10th, 2016, we hosted “Cook for Syria T.O.” at The Depanneur with The Newcomer Kitchen. Here are some photos from the event. Thanks to all who made this special evening a big success! [Photos by Ed Rek]
Slow Food Toronto is proud to announce that we are partnering with The Depanneur and the Newcomer Kitchen to host an event in celebration of Syrian food and the Newcomer Kitchen. December 10th is Terra Madre Day – Slow Food International’s day to promote the diversity of food traditions around the world. It’s also a day in celebration of how the Slow Food movement uses its creativity and knowledge to express love for the planet and defend the future for the next generations.
Join us on Saturday December 10th at 6:30 pm at The Depanneur.
Starter ~ Fattoush Salad فتوش & Fattayer Jibneh فطاير جبنة
This popular Levantine salad (Fattoush Salad) is made using toasted or fried pieces of pita bread combined with mixed greens, fresh vegetables like tomatoes, cucumber and radish, but varies according to season and region. Mint and parsley lend a freshness and fragrance, and dried sumac (the same staghorn sumac that grows here in Ontario) gives the olive oil-based dressing a distinctive tangy flavour.
Fatayer are a whole category delicious small baked treats that range from open-face, pizza-like flatbreads to cute little baked turnovers, with countless different shapes and fillings. Two cheese Fatayer will be served – muhamarra (spicy red pepper) or zataar (thyme and sesame).
The Main ~ El Maldoum ملضوم & Khyar Belaban
Maldoum can be found in kitchens from Turkey to Lebanon; this is a more rustic, countryside version of of the dish, that adds green peppers, tomatoes and potatoes, which are traditionally arranged in attractive layered patterns in a large shallow round pan before baking. A meat and vegetarian version will be served alongside a combination of short-grain rice and fried vermicelli noodles. This dish will be served with Khyar Belaban. Much like tzatziki, it’s well-known Greek cousin, this combines cool yogurt with garlic and cucumbers, but the addition of mint makes for an especially cool and refreshing salad.
Dessert ~ Harissa هريسة & Figs // Dates with Tahini and Grape Molasses
A relative of Namoura or Babousa, Harissa is one of the region’s many delicious syrup-soaked semolina cakes. This one doesn’t use yogurt, but rather tahini, giving an extra rich and nutty flavour. Figs with walnuts, and dates with almonds, with tahini & grape molasses for dipping will also be served.
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Tickets are $60 for Slow Food Toronto Members and $70 for non-members. We are encouraging people to purchase tickets soon if they are interested in attending this unique event.
*** Please note: this event is now taking place on Saturday, September 17th from 2 – 4 pm. Hope to see you there!
Have you ever wondered how your pasta is made or where the flour comes from to make your favourite pastries and bread? Or what the life of a miller is like? If so, this event is just for you! Join us for a tour of K2 Milling, one of Canada’s first certified organic flour mills, on Saturday, September 17th from 2 – 4 pm. Mark Hayhoe, the owner and a third generation Ontario miller has an array of knowledge about local grains (barley, rye, buckwheat, different kinds of wheat and more), and he’ll lead us on a tour through his unique mill to tell the story of how grains are milled and turned into flours before they are sent off to be processed into so many products we all consider staples. K2 Milling is focused on ensuring that Ontario’s local grain market flourishes — it is surely not your run-of-the-mill enterprise. This informative, fun afternoon is meant for anyone interested in learning more about the food they eat, about our local food system and for (aspiring) home bakers/ foodies who’d like to discover how flours are made. All ages are welcome. We will also be serving a light meal consisting of heritage grain organic bread made from K2 Milling flour.
In addition, we will also sample Toronto Distillery Co. spirits made with grains milled at K2 Milling.
Tickets: $30 for Slow Food Toronto members/ $35 for non-members.
Note: K2 Milling is about an hour outside of Toronto. We are coordinating carpooling options for those who need it. If you’d like to be involved (if you have a spot or need a ride, email [email protected]).
Slow Food Toronto is happy to announce our next event: a summer potluck at the Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street, Toronto) on Saturday August 13th (5 – 7 pm)!! We’ll be firing up the outdoor oven for some wood-oven pizza. The dough will be made with “Einkorn”, the original wheat, and “Marquis”, a heritage Canadian wheat supplied by Paul and Sara Spence of the Culinary Farm and Roger Rivest Marketing.
We are asking people to bring just their toppings for the pizza. Think local ingredients and summer flavours — the possibilities are almost endless.
Dawn Woodward of Evelyn’s Crackers will also talk about heritage grains and their importance in today’s cuisine. As the co-founder and owner of a small-batch cracker company, Dawn and her partner Ed Rek, leaders and pioneers in the heritage grains movement, have truly mastered their baking craft while focusing on using local, sustainably-produced and organic heritage grains. This will be great opportunity to learn about grains — a food that is often overlooked even though it’s been a staple throughout the ages.
Organic VQA wine by the glass will also be available (thank you to Southbrook Winery, Frog Pond Farm Winery and Tawse Winery).
We hope to see you there out in the sun for some summer fun! Proceeds from the event will go to The Stop.
Slow Food Toronto is pleased to be sending two delegates to the 2016 Terra Madre gathering in Turin, Italy this September. Terra Madre is an international gathering that brings together thousands of farmers and food producers from 150 countries in Turin to celebrate and learn about good, clean and fair food, as well as slow food movements happening around the world. The event features presentations, networking opportunities, a food fair and more. Slow Food Canada chose the Canadian delegates from across Canada.
Two delegates were chosen from Toronto: Nicole Pisarenko and Mina Bani. Slow Food Toronto is very happy to send these two individuals off to Italy, and we hope that what they learn and experience at this important international gathering will have a positive impact on their lives and careers. Here are Nicole’s and Mani’s bios, as well as whatt they hope to learn at the 2016 Terra Madre Salone del Gusto.
Nicole Pisarenko: My name is Nicole Pisarenko and I am a recent graduate of the George Brown College Italian Post Graduate Culinary Arts program. This program is designed for the students to learn everything involving Italian cuisine and then do a three-and-a-half-month Externship in a restaurant that is usually a Michelin -Star level. There I had my eyes opened to how easy it is to get good food. They don’t even have to think twice about checking labels and wondering what is inside their food or where it came from. Local, organic, heirloom, clean, good and fair: Italy truly does have the best food culture in the world. They preserve their heritage along with their species of food and traditional ways of farming/ processing. Living in Canada most of my life, it made me sad that we too, a country with more land and a smaller population then Italy, battle food sovereignty and cannot get it together with our food system! With abundances of natural resources and native foods that grow on our land, most of us wouldn’t even be able to name half, not to mention know how to cook it. I strongly believe that changes are on their way in the new world, but we must fight for it. How do we do that? We inform ourselves and others. I would like to try and create a system in our schools, where children learn valuable life skills beginning with food. How to grow their own food, how to cook and even raise awareness about what it means to have good quality food. It begins with the children and ends with them too. This is why Terra Madre is exciting to me. I am a chef and a restaurant manager who is craving change in this wonderful country of ours. Terra Madre can help me lead the way.
Mina Bani: My name is Mina and this is my first year as a member of Slow Food Canada. I studied literature and Cultural studies in University, and after writing my thesis about the role of food in culture, I decided I needed some practical experience to supplement my theoretical notions about food. Two years of culinary school, several years cooking in kitchens in Toronto, and a year cooking in Italy have brought me to this point today. My passion for the preparation of food and for feeding people is a major creative force in my life; one which has brought me to some of the most distinguished kitchens in Canada and Italy. Yet my understanding of the problematic state of our food systems informs my desire to do more than prepare exciting plates of food in restaurants. Over the last year I have read extensively to educate myself on responsible approaches to food in the urban landscape and hope to bring my unique combination of skills and insights to a place where they can help achieve collective goals of food security and justice in the future. Knowing that Terra Madre is one of the largest gathering of like-minded people who share many of my passions and concerns, I am thrilled to be representing Canada in 2016, and to meet and network with the amazing food growers and workers from around the world. My writing can be found at an online project I have recently launched at thefilling.org, and I currently live, cook, and write in Toronto.
You can also read a write up Mina wrote about a recent Slow Fish event (hosted by Slow Food Toronto) here.
Thank you to all who joined Slow Food Toronto for the Slow Fish event on Saturday, June 18th. We had wonderful talks from Andrew Akiwenzie of Akiwenzie’s Fish & More and Dan Donovan of Hooked Inc. It was interesting to learn about how fishing has changed in the Georgian Bay area and how certain pressures – governance, environmental, and economic – are problematic for the waters and their entire ecosystems. Andrew spoke specifically about the gradual reduction of the Whitefish over the years and how the introduction of non-native species has caused major disruptions to the balance of the ecosystem. He also noted how technologies like GPSs and smartphones are changing how youth interact with the waters. Dan spoke about his efforts with Slow Fish Canada / Slow Fish International to push for fair fishing in water bodies across North America and ensure that the rights of small fishers and fisheries are protected. Like Andrew, he also spoke about the privatization of fishing and the effects this is having on biodiversity.
To top it off, we had three different dishes prepared by local chefs. See the mouth-watering pictures below. Thank you to all who made this event a success! See you soon!
Photos by Edmund Rek, all rights reserved.
At this event, the Akiwenzie family, the founders of Akiwenzie’s Fish & More, along with Dan Donovan, the founder of Hooked Inc., will speak about what they do — and why!! They’s also talk about sustainable fishing in general, and guests will be able to enjoy carefully-prepared dishes made with sustainable, wild-caught Ontario fish (procured from Akiwenzies). The dishes will be made by Chris Schroer of The Cure, Kyle Rindinella of Pizzeria Libretto and Justin Cournoyer of Actinolite.
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. (right after the market)
Costs: $25 per person / $20 for Slow Food Members. ($5 from each ticket will be donated to The Stop).
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Monday, March 7th at 6:30pm* we will be hosting a very special dinner in our new space “Sala da Pranzo”, 57 Adelaide St. East.
Historically, when food was scarce, people learned how to stretch and make the most of what they had. Pane Avanzato literally means ‘leftover bread’ and there are countless recipes that have come from the habit of reusing bread to make a second meal.
In collaboration and in support of Slow Food, Terroni will be serving a four course dinner with 3oz wine pairings to highlight some of our favourite traditional sustainable meals.
The food and wine selections will be generously provided by many of our local partners who will, over the course of the evening, share some of their stories and philosophies tied into sustainability and variety which can often seem like a challenge in the winter months. Honoured guest speakers: Slow Food Toronto, 100K, Tawse Winery, Fogo Island’s Tony Cobb & Janice Thomson, Cumbrae’s Stephen Alexander, Terroni Executive Chef Giovanna Alonzi, and Master of Ceremonies Francesco Laudini.
This not-for-profit event promises to be an opportunity to learn more about Slow Food and why the work of our speakers is so important to our community.
This will be a night to remember, we are looking forward to sharing it with you!
Join the Toronto Slow Food Convivium in a pot-luck dinner to celebrate Terra Madre Day. All are welcome, please bring your favourite locally-sourced dish.
A great opportunity to mingle and meet the new organising committee members, and plan for 2016.
When?: December 7th, 2015, 6:30 – 9 PM
Where?: The Hogtown Cure, 1484 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON
Ontario craft beer and VQA wine available
Plates and cutlery provided! Please label your dish with ingredients 🙂
Please RSVP HERE.
In 2009 the very first Terra Madre Day was organized by Slow Food and saw more than 1,000 events take place across 120 countries — one of the largest collective occasions celebrating food diversity and the right to good, clean and fair food ever achieved on a global scale.
Terra Madre Day (December 10th, 2015) is an opportunity for the entire Slow Food network to celebrate local food and promote sustainable production and consumption to their communities and local decision makers. Thousands of actions in all corners of the world highlight the united Slow Food vision and the diversity we are striving to maintain.