Farmer & Chef Taste and Talk @ Montgomery’s Restaurant – February 7th, 2017

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January 23, 2017

Taste and Talk with Chef Guy Rawlings of Montgomery’s Restaurant and Farmers Mark Trealout and Laura Boyd of Grassroots Organics 

Join Slow Food Toronto, Chef Guy Rawlings of Montgomery’s and Mark Trealout and Laura Boyd of Grassroots Organics in the Kawartha Lakes area for a discussion and unique tasting focused on the culinary values practiced at Montgomery’s restaurant on February 7th, 2017, from 6 – 7:30 pm.

Chef Guy Rawlings uses local urban & rural, farmed — from farms like Grassroots Organics — and foraged products that are harvested during the summer & fall months. He then applies timeless preservation techniques & methodologies, which makes these foods evolve to last through the winter months into new levels of deliciousness — and with added health benefits.

We will highlight how businesses can promote seasonality along various stages of the food chain … from the grower/harvester, through to distribution, to the restaurant and onto the diner’s plate.

Sample and taste some of the quirky culinary projects that Guy uses everyday to enhance the flavour & shelf-life of the foods we use. Listen to Mark Trealout and Laura Boyd speak about how they work with chefs to enable us to eat locally during the winter.

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  • Crispy sunchokes with preserved green apricots
  • Cabbage with malt syrup and salted wild grapes
  • Sourdough cultured butter
  • Fermented cabbage

 

 

Ticket cost: $30 for Slow Food Toronto Members/ $35 non-members.

In addition to the Taste and Talk, Guy and Kim of Montgomery’s will also be hosting a full dinner after the Taste and Talk from 7:30 – 9pm for $45/ person + tax/tip. To reserve a seat call 647-748-4416.

Cook For Syria – December 10th, 2016

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November 21, 2016

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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.

A very special thank you to 100 KM Foods and The Big Carrot for sponsoring this event!

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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.

Slow Food Toronto’s 2016 AGM – October 13th, 2016

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October 3, 2016

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K2 Milling Tour – September 17th, 2016

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*** 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 editor@slowfood.to).

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Summer Potluck and Wood-Oven Pizza at the Wychwood Barns – August 13th, 2016

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July 23, 2016

pizza-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 Fish Taste and Talk – June 18th, 2016

slow-food-toronto-mary-l-walesJoin Slow Food Toronto, Hooked Inc. and Akiwenzie’s Fish & More for a Slow Fish Taste and Talk on Saturday, June 18th, 2016!

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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Terroni + Slow Food – March 7th, 2016

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February 16, 2016

Terroni-slow-food-torontoMonday, 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!

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Terra Madre Day at The Hogtown Cure – December 7th, 2016

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November 28, 2015

the-cure-slow-food-torontoJoin 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.

Terra Madre Day at ChocoSol – December 10th, 2016

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November 24, 2015

Join ChocoSol and Slow Food Toronto on Terra Madre Day to celebrate and taste-test the simple, elegant, yet important tortilla and nacho! Terra Madre Day is a time to envision a global alternative food model that is rooted in local economies and is imbued with a respect for the environment and traditional knowledge.

When: December 10th, 6 – 10 PM

Where: ChocoSol, 1131 Saint Clair Avenue West (Near Dufferin and St Clair, beside the Ontario School of Ballet)

What exactly?: Sample  local  and non-local tortillas from around Toronto, and join the convivial conversation about maize culture in Ontario and the world. Be a part of the research! Participants will taste-test a range of tortilla and nacho products available from the Toronto area and you will be the judge of the best taste and flavour.

The first round will be a blind test-taste, as participants use their senses to assess the quality of each product. In the second phase of the taste-test, participants will learn about the  the story of the product and its ingredients. ChocoSol believes that food tastes best when it comes from our region.

Following the tasting there will be two presentations: first, Slow Food Toronto will discuss their philosophy of ‘good, clean, fair’ food in relation to the tortilla and Terra Madre Day; second, ChocoSol’s founder Michael Sacco will reveal the simple elegance of the local and organic tortilla, and the work of ChocoSol’s Tortilla Project. There will also be time to meet local maize farmers and producers, and share ideas for a more equitable and just food system.

Tickets available HERE. Tickets are $10 for the general public, and by donation for Slow Food Toronto members.

Picnic Pot-Luck for Pamela

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June 4, 2015

Spamela-slow-food-torontolow Food Toronto will be hosting a Picnic Potluck to celebrate the late Pamela Cuthbert, active member of the Slow Food community and amazing woman, near Trinity Bellwoods Park during their weekly Farmers’ Market.

When: Tuesday June 16th, 6-9pm during the Farmers’ Market

Where: 257 Shaw Street inside the Byzantine Slovak Cathedral near Trinity Bellwoods Park

Tickets: RSVP here – Slow Food Members $5; Public $10; Kids FREE

Good to Know: Bring a local/seasonal dish to share (up to four portions), your own plates/cutlery/napkin, BYO craft beer, VQA wine or local beverage of choice. All are welcome to bring their fondest memories of Pamela to share if you so choose.