At the end of April 2015, Slow Food Toronto came together to hold the Annual General Meeting – it was a lovely gathering atThe Hogtown Curewhich brought together a variety of community members looking to support good, clean and fair food.
These are the minutes from that meeting, taken by Jeffrey Levitt.
Minutes of 2015 Slow Food Toronto Annual General Meeting
The 2015 Annual General Meeting of Slow Food Toronto Convivium was held on April 26, 2015 at Hogtown Cure, 1484 Dundas Street west, Toronto, Ontario.
The meeting was called to order at 3:40 p.m. by Dawn Woodward, Leader of Slow Food Toronto.
Since 2009, each year on December 10 – Slow Food’s anniversary – food communities and Slow Food convivia around the world celebrate eating locally and sustainable local food production in more than a 1,000 events: collective meals, community festivals, protests, workshops for children, excursions to producers and much more are held to promote local food traditions and demonstrate the Slow Food philosophy of good, clean and fair food to communities, media and decision makers.
This year Slow Food Toronto welcomes you to come celebrateTerra Madre Daywith us with a pot-luck dinner.
Date: Wednesday, December 10th
Time: 7:30 pm
Tickets: Donation of $5 per person – get yours in advancehere
Location: Evelyn’s Crackers Kitchen – 1540 Eglinton Ave West
Good to know: The Slow Food Toronto team will be providing a variety of foods from the ark of taste and seasonal items from local farmers’ markets, everyone is encouraged to bring something to share (food or drink) along with a description of the dish and it’s contents
We welcome all Slow Food Toronto Members and other Slow Food supporters and allies to join in the celebration!
The event will be held in a private home from 6pm to 9pm. It will be a cost informal potluck with dee reading selections from her book and lively conversation regarding local food systems and food politics. Please RSVP to:[email protected]for more details/event location. Space is limited! Please see below for more information on dee and why we are so happy to have this opportunity to host this event.
dee Hobsbawn-Smith’s award-winning journalism, poetry and fiction has appeared in books, newspapers, magazines, anthologies and literary journals in Canada, the USA and elsewhere, including her popular food column that ran for eight years in The Calgary Herald. Dee is a farmer’s daughter and grand-daughter, a fifth-generation prairie dweller, a classically trained chef, caterer, talented baker and restaurateur, a best-selling author, award-winning food journalist and speaker in advocacy of local foods and sustainability.
Location: Silver Creek/Terra Cotta Conservation Area (exact meet-up will be shared to ticket-holders)
Good to Know: Bring a lunch, dress for the weather and to be adventuring off-trail, be prepared for moderate hiking, bring along any field guides you would find helpful and a basket or cloth bag to collect specimens in!
We’ll meet just one hour outside the city at the beautiful Silver Creek Conservation area in Halton Hills, go over the ground rules of foraging, talk about some tasty specimens to keep an eye out for and do some real hunting of ‘shrooms. Damon is a trained botantist, mathematician, molecular phylogeneticist (DNA sequencing, etc.) and a mycologist (mushrooms and fungi) who has collected for the Royal Ontario Museum and was trained in fungal biology and identification under Dr. Jean-Marc Moncalvo (curator of theROM Fungal Herbarium. He’s even helped to redefine the taxonomy of Eastern North American Morel mushrooms. His love of food, nutrition, knowledge and nature led him to creating Culture City which aims to bring delicious and new foods to vegans and vegetarians (and everyone else!), while creating as little environmental impact as possible.
There are thousands of different types of apples and the most popular apples that you find in your local shops aren’t always the easiest to grow due to common disease problems. But dozens of newly-developed and little-known apple varieties are both delicious and disease-resistant.
Date:Thursday, September 18th
Time: 7:00 -9:00 pm
Tickets: Suggested donation of $5/person towards Slow Food Toronto – space is limited,RSVP today
Location: Chocosol Headquarters, 1131 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6E 1B1
We’ll be hosted by the sustainable chocolate company ChocoSol who will offer tastings of their “Forest Garden” Chocolate Bars featuring Ontario’s disease-resistant apples. And Dawn Woodward of Evelyn’s Crackers will bake a huge “Exotic Apple Crumble” for all to share.
Attention all you soda lovers out there: you don’t need a machine or any special equipment to make your own lightly bubbly drinks! You need only the power of fermentation!
Date: Wednesday October 15th
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: 1 Wiltshire Ave – near Symington Avenue & Dupont Street
Tickets: $45 for Slow Food Members & $55 for Non-Members get yourshere!
Rebekka Hutton, fermentation enthusiast behindAlchemy Pickle Company, will teach you how to make your own delicious and nutritious, naturally fermented and non-alcoholic Ginger Beer, Sodas and Kombucha. We’ll discuss and play with a few different brewing methods for making your own at home. Come ready to taste sodas made from seasonal produce, create your own combos and learn why fermentation rocks. Everyone will leave with a bit of their own creation to ferment and enjoy at home!
Minutes of Slow Food Toronto Annual General MeetingThe 2013 Annual General Meeting of Slow Food Toronto Convivium was held on May 14, 2014 at Nico’s Bakery, 1540 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto.
The meeting was called to order at 6:35 p.m. by Dawn Woodward, President.
Dawn reviewed the Agenda, which had been circulated to members with their notice of the meeting.
Jeffrey Levitt, a member of Slow Food Toronto, presented to the meeting the financial statements for the fiscal year ending October 31, 2013, prepared by Mascot Associates. It was moved by Dawn Woodward, and seconded by Ruth Allen, that the financial statements be accepted, and the motion was carried unanimously.
On February 16th, 2014, 20 members of the Slow Food Toronto community assembled at Ice Fishing Outfitters on Virginia Beach, Lake Simcoe. The day was reassuringly cold, the ice was thick, and our transport out to the huts was via a vintage, red Bombardier snow coach.
Slow Food Toronto stalwart farmer / chef / entrepreneur Mark Trealout connected us to the lakeside community, and attended with his energetic boys.
We were also fortunate to have chefs Tyler Shedden and Matt Duffy of Café Boulud with us, volunteering at the end of a long week that included the tail end of Winterlicious and Valentine’s Day Friday/Saturday double. Tyler and Matt provided a fantastic cassoulet [with duck and beans from Trealout’s Grassroot Organics] and were fully prepared for a fish frying frenzy [See photos of their fish hut kitchen set up below]. SFT community members augmented the cassoulet with a variety of locally-inspired dishes, and some Ontario craft beer and VQA wines were shared during the potluck lunch.
Attendees were reminded why the activity is called fishing rather than catching, as the perch of Lake Simcoe were less than co-operative with our plans, and few rose to the bait. Nonetheless, we shared the quintessentially Canadian experience of fishing from the solid, blue surface of a winter lake, and had a chance to meet, mingle and dream up further mindful food gatherings.