Slow Food Toronto Pawpaw Tasting

October 15, 2013

paw-paw-fruit-slow-food-torontoTaste the Pawpaw – North America’s Largest Native Fruit

  • Learn the cultural and botanical history of the pawpaw, Asimina Triloba.
  • Become active in spreading the growth of this unique native tree. One sapling will be given as a door prize.
  • Connect with the Slow Food Toronto community to share in responsible pleasure.

When: Thursday, October 24th – 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Where: Hawthorne Food and Drink, 60 Richmond St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1N8 (tasting will be held in an event space above the restaurant) MAP.

Reservations for dinner at 8:00pm are encouraged. To make a reservation please call (647) 930-9517

Evening Agenda:

  • Ethno-botany of the pawpaw – Ionatan Waisgluss
  • Pawpaw trees in urban pollinator habitat gardens – Paul DeCampo
  • Pawpaw tasting – Planting options for seeds [Bring a bag to keep seeds moist]
  • Potential pawpaw projects – General discussion

Please RSVP to [email protected]

Ionatan Waisgluss is an upper-year student studying Botany and Anthropology at the University of Toronto. He’s worked alongside a wide range of organizations and institutions in order to explore the relationship between people, plants, and place, always looking for meaningful connections that can be used to develop and nurture community. When he isn’t studying or working, he often runs workshops, guided tours and other community-oriented events. He is also very fond of writing and the arts. You can find him online at:

2013 Annual General Meeting Minutes + Leadership Update

Please find the minutes of our Annual General Meeting held on March 25, 2013 at the Ralph Thornton Centre, below:
SFT_AGM Minutes_2013

As announced at the AGM, I have resigned as Director and Vice-President of Slow Food Toronto.

I have since wound down my activities acting as the interim leader of our convivium on behalf of our executive team.

I will continue to participate in Slow Food activities here on the local level, and as a member of the Slow Food Canada executive I continue to work as a dedicated volunteer supporting all Canadian conviviums and helping to grow the Slow Food in Canada movement.

If you have any questions relating to the activities of Slow Food Toronto from October 31, 2011 to April 31, 2013 please do not hesitate to contact me at: voula (at)

For inquiries relating to the ongoing activities of Slow Food Toronto please contact:
Paul DeCampo, President at paul (at)

If you are interested in participating on the Slow Food Toronto Board of Directors please fill out this form:

With kindest regards and best wishes for all that is good and slow,

Voula Halliday Slow Food Canada

Slow Fish Event: Close to Home at Red Fish Restaurant

May 23, 2013

slow-fish-canada-slow-food-torontoRed Fish Restaurant invites you to get local with your fish! Tuesday, June 4th Slow Fish Toronto and Waterkeeper are proud to be a part of an evening of beautiful, delicious and healthy fish, all from within 200 kilometres of Toronto. Chef/owner David Friedman has created a 5 course menu, plus canapés, featuring this province’s aquatic bounty.

Tuesday, June 4 at 7:00pm
Red Fish, 890 College Street

Slow Food Toronto Members $56.50
Non-members $67.80
Wine pairing $28.25

Made From Scratch: Terra Madre Day 2012

terra-madre-day-2012-slow-food-torontoWhen we set out to plan our Terra Madre Day Made From Scratch event we never anticipated how many great contributions we’d get from everyone. We heard from people by email, on Twitter and on Facebook. You shared some amazing photos, really excellent recipes, and stories about your own Made From Scratch meals.

As promised, we are sharing this with everyone here and we are delighted we can! Just look at some of these great meals! It’s awesome to look at it all again and be inspired to get back into the kitchen cooking good, clean, fair food from scratch.

While we don’t have to wait until next year to cook from scratch (NO WAY! Everyday is Cook From Scratch Day!) we are all really looking forward to Terra Madre 2013 when we hope to get the whole city (okay, the whole country!) cooking and sharing more great local good food together.

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Slow Food Toronto in Turin: Terra Madre 2012


Slow Food, at its core, has grown from the value in sharing the pleasures of quality food and traditions. It is an act against the dizzying and costly fast lifestyle we have adapted to, and the fast food malnourishment that comes with it. This simple and joyful aspect of sharing—sharing the food, where the food comes from, the land, the history, the environment, and the cultures we are part of—has been the powerful motivation that Carlo Petrini has ignited to get people to embrace, what is now, one of the largest food movements in the world.

Over the years, Slow Food has evolved in countless wonderful ways, all over the world. A way to capture the energy of this growing new world order is what Slow Food Italy has done by hosting an international meeting in Turin. Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto, held since 2004, is the largest gathering of the global food communities, and an event held every two years.

It was overwhelming, as you will read from our Toronto delegates who share with you their own experiences here. But it was also the most inspiring assembly of experiences, where time and time again, we were all confronted by true facts reinforcing that we should never underestimate the power of the individual, and that the common struggles faced by activists all around the world, are not without rewards.

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Slow Food Toronto heads to Terra Madre in Italy!

terra-madre-day-logoSlow Food International approved 7 delegates from Toronto to attend Terra Madre 2012. Through an application process 3 youth members of SFT were selected to participate. Additionally, 3 mentors representing different areas of our Slow Food Community were selected to support our youth at Terra Madre, and with the project that they will be working on this year. (Stay tuned for the exciting announcement about the project in our Winter newsletter!)

From our leadership team, Voula Halliday will be attending representing Slow Food Toronto and Slow Food Canada this year. She has been asked to speak at the International Congress meeting and will be addressing international delegation with a 5 minute presentation about our local and national activities.

We will all be tweeting and sharing information, experience, photos, connections and learning from Terra Madre. See what people are tweeting about with #SaloneDelGusto#TerraMadre. Follow our youth and mentor delegates on twitter here.

More about Terra Madre + Salone del Gusto:

This edition of Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre will be held in Turin, Italy over October 25-29 at the Lingotto Fiere and Oval arena.

Carlo Petrini, Slow Food International:

“The simultaneous presence in Turin of all the association’s delegates, members of the Slow Food network and the Terra Madre communities will give us the chance to launch a new era for the movement.

 There is no doubt that this event will confirm how much the Terra Madre network has influenced the actions and ideas of Slow Food over the past eight years. The association’s International Congress will be enriched by being open to representatives from the Terra Madre food communities, which should help it take the next step and let not only its ideology but also its organization and structure be influenced by Terra Madre. Slow Food must revitalize itself by drawing inspiration from Terra Madre, avoiding excessively “structuralist” ways of thinking. Instead it must pay greater attention to emotional intelligence and austere anarchy, the inspirational and organizational principles behind the network. They represent the ability to stay open and sensitive to the whole world, to diversity, completely accepting its complexity, with the awareness that any overly rigid structure will never manage to interpret the extraordinary heritage we have built up over the years.

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Chef Rozi Caters: Slow Food Fundraiser

May 1, 2012

<<I went to cook in Italy, where Slow Food originated, to learn more about the culture, concepts and cuisine, and I’d like to share that with you for one special night. The proceeds will go to Terra Madre, the annual Slow Food Congress in Italy where people attempt to address the problems we face with food production.>>

Come out and taste the difference eating slow can make!

When: Saturday, May 5th, 2012 – Aperitivo: 6:00-8:00pm; Dinner: 8:00pm
Where: High Park Club – 100 Indian Road, Toronto
Tickets: $70 (4-course dinner including wine pairings from Southbrook Vineyards)

Cash bar will also available

Please purchase tickets in advance at:
The Local Pub
Maggie’s Farm (416) 537-4356
The Crooked Star (416) 536-7271
The High Park Club

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Seeds – A Documentary

seeds-documentary-slow-food-torontoCentering on the four-year legal showdown between biotech giant Monsanto Inc. and Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser, SEEDS leads us through a high-voltage labyrinth of political maneuvering, patent wars, cash-fuelled science and the global domination of the planet’s seed supply. A bold new documentary play by award-winning Annabel Soutar and director Chris Abraham.

When: February 18 to March 10, 2012 – 8:00 to 11:00pm
Where: Young Centre for the Performing Arts (Distillery District) – 55 Mill Street, Building 49, Toronto – MAP
Tickets: $25-$35 – PURCHASE TICKETS

For more information email [email protected]

Canadian Culinary Traditions & Celebrations

February 14, 2012

canadian-culinary-traditions-celebrationsThe Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation presents:

Dorothy Duncan will speak about her third book, Feasting and Fasting: Canadian Heritage Celebrations.  Also Chef Owen Steinberg from the Chef School at George Brown College will talk about the culinary traditions that influence him now.

When: Thursday, 16 February, 2012 – 7:00 to 9:00pm
Where: Enoch Turner Schoolhouse – 106 Trinity Street, Toronto
Tickets: $12 general, $10 for Members

To reserve a space, please contact Anne Carty at [email protected] or call (416 327-6227).

Your Food, Your Choice: The Value of Organic

January 19, 2012

Hosted by: Canadian Organic Growers – Toronto Chapter

For consumers and growers with an interest in healthy food that nourishes people and the environment. Keynote speaker is Kristin Kimball, author of The Dirty Life, recounting her journey from high-heeled urbanite to hoe-wielding farmer. Topics include: Is Organic Too Extreme? Something Fishy Here, – GE Salmon, Your Food – Your Health, Our Organic Neighbors, Is Organic for Everyone, Growing Desserts, Organic for Schools, Deconstructing Organic Pricing and more. Join us for practical answers to serious questions that won’t be green washed. It’s not about the money; it’s about your health and the future.

When: February 18, 2912 – 9:00am to 5:00pm
Where: U of T Conference Centre – 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON – MAP
Cost: $65 (after February 5, $85)

For further info or to purchase tickets click here.

Contact: Elizabeth – [email protected]