Picnic Pot-Luck for Pamela

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.

2015 Annual General Meeting

May 27, 2015

At the end of April 2015, Slow Food Toronto came together to hold the Annual General Meeting – it was a lovely gathering at The Hogtown Cure which 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.

Dawn reviewed the Agenda for the meeting.

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Terra Madre Day 2014

November 28, 2014

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 celebrate Terra Madre Day with us with a pot-luck dinner.

Date: Wednesday, December 10th

Time: 7:30 pm

Tickets: Donation of $5 per person – get yours in advance here

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!

Book launch and reading of Foodshed: An Edible Prairie Alphabet

October 23, 2014

food-shed-edible-prairie-appetite-slow-food-torontoThe 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.

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Mushroom Hunt w/ Damon Dewsbury

September 10, 2014
Photo credit: Scott Ruhren

Intrigued by the vast world of wild, edible (and non) mushrooms but not sure where to start? Get hands-on, in the woods experience with a specialist in ‘shrooms!!

Date: Sunday, September 21st

Time: (approximately) 10am-3pm

Tickets: $25 for Slow Food Members & $35 for Non-Members get yours here!

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 the ROM 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.

Book Launch & Exotic Apple Tasting

August 14, 2014

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

Susan Poizner of Orchard People Fruit Tree Education and Consulting will be there with her award-winning new book “Growing Urban Orchards” and she’s bringing along some fantastic disease-resistant apples for you to taste like Pristine, Redfree, Jalander and Janeena. You’ll also be able to meet organic fruit tree growers Gaye Trombley (Avalon Orchards), Eric  Hambley (Siloam Orchards) and Ken Roth (Silver Creek Nurseries).

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.

Ginger Beer & Fermentation Workshop with Alchemy Pickle Company

June 28, 2014

slow-food-toronto-ginger-beerAttention 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 yours here!
Rebekka Hutton, fermentation enthusiast behind Alchemy 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!

2014 Slow Food Toronto AGM Minutes

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.

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Memorial Dinner for Dan DeMatteis

April 29, 2014

Dan-DeMatteis-slow-food-torontoSlow Food Toronto presents a fundraising dinner in memory of Dan DeMatteis

Date: Saturday May 24th

Time: Reception & Silent Auction, 6:30-7:30pm & Dinner, 7:30pm

Dinner will be family style with local, and sustainably sourced food and wine featuring our partners Hooked, YU Ranch and Somewhereness Group – all inspired by Dan’s recipes and ethos.

Hosted by: Chef Brad Long of Cafe Belong at Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave)

Tickets: $50/person – RSVP via email to Juliana at [email protected]    


  Passed Hors D’oeuvres including Dan’s Lardo & Anchovy Crostini

  Asparagus Soup with Morels a la Creme

  Choice of mains served family style:cafe-belong-slow-food-toronto

  – Woodland Foods and Heirloom Bean Ragout with Soft Polenta

  – Pickerel, Peas and Bacon 

  – Beer Braised Beef with Onions

  Local Organic Greens + Pickled Vegetable Platter + Local Cheese

  Seasonal Rhubarb Dessert with Buttermilk Biscuits

To continue Dan’s passion & dedication for local, fair, sustainable foods, $10 of each ticket goes to support a  culinary student in attending Terra Madre.

The Somewhereness Group will also be offering a silent auction.


Annual General Meeting May 14th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Slow Food Toronto Annual General Meeting Wednesday, May 14, 2012 6:30 pm to 8:30pm NICO’s Bakery, 1540 Eglinton Ave West, Toronto
6:30 to 6:50: Meet and greet
6:50: Call to order Consideration of Agenda
◦ Additions
◦ Corrections
◦ Deletions 7:15
• Presentation of Financial Statements
• Election of Directors (self nomination form here)
• Appointment of Accountant
7:45 New Business
• Update on SFT next steps
• Update on SFT Campaigns/Events
◦ Membership
◦ Ark and Presidia
◦ Taste Education
◦ Youth
◦ Slow Fish
◦ Community Partnerships
8:15 • Questions