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.

Continue reading 2014 Slow Food Toronto AGM Minutes

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

The Ark of Taste

ark-of-taste-slow-food-torontoBy Laura Buckley, Canadian Ark of Taste Chair

Did you know that pawpaw is native to Ontario? Have you ever heard of herring spawn on kelp or tasted Lunenburg pudding? I hadn’t before I got involved with the Ark of Taste.

As the chair of the Ark of Taste Commission for Slow Food in Canada, I am responsible for overseeing the nomination of ingredients and products that are in danger of being forgotten in our Canadian food culture. And it’s not just for the sake of nostalgia. Biodiversity is critical for the future of our planet.  Diverse animal breeds and plant varieties provide an essential ecosystem to protect the soil and decrease our reliance on chemical fertilizers and pesticides. It’s also essential for flavour. Monoculture of species creates bland taste. Hence those ubiquitous supermarket apples and tomatoes that taste like cardboard.

As our “supermarket” mentality grows, we are losing the link with the land and our food traditions. While we are lucky that we have access to exotic fruits and vegetables that travel to us from around the world, there are so many indigenous foods we have yet to taste and discover that are grown right here in our vast country. The Ark is working to identify these foods and work with small-scale producers, foragers and farmers to create a market and revive our heritage foods.

Continue reading The Ark of Taste

Ice Fishing Trip a Great Catch

March 7, 2014

On February 16thice-fishing-slow-food-toronto, 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.

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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