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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October is Non- GMO month

October 22, 2012

non-gmo-monthBy Paul DeCampo – Slow Food Toronto member

The protection of biodiversity, solidarity with food producing communities, and advocacy for fair access to food and agricultural resources are all fundamental to the Slow Food mission. Because of these values, opposition to genetically engineered [GE] seed and food products has always been a clear priority of our movement.

Advocates of GE crops are well-funded, and have vigorously made the case that GE crops are necessary in order to adequately meet the nutritional needs of the global population. Opponents of GE seed and industrial agriculture in general have been dismissed as naïve, and enviro-romanticists. However, there is a growing body of scientific evidence that the benefits promised  by GE seed purveyors have not been realized. The Union of Concerned Scientists have compiled this research into a compelling report.

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The Dan DeMatteis Slow Food Memorial Fund

Dan-Matteis-slow-food-torontoThe Dan DeMatteis Slow Food Memorial Fund, generously established by his family and friends, honours the wonderful memory of Dan who sadly passed away on July 4th 2012.

This special fund is dedicated to sharing Dan’s spirit, his values, and, as beautifully described by friend Brad Long, his “work and ethic, his ethic and love”–
“He nourished.
He harrumphed at frill and waste.
He held precious the simplest, the honest, the clear and clean.”

Dan was born in Toronto in 1979, but grew up in Wolfville, N.S. He graduated from the University of King’s College, Halifax, N.S. where he made many lifelong friends. Since graduation Dan worked as a chef in Halifax, Montreal, La Bottegaia in Pistoia, Italy, ending up in Toronto where he cooked at Dufferin Grove Park, Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar and recently as Executive Chef at Café Belong at the Evergreen Brick Works.

Dan loved everything about food, from the farm to the table, as well as books, Leonard Cohen and, most especially, his friends. He was a kind, gentle, generous, loyal and loving man.

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The New Farm’s Fundraiser with the Band Stars and Top Chefs

June 28, 2012

new-farm-slow-food-torontoCome to an evening in the country at The New Farm featuring live music in the barn by the renowned Montreal Band,Stars!   And delicious local, organic food generously prepared by a number of Ontario’s top chefs including:

– Rodney Bowers of Hey Meatball, Organic French Fries with Ketchup and Mayo
– Chris Brown of The Stop Community Food Centre – Twin Creeks Grilled Pork Sausages with New Farm Cucumber Slaw
– Kristin and Dan Donovan of Hooked – Fish Tacos served with Luis Valenzuela of Torito Tapas Bar’s Fresh K2 Milling Corn Tortillas
– Matt Flett of Georgian College – New Farm Pulled Pork on Brick Street Bakery’s Artisanal Buns
– Brad Long of Cafe Belong, New Farm Salad Greens and Spring Vegetables with Brown Butter Dressing”
– Giacomo Pasquini of Vertical Restaurant – Fenwood Grilled Chicken with Panzanella Salad
– Aaron Bear Robe of Keriwa Cafe – New Farm Fried Green Tomatoes with Snap Pea Guacamole
– John Sinopoli of Table 17 and Escari – Spring Vegetable Fritatta
– Caesar Guinto of the soon to open, Creemore Kitchen – Heritage Grain Donuts with Sweet Beet Filling
– Mapleton’s Organic Ice Cream
– Ingredients distributed by 100km Foods Inc.

Bar Selections Generously Provided by:
Creemore Springs Brewery
Martini Bar by Tag Vodka with Local Flavours
Wine by Innisikillin
Organic, Fair Trade Coffee by Merchants of Green Coffee
Cider by Avalon Orchards
Dairy by Organic Meadow

– Saturday July 7th, 2012
– Gates Open and Dinner: 5:30
– Opening Band: 7:30
– Stars Perform: 8:30
 Admission: $45, plus eventbrite ticketing fees
– Food and drink sold separately – cash sales

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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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Map Your Honey Bee Haven

Bees are in trouble, and policymakers just aren’t acting quickly enough to help them. But backyard gardeners, sideline beekeepers and ordinary people all over the country have been stepping up.

To that end, we’re excited to announce the launch of a new website and resource center to help advance the cause.  But we need your help to spread the word:

1. Take the pledge. Take the pledge to protect pollinators – bees need access to pesticide-free food, water and shelter and every bit of habitat makes a difference.

2. Map your Honey Bee Haven. It’s easy to do, and will demonstrate the groundswell of citizen support to protect pollinators from pesticides – by creating Honey Bee Havens and Pesticide-Free Zones – now.

3. Share with your networks. Please share this email or link ( to the new site on Facebook and Twitter (#honeybeehaven).

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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]

Slow Food Toronto Launches Slow Fish

Toronto, ON (February 24, 2012) — Swept up by a vibrant current of fantastic fish tales and deep-water adventures, Slow Food Toronto is going ‘Fishing After Dark’. On Saturday March 3, 2012 you are invited to join us for an evening that will define a new era in sustainable fish awareness for Torontonians. The launch of Slow Fish Toronto, at Hooked, 888 Queen Street East, from 9pm to 11pm, sets the stage with special guests and inspired creations prepared by local chefs, connecting Canadians to one of our greatest resources, our fish. “Going fishing, the slow way, to rediscover traditional recipes and methods of cooking and preserving seafood, is just one of the exciting things we plan to do with Slow Fish Toronto in the years to come,” says Slow Food Co-Leader Voula Halliday.



Can City Farming Save the World?

February 16, 2012

fresh-city-farmsRan Goel is Co-Founder of Fresh City Farms, a city farm based in Toronto.  Fresh City has a dozen member farmers and home delivers a year-round produce box.

Our children are obese, asthmatic and prone to allergies.  Our rivers are polluted.  Our soil is degraded.  Our oceans have huge dead zones. Our farmers can’t make a living. Our best farmland is being paved over.  And to add insult to injury, you can hardly find a decent tomato these days.  City farming can play a central role in addressing these issues.  And more.

The last decade has witnessed a swell of consciousness regarding the connection between our reigning food system and a slew of geopolitical, health, social and environmental problems.  More and more of us are realizing that industrial farming is bad news for our planet and for our health.  What to do?  Experts and pundits point to a seemingly straightforward solution: eat less meat, eat less processed food and eat more organic and local.  In some respects the counter-movement against the current food system has been swift.  Farmers markets are proliferating, health food stores are the rage and the media is paying attention.  But these promising trends are up against some very stubborn headwinds – a lack of public consciousness on food issues and, even where a consciousness exists, the lack of convenient and affordable ways to access healthy, nutritious food.  Not to mention entrenched conglomerates with a deep interest in things remaining just the way they are.

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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).