Theresa McDiarmid – Terra Madre 2010

December 6, 2010

I was most impressed by the variety of people at Terra Madre in Turin 2010: people of all ages, but especially many young people; people from all countries, but especially Africa and Central and South America; many people with many smiles.

The presentations often spoke of problems that Slow Food is involved with. However, what impressed me most were the solutions I heard at two of the Earth Workshops: ‘FAIR-TRADE AND LOCAL MARKETS: THE COMMODIFICATION OF JUSTICE’ and ‘SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS IN FIGHTING HUNGER AND POVERTY’. I heard of amazing organizations in Costa Rica (Cooperativa Sin Fronteras) and Brazil (Ecovida) that worked locally and cooperated globally; that worked within and between communities, even in areas where transportation is often a major challenge; that promoted sustainable agriculture.

I heard of a project in Uganda (Developing Innovations in School Cultivation) that seeks to bring gardening skills back into the community through involvement of school children; of a farmer in South Africa working to promote both biodiversity and food security; of an organization in Senegal (Mangian Locale, ie Eat Local) focusing on youth and students to have them “re-valorize” (ie to value) local foods in a country where most of the food is imported from Europe.

To hear directly from people from these countries that are responsible for the development of these ventures was such a joy when so much of what we hear from these countries is of gloom and doom. To realize that in countries that are ‘developing’, they have done so much with so little was inspirational.

Slow Food Toronto: An Evening with Jamie Oliver

jamie-oliver-slow-food-torontoWe’re still working out the details of our involvement, but one thing we know for certain is that members of Slow Food are eligible for a discounted entry fee to the event.

Join Bob Blumer (Host of Food Network’s Glutton for Punishment) & Jamie Oliver one of the most popular chefs in the world as he makes his long awaited return to Toronto for 1 night only of live and unedited action.

When: November 18, 2010 – 7:00p.m.
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Tickets: $79 (general); $149 (VIP)

Through this exclusive offer you and your guests can take advantage of our preferred pricing, saving $10 off the regular price of our General & VIP tickets by using promo code SLOW.


PLUS – when you register 5 or more people you’ll save an additional $10 off each ticket!

Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of this incredible event and join over 3,000 of Jamie’s closest foodies for a night of fun, learning and entertainment in his only Canadian date this year.

Slow Food Elora October Dinner

October 13, 2010

Slow Food Elora presents:

A four-course dinner in conjunction with the local Foodschool  – run by Chef and Slow Food member Chris Jess – to highlight the convivium’s focus on  educating and training our youth to be better foodies.

Be dazzled with this Slow Food-inspired meal with wine pairings from some of Ontario’s finest wineries.

Where: Cork Restaurant, 146 Metcalf Street, Elora
When: October 19th, 2010
Tickets:$50 / $75 with wine pairings

To access tickets, please email Chris Jess at [email protected]

Space is limited to 30, so secure yours today!

Call for Papers: Competing Visions of Agriculture

Quality versus Quantity: Competing Visions of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Life

The Agricultural History Society Annual Conference
Springfield, Illinois, June 15-18, 2011

NEW Deadline for Submissions, October 15, 2010

Contemporary debates about food, agriculture, and rural life are often framed in opposition with little attention to historical context. Proponents of the local, slow, and organic often emphasize quality while advocates of the global, fast, and industrial stress quantity to satisfy world demand for food. The Agricultural History Society invites proposals for papers that engage or transcend these debates by examining questions about quality and quantity as they relate to food, farming, and/or rural life from a historical perspective. We especially welcome submissions that counter or reframe the accepted narratives of the field. Topics from any time period and location are welcome. The AHS encourages proposals of all types and formats, including traditional sessions with successive papers and commentary, thematic panel discussions or debates, roundtables on recent books/films, and poster presentations. The program committee prefers complete session proposals, but individual paper proposals are welcome. The AHS extends a special welcome to graduate students and provides up to $250 in travel reimbursement to each graduate student whose paper is accepted for the conference. Paper proposals should consist of a 200-word abstract and one-page CV. Session proposals should include a 200-word session summary to accompany the 200-word paper abstracts as well as a one-page CV for each participant.

Submit all proposals to:
Joe Anderson
Mount Royal University
[email protected]

Questions may be directed to any member of the program committee:
Jenny Barker-Devine
Illinois College
[email protected]

Mark Hersey
Mississippi State University
[email protected]

Susan Sessions Rugh
Brigham Young University
[email protected]

David Vail
Kansas State University
[email protected]

Foodforethought is an information service that encourages dialogue and exploration of innovative trends in the global food system. The service is managed by James Kuhns of MetroAg Alliance for Urban Agriculture in collaboration with Wayne Roberts and the Toronto Food Policy Council. To subscribe, please contact [email protected]

Jamie Kennedy from Gilead

Slow Food Toronto Chef’s Series

Jamie Kennedy at Gilead Cafe + Bistro

When: Monday September 20, 2010 – 6:30p.m. (reception); 7:00p.m. (dinner)
Where: Gilead Cafe – 4 Gilead Cafe, Toronto
Tickets: $80/pp* (includes Hors d’Oeuvres four-course Dinner) / flights of wine $30 – call (647) 288-0680 to reserve

Join Chef Jamie Kennedy and Slow Food Toronto as we enjoy the local bounty of the season. This special evening celebrates the upcoming international Slow Food conference, Terra Madre.

*Proceeds from the evening will help send our chefs to Terra Madre; Slow Food’s Bi-annual conference on sustainable world food economies in October 2010. Terra Madre brings together those players in the food chain who together support sustainable agriculture, fishing, and breeding with the goal of preserving taste and biodiversity.

Rock and Roll Chip Shop Vol. 5

A night of Rock and Roll revelry in support of The David Suzuki Foundation and Slow Food Toronto* hosted by Chippy’s Fish & Chips Inc.


The Boot Knives

*playing songs you forgot you loved*
Aja Sax aka DJ Saxxy

When: September 13, 2010 – Doors Open @ 8p.m.
Where: Lee’s Palace – 529 Bloor Street West / (416) 532-1598
Cost: $10 (minimum donation at door)

Come out to support these two great organizations by dancing, drinking and listening to classic rock hits along with the chance to win fabulous prizes and treats.

*proceeds donated to Slow Food Toronto will be used to send Slow Food Toronto delegates to Terra Madre 2010; Slow Food’s Bi-annual conference on sustainable world food economies in October 2010. Terra Madre brings together those players in the food chain who together support sustainable agriculture, fishing, and breeding with the goal of preserving taste and biodiversity.

Slow Food Almanac 2010

Here is the 2010 edition of the Slow Food Almanac, a publication that aims to give clear and concise information to our members around the world about what their organization is and what it does. In this edition we highlight three areas—biodiversity, education and network—where the association has mainly focused its international efforts and describe the projects and activities carried out during 2009.

Carlo Petrini
Slow Food President

To view the 2010 almanac click on the link – Slow Food Almanac 2010

Slow Food-Inspired Italian Dinner Series

From March until October, the last Friday night of the month dinner will focus on featured seasonal and sustainable items.

All Ontario, the featured items for August will be:

Tamworth Pork, Artichokes, Tomatoes, Apricots.

When: Friday August 27th – 7pm SHARP
Where: George Restaurant – 111C Queen Street East, Toronto
Cost: $75/pp* ((416) 863-6006)

Insalata di Calamari, coppa rasata, e’ icarciofi e’ pomodori
Calamari Salad, Shaved Coppa, Artichoke Tomato Salad

Minestrone, carciofi ripieni con albicocce, pancetta affumicata
Minestrone, Apricot Stuffed Artichoke, Smoked Pancetta

Filetto di maiale, pomodoro al forno, polenta con mascarpone
Pork Tenderloin, Baked Tomato, Mascarpone Polenta

Limone mania e’ burrata Italiana, gelatina di albicocce
Lemon Fetish and Italian Burrata, Apricot Jam

Albicocce al forno, ricotta dolce e’ pistacchio tostato
Baked Apricot, Sweet Ricotta, Toasted Pistachio

Meat by Olliffe

Wines by Tawse

*All wines are available by the glass or paired for each course at $55 (15% of all wine sales will be donated to the Terra Madre fund).

Tawse Winery is a model of quality-focused production enhanced by innovative, eco-friendly processing techniques. Under the supervision of winemaker, Paul Pender, our estate wines are produced using organic and biodynamic viticultural practices. Using diligence, patience and time-honoured traditions, Tawse crafts extraordinary wines that are a true expression of the complex Niagara terroir surrounding the winery.

2009 Canadian Wine Awards – Winner of the Best Ontario Winery

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Workshop

July 11, 2010

When: July 12, 2010 – 1:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. (Networking session to follow)
Where: Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Rittenhouse Hall

Click here to view the event poster

Speaker Program Highlights
Organic Consumers’ Motivations For Buying Local and Organic Produce, Dr. Isabelle Lesschaeve, Vineland
Natural Solutions for Sustainable Production Systems, Dr. Michael Brownbridge, Vineland
Longo’s Supporting Local, Mike Longo, VP, Fresh Merchandising
The Role of Organic Agriculture in a Modern Food System, Dr. Ralph Martin, Founding Director, Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada

Talking Food with Anita Stewart

Why Symposia Are Important for Food Culture

When: Monday, June 7, 7:00 pm
Where: Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen Street West, Toronto

Tickets: $15 (416 597-0227/ [email protected])

Gastronomer and culinary activist Anita Stewart will present CHO’s annual spring lecture. Anita believes that “[c]ommunication is central to the creation of a dynamic food culture.” Anita will share her insights into the role of food symposia in Canada and around the world. She wrote Anita Stewart’s Canada – The Food, the Recipes, the Stories(Cuisine Canada Gold Award for Food Culture, 2009) expressly to celebrate Canada’s foodscape and culinary history.