Terroni + Slow Food – March 7th, 2016

February 16, 2016

Terroni-slow-food-torontoMonday, March 7th at 6:30pm* we will be hosting a very special dinner in our new space “Sala da Pranzo”, 57 Adelaide St. East.

Historically, when food was scarce, people learned how to stretch and make the most of what they had. Pane Avanzato literally means ‘leftover bread’ and there are countless recipes that have come from the habit of reusing bread to make a second meal.

In collaboration and in support of Slow Food, Terroni will be serving a four course dinner with 3oz wine pairings to highlight some of our favourite traditional sustainable meals.

The food and wine selections will be generously provided by many of our local partners who will, over the course of the evening, share some of their stories and philosophies tied into sustainability and variety which can often seem like a challenge in the winter months. Honoured guest speakers: Slow Food Toronto, 100K, Tawse Winery, Fogo Island’s Tony Cobb & Janice Thomson, Cumbrae’s Stephen Alexander, Terroni Executive Chef Giovanna Alonzi, and Master of Ceremonies Francesco Laudini.

This not-for-profit event promises to be an opportunity to learn more about Slow Food and why the work of our speakers is so important to our community.

This will be a night to remember, we are looking forward to sharing it with you!



Terra Madre Day at The Hogtown Cure – December 7th, 2016

November 28, 2015

the-cure-slow-food-torontoJoin the Toronto Slow Food Convivium in a pot-luck dinner to celebrate Terra Madre Day.  All are welcome, please bring your favourite locally-sourced dish.

A great opportunity to mingle and meet the new organising committee members, and plan for 2016.

When?: December 7th, 2015, 6:30  – 9 PM

Where?: The Hogtown Cure, 1484 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON

Ontario craft beer and VQA wine available

Plates and cutlery provided! Please label your dish with ingredients 🙂


In 2009 the very first Terra Madre Day was organized by Slow Food and saw more than 1,000 events take place across 120 countries — one of the largest collective occasions celebrating food diversity and the right to good, clean and fair food ever achieved on a global scale.

Terra Madre Day (December 10th, 2015) is an opportunity for the entire Slow Food network to celebrate local food and promote sustainable production and consumption to their communities and local decision makers. Thousands of actions in all corners of the world highlight the united Slow Food vision and the diversity we are striving to maintain.

Terra Madre Day at ChocoSol – December 10th, 2016

November 24, 2015

Join ChocoSol and Slow Food Toronto on Terra Madre Day to celebrate and taste-test the simple, elegant, yet important tortilla and nacho! Terra Madre Day is a time to envision a global alternative food model that is rooted in local economies and is imbued with a respect for the environment and traditional knowledge.

When: December 10th, 6 – 10 PM

Where: ChocoSol, 1131 Saint Clair Avenue West (Near Dufferin and St Clair, beside the Ontario School of Ballet)

What exactly?: Sample  local  and non-local tortillas from around Toronto, and join the convivial conversation about maize culture in Ontario and the world. Be a part of the research! Participants will taste-test a range of tortilla and nacho products available from the Toronto area and you will be the judge of the best taste and flavour.

The first round will be a blind test-taste, as participants use their senses to assess the quality of each product. In the second phase of the taste-test, participants will learn about the  the story of the product and its ingredients. ChocoSol believes that food tastes best when it comes from our region.

Following the tasting there will be two presentations: first, Slow Food Toronto will discuss their philosophy of ‘good, clean, fair’ food in relation to the tortilla and Terra Madre Day; second, ChocoSol’s founder Michael Sacco will reveal the simple elegance of the local and organic tortilla, and the work of ChocoSol’s Tortilla Project. There will also be time to meet local maize farmers and producers, and share ideas for a more equitable and just food system.

Tickets available HERE. Tickets are $10 for the general public, and by donation for Slow Food Toronto members.

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.

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

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: http://ionatan.webs.com.