Farmer & Chef Taste and Talk @ Montgomery’s Restaurant – February 7th, 2017

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January 23, 2017

Taste and Talk with Chef Guy Rawlings of Montgomery’s Restaurant and Farmers Mark Trealout and Laura Boyd of Grassroots Organics 

Join Slow Food Toronto, Chef Guy Rawlings of Montgomery’s and Mark Trealout and Laura Boyd of Grassroots Organics in the Kawartha Lakes area for a discussion and unique tasting focused on the culinary values practiced at Montgomery’s restaurant on February 7th, 2017, from 6 – 7:30 pm.

Chef Guy Rawlings uses local urban & rural, farmed — from farms like Grassroots Organics — and foraged products that are harvested during the summer & fall months. He then applies timeless preservation techniques & methodologies, which makes these foods evolve to last through the winter months into new levels of deliciousness — and with added health benefits.

We will highlight how businesses can promote seasonality along various stages of the food chain … from the grower/harvester, through to distribution, to the restaurant and onto the diner’s plate.

Sample and taste some of the quirky culinary projects that Guy uses everyday to enhance the flavour & shelf-life of the foods we use. Listen to Mark Trealout and Laura Boyd speak about how they work with chefs to enable us to eat locally during the winter.

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  • Crispy sunchokes with preserved green apricots
  • Cabbage with malt syrup and salted wild grapes
  • Sourdough cultured butter
  • Fermented cabbage

 

 

Ticket cost: $30 for Slow Food Toronto Members/ $35 non-members.

In addition to the Taste and Talk, Guy and Kim of Montgomery’s will also be hosting a full dinner after the Taste and Talk from 7:30 – 9pm for $45/ person + tax/tip. To reserve a seat call 647-748-4416.

Cook for Syria TO Photos

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December 23, 2016

On December 10th, 2016, we hosted “Cook for Syria T.O.” at The Depanneur with The Newcomer Kitchen. Here are some photos from the event. Thanks to all who made this special evening a big success! [Photos by Ed Rek]

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Cook For Syria – December 10th, 2016

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November 21, 2016

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Slow Food Toronto is proud to announce that we are partnering with The Depanneur and the Newcomer Kitchen to host an event in celebration of Syrian food and the Newcomer Kitchen. December 10th is Terra Madre Day – Slow Food International’s day to promote the diversity of food traditions around the world. It’s also a day in celebration of how the Slow Food movement uses its creativity and knowledge to express love for the planet and defend the future for the next generations.

Join us on Saturday December 10th at 6:30 pm at The Depanneur.

A very special thank you to 100 KM Foods and The Big Carrot for sponsoring this event!

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Starter ~ Fattoush Salad فتوش & Fattayer Jibneh فطاير جبنة

This popular Levantine salad (Fattoush Salad) is made using toasted or fried pieces of pita bread combined with mixed greens, fresh vegetables like tomatoes, cucumber and radish, but varies according to season and region. Mint and parsley lend a freshness and fragrance, and dried sumac (the same staghorn sumac that grows here in Ontario) gives the olive oil-based dressing a distinctive tangy flavour.

Fatayer are a whole category delicious small baked treats that range from open-face, pizza-like flatbreads to cute little baked turnovers, with countless different shapes and fillings. Two cheese Fatayer will be served – muhamarra (spicy red pepper) or zataar (thyme and sesame).

The Main ~ El Maldoum  ملضوم & Khyar Belaban 

Maldoum can be found in kitchens from Turkey to Lebanon; this is a more rustic, countryside version of of the dish, that adds green peppers, tomatoes and potatoes, which are traditionally arranged in attractive layered patterns in a large shallow round pan before baking. A meat and vegetarian version will be served alongside a combination of short-grain rice and fried vermicelli noodles. This dish will be served with Khyar Belaban. Much like tzatziki, it’s well-known Greek cousin, this combines cool yogurt with garlic and cucumbers, but the addition of mint makes for an especially cool and refreshing salad.

Dessert ~ Harissa هريسة & Figs // Dates with Tahini and Grape Molasses 

A relative of Namoura or Babousa, Harissa is one of the region’s many delicious syrup-soaked semolina cakes. This one doesn’t use yogurt, but rather tahini, giving an extra rich and nutty flavour. Figs with walnuts, and dates with almonds, with tahini & grape molasses for dipping will also be served.

Tea and Coffee 

Tickets are $60 for Slow Food Toronto Members and $70 for non-members. We are encouraging people to purchase tickets soon if they are interested in attending this unique event.

K2 Milling Tour – September 17th, 2016

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*** Please note: this event is now taking place on Saturday, September 17th from 2 – 4 pm. Hope to see you there!

Have you ever wondered how your pasta is made or where the flour comes from to make your favourite pastries and bread? Or what the life of a miller is like? If so, this event is just for you! Join us for a tour of K2 Milling, one of Canada’s first certified organic flour mills, on Saturday, September 17th from 2 – 4 pm. Mark Hayhoe, the owner and a third generation Ontario miller has an array of knowledge about local grains (barley, rye, buckwheat, different kinds of wheat and more), and he’ll lead us on a tour through his unique mill to tell the story of how grains are milled and turned into flours before they are sent off to be processed into so many products we all consider staples. K2 Milling is focused on ensuring that Ontario’s local grain market flourishes — it is surely not your run-of-the-mill enterprise. This informative, fun afternoon is meant for anyone interested in learning more about the food they eat, about our local food system and for (aspiring) home bakers/ foodies who’d like to discover how flours are made. All ages are welcome. We will also be serving a light meal consisting of heritage grain organic bread made from K2 Milling flour.

In addition, we will also sample Toronto Distillery Co. spirits made with grains milled at K2 Milling.

Tickets: $30 for Slow Food Toronto members/ $35 for non-members.

Note: K2 Milling is about an hour outside of Toronto. We are coordinating carpooling options for those who need it. If you’d like to be involved (if you have a spot or need a ride, email [email protected]).

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Summer Potluck and Wood-Oven Pizza at the Wychwood Barns – August 13th, 2016

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July 23, 2016

pizza-Slow Food Toronto is happy to announce our next event: a summer potluck at the Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street, Toronto) on Saturday August 13th (5 – 7 pm)!! We’ll be firing up the outdoor oven for some wood-oven pizza. The dough will be made with “Einkorn”, the original wheat, and “Marquis”, a heritage Canadian wheat supplied by Paul and Sara Spence of the Culinary Farm and Roger Rivest Marketing.

We are asking people to bring just their toppings for the pizza. Think local ingredients and summer flavours — the possibilities are almost endless.

Dawn Woodward of Evelyn’s Crackers will also talk about heritage grains and their importance in today’s cuisine. As the co-founder and owner of a small-batch cracker company, Dawn and her partner Ed Rek, leaders and pioneers in the heritage grains movement, have truly mastered their baking craft while focusing on using local, sustainably-produced and organic heritage grains. This will be great opportunity to learn about grains — a food that is often overlooked even though it’s been a staple throughout the ages.

Organic VQA wine by the glass will also be available (thank you to Southbrook Winery, Frog Pond Farm Winery and Tawse Winery).

 We hope to see you there out in the sun for some summer fun! Proceeds from the event will go to The Stop.

Learning About Local and Global Fishing at The Stop

Thank you to all who joined Slow Food Toronto for the Slow Fish event on Saturday, June 18th. We had wonderful talks from Andrew Akiwenzie of Akiwenzie’s Fish & More and Dan Donovan of Hooked Inc. It was interesting to learn about how fishing has changed in the Georgian Bay area and how certain pressures – governance, environmental, and economic – are problematic for the waters and their entire ecosystems. Andrew spoke specifically about the gradual reduction of the Whitefish over the years and how the introduction of non-native species has caused major disruptions to the balance of the ecosystem. He also noted how technologies like GPSs and smartphones are changing how youth interact with the waters. Dan spoke about his efforts with Slow Fish Canada / Slow Fish International to push for fair fishing in water bodies across North America and ensure that the rights of small fishers and fisheries are protected. Like Andrew, he also spoke about the privatization of fishing and the effects this is having on biodiversity.

To top it off, we had three different dishes prepared by local chefs. See the mouth-watering pictures below. Thank you to all who made this event a success! See you soon!

Photos by Edmund Rek, all rights reserved.

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Paul DeCampo started the event off by talking about Slow Food and the importance of good, clean & fair food.
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Andrew Akiwenzie spoke next and talked about his life as a traditional fisherman in the Georgian Bay area. Here he talks about how it’s hard on the body over time, even if it is a rewarding profession!

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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.

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Ice Fishing Trip a Great Catch

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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

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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.

Slow Fish Event: Close to Home at Red Fish Restaurant

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May 23, 2013

slow-fish-canada-slow-food-torontoRed Fish Restaurant invites you to get local with your fish! Tuesday, June 4th Slow Fish Toronto and Waterkeeper are proud to be a part of an evening of beautiful, delicious and healthy fish, all from within 200 kilometres of Toronto. Chef/owner David Friedman has created a 5 course menu, plus canapés, featuring this province’s aquatic bounty.

Tuesday, June 4 at 7:00pm
Red Fish, 890 College Street

Slow Food Toronto Members $56.50
Non-members $67.80
Wine pairing $28.25