Ontario Wine Society Niagara: Matching Fruit Wine + Cheese

April 6, 2011

ontario-wine-societyAt this event, you will get to taste quality-certified fruit wines and an array of artisanal cheeses. Our speaker, Keith Muller, will guide us through this tasting and help us discover how to appreciate fruit wines and pair them with cheeses. As the Academic Chair of the George Brown Chef School, Keith provides academic leadership to the faculty and 1,300 full-time students of the school. He is currently the Chair of the heads of Hospitality and Tourism Ontario. Starting out as a High School teacher, Keith also owned his own restaurant and worked as a Food and Beverage Manager at Le Royal Meridien King Edward Hotel and The University Club of Toronto. Keith’s specialty is Culinary Tourism and Slow Food, and he teaches Dessert, Cheese and Wine Pairing.

On hand from Stoney Ridge will be both Jim Warren, Winery General Manager, and Ann McClelland, Cheese Boutique General Manager. Jim is the current Executive Director of Fruit Wines of Ontario. He will speak briefly on the topic and will be able to answer any questions you have about current issues of the fruit wine industry. Ann will also be on hand to answer any questions on the fine cheeses and will be available to open the cheese shop after the tasting.

When: April 18, 2011 – 6:30 pm
Where: Stoney Ridge Estate Winery – 3201 King Street, Vineland, ON – MAP IT
Cost: $35 each (members and one guest); $45 each (additional guests/non-members)

Event Info: http://www.ontariowinesociety.com/events.html
Contact: Sue Couch 416 921 9798

Other Info:
This is not a family-friendly Event
Nature of Event – Taste, Education

Introduction to Organic Gardening + Permaculture Workshop

Permaculture gardening is the conscious design of garden ecosystems that mimic the diversity, stability and resilience of natural ecosystems. We ask and observe, what would nature do? This hands-on workshop introduces permaculture theory and ways to apply it in your home or community garden.

Topics: organic gardening basics; permaculture design and practices; working with water; plant guilds (plants that grow well together, help soil tilth and support the larger ecosystem); dynamic accumulators (plants that accumulate nutrients & feed the soil); plants and plant selection; starting new gardens and soil building; cover crops & mulches; composting; humans and other animals; working less for more; diversity gardening.

In partnership with York Region Food Network and Transition York Region.

When: Saturday April 30, 2011 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Where: York Region Community Gardens (Newmarket).
Cost: $60-$90 sliding scale, includes resources. Pre-registration required.

Event Info: [email protected]
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Other Info:
This is a family-friendly event
Nature of Event – Taste, Education, Sustainability, Conviviality

Slow Food in Action

Slow Food in Action: A global vision for Good, Clean, Fair, Local food

with Paolo di Croce, General Secretary of Slow Food International

Presented by: Slow Food Toronto

When: April 12, 2011 – 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: George Brown College, Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, 300 Adelaide Street East, Room 356
Suggested donation – $10

A special thanks to George Brown College for supporting this event.

All funds go to: A Thousand Gardens in Africa – modelling agro-ecological solutions to community food security across the continent.

For more information visit www.slowfoodfoundation.org

Slow Food Spotlight: Evelyn’s Crackers

evelyns-crackers-slow-food-torontoInterview with Edmund Rek and Dawn Woodward

Edmund Rek and Dawn Woodward are passionate about showcasing Ontario heritage grains and the farmers who produce them.  As Chefs and local food advocates, Ed and Dawn have created Evelyn’s Crackers – delicious, artisan crackers made from local, organic, heritage grains.  Their line has now expanded to include cookies and muesli.

In 2003 Slow Food Canada adopted Red Fife wheat as Canada’s first presidium in the Ark of Taste.  As a key ingredient in many of their crackers, Dawn and Ed have been instrumental in bringing Red Fife wheat from field to table.

Lea Phillips met with Ed and Dawn to discuss Evelyn’s Crackers and their work in the local, organic food community.

Tell me about the philosophy behind Evelyn’s Crackers?
Ed: It’s really all about the grain.  We started out with Red Fife wheat and the crackers were born from there.  It is such a fabulous grain – earthy, nutty, fantastic flavour.  About five years ago there were only two kilos of it left and we have been able to bring it back.  It originated in Scotland and was brought to the Peterborough area by David Fife in the 1840s – it flourished here and in the Prairies for many years.  Over time, other hybrid grains took over and Red Fife was almost obliterated.

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Brood in the Barn

March 17, 2011

brood-in-the-barn-slow-food-torontoThe New Farm is hosting another great event in support of Grow for The Stop featuring all-country rockers Elliott Brood.

When: Saturday June 11, 2011 – 8:00pm (doors open 6:30pm)
Where: The New Farm – 9784 Nottawasaga 6/7 Sideroad, Creemore, ON
Tickets: $45 (dinner & concert) / $25 (concert only) – www.ticketscene.ca

The night will include an organic BBQ prepared on site by chefs from The Stop, Marben Restaurant (recently awarded best burger AND best brunch in the city by Toronto Life) and others, and will feature slow-roasted organic New Farm pork, fresh-picked vegetables, Haisai bread and Mapletons organic ice cream, and a cash bar with ice-cold Creemore Springs on tap.

Elliott Brood has a devoted following, so this event will sell out! As always, 100% of the proceeds from this event will go to The Stop for the purchase of local, organic food for their many great programs.

Kitchen Sisters: An Exquisite Dining Experience to Benefit Sistering

On March 8th, we celebrate 100 years of International Women’s Day! To salute this monumental milestone Toronto’s finest women chefs will come together to prepare a succulent feast with wine pairings and a kitchen gift registry to raise money for Sistering’s new kitchen. Sistering has been serving hot meals to homeless, marginalized and low-income women in Toronto since 1981. Recently, they have experienced a 40% increase in the number of women seeking food and assistance. In order to meet the increasing demand, Sistering must expand its kitchen and storage facilities.

In collaboration with Marion “Food Sleuth” Kane (writer, broadcaster) and chef Lynn Crawford (co-owner of the table d’hôte restaurant Ruby Watchco, host of Pitchin’ In/Food Network Canada and formerly of the Four Seasons Hotel), Kitchen Sisters: An Exquisite Dining Experience will bring together Toronto’s top women chefs on International Women’s Day, Tuesday, March 8th at 6 p.m. at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, 85 Hanna Avenue.

The evening begins with a reception at 6 p.m., featuring passed canapés created by chefs Lynn Crawford, Donna Dooher (Mildred’s Temple Kitchen) and Deborah Reid (George Brown College). A delectable four-course dinner is served at 7 pm.

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Terra Madre 2010

Terra Madre is Slow Food’s Bi-annual conference on sustainable world food economies held in Turin, Italy. 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 Toronto will be holding or participating in events to raise funds to send Slow Food Toronto delegates to the Terra Madre 2010. These events can be found below.

Fundraising Events

Wild Blueberry Festival – August 15, 2010
Harvest Wednesday at the Gladstone – August 18, 2010
Fresh: The Movie – August 26, 2010
Rock & Roll Chip Shop Vol. 5 – September 13, 2010
Jamie Kennedy from Gilead (Chef’s Series) – September 20, 2010
Brick Works Picnic – October 3, 2010
Peach Preserving Workshop – October 5, 6 & 7, 2010

Terra Madre Stories

The 2010 Slow Food Toronto delegation would like to share their stories and photos of their time in Turin, Italy, this past October with you. See individual posts for each person’s experience at Terra Madre Day. The following were individuals were part of the delegation:

Chrystal Porter
Danielle Trost
Gillian Flies
Hanna Jacobs
Jennifer McGibbon
John Croutch
Kelsie Parsons
Laura Boyd
Seana Trost
Theresa McDiarmid


Terroir V: Tradition and Technique

February 2, 2011

Register now for this year’s incredible line up for the annual hospitality symposium where over 300 industry professional will gather to share, inform and network the collective value of the industry!

When: March 1st, 2011 – 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Hart House, University of Toronto
Tickets available from www.uofttix.ca

“The path to greatness is along with others”-Baltasar Gracian

This year’s speakers and presenters include:

Keynote Speaker: Chef Fergus Henderson, St. John’s Bar & Restaurant, London, UK

The Art of Hospitality: Sal Howell – The River Café, Calgary; Chris McDonald – Cava Restaurant, Toronto; Craig Flynn – Chives Café, Halifax

Riesling Kamp: John Szabo, Master Sommelier; Tom Penachetti, Cave Spring Cellars, Ontario; Randall Grahm, Bonny Doon, California

The Origins of Taste: Joshna Maharaj, Chef, Author & Activist; Bettina Schorman, The Bread Bar & Ancaster Mill; Special Guest David Kinch, Maresa, Los Gatos, CA

Social Media Smackdown: Rebecca LeHeup, Ontario Culinary Toursim Alliance; Steve Dolinsky, Writer & Broadcaster, Chicago

The World of Steak: Mark Schatzker, Author “Steak” & Writer for Conde Naste & Globe & Mail; Chef Matty Matheson & Matty DeMille, Parts & Labour; along with producers, First Light Waygu, YU Ranch & Scotch Mountain Meats

The Importance of Terroir: Randall Grahm, Bonny Doon Vinyards

Breakfast provided by Angeline’s Restaurant and Inn, Bloomfield and Chef Michael Potters

Secret Brown Bag lunch by: Donna Dooher, Proprietor & Executive Chef, Mildred’s Temple Kitchen; Jamie Kennedy, Executive Chef, JK Kitchen & Gilead Café; Marco Tucci, Executive Chef, Hart House, University of Toronto; Alex Johnston, Proprietor & Executive Chef Provenance Cuisine; Scott Vivian, Proprietor & Executive Chef Beast Restaurant; Karen Viva Haynes, Proprietor & Executive Chef Viva Tastings & Indian Rice Factory

Sponsors Include:
Gordon’s Food Service, Food Service & Hospitality, Good Food Revolution, City Bites Magazine, Savour Ontario Dining, The Fairmont Royal York, The Siren Group, Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, Brad Long Cafe, The Cook Book Store, Hypenotic, Kato Wake Designs, Norm Hardie Wines, Stratus, Cave Spring, Henry of Pelham

Canadian Organic Growers Conference

January 9, 2011

COG-conference-slow-food-torontoCanadian Organic Growers would like to invite you to its 5th annual conference Your Food, Your Choice: The Promise of Organic. Organic makes a difference to our tables, to our health, and to our environment.  Hear how one country is going entirely organic, and learn what is happening in organic agriculture and our food system in Canada.  This conference is important and timely. Below is an announcement about it.

Your Food, Your Choice:  The Promise of Organics
Presented by Canadian Organic Growers in association with The Big Carrot

When: Saturday, February 19, 2011 – 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
Where: University of Toronto Conference Centre – 89 Chestnut St., Toronto
Tickets: $65 ($85 after Feb. 5); COG members $55 ($65 after Feb. 5)

Rates for seniors, students and unwaged

Organic lunch included!

Info and registration: www.cogtoronto.org or (416) 466-4420

Imagine a country choosing to prioritize its citizens’ happiness over traditional economic measures.  Bhutan is doing just that.  This remote South Asian country is choosing to value “Gross National Happiness” above conventional economics as it deals with the modern world.  This philosophy will be their guiding principle over their nation’s development, which includes certifying the entire country’s agricultural system organic.  Vandana Shiva says “Bhutan, which looks idealistic, is actually being realistic about what you need for a sustainable society.”  Join Canadian Organic Growers and learn how organic makes a difference in how we live and eat.  This conference will stir you with inspiring stories, the difficult challenges and the proven visions that are bringing healthy organic food from the field to the table.

Keynote speaker is Silver Donald Cameron, one of the few observers to Bhutan’s transition to an entirely organic agricultural system.  Panels include Moms Against GMOs, Natural vs Organic, Whistleblowers, EnviroPig, Is Walmart Compatible with Organic?, Hidden GMOs, Make Heritage Seeds Work for You, The Wonder Years: Bread and Beer, Sludge on our Farms, The Future of Agriculture, Organic Beauty Products, and more

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.