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Monday, February 24, 2014

Recipe For Change - The Toronto Food Event Turning Five This Week



You know, I think that as a food blogger, I just assume that because I am eating well that everyone is eating well. It feels like all I do is talk about food, shop for food, prepare food, serve food and write about it. If you are reading this blog, you are probably also pretty interested in eating well or else you would be reading a blog about Doritos taco shells or dog grooming or something, right?


It's far too easy to just live in our own little world where our kids are well fed and so are their friends. They grow up exposed to nutritious, delicious foods and their idea of hunger is feeling a bit peckish when they get home from school. We have the means to drive up north and take our kids berry picking or out to Niagara for farm fresh peaches and buy beautiful local produce at roadside stands. Often, they attend fun summer camps where they learn to bake or cake decorate and many of us have gardens in our yards so that they can go and pick a couple of fresh tomatoes for their salad or know the joy of a freshly pinched leaf of basil.

This, sadly, is not the reality for far too many families. That is where an organization like FoorShare Toronto comes in. They are Canada's largest community food security organization who work with communities with the long term goal of ensuring that everyone has access to sustainable, healthy food. With a variety of programs that focus on the entire process- they refer to is as field to table- they work with individuals, families and communities from the beginning of the process with the growing of food all the way through to the cooking and consumption of healthy, delicious food. Many of their programs have been reproduced across the country, making them true food pioneers who currently feed more than 150,000 people each month in the city of Toronto via programs like Field to Table Schools, Community Kitchens, Power Soups, Community Gardening, Bee Keeping and many more.

Recipe for Change, photo Laura Berman, GreenFuse Photography


Recipe for Change, photo Laura Berman, GreenFuse Photography
I am so excited to attend their annual foodie heaven of a fundraiser, Recipe For Change on Thursday, February 27 at The St Lawrence Market. There are 30 chefs whipping up ridiculously delicious fare and 20 VQA wines and 6 local beers to wash it all down with. For the price of a nice meal with wine at any one of these establishments, you will spend the evening feasting at 30 tables.  Not only are these  restaurants being represented but there will be students who work at FoodShare's various programs who will be on hand, helping out and getting some hands on experience (Click here for photos of past years)

There are still tickets left so do yourself a favour and snag a ticket, come and find me and say hi and we can share some good food and tip a few, coming together to help FoodShare help our community.

Chefs this year:



Albert Ponzo, Le Select Bistro
Alvaro Valencia, TO Ceviche Bar
Bashire Munye, My Little Dumplings
Bertrand Alepee, The Tempered Chef
Carol Belmonte, Belmonte Raw
Claudia Gaviria, Cruda Café
Culinary Students from Bendale Business and Technical Institute
Culinary Students from Eastdale Collegiate Institute
Daniel Holloway and Marie Fitrion, Urban Acorn
David Castellan and Cynthia Leung, SOMA Chocolatemaker
Derek Valleau, Pukka
Emerie Brine, Bernardin
Jeff Dueck, FRANK at the AGO
Jesus Gomez, FoodShare Toronto
Joan Monfaredi, Annona at the Park Hyatt
John Higgins, George Brown Chef School
John Sinopoli, Table 17/ Ascari Enoteca
Kristin and Dan Donovan, Hooked
Jose Hadad, Frida Restaurant and Bar
Luis Valenzuela, Carmen
Mark Cutrara
Mark Ota, 416 Snack Bar
Matt Basile, Lisa Marie/ Fidel Gastro
Nettie Cronish, Fair Trade Canada
Paola Solorzano, Santo Pecado
Rocco Agostino, Pizzeria Libretto / Enoteca Sociale
Ruth Klahsen, Montforte Dairy
Sang Kim, Wind up Bird Café
Steffan Howard, Palais Royale- Pegasus Group
Steve Gonzalez, Valdez
Theresa DeGrace, Good Earth Food and Wine Co


BEVERAGE
 
Black Oak Brewing Co
Chateau des Charmes
Crema Coffee Co
Frogpond Farm Organic Winery
Great Lakes Brewery
Good Earth Food and Wine Co
Henry of Pelham Family Estate
Rosewood Estates winery
Southbrook Vineyards
The Love of Tea
Walter Caesar