February 27th was cold. That deep down, ‘why am I outside’ cold. Regardless I ventured out to attend the Recipe for Change event in support of FoodShare Toronto, held at the North Market (St. Lawrence Market). I was excited to go since I had enjoyed The Stop Night Market last year and find helping to support the community while eating yummy food to be a no-brainer.
Inside the warmth of the North Market, I found 30 Toronto chefs, 20 Ontario wines and 6 local beers who had collaborated to bring fresh, local food to a few hundreds guests to help promote food literacy education in schools. In fact, Bendale Technical Institute and Eastdale Collegiate Institute culinary students, who are apart of the program, were on hand with plates for guests to try.
Bendale and Eastdale students
FoodShare Toronto was created in 1985 to address the need for healthy, affordable and sustainable food access in Toronto communities. They reach over 155, 000 children and adults per month through community based programs. Currently they run multiple school programs that focus on a “from field to table” approach, including: student nutrition programs, fresh produce programs, school grown market gardens, good food cafés and field to table schools. At the core is advocating for public policies that will ensure that everyone has access to sustainably produced, healthy food.
The evening’s host, Adam Stiles from Citytv
I tried to sample as many dishes as possible, even trying tongue for the first time! Each dish was delicious, with great local wine and beer pairings. I especially liked the maple bacon macchiato from Crema Coffee Company. It was the perfect temperature (for me) and the bacon added an interesting saltiness to the coffee. I immediately texted @WineGuyTO to tell him we would be checking them out on our next coffee outing. My other favourite drink was from Carol Marks, tea sommelier. It was a cold tea, set in dry ice making for a captivating display that drew many people over. It was refreshing end to my evening. There was not one dish that I sampled that I did not like!
Cucumber Cup filled with Zucchini Hummus and topped with a Raw Pumpkin Seed Falafel
Annona Restaurant at the Hyatt – Pulled Buschbeck braised lamb slider with spiced mustard glaze, crunch slaw sesame tooney
Tacos de pescado en salsa verde from Frida Restaurant
Vegetarian paella from Carmen Restaurant.
Le Select Bistro’s Sweet potato gnocchi with wild boar ragu.
The Beverley Hotel’s Reuben caraway rye gnocchi, pastrami lamb’s tongue, dill pickled mushrooms with red cabbage and apple mostarda
Foodshare Toronto’s free-range buffalo chili on a pan de bono and sweet roasted corn and herbs, chipotle in adobo salsa, traditional mole and white mother sauce reduction
Mixed ceviche from TO Ceviche Bar
Whole wheat scone with goat cheese and The Chef’s house preserves from George Brown Cafe School.
Gulab Jamun from 416 Snack Bar
The Love of Tea’s Foggy Sunburst Morning Earl Grey Mocktail (earl grey tea, lime, lemongrass, orange juice, orange bitters, grenadine, club soda and bergamot citrus.
Duck tamales from Valdez
Chicken chilaquiles Mexico City style from Santo Pecado
The maple bacon macchiato from Crema Coffee Co
Click here to see all the food offerings that night.
**Please excuse the photos, it was my first time using my new DSLR. I am still learning :)
Thank you to Mary Luz Mejia of Sizzling Communications for the invitation to attend and cover this event. All thoughts and opinions are my own.