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Look Who Turned 5! FoodShare’s – A Recipe For Change

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Look who turned 5!

A Recipe For Change Event

February 27th,2014

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Last year I was very fortunate to be invited to attend ‘Recipe for Change‘ and felt extremely honoured to be invited to return again this year. This annual event, held at the St. Lawrence Market north building , is a community filled celebration of food with a distinct purpose that supports Food Literacy education & FoodShare’s innovative and timely work in schools.

A staunch supporter of Food Literacy is Sang Kim of the newly opened Wind Up Bird Cafe who got a chance to promote his restaurant’s contribution to #RecipeforChange this year on Breakfast Television the morning of the event. See the interview here.(via @BTtoronto) Below is the dish and its creator Chef Yumiko Kobayashi.

Chef Yumiko

Chef Yumiko Kobayashi

Tofu-Avocado Gratin and Sweet Potatoe Mille-Feuille from Wind Up Bird Cafe (Vegetarian)

Tofu-Avocado Gratin and Sweet Potatoe Mille-Feuille from Wind Up Bird Cafe (Vegetarian)

The Recipe for Change Initiative

Foodshare believes the following:”How children eat when they’re young lays the foundation for life-long patterns, but integrated good food education is not the norm in Ontario schools. Students are not regularly provided the tools to make healthy decisions to sustain themselves, nor are they taught how to garden, cook a healthy meal, compost or understand where their food comes from on an ongoing basis.”

“Childhood obesity and diabetes are global pandemics and, in Ontario, major health risks. Barring electives, and a few sporadic science or health lessons, healthy eating, hands-on Food Literacy skills and physical activity are not as regularly integrated into the school day as they should be.” – taken from “Why Recipe for Change”

This year brought together some of Toronto’s all-star chefs for a night of culinary delights with complimenting beverage selections from local vendors:

The amazing Recipe for Change Chefs

The Recipe for Change VQA Wines, Breweries, Coffee,Tea and other Beverages

Crema Coffee Co

Crema Coffee in the making

Maple Bacon Crema

Maple Bacon Crema

Frida Restaurant and Bar, Chef Jose Hadad – Tacos de Pescado en Salsa Verde, pan fried and then finished in Salsa Verde Haddock and garnished with Sour Cream, Coriander and Onion

My Little Dumplings, Chef Bashir – Mushroom Bao
(Vegetarian)

Annona at the Park Hyatt, Chef Joan Monfaredi – Pulled Buschbeck Braised Lamb Slider with Spicy Mustard Glaze, Crunch Slaw Sesame Tooney

Lisa Marie/Fidel Gastro, Chef Matt Basile – Agrentinian Lamb Meatball

Urban Acorn/The Depanneur, Chef Daniel Holloway & Marie Fitrion – Haitian Goat Griot & Banana Peze

Accra and Banana Peze

Urban Acorn/The Depanneur, Chef Daniel Holloway & Marie Fitrion – Haitian Accra & Banana Peze (Vegetarian)

SOMA Hot Chocolate

SOMA Chocolate from Chocolatemakers , David Castellan & Cynthia Leung – Hot Chocolate Mix Spiced with Ginger, Madagascar Vanilla, Orange Peel, Chili and Soma Blend Spices

Reuben Caraway Rye Gnocchi

The Beverly Hotel, Chef Eric Wood – Reuben Caraway Rye Gnocchi, Pastrami Lambs Tongue, Dill Pickled Mushrooms with Red Cabbage and Apple Mostarda, Fresh Tarragon and Gruyere Snow

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Wild Boar Ragu

Le Select Bistro, Chef Albert Ponzo – Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Wild Boar Ragu

Foggy Sunburst Morning Earl Grey Mocktail

The Love of Tea, Carol Mark – Foggy Sunburst Morning Earl Grey Mocktail with infusions of Bergamot and Citrus

Citrus Financier with Chestnut Mousse and Coffee Nougatine

The Tempered Chef, Chef Bertrand Alepee – Citrus Financier with Chestnut Mousse and Coffee Nougatine

Whole Wheat Scones with Goat Cheese and The Chef's House Preserves

Whole Wheat Scones with Goat Cheese and The Chef’s House Preserves

Whole Wheat Scones with Goat Cheese and The Chef's House Preserves

Whole Wheat Scones with Goat Cheese and The Chef’s House Preserves

Whole Wheat Scones with Goat Cheese and The Chef's House Preserves

George Brown Chef School, Chef John Higgins – Whole Wheat Scones with Goat Cheese and The Chef’s House Preserves

Moroccan Inspired Cauliflower Soup with Crispy Chick Peas

Good Earth Food & Wine Co., Chef Therese De Grace – Moroccan Inspired Cauliflower Soup with Crispy Chick Peas, Pickled Vegetable Micro Salad and Tahini Drizzle (Vegan)

Ice Wine Jelly Appetizers

Bernadin, Chef Emerie Brine – Ice Wine Jelly Bite-Size Appetizers

Mini Raw Pumpkin Tarts on Pecan Salted Date Crust

Cruda Cafe, Chef Claudia Gaviria – Mini Raw Pumpkin Tarts on Pecan Salted Date Crust
(Raw Vegan)

Mini Raw Cashew French Herbed Fermented Cheese with Sweet Potato Crackers

Cruda Cafe, Chef Claudia Gaviria – Mini Raw Cashew French Herbed Fermented Cheese with Sweet Potato Crackers (Vegan)

Mixed Ceviche (Seafood)

T.O. Ceviche Bar, Chef Alvaro Valencia – Mixed Ceviche (Seafood)

Ham Hock Terrine with Home-Made Branston Pickle and Quail's Egg

Table 17/Ascari Enoteca, Chef John Sinopoli – Ham Hock Terrine with Home-Made Branston Pickle and Quail’s Egg

Atlantic Salt Cod Fritters with Cilantro and Watercress Pesto

Culinary Students of Bendale Business & Technical Institute/Eastdale Collegiate Institute – Atlantic Salt Cod Fritters with Cilantro and Watercress Pesto from Bendale Gardens

Apple Fruitcake with Caramel Yogurt

Culinary Students of Bendale Business & Technical Institute/Eastdale Collegiate Institute – Apple Fruitcake with Caramel Yogurt

Arroz Caldo

Lamesa Filipino Kitchen, Chef Rudy Boquila – Arroz Caldo (Meat and Vegetarian options)

Duck Tamales

Valdez, Chef Steve Gonzalez – Duck Tamales

Walter's Caesars with Tromba Tequila

Walter Caesar – Caesars and Virgin Caesars

Shucked Oysters

Hooked, Kristin & Dan Donovan – Fresh Shucked Oysters – Shan Daph, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Cooke’s Cove, Ellerslie, PEI

Gulab Jamun with Masala Chai

416 Snack Bar, Chef Mark Ota – Gulab Jamun with Masala Chai (Vegetarian)

The collection of Chefs will ensure that there is great, amazing food for all guests so that even vegetarians, vegans, and those with other food considerations are accommodated.

The tasty evening at #RecipeforChange is composed of small plates allowing each chef to present their own creative vision, surprising us with their combining of foods and flavours.

Having chefs were on hand to personally prepare, plate, and serve their food, be available to discuss their inspiration with us gave us the rare chance to get up close and personal as a guest with some of the city’s prominent culinary minds  – a rare treat for many and for me a chance to say hello to many of my culinary friends and personal chef inspirations.

Culinary Students of Bendale Business & Technical Institute/Eastdale Collegiate Institute

Culinary Students of Bendale Business & Technical Institute/Eastdale Collegiate Institute

Lamesa Filipino Kitchen, Chef Rudy Boquila

Lamesa Filipino Kitchen, Chef Rudy Boquila

Valdez, Chef Steve Gonzalez

Valdez, Chef Steve Gonzalez

My Little Dumplings, Chef Bashir Munye and Crew

My Little Dumplings, Chef Bashir Munye and Crew

Hooked, Kristin & Dan Donovan

Hooked, Kristin & Dan Donovan

Grilled Tofu and Edamame Salad

FRANK at the AGO, Chef Jeff Duek – Grilled Tofu and Edamame Salad, Pipian Sauce, Coriander Spouts in a Palm Leaf Boat (Vegan)

Crema Coffee Co

Two of my favourite guys! Crema Coffee Co. – Amazing Maple Bacon never tasted so good.

Chicken Chilaquiles Mexico City Style

Santo Pecado, Chef Paola Solorzano – Chicken Chilaquiles Mexico City Style

Frida’s Chef Jose Hadad

Chopped Canada Season 1 Episode 7 Winner Brianne Nash with Tania Daviduke of The Culinary Adventure Company

Everything that Foodshare Toronto does is centered on the power of food to connect, to inspire and to ultimately transform. Their work is so impactful because of this important and sometimes neglected act of sharing. The power of caring and sharing truly does work and their work clearly shows that every little bit counts.

The Recipe for Change Super-Supportive Sponsors

Supporting FoodShare is easy, and you can be part of its impacts and help it grow and grow. Easy ways to show your support can be found here.

I truly love the opportunity to mingle and chat with the chefs, the beverage partners and many of my writing colleagues, dear foodie friends and general public who are in awe of each culinary expedition from table to table. There are also all the amazing things that FoodShare has been able to do and will do for Food Literacy and creating a healthier future for our future generations.

The opportunity to taste bites from over 30 Chefs, 20 VQA wines, 6 local beers, and so much more, the event was an amazing value for attendees and a wonderful opportunity to support FoodShare’s work to create a healthy future.

World Food Day 2013

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“Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition” will be the focus of World Food Day in 2013.

The official World Food Day theme – announced at the start of every year by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – gives focus to World Food Day observances and helps increase understanding of problems and solutions in the drive to end hunger.

About World Food Day

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations marks World Food Day each year on the 16th of October, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945.

The objectives of World Food Day are to:

  • encourage attention to agricultural food production and to stimulate national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end;
  • encourage economic and technical cooperation among developing countries;
  • encourage the participation of rural people, particularly women and the least privileged categories, in decisions and activities influencing their living conditions;
  • heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world;
  • promote the transfer of technologies to the developing world; and
  • strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty and draw attention to achievements in food and agricultural development.

World Food Day 2013 video feature: Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security

A Vietnamese Recipe for a Food System that Works.
What is a sustainable food system? One Vietnamese model harnesses tradition and bolsters that with technology and the right policy mix: ‘V-A-C’ farming. It’s a no-waste system integrating fish farming, raising livestock and growing fruit and vegetables, all on the same farm. It has assured sufficient, healthy food to Viet Nam’s rural farmers — about half the population — while generating income and feeding the growing cities. In V-A-C, livestock can even power the lights.”

World Food Day focuses on better food systems, including reducing food waste. Here’s what YOU can do: http://bit.ly/WlciOY 

What are you doing today on World Food Day? Tell them about it in a tweet to @FAOWFD tagged .

World Food Day Canada

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“Do your part to Engage, Empower and Inspire everyone to make a difference in the world”

Travel Quote – Happiness is to be found along the way…

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“Happiness is to be found along the way,

not at the end of the road,

for then the journey is over

and it is too late.

Today,

this hour,

this minute is the day,

the hour,

the minute for each of us to sense the fact that life is good,

with all of its trials and troubles,

and perhaps more interesting because of them.”


– Robert R. Updegraff

Happy Canada Day!

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What is Canada Day?

We, as a nation are still very young as a country – just a mere 146 years old in comparison with other great nations but we acknowledge and recognize the day we became our own nation every year.

According to the latest info recorded in Wikipedia:

“CANADA DAY:(French: Fête du Canada) is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 (today called the Constitution Act, 1867), which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire Originally called Dominion Day (French: Le Jour de la Confédération), the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as among Canadians internationally.”

 

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What do we do on Canada Day?

Many communities across the country of Canada will host organized celebrations for Canada Day, usually consisting of outdoor public events, such as parades, carnivals, festivals, barbecues, air and maritime shows, fireworks, and free musical concerts, as well as citizenship ceremonies for new citizens to Canada.

Internationally, Canadian expats will organize Canada Day activities in their local area on or near Canada Day. Many celebrations have been held at Trafalgar Square—the location of Canada House—in London, England; initiated by the Canadian community in the United Kingdom, and endorsed by the Canadian High Commission. Celebrations have also take place in Hong Kong, entitled Canada D’eh and held on June 30 at Lan Kwai Fong, where over 10,000 have been known to participate. Overseas in Afghanistan, where members of the Canadian Forces mark the holiday at their base and in  Mexico, at the Royal Canadian Legion in both Chapala, and the Canadian Club in Ajijic. In China, Canada Day celebrations are held by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai at Bund Beach. These are just a few locations globally that participate in celebrating Canada’s birthday!

 

 

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This year our own loved TV Host, George Stroumboulopoulos is hosting Canada Day International in NYC and London, England. You can catch all the details including clips from hockey games in Central Park to amazing concerts through the links below.

“Canada Day Is Taking Over New York City And London, England – And George Is Hosting”

Wherever you are, you can join the conversation by tweeting with the hashtags #CanadaDayNYC and #CanadaDayLondon.

You can follow George on Twitter at:

@Strombo
@Strombodotcom

Wherever you are, whoever you are with – take a moment to wish Canada a very Happy Birthday and enjoy a little moment today to be a “Canuck” however you see fit!

HAPPY CANADA DAY! I’m proud to be a Canadian – born and raised!

Canadians get a New Type of Passport for Canada Day

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O-Canada ! Here is just a friendly reminder that the new 10-year enhanced ePassport goes into effect for all #Canadians on July 1, 2013. If you renew before the 1st you will save some money but will be caught up in the transition as we move over to the new biometric passports. You will now get to have a choice when applying for the first time or renewing your passport, and you can choose either the standard 5-year or enhanced 10-year biometric passport. Keep note that all childrens’ ePassports will only be issued for a maximum of 5 years (there is no 10 year option as children change too much during this time).

New fees effective July 1, 2013 (in Canadian dollars)
Travel document or service New fee
Passports: Applications made in Canada and passport delivered in Canada
10-year passport $160* footnote
5-year passport (or less) $120* footnote
Children’s passport $57
Passports: Applications made outside of Canada and/or passport delivered outside Canada
10-year passport $260* footnote
5-year passport (or less) $190* footnote
Children’s passport $100
Expedited services in Canada (in addition to the passport fee)
1-day service (urgent) $110
Express service (2-9 days) $50
Pick-up (day 10) $20
Same day, out of regular hours of service $335
Expedited services outside of Canada** footnote
Emergency travel document (one trip) $75* footnote
Children’s emergency travel document (one trip) $30
Temporary passport (linked to regular passport application) $110
Travel documents for non-Canadians
Certificate of identity $260* footnote
Children’s certificate of identity $141
Refugee travel document $120* footnote
Children’s refugee travel document $57
Addition of a special stamp or observation (at applicant’s request) $45
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A consular fee of C$25 is included in the price of all adult travel documents. Passport Canada has no authority over the use or amount of this fee.

These travel documents are issued only at the discretion of the Canadian Government office abroad

For more information and fee structure details, please visit the Passport Canada website below:

http://www.ppt.gc.ca/eppt/index.aspx?lang=eng

By strengthening identity checks, ePassports will help reduce the risk of other countries imposing visa requirements on travellers. (Needing a visa can add up to $150 per trip, depending on the country and our agreements with them.) This will be a slow transition but the hope that this will be a step in the right direction to allow better transitions especially when you are traveling through multiple countries.

Canada’s new ePassport will be full of newly chosen iconic images that will make Canadian passports more attractive and more secure. These images showcase Canada’s history and the building of our great nation and will include images from the Fathers of Confederation to the Famous Five and Terry Fox . #proudtobeCanadian

http://www.ppt.gc.ca/eppt/photos.aspx?lang=eng

Considered to be the gold standard of all travel documents, ePassports contain an electronic chip that enhances the passport’s current security features. In compliance with the recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organization, over 100 countries, including the United States, France and the United Kingdom, are already issuing ePassports. This organization, which is a specialized agency of the United Nations, was created in 1947. ICAO has 190 member states, including Canada. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, it is the authority on enhancing civil aviation security around the world.

If you would like to learn more about ICAO and passports, please visit ICAO’s website.

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“Canadian ePassports arrive July 1 on CBC”
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/06/28/canada-epassport-launch.html

Travel safe, think smart and be safe this holiday long weekend – Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians!