A busy schedule and lots of travel put my writing on standby for a while but I had to make sure I got this tasty article up and readable to share!
Back on February 28th, Toronto’s historic St. Lawrence Market looked like a stage set for a culinary celebration! The event – Toronto’s Annual Event – Recipe For Change
I timed my arrival to the North Market Building for the 6pm door opening and before I could reach the inner sanctum of the market building, I experienced a taste-bud explosion by way of an amazing Smoked Duck Tostada by @FidelGastros – Matt Basile, star of “Rebel Without A Kitchen”.
The evenings’ event was a market done in complete transformation! This building is generally left to those farmers and craftspeople selling their edible bounty to the public of fresh fruit, eggs, vegetables, cheeses and many other tasty little bits of flavour. That night the team at FoodShare designed a map through a garden of flavor overload put forth by those who rise to the top, sometimes are seldom seen by the general public, and have a deep love for their craft, for their annual Recipe for Change fundraising event.
Over the course of the next few hours, with fork, napkin and wineglass in pocket, the room filled to capacity with over 400 Toronto eager food fans supporting such a good cause and sampling culinary delights from over 30 chefs and students, 8 wineries from Niagara and Prince Edward County, and a few breweries as well. I eagerly sipped, nibbled and photographed as many tasty tidbits as I could. This year’s FoodShare event was presented by GE Cafe Appliances and students from both the Bendale Business and Technical Institute and Eastdale Collegiate presented some tasty offerings that they cooked in their culinary programs that are in collaboration with FoodShare.
Some of my most memorable bites were: Brisket Steamed Buns from Momofuku Toronto, Yakitori Bar/Seoul Food’s vegetarian Bibimbap, Torito Tapas & Monforte Dairy’s collab of Dates stuffed with Toscano Cheese, Orrechiette with White Pork Shoulder Ragu by Ascari Enoteca, Savoury Bread Puddings by the George Brown Chef School, and the Luscious Beet Root Chocolate Brownies from Pimenton.
It was a joy to see that Toronto’s culinary community spotlights the collaborative efforts for such an amazingly good cause. It was fun night to be out and about as many enthusiastic chefs served their very best and I had a chance to catch up with some of my favourite restauranteurs, chefs, bloggers and food writers. From the culinary schools to top chefs, breweries, wineries and to my love…the Detour Espresso Bar, Recipe for Change certainly gave those of us in attendance, an honest testimony to the talented and creative culinary industry in this city I now call home.
Food Share empowers and enables Ontario children to identify what good food is, where it comes from, not only teaching them that healthy food also tastes great, but educating and helping them learn to choose it for themselves. The organization is leading the challenge to create a healthier future for our children by working with students from JK to Grade 12 ,parents and educators to ensure that good food education is an included part of the Ontario curriculum and make Food Literacy a requirement for graduation. Children across Ontario are being taught how to plant, tend, harvest, prep ,cook and compost – something I took for granted growing up when I was a child, having a family involved in food and backyard farming.
This year’s event also marked the launch of FoodShare’s first cookbook – “share:Delicious Dishes from Foodshare and Friends” which showcases affordable, healthy, and culturally-diverse cooking that is a joy for the palate and the eye. Just $24.95 + HST at your favourite bookstore or available on www.foodshare.net
“A delight for the palate and for the eye, share showcases the joy of healthy, affordable culturally-diverse cooking and highlights the power of good food to bring people together. Celebrate home-cooked meals with Adrienne De Francesco and Marion Kane as they guide you through recipes that are thoughtfully selected, carefully tested and thoroughly delicious. Feast on contributions from FoodShare’s chefs, staff, volunteers and program participants, along with local celebrities who all share their favourite recipes in this beautiful full-colour cookbook.”
Take time to support the Foodshare community on any level ! I came with to Recipe for Change with an appetite on full tilt mody, ready to be amazed and flavour – challenged by the 30 chefs works in food and I left satiated with an even better appreciation of the chefs I know and new wonder from all the ones I met for the first time and what the Culinary Culture of Ontario truly has to offer. A delish food adventure experience that I would highly recommend all of you look out for next year and make certain you have tickets as soon as you can.
For the past while I have been very MIA online…feeling like a little blip just bumping along in admiration of so many others but lost on my purpose and intent that I started writing this blog with.
Before I connected with my purpose and learned to look within, I remember many of my days being punctuated with an intense longing.
A missing sense of magic and unconditional joy in my life.
The feeling was especially strong in moments of unwanted stress…
When I did any kind of soul-sapping task, it left me thinking, “what am I doing with my life?”
The feeling left me drained. Momentarily disillusioned. Unable to function as creatively, intuitively or energetically as I knew I could or should.
I’ll go out on a limb and say you know this feeling I’m talking about.
I took some time and now I am re-energized. TBEX is happening this week and I know I am planning on being such a giant sponge as I prepare this blog to become what it was meant to be.
Over the coming weeks you will see a few changes, contests and definitely more from me and some amazing guest bloggers who will share with you their knowledge, experiences and photography.
I hope that you will join me on this new journey as TravelciousDee v.2.0 takes flight on her new magic carpet ride!
Some great tunes to remind you of the “magic” –
Deborah Peniuk aka TraveliciousDee
There are times when I wish I was still a teenager and this just might be one of them! If you know of or have some keen teenagers who are looking to get into the Aviation biz this just might be the opportunity of a lifetime of experience.
Cathay Pacific has opened applications for its “I Can Fly” Toronto program, inviting young Canadians with a passion for aviation to participate in the popular program.Grade 11 and 12 high school students from the Greater Toronto area may submit an application online at http://www.cathaypacific.ca/icanflyon or before Sept. 12/2012.
The program will run from September through November 2012 and offers high school students a rare behind-the-scenes look at the airline industry. Manned by Cathay Pacific staff volunteers, the eight-week academy covers a range of aviation topics and explores various careers in the industry from airport operations to in-flight catering to passenger sales.
These real-world settings will provide invaluable perspective for students who will soon make choices about their future education and careers. The “I Can Fly” program was launched back in 2003 in Hong Kong and due to its success was brought to Canada for the first time in October 2009. The program will run weekly and operates after school hours out of multiple locations including the Toronto Pearson International Airport, its vicinity or within downtown Toronto.