Recipe for Change 2014 – Food and Photos

Thursday evening was FoodShare Toronto‘s annual Recipe for Change fundraising event, and the third time we’ve gone. It’s one of the food related fundraisers I look forward to every year, and we had a lovely night. It’s great to support the food literacy work that FoodShare does, while also having the opportunity to try fantastic food from different Toronto Chefs in one place. There was a slightly different seating arrangement this time, a few more regular/lower tables versus the high top tables more suitable to standing around, which is probably a positive change, even if not more useful to me personally. It was also quite a bit brighter inside than last year, which meant for slightly better photos, and everyone was a lot more visible. For me, a couple of the standouts this year were several of the ones that were labelled vegetarian and were actually vegetarian/vegan rather than some lacto-ovo-veg thing. I really loved the Arroz Caldo from Lamesa Filipino Kitchen & Chef Rudy Boquila. The Chef said it was like congee, which make sense since Arroz Caldo could be translated as “rice soup”. So comforting and delicious. I went back for seconds. I asked about vegan options at the restaurant, and the Chef said that while their menu varies, they usually have something. We’ll have to visit! Sang Kim of Windup Bird Cafe (and Yakitori Bar & Seoul Food Co, and a whole lot of other cool stuff – Check out his TEDxYouth Talk) prepared a Tofu-Avocado Gratin and…

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Eating with a Cause: 1 Week – 3 Fundraisers

My usual partner in eating, JC, is currently in Fabulous Barcelona on business, so yesterday I went to the Chili For Charity – All You Can Eat Chili Fundraiser at Sadie’s Diner (504 Adelaide Street West, Toronto) by myself. I love that Sadie’s does these events and for a variety of causes, it just makes me like them more. They’ve held these fundraisers for the Toronto Vegetarian Association, Animal Ark II, and one of my favourite groups – Toronto Cat Rescue (the organization we found Emmiecat from). I had three bowls of delicious chili, handfuls upon handfuls of tortilla chips, entered into some TVA Raffles (I hope I win – there was a T-shirt there that was oh so soft) and heard updates on projects friends are doing. So overall, great evening. Then on Friday there is a fundraiser for Harvest Noon Cafe – Check it out on facebook – Locally Grown: A fundraiser for Harvest Noon Cafe– The Harvest Noon Cafe in the GSU building on U of T’s St. George Campus at 16 Bancroft Avenue, Toronto. Harvest Noon Cafe is a 100% volunteer run restaurant/cafe/student eatery, with a focus on serving food that is locally, sustainably, and organically grown. Add to that, it’s also organized (in part) by fellow blogger Willie, from Until We Eat Again. The big one this week is on Thursday (tomorrow! I’m so excited) FoodShare is having a Recipe for Change fundraiser.

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Animal Ark II Fundraiser – All You Can Eat Chili, Great Org, Great people, Great food.

This past Tuesday night Animal Ark II had an All You Can Eat Chili fundraiser and memorial for Mark Karbusicky at Sadie’s Diner (504 Adelaide Street W, Toronto, ON). Animal Ark II is a Toronto based, direct action animal advocacy organization. I remember their display at the the Vegetarian Food Fair back in September, they were the first animal rights organization I encountered since arriving in Toronto. I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Mark Karbusicky, but he was a film maker, activist and from what I read about him,  an all around amazing person and friend. There is also documentary on his life that won Best Feature Documentary at The Accolade Competition in La Jolla, CA in 2010. Mark had actively supported feral cat rescue programs, so I thought it was great that the organizers were also collecting donations of cat food for a local feral resuce in honor of him. And now for the food! There was a ten dollar suggested donation for all you can eat chili and tortilla chips, baked goods by donation, and little yummy things here and there. I love chili, and tortilla chips, and fundraisers for worthy causes, so it was perfect. One of the ARKII Volunteers made these freaking yummy cornbread muffin type things, and I’m pretty sure I want more (i.e., I should really get on making some cornbread.) Plus there were different cupcakes, including a couple of gluten free options, which surprise surprise were freaking tasty. Gluten free, you’ve come a long way baby. Any…

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