SUPPER CLUB: Vegan Passover Seder by Emily Zimmerman

From the event Page: http://thedepanneur.ca/event/vegan-passover-seder-by-emily-zimmerman/ If you’ve never been to a Seder, or you’ve been to too many boring ones, then Emily Zimmerman’s fresh, creative and vegan spin on classic Jewish holiday dishes is for you. The tradition of inviting strangers to Seder has its roots in the Jewish communities of what is now Eastern Europe. In medieval times, poor people would come to the synagogue on the eve of Passover, and they would be invited into people’s homes. A modern interpretation of that tradition encourages Jewish families to practice a hospitality that stands against a world filled with loneliness, alienation and spiritual want. Emily Zimmerman‘s family has been hosting convivial Seders for generations, and combined with her remarkable talents as a vegan cook, make for a fun and delicious evening of tradition and innovation. For over 3000 years, Jews have celebrated Passover (Pesach), a commemoration of the Exodus, the liberation by Moses of the Jewish people from slavery under the ancient Egyptian pharaohs. Over the millennia, many culinary traditions have become part of this celebration; history and culture made manifest at the dinner table for this special holiday meal, the Seder. The traditional Passover seder plate (Ke’ara) features six symbolic foods,…

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York Seedy Saturday

https://www.facebook.com/events/202970293237003/ Join in, celebrate and be part of the mushrooming global food revolution at York Region Food Network‘s Seedy Saturday! Seedy Saturdays provide an opportunity for all those interested in food, food security, gardening and environmental stewardship to dig in and improve your health and well-being. They will also be live streaming TEDxManhattan’s “Changing The Way We Eat” conference all day. Listen to international speakers as they share their insights on how to change our food system and have interesting discussions about how we can do that in our own communities! Join in on March 1, 2014 from 10-3 at Vaughan City Hall. Seedy Saturday is where good food takes root. Join the event on Facebook for updates:https://www.facebook.com/events/202970293237003/

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Toronto – Review – Bi Bim Bap (Vegan Friendly Korean food on Eglinton West)

In my recent and unquenchable search for vegan friendly kimchi in Toronto, I found a review on The Star that made us visit Bi Bim Bap for dinner that very evening. Ironically, the one thing I was searching for – the kimchi – has fish in it, but they have a variety of other interesting and vegan friendly options. EDIT: The kitchen is seafood free now, so both the miso and the kimchi are vegan. Other things I should update this post with include the kimchi fries which are straight up delicious I’ve only had vegan Bib Bim Bap (from Franchia in NYC), but my friends have raved about it for years, and I do love beautiful, colourful food. So it was nice to find a spot in Toronto, that had an understanding of what a vegan diet was and had it written clearly on the menu. (p.s. they also have wifi.) We started with the tofu with a spicy soy glaze. This was my stonebowl – The Tofu Stone Bowl, Tofu was lightly flowered and fried crispy. I got mine with white rice, and besides tofu it was topped with radish, spinach, bean sprouts, julienned carrots, cucumber, burdock, and zucchini, And…

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Food Share’s Recipe for Change 2013 – Coming up soon!

I’m getting really excited about this year’s FoodShare Toronto Recipe For Change event. We had a wonderful time last year, and all proceeds go to support the work of FoodShare, and primarily their work in schools enhancing K-12 student food literacy. It was an amazing opportunity to try the food of dozens of chefs around the city, in one of my favourite formats – tiny sample plates (and lots of them.) It is coming up very soon – at the St. Lawrence Market North Building, on February 28th, 2013, and tickets are $125 (some of which you get back as a tax reciept.) Last year I emailed the lovely FoodShare folks about what vegan options were available and awesomely: their fundraising and communications manager, Adrienne De Francesco is vegan as well and had been making a list of options (and shared it with me.) There were so many options, I was completely delighted by the helpful response. Having a list on hand made the visit extra easy. Many of food based fundraising events in the city exclude us (or rather, I suppose we voluntarily exclude ourselves by finding their options unethical…) with completely meat & dairy based menus. I appreciate that FoodShare really does…

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Things I love Friday – Foster Cats and Kimchi in Toronto

I’ve had a great week, full of good news, and challenging projects, Valentine’s Day was lovely, and it’s a “short week” because this Monday was Family Day. I started writing this yesterday, but didn’t get around to doing anything with it until today. 1. Happy Toronto Cat Rescue Successful Adoption Story! This weekend we said our goodbyes to Corwin – the kitten we’d been fostering from Toronto Cat Rescue since mid January. He went to a lovely home, with two people and two new cat friends to play with. The last adoption didn’t feel as positive, and I promised JC that this one would be better, both from the feeling I got from the potential adopter over the phone, and because I planned to go out of my way to making it feel as positive as possible.

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San Francisco – St. Francis Fountain

Bright and early Saturday morning we opted to seek out some breakfast. Though most places only opened at 11am. The best/worst part about visiting the west coast, when you’re completely accustomed to east coast time is that you walk up earlier than nearly everyone else, but that also means that walking up to go anywhere is never a problem. Luckily, our hotel accommodated us early risers with coffee and mighty leaf tea bar that started at 6 am, and a selection of four different newspapers to read (and free wifi.) And as an added bonus they had soy milk for coffee and stevia sweeteners available and all the earl grey tea I could drink. I tried asking around for suggestions for breakfast in San Francisco, but didn’t really get any definitive suggestions. I found a place called Sun Rise Restaurant through Yelp that seemed interesting, it had a lot of variety, including Latin inspired tofu scrambles, and tamales, and other tasty sounding options. Wanting to take advantage of the weather (which by our standards was lovely) we opted to walk the 3 miles over to the Mission District. The 24th St Station BART train stops not far from there, so it’s easily accessible by transit. We…

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#FoodiePenpals – Reveal Day! Swap received from the VeggieNook

So I have a long standing love affair with the post office. It’s been tumultuous at times, but overall, I’ve had a positive experience with it. That’s how VeganFoodSwap was born, and why I started participating in FoodiePenpals. Last month (the first month) I didn’t receive anything from the person I was paired with, and it sucked. Don’t be the guy that signs up for a swap and flakes out. While I enjoy the act of putting something special together for other people (probably way more than receiving anything) it still kinda hurts the old feelings when someone doesn’t put any effort into mailing something out. So don’t do it! (My sadness is not direct towards mail related issues, because stuff gets lost in the mail more often than I like.) This month I was paired up with VeggieNook, which was great and awesome because she’s a sweetheart, and I had kind of gotten to “know” her a bit better from the month before through the VeganFoodSwap. So what was in the package:

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Conscious Food Festival

I went to check out the Conscious Food Festival this weekend. I didn’t go last year, but the reviews generally complained of a lack of non alcoholic options and minimal vegan options. This year, it seemed to have something for everyone (alcohovore, herbivore, omnivore, or whatever.) There were options from restaurants and local breweries, presentations by local chefs at the Conscious Food School, as well as a Conscious Food Battleground where chefs went head to head with different challenges. Chefs Darren Stoute & Shawn Lane of Stoute Catering offered a local stuffed field tomato dish. I was waiting for some kind of obscure non vegan item in the tomato, but was happy to hear there wasn’t anything weird in it. The tomato dish was complex and flavourful option, stuffed with roasted root vegetables, corn, black beans and drizzled with a four herb and lime infused olive oil. Pizzeria Libretto / Enoteca Sociale showcased a crisp cucumber radish salad. I have never been to Pizzeria Libretto or Enoteca Sociale, but after that salad, I’m sincerely tempted to do so. Marben (488 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON) was showing off their versatility and partnership with The New Farm with a rich mustard…

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A real visit to Washington, DC. – Day one

It’s been a long time coming, but I finally visited Washington, DC. Back in November during VeganMofo I planned out a little trip for myself, and I actually used some of my own advice while I was there, but DC is rather easy to wander, and once you get to the National Mall, there is something to do at every turn. Guess what though, I’m not going to talk much about food, so you can skip to the very bottom if that’s all you want to hear about! It was a long long day of exploring the educational sites around the area. I got in extra early on Monday morning, and most of the sights (especially the ones at the various Smithsonian museums) are closed. I walked over to Union Station (2 Massachusetts Ave NE Washington, DC or get out at Union Station on the Red Line Metro) which is both a sight in and of itself, and a good place to drop off luggage if you aren’t checking into a hotel. There is a baggage service (for a fee, in my case I paid 20$ for a medium sized bag for the day) near Gate A on the Amtrak…

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VEMF: Victoria Electronic Music Festival

I’ve spent most of the last two days in Centennial Park in Downtown Victoria. Why? The Victoria Electronic Music Festival! VEMF is an annual event that happens in Victoria, and it’s easy to see how it could have been voted one of Victoria’s favourite events. So many people came out and had a wonderful time. I’m so glad that I got involved in it while I was here. Saturday morning I helped with set up, which was interesting. I learned that I never ever want to put up a heavy metal fence ever again, and that I much prefer putting up event tents. Who knew. 🙂 Sunday night I went on my volunteer shift and asked “What do I do?” I was told… “Dance and have a good time, and make sure everyone else is having a good time.” Amazing. There were only a few minor things I needed to talk to people about, mostly checking in with them to make sure they were doing okay or if they needed anything. Absoulutely wonderful experience, and I got to see DJ Dan and several other awesome artists.

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