Recipe for Change 2016 – Food and a Fundraiser for FoodShare

This is my fourth year going to Recipe for Change (see my pictures from 2012, 2013, 2014, and now 2016) and it’s not the same as it once was, especially in terms of vegan options, but it was still a great time as always. And of course, the event admission tickets support a great organization – FoodShare Toronto, which does fantastic food literacy work in Toronto, amongst so many other things, like the Good Food Box, the Mobile Good Food Market, Food literacy resources for educators, and so much more. I went with my mom this year, since she was visiting from out of town, and we had a great time. The vegan options were from a few different places: My Little Dumplings – Eggplant, fresh Harissa and Za’atar dumplings My Little Dumplings is a Recipe for Change favourite – I’m pretty sure he’s always had a vegan options, and it’s always been delicious. Chef Bashir Munye has been cooking dumplings up around the city at various farmers markets (including Evergreen Brickworks) – and recently opened a location in Leslieville at 1372 Queen Street East (@ Greenwood) – so check them out sometime. Open Thursday and Friday at 11am-7pm Good Earth Food and Wine – Ancho &…

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Recipe For Change 2014 – Vegan Stuff

Back when I first started to go to FoodShare’s fantastic food celebration and annual fundraiser, I spent a lot of time looking at the options, and finding out whether they were vegan or not before buying tickets the first time, as it was kind of expensive, and while I wanted to support the work of FoodShare, I didn’t want to go and have nothing to eat (or drink). One of the greatest discoveries was that there was even at least one vegan on staff at FoodShare at the time. She very thoughtfully replied to my email with an inside scoop on what was and wasn’t vegan. Click here to see what last  year looked like from my perspective. Unfortunately, I don’t think she is with them anymore and the list of vegan options has gotten a bit shorter from previous years. On the bright side they’ve just started listing them and labeling them on the site. Because it helps set some expectations for me, I like making my own list, so I can just distill out all the vendors that are using things I’m not interested in, and focus instead on the ones I care about, like the chefs that are doing…

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Recipe for Change 2013 – An Evening in Pictures

There were so many lovely vegan options at last Thursday’s Recipe for Change, we left happy and satisfied. My favourite part is when things end up vegan at the event, that I was unsure about. As much as I like having a prepared list with me, it’s really nice to have the opportunity to talk about food with chefs around the city. It feels like there is this kinship with people passionate about food, even if our choices aren’t the same. Maybe it’s just because they’re all being extra nice at the event, but it’s just such a pleasure to meet and talk with people that share or exceed your love of presentation, ingredients, and flavour. It was already quite busy when I arrived at St. Lawrence Market, my attempt to be fashionably early was foiled  by the usual Toronto excuse – streetcars. Everyone was mingling and chatting, the room was full of the smell of food. Nothing in particular stood out right away, it was just that delicious sign that let’s you know: there are tasty things happening here. I made a b-line to the first station – Chef Bashir Munye’s – My Little Dumplings. Beautiful little dumplings with curried butternut…

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Recipe for Change – FoodShare – A night in pictures.

Yesterday’s Recipe For Change event was amazing, delicious, and a delight to attend. In addition to being a great experience, it was also for a great cause FoodShare, and in support of their fantastic educational programs and other campaigns. It was a great venue for mingling with food wizards and chefs (and asking them if they were able or willing to cater a vegan wedding…) Here is my evening in pictures where I remembered to snap one: Donna Dooher, Mildred’s Temple Kitchen Vegetable Tagine   Jesús Gomez, FoodShare Vegan Sushi in Savoy Cabbage leaves  

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