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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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 support the idea of “Good Healthy Food for All” and makes sure everyone has real, quality options to eat & drink at this event, and doesn’t feel like they are missing out on all the fun. You can read more about the Field to Table Schools program on the FoodShare…

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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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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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