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 & lime tempeh This was great but they were definitely more enthusiastic about their meaty options. Which is too bad, because the tempeh with the sauce was exceptional. They had a giant bowl of extra spicy sauce available on the side which kicked it up an extra few notches. I went back…

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Recipe for Change 2015

Save the Date and find out more information from FoodShare Here are the Vegan Options: Cruda Café, Claudia Gaviria – Beet Raviolis with Cashew Fermented Cheese and Radish Sprouts Drizzle with Macadamia Oil, Raw Vegan Nanaimo Bars Fonda Lola, Andrés Márquez & Howard Dubrowsky – Sustainable Seafood Ceviche (Seafood or Vegan) FoodShare Toronto, Jesus Gomez Mixed Bean Salad with Roasted Chipotle Dressing (Maybe?) FRANK at the AGO, Renne Bellefeuille – Curry Hot Pot with Coconut Curry Broth, Cassava, Chickpeas, Black Beans, Cabbage and Crispy Taro (Vegan) Jaswant’s Kitchen, Simi Kular Daal Masoor, an Indian Red Lentil Soup (Vegan) Ryerson University-Ryerson Eats, Joshna Maharaj – KFC – Korean Fried Cauliflower with Asian Slaw (Vegan) The Good Earth Food and Wine Co, Therese De Grace – Two Day Marinated Sumac Scented Tofu, ​Winter Fattoush Salad, Tahini Drizzle (Vegan) Urban Acorn with Monforte Dairy, Daniel Holloway, Ruth Klahsen, Marie Fitrio Chickpea and Waffles – Vegan Chickpea Coquette served with Sage Scented Waffle and Maple-Chilli Coulis (Vegan), Veghed, Ren Mercer – Organic Sweet Potato, Wild Rice Lemongrass-Coconut Curry Soup (Vegan)

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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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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 innovative vegan cuisine. So this list is mostly for me, but hopefully someone else can make use of it. I remember being really impressed and surprised with the offerings of many different groups in the past, and I’m hoping the same thing will happen this year as well. Either way,…

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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 squash, roasted apple ginger sauce with spiced pumpkin seed brittle. He doesn’t exclusively make vegan foods, but this one was a delight. It’s reason enough to check out his cart at the Evergreen Brick Works Farmers Market on some Saturday in the future just to see what other vegan treats…

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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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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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