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, we feel good that we can support the work of FoodShare & getting kids involved in food and food education programs, while also being able to go out, have a lovely time, eat great food, and chat with chefs & makers about their tasty goods.
The following is the vegan list as of February 11, 2014 – for an updated list, check out FoodShare’s “Food and Drink” list.
Here is the vegan food this year:
- Belmonte Raw, Carol Belmonte – Cucumber Cup filled with Zucchini Hummus and topped with a Raw Pumpkin Seed Falafel (Vegan)
- Cruda Café, Claudia Gaviria, – Mini Raw Cashew French Herbed Fermented Cheese with Sweet Potato Crackers, and Mini Raw Pumpkin Tarts on a Pecan Salted Date Crust (Raw Vegan)
- Fair Trade Canada, Nettie Cronish – Quinoa Salad with Dried Cranberries and Pumpkin Seeds (Vegan)
- FRANK at the AGO, Jeff Dueck – Grilled Tofu and Edamame Salad, Pipian Sauce, Coriander Sprouts in a Palm Leaf Boat (Vegan)
- Good Earth Food & Wine Co., Therese De Grace – Moroccan Inspired Cauliflower Soup with Crispy Chick Peas, Pickled Vegetable Micro Salad & Tahini Drizzle (Vegan)
- Urban Acorn/The Depanneur, Daniel Holloway & Marie Fitrion – Accra & Banane Pezé (I attempted a lazy twitter campaign to switch this lacto-ovo-veg dish to a vegan one – I believe I was successful and look forward to eating it.
- Windup Bird Cafe – Sang Kim – Tofu-Avocado Gratin and Sweet Potato Mille-Feuille (Vegetarian aka Vegan)
- Lamesa Filipino Kitchen, Rudy Boquila – Arroz Caldo (Vegetarian aka Vegan)
- My Little Dumplings, Bashir Munye Mushroom Bao (Vegetarian aka Vegan)
Here are the drinks:
- Black Oak Brewing Company – Pale Ale, Nut Brown Ale, 10 Bitter Years Double IPA, Double Chocolate Cherry Stout, and Nutcracker Porter (barnivore)
- Crema Coffee Co. – A selection of artisanal Coffees
- Frogpond Farm Organic Winery – 2012 Organic Riesling, 2012 Organic Gamay Noir, 2010 Organic Chambourcin (The organic vegan vineyard we got a couple of our wedding wines from – including the Gamay Noir.) (barnivore)
- Southbrook Vineyards – A selection of exclusive local wines (barnivore)
- The Love of Tea, Carol Mark = Foggy Sunburst Morning Earl Grey Mocktail with infusions of Bergamot and Citrus for a total tea drink experience with molecular mixology, Dianhong Organic Black Tea with hints of Lychee & Apricot
- SOMA Chocolatemaker, David Castellan & Cynthia Leung – Hot Chocolate spiced with Ginger, Madagascar Vanilla, Orange Peel, Chili and SOMA Blend of Spices
Recipe for Change
St. Lawrence Market North, Toronto (map)
February 27th, 2014, 6-9pm.