This is the season for festivities and fund-raisers when important and worthy charities call upon the community to do its bit for the general good. Of course, they also call upon chefs and restaurateurs, wineries and breweries to provide the necessary bait that will lure the general public into showing up and opening their wallets. It never ceases to amaze me how often and how selflessly the hospitality industry donates time and treasure and expertise to these worthy causes. In a business where profit margins are at best limited, the effort expended is even more commendable.
Now then… Here is another event behind which we should all throw our support. It’s called Recipe for Change and the purpose is to promote Food Literacy in schools. I’m all in favour of food – and literacy – and schools. And I particularly admire FoodShare and the work it does in our schools. In the past, I have looked into the sometimes deplorable state of nutrition within our education systems. There are many dedicated people working really hard to improve matters, but the problem is enormous. Anyone with children – or with an ounce of common sense – knows that hungry or malnourished children have to struggle to learn. Here is an opportunity to do something about it. What follows is the press release about the Tasting Adventure Dinner set for May 26. This one is really important.
31 Top Toronto Chefs, 8 Wineries and a Brewery Make for One Delicious Recipe for Change on May 26
Tasting Adventure Dinner Supports Food Literacy in Schools
On Thursday, May 26, 2011, an unprecedented 31 top Toronto Chefs will come together with 8 local wineries and a local brewery to serve up one fantastic meal with delicious consequences: Food Literacy in schools.
Recipe for Change is a Tasting Adventure unlike any other: a full meal with beverage accompaniments plus unheard-of opportunities to mingle with 31 Chefs seldom found in the same room, let alone contributing to the same meal.
Toronto Chef Luminaries contributing to this special night include Didier Leroy of Didier, Fabio Bondi of Local Kitchen, Martin Kouprie of Pangaea, Anthony Rose of The Drake Hotel, Winlai Wong of Spice Route, Donna Dooher of Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, Steffan Howard of Palais Royale, Adam Colquhoun of Oyster Boy, Albert Ponzo of Le Sélect Bistro, Michael Van Den Winkel of Quince, Rocco Agostino of Enoteca Sociale and Pizzeria Libretto, Luis Valenzuela of Torito, Chris McDonald of Cava and Xococava, David Garcelon & Tim Palmer of the Fairmont Royal York, Marc Breton of the Gladstone Hotel, Anne Yarymowich of Frank at the AGO, Mark Cutrara of Cowbell, Zane Caplansky of Caplansky’s Delicatessen, and more.
Recipe for Change is a celebration of food with a purpose, supporting FoodShare’s Field to Table Schools program, which returns Food Literacy to students from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12.
FoodShare is the only organization in Toronto taking a complete, multi-faceted and creative approach to food in schools, approaching issues of childhood nutrition from all angles. The organization pioneered the model for student nutrition programs in the City of Toronto, which works hand-in-hand with its Field to Table Schools program, the educational complement that returns food education to schools delivering hands-on fun food activities and curriculum connections from Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 to cultivate Food Literacy. FoodShare’s “Good Food Café” is a successful healthy cafeteria, which the Toronto Star has called “the future of school lunches.” And in 2010 the organization helped facilitate Canada’s first school market garden at Bendale Business and Technical Institute in Toronto.
“At FoodShare, we’re cooking up a Recipe for Change,” says executive director Debbie Field, “we’re reminding children what food is and where it comes from, teaching that healthy food also tastes good, and helping them to choose it for themselves. Now with the help of this amazing group of chefs, and the Recipe for Change event on May 26, we are taking this work to a new level: leading the charge to embed food education in the Ontario curriculum and make Food Literacy a requirement of graduation for our students. Recipe for Change will take our vision for students to new heights: healthy fresh food in schools, and students being taught to cook, garden and compost throughout all the subject areas.”
Complete details on the event may be found at http://foodshare.net/RFC2011/index.htm, including chef bios, and all food and beverage offerings. Tickets are just $100, a steal for a full meal and accompanying beverages and a fantastic night out.
Marion Kane (former Food Editor of the Toronto Star, local food sleuth and broadcaster) calls Recipe for Change “the best fundraising feast I have attended”, saying of the inaugural 2010 event that “chefs and guests all relished the fantastic food and uplifting spirit.”
When: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 6-9pm
Where: St Lawrence Market North Building (92 Front St E., Toronto’s first marketplace)
FoodShare Toronto (www.foodshare.net) is Canada’s largest community food security organization. Now in its 26th year, FoodShare works with communities to improve access to healthy, affordable, sustainably-produced food through community-based programs and policy recommendations, with a vision of Good Healthy Food for All. FoodShare’s programs, which reach over 145,000 children and adults per month in Toronto, include fresh produce sourcing and sales, childhood nutrition, hands-on food education from JK-Grade 12, a healthy school cafeteria model, gardening, composting, cooking, and urban agriculture. See a full backgrounder on FoodShare’s multifaceted work in schools and childhood nutrition at: http://foodshare.net/download/FoodShare’s%20work%20in%20schools%20backgrounder.pdf