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Posted February 25, 2014 by samuek in Events

Check Out One Of Toronto’s Top 5 Events – Recipe For Change 2014


Date & Time: Thursday, February 27, 2014, 6-9pm
Location: The North Market (across the street from The St. Lawrence Market)
Tickets: only $125 per person – food and beverage inclusive (30 top chefs, 30 VQA wines, 6 local beers, organic teas,
Caesar cocktails and freshly brewed coffees)

Last year alone there were more food events that bombarded Toronto than ever before. We reached the top of the curve for jumping on trends. For better or for worse we saw everything from poutine fests to insect cuisine. Out of this mix were a few gems of events. I stand (at least early in the night) behind my Beerfest for reasons of pure pleasure, I owe mental stimulation to Terroir which is an experience not to miss and of course doing the right thing at Food Share’s Recipe for Change.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have truly enjoyed other events, especially The Stop’s Night Market for one, but these 3 hold a special place.

Today I am sharing these thoughts because Recipe for Change has returned. A simple format of chefs, food, drinks and awareness. The cause? Food education and empowerment.
You would think such a basic topic like learning how to properly nourish ourselves would be commonplace but it is not. It is troubling that we require a non-profit organization to ensure that this education exists in our children’s curriculum.

My family grew up without much but luckily my parents were taught by their parents as part of their culture about food. This however is not the norm and the level of nutrition awareness is low.

There are so many issues facing large cities in regards to “eating right,” for instance “food deserts,” lack of investment in low income areas making “fast food” the only feasible option, or (PDF link) lack of education for new immigrants who cannot recreate their native diets here (PDF link), and of course education for our children.

Food Share aims to change the latter. As a father this is something I work with my children heavily. We have them cook with us for a firsthand experience, we explain the sodium and fat content in fast food (we call it lab food), to sugar and modified corn contents in most mainstream “cereals,” (I make them refer to them as desserts) all the way down to balance with fruit and vegetable intake.

However, I am only conscious and active about these topics because of the dearth of writing talent, passionate advocates and focused events I have come across in Toronto. Their content opened my eyes and has pushed me to want better.

Last year at Recipe for Change I found out that Bendale Collegiate, one of the old dumping grounds for the city’s worst kids, is now boasting a robust culinary program and a 300 Tilapia Aquaponic system. Imagine getting a full circle view of the food distribution network in high school. We are so far removed from the source, media, specifically advertisements really are our children’s food education teachers.

Both Bendale and Food Share have transformed the school. Food Share is working on the curriculum in Toronto, in the community and at the government level and need everyone’s help to be successful.

It should not be a surprise that a father of 4 would support this cause, I just hope that food education, beyond the event and beyond curriculum becomes a rite of passage to all children.




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