Can Urban Food Growers be Ultra-local Suppliers for Restaurants?

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March 22, 2019 - 14:00 to 16:00

Evergreen, Blakes Room, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8

Who is not concerned by the food she/he eats?

Toronto is a lucky city: it is home of many local and urban growers who are willing to provide local, seasonal, organic and healthy food to Torontonians. What is the impact of these productions on the local economy? Are they large and reliable enough to supply local businesses such as restaurants? Is it possible and realistic for a restaurant to cook only with seasonal products? Are there specific crops and vegetables that urban growers should focuses on as cash crops? How to organize a local economy around urban food producers as suppliers to restaurants?

In this public discussion, Culiaria Research Centers (University of Toronto Scarborough) and the Cultural Service of the French Embassy (General Consulate of France in Toronto) gather around the same table specialists and Chefs to explore the potential of urban food growers in the local economy and in particular their role as local suppliers for restaurant:

Chef Flora Mikula, Awarded French Provence Chef who opened her first restaurant, a Provencal bistro called Les Olivades, in 1996. In 2000, she opened a more gourmet restaurant, Les Saveurs de Flora. Since 2012, she has run her Parisian restaurant, l’Auberge Flora. She has been awarded Chef of the year in 2009 by Pudlowski.

- Chef Brad Long, Renowned Canadian Chef with a career spanning over 30 years. Chef Long is a pioneer in advocating ethical, local, organic, and sustainable practices from dirt to dish and a strong, vocal leader in the national food scene. Long is currently chef and owner of Café Belong and Belong Catering, where his understanding of food is reflected in the fresh, delicious fare he procures and serves every day.

-  Marina Queirolo, Senior Lead, Future Cities Canada Hubs, Evergreen Brickworks. Marina manages Evergreen’s initiatives related to food policy, public markets, and hubs. Marina developed Evergreen’s Food and Public Market Action Plan and created a suite of programs that promote food literacy, community development, local entrepreneurship, and place making.

- James Kuhns, Instructor and Associate Researcher of the Ryerson Centre for Studies in Food Security at Ryerson University. Kuhns works in food security and teaches courses on urban agriculture. He is also the Co-coordinator of Toronto Urban Growers.  

- Tinashe Kanengoni, Project Coordinator of the ENRICH Project at the Centre for Immigrants and Community Services (CICS) in Scarborough. Tinashe is also an experienced organic market gardener who has worked with the Afri-Can Food Basket at the Black Creek Community Farm where they supplied ethno-centric restaurants with Okra and Amaranth.

- Prof Daniel Bender (moderator), Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Global Culture and Director of Culinaria Research Centre. A cultural historian of culture, food, and empire, Bender has been teaching food history courses at UTSC for almost a decade.

Place is limited so please register (free).

This event is co-sponsored by Culinaria Research Centre and the French Consulate in Toronto, and in partnership with Evergreen Brickworks.