Fresh Local Intern at a Fresh Local Event

As the most recent addition here at the Greenbelt Foundation, I was as surprised as anyone that I managed to claim one of the two tickets we had for the ‘Recipe for Change’ FoodShare event last night. As a result, I hadn’t prepared by ensuring an empty stomach, making the task a formidable, but a welcome challenge. Just in time to catch the rain in between the sunshine, I biked down to meet my colleague Julienne at the St. Lawrence Market.

The offerings from Toronto local-food chefs were diverse in taste, sight and presentation, and everyone of all ages and backgrounds were clearly enjoying the spread. I even got to try oysters for the first time from Oyster Boy! As I looked at the slimy thing in the shell, I exclaimed, “Oh god it looks so gross.” I was quickly corrected by a gentleman behind me, “Not slimy. Meaty.” I sucked it out of its shell despite my fears and found a cross of meaty and slimy, so I guess we both win.
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My favourite savouries were the housemade pork sausage in brioche from Anne Yarymowich of Frank at the AGO, the Ontario pickerel ceviches from Luis Valenzuela of Torito, and the rabbit and jerusalem artichoke bondinette from Steffan Howard of the Palais Royale. I was informed later that the paté served on top contained brains – so I guess that was another first!



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Ontario wineries were amply represented. My favourites were both from Greenbelt wineries: Malivoire’s Ladybug Rosé, and Chateau Des Charmes’ Cabernet Franc, which went beautifully with ChocoSol’s incredible chocolate coconut hemp cupcakes. I was somehow able to restrict myself to only one of the Drake Hotel’s maple sugar cream puff stuffed with a thick Ontario rhubarb sauce (oh my.)


For me, it was great to be able to taste all of what the Greenbelt has to offer and see the great work FoodShare is doing in the community. I was surprised by the number of familiar and new faces I saw at the event. Perhaps this is an indication of the social, economic, and personal interest boundaries that the issues of local food, healthy bodies and environment crosses. Because we all eat, afterall. Sometimes…just a bit too much!


Emma Moe Berrigan

Executive and Communications Assistant


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