Welcome to Culinary Historians of Canada! We’re open to everyone who wants to know more about the history of cooks and cooking, foods and foodways in Canada.

Coming Up:

Canada 150 Blog Challenge 2017
CHC invites food bloggers to participate in our Canada 150 Blog Challenge. We’ll be naming a topic for every month and publicizing entries throughout Canada’s sesquicentennial year. At the end of 2017, we’ll choose our favourite participating blogs and sponsor them for entry into Taste Canada’s blog category.

For January 2017, the topic is fish and seafood. We’re looking for blog posts of any length and in either French or English that relate to the history of fish and seafood in Canada. The approach could be an experiment with a historic recipe, a contemporary take on a traditional dish, a report on a visit to a historic site relating to fishing, a family story with a recipe that relates to the topic, an essay about a historic technique for catching, preserving or preparing fish or seafood… or any other similar topic.

Bloggers need not contribute every month to be considered. To enter, simply publish your entry within the month of January 2017 and post it on the CHC Facebook page before midnight on Friday, February 17.

Great War Cooking Demonstrations

Tuesday, February 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W (Etobicoke): Before the CHC debarks to France for the Vimy Centennial commemorations in April, we’ll be testing and demonstrating dishes from the home front and field kitchens of the Great War in the Inn’s Historic Kitchen. Admission: Free with regular admission to the Inn

10th annual Mad for Marmalade, Crazy for Citrus!

Sat, February 18, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd (Toronto): The 10th and final edition of the sensationally popular marmalade event co-hosted by CHC at Fort York. Among the presenters will be Joel MacCharles and Dana Harrison, authors of Batch, and Camilla Wynne, founder of Preservation Society and author of Preservation Society Home Preserves: 100 Modern Recipes. A marmalade competition, a marketplace and a citrus-themed lunch round out the day. Admission is $65 to $75. Pre-registration is required at 416-392-7484.  Follow the link above for further information.

“Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?”: Harvest meals and foodscapes of plenty in rural Ontario

Sat, March 11, Time TBA, University of Guelph (Guelph, Ontario): A presentation by Dr. Catharine Wilson, the Redelmeier Professor of Rural History at the University of Guelph, about meals provided by host families at barn raisings, threshing days and quilting bees in 19th- and 20th-century Ontario, plus an introduction to her project the Rural Diary Archive.

See our Upcoming Events page for more details.


Be sure to read the February issue of our free monthly e-newsletter, Digestible Bits & Bites! Don’t forget to join our discussions on our Facebook page and read these pages, where CHC members:

  • share back copies of their newsletter and details of upcoming meetings and events
  • publish historic recipes
  • direct you to working historic kitchens in Canadian museums
  • provide a wealth of other information for food-history buffs, including a bibliography of Canadian culinary history sources and links to key international food-history web sites.

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