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.

Sat, January 21, 2017, 1 to 3 p.m.: Chinese New Year Dim Sum Dumpling ClassRalph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen St E (Toronto). Join chef and instructor Vanessa Yeung of Aphrodite Cooks to help celebrate Chinese New Year with a hands-on dumpling making cooking class. We will learn some of the traditional recipes that we’ve come to love and some with modern day-adapted flavours. The menu includes Vanessa’s prize-winning Ginger Chicken Potstickers, Siu Mai (steamed pork and shrimp dumplings), Vegetarian Water Dumplings and Fried Sesame Balls. Buy tickets here.

Sat, February 18, 2017: 10th annual Mad for Marmalade, Crazy for Citrus!
Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd (Toronto)
Marmalade is always bittersweet, but this year it’s especially so, as we hold 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. Workshop leaders include Mary Luz Mejia, Rachel Fox, Elizabeth Baird and Jennifer MacKenzie and others. A marmalade competition, a marketplace and a citrus-themed lunch round out the day. Full details will be available soon.

See our Upcoming Events page for more details.


Be sure to read the January 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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