October 2017

Toronto

  • Thursday, October 5: The Iconic Canadian Butter Tart, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fort York National Historic Site explores the sweet history of the iconic Canadian butter tart in this hands-on historic cooking workshop. Using First World War recipes, participants will learn how to make the perfect pastry and filling for delicious tarts every time. Light refreshments, a recipe package, and tarts to take home are included. Admission: $50+ HST. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required at 416-392-7484.
  • Friday, October 6: Secondo (Second Courses), 10 a.m. to noon. Part of Curious Minds: Eating Italy: A Delicious Journey through Italian Cuisine, a lecture series featuring Professor Franco Gallippi. Organized by Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura. Admission: $21. (Free, $14 or $17 for members of the presenting organizations.)
  • Saturday, October 7: Bountiful Quick Breads. 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Participants will experience the warmth of Mrs. Gibson’s kitchen at Gibson House Museum and make three different quick breads on the open hearth in a hands-on workshop led by an experienced historic cook. Admission: $25. Minimum age: 12 years old. Pre-registration required. 416-338-4386 or gibsonhouse@toronto.ca.
  • October 7 & 8: Thanksgiving Dinners, noon & 3 p.m. Black Creek Pioneer Village presents a traditional three-course feast with Thanksgiving-themed tours, historic ale sampling and horse-drawn wagon rides through the village. Admission: $58.95 + HST (general); $53.95 + HST (adult member); $29.95 (non-member age 5-12); $26.95 (member age 5-12); free (age 4 and under). Extra charge for beer samples and wagon rides. Reservations required.
  • Wednesday, October 11: The Pleasure and Politics of Food: A Conversation with Mark Bittman, 6:30 to 10 p.m. Community Food Centres Canada present journalist and advocate Mark Bittman in conversation with Ann Hui, National Food Reporter at the Globe and Mail, at the Great Hall (1087 Queen St. W.). Admission: $25-$75.
  • Wednesday, October 18: Lure Book Launch with Chef Ned Bell, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Centennial College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, in partnership with Ocean Wise, celebrates the launch of chef Ned Bell’s book Lure: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the West Coast, featuring an interactive food station. Admission: $80, including a signed copy of the book.
  • Thursday, October 19: Heymish and Hip—Eating Jewish in Toronto, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Beth Tzedec Congregation’s Reuben & Helene Dennis Museum presents good food, schnapps and a conversation about Toronto’s vibrant Jewish restaurant scene with Ruth Ladovsky (United Bakers Dairy Restaurant), Judy Perly (Free Times Cafe), Anthony Rose (Fat Pasha, Schmaltz Appetizing), author Bonnie Stern and comedian/author Michael Wex (Born to KvetchRhapsody in Schmaltz), moderated by David Sax, author of Save the Deli, in the Michael & Mary Ellen Herman Banquet Hall. Admission: $25. RSVPs requested by Monday, October 16. 416-781-3511.
  • Friday, October 20: Dolce (Dessert), 10 a.m. to noon. Part of Curious Minds: Eating Italy: A Delicious Journey through Italian Cuisine, a lecture series featuring Professor Franco Gallippi. Organized by Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura. Admission: $21. (Free, $14 or $17 for members of the presenting organizations.)
  • Saturday, October 21: CHC Annual General MeetingSee news item, above.
  • Saturday, October 21: Harvest Tea, two seatings, noon & 2:30 p.m. Gibson House Museum presents a Victorian-inspired harvest tea with finger sandwiches and sweets in the historic 1850s farmhouse in the company of costumed interpreters. Guests may tour the museum and apple orchard in the adjacent Gibson Park following the tea. Admission: $20 + HST. Pre-registration is required at 416-395-7432.
  • Friday, October 27: Caffè (Coffee), 10 a.m. to noon. Part of Curious Minds: Eating Italy: A Delicious Journey through Italian Cuisine, a lecture series featuring Professor Franco Gallippi. Organized by Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura. Admission: $21. (Free, $14 or $17 for members of the presenting organizations.)
  • Saturday & Sunday, October 28 & 29: Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show. Admission: Free-$15.
  • Monday, October 30: Taste Canada Awards Gala, 5:30 to 10 p.m. Taste Canada reveals this year’s winning books, blogs and authors at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Admission: $80-$125.

Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area (GTHA)

  • October 1: Victory Garden Party (Oshawa, Ontario). Parkwood Estate hosts an event that commemorates wartime; CHC will participate with demonstrations of wartime food. Admission: TBA.
  • Sunday, October 22: Victorian Afternoon Tea, 2:30 p.m. (Stoney Creek, Ontario). Hutchison House Museum presents an elegant Victorian Tea in the historic Keeping Room. Tours of the museum will be conducted by costumed interpreters. Admission: $25. Pre-registration is required. 705-743-9710.
  • Thursday, October 26: Thirsty Thursday, 7 to 10 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). Montgomery’s Inn presents Thirsty Thursday tavern night with beer, wine or a Thomas Montgomery specialty in the restored 1847 barroom, along with Irish stew, fresh-baked bread and live traditional music. Admission: free. Cash bar, $5 for a bowl of stew, while supplies last. 416-394-8113.
  • Saturday, October 28: Loaf  ‘n’ Ladle Pioneer Supper, 7 p.m. to midnight (Brampton, Ontario). Bovaird House. Admission: $20. 905-874-2804 or bovairdhouse@yahoo.ca.
  • Sunday, October 29: Soul Cake Making Demonstration, 1 to 4 p.m. (Cambridge, Ontario). McDougall Cottage presents a drop-in demonstration for All Souls’ Day (November 2), the day when Scots traditionally honour the souls of the faithful departed by baking Soul Cakes or “dirge loaves.” Admission: Cash donation, including free recipes. 519-624-8250.

Other Regions

  • Various days throughout October: Vancouver Farmers’ Markets (Vancouver). Freshly harvested autumn crops for sale at eight locations across the city, with food trucks, tastings and entertainment.
  • Friday to Sunday, September 29 to October 1: Hopped Up! Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Kingston, Ontario). Craft beer, cider, heritage food and more than 50 local farmer’s market vendors and artisans on the historic grounds of Bellevue House. Admission: Free. 613-545-8666.
  • Friday to Sunday, September 29 to October 1: What’s Cooking Bracebridge(Bracebridge, Ontario). The Great Muskoka Cookbook Adventure invites celebrity chefs and cookbook authors as well as many local chefs for a weekend of hands-on demonstrations, lectures and a gala.
  • Sunday, October 1: Chocolate Tea, 1 to 3 p.m. (Pickering, Ontario). Pickering Museum Village explores the history of chocolate and how it crept into recipe books in Canada. Menus typically include sandwiches or a hearty equivalent, pickles, dessert, sweets, tea, and cold beverage, and of course, chocolate. Teas feature a handout of the recipes, with a costumed interpreter leading an interactive presentation on the tradition of tea and the historical theme throughout the courses of the meal. $31.06 per person. Pre-registration is required.
  • Sunday, October 2: Fall Fair at Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Vancouver). An urban pumpkin patch, wooden-cow milking, veggie sculptures and a “Vancouver Gothic” photo booth are just a few of the highlights planned for the fall fair. Admission: Free.
  • Wednesday, October 5: A Coffee-Inspired Autumnal Dinner, 6:30 p.m. (Vancouver). Milano Roasters’ Mount Pleasant roasting facility hosts an intimate evening of good food, great company, wine and espresso to celebrate the start of the fall season and all its offerings, with Chef Nik. Part of the Coffee Lovers’ Long Table Series. Admission: $65 + GST (not including gratuity and alcoholic beverages).
  • Saturday, October 7: Sausage Making Workshop, 2 to 4 p.m. (Vancouver). UBC Farm presents a workshop that covers basic meat science, grinding, seasoning, stuffing and cooking. Participants will take home recipes and sausages completed in the workshop. Instructor Greg Mountain is a former farmer who now works as a butcher. Admission: $45 + GST (general); $38 + GST (students).
  • Saturday & Sunday, October 7 & 8: Thanksgiving Dinner at Kilby Historic Site, noon, 2 or 4 p.m. (Harrison Mills, British Columbia). Kilby Historic Site presents a traditional Thanksgiving dinner celebration, including a full-course roast turkey dinner with apple or pumpkin pie and a beverage. (Apple-pressing demonstration on Kilby’s 110-year-old press at 1:30 p.m.) Admission: $19.95 + GST & gratuity. Reserve at 604-796-9576 or info@kilby.ca.
  • October 11: Lure Cookbook Launch & Tasting Menu, 6 to 8 p.m. (Victoria). Cook Culture hosts the launch of chef Ned Bell’s first cookbook, Lure: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the West Coast, along with a four-course tasting menu of Albacore Tuna Nacho, Jalapeño & Lime; Wild Salmon with Tomato Jam, Kale & cashew Pesto; Sablefish with Cauliflower, Cranberries & Hazelnuts; and Kelp Brownies with Caramel & Praline. Admission: $60, including a signed copy of the book.
  • Saturday, October 14: Fruit Vinegar Making Workshop, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Vancouver). UBC Farm presents a workshop that shows participants how to make fruit vinegars from scratch, reduce grocery bills, improve their gut health and create gifts for others. Participants will take home an herb- or berry-infused vinegar and recipes. Instructor Silvia Di Blasio, CCDP, is an experienced certified life and career coach with a special passion for food sovereignty. Admission: $35 + GST (general); $28 + GST (students).
  • Wednesday to Sunday, October 25 to 29: Devour! The Food Film Fest (Wolfville, Nova Scotia). See news item, above.
  • Thursday to Saturday, October 27 to 29: Many Flavors, One Nation: Smithsonian Food History Weekend 2017 (Washington, D.C.). The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History hosts its third annual celebration and exploration of American food history. Participants include Ruth Reichl, food and travel writer Simon Majumdar, Top Chef contestant Sheldon Simeon and LA Times food writer Jonathan Gold.
  • Friday to Sunday, October 27 to 29: Appetite for Words: A Literary Festival with a Culinary Twist (Stratford, Ontario).

Looking Ahead (November 2017)

Toronto

  • Friday, November 3: The Italian Diaspora, 10 a.m. to noon. Part of Curious Minds: Eating Italy: A Delicious Journey through Italian Cuisine, a lecture series featuring Professor Franco Gallippi. Organized by Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura. Admission: $21. (Free, $14 or $17 for members of the presenting organizations.)
  • Saturday, November 4: Canada 150 Tea with John A. and Lady Agnes Macdonald, 2 to 4 p.m. In honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, CHC presents an instructive talk by Brian and Renee Porter in the roles of Sir John A. and Lady Agnes Macdonald, with historical refreshments. Ralph Thornton Centre, Toronto. See news item, above.
  • Saturday, November 4: On the Trail: Hearth Cooking Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon. Gibson House Museum offers stories and trail food cooked over the hearth in the spirit of land surveyor Mr. Gibson. This hands-on workshop is led by an experienced historic cook. Admission: $25 + HST. Pre-registration is required at 416-395-7432.
  • Sunday, November 5: Greek Meze Workshop, 1 to 4 p.m. Peter Minaki of Kalofagas shares his tips and techniques for preparing some of Greece’s popular meze (appetizer) dishes at Aphrodite Cooks Cooking Studio. Participants will sample the mezedes (including Tyrokafteri Feta Dip, Spinach & Cheese Cigars, Fried Calamari, Shrimp Saganaki and Zucchini Fritters) and enjoy some Greek wine. Admission: $80.
  • Thursday, November 9: Boarding House Dinner, 7 p.m. During the First World War, 82 Bond Street was a boarding house. Mackenzie House presents a dinner, storytelling and music that focus on this pivotal time in Canada’s history. Admission: $30 + HST. Pre-registration is required at 416-392-6915 or machouse@toronto.ca.
  • Thursday to Sunday, November 9 to 12: Taste of Iceland. The 7th annual celebration of Icelandic culture, including a tasting event (November 9 to 12) presented by chef Viktor Örn Andrésson at Oliver & Bonacini’s Leña in collaboration with chefs Julie Marteleira and Anthony Walsh.
  • Friday & Saturday, November 10 & 11: CHC at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. CHC presents sessions on the Burnbrae Farms Food & Lifestyle Stage about cooking on the home front and front lines during World War II. Also, winners in the Heritage Preserving competition, sponsored by the CHC, will be on display throughout the fair.
  • Wednesday, November 15: From Delis to Dairy: Kibitzing about Kensington’s Early Jewish Restaurants, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Beth Tzedec Congregation’s Reuben & Helene Dennis Museum presents Ellen Scheinberg, Cyrel Troster and Donna Bernardo-Ceriz in a joint program with the Kensington Market Historical Society and the Ontario Jewish Archives, at the Lillian H. Smith Library (239 College Street) as they discuss the rich and vibrant history of Jewish food in Kensington market. Refreshments will be served. Limited seating. Admission: TBC. For further information, contact Dorion Liebgott, 416-781-3514, ext. 232.
  • Saturday, November 25: Victorian Tea, two seatings, noon & 2:30 p.m. Gibson House Museum presents a Victorian-inspired afternoon tea. Costumed interpreters will serve a selection of finger sandwiches, seasonal sweets and home-baked scones with steaming cups of tea. Participants can tour this mid-19th-century historic house, decorated for the holidays, at their leisure. Not recommended for children under 6. Admission: $20 + HST. Pre-registraion and pre-payment are required at 416-395-7432 or gibsonhouse@toronto.ca.
  • Sunday, November 26: Mince Pies, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fort York National Historic Site presents a hands-on historical cooking class in the 1826 Officers’ Mess Kitchen. Participants will learn how to make the pastry and rich filling for these traditional fruit- and meat-based pies. Recipe package and mince pies to take home are included. Admission: $75 + HST.  Pre-registration and pre-payment required at 416-392-7484.
  • Sunday, November 26: Choux Pastry Class, 2 to 4 p.m. Food writer Mardi Michels teaches the secrets to perfect choux pastry at the St. Lawrence Market Kitchen. Admission: TBC.

Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area (GTHA)

  • Sunday, November 19: Stir-Up Sunday (Etobicoke, Ontario). Montgomery’s Inn invites visitors to witness a working 19th-century commercial kitchen when the inn’s team of historic cooks in period costume present an afternoon of cooking demonstrations that focus on traditional Christmas treats, such as shortbread, fruitcake and mincemeat, following authentic recipes and using antique equipment. This is the date traditionally set aside in England for holiday baking. Samples while supplies last. Admission: Free with admission to the inn.
  • Sunday, November 19: Toussaint: Traditions of the Dark Months, 5 to 9 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). Danceweavers presents a bewitching evening at historic Montgomery’s Inn, featuring storytelling and music from the Celtic tradition of Breton folklore: during the “Black Months” of November and December all gathered by the fire to hear the bleak and eerie tales of northern coastal France. Admission: $15-$20. Some stories may not be suitable for children under 12. Pre-registration and pre-payment required at 416-578-1031.
  • Thursday, November 23: Thirsty Thursday, 7 to 10 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). Montgomery’s Inn presents Thirsty Thursday tavern night with beer, wine or a Thomas Montgomery specialty in the restored 1847 barroom, along with Irish stew, fresh-baked bread and live traditional music. Admission: Free. Cash bar; $5 for a bowl of stew, while supplies last. 416-394-8113.
  • Saturday, November 25: Baking for the Victorian Christmas Table, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). CHC and Montgomery’s Inn present a hands-on early Victorian cooking class led by Sherry Murphy. Participants assist in preparing three authentic historic recipes in the inn’s 1840s-era kitchen using historic equipment and techniques beside the hearth fire. Samples to take home and a tour of the inn, decked out for Christmas, are included. Admission: TBC.

Other Regions

  • Sunday, November 5: Shortbread Making, three demonstrations: 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. (Cambridge, Ontario). McDougall Cottage presents Scottish lass Cathy Brodie, who will show participants how to make her famous melt-in-your-mouth shortbread. Freshly baked samples and recipes will be available. Admission: By cash donation.
  • Sunday, November 19: A Christmas Event at Ireland House Museum, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Burlington, Ontario). Ireland House Museum presents tours, sampling of baked goods made on the historic Rumford hearth, soups cooked on the circa-1900 woodstove and other holiday entertainments. Admission: $10 (adults); $8 (4-16); free (3 and under).

Continuing

  • Wednesday to Sunday, November 15 to December 31: Scottish Holiday Traditions, 1 to 5 p.m.; to 8 p.m. on Thursdays (Toronto). Gibson House Museum invites visitors to enjoy the simple and elegant traditions of the Scottish holiday season, learn how the Gibson family celebrated the season in the 19th century and sample some treats by the open hearth. Admission: $3.76-$7.08 + HST. 416-395-7432 or gibsonhouse@toronto.ca.
  • To December: Tried, Tested, and True: A Retrospective on Canadian Cookery, 1867–1917 (Guelph, Ontario). The McLaughlin Library at the University of Guelph presents a Canada 150 cookbook exhibit curated by University of Guelph students. Admission: Free.
  • To March 30: From Latkes to Laffas (Toronto). Beth Tzedec Congregation’s Reuben & Helene Dennis Museum presents an exhibit on the history of Jewish Toronto’s favourite restaurants, going as far back as 1900. Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Admission: Free. 416-781-3511.
  • Daily: Historic Afternoon Tea & Tour at Fort Langley National Historic Site, tea 1 to 2:45 p.m., tour 3 to 4:30 p.m. (Fort Langley, British Columbia). An elegant afternoon tea at the Little White House (LWH) Salon Café in the coach house of the historic Marr House. Fort Langley, a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post, was first established in 1827. On the tour, visitors will hear stories about local historical characters and explore the homes and workshops of the people of the trade. Admission: $15.68 per person (plus admission fee for groups of 15–30), including tea, tour and HST. 604-513-4799 or fort.langley@pc.gc.ca.
  • Daily: Fishing the West Coast and the Canning Line, 10 a.m. to  5 p.m. (Steveston, British Columbia). The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site offers exhibits on the development of fishing on Canada’s West Coast and modern fishing practices, too. Admission: Free in 2017 for Canada 150.
  • Sundays: Gibson House Tea & Tour, 1 to 4:30 p.m. (Toronto). Every Sunday, there’s tea, cookies and a seat for you at the harvest table in the 1850s historic kitchen. Free with regular admission.
  • Indefinite run: Food Will Win the War (Ottawa). The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum presents an exhibition on the story of food on the Canadian home front during the Second World War. Focusing on shopping, eating, conserving and volunteering, the exhibit shows how Canadians fought a “war for food” to support Canada’s overseas war efforts. Admission: Free with entrance to the museum. 613-991-3044 or 1-866-442-4416.

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