• Monday, May 1: Benefit Dinner for Shalefield Organic Gardens, two seatings: 6 & 8:30 p.m. (Vancouver). The team at Farmer’s Apprentice is pitching in to help a nearby farm and supplier, Shalefield Organic Gardens, raise the funds to rebuild after damages incurred during the February blizzard. The restaurant will donate 75% of the proceeds from the evening to farm owners Brian Patterson and Yolanda Versterre. The evening features a multi-course menu with accompanying wine pairings, graciously donated by Lock & Worth Winery, Meyer Family Vineyards and Haywire Winery. Admission: $99 + tax, gratuities and fees.
  • Tuesday, May 2: Spring Pop Up Market, 4:30 p.m. (Vancouver). UBC Farm’s Harvest Hut invites shoppers to pick up farm-fresh organic eggs ($7 per dozen), seasonal produce, UBC Farm seeds and herbs.
  • Saturday, May 6: Spring Preserves, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. St. Lawrence Market Kitchen invites participants to work as part of a team to make condiments from spring fruits and vegetables: a great introduction to the basics of canning and preserving. Admission: $53.10 + HST, including take-home jars. Preregistration is required at classes@themarketkitchen.ca.
  • Sunday, May 7: Mother’s Day Tea, two seatings: noon & 2 p.m. (Brampton, Ontario). Bovaird House offers tea as it should be served. Mossie’s Tea Room offers a selection of gourmet teas and pastries presented in an ambience reminiscent of a bygone era. Admission: $15. Preregistration is required.
  • Sunday, May 7: Mother’s Day Tea, two seatings: noon & 2:30 p.m. (Pickering, Ontario). Pickering Museum Village’s Redman House offers tea, sandwiches and sweets for this special day. Every mother will receive a small token at her table. Admission: $25. Preregistration is required.
  • Saturday, May 13: Spring Baking Workshop: Temperance and Teetotalism in Toronto, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Mackenzie House offers a workshop about the eating and drinking traditions associated with the Temperance movement. In addition to baking historic Victorian recipes such as Victorian sandwiches and seed cake in the 1860s wood stove, participants will experience a recreated Temperance pledge-signing ceremony and learn Temperance songs and poetry in the parlour. Admission: $25 + HST. Purchase tickets online.
  • Saturday, May 13: Mother’s Day Tea, three seatings: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m. (Burlington, Ontario). Ireland House Museum offers premium tea from 3Teas and traditional tea refreshments such as sandwiches, scones and sweets, with a reading over tea for each mom and a guided tour of the museum. Age restriction: 12+. Admission: $40. Preregistration is required at 905-332-9888.
  • Saturday, May 13: Authentic Japanese Cooking Workshop, 9 a.m.to noon (Vancouver). UBC Farm presents Japanese food expert Kimiko Suzuki, who will lead a hands-on class that covers traditional “ichiju, sansai” meals. An introduction to all the ingredients in real Japanese home cooking. Participants will prepare a meal of three authentic dishes accompanied by steamed rice. Admission: $48 + GST (general), $40 + GST (students).
  • Saturday, May 13: 11th annual Spot Prawn Festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Vancouver). Chefs from Metro Vancouver gather to serve fresh-from-the-boat spot prawns. All proceeds will support the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia. Admission: $19.75.
  • Sunday, May 14: Mother’s Day Tea, two seatings: noon & 2 p.m. (Brampton, Ontario). Bovaird House offers tea as it should be served. Mossie’s Tea Room offers a selection of gourmet teas and pastries presented in an ambience reminiscent of a bygone era. Admission: $15. Preregistration is required
  • Sunday, May 14: Mother’s Day Tea and Tour, 1 to 4 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). Montgomery’s Inn offers afternoon tea. First come, first served. Admission: $7 + HST, including a guided tour of the museum.
  • Sunday, May 14: Mother’s Day Brunch, two seatings: 11 a.m. in the Canada West Room & noon in the Victoria Room. Black Creek Pioneer Village presents brunch and tea, including a light-hearted etiquette lesson and lessons in speaking like a Victorian lady or gentleman, plus a springtime stroll through the beautiful historic village. Admission $54.95 + HST (general), $49.95 + HST (members), $29.95 + HST (4-12); free (3 & under). Parking: $7. Preregistration is required at 416-667-6295.
  • Sunday, May 14: Mother’s Day Tea, two seatings: noon & 2:30 p.m. Gibson House Museum presents tea, sweets, finger sandwiches and fresh-baked scones in an elegant 19th-century farmhouse. Admission: $25 + HST, including a take-home gift for Mom. Not recommended for children under 6. Preregistration is required at 416-395-7432.
  • Sunday, May 14: Mother’s Day Greek Luncheon, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Peter Minaki of Kalofagas Supper Club presents a lunch with traditonal Greek appetizers, two starters, main course and dessert with Greek wine pairings. Dishes include Kolokithopita (phyllo triangles filled with zucchini and feta), Maroulosalata with Scallops and Spanako-Risotto with Jump Shrimp. Admission: $85 + HST, including wine pairings.
  • Tuesday, May 16: Spring Pop Up Market, 4:30 p.m. (Vancouver). UBC Farm’s Harvest Hut invites shoppers to pick up farm-fresh organic eggs ($7 per dozen), seasonal produce, UBC Farm seeds and herbs.
  • Sunday, May 21, Victoria Day Tea and Tour, 1 to 4 p.m. (Etobicoke, Ontario). An afternoon tea fit for a queen. All ages are welcome. First come, first served. Admission: $7 + HST, including a guided tour of the 1840s-era museum.
  • Monday, May 22: Victoria Day at Fort York, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fort York presents demonstrations of Georgian-era cooking techniques in one of the oldest kitchens in Toronto as well as English country dancing and drill demonstrations. Regular admission applies.
  • Wednesday, May 24: Culture & Patrimoine (book launch), 5 p.m. (Longueuil, Quebec). Éditions GID presents the third book in the Culture et Patrimoine culinary series by Rose-Hélène Coulombe and Michel Jutras, at the headquarters of the UPA (Union des producteurs agricoles, 555 boul. Roland-Therrien). Admission: Free. Copies of the book will be available for $39.95 (cash or cheque). Preregistraion is required at coulombelucie9@gmail.com.
  • Wednesday, May 24: Rhubarb Spring Fling, two seatings: 1 and 2 p.m. (Peterborough, Ontario). Hutchison House Museum presents a taste of spring with a delicious rhubarb dessert topped with ice cream, plus tea, iced tea or lemonade. Admission: $7 (advance), $9 (door). Reservations: 705-743-9710.
  • Thursday, May 25: 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 + HST for a bowl of stew, while supplies last. 416-394-8113.
  • Friday, May 26: The Why of Butter Chicken Pizza: Change as a Constant in Canadian Cuisine, 7 to 9 p.m. CHC presents a talk about the search for a true Canadian cuisine by Lenore Newman, author of Speaking in Cod Tongues: A Canadian Culinary Journey, at the George Brown College Chef School (300 Adelaide St. W., Room 253). Admission: $15 (general), $10 (CHC members), and free for George Brown College students, faculty and staff with ID card. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
  • Friday, May 26: Ontario Beer & Cheese Tasting, 6:30 to 8 p.m. St. Lawrence Market Kitchen hosts a tasting of Ontario craft beers and cheeses plus a chance to make homemade pizza (and pair it with beer). Admission: $30 + HST. Preregistration is required at classes@themarketkitchen.ca
  • Saturday & Sunday, May 27 & 28: Doors Open Toronto, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission to numerous historic buildings that are not open to the public at other times of the year. This year’s theme—Fifteen Decades of Canadian Architecture—celebrates Canada 150.
  • Saturday & Sunday, May 27 & 28: Canada Cooks! (Scarborough, Ontario). On the last weekend of every month, Scarborough Museum invites visitors to bring history to life through conversation and cooking in the museum’s historic kitchens. Admission: Free.
  • Saturday, May 27: Long Table Dinner, 5 p.m (Edmonton). Chef Brad Smoliak from Kitchen by Brad offers a long table dinner with cooking demonstration and an after-hours, interactive tour of the Ukrainian Village, a horse-drawn wagon ride and complimentary bag of Red Fife flour to take home. Limited to 18 preregistered participants. Admission: $132 + GST. Preregistration is required at info@kitchenbybrad.ca or 780-757-7704.
  • Saturday, June 3: Cooking with a Canadian Classic, 2 to 3:15 p.m. CHC presents a book launch at Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. See news item, above.
  • Saturday, June 3: Anniversary Garden Party, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gibson House Museum celebrates the 46th anniversary of the museum’s opening and Canada’s sesquicentennial. Visitors will learn about the heritage garden and container gardening, make ice cream on the porch and watch heritage demonstrations in the historic house. Admission: Free.
  • Saturday, June 3: From Our Garden to Yours, noon to 4 p.m. (Hamilton, Ontario). Dundurn’s Historic Kitchen Garden hosts a one-day plant-sharing event. Under the guidance of Garden Demonstrators, visitors will have the opportunity to dig up and pot “Victoria” rhubarb, which dates back to 1837. Quantities are limited and participants are required to bring a 6-inch plastic pot or sturdy plastic bag for transplanting. Admission: Free, including tours of the Kitchen Garden.
  • Saturday, June 3: Canada 150 Dinner (Stratford, Ontario). CHC presents an 1867-inspired menu of locally grown foods prepared by Chef Liz Mountain at the Falstaff Family Centre. Admission and further details: TBA.
  • Saturday, June 10: Ukrainian Heritage Foods Workshop, 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Edmonton). A maximum of 15 participants will learn how to prepare pyrohy and then sample their efforts! Admission: $20 (18+); $15 (7-17 accompanied by a participating adult). Preregistration is required at uchvbookings@gov.ab.ca or 780-662-3640.
  • Sunday, June 11: Mount Olympus Greek Supper Club, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Peter Minaki of Kalofagas Supper Club presents an evening of Greek cuisine inspired by the region of Mount Olympus at St. Lawrence Market Kitchen, including Perek Stuffed with Cheese, Pork Brined in Mount Olympus tea with Lentils, Taratori (cold cucumber soup), Bobota (cornbread) and Kelaidi (slow-cooked beef medallion topped with vegetables and kefalotyri cheese. Admission: $90, including wine pairings.
  • Saturday, June 17: Dundurn’s Golden Anniversary Celebration, noon to 4 p.m. (Hamilton, Ontario). Dundurn National Historic Site marks the 50th anniversary of its public opening as a historic house museum with activities such as gardening and cooking using 1850s tools and techniques. Admission: Regular admission applies.
  • Saturday, June 17: Summer Solstice Supper, 6:30 p.m. (Pickering, Ontario). World-class humour is served up alongside a full-course circa-1850 meal shared with an intimate group. Admission: $62. Tickets are available online or in person at the Pickering Museum Village Gift Shop.
  • Sunday, June 18: Heritage Gardening, 1 to 2:30 p.m. (Prince William, New Brunswick). King’s Landing Historical Settlement offers a teaching session with instructor Corinne Hersey on edible flowers, edible weeds and high-pollen herbs. Admission: $5, including seed samples and information sheets.
  • Sunday, June 18: Fab ’40s Day, noon to 4 p.m. Todmorden Mills invites visitors to dress in 1940s attire for a costume contest, learn the dance moves of the wartime era, tour the historic 1940s cottage, sample wartime recipes and check out our vintage vendors. Admission: $10 + HST. Tickets are available online or at 416-396-2819.
  • Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25: Gatsby Garden Party, noon to 5 p.m. (Toronto). Spadina Museum invites visitors to dress in 1920s garb, enjoy live music, learn how to dance 1920s style, play a game of croquet and have their picture taken in the Canada 150 Photo Booth. Admission: $10 + HST. Tickets are sold through Facebook.
  • Wednesday, June 28: Ambition Nutrition Symposium. George Brown College hosts an interactive day for academic professionals, dietitians, culinary experts and industry leaders. Admission: $249, including breakfast, lunch and refreshments.
  • Thursday, June 29: 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+HST for a bowl of stew, while supplies last. 416-394-8113.
  • Saturday, July 1 (Canada Day): Cross-Canada Confederation Picnic—CHC invites members and friends across the country to host an 1867- and/or 1967-themed picnic and share their photos and videos via a website created for the purpose.
  • Saturday, August 12: Lucy Maud Montgomery Outing (Norval & Glen Williams, Ontario). CHC presents a full-day tour to the home and gardens where Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery lived from 1926 to 1935. Includes a lunch and transportation from the Toronto area.
  • September (Date & location TBA): The McIntosh Apple. CHC presents esteemed food writer Marion Kane, who will talk about the McIntosh apple, which appeared as a chance sport on a farm near Dundela, Ontario, and has become one of the world’s most cultivated fruits.
  • Saturday, October 21: CHC Annual General Meeting.
  • November (Date TBA): Remembrance Day at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto—CHC presentations on the theme of 1867: Confederation.
  • November/December (Date TBA): Victorian Cooking Class (Etobicoke). CHC and Montgomery’s Inn present a hands-on cooking class in the historic kitchen.
  • Saturday, February 24, 2018: Hungry for Comfort: Surviving a Canadian Winter.
  • Saturday, October 13, 2018: Canada’s Table: Our Celebration of Cookbooks.

CONTINUING

  • To May 7: Cider Week (British Columbia). NorthWest Cider Association and BC Cider producers present ten days of local cider-tasting events, including tap takeovers and cider-pairing meals.
  • To September 24: Prohibition in Huron County (Goderich, Ontario). Huron County Museum explores the story of prohibition and temperance in Huron County. Before prohibition, there were many taverns up and down the roads of the county, and the Gaol housed prisoners not only for public drunkenness but also for violations of the Scott Act. Temperance calls brought about years of prohibition, but in recent times new businesses and agricultural endeavours are bringing new life to an old topic.
  • 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. (Library is being renovated this summer, so check ahead regarding closures.) Admission: Free.
  • 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 built 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, it 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.

If you have an event you think might be of interest to CHC members please forward to info@culinaryhistorians.ca no later than the 24th of the preceding month.

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