Upcoming CHC Events


Foodways & Fisticuffs, The Larger-than-Life Personalities Who Shaped Quebec Cuisine – SOLD OUT!

Wednesday, May 23 , 6 to 8 p.m.
University of Toronto, Bissell Bldg, Room 728 (140 St. George St., Toronto) 
CHC, Culinaria Research Centre UTSC and U of T’s Faculty of Information present a talk by Julian Armstrong and Nathalie Cooke. From world-class restaurants to popular and affordable foodstuffs, food has been an iconic part of Quebec identity across and through cultural, religious and linguistic shifts.

Montreal Gazette food writer Julian Armstrong and culinary historian Nathalie Cooke will talk about a toolkit for cooking with historical recipes and will explore how French-Canadian passion and iconic personalities have shaped Quebec’s distinctive culinary traditions.

Why did tourtière and pouding chômeur spark impassioned brawls? How did Joe Beef’s social advocacy support the working-class community in the 19th century? Why have bagels and smoked meats become de facto Montreal food icons? Why do our latest food trends remind us of bygone days?

Reserve your free spot on Eventbrite.

Mixed Messages: Shaping Culinary Culture

Thursday, June 28, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (120 St. George St., Toronto)
Co-curator and Special Collections Projects Librarian Elizabeth Ridolfo, will give CHC members a guided tour of this exciting new culinary exhibit at the Fisher. The Mixed Messages exhibit will display “a tasty arrangement of rare cookbooks, periodicals (magazines), manuscripts and culinary objects from the 1820s to the 1960s.” This exhibition will examine how the culinary culture of Toronto and surrounding areas was made and shaped by those who participated in or were excluded from the making and using of culinary materials.”

Admission: Free with pre-registration at Eventbrite.

Adelaide Hoodless and Friends

Saturday, July 28, 2018, 9 a.m.to 6 p.m.
A day trip from Toronto via motor coach to explore the Canadian roots of the Women’s Institutes and the E.D. Smith jam company in the Stoney Creek area (near Hamilton, Ontario), with visits to the Erland Lee Museum (birthplace of the Women’s Institutes) and Battlefield House Museum and Park (site of the Georgian-era home of the Gage family). Admission: $85 before June 1; $95 afterwards, including tours, lunch, historic food tastings and a chance to tour, taste, nibble and shop at the Ridge Road Estate Winery, which has connections to Erland Lee.

Ticket-holders will meet at 8:45 a.m. for 9 a.m. (sharp) departure from Islington TTC Main Lot in Etobicoke. (Note for out-of-Toronto attendees: a limited amount of parking is available for the day at Erland Lee Museum. Those wishing to join the bus group there by 10 a.m. will be returned to the site at 4:30 p.m. Arrangements must be made in advance via sarah@culinaryhistorians.ca.)

Tickets are available on Eventbrite. Please note: Trip details are subject to alteration.

Canada’s Table: Our Celebration of Cookbooks

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto
The first edition of an annual celebration of cookbooks. Admission:  $65 (early bird) and $75.

Annual General Meeting

Saturday, October 20, 2018
Location TBA

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