Upcoming CHC Events

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.

Bloggers need not contribute every month to be considered. To enter, simply publish a blog entry on the given month’s topic and post it on the CHC Facebook page.

Lenore Newman

Lenore Newman

The Why of Butter Chicken Pizza: Change as a Constant in Canadian Cuisine

Friday, May 26, 2017, 7 to 9 p.m.
George Brown College Chef School, 300 Adelaide St W, Room 253, Toronto
A talk about the search for a true Canadian cuisine by Lenore Newman, author of the newly released book Speaking in Cod Tongues: A Canadian Culinary Journey. She will be making a brief visit from her home province of British Columbia.

She writes: “Cuisines are living things, and as such evolve over time. One of the fundamental qualities of Canadian cuisine is that it adopts elements from the multitude of groups who make up our population, as together we have created a creole cuisine that presents discrete culinary traits united by commitment to guiding themes. In this talk I explore the tastes of a multicultural nation, map changing influences over time, and suggest that the flexible nature of Canada’s cuisine reflects both a spirit of accommodation and a lingering unease. Are their skeletons in Canada’s pantry? What form might Canadian cuisine take in the future? Such questions arise as cuisine is not innocent; it reflects the ideologies of larger society. The why of butter chicken pizza is the why of uneasy multiculturalism, and of Canada itself.”

Lenore Newman’s love affair with food began on her family’s fishing boats, where she gained an early introduction into the world of direct marketing of local products. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley, where she is an associate professor in the department of Geography and the Environment. She runs a research program focused on Canadian regional cuisines, local food sovereignty, culturally preferred foods, and agricultural land use. She has written extensively on the resurgence of farmers’ markets in Canada, and is a strong advocate for fresh, local food.

Admission is $15 (general), $10 (CHC members) and free for George Brown College students, faculty and staff with ID card. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Catharine Parr Traill

Catharine Parr Traill

Cooking with a Canadian Classic: A Talk on a New Edition of Catharine Parr Traill’s 1855 The Female Emigrant’s Guideby Nathalie Cooke and Fiona Lucas

Sat, June 3, 2017, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 120 St. George St. (Toronto)
CHC member Nathalie M. Cooke of McGill University (founding editor of CuiZine: the Journal of Canadian Food Cultures) and Past President Fiona Lucas will speak about their new book Catharine Parr Traill’s Female Emigrant’s Guide, Cooking with a Canadian Classic, with a chance to examine some of the library’s holdings that relate to pioneer Catharine Parr Traill, her family and her domestic writing. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Canada 150

1867 Historical Dinner in Honour of Canada 150

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 6 p.m.
Falstaff Family Centre (Stratford, Ontario)

A lavish 1867-themed dinner of historic dishes to celebrate Canada 150, the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation in 1867, with recipes historically sourced and prepared using fresh local ingredients by Chef Liz Mountain. The menu consists of:

  • Asparagus Salad
  • Duck Terrine with Blackcurrant Sauce
  • Baked Quail on Canadian Baked Beans (or Succotash)
  • “Indian” Pudding with Fresh Strawberries

Chef Liz Mountain has been cooking since childhood. As everything revolves around eating, Liz has enjoyed the science and history behind our daily bread. Her goal is to keep scratch-cooking a viable art, and she currently does so with adults and youth at The Local Community Food Centre and the Slow Food Youth Booth.

Admission: $55 (general). $45 (CHC members.) Admission: $48 (General Public). $40 (CHC Members). Buy tickets on Eventbrite.

Canada 150

Cross-Canada Confederation Picnic

Saturday, July 1, 2017 (Canada Day!)
Across Canada
CHC invites members and friends across Canada to host a Confederation-theme picnic to celebrate Canada 150 and share their photos and videos via a website created for the purpose.

McIntosh apple

The McIntosh Apple

September 2017
Exact date and location TBA
Esteemed food writer Marion Kane 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. Image (above) by Sue Clark on Flickr: plate xlvii, CC BY-SA 2.0.


Annual General Meeting

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Location TBA

Hungry for Comfort: Surviving a Canadian Winter

Saturday, February 24, 2018
The first edition of an annual celebration:an all-day exploration of Canadian winter comfort foods. The first year will focus on First Nations foodways.

 Canada’s Table: Our Celebration of Cookbooks

Saturday, October 13, 2018
The first edition of an annual celebration

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