Thursday, August 2, 2018

Food Day Canada - Putting Canada on the Menu on Aug 4, 2018

Celebrating Canadian Food with Top Chefs and Canada's Most Iconic Icon, the CN Tower  

On Saturday August 4th, Food Day Canada/ Journée des terroirs, Canadian chefs and all of our partners are sending out an invitation to Canada’s foodies, be they chefs or home cooks, no matter where you are,  to join the Party and PUT CANADA ON THE MENU!

I had the pleasure of being invited to join in on a great lunch at George Brown College for the launch of Food Day Canada.  Hosted by Chef John Higgins and Food Day Canada founder Anita Stewart.  The long harvest table was set up in the middle of the Atrium at George Brown's school of Hospitality.  The table was filled with a wide variety of Canadian Foods with a big global influence.

Anita Stewart -Food Day Canada Founder
Chef John Higgins

Food Day Canada / Journée des terroirs, which is a national celebration of local food (always celebrated on the August long weekend).
This year with our chefs’ community and producers across Canada, we will celebrate Food Day Canada’s 15th year anniversary by lighting the most recognizable - and tallest - beacon in the Western Hemisphere, Toronto's glorious CN Tower. 
Today we face similar, perhaps even graver challenges. As Dr. Owen Roberts, the President of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, states: “Our food system is under fire. No matter how the politics plays out nationally or globally, this is a time for fierce loyalty and coordinated action.”
So rather than lament, we challenge all Canadians to have a party and honour our own ingredients, with one simple goal, culinary sovereignty.  
What: Canada’s food community is coming together to declare Food Day Canada/ Journée des terroirs, as Canada’s Local Food Day.  Cook like a Canadian.

Who: Anyone and everyone; chefs, home cooks, farmers, fishers, writers, ranchers…anyone who loves Canadian ingredients.  
Where: Anywhere and everywhere in Canada!  Backyard BBQs, picnics, dine in, dine out.  Enjoy Canadian-grown, Canadian-made food.
When: All Day Long on Saturday August 4th, 2018

                 How to Put Canada on the Menu!

Shop Like a Canadian! – Check out our patriotic shopping list.

Cook Like a Canadian!  - We even provide some recipes to get you started with the emphasis on those tariff-bearing foods we import.

Share Like a Canadian!  - Take some images of your local foods, drinks, ingredients (no lemons or bananas please) and add the #fooddaycanada on Twitter, on Instagram, on Facebook.

Then, Watch the Canadian Stories Unfold as YOUR posts are added to our National Culinary Scrapbook, A Food DAY in the Life of Canada.  

Check out all the great Canadian Food that we sampled at the launch.  The one thing I am going to make at home is the Molasses butter that was a huge hit slathered on delicious brown bread.
I really love supporting this and wish I knew about it sooner.  I only found out about it last year but it seems even more important this year with all the Tariffs being imposed on Canadian Farmers who are already struggling to earn a decent living.  They work hard for everyone so we should really make an effort to support local Canadian food and promote it as if it was like some expensive imported food that people go crazy over.  We have incredible food and we need to appreciate it more. 
The Menu is listed below the photos of the dishes and not in the same order but I think you can figure out which is which from the descriptions.  I hope it inspires you to make one of these dishes or something similar or find a great local restaurant that highlights local food.  Enjoy!

The Menu

Grass Fed Beef and Wild Rice Cabbage Rolls
Solomon Gundy with Dark Harbour Dulse
Elote- Roasted Corn with Chili and Cheese Curds
Tomato Salad
New Potatoes, Creme Fraiche, Kozlik's Mustard and Herbs
Radishes with Butter
Pickled Beets with Honey and Goat Cheese
Molasses Bread and Butter

Raspberry Blueberry Tarts
Date Squares
Peaches in Ice Wine

Produce provided by Produce Made Simple

Sunday, July 29, 2018

New UpMarket Wednesdays at Yorkville Village

Summer in the city gets even more delicious
with UpMarket: The Lunch Edit

The summer-long market curated by Foodiepages & BRIKA takes over The Lane at Yorkville Village

TORONTO, ON — Summer means it’s time to enjoy lunch outside and what better way to do that then at the city’s newest outdoor market:  UpMarket: The Lunch Edit, where tasty treats meets one-of-a-kind gifts. Located in The Lane at Yorkville Village (136 Yorkville Ave.), every Wednesday from June 13 - August 29, 2018 from 11 am to 3 pm, Torontonians can enjoy scrumptious dishes from at least nine vendors and peruse through artisanal handmade items from the city’s most exciting makers and creators, presented by Yorkville VillageBRIKA andFoodiepages.

Dine on delectably delicious dishes from vendors such as NutbarRawcologyCountry Fareand more. Whether diners are looking for healthy bites, sweet treats or a mix of everything, UpMarket will have it all. In addition to food, The Lane at Yorkville Village will be filled with an impressive array of shoppable goodies. Whether you’re looking for a birthday, anniversary or thank you gift, or simply want something for yourself, shop a selection of thoughtfully-made bath and body products from Leaves of Trees, hand-poured candles from 100 Years of Love, and playful pieces from OKAYOK, among others!

The full vendor list for UpMarket:  :
  • Nutbar
  • Kelly’s Bake Shoppe
  • Rawcology
  • Laine & Lola Confection
  • Maple Key Tart Co.
  • County Fare
  • Phancy Food Catering
  • Gouter
  • ​Williams Sonoma
  • Planet Y
  • Artestile
  • Leaves of Trees
  • Poppys Collection
  • 100 Years of Love
  • Cicco Chains
  • La Botica
  • YABA Home & Décor
  • Kb
  • Art of Marina
  • Sonic Bloom
  • Tea Rebellion
To stay up-to-date on the vendors at UpMarket, follow Yorkville Village on social through the hashtag #YVUpMarket and visit for more details.


Yorkville Village is a premier lifestyle shopping destination located in the heart of Toronto’s luxury Bloor-Yorkville district. Owned and operated by First Capital Realty, Yorkville Village consists of the shopping centre formerly known as Hazelton Lanes as well as a number of street front boutiques on Yorkville Avenue comprising of over 330,000 square feet of retail space (in addition to FCR’s flagship retail space at Yonge and Bloor). The centre is currently undergoing Phase 2 of the redevelopment, continuing through 2018 and will welcome prime new retailers, including several first-to-market luxury brand introductions to the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood.

Instagram:      @YorkvilleVillage
Twitter:           @YorkvilleV
Facebook:      @YorkvilleVillageToronto
Hashtag:         #YVLife / #YVUpMarket

FoodiePages curates craft food & drink made in Canada. We help you discover and support the country’s most exciting independent makers.We think that food and drink made by small independent makers is the most interesting thing happening in the food world right now. We also believe that goods made by people who care about each of the ingredients and materials used is simply much better than those made by large corporations or big factories. We hope you’ll think of FoodiePages any time you want to discover something delicious or send a standout gift.

At BRIKA, we believe that by bringing carefully selected, beautiful products by lesser-known artisans and designers together, we can shine a brighter light on the community of talented, creative people who are building businesses, positively impacting their communities and teaching us a new way to work and live. In our stores and online shop you will find quality, well-crafted products that bring beauty to your life whether for your home, your family, yourself or for the perfect gift.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Taste Canada Awards 2018 - Short list

Taste Canada Awards 2018 shortlist for Canada’s cookbook and food writing awards 

The winners to be revealed on October 29th at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto

Hosts Claire Tansey & Noah Cappe
Now in its 21st year, Taste Canada Awards / Les Lauréats des Saveurs du Canada ( has announced the shortlist of cookbooks and food blogs competing for a coveted culinary writing award.  
A champion of cookbook authors and food bloggers, Taste Canada inspires and encourages readers at home and abroad to discover delicious recipes and diverse food stories written from a Canadian perspective.
Each year, Taste Canada presents awards to some of the best food and beverage writers in both official languages. The jury is comprised of volunteers from Canada’s culinary profession appointed by an independent selection committee.  This year, 91 cookbooks and 50 food blogs entered the competition. The shortlist narrows the competition to a maximum of 5 entries per category.
The 26 gold and silver award winners will be revealed at the Taste Canada Awards Gala on October 29 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. The Gala, a one-of-a-kind gastronomic celebration, brings together writers, publishers, chefs, farmers, industry, media and cookbook fans and promotes a vibrant national conversation about food and the art and culture of culinary writing.

Some photos from the 2017 Taste Canada Awards

Joel McCharles and his wife with their cookbook Batch
Coup de Grasse author Sam Joubert

David Rocco
Nutritionist Julie Daniluk with her husband and sister Lynn

 And some familiar faces at the Awards including Lisa Marie's Matt Basile serving up some meatballs at the reception afterwards.