Local Food

It Hurts, But Eating Less Cheese Can Help Our Planet

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada Living

Earth Day. Like New Year’s, it comes every year on the same day, April 22. For the uninitiated, it’s also the perfect time to begin adopting a few...

Don't Apologize For Eating What Feels Right To You

Lisa Borden | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

I avoid GMOs and those who promote and serve GMOs. There is no way that I knowingly want to put those ingredients into my body, my friends or family's bodies, and I certainly do not want to support Monsanto. I trace my food back to where it came from. This makes me feel good, and also makes me feel confident in all other principles I have listed as above.

How Many Local Food Plants Must Close Before We See Action?

Mike Schreiner | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

I'm deeply disappointed by the news that Heinz is closing its Leamington processing plant. For over 100 years that plant made ketchup from tomatoes grown on Ontario farms. Support for local food processing is not only about securing jobs, it's also about investing in the economy we want. The Liberal government must take action to support our food processing sector.

Enough with the Cans and Jars -- Start Eating Fresh and Local

Megan Parson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Megan Parson

At Savour Stratford this year, I was tasting different types of food from local chefs and producers and I noticed something. Each and every dish had its own unique flavour thanks to a homemade element. It was nice to know that I could pronounce all the ingredients going into my body and know where they came from.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Local Farmer's Markets

Marni Wasserman | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Living
Marni Wasserman

I love farmer's markets. I love the atmosphere they create; all the produce and hand-made goods lined up on tables in wooded or cardboard baskets. Everyone attending can take in what real food looks, feels, and smells like (from our own backyards!). It reminds me of a simpler time when it was expected of us to grow and create the things we need for our daily lives.

Inspiration Is No Further Than Your Own Backyard

Craig Harding | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada Living
Craig Harding

Having such a diverse group of vendors working with us at Dundas West -- from butchers to fish mongers, bakers to coffee roasters and the most amazing seasonal farmers market -- makes my job as a chef that much easier.

Tips for Spring Eating From Top Chefs

Erin Maynes | Posted 07.09.2013 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

Sustainable seasonal and regional cuisine is the focus, and this Ottawa restaurant's gardens provide the kitchen with the freshest of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. I recently nabbed a few moments of top chef Charlie Part's time to learn more about how he got started and what drives his pursuit of local excellence.

Our Grandparents Knew Better About Food

Lisa Borden | Posted 07.02.2013 | Canada Living
Lisa Borden

It's amazing to me that people argue organic vs. local when it comes to their food. Is organic only for those who don't want toxins in their bodies, and local is reserved only for environmentalists who weigh their food miles? It's actually best that we all strive to be eating local AND organic food. Our grandparents ate "organically" and locally.

The Local Food Act That Could Make a Difference in Ontario

Ontario Association of Food Banks | Posted 06.15.2013 | Canada Impact
Ontario Association of Food Banks

With the current economic state in Ontario, many individuals are struggling to put meals on the table each and every day. Prices are rising across the board for food staples, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find accessible, affordable, and nutritious food. Since being re-introduced to legislature, the Local Food Act has passed its first reading.

What Chef Lora Kirk Loves to Eat

Erin Maynes | Posted 05.12.2013 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

Since 2010, Chef Kirk has wowed Toronto with her culinary talents as Chef at Ruby Watchco. Chef Lora Kirk from talks to us about her favourite ingredients, why she prefers supporting local food producers and her perfect food day.

Conference Board of Canada Food Summit: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

Paul Hughes | Posted 04.01.2013 | Canada Alberta
Paul Hughes

Although the 2nd Canadian Food Summit hasn't even started, the controversy has. In fact, the Canadian food policy world may have it's biggest dust up ever if the Conference Board of Canada (CBoC) continues its tone deaf, stack the deck maneuvering.

At Home on PEI with Chef Domenic Serio

Erin Maynes | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

Chef Domenic Serio's love and passion for food began at a very young age, largely attributed to his grandmother who showed him how to cook simple food from her region in Italy. The Executive Chef at the Inn at Bay Fortune on PEI, talks to us about his passions and his perfect food day on PEI.

Get to Know a Salsa Maker

Erin Maynes | Posted 03.13.2013 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

Ruben Marabotto is the proud owner of Las Salsas, based in Winnipeg. New to the scene, his Delicious Kicks brand of authentic salsas launched this year and is gaining a following in Winnipeg. So here's your chance to get to know a salsa maker!

Tips for Winter Eating from Food expert Jennifer McLagan

Erin Maynes | Posted 03.13.2013 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

Jennifer McLagan left behind a degree in economics and politics in Australia early on to pursue a career in the food industry, and what a career it has been. She talks to us about her passions, living in Paris and her perfect Valentine's Day dinner.

Get to Know a Marshmallow Maker

Erin Maynes | Posted 02.12.2013 | Canada
Erin Maynes

Gourmet marshmallows are one of the hottest food trends in 2012. They're fun and nostalgic, with no shortage of incredible flavours (toasted coconut, chai and cinnamon maple just to name a few!). Tina Bacon is the creative mind behind The Pink Spatula, located in Mission, B.C.

Get to Know An Olive Oil Producer

Erin Maynes | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

Is your extra-virgin olive oil really what you think it is? How can you get a quality product that you trust? Get to know an olive oil producer, like Theo Rallis from Windsor, Ontario. Theo's extra-virgin olive oil is made by cold-pressing organic Korneiki olives that are grown on family-owned groves in a small Greek village.

Get to Know A Mustard Maker

Erin Maynes | Posted 01.15.2013 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

Mustard is a craftier condiment than it gets credit for. A truly versatile ingredient, it's used in the cuisines of countries across the globe and therefore is one of the most popular spices and condiments around. Janet Campbell is one of Canada's top artisan mustard makers, having honed her condiment craft for over 20 years in the Ottawa area.

What Super Tasty Superfoods Can Do for You

Marni Wasserman | Posted 12.26.2012 | Canada Living
Marni Wasserman

Superfoods are a category of foods found in nature; they are superior sources of essential, super-power nutrients -- nutrients we can't make ourselves. They are the most powerful foods on the planet, and are powerhouses for the transformation to a slender, healthier you. If you are what you eat, why not be super?

Get to Know a Raw Food Chef

Erin Maynes | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada Living
Erin Maynes

Afke Zonderland is the enthusiastic chef behind Foods Alive. She has a passion for gourmet vegetarian food and lives an abundant and healthy lifestyle in Okanagan, British Columbia. When she's not busy in the kitchen, you can find her biking the Rocky Mountain trails in the summer or skiing the same snow-covered trails in the winter. Foods Alive products are hand-made in a second kitchen in Afke's home on a small acreage in the North Okanagan.

Chipotle Walks the Talk of Sustainable Food

Rebecca LeHeup | Posted 05.13.2013 | Canada Business
Rebecca LeHeup

My career in culinary tourism development is founded in the authentic connection between growers, producers and chefs. Showcasing businesses that are giving the consumer a true "taste of place" by serving the freshest, seasonal food. Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of finding out just how Chipotle walks the talk.

How War Made me a Healthy Eater

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 07.15.2012 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

When the Second World War broke out, I was a young child living in London, England. My older sister and I were lucky to be offered shelter in a little old farm house for the duration of the war. I often looked back to these years on the Andrews' farm with fondness and gratitude -- especially because that's where I gained my deep appreciation for fresh, healthy food.

How to Eat Cleaner, Healthier and Ethically

Douglas McNish | Posted 03.06.2012 | Canada Living
Douglas McNish

It is our duty as smart, informed shoppers to choose wisely and not be fooled. There are many simple things we can do to take back our health and make sure to not be duped into marketing propaganda from large corporations wanting to take our money. Remember, we vote with our dollars, so make every vote count.

Survey Says: Ontarians Love the Greenbelt

Shiloh Bouvette | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Shiloh Bouvette

The biggest bump in Greenbelt approval was on the topic of local food, which is becoming an increasing hot issue in Ontario. This is likely the reason we saw so much public mobilizing around the local food procurement vote in Toronto City Council, as well as the recent success of 'Foodstock.'

Occupy Foodstock: A Tastier Cause

Malcolm Jolley | Posted 12.20.2011 | Canada Politics
Malcolm Jolley

The "occupiers" of Foodstock had been invited by the Canadian Chef's Congress' Michael Stadtlander, whose famous Eisenginn Farm restaurant is a few miles north, to demonstrate a very singular and simple demand: that the provincial and federal governments use all their powers to ensure a mega quarry is never dug.

Sunday Roundup

Danielle Crittenden | Posted 12.08.2011 | Canada
Danielle Crittenden

We Canadians have much to be thankful for today --not least for the relative stability of our economy has so far maintained amidst the steadily worsening global storm. It's no wonder, then, that Forbes magazine declared Canada the number one country in the world with which to do business, a fact celebrated by our blogger, David Gratzer. I will be celebrating the holiday with my family out in our little cottage in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Out in the county, pretty much everything we eat is grown within a 20-mile radius. If you have not tried this sort of produce, I urge you to follow the advice of our new contributor, Malcolm Jolley, and do so. You'll never go back to an imported waxy January tomato again. Happy Thanksgiving to all.