Lots coming up in the coming weeks if you like food...
Our Jobstarter workshop on food co-ops has been postponed - please check back!
Work hand to hand with Cookie Martinez creating her delicious baked empanadas. This hands-on workshop will teach you how easy and fun it is to make empanadas from scratch! This event will cover making the dough from scratch, preparing stuffing (will be a vegetarian and chicken options) and typical Colombian dipping sauce. Remember to bring you container so you can bring some empanadas home!
Natalia Martinez (or Cookie, as she is fondly known) who was born and raised in Colombia, and has lived in Toronto for the past 9 years. She started her business in April 2012, garnering great public response. Her artisanal, hand made products use mostly local organic ingredients with a latin twist. Cookie was the winner of the 2013 Empanada Throwdown at The Harbourfront Centre.
Time: Wednesday March 13, 7-9PM
Cost: 30$ per person.
Includes all ingredients and take home empanadas.
Only 13 spots available!
Nuts to Milk
If you’re just not down with dairy or you just want more variety in your milk life, join us for this fun and TASTY demo on making MILK out of NUTS and SEEDS. With our lovely host, Hillary Connolly you will learn how to make ALMOMD milk, creamy and smooth HEMP milk, and a frothy, rick CHOCOLATE HAZELTNUT milk.
We’ll talk about different types of nut milks, budget friendly options, storage considerations, and what to do with all that leftover nutmeal!
Time: Wednesday March 18b , 7-9PM
Cost: is $15 per person.
All workshops at the Food Forward centre, 2 Homewood Avenue at Carlton Street, a block east of Jarvis. Wheelchair accessible ramps.
Food Forward has opened a centre downtown to meet the needs of our organization and grow our capacity to support the food movement - a space where food advocacy, community and jobs connect.
We believe in the power of our networks to create a better City through food. We've seen the results of harnessing the ideas of our members and supporting them into action through resources, capacity and connections. Our centre on Carlton St. is becoming a vibrant place for Food Forward's working members to generate new intiatives and start-up social entrepreneurs focus on food, tech, health, environment and community.
Consider joining us here!
A Jobstarter workshop at Food Forward's new centre on Carlton St. Surrounded by parks, transit and Toronto neighbourhoods.
Our work here involves community-building initiatives, strategy meetings, entrepreneurship workshops, community partnerships, space to grow and prep food - lots to offer and more coming...
Need support to get going with a community of like-minded doers, in one of Toronto's most innovative groups?
Contact us for more information and let us know what you're working on: email@example.com
We're almost there!
After working to change street food by-laws since 2011 (and some of our members working even longer), things are looking up. Since this time, City Council has so far changed policies to allow diverse menus by street vendors, and eliminated unfair fees for vendors to hire workers. More is on the way thank to literally thousands of your letters, voices, emails, tweets, petition signatures.
It is time that the people who cook our food have a more just system to sell whichrespects different economic backgrounds, cultures and opportunities... And serves the public who wants diverse and affordable options.
Natalia Martinez speaks to the media while handing out free fruit to people in front of Toronto City Hall on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The "illegal" pop-up food cart was organized by Food Forward to draw attention to the city's antiquated street food rules. (Don Peat/Toronto Sun)
On March 18, councillors on the City's Licensing and Standards Committee will meet to review proposed by-laws that City staff and a several years-long working group have developed. The last few months have seen a much stronger consultation and development of policies leading to some proposals that could improve access to diverse food and food entrepreneurship.
No new street food vendors have been allowed to sell in downtown wards 20, 27 and 28 for over a decade. The current proposal from City staff is to do away with that moratorium. Councillors will need to hear your voices in support of this change.
We need to see lots of new spots available for food carts to bring in opportunities for diverse food vendors. However the initial proposal is for only 10 new spots downtown and 10 elsewhere. Spots might be designated in a lottery system.
Street food will be allowed in any private property. Carts or trucks will only need a vendorsbusiness license, and they'll be able to work out any rental with the property owner. This so far has not been allowed in many cases - like in parking lots. It is quite a positive change. We'd like to help vendors connect with these new opportunities come spring if this passes.
City staff are wrestling with two options on food trucks - whether to allow them to stop on regular street parking, or to have a number of designated places to parking. Like food carts, they'll likely designate a number of trucks or spots to be allowed at first.
Restaurant owners need not worry, either way, food trucks will have to be 25 metres away from them. This is normal in many cities.
If you have input or questions on these final policies, email Luke Robertson of Licensing and Standards at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also consider emailing or calling city councillors with your thoughts. You can contact your own councillor, or start with those on the Committee which will be reviewing this first.
You can also attend the public Committee meeting or even speak in support of positive recommendations on Tuesday March 18 at City Hall Committee room 1 (second floor) beginning at 9:30.
Looking for opportunities to make a difference through community food security or sustainable food systems? Having trouble finding a job? Want to find non-traditional opportunities in food, community, health, equity and business...while networking and growing your skillset?
This mini-conference on good food work will provide opportunities to learn how to build sustainable food systems and community food security ithrough your career; learn important skills such as grant writing; gain ideas and tips for the food job search and career development; and learn from those who've made a go at it...
Saturday, February 8th: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Food Forward Centre: 2 Homewood Avenue, Toronto
(just north of Carlton, between Jarvis and Sherbourne)
Dave Kranenburg. Currently works for CSI as their community programs facilitator. Dave used to run a national program coordinating student food banks across multiple campuses. A common thread of Dave’s work is organising people to increase access to healthy food for all.
- Q&A, Discussions with a critical look at the future of community food work, and more...
- Lunch and refreshments provided
Cost - $45
or $30 for Food Forward CSA members/monthly contributors
Only 20 spots available!
Register now at: http://pushfoodforward.nationbuilder.com/member
Funds support the new Food Forward Centre.
Our centre is wheelchair accessible. Contact with any questions email@example.com
Subsidies may be available from neighbourhood community agencies, career centres, or for students, from your faculty.
Lunch will be vegan-friendly.
Thanks to support from the Ontario Natural Food Co-op!