February 2012


Foodie Drinks - Students' edition

You only have to be young at heart to come to our next Foodie Drinks. Food Forward is excited to partner with the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council to present what could be our biggest Foodie Drinks yet, complete with a special focus on campus food initiatives and research happening across the City, as well as music, good eats and local drinks.

Foodie Drinks is our monthly chance to mingle, network and build new relationships in Toronto's food movement. No matter where you work, volunteer, or are just interested in good praxis, this is a great place to make and see friends. Invite someone along to make it grow. 

This Foodie Drinks, to follow directly after the TYFPC public meeting, is also our chance to celebrate the launch of Gathering, the Council's new youth journal on food issues! Join us to meet some of the contributors and find out how to access the journal online. As usual, we'll also be featuring speakers, and are happy to ahve Devin Holterman to discuss York's Green Campus Co-op, and Zoe McKnight from Ryerson's  School of Journalism to discuss her Master's research in Canadian food policy.

The Free Times is a 30 year old Toronto stronghold carrying llots of local, organic and veggie food & local drink. Menu focus on Middle-Eastern and Jewish fare available for purchase.
We'll be featuring the award winning Nut Brown beer from the Black Oak Brewing Company and thanks to their support, $1 each from your purchase of this brew will be donated both to TYFPC and Food Forward.

Let people know you're coming on Twitter with #FoodieDrinks and attend on Facebook. Get your pic snapped in our photobooth by photographer Justin Ing.

Free entrance. But grab a Food Forward membership for ten bucks to get involved and advocate for a better food system. Or join now online.

Click here to learn about more food initiatives on Toronto campuses.

We'd like to thank:

- Equity Studies, New College (U of T) for their support of this event. Check out their food-focused program: http://bit.ly/eqstudies

- The Centre of Food Security, Ryerson University. They have a Certificate in Food Security: http://bit.ly/FScert

Location: Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. (near Spadina)

Time: 8:30PM/after the TYFPC meeting, Monday, March 5


Local food starts small

by Darcy Higgins

Women's Post

It wasn’t so quiet when I arrived at Pusateri Fruit Market (not the Yorkville area shops with the similar name) to chat with Tony Cerminara.  He was busy with customers, swapping tomato sauce recipes.  His business partner, Frank Mangione, keeps busy too, early every morning to rise (seven days a week) and heads to the Ontario Food Terminalto hand select “only the best” product.

Local and fresh produce is popular these days, if not always easily available, but Tony tells me it’s what they’ve built their business on.  Pusateri opened in 1966 at Church and Wellesley and has been an important fixture with its neighbours ever since.  You get the sense in talking to these guys that their pride in the store and the quality of the goods they sell is something similar to what it was under its first owners, decades ago.  They even have loyal customers who have kept coming since those early days.

How does a shop keep its values but stay relevant in the community?

Tony told me they keep the staples, but offer new and interesting items, often based on the desires of shoppers. 

“There’s never a request we turn down,” Tony said.  “We try to find something for the customer as hard as we can. Customer service has kept us going for 46 years.”

Some of those new items offer support to area food processors.  Very new food on the shelves include Toronto’s famed Greg’s Ice CreamYogalicious’ local and sustainable iced kefir, the “horizontally traded” ChocoSol chocolate, and other finds from the Ontario Natural Food Co-op.  The long-time Cookstown Greens, well known as a pioneer in Ontario organic agriculture can also be found in-store.

When founder, Joe Pusateri, retired in 2007, he told Tony that Loblaw’s was itching to move into the neighbourhood. 

Read more: http://www.womenspost.ca/articles/politics/local-food-starts-small


Scarborough doesn't get the shaft

It's time for the 600,000 or so Scarborough residents to get in on Foodie Drinks. Although we can't fit them all... this edition is a special one, all about profiling the excellent work in community food security happening from Steeles to the Bluffs. Come learn about getting involved in your neighbourhood or see what's going on in a new area, or get ideas for new projects and models of food work.

Foodie Drinks is our monthly chance to mingle, network and build new relationships in Toronto's food movement. No matter where you work, volunteer, or if you just care about social equity or good food culture, this is a great place to make and see friends. Invite someone along and make it grow.

Toyin Vanessa Coker be presenting on a new neighbourhood food hub coming to Scarborough. We'll be at the Working Dog Saloon, a comfy place that does its best to source local and sustainable ingredients while making fresh food and supporting people & animals in the community. They'll be chatting with us about how + why they do it.

Grab a Food Forward membership to get involved and support more opportunities to connect and advocate for a better food system. (http://pushfoodforward.com/join)

Attend on Facebook and promote on twitter with #FoodieDrinks!

Location: Working Dog Saloon, 3676 St. Clair Avenue East.

A very quick ride on the accessible 20 Cliffside bus from Kennedy Station.

Time: 7:00-10:00PM, February 23, 2012

Please remember to bring ID if you're staying past 9PM.