Foodie Drinks


North York's happening

 Food Forward’s Foodie Drinks - North York Edition! had a great turnout and mix that included local councillors, community activists, project managers, pop-up entrepreneurs, and foodies that were just simply interested. Like all Food Forward events, individuals were busy planting seeds by sharing ideas, inspiring news and progress on projects and programs focusing on skills and career development.  

Inspiring moments of the night included a presentation by Juneeja ofNorth York Harvest Food Bank who presented an overview of the new Oriole Food Space and their cooking workshops, variety of community-led food activities and food bank. The workshops function as a type of seminar allowing individuals to try new foods and people a chance to share their ethnic cuisines.  These workshops are imperative and Toronto needs more in our increasingly diverse communities! 

Councillor John Filion shared the exciting local garden possibilities at Avondale Park (located near Yonge St. and the 401) and Edithville Park (near Finch Avenue between Senlac and Beecroft). He also mentioned a St. Lawrence Market-style space in newly developed condominium spaces where food retail space will be run in co-operation by the city throughout the year.  He also mentioned work on to encourage temporary use of vacant spaces by food vendors, and a street food emphasis for this year's dynamic Cultura Festival in Mel Lastman Square.

North York Community House’s presentation was a shining moment for local food, as the organization’s social venture catering team Delightfully Yours presented on their growing numbers and support. This program seeks to help women from different cultural and social backgrounds in training for employment purposes while providing soft and hard business skills. Agency staff and program participants shared their testimonies in the value of not just being financial capable, but being a part of a community. Food Forward will be working with them and other businesses across the City this year to create a Community Based Catering Network for stronger economic outcomes.

Food Forward would like to share special thanks to the York University Faculty of Environmental Studies for sponsoring, Councilor John Filion, Councilor Shelley Carroll, and many other partners across North York. And a big thank you to all the organizations and foodies that came out. If you want more information on these organizations, please take a look at the list below and their respective links: 

North York Community House

Toronto Youth Food Policy Council

North York Harvest Food Bank 

Unison Health and Community Servcies

Bathurst-Finch Network Food Action Team

Dallington Park Pollinator Garden 

Parkview Neightbourhood Garden 

Future Watch

Big E’s Grinds 

P.S. If you’re a local food gardener and would like to add diversity in your garden, Future Watch is having a seed exchange on March 24th, 2013.

If you’re a thinker, scholar, writer than the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council’s call for Journal submission is for you.


North York makes good things happen

Welcome to 2013 and the first Foodie Drinks of the year! It’s Toronto's chance to mingle, share ideas, get involved, and build relationships around food.

We’re excited by the incredible community food interest and energy in North York and happy to be hosted here this month to connect good work from Caledonia to Yonge to Vic Park. 

You're invited to come learn and share about exciting new initiatives and businesses, like special guests from Delightfully Yours Catering Services and Oriole Food Space. Everyone involved in a community food project or business will have an opportunity to share their good work as well.

Let people know you're coming on our Facebook event + help us promote on Twitter with #FoodieDrinks, and sharing these details in your community.

We'll be at Smokey Joe’s (second floor), two blocks from Sheppard Station. 

Special thanks to the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University for sponsoring this event. We'd like to thank event partners for being involved and spreading the word: North York Community House, Bathurst-Finch Network Food Action Team, North York Harvest Food Bank, Afri-Can Food Basket, Shores Jewish Environmental Programs, Toronto Green Community, Toronto Youth Food Policy Council, Toronto Food Policy Council, Sustain Ontario, FoodShare, Fresh City Farms, Councillor Shelley Carroll, Councillor John Filion, Councillor Josh Colle, Councillor Jaye Robinson.

Location: Smokey Joe's Cafe, second floor, 4899 Yonge Street, two blocks north of Sheppard Station

Time: 7-10PM, Tuesday February 5

Cost: Free!

In 2013 we are asking all who can to contribute $25 or what you can to keep food Forward going strong. Contribute online.

We regret we weren't able to find a wheelchair accessible location this time. Please let us know if we can help you connect with North York initiatives.


Volunteer positions

Join the Food Forward team. Let us know if you can help us expand our work for good food and good food jobs in Toronto...

Outreach and Web Communications

Role: Support Food Forward outreach in Toronto and connecting local events through web promotion and in-person attendance at events.

-Research and share Toronto good food events

-Promote Food Forward activity with the broader community

-Outreach and support Food Forward activities at local events

Skills to have and develop:  Web and google tools, social media, written and verbal communications, organizational, dynamic personality

Commitment: 2-4 hours/week, 2+ month commitment

Event Organizer

Role : Help us organize meaningful and impactful events for the local community.

-Support development and delivery of Food Forward public events

-Organization of logistics: event design, speakers, bookings, materials

-Support coordination of tasks and volunteers for events

Skills to have and develop:  Event planning, verbal communications, organizational skills

Commitment: 3-4 hours/week, 2+ month commitment

New Business Training Assistant

Role : Support the development of business training for new entrepreneurs developing sustainable food businesses.

-Coordination and logistics of training sessions in Toronto

-Support development of training materials and facilitated sessions for attendees

-Promote sessions and connect with attendees to gain feedback and lessons learned

Skills to have and develop:  Event planning, written and verbal communications, social media, research, small business 

Commitment: 3-5 hours/week throughout the Fall

Food For Ward Rep

Role : Be our rep in your ward to help connect, educate, and advocate for good food work in your area.

-Participate in local events and meetings as you’re able

-Support others in our network to connect the dots of local projects, businesses, and issues

-Support development of local resources and maps, and broader advocacy

Skills to have and develop:  written and verbal communications, organizational, email and google tools, curiousity, connector, and an interest in your community and a variety of good food work 

Commitment: 2 hours/week, 3+ month commitment 


Contact Darcy Higgins to discuss your interest in supporting our common goals. Email:


Foodie Drinks - Eglinton-Lawrence Edition

It's been a little while since our last Foodie Drinks, so we're coming back strong with a great event highlighting wards 15/16, this time at a small food market! Everyone from the area and beyond welcome to come learn, brainstorm, and connect.

Foodie Drinks is our monthly chance to mingle, network and build new relationships around good food in Toronto.Whether you work or volunteer in food, or are just interested in growing vegetables or supporting Toronto businesses, this is a great place to see friends and make new ones.

This month will feature special guest, Councillor Josh Colle, member of the Toronto Food Policy Council and active advocate of good food jobs. Come learn from our non-profit and business guests, Growing for Green (Ben Nobleman Community Orchard & Sharing Backyard) and the innovative Wo-Built.

We'll be at Zito's Marketplace sipping cafe, 210 Marlee Avenue (Just 3 blocks from Glencairn Station), Tuesday, May 29, 7:00-9:30PM

Let people know you're coming on Twitter with #FoodieDrinks

*Free entrance, but grab a Food Forward membership to get involved and advocate for a better food system. Or become a member now by clikcing Join Us above! Wheelchair accessible with partially accessible washroom.

Facebook event here.