DISHING UP TORONTO™

Hungering for Inclusion

DATE: Saturday April 15, 2017
TIME: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

This walking tour and cooking workshop explores Toronto’s tumultuous migration history. Walk through historic Bond Street and north to College Park, exploring moments in the neibourhood’s history when immigrants were excluded and uncover how the City has worked to become a more diverse and inclusive space. Join Chris Theofilogiannakos at Mackenzie House for a cooking workshop and tasting based on recipes that reflect food memories linked to Chris’ own Greek migrant story, while sharing your own food memories and stories of migration to Toronto.

HOST: Chris Theofilogiannakos

Chris Theofilogiannakos is a historical interpreter with the City of Toronto. Chris was born in Athens, Greece and immigrated to Canada with his family when he was 3. Growing up Chris worked in his family’s restaurant where he gained an appreciation for cooking and food. Interested in learning about the past, Chris pursued a graduate degree in History at York University and the University of California San Diego. Today, Chris shares his passion for food and history by leading historic cooking workshops at Mackenzie House Museum.

LOCATION:

Mackenzie House Museum, 82 Bond Street

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COST: $75
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Breaking Bread

DATE: Saturday April 1, 2017
TIME: 2:00PM – 4:30PM

Irish immigrants Thomas and Margaret Montgomery would probably have never have imagined that almost 200 years after opening the doors of Montgomery’s Inn, their establishment would still stand as a cornerstone of the Etobicoke community. More than lodging for the many new immigrants travelling through the Village of Islington, Montgomery’s Inn and farm served as a community hub where news and stories could be shared over a hot meal and open fire.

Today the tradition of people coming together to break bread at the Inn is as strong as it was in the mid-nineteenth century. The Inn is home to a weekly farmer’s market, a youth volunteer culinary arts project and heritage education programming that keeps the spirit of culture and community alive through the unifying power of food. Montgomery’s Inn invites you to taste and experience stories of the past and present by breaking breads from around the world made from local ingredients produced by Ontario Farmers. From the wood fired bread oven to the cast iron bake kettle, discover firsthand the recipes that conjure up a taste of home and heritage for the farmers, youth and staff of Montgomery’s Inn.

This event includes admission to Gathering Around the Kitchen Table, an exhibition curated by Master of Museum Studies students Anja Hamilton, Erika Robertson, and Rachael Thiessen. Discover five unique stories of food and migration that look at negotiating a sense of belonging in the ever-changing city of Toronto. Community Room at Montgomery’s Inn, April 1-30, 2017.

HOST: MICAP YOUTH

LOCATION:

Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas Street West

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COST: $25
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Importing A Taste of Home: A Special Event at the Pasquale Brothers Warehouse

DATE: Saturday, November 26, 2016
TIME: 6-9pm

Pasquale Brothers has been a family run business since 1917. When Edward Pasquale, an Italian immigrant, founded the company in the historic Ward its sole purpose was to supply fellow Italian immigrants with familiar foods. It quickly grew in popularity and Torontonians beyond the Italian community began to frequent the shop. Pasquale Brothers soon became a go to destination for the rapidly growing and diverse population of Toronto eventually growing to manufacture its own products.

In 1969 the family decided to focus its energy on the store they opened at 145 King Street East where their passion for food flourished, and the manufacturing end was consolidated into the Unico brand.

The store on King soon became a gathering place for people with a passion for food. Chefs mingled with customers; recipes, cooking tips and travel adventures were all exchanged right in the midst of the store and amongst the very ingredients that often became the topic of conversation.

Now, on the eve of the company’s 100th anniversary, join the Pasquale family in their warehouse and uncover the family stories behind one of Toronto’s most recognized food brands.

HOST: Anna Marie Kalcevich

Thirteen years ago the company moved its operations to Etobicoke. It is now owned by Anna Marie Kalcevich, the granddaughter of Edward C. Pasquale Sr. and the daughter of his son-in-law Henry Madott, who once ran the company. Anna Marie is the third generation of the family to run Pasquale Brothers.

Join Anna Marie and her family for this exciting event as she shares her family’s story in the heart of the Pasquale Brothers warehouse.

LOCATION:

Pasquale Brothers Warehouse

16 Goodrich Rd, Etobicoke, ON M8Z 4Z8

Partners: Toronto Ward Museum, Culinaria Research Centre at the University of Toronto Scarborough

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COST: Early Bird: $40 (prior to October 28), $50 (prior to November 18), $60
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Included: Stories, food, and 2 drink tickets
Space is limited to 100 people
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A Wok in Chinatown: History and Migration Stories Inspired by Food

DATE: June 22, 2016
TIME: 2-4pm
LENGTH: 2 hours

Led by the dynamic duo of a Chinatown historian and a professor chef, your small walking group will hear amazing stories about the vibrant history of Chinese food as you stroll up Spadina Avenue in one of Toronto’s most unique neighbourhoods – Chinatown West. You’ll be transported back in time as Leo and Arlene Chan share their food memories that are linked so intricately with successive waves of Chinese immigration. Delight your taste buds with food samples at a bakery, BBQ store, and supermarket, and watch a culinary demonstration by a master dumpling chef.

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GUIDES: Leo and Arlene Chan

The husband-wife team, Leo and Arlene, share their passion for Chinese food. Leo brings years of foodie experience as former Professor Chef of Asian Cuisine at Humber College and George Brown College, past Director of Site Operations at the Mandarin Restaurant, and food expert on radio and television shows. Daughter of the first Chinese Canadian to receive the Order of Canada, Arlene infuses her experience of growing up in Toronto’s Chinatown into her work as a Chinatown historian, tour guide, and author of seven books on the history and culture of the Chinese in Toronto and across Canada.

START/FINISHING POINT: Provided upon registration

DIFFICULTY: Flat pavement, may be some obstructions due to construction

Partners: Toronto Ward Museum, Heritage Toronto, Culinaria at UTSC

Photo Credit: Jens Ronneberger

COST: $50, plus Eventbrite service fee
Space is limited to 10 people.
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A Taste of Ramadhan

DATE: June 25, 2016
TIME: 8:30 – 11pm
LENGTH: 2 ½ hours

Join local food blogger Aisha and her family during the month of Ramadhan, as they open their doors to host an Iftar and take you on a tour of Ramadhan traditions and dishes. Ramadhan at their home is fun, warm, and full of life. Guests from all walks of life are welcome to attend, and engage with the family and guests to hear stories of Muslim immigration to Toronto.

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GUIDE: Aisha Silim

Aisha Silim is a food-obsessed writer based in Toronto, and is originally from the Yemeni diaspora of East Africa. Her ancestors left Hadhramaut, Yemen in the mid-20th century because they got tired of the food shortages, and have been global nomads ever since. In her previous career, she was a Middle East journalist and came to Toronto via Kenya, Saudi Arabia, the U.S., and England. Aisha has an interest in issues of food, race, and gender; and loves showcasing the restaurants of immigrants and people of colour on her blog at www.saltandsaffron.com.

START/FINISHING POINT: Provided upon registration

Partners: Toronto Ward Museum, Heritage Toronto, Culinaria at UTSC

COST: $70, plus Eventbrite service fee
Space is limited to 20 people.
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Balikbayan Renaissance: KAIN NA! Filipino Food Tour

DATE: June 22, 2016
TIME: 2-4pm
LENGTH: 2 hours

This food tour will highlight three downtown Filipino restaurants on a mission to give a deeper understanding of Philippine culture and introduce Filipino cuisine to Toronto’s broader communities. Joyce will tell the story of the Filipino diaspora: how many Filipinos left their homeland in search of a better life for themselves and their families, and what it was like for those to grow up in a country where their culture was not reflected anywhere but at home, in the food lovingly prepared by their parents. This tour will explore the ever-growing neighbourhood of Kensington Market and the rapidly changing Queen Street West, and where the next generation of Filipino-Canadians fit into the puzzle of one of the most risky industries: food. Joyce wants to share the deep passion the Filipino community has for food, how central it is to the Filipino experience, and how it binds community and identity.

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GUIDE: Joyce Voegler

Joyce Voegler is an emerging arts professional committed to creating inclusive spaces for emerging artists, community arts, and arts-based education. Although blessed with a European-trained chef as a father, the dish she finds most comforting is not his Filet Mignon, but the Sinigang soup prepared by her Lola. Since joining Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture last summer, Joyce has learned to embrace and speak about her roots as a young Filipina, and that one of most powerful ways to tell her story is with food. Through this tour she hopes to reach back and share stories of Filipinos in her community yearning to explore their roots and foster pride in the dishes they grew up eating.

START/FINISHING POINT: Provided upon registration

DIFFICULTY: Flat pavement, may be some obstructions due to construction

Partners: Toronto Ward Museum, Heritage Toronto, Culinaria at UTSC, Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture

COST: $55, plus Eventbrite service fee
Space is limited to 10 people.
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