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2015 Food on Film Subscription Series at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Back for its fourth season, TIFF’s popular subscription series Food on Film brings together chefs, food experts and film lovers to enjoy the best of culinary cinema and conversation. Each month, series host Matt Galloway (CBC’s Metro Morning) welcomes celebrated guests from the culinary world to discuss topical and timely food themes, and to explore the intersections of cinema, culture and gastronomy. Launching March 11, the series presents six events that each feature a screening followed by a fascinating and lively discussion. Food on Film screenings will take place Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. The first 150 subscribers receive a $50 gift card to Momofuku Toronto and a one year print subscription to Toronto Life magazine.

2015 Food on Film guest lineup and films below:

March 11
Indian-born chefs, cookbook authors and restaurateurs Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala present the award-winning festival hit The Lunchbox, exploring the art behind crafting Indian dishes and the popular rise of integrating homestyle cooking into restaurant cuisine.

Vij and Dhalwala are husband and wife co-owners of Vij’s Restaurant and Rangoli Restaurant in Vancouver. Vij is a television personality on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, and Dhalwala has worked with various international non-profit organizations on human rights and economic development projects.

The Lunchbox
dir. Ritesh Batra | India/France/Germany 2013 | 104 min. | G
In Mumbai, a misdelivered lunchbox brings together two very different people — a neglected housewife (Nimrat Kaur) and a grumpy, solitary widower on the verge of retirement (Bollywood star Irrfan Khan) — in this funny and touching comedy-drama.

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April 1
James Beard Award-winning travel writer and culinary anthropologist Naomi Duguid discusses the beloved documentary The Gleaners & I, and examines unique approaches to food gathering and agriculture — from the French countryside to Toronto’s organic urban gardens.

Duguid’s most recent book is Burma: Rivers of Flavor. She contributes to Lucky Peach and Saveur magazines and has co-authored six other award-winning food and travel books. Duguid leads food culture tours to Burma and intensive cultural-immersion-through-food sessions in northern Thailand each winter.

The Gleaners & I
dir. Agnès Varda | France 2000 | 82 min. | G
Varda’s witty and intimate portrait of modern-day gleaners — those who scour fields, trash bins and junk heaps for food, curios, and other repurposable refuse — was recently voted one of the top 10 documentaries of all time in a Sight & Sound poll.

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April 22
Momofuku’s beverage director and Master Sommelier candidate Jordan Salcito presents the documentary Somm, sharing her expertise in wine curation and providing her personal insight into the hallowed halls of the competitive Court of Master Sommeliers.

Salcito oversees the beverage programs for all of Momofuku’s New York City locations, is the founder of Bellus Wines and was recognized as aWine & Spirits Best New Sommelier in 2013. A Master Sommelier candidate, she has worked in wineries around the globe and restaurants including wd~50, Daniel, Eleven, and Madison Park.

Somm
dir. Jason Wise | France/Germany/Italy/USA 2012 | 103 min. | G
This intoxicating documentary delves into one of the world’s most prestigious, exclusive and secretive organizations: the Court of Master Sommeliers, where global wine experts put their reputations on the line to earn the coveted title of Master Sommelier.

 

May 13
Wylie Dufresne, James Beard Award-winning chef and the leading American proponent of molecular gastronomy, introduces the post-apocalyptic comedy Delicatessen and discusses his playfully artful and boldly experimental approach to cooking.

Trained at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, Dufresne is the chef and owner of Manhattan restaurants wd~50 and Alder. In 2013, he was honoured with the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef New York City.

Delicatessen
dirs. Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro | France 1991 | 99 min. | 14A
In a post-apocalyptic Paris, a former circus clown discovers the gruesome secret of his landlord’s popular butcher shop, in this dazzlingly designed black comedy.

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June 3
Chad Robertson, James Beard Award-winning baker and co-owner of San Francisco’s legendary Tartine Bakery, presents the intriguing new documentary The Grain Divide. He’ll delve into the topical gluten debate and discuss the health impact of over-processed grain consumption.

Robertson is a breadmaster and the author of three cookbooks: Tartine (co-authored with partner and wife Elisabeth Prueitt), Tartine Bread and Tartine No. 3. He and Prueitt are co-recipients of the 2008 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef.

The Grain Divide
dir. JD McLelland | USA 2015 | 120 min. | G
Featuring interviews with the world’s top bakers, chefs, researchers and scientists, this new documentary on the history and future of grains takes audiences into the fields, kitchens and labs that are attempting to address the critical issues facing the foundation of food.

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June 24
California cuisine pioneer Jonathan Waxman pays tribute to Ivan Reitman (his partner in the Toronto restaurant Montecito) with a screening of the comedy kingpin’s classic Meatballs, and will discuss the art and business behind successful collaborations.

A chef, restaurateur and author, Waxman has brought a fusion of French cooking techniques and the sourcing of local ingredients to Montecito and his Manhattan restaurant Barbuto. Esquire magazine put him on its list of most influential Americans, and he’s appeared on Bravo TV’s Top Chef Masters.

Meatballs
dir. Ivan Reitman | Canada 1979 | 99 min. | PG
Ivan Reitman’s prototypical summer-camp comedy propelled Bill Murray from Saturday Night Live fame to big-screen stardom.

A subscription to the series is available for $153 for TIFF Members or $180 for non-members (includes tax). Purchase tickets online at tiff.net/food, by phone from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ETdaily at 416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433, or visit the box office in person from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET daily at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West.

Food on Film. Wednesdays (see dates above) at 6:30 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Follow TIFF Food on Film on Facebook and Twitter (#FoodOnFilm).

February 12, 2015 | By | Reply More

4 Cold Busting and Vegan Drinks For Winter

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In celebration of World Vegan Day today, Chester Wong from local Toronto cafe Fuel + brings you four vegan options to for the coming winter season.

Happy world vegan day! On behalf of Fuel +, I am excited to share our favourite Fuel + drinks that are not only vegan but will keep you warm and healthy for the winter. These four drinks can help increase circulation and boost your immune system the natural way getting you ready to fully enjoy the winter months!

1. Ginger Tea

Ginger is a root. It has a wide range of antioxidant properties. The minerals and amino acids included in ginger improve the circulation of red blood cell.  To create, simply buy fresh ginger root and grate 1 tablespoon of ginger (No need to peel),  with 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 3 minutes and strain.  If you like, add some extra ingredients like lemon, agave and orange for a little of sweetness and Vitamin C.

2. Kenya Chai Latte (Ginger Chai Latte)

Not all chai is made the same. Indian chai is more milk based where Kenyan chai is all about the spices.  You can make a syrup with 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, ¼ tsp cloves, ¼ tsp cardamom, ⅛ tsp ground black pepper.  Mix it all into a pot with 1 cup of water and sugar to taste. Boil it with high temperature till bubbling. Turn heat to low and simmer for a hour. Take it off the stove and cool for another hour after. Afterward, you can mix this with almond milk and loose black tea leaf for an amazing vegan latte.

3. Apple Cider with Cinnamon

Apple paired with cinnamon can stop an impending illness in its tracks. Cinnamon is known to have antibacterial properties and warming properties that help increase blood flow. Chinese traditional medicine commonly recommends cinnamon for colds and coughs. Red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin. Studies have found that quercetin can help boost and fortify your immune system.

4. Fresh Mint Tea

We all tend to get a little blue in the winter. To help your mood change try a nice hot fresh mint tea.  Mint is a natural stimulant, and the smell alone can be enough to charge your batteries and get your brain functioning on a high level again. If you are feeling sluggish, anxious, depressed, or simply exhausted, mint and its derivative essential oils can help. At Fuel +, we offer a wide variety of herbal teas including Peppermint mints, African nectar, and various organic green tea.

About Fuel +

Fuel + is committed to providing good fuel for everyone. Owned and operated by partners Gary Taylor and Chester Wong, the concept of Fuel + is derived from combining their extensive experience as executives in the corporate world to building a business of their own that focuses on their passion for health, food and wellness — providing healthy food choices to the public at an affordable price point. Fuel + is a one stop shop that acts as a café serving fresh organic beverages, smoothies and treats. Additionally, Fuel + functions as a boutique grocery store supplying an array of dry, frozen and refrigerated health goods for your immediate and future needs.

Fuel + is located at 471 Church Street in Toronto. Follow them on Twitter, and like them on Facebook.

October 31, 2013 | By | Reply More

Awestruck Preview Night at NightMarketTO

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It’s #AWESTRUCK preview night at NightMarketTO! We’ll be hosting a FREE preview of this weekend’s Awestruck event this Wednesday September 18, 2013 at The Night Market.

Featured Awestruck vendors include:
Jonny Blonde Food Truck, The Frankie Fettuccine Food Truck Co., Choco-Churros, Big Grill Catering & BBQ, La Brea Food, Samuel Adams, and car2go

Plus NM Vendors including:
Saha International Cuisine, Mad Mexican, Eudora’s Fine Foods, Smash Cake, All Mine Caramels, Dine N’ Dash, Dystynct Boutique, Tiger Lili Jewelry, Tocino Boys, Westend Food Co-Op and more!

About Awestruck:
Back again for a second year running, Canada’s original food truck awards mark their return to the GTA bigger and better than ever. This year there will be 50 (yes, FIFTY!) food trucks at the event. Awestruck takes place Saturday September 21, 2013 between 2-8 pm at Garrison Common, Fort York.

Visit http://www.facebook.com/foodtruckeats or follow http://twitter.com/foodtruckeats

Tickets are $10 and are available now from:
https://www.uniiverse.com/listings/awestruck-2013-presented-by-car2go-toronto-XM49W

September 17, 2013 | By | Reply More

New Culinary Adventures with Cheesewerks This Fall

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The Culinary Adventure Company and Cheesewerks have partnered up to bring food and cheese lovers a series of exciting new experiences. The signature event is a food and film fusion series called Flix + Pix + Plates. The series will allow food lovers a chance to enjoy a unique dining experience inspired by famous feature films and other digital food media.

Launching September 17, the Flix + Pix + Plates series kicks off with Cheesewerks Kevin Durkee hosting and Chef Scott Savoie of the Culinary Adventure Co. designing a full evening of food and drink pairings to celebrate the 1991 classic Fried Green Tomatoes. Future instalments will include Ghostbusters in October and JFK in November. Flix + Pix + Plates will offer diners an all-inclusive 5-course meal with drink pairings for only $65/person or $120/couple (plus tax).

“Both our businesses are about the celebration great stories. Stories about food, stories about producers, stories about unique culinary regions and neighbourhoods. What better way to enjoy those than with a unique dining series centered around Film and Photography,” says Kevin Durkee, of Cheesewerks.

We had a chance to taste some of the offerings at a media preview recently held at Cheesewerks. The menu was based around the films that will be a part of the Flix + Pix + Plates program and included Parmesan Herb Truffle Popcorn, Southern Fried “BLT” on Crostini, Poulet a L’estragon, Mitch’s Coney Island Dogs, Tyson Shaw Slow Cooked BBQ Ribs, New England Clam Chowder with Grilled Cheese, Nova Scotia Smoked Salmon Pizza and Ratatouille Nicoise. The night was capped off with a S’mores Torching Station for dessert.

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Along with the film dinner series, the new partnership will also be introducing some other culinary experiences throughout the fall.

Cheese + Cheers – Sunday School Series (Starts September 22)

  • Enjoy a 3 hour afternoon classroom of learning, pairing and appreciating the best of artisan cheese, craft beer, wine, spirits and drink. $49/person.

Urban Ale + Cheese Trail – (Start Date TBD)

  • A full day of craft beer and artisan cheese discovery across the GTA. Jump on our bus to meet local craft brew masters, cheese producers, and mongers before returning to Cheesewerks for a dining and tasting experience. $125/person.

Melt the Market – (Starts September 27)

  • The most unique way to discover Canadian Cheese and the No. 1 food market in the world. Join Chef Scott to shop the market for incredible cheese and ingredients, then meet up with the Big Cheese Kevin to lean how to melt them into fondue, raclette and other incredible ooey gooey dishes. Full meal and pairings included. $125/person.

Cheesewerks is located at 56 Bathurst Street in Toronto. Visit cheesewerks.com and like them on Facebook and follow them Twitter.

To learn more about the Culinary Adventure Company visit culinaryadventureco.com. Follow them on Twitter, and like them on Facebook.

September 16, 2013 | By | Reply More

Visit Feast of Fields 2013 Sunday September 8

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Energy abounds at Feast of Fields. Generous, enthusiastic and talented people make this event popular – from the hardworking organic farmers who grow our food year round, the imaginative chefs who create amazing dishes over a simple camp fire or gas barbecue, the wineries and breweries that continue to innovate with their products, and the many volunteers dedicated to the organic food movement. While intended to be a sumptuous leisurely experience, the underlying theme of the Feast of Fields is the connection between organic food producers and consumers.

The 24th annual Feast of Fields is the signature event of Organic Advocates. Originating in1989, as a modest walkabout featuring urban cuisine in a rural setting,it has become an eagerly anticipated annual event. Imagine strolling through a sweet smelling field, sampling dozens of fresh,succulent organic creations, accompanied by local wines and beers, and you will get a taste of Feast of Fields. Celebrated chefs participating this year include: Ted Reader, Carl Heinrich, Michael Stadtlander, Albert Ponzo, Emerie Brine, Brad Livergant, Wanda Beaver and our Night Market friends from new food pop up La Brea Food, plus many more. Drink vendors include beer from Mill Street, Lake of Bays, Spearhead, Steamwhistle and wines from Pelee Island, Lailey Vineyard, Sandbanks Winery, plus many more!

We are delighted to be returning to Cold Creek Conservation Area. The location was a hit for the last three years.Every year the event gets bigger and bigger. As the organic, local food movement is raising consciousness of the food we eat and drink, more and more people are making the event a staple of their fall outings. – Chef Daniel Gilbert, Event Founder.

$100 Tickets may be purchased online or by calling 905-859-3609.

For more information visit www.feastoffields.org.
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September 5, 2013 | By | Reply More