We all have to eat, of course, but what does food mean to us and why do we care so much about it?
We love growing, cooking and serving food to our family and friends. We hold an attachment to the food of our past, our culture and traditions. We want to know where our food comes from – how, where and from whom do we get the food we want to eat? And how does this food-getting process affect others, such as farmers, agricultural workers, the retail food industry? There are many aspects to food in Toronto, from farmers’ markets in our parks, to food processing and retail jobs, to the kitchens of our neighbourhoods. FEEDING TORONTO looks at some of them.
by Elizabeth Cinello
Along with a long list of accomplishments as a Toronto City Councillor, Joe Mihevc also introduced the backyard chicken bylaw where residents could keep up to four chickens in their yard. Here’s how it’s working at his home, especially breakfast-wise.
by Schuster Gindin
In search of the iconic malt drink that shaped my childhood taste buds in Wisconsin, I was surprised where my quest led me in Toronto’s multicultural abundance.
by Cookie Roscoe
How a farmers’ market got started, what it takes to keep it going and the principles that guide it.
by Linda Perez
A family’s traditional cookies carry the stories of their lives.
by Mary Lou McQuillan
How a ‘work group’ makes serious farm gardening so much easier and a whole lot more fun.
by Eizabeth Cinello
Documenting a mother’s recipe for a vegetable (and some tuna) antipasto.
by Paul Stewart
The journey of two young Toronto organic farmers whose market gardening is bringing more fresh food to our city.
by Rebecca A. Pinkus
Food encountered at the cenotaph in Prospect Cemetery.
by Bengt Skoggard
Recycling, re-purposing and defying convention. All in the name of, mostly, drying tomatoes.
by Vincenzo Pietropaolo
Avoiding perfectly shaped grocery store apples for locally grown ones but do we really know how they’re cultivated?
Photo by Anna Payne-Krzyzanowski
Elect the tastiest candidate in town.
By Elizabeth Cinello
Specialty grocery stores import from everywhere. Here’s where the local Maraș Turkish community can buy bulgur from home, anchovies from the Black Sea, pointy chickpeas…
By Schuster Gindin
Did you know we had one? Toronto’s Food Policy Council, the first in North American, was established as a subcommittee by the Board of Health in 1991.
By Chris Ioannou
Chickens are not complicated creatures. Feed, water, scoop poop, dress up like turkeys for Halloween, repeat. But really – do it for the eggs.
Where do you eat when you’re out in the middle of the night? Vesta Lunch has been a Toronto institution since 1955. The Vesta is a video short by Lucas Gindin and Leib Kopman.
By Elizabeth Cinello
Torontonians don’t just eat food, we make it too. From wine juice producers to breweries, from bakeries to coffee roasters, from patties to pasta, food feeds the city’s economic engine.
Comment on the issue:
Great recipes! And the pix are fabulous too.
Kathleen Howes, Toronto