A Kitchen Gathering: Convening a Food Literacy Network for Greater Sudbury
Friday, May 4th, 2018, 9:00 am to 11:30 am.
Au pied du rocher restaurant, College Boreal, 21 Lasalle Blvd.
Calling all food skills teachers and cooking program leaders in Greater Sudbury!
This “Kitchen Gathering” will bring together leaders in food literacy across Greater Sudbury, to provide a venue for sharing stories about food and cooking programs operating throughout the city. Participants will hear from a panel of program leaders about how their programs are serving their communities.
Panelists will include:
Christine Germain, Centre de santé communitaire du Grand Sudbury
Cody Leeson, Manitoulin Fresh Food Initiative
The panel presentations will be followed by small-group discussions where participants will share their own successes, make connections, and brainstorm about how a Food Literacy Network may help to improve the food skills and food literacy of people in Greater Sudbury.
A Kitchen Gathering: Convening a Food Literacy Network for Greater Sudbury will offer ideas to support your programs, links to possible resources, and an opportunity to network with food literacy leaders across the city.
Following your confirmation, we will send you a short pre-event questionnaire to collect some information about your program. We hope this Kitchen Gathering will offer ideas to support your programs, links to possible resources, as well as an opportunity to network with food literacy leaders across the region.
Even if you can’t make it out on May 4th, we still want to connect with you! This Kitchen Gathering is just the first step to building an ongoing Food Literacy Network for Greater Sudbury, and there will be more ways to take part in the near future. For now, please click here to indicate your interest in joining the Food Literacy Network, and we will be in touch soon.
Local foodies, business owners, activists and elected officials gathered over the lunch hour to hear seven local changemakers talk—for just four minutes each—about how they are creating positive change to our city’s food system.
“There is a vibrant food culture here, with lots of success stories and lessons learned,” said Cassandra Gosselin, co-chair of the Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council. Hot on the heels of the recent publication of the Greater Sudbury Food Strategy, this event comes at a time when Sudburians are “pulling together to support local farmers and locally owned restaurants, to define our distinctive ‘taste of place’, and to increase access to healthy food for all.”
Some new voices were featured at this fourth-annual Four Minute Foodies event, sharing stories about the changing food landscape. Jolene Recollet spoke about Wahnapitae First Nation’s new and ongoing food programs. “I look forward to starting conversations about integrating Indigenous Food Sources into Greater Sudbury’s Food Fabric,” said Recollet, an Economic Development Officer for the community.
The audience of City staff, elected officials and food activists were treated to a preview of La Fromagerie’s new menu and fresh look, by new owner, Kelsey Cutinello. “We have kept the best of the old and put in some of our own flavour. We are very excited to share our passion with Sudbury!” La Fromagerie will be carrying local food products when it re-opens February 20th.
Erica Lagios, General Manager of Eat Local Sudbury, spoke about the recent decision to close the co-op and shared some ways that eaters can still access the local produce, meat, and other goods they have come to love. “Our team would like to maintain the relationships we’ve created with local farmers over the years, and invite the community to visit the Coalition for a Livable Sudbury website to find the latest information on other retailers that carry their products, as well as contact information to reach out to our producers directly.” Interested people can also sign up to receive information about local group buying initiatives here.
The lunch-time audience also got a sneak peak into the Culinary Tourism Strategy which is currently in development. Dana Jennings, Business Development Officer for the City of Greater Sudbury’s Economic Development office, focused on the Tourism sector says, “What is the one thing all tourists have in common? They have to eat. Let’s explore how we ensure they experience Sudbury authentic taste of place.” Greater Sudbury’s Culinary Tourism Strategy, being developed in partnership with Ontario-based Culinary Tourism Alliance, is due to launch in late March, 2018.
Heather Peters from the Good Food Box Pop-Up Markets informed the audience about the not-for-profit roving Market program that provides fresh fruit and veggies at cost in neighbourhoods that lack an accessible grocery store. The program started in June 2017 and was so successful it continued for an extra month, through to the end of September.
FoodRescue.ca is a new program to Greater Sudbury which aims to re-direct food to charitable programs, saving it from the landfill. Victoria Armit is the Food Donor & Community Relations Coordinator for Foodrescue.ca in the Sudbury Region. She introduced the program and welcomed attendees to sign up at Foodrescue.ca if their organization may have extra food to donate to those in need.
Leigh Anne Ceccetto spoke about Cultivate Your Neighbourhood, a school-based gardening program. Cultivate Your Neighbourhood is a relatively new program in Greater Sudbury, dedicated to engaging the youth in our school systems through community gardening based initiatives. Leigh Anne is currently preparing for another season of engaging youth through Cultivate Your Neighbourhood, and also at the BURST Youth Leadership Camp.
Locally sourced catering for Four Minute Foodies 2018 was provided by the Motley Kitchen, featuring local kale, chicken, sausage, beef, potatoes, beets and maple syrup.
The Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council is hosting the fourth-annual Four Minute Foodies event on Wednesday, February 14th in Board Rooms C and D of the Provincial Building at Tom Davies Square, from 12 to 1 pm.
This event comes on the heels of the Greater Sudbury Food Strategy launch, and features several Sudburians who are making a difference to the way food is grown, distributed, consumed and recovered in Greater Sudbury.
Each presenter will speak for four minutes, about how they or their organization is making positive change to Sudbury’s Food System.
THE GREATER SUDBURY FOOD STRATEGY LAUNCH & CELEBRATION!
The Greater Sudbury Food Strategy will bring the public and key stakeholders together to share in the vision of a sustainable, equitable food system for our City. Learn about the pillars of the Food Strategy and get involved to put it into action!
Enjoy an all-local dinner catered by Co-Op Boreal!
Live music by Lisa Marie Naponse & Miss Kim Schmidt
When: November 15th, 2017 5:30-9:30 pm
Where: Aux Pied Du Rocher restaurant located at College Boreal 21 Lasalle Blvd, Sudbury, ON
Over the past few years, our community has seen a tremendous growth in the interest and investment in our food system. Retailers and restaurants showcase local food options, large institutions incorporate local food in their procurement policies and sign bylaws are being evaluated to help facilitate efforts of local food producers. Furthermore, there are many more opportunities to learn food skills through several organizations and our youth are being exposed to community gardens, compost programs and/or free healthy food options through the school system.
We hope to develop a Greater Sudbury Food Strategy and to continue to engage with the community to work towards an economically viable and ecologically sustainable food system that provides residents with accessible, affordable, nutritious and culturally acceptable food.
As defined by the Greater Sudbury Food Policy Council, our regional food system is our geographic area including and beyond the City of Greater Sudbury. It encompasses nearby agricultural lands and communities from which the citizens of Greater Sudbury derive a significant portion of their food, now or potentially in the future.