Im really excited to attend the Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown at the Fairmont Royal York on November 21st. This is the first time I will be going, as in the past I have had conflicts and never made it out. An amazing group of chefs will gather to vie for the title of 2012 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion. Ocean Wise, a national sustainable seafood initiative of the Vancouver Aquarium, and the 2012 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown is presented by Rickard’s and Granville Island Brewing. Tickets are available atvanaqua.org/chowder-chowdown.
Recently I had the opportunity to speak at the Canadian Meat Council conference, in Quebec City. What an honour, and opportunity. It was slightly daunting to have to prepare a 45 minute talk for people that would include farmers, processors, industry, government, and even possibly educators. What to talk about, and how to get my points across?
Firstly, a shout out to Heather at Canada Beef, who sang my praises to CMC and got me this gig. She is one of my many angels. The proposed topic was on how retailers can influence the wallets of consumers. This is right up my alley, and I started researching and talking to consumers, processors, butchers, the whole gamut. I wanted to cover all of my bases before I prepared this talk.
It changed direction a few times, and finally came together in to what I present to you below. For you consideration, this is my perspective and I hope I did us all justice.
What would I do with lentils, I asked myself when I received an email pitching me on the idea of being involved with a campaign on Canadian Lentils? Lentils, I love lentils. Although I don’t cook with them as much as I would like, they are a nutrient and protein rich food, and are a great meat substitute. Or, so I hear because why would you want to substitute for meat, right? Well, you might.
Lentils are a very popular crop in Canada, and Canadian Lentils want you to share your love of the mighty lentil. They have recently launched the site http://www.loveyourlentils.ca/ where you can go to find recipes from some very talented Canadian chefs, and vote on your favourite. You can win a chance to hang out with Chef Michael Smith in his home province of P.E.I for the adventure of a lifetime. Yes, it’s that exciting!
What is a “New Radical? This is the question that I tried to answer when I attended the Terroir Hospitality Symposium at the newly relaunched O&B Acadian Court this April. This 6th annual event came to my attention in recent years, but I had always been able to attend. This year I was not missing it for anything. Armed with a ticket, some friends to hang out with, and an open mind and positive attitude I descended with 400 other eager guests to see what the day had in store for us.