Recipe For Change 2018

The first time I had an opportunity to attend Recipe for Change I took a moment to reflect on what Food literacy really meant to someone like me. I grew up in a middle income, stable home where there was little we missed out on. I ended up writing the following on the blog.

“Growing up I was fortunate for two important things. First my dad loved having a vegetable garden.  Rows upon rows of beans, tomatoes, onions, carrots.  As I grew so did it’s square footage.  When I decided to go away and study horticulture I adopted a section and took it upon myself to try broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, garlic and herbs.  As a rookie I made plenty of mistakes.  Like planting a whole row of zucchini plants. About 10 plants. There wasn’t enough recipes in the world to help us consume everything that blossomed.  I also planted way too much oregano and mint that eventually invaded into our lawn producing a headache for my dad but made for aromatic grass cutting.

The second important thing was actually a combination of two.  My school was literally in my backyard with the walk way bordering one side of our driveway and our classrooms being only 50 steps away.  During our grade school years my mom stayed home and every lunch was spent in our kitchen enjoying a delicious and hearty meal, fortifying us for more learning and ultimately more playing.  There were times when I envied my bus taking friends who got to stay at school with their box lunches and extended social times yet I learned quickly that the bus crew envied my hot meals served with the love of my mom.  They were quick to accept any invitations to my house for lunch.

Because of this amazing childhood I had grew up understanding the importance of fresh food, knowing where it came from, and how it was prepared.  The idea of not knowing these things seems incomprehensible to me.”

Several year later this still resonates with me. I am mere blocks away from a bounty at the local farmers market and a diverse multicultural community.

“That’s what makes Recipe for Change and it’s initiatives so important.  As a non profit organization they work with the community using a long term approach of education, empowerment and advocating to address hunger in the city.  By starting with children, the future of our country, and teaching them the “farm to table” ideals a strong foundation can be built and powerful changes can be made.  By educating youth not just on the importance of healthy nutritious meals but on the growing, packaging, storing and preparing of these dishes you create a generation that becomes voluntarily accountable for choosing a hunger free future.  Any parent knows that if a child helps grow and prepare a certain food they are almost guaranteed to consume it. No summer for me is complete without strawberry picking and bowls and bowls of buttered yellow beans.”

Celebrating their 9th year on Thursday February 22 Recipe For Change continues to offer guests a night of remarkable culinary talent all under one roof in a one price all-you-can-eat extravaganza. You just have to click on their website to see the amazing things events like this has be able to provide all of Toronto community. Bringing foodies together to support any cause is something Toronto chefs have always had a knack for and nothing is held back here.

Check their website to see who is participating, how to get tickets and other ways you can support this amazing program.

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