Ottawa, ON – July 18, 2017 – Kind Village and Les Toques Blanches Ottawa, in partnership with the Ottawa Food Bank, are pleased to announce Feed The City, Feed Your Soul, a free event spotlighting the issue of hunger in Ottawa and across Canada. The event will take place on the grounds of the Central Experimental Farm at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 1-6 p.m.
“Thirteen per cent of Canadians live in a state of food insecurity according to Food Banks Canada, meaning they don’t have reliable access to adequate amounts of safe, good quality, nutritious food,” says Ariel Vered, Chief Communications Officer for Kind Village. “The Kind Village team is proud to support local food banks by partnering with the Chefs of Les Toques Blanches to activate business and community champions to make an impact on hunger locally and nationally. This is a great opportunity for individuals and families to enjoy a beautiful afternoon at the farm and learn more about critical issues affecting our community. We want to help educate, empower, and inspire Canadians to help address big issues, like hunger, in their local communities in different ways to create the biggest impact possible on the challenges.”
Feed The City, Feed Your Soul will kick off a community-focused, cross-country initiative designed to raise awareness about food-related issues in Canada such as food insecurity, food affordability, and access to healthy foods.
The unifying principle of the event is the Stone Soup story: a hungry stranger convinces town residents to each share a small amount of their food to make a meal that everyone can enjoy. An interactive retelling of the story will include a cooking demonstration geared towards community builders, young and old, teaching them practical cooking skills while nurturing a sense of community. Led by Chef Sandra MacInnis, and supported by Orléans Fresh Fruit and Vegetables, participants are encouraged to help prepare an ingredient for the pot and participate fully in creating a simple, hearty soup to share.
“Feed The City, Feed Your Soul empowers us chefs to share our love of food and promote a message of community through the Stone Soup analogy, while promoting a greater awareness around hunger and food insecurity in our communities,” says Kenton Leier, president of Les Toques Blanches Ottawa and incoming Executive Chef for the National Arts Centre. “Cooking with simple, healthy ingredients requires heart, soul and knowledge. With those ingredients, we can build a great meal and a better community.”
Throughout the afternoon, guests will have the opportunity to explore the Farm and learn about 50 community-based initiatives addressing hunger and food insecurity run by local charities, community groups, businesses and professionals.
At 3pm, guests will be invited to meet in the middle of the Farm to watch a BIG Impact Cooking Challenge where local chefs will compete for the prize of Most Impactful Dish. The challenge requires the chef teams to prepare an affordable, healthy meal using no more than eight ingredients, a hot plate and a kettle. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample and vote on their favourite dish.
Feed The City, Feed Your Soul will challenge Canadians to continue this important conversation by taking action in their own communities. This includes sharing meals with neighbours, sharing information on local food-related challenges, and delivering the following eight core ingredients directly to their local food banks over the next year: meat/fish, brown rice, pulses/beans, oil and butter, spices, root vegetables, oats and apples.
For more information on Feed The City, Feed Your Soul, contact Ariel Vered at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kind Village would like to thank venue sponsor Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, branding sponsor Redbrick Rooster and equipment sponsor Russell Hendrix for supporting this important event.
The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is located at 901 Prince of Wales Drive.
About Kind Village
Kind Village is an Ottawa-based social enterprise (a business that prioritizes profit and social purpose equally) that provides services and tools to businesses, professionals and organizations that work toward building stronger, kinder and more sustainable communities. Kind Village is a group of like-minded consumers, professionals and local business owners who care and go the extra mile to champion social issues, sustainable business practices and building strong local communities. Our network of members proudly support organizations that work to improve the lives of others.
About Les Toques Blanches Ottawa (LTBO)
Established in 1994, the Ottawa Chapter of Les Toques Blanches International (LTBO) is an association of Executive Chefs, Chef Instructors and others from some of the leading hotels, restaurants, culinary learning institutes, caterers, suppliers and other major businesses in the Ottawa/Gatineau region (in Quebec and Ontario, Canada). LTBO strives to improve the industry through training and education, believing this to be a lifelong journey. LTBO also believes that food is more than just the sum of its parts, but is in fact a shared experience and by its nature a communal activity. LTBO participates in activities that reflect its core values and provide learning opportunities for members and younger chefs-in-training.