FROM FIELD TO ART: Discussing the Link Between Food, Art and Social Justice

FROM FIELD TO ART: Discussing the Link Between Food, Art and Social Justice
*A multi-disciplinary panel discussion on food issues*


Please join the Hart House Art, Farm and Social Justice Committees for a
multi-disciplinary discussion on the links between food, art and social

Artist Ron Benner, Geography Professor Sarah Wakefield, Slow Food
co-chair Arlene Stein and student food activist and The Hot Yam! member
Dulcie Vousden will discuss the various perspectives on today’s important
food issues and the valuable contribution of art to social justice.


*Date*: Tuesday, March 9, 2010

*Time:* 3:00 – 5:00 pm

*Location*: Debates Room, Hart House, University of Toronto

*Cost:*  Free


RON BENNER – A Canadian artist, whose work encompasses a wide-range of food
and social justice issues. Benner will be exhibiting his work and discussing
the role that art plays in social justice.

ARLENE STEIN – Co-chair of Slow Food Toronto and Director of Catering and Events at Hart House. Stein is an active member of the local food community,
who is dedicated to food security and sustainability issues.

SARAH WAKEFIELD – Associate Professor, Department of Geography at the
University of Toronto. Wakefield’s research interests include urban food
security and the effect of municipal environmental regulation on
environmental and social justice.

DULCIE VOUSDEN – Hot Yam! member and student food activist. The Hot Yam! is
an all-volunteer vegan collective. Each week, the collective cook up a
delicious, mostly local, mostly organic and entirely vegan lunch for the
University of Toronto community.

For additional information contact:

Kelly Robertson-Reinhart

Lug a Mug

Last year, you saved 76,561 cups from ending up in landfills by using reusable mugs at the various coffee counters. You also saved $19140.25 by reusing your mug.

This year, we are aiming for 100,000 cups being replaced with reusable mugs. Can we do it??

Foods of Black History Month

Hello UeaTers!
Reading Week is almost over, and we would like to welcome you back with a nutritious, well balanced, and absolutely delicious menu celebrating Black History Month.

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February is Black History Month, a month to remember and celebrate important people and moments in the history of the African diaspora. To celebrate this month, UeaT is serving up three special Black History Month menus on Thursday, February 25, 2010, each at a discounted price.

The African Menu features East African Vegetable Stew and Cumin Scented Rice. The African menu will be available at Chestnut Residence (open to all U of T members), Robarts Cafeteria and Veda (in Sanford Fleming).

The Caribbean Menu features Jerk Chicken, Peas and Rice with Creamy Coleslaw. This Caribbean meal will be available at Sid’s Cafe (in Sidney Smith Hall), Sammy’s Student Exchange (in Hart House), The Buttery (at Trinity College), and the Victoria College Cafeteria.

The North American Menu includes Southern Fried Chicken, Collard Greens, Corn on the Cob, and Cheese Corn Biscuit. This North American Menu will be served at Medical Sciences Building Cafeteria and Howard Ferguson Dining Hall (at University College).

In addition, the Fresh Food Company at New College will be serving a special Black History Month themed lunch from 11:30am to 1:30pm.


dark.creamy.yummy ChocoSol at the Farmer’s Market

Tomorrow, Wednesday afternoon, the U of T Farmer’s Market will be running inside UC from 2:30pm until 5:30pm. Among the fabulous local farmers, we have a chocolatier with an amazing story.

Mathieu is one of the people who works at ChocoSol: local chocolatiers who produce pedal-powered, stone ground chocolate right here in Toronto. We asked Mathieu to give us a quick introduction to ChocoSol, and here is what he had to say:


We are ChocoSol Chocolatiers. We make stone-ground dark chocolate directly from the cacao bean here in Toronto. We make locally processed chocolate which is made in a traditional Mexican style instead of an industrial factory. Traditional Mexican chocolate is like the “Drinking Chocolate Pucks” (sold at the market) which are used to make chocolatey which is a traditional form of Mexican drinking chocolate. Chocolatey comes from the word xocolatl which means “bitter drink” in Mayan. We draw our inspiration from the tradition of chocolate from the region the chocolate is grown in. Our project in Toronto has an educational component. We try to connect people here with the tradition of cacao and inform them of where chocolate comes from. We also combine this chocolate with local Toronto ingredients like local hemp seeds from Peterborough and locally grown chillies and mints, some of which are grown on our green roof. It’s a wholesome dark chocolate that is ecologically produced, nutritional and delicious. You can come out and try the chocolate any time- we have free samples here. We are here every Wednesday. Everything is done on bicycles around the city, so we are all over the downtown core.


They encourage volunteers to join ChocolSol and participate in the production of chocolate the way it has been done for centuries in the Mayan regions. There are no skills needed, and no predetermined hours. It is a great way to connect with the food you consume. Feel frère to ask Mathieu about volunteering, and to try some of the free chocolate (by the way, the vanilla seed chocolate is to die for!).


So drop by the Farmer’s Market tomorrow afternoon, bring your own mug, sip on some of the best hot chocolate in town and learn about chocolate-making, from the fields in Mexico to the Farmer’s Market at U of T.

Your Food, Your Choice: A one-day conference on Organic Foods

Your Food, Your Choice:  Grounds for Change

Presented by Canadian Organic Growers in association with The Big Carrot

Saturday, February 20, 2010

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

University of Toronto Conference Centre

89 Chestnut St., Toronto

$85; COG members $55

Rates for seniors, students and unwaged

Organic lunch included !

Info and registration: or 416-466-4420

Do organic pigs get swine flu?  Why did McCain’s say no to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the potatoes for their french fries?  This conference will celebrate a forward thinking company taking GMOs off its shelves and a man who has fought against the odds.  Be inspired by how the organic sector perseveres in producing the healthiest, safest food possible.  Keynote speaker is Baerbel Hoehn, the first Green Party agricultural minister in Germany.  Her support of organic farming programs in Germany helped the turnaround in German agricultural policy towards more sustained development, including payments for farmers transitioning to organic.  Also featured are Percy Schmeiser, the Saskatchewan farmer who challenged Monsanto, Megan Westgate, Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project, Michael Schmidt, the dairy farmer recently acquitted of all criminal charges related to producing unpasteurized milk,and scientists, politicians, farmers, retailers and consumers.  This conference is about your health and your food choices.  Above all, it is about choosing food with spirit!

Chinese New Year Lunch!

With only three days to go until Reading Week (yay!), we at UeaT would like to share one more event with you.

On Thursday, February 11, 2010, celebrate CHINESE NEW YEAR with us! $6.95 (plus tax) will get you Barbequed Pork with Steamed Rice and Sautéed Bok Choy at the following locations: Victoria College, Trinity College, Howard Ferguson Dining Hall at UC, Medical Sciences Building Cafeteria, Robarts Cafeteria and Sid’s Café. You can also drop by Sammy’s at Hart House and try some Chicken Chow Mein. If you are super hungry and would like to indulge in some all-you-care-to-eat food at Chestnut Residence (open to all U of T members), you will find that they are also serving a Chinese menu. And if you are a New College student, the Fresh Food Company will serve a special menu which includes chicken balls and pineapple tapioca (from 11:30am to 1:30pm).

don’t forget to stop by Robarts, MSB and Robarts for FREE FORTUNE COOKIES!!




Full of Flavor Food Itenary

Dear UeaTers,

This is going to be a very exciting week on campus. We know that you have too many assignments due on the same date, and no time to think about food. That is why we have made a FULL OF FLAVOR AND NUTRITION FOOD ITENARY for you to follow this week.


Monday, February 8, 2010: To kick off Aboriginal Awareness Week, First Nations House is serving lunch at 12:00pm. Check out their calendar for events lined up all week!



Bring $3.00 (plus tax) to Medical Sciences Building Cafeteria, Robarts Cafeteria, Sid’s Café, Veda in Sanford Fleming, Howard Ferguson Dining Hall at UC, or Sammy’s at Hart House, and try some Aboriginal Soup. We are serving a Three Sisters Soup with Corn Biscuit.

You may be wondering, who are the three sisters, and what are they doing in your soup? The Three Sisters are crops native to some Aboriginal cultures: squash,  beans and corn. They are called the three sisters because they are usually planted close to each other, because each one helps the other grow. You can find the full description on their Wikipedia page.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010: Between 2:30pm and 5:30pm, stop by the U of T Farmer’s Market with your reusable mug and some cash. You can pick up cheese from all over Canada, chocolate bars, bread and fresh produce. And while you are there, enjoy a cup of ChocoSol’s amazing hot chocolate.

Thursday, February 11, 2010: CHINESE NEW YEAR LUNCH

$6.95 (plus tax) will get you Barbequed Pork with Steamed Rice and Sautéed Bok Choy at the following locations: Victoria College, Trinity College, Howard Ferguson Dining Hall at UC, Medical Sciences Building Cafeteria, Robarts Cafeteria and Sid’s Café.

Sammy’s at Hart House will serve Chicken Chow Mein.

Chestnut Residence (open to all U of T members) will also be serving a Chinese menu included in their all-you-care-to-eat menu.

The Fresh Food Company at New College, from 11:30am to 1:30pm, will serve a special menu which includes chicken balls and pineapple tapioca.

Friday, February 12, 2010: Stop by Veda in Sanford Fleming for some healthy Indian food.


With such a food-filled week ahead, we wish you nutrition and energy to help you study for those assignments and tests!




Welcome to February UeaTers!

By now, many of you have received the February postcards in your mail or email…and you may be wondering, where are these events taking place? Without further ado, we would like to announce ABORIGINAL AWARENESS WEEK! Double click on the above image to make it large, or save it to your desktop to zoom in.

At UeaT, on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, you can have an Aboriginal themed meal for $3.00. Locations include MSB Cafeteria, Robarts Cafeteria, Sid’s Cafe, Howard Ferguson Dining Hall, Veda and Sammys. Also, from February 8, 2010 until February 12, 2010, you can participate in one of the many events organized by FIrst Nations House. Please visit their website for details on the events.

We would like to thank the following individuals at First Nations House for helping us understand Aboriginal cultures, art and writing: Mykelle Pacquing (who translated English into syllabics used on this poster), Terry Spanish (who translated English words to Ojibwe words used on this poster), Grafton Antoine (who translated English words to Oneida words used on this poster), Lindy Kinoshameg for letting us borrow the art featured on the top right with the 7 feathers and the CN tower, and Rochelle and Jackie at First Nations House for their help and support.
Stay tuned for details on Chinese New Year!