U of T’s bees in the news

Remember our post about Bees on campus? Brian Hamlin’s bee hives were so successful last year, that he is expanding his project. A group of student volunteers (anybody is welcome to join) is setting up apiaries on campus, and some of the honey (and related products like beeswax candles) will be sold at the U of T Farmers’ Market!

Torontoist did an awesome write-up about bees in Toronto, and Brian Hamlin’s work. You can check it out here: TORONTO’S BLOOMING BUZZTROPOLIS.

If you want to see the video shot on a windy winter afternoon at the New College bee hives, click here for the original UeaT post.

If you would like to get in touch with the student volunteers, leave a comment here and we can email you the information.

Image courtesy of Torotoist.

Deals to end the year with!!

Dear UeaTers,

It is almost the end of term. Whether you are a student, staff or faculty member, you are looking forward to a few free moments at the end of this term.

Until you are done, we have a few wonderful deals to help make your days go by.



On April 15, 2010 (Thursday), Starbucks is offering FREE COFFEE to anybody who comes with their reusable mug.

By lugging your mug to campus, you are saving a forest (and you thought you weren’t making an impact!) To calculate how many trees you are saving, click on the picture below.



Until April 23, 2010, bring $5 to one of the participating locations listed below and get an entire meal! For menu items and locations, click on the picture below.


We hope you will take advantage of these deals.

Best of luck with exams, tests and deadlines!


Hello UeaTers!

The end of the year is just around the corner, as are exams and assignments, deadlines, warmer weather and Earth Hour! Remember to turn off your lights and electric appliances on Saturday…and eat vegan on Monday!

Yes, it’s true. U of T is celebrating Earth Day on Monday, March 29, 2010. All day, the Green Team will be out in cafeterias to share tips with you on how to be encironmentally sustainable every day. Be sure to drop by and share a tip with the Green Team! Also, ASSU’s Environmental group will be showing you how to recycle and compost properly….in the Sid Smith lobby!

And to top it all off, you can buy VEGAN CHILI for only $3.50 at Sid’s Cafe, MSB Cafeteria, Robarts Cafeteria, The Buttery at Trinity, Veda in Sanford Fleming, OISE and  Howard Ferguson Dining Hall.

So come on down UeaTers, for this year’s last event….share a vegan meal with your friends and some green tips with the Green Team!!

Countdown to GREEN DAY! Part deux

Adding to the last post, U of T’s Water Initiative is also underway. Campus partners encourage the use of refillable water canteens or bottles. There are filtered water stations in cafeterias, and water fountains in almost every building on campus. You can fill your canteen at any of these locations for free: save yourself some money and keep plastic bottles out of the landfills.

If you are almost convinced to switch to stainless steel canteens, check out The Good Human to be fully convinced.


Countdown to GREEN DAY

What better way to welcome the spring than to go green! Green Day is coming up and we at UeaT need your help to reduce our environmental footprint.
The Lug A Mug campaign  is in its second year now, and continues to be a huge success thanks to the students, faculty and staff at U of T. 
If you haven’t already made the switch to reusable containers for your coffee or tea, now is the time to begin! You save $0.25 each time you purchase coffee or tea in your reusable mug; you help the University, the city, and the global environment; and given the funky patterned mugs that are out in the market now, you get to accessorize!


Dear UeaTers,

We are super excited to announce the


You asked for affordable food options on campus, and we are bringing them to you. During March, you will be able to find a complete meal for only five dollars (including taxes) at one of the locations listed below.
On Monday, $5 will get you a Local Sustainable Burger (made with local ingredients!) with Small Fries and Fountain Pop.
On Tuesday, bring your $5 bill to Sid’s Cafe (Euro Market) for a Sandwich of your choice, a Soup of your choice and a Fountain Pop.
On Wednesday, the staff at Howard Ferguson Dining Hall (at University College) will serve you a Veggie or Chicken Wrap with a Fountain Pop for only $5.
On Thursday, hop over to Veda in Sanford Fleming for their famous Stuffed Naan Sandwich (with chutney) and a Can of Pop.
On Friday, MSB is serving Pasta from the Pasta Bar, Garlic Bread and Fountain Pop.

Try it out and let us know what you think. Depending on your feedback, this program will continue into next year.


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.

(click on the image twice to make it larger, and to print it).

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.

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!