A Taste of Spring

A Taste of Spring was my first collaborative event with The West End Well, my local food co-op, grocery, cafe, and meeting space in Hintonburg. I enjoyed eating, drinking, and connecting with family, friends, West End Well members, and fellow food and wine enthusiasts! 

We paired 5 Ontario wines with locally-sourced, vegetarian, tapas-style dishes. It was such a fun evening and I hope to do another event like this in the future! 

Menu and Wine Pairings:

Artwork and design by Tiny Brushstrokes
House made organic baguette, house made lemon ricotta, and wild spring herbs from Fleurs Gourmandes.

Spicy Asian tacos with cashew "meat", green onion, carrot, Butterfly Sky pea shoots, and house pickled ginger.

Smoked La Soyarie tofu mini calzones, house smoked with applewood; served with ONFC organic tomato, Empire Cheese mozzarella  and house made organic dough.

Mushroom Rolls - organic and raw nori, mushroom duxelle, Tradition chickpea miso, Juniper Farm radish, and Fleurs Gourmandes garlic chive.

White chocolate  shortbread, Greg's Backyard  rhubarb  compote (with organic cane sugar)Fleurs Gourmandes Anise Hyssop, and spiced nuts.

Thank you to everyone who attended, and to the team at the West End Well for helping me to make this evening such a success! 

Event Photography by Maija Hirsimaki

Cultivate: A Mini Film Fest

On September 24, 2011, After the Harvest put on its very first event-- Cultivate: A Mini Film Fest at The Mayfair Theatre here in Ottawa. The feature film screened was Ingredients, with a surprise opening short called...wait for it...After the Harvest!

The whole thing got started one day on Twitter when a Croatian Barista notified me of this film that held the same name as my blog. After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffeelands is a film that sheds light on the plight of Mexian and South American coffee farmers who struggle with hunger during the months after the harvest, i.e. "the thin months".

Produced by Brian Kimmel of Optic Nerve Productions, Ingredients is a film that focuses on supporting your local food economy, and the health, taste and cultural benefits of eating as locally and seasonally as possible.

In addition to the films, there was a silent auction and some locally-made movie snacks to add to the event, and my pal Geoff took some amazing photos.

Thank you to my family and friends and to everyone who attended!

The event raised $670 for Heifer International.

For a full recap of the event, please click here.

For a gallery of photos by Geoff Clyne Photography, please click here.

Much gratitude goes out to my event sponsors, partners and supporters:

I highly recommend viewing both of these films.

Ingredients Trailer:

Link to viewing After the Harvest: Fighting Hunger in the Coffeelands online:
Click here to view the film

Stay tuned for future After the Harvest events! Thank you!