Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Love Food Fest & The Hungry Artisan

What did you crave as a kid? Hot dogs, mac ‘n cheese, PB&J sandwiches? Whatever it may be, sit tight and get ready for a night of childhood food nostalgia, with a twist!

On October 7, Action Against Hunger Canada (Twitter: @ACF_Canada, Facebook: Action Against Hungeris putting on Love Food Fest. This once-a-year event combines some of Toronto's best chefs where they will compete for top honour by re-imagining our childhood favourites.

"Love Food Fest is an ode to the food you loved as a kid. It is a love letter to the people who fed you as a child, who made you realize how good food could be. And it is a fundraiser for those who lack even the most essential benefits of food: its nutrients, its fuel, its life."

Love Food Fest invites you to re-imagine, re-discover, and fall back in love with the foods you enjoyed as a kid. The fun event is about the heart of eating but its cause is serious: Action Against Hunger is raising money to help put an end to child deaths from hunger. 

Founded in France in 1979, Action Against Hunger / Action contre la Faim ("ACF") is a leading international humanitarian organization devoted to treating and preventing malnutrition around the world. Working in over 45 countries, its network of 5,000+ staff and volunteers reach more than 7 million people annually. Their programs save lives and provide communities with long-term solutions to hunger and its underlying causes. They focus on feeding the world’s most vulnerable – especially children. Their efforts restore health dignity, and self-sufficiency to those suffering from lack of essential nutrients so they can live full, happy lives. 

Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Time: 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
VenueArtscape Wychwood Barns. 601 Christie St, Toronto
Cost: $125 (a portion is tax receiptable). Included in your ticket, you’ll receive unlimited access to the event, sampling items from over 20 chefs plus 20 boutique wine, beer and food vendors

At Love Food Fest some of Toronto’s best and brightest chefs will be competing in the Nostalgia Challenge, cooking up their interpretations of childhood favourites. Participating chefs include:

Ayse Aydemir (Anatolia)
Matt Basile (Fidel Gastro / Lisa Marie)
Matt Blondin (Junk Bar)
Rodney Bowers (Hey Meatball on College)
Howard Dubrovsky (Fonda Lola)
Alexandra Feswick (The Drake Hotel)
Claudia Gaviria (Cruda Café)
Trish Gill (The Dock Ellis)
Brook Kavangh (La Palette)
Sang Kim (Sushi Making for the Soul)
Yumiko Kobayashi (Wind up Bird Cafe)
Shahir Massoud (Levetto Restaurant)
Josh Molot
Jacob Sharkey Pearce (Ursa)
Tyson Porcellato (Rasa)
Ivan Tarazona (Celestin)
Eric Wood (Port)
Shinji Yamaguchi (Gushi)
Vanessa Yeung (Aphrodite Cooks)

The grand prize: an all-expenses-paid trip to Peru! A distinguished panel of judges, with the help of guests, will choose a winner at the end of the evening. The night will also include local wines, craft beer, fine spirits, and a top-notch foodie silent auction with fine treats you can’t get anywhere else (click here for a list of restaurants, sponsors and food & beverage vendors).

I'm proud announce that The Hungry Artisan will be a food vendor at Love Food Fest

My friend and business partner, Nicholas Wong, and I founded The Hungry Artisan Inc. (Twitter: @HungryArtisan, Facebook: The Hungry Artisan) earlier this year. We specialize in importing the most delicious and unique artisanal foods from around to the world and distributing to retailers and restaurants across Canada.

We'll be showcasing one of our products, 'Nduja, at Love Food Fest'Nduja (pronounced "en-doo-ya") is a traditional spicy spreadable Calabrian salami. Manufactured by Nduja Artisans, our 'Nduja is guaranteed to be the best quality 'Nduja you'll find on the market. Our delicious spreadable salami is made with only four ingredients: Berkshire pork, salt, dry pepper and lactic acid culture (a natural preservative) with no antibiotics, nitrates nor chemical preservatives. This incredibly versatile salami can be used as a spread, incorporated in your pasta (it melts once you cook it,) as a pizza topping, in burgers and sausages, and even as mayo-based dip! The possibilities are endless. We look forward to seeing you at Love Food Fest!

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