Chef by Nature: The Foraging Movement
Film Pairings: Nordic Bridges 2022
The time-honoured tradition of foraging is gaining momentum and popularity among foodies and casual consumers alike. Everyday food enthusiasts are becoming increasingly inspired to reconnect with the land around them, as we face daily reminders of the supply chain issues, sky-high price increases, and chemical contaminants plaguing our international food supply. Join Chef Shawn Adler for a discussion on the wild food movement covering everything from Nordic influences to Anishinaabe teachings in Canada. Learn how to safely begin foraging for your own pantry and watch as Chef Adler shares and prepares his own culinary masterpiece using freshly foraged ingredients that you can try at home.
Recipe & Foraging Tips
Led by Chef Shawn Adler, Chef and Owner of Pow Wow Café in Toronto, and the Flying Chestnut Kitchen in Eugenia.
This event was made possible as part of NORDIC BRIDGES 2022 in collaboration with Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
Shawn Adler, Chef and Owner, Pow Wow Cafe & The Flying Chestnut Kitchen
Chef Shawn Adler is a member of Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation and is the chef and owner of The Flying Chestnut Kitchen in Eugenia, ON and Pow Wow Cafe in Kensington Market. Being from a mixed family of Indigenous blood on his mother’s side and of Polish-Jewish descent on his father’s, Shawn’s inherent influences of cuisine are bold, interesting and unique, much like the colorful cuisine Shawn has become known for. Shawn is the proud father of two amazing children and enjoys ice cream, long walks on the beach, gin and sodas and a good newspaper.
Facebook: The Flying Chestnut Kitchen
Streaming: CBC Gem: Forage with Chef Shawn Adler
Jane Karges, Moderator, Hot Docs
(In)Security: Building Food Sustainability in Crisis
Film Pairing: We Feed People
Whether facing the aftermath of a tsunami in Thailand, or the supply chain crises of COVID-19, emergency relief and rebuilding in the wake of a disaster always looks different. But, one thing remains consistent: people will need to eat. From efficient relief in emergency situations to sustainable plans that increase food security, food sovereignty and sustainable food distribution are a growing focus overseas, and in Canada. One in five households in Toronto face inadequate access to food, resulting in a vital need for better infrastructure around food security and long-term support for families. Paul Taylor of FoodShare and Chef Jagger Gordon of Feed It Forward—two highly acclaimed entrepreneurs leading the fight against food insecurity—sit down for a conversation about emergency food relief in Canada and beyond. They will describe their collaborations with local organizations, discuss current issues facing Ontario residents, and reflect on future policies and food security in Canda and around the world.
Panelists include Paul Taylor, Executive Director of FoodShare, and Chef Jagger Gordon, Executive Chef and CEO of Feed It Forward
Paul Taylor, Executive Director, FoodShare
Paul Taylor is the executive director of FoodShare Toronto, a lifelong anti-poverty activist and a champion for the right to food. He teaches at Simon Fraser University, is a regular political commentator on CTV and authors op-eds and columns that push for equity and social change. Paul has been named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40, one of Toronto Life’s 50 Most Influential Torontonians and voted Best Activist by readers of NOW Magazine.
Chef Jagger Gordon, Executive Chef and CEO, Feed It Forward
In June of 2016, driven by his creativity and passion for eliminating food waste and the hunger crisis in Canada, Chef Jagger Gordon started Feed It Forward, a Not-For-Profit that works to improve the lives of millions of Canadians. He has been awarded The Canada’s Legacy Award, Volunteer of Canada Award, The Federal Community Leadership Award, Urban Legend Award, and Entrepreneur of the year 2020. He is the author of three international best-selling books, the Editor-In-Chief of Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine, and the creator of Feed the Future.ca that provides college, university students and food insecure citizens access to healthy fresh and frozen meals, delivered to their doorsteps for less than the price of a cup of coffee.
Feed It Forward Website: Feeditforward.ca
Pratishtha Kohli, Moderator, Hot Docs
World Central Kitchen
Proof Food Insecurity Policy Research