Inspired by Jane Jacobs’ assertion that ‘New ideas require old buildings’ the Gladstone Hotel and its dynamic events team are constantly pushing social ideas forward and asking questions about the way that we live in our cities more sustainably. The Hotel draws inspiration from its past, its peers and its surroundings to create a welcoming space for conversations that matter.
This year, as part of the Grow Op exhibition Chef Jamie Kennedy, Chef Miriam Streiman and Chef Mario Paz present an ambulatory ‘feast for the senses’ that celebrates the diversity of two local agricultural landscapes – Prince Edward County, 200k east of Toronto and Simcoe and Grey-Bruce County, 200k north-west of Toronto and present them in the diverse urban context of the Gladstone’s ballroom.
Through their own enterprises, Kennedy and Streiman have been inspirational leaders in supporting the renaissance of the new rural economy – one driven by quality, small scale production, resource conservation and sustainability.
Equinosh will feed your mind with a new understanding of what the Ontario landscape can offer in the days before the summer bounty. The producers will stand shoulder to shoulder with the cooks to animate the selection of democratically priced offerings. Enjoy the feast!
Admission $10 ($8 with a Grow Op ticket), tastings are an additional $5
Jamie Kennedy has been instrumental in shaping the culinary landscape in Canada. His innovative approach to gastronomy, commitment to sustainable agriculture and advocacy of local food have been unwavering.
Jamie has helped pioneer ‘farm to table’ practices nationwide and has continued to foster important ties between farmers and chefs across Ontario. He has applied the slow food philosophy in every aspect of his business. His seasonal methods of cooking and involvement with the local food movement continue to inspire progress in agricultural and gastronomical communities across Canada.
In 2010, Jamie was honoured for his contributions with two major appointments; with Chef Michael Stadtländer, he was awarded for his leadership at the inaugural Governor General’s Award in Celebration of the Nation’s Table, and soon after he was appointed to the rank of Member of the Order of Canada.
After cooking in the hillsides of Tuscany, Miriam was inspired to move from bustling Toronto where she worked in Food Television and set her roots in the countryside. Now living the dream, Miriam and her husband Neil, opened Mad Maple Country Inn on their picturesque 100-acre farm just outside the Village of Creemore, offering impeccable accommodations and a hub for food, arts and culture.
Guests experience warm welcomes and delight in bountiful fare, made from scratch showcasing ingredients from their garden or neighbouring farms and artisans. Miriam continues to organize and participate in industry events and is an active contributor to food and culture advocacy organizations in Ontario showcasing her passion for the world of hospitality and vibrant communities.
Mario Paz is the Executive Chef at the Gladstone Hotel. Passionate about how travels influence our tastes, Mario has recently returned home from cooking his way through Latin America and South East Asia to expand his global repertoire. Inspired by his experiences and new found techniques with flavours, Mario uses local ingredients to blend tastes from East and West. Mario began his culinary career under David Chrystian at the Drake Hotel and Victor restaurant, where he developed an understanding and appreciation for the importance of sustainability and all things local. Mario brings this belief to his evolving menus at the Gladstone Hotel, capturing the best of all seasons and referencing the cultural diversity of Toronto’s food landscape.