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Harvest Wednesdays: Let the real taste of Canada blow your freakin’ mind!

Our beloved Harvest Wednesday is back by popular demand! The Gladstone Hotel invites Toronto’s urbanites to experience our food philosophy through a series of local food events inspired by and harvested in the natural rhythm of Ontario’s growing season.

About Joshna Maharaj

Joshna Maharaj is a busy chef with big ideas about good food! Joshna’s strong social justice and sustainability ethics are rooted in her time at The Stop, a community food centre where she built innovative and delicious community food programs. Recently, Joshna has been working with institutions in Toronto building new models for institutional food procurement, production and service, proving that the institution is a viable tool for social change. Joshna is currently an expert panelist on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin and makes regular appearances on CBC radio. She is also a two-time TEDx speaker and recently made the shortlist of nominees for the inaugural Basque Culinary World Prize recognizing chefs who use gastronomy to make social change.

“Joshna’s career has been spent working outside the typical restaurant box – with her experience in television, community food centres, hospitals and museums – she brings a wealth of good practices that aren’t often found in the average chef’s toolkit,” says Ivy Knight, culinary personality and writer. “And that’s just the activist side of the equation – her cooking chops aren’t too shabby either, and coupled with those of her Chef de Cuisine, Rudy Boquila, this promises to be one of the most exciting kitchens in the city.” – Ivy Knight, culinary personality

Twitter + Instagram: @joshnamaharaj

About Harvest Wednesdays

Harvest Wednesdays is a local culinary series inspired by the Gladstone’s long-time investment in four ‘shares’ of a local Community Shared Agriculture Farm, Chick-a-biddy Acres Farms. By showcasing their local produce each week alongside guest chefs, community organizations and local producers, Harvest Wednesdays sparks conversations about Community Shared Agriculture, eating locally for global change, bridging the gap between urban and rural and of course, enjoying seasonal Ontario produce, picked from the land just the day before.

What is Community Shared Agriculture (C.S.A.)

Community Shared Agriculture allows city residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a regional farmer. It is a relationship of shared bounty and shared risk.


APRIL 19 | Ballroom

Our new executive chef Joshna Maharaj is on a mission to redefine what sustainability can look like in a hotel. Her army: local producers. This event was a local food fest in the Ballroom featuring delicious bites from Chef Joshna alongside farmers, producers and artisans from across Ontario.

MARCH 29 | Ballroom

For first Harvest Wednesdays of 2017, we invite you to a Harvest Table Dinner in the Ballroom with the Gladstone Hotel’s new executive chef Joshna Maharaj! She will incorporate local produce from Chick-a-Biddy farms CSA along with her classic locally-inspired cuisine.


Past Harvest Wednesday Events

AUG 24 | Ballroom
Harvest Table Dinner with Newcomers Kitchen


SEPT 7 | Ballroom


Harvest Table Dinner with Suzanne Barr from Saturday Dinette

Suzanne Barr’s Saturday Dinette is a modern diner created for the Leslieville and Riverdale locals. Inspired by the local diner it once was, she has rejuvenated this vacant space and returned it to the community. Saturday Dinette is an accessible and inviting local spot operated by an enthusiastic and creative food curator. A 30 seat restaurant with classic diner dishes inspired by worldly travels and local produce.

Saturday Dinette has introduced an employment programme placing women from the YWCA Toronto organization. An organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls fleeing violence or women and girls who want to establish their voices, enhance skills and develop confidence. Get a taste of Toronto East, in Toronto West!



SEPT 14 | Gallery


Sip and Savour with Food Network Host Bob Blumer

Along with hosting the television series Surreal Gourmet, Glutton for Punishment and World’s Weirdest Restaurants, Bob has written five acclaimed cookbooks and serves as an Ambassador to Second Harvest in Toronto spreading the word about food rescue and hunger relief. He even designed one of the Gladstone Hotel’s artist designed hotel rooms called the Surreal Gourmet.

Vendors for the evening include Bob Blumer, Gladstone Hotel, Collingwood Whiskey, Stratus Vineyards, Grange of PEC, Kacaba Vineyard, Lost Craft Brewery, Second Harvest, Abokichi  and more!


SEPT 28 | Gallery


Sip and Savour: Taste of Parkdale

In the spirit of Harvest Wednesdays, this Sip and Savour connects urbanites with rural producers by incorporating produce from Chick-a-biddy Acres with the restaurants and producers from our own backyard: Parkdale! Parkdale is a rich and culturally diverse neighbourhood with equally diverse food offerings. From Tibetan treats to artisanal jams to breweries that are as local as it gets, there is something for everyone! We’ve invited some of our West End faves to showcase the multifaceted tastes of our beloved neighbourhood, all the while incorporating produce from Sherry’s farm. Let’s bridge the gap between urban and rural. Come hungry!

West End Food Co-Op will speak at the event. They are a not-for-profit cooperative in Parkdale that seeks to provide viable food security that uniquely meets the needs of Toronto’s west end food communities. Vendors include Chick-a-biddy Acres, Gladstone Hotel, Collingwood Whiskey, Grange of PEC, Kacaba Vineyard, Lost Craft Brewery, West End Food Co-Op, Tibet Kitchen,  Abokichi and more!


OCT 5 | Ballroom


Friendsgiving Harvest Table Featuring Chocolates x Brandon Olsen

For Friendsgiving (which traditionally occurs on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day), we invite you to gather with your pals, experience the gorgeous fall harvest from Chick-a-biddy farms and get a taste of Chocolates x Brandon Olsen (CXBO) 

Brandon launched Chocolates x Brandon Olsen (CXBO), together with his partner Sarah Keenlyside in 2016. Brandon Olsen is formerly chef de cuisine at two of Toronto’s top restaurants – Bar Isabel and The Black Hoof – and trained under chef Thomas Keller at Napa Valley’s The French Laundry and Ad Hoc restaurants. He approaches making chocolates the way he cooks, mixing up unique flavor combinations and playful presentation with skillful technique. Sarah Keenlyside is near and dear to the Gladstone family–the visual artist and designer did a complete recreation of Ferris Bueller’s Bedroom for Come Up To My Room this past year and it’s since gone on to tour around the world, wowing over 7000 visitors and counting!


OCT 19 | Ballroom

Final Harvest Table with guest Chef Jamie Kennedy!

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. Jamie will prepare a farm-forward feast paired with wines from the Grange of Prince Edward County Vineyards.


Harvest Wednesday began in 2006 as an opportunity to connect urbanites with rural producers and begin a dialogue that helped shape the community around Toronto’s artisan food scene. The concept was simple: the Gladstone would buy “shares” in a Community Shared Agriculture(CSA), and let each week’s bounty shape the offerings on the plate—imagine a local food version of “Chopped”. This direct support of farmer Sherry Patterson of Chick-a- Biddy Acres CSA was the beginning of a beautiful dialogue.

Community Shared Agriculture allows city residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables from a regional farmer. It is a relationship of shared bounty and shared risk.