The Gladstone Hotel has been doing farm-to-table since before it was cool. With a long-standing farm membership in Chick-A-Biddy Acres CSA, the hotel launched Harvest Wednesdays in 2009; the dinner series was created to connect urbanites with farmers and real food and drink. On May 23, 2018, we’ll be kicking off our first Harvest Wednesdays dinner of the season featuring the Grape Witches.
Earlier this month, we gave Toronto a taste of the Harvest Wednesday season to come with a Local Food Fair. Guest Chef Bob Blumer used crisp cellar-preserved veggies from Chick-A-Biddy to create delicious pesto hors d’oeuvres while guests mingled with local food vendors and producers. Check it out!
The event also created exciting discussions about how local food can create global positive change: speakers, artists and vendors discussed how food systems can promote equality, inclusion, and activism. With that in mind, we’ve teamed up with 86 Common Collective to make this season all about feminist Producers, Makers and Chefs!
Once a month they’ll work together to create a delicious meal and engaging talk that will breakthrough typical dining narratives and show how food production can (and should) be feminist in principle and practice.
Here’s the All-star Line-up for our Harvest Wednesdays Season Launch on May 23rd!
The Grape Witches are real-life best friends Nicole Campbell (wine importer, Lifford) and Krysta Oben (sommelier, Paris). They work together to share the magic of dynamic, natural wines in a joyous, non-pretentious and inclusive way through parties and educational seance-raves.
Now entering its 19th season, Chick-a-Biddy Acres CSA is the original farm behind Harvest Wednesday and a longstanding supporter of the Community Shared Agriculture business model in Ontario. Farmer Sherry Patterson is dedicated to organic growing techniques and committed to creating fair, healthy, local and sustainable food systems for her community.
Our partner for the entire Harvest Wednesday season, the 86 Collective are here to break down any barriers that may exist within the restaurant industry for women. To “86” something is a restaurant term to describe something that is no longer available, that no longer exists, that’s been abolished. We aim to 86 gender inequality experienced by women in restaurants through art, collaboration and shared stories.