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Chef in Residence: Suzanne Barr | July 11 – Oct 26, 2017

Gladstone Hotel Cafe
July 12 – Oct 26, 2017 | Sunday – Friday weekly
Time: 5:30 – 11 p.m.

The Gladstone’s first Chef in Residence will be Suzanne Barr, owner and executive chef at Leslieville’s popular Saturday Dinette. Barr is best known in Toronto for the fresh comfort food and eclectic vibe that she has been serving up at her own restaurant since 2014.

For her residency, Barr will be putting together a menu unlike any she’s done before. Pulling inspiration from her mother’s commonwealth journey from Jamaica to the UK, to Canada, this will be Barr’s first time as a working Chef and first generation Canadian to attempt crafting a complete menu using ingredients native to her mother’s homeland – while intertwining her own unique perspective. Gladstone guests can experience Barr’s retro Jamaican inspired menu entitled,  “Right of Passage: A love letter to my mother and our shared story of Caribbean immigration to Canada, food and memory” from Sunday to Friday, 5:30 to 11:00 p.m. until October 26, 2017.

“The dishes, artwork and music will capture the vibrant colours, flavours and smells that represent the picturesque scenery of island living,” says Barr. “My approach to food on this menu embraces the memories, stories and the laughter that fills you up but also leaves you craving the next dish.”

Liminal Sense: Photography exhibition of works by Jorian Charlton curated by Liz Ikiriko
When: July 4 – Oct 26, 2017
Where: Gladstone Hotel Cafe

Live Podcast Recording Two Hungry Children: Kalale Dalton and Cason Sharpe in collaboration with Madelyne Beckles.




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As a black woman born in Toronto, growing up in Florida and with family history in the UK and Jamaica, Barr knows that in Toronto it’s understood that the answer to, “Where are you from?” is a long story. Through the Gladstone Hotel’s Chef in Residence Program, she’s ready to engage in conversations about the city’s Caribbean diaspora through food, art, music and memory.

Barr’s Jamaican inspired menu will be brought to life by Liminal Sense, a photography exhibition by Jorian Charlton curated by Liz Ikiriko as well as a live podcast by Two Hungry Children: Kalale Dalton and Cason Sharpe in collaboration with Madelyne Beckles on July 18, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Both projects are co-presented by Wedge Curatorial Projects and the Gladstone Hotel.


Suzanne Barr is one of Toronto’s leading female chefs with a signature flair for fresh comfort food and a passion for local community. Her background in the culinary world has seen her honing her skills in a variety of kitchens around the world with a career that started in Hawaii and New York City cooking vegan, plant-based food.  In 2013, Suzanne returned to her native Toronto to launch Pepper and Sprout Food, a platform designed to educate and promote healthy food choices through food styling workshops and healthy meal delivery. Shortly after in 2014, she opened her own restaurant, Saturday Dinette, a welcoming space with an evolving menu and eclectic vibe that draws loyal patrons from the surrounding neighbourhood and across the city. Suzanne also launched The Dinettes, a program that employs women from the YWCA and provides them with culinary skills and confidence needed to excel in the food industry.

Jorian Charlton is a recent photography graduate of Sheridan College. Inspired and shaped by her Jamaican Canadian upbringing she captures the delicate details, the vibrancy and style that affirm and make real – Caribbean culture in Canada. She pursues reflections of identity and Diasporic relationships to homeland.  

Liz Ikiriko is a Nigarian-Canadian with a long relationship with Wedge. Participating in Wedge projects – Fade Resistance, Zun Lee’s exhibition of black vernacular photographs as well as the publication and exhibition – FLAVA: The Wedge Collection 1997-2007. She is an established photo director within print media and emerging curator. She is currently enrolled in the Criticism and Curatorial Practice graduate program at OCADU. 

Two Hungry Children created by Montreal/Toronto based artists Kalale Dalton-Lutale and Cason Sharp eis an experimental podcast following two friends as they explore issues of identity, Blackness, friendship, love, pop culture and the mundanities of everyday life. Two Hungry Children gives audiences an intimate look into the lives, thoughts and voices of young Black people in the Canadian context. Find Two Hungry Children on iTunes, Soundcloud and Tumblr.

Madelyne Beckles is a multidisciplinary artist and curator from Toronto. She has most notably performed at Art Basel Miami, Art Production Fund, and Freize Art Fair New York, MOMA and the AGO. Her work has been exhibited in Toronto, New York, Montreal and Los Angeles, and has been reviewed The New York Times Magazine, and C magazine. Follow her on Instagram @bellhoox

Wedge Curatorial Projects is a non-profit organization with a focus on Black identity in contemporary art. Under the directorship of founder Kenneth Montague, Wedge organizes exhibitions and lectures that explore Diasporic narratives, identity and issues of representation.