Scarborough Fare 2016

Day 1:

Re-Rooting Toronto's Food Region: Academic, Policy and Practical Perspectives 

Lauren Baker (Toronto Food Policy Council) and Harriet Friedmann (University of Toronto) host a conversation with food system innovators in the dynamic Toronto region on the themes of cultural and biological diversity. Our guests are ecological farmer and farm policy advocate Bryan Gilvesy (Alternate Land Use Services); chef and food service pioneer Joshna Maharaj; Jewish roots in diaspora organizer Sabrina Malach (Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs); and food justice activist Utcha Sawyers (FoodShare Toronto, Food Justice Movement, Black Creek Community Farm). Recorded at the University of Toronto Scarborough on June 23, 2016, during Scarborough Fare, the 2016 joint annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Food and Society/Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society/Canadian Association for Food Studies. Sponsored by the University of Toronto Connaught Cross-Cultural/Cross-Divisional Seminar.

 

Day 2:

City Food: Lessons from People on the Move

City Food is an international research collaboration dedicated to recognizing and empowering the work of migrants and other mobile people in urban provisioning systems and food cultures. This plenary panel features research papers by three distinguished members of the collaborative: Amita Baviskar, Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi; Jean Duruz, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Hawke Research Institute at the University of South Australia; Marina de Camargo Heck, Professor, Researcher, and Associate Dean at the EAESP – Business School of São Paulo of FGV – Fundação Getulio Vargas. The session was chaired by Krishnendu Ray, Professor and Chair of Food Studies, New York University. Recorded at the University of Toronto Scarborough on June 24, 2016, during Scarborough Fare, the 2016 joint annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Food and Society/Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society/Canadian Association for Food Studies. Sponsored by the University of Toronto Connaught Cross-Cultural/Cross-Divisional Seminar.

 

Day 3: Panel

Urban Sustenance: Community Pathways to Culinary Innovation in the Global City

This workshop brings together food academics and community activists to showcase local and global initiatives and strategies whereby home cooks and immigrant urban newcomers might be mentored in their quest to become successful food entrepreneurs. Jo Sharma (UTSC) and Jackie Rohel (NYU) explore historical and contemporary case-studies of such initiatives in cities, both historical and recent, and discuss the common elements that seem to underlay successful enterprises. They examine how global examples inspire their ongoing efforts to bring university stakeholders, city planners, and activists together to incubate local food start-ups. One such initiative in Scarborough involves a well-known urban action group, the Malvern Action for Neighbourhood Change (MANC). Toronto food activists Juneeja Varghese and Dania Ansari discuss how MANC’s food security focus incorporates farmers markets and food vendor initiatives, their involvement to create a Scarborough Food Network, the steps taken in its ongoing partnership with UTSC’s Business Development and Community Partnership offices, the Culinaria Research Centre, food studies faculty and students toward showcasing and assisting potential small and local food enterprises. Culinaria food intern Fateha Hossain discusses her role in the collaboration with MANC, specifically her facilitating MANC vendors Adelaide and Patricia vending their home-cooked Goan and Jamaican foods at UTSC’s farmer market, menu planning, and the creation of websites to showcase their foods for a larger audience. The panel explores the possibilities of generating a broad template for incubating such academic-activist food enterprise collaborations that can be customized to meet local specificities and needs. Recorded at the University of Toronto Scarborough on June 24, 2016, during Scarborough Fare, the 2016 joint annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Food and Society/Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society/Canadian Association for Food Studies. Sponsored by the University of Toronto Connaught Cross-Cultural/Cross-Divisional Seminar.

 

Day 3: Demo

Traditional Filipino Cooking Demonstration by Chef Segismundo

Chef Myrna Segismundo, a leading advocate for the preservation of traditional Filipino cooking, has given demonstrations around the world. She is the managing director of Restaurant 9501, Manila, host of two cooking shows, and co-author of Kulinarya: A Guide to Philippine Cooking. This demonstration features a very special welcome from the Honourable Petronila P. Garcia, Ambassador of the Philippines to Canada. Recorded in the Culinaria Research Centre’s Kitchen Laboratory, University of Toronto Scarborough on June 25, 2016, during Scarborough Fare, the 2016 joint annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Food and Society/Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society/Canadian Association for Food Studies. Sponsored by the Philippine Consulate General of Toronto, Canada.