A half hour before students start lining up for their lunch at the City Adult Learning Centre, O’Shane Campbell starts grilling chicken. He flips them, then coats them with his favourite Caribbean spicy jerk sauce. While the chicken cooks, Campbell prepares dessert for his fellow students. He gets an adrenaline rush when he turns on the valve and allows gas to go through the flex-hoses and into the burner. Co-op teacher Anna Manuel is supervising. “Don’t forget. Do not be monochromatic. We don’t want our food or desserts to be dull. We want some colour,” Manuel said.
Sarah Bakri recently accomplished something she considered quite courageous. At the annual Middle Eastern gala in Toronto, she tried eating some food she’d never tasted before. The taste of ‘bolma,’ an Iraqi appetizer, made Sarah’s taste buds explode, she said. “I never imagined myself enjoying the taste of new food or even having the courage to do so,” she said. “I guess I was motivated by everyone else doing the same,” she said.
Meredith Hayes was riding home from work on the subway when the idea struck her. “I bit into an apple and everybody kind of stopped and looked at me,” she said. “I realized it was actually pretty loud. … All eyes were on this crunchy, loud woman.” The impact of the moment helped Hayes, FoodShare’s schools and nutrition manager, conceive of a way to draw a lot of attention to her program. At precisely 2:30 p.m. on March 12, students, musicians, volunteers and guests gathered in the gymnasium at Our Lady Fatima Catholic School, in Scarborough, to bite into Ontario-grown apples.
If the menu at Starbucks looks a little different this week, it’s because you can now purchase a glass of wine.
Williams told the Toronto Star that women are the target market, considering that they make up 60 per cent of the company’s clientele. The thinking is that many women want to enjoy a drink with friends but would rather not hang out at a bar.
Canada will be following the footsteps of a successful program in the U.K. to launch its first scholarship for aspiring culinary talent.
For those who have not been to Red Rocket Coffee, Bertilis recommends the house specialty Red Rocket, which is a mix of coffee, espresso and chocolate.