Cooking-as-inquiry

Co-Presented with Evergreen

Led by Lisa Myers

June 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th & 21st
6-9pm

Fido Kitchen in the Young Welcome Centre
at Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto

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Online registration required
Pay-What-You-Can ($15 suggested donation)
Bursary spots available (see below)

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In order to make this program as accessible as possible, 4 free spots are available per workshop session for those who are not in a financial position to make a donation. Those interested must complete the online registration process in advance of the workshop date to claim a bursary spot.

 

This series of culinary workshops is a collaboration of the food scholars, artists, food advocates and cooks from Indigenous communities around the province who will gather virtually through technology and in-situ. Through cooking and discussions of wild rice (manoomin) these workshops will build an understanding of the complex network of relations from which this featured ingredient emerges.

The workshops will present food’s capacity to connect people with places, history and a sense of belonging while thinking through issues of power relations related to food access and cultivation. Inspired by the idea of cooking-as-inquiry this series values learning by cooking with the cooks around us, and the generations that came before.

Seasonal ingredients for these workshops will be purchased from participating indigenous communities to directly support their economies and highlight issues of food security.

 

WEEK-BY-WEEK BREAKDOWN

WEEK ONE
Workshops in Week One will include cooking manoomin (wild rice) while sharing and learning about experiences of harvesting and processing this important food. Media artist and musician Melody McKiver will tune in through video conferencing from Sioux Lookout, Ontario (Treaty #3), to share her experience harvesting wild rice. Manoomin cultivator and advocate James Whetung, from Curve Lake First Nation, will talk about his work with wild rice around the Kawartha Lakes region. During each workshop we will be joined by different community members from around Ontario via teleconferencing technology in the kitchen.

Tuesday, June 6th
Skype: Melody McKiver
In-person: James Whetung
Wednesday, June 7th
Skype: Melody McKiver

WEEK TWO
Workshops in Week Two include cooking manoomin (wild rice) and considering wild rice flour. We will welcome James Whetung from Curve Lake First Nation into the kitchen to talk about his history of ricing in central Ontario. On Wednesday, artist and bannock champion Peter Morin will tune in through video conferencing from Brandon, Manitoba (Treaty #1) and together with chef of Pow Wow café, Shawn Adler, they will discuss bannock in different forms and wild rice as Indigenous foods. During each workshop we will be joined by different community members from around Ontario via teleconferencing technology in the kitchen.

Tuesday, June 13th
In-Person: James Whetung
Wednesday, June 14th
In Person: Shawn Adler
Skype: Peter Morin

WEEK THREE
Susan Blight will join the workshops on Week Three as we cook manoomin (wild rice) and discuss the important role of manoomin as food and its role in governance. During each workshop we will be joined by different community members from around Ontario via teleconferencing technology in the kitchen, including wild rice scholar, Jana Rae Yerxa, hailing from the manoomin ricing community of Couchiching First Nation in Northwestern Ontario.

Tuesday, June 20th
In-Person: Susan Blight
Wednesday, June 21st
In-Person: Susan Blight

 


This project is supported through Toronto Arts Council Strategic Funding.