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Hungry for Comfort 2020

Sunday, February 9, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto

Join fellow food enthusiasts at the 2020 edition of Hungry for Comfort: Celebrating Our Food History to explore how different peoples survived and thrived during Canada’s bitter winter. This year, the spotlight is on the culinary stories of the Jewish community. There will be speakers, demonstrations and workshops as well as tastings and a catered lunch featuring Jewish recipes.

Workshops include Hamantashen with professional baker Joel Levy; Cooking from The Jewish Cookery Book (1871) by Esther Levy, offered by the Fort York Volunteer Historic Cooks; Challah with Chef Doris Fin; Ruggelach with Chef Joanne Yolles; Kreplach with Chef Adell Shneer; and Chrime Fish with Harissa and Green Zhoug, led by Chef Carolyn Cohen.

Part of this Winterlicious event is the Baking and Preserving Competition, which will be co-organized by CHC. The categories this year are Seville Orange Marmalade, Citrus Marmalade, Apple Chutney and Challah Bread.

The deadline for submissions is 9 a.m. on Sunday, February 9. Participants are welcome to enter as many categories as they like for a fee of $5 per entry, and they don’t even have to attend the program to enter!

Admission: $75 + HST. Pre-registration is required. For more information about the competition, download the entry form with full regulations or contact the coordinators by email at

Family Winter Fun Day at Fort York

Monday, February 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto

CHC will be setting up a display at Family Winter Fun Day on the theme of “Cookbooks: The Family Connection.” We will be sampling cookies made from the 3rd edition (1954) of The Wimodausis Club Cook Book (so named because the members of this Toronto-based women’s club were WIves, MOthers, DAUghters and SISters.) We will also show various traditional and vintage ways in which families have passed down their recipes. We invite visitors to bring their own family favourites.

Admission: Free. Various items available for purchase.


Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food: Wednesday, December 4, 6 to 9 p.m.
Culinaria Research Centre, University of Toronto Scarborough
Lenore Newman discussed her new book, Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food, about the foods tha thumans have literally loved to death. She will also discuss the “extinction dinners” she designed to recreate meals of the past or project how we might eat in the future. Lenore Newman is the Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley and author of Speaking in Cod Tongues: A Canadian Culinary Journey. Her talk is co-sponsored by Culinary Historians of Canada and Culinaria Research Centre at U of T Scarborough.

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