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Sunday, October 17, 1 p.m. EST
First Catch Your Gingerbread
A Zoom chat with food historian and writer Sam Bilton, author of First Catch Your Gingerbread (Prospect Books, 2021). Did you know that a mistress of a French king was poisoned by a piece of gingerbread? Or that gingerbread men were thought in some quarters to be reminders of the human sacrifices made in bygone days?
Sunday, September 26
Annual General Meeting
Tuesday, July 27, 7 p.m. EDT
Mrs. Dalgairns’s Kitchen
Culinary historian and CHC honorary lifetime member Mary F. Williamson will talk about her new book, Mrs. Dalgairns’s Kitchen: Rediscovering “The Practice of Cookery,” an in-depth look at a cookbook first published in 1829. Mary will be joined by Elizabeth Baird, who adapted some of the recipes in the book for modern kitchens. Baird—who found Dalgairn’s recipes extremely practical—will demonstrate two of the updated recipes. A question-and-answer session with both women will follow.
When The Practice of Cookery first appeared in 1829, reviewers went into ecstasies, and it was a top seller for nearly 30 years, until it was finally eclipsed by Mrs. Beeton’s famous cookbook. Mrs. Dalgairns was thought by her contemporaries to be Scottish, but she had lived for over 20 years on Prince Edward Island. In Mrs. Dalgairns’s Kitchen, Mary Williamson reclaims Dalgairns’ and her book’s Canadian roots.
In addition to the author’s experience of Acadian and Mi’kmaq foodways, Mrs. Dalgairns lived in Scotland for a number of years and added recipes from there to her repertoire. Her mother had come from Boston, inspiring the cookbook’s several American recipes; Dalgairns’s brothers-in-law lived in India, as reflected in the chapter devoted to curry recipes.
Thursday, June 24, 7:30 p.m. EDT
Packaged Toronto: Vintage Food Packaging & the Companies Behind Them
Researcher and writer Jamie Bradburn will talk about historical food and drink packaging and the companies behind them as featured in a new book from the publishers of Spacing magazine: Packaged Toronto: A Collection of the City’s Historic Design.
In Packaged Toronto, Spacing’s writers teamed up with City of Toronto museum curators to reveal a treasure trove of early local package design from the city’s vast collection. Through detailed photography and historical essays focused on an underserved period of Canadian design, Packaged Toronto takes readers on a journey back in time to the period between 1870 and 1950 to witness the emergence of the city’s aesthetic. Jamie Bradburn focuses on some of the companies and products from this period, from Mr. Christie’s Cookie Tin for Soldiers to Harry Horne’s Double Cream Custard Powder, and much more.
Jamie Bradburn is a Toronto-based writer and historian. He writes a weekly history quiz for the Toronto Star and regularly contributes to TVOntario’s website. His work has appeared in several books published by Spacing; he cowrote their 50 Objects That Define Toronto. For a decade, he contributed to Torontoist’s “Historicist” column, earning Heritage Toronto and National Magazine Awards.
Admission: $19.10; $11.34 (CHC members). Ticket holders will receive a coupon good for a $5 discount on the book, good through June 30. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
Thursday, May 13, 8:00 p.m. EDT
Uncertain Harvest: The Future of Food on a Warming Planet
Ian Mosby and Sarah Rotz—authors of the new book Uncertain Harvest: The Future of Food on a Warming Planet—look to the past to help us better understand our culinary future. They explore our ongoing history of mostly failed predictions and use that to look at contemporary predictions of a food future dominated by robot farms, cultured meats and photosynthesis-hacked GM rice.
Thursday, April 15, 8:30 p.m. EDT
The Canadian Archaeologist Who Collected 4,500 Beer Cans
Dr. David Maxwell, archeologist at Simon Fraser University, will talk to us about his side passion, collecting “antique” beer cans, and what they can tell us not only about beer and can production, but also about littering and recycling, industrial design and attitudes toward alcohol.
Sunday, March 21, 1 p.m. EDT
Charoset Cooking Class for Passover
CHC invites our members and friends to join The Wandering Chew for a virtual Passover cooking class on Zoom. The Wandering Chew is a Montreal-based group founded in 2013 by Sydney Warshaw and CHC member Kat Romanow to share their excitement about the diversity of Jewish cooking from across the diaspora. In 2018 they were joined by Gillian Sonin.
During this class, participants will learn how to make several kinds of charoset, one of the essential symbolic—and delicious—foods of a seder meal (pictured above). Whether you’re looking for a new charoset recipe for your seder table or want to learn more about the diversity of Jewish food traditions, this will be a fun class for everyone.
Admission: Suggested donation of $12 (CHC members), $18 (general). Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
Thursday, March 4, 2021, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
The Marmalade Mavens
An illustrated Zoom talk by author and CHC board member Sarah B. Hood on the rise and fall of the world’s greatest marmalade makers
From the legendary Janet Keiller, popularly credited with “inventing” marmalade in Dundee, Scotland in the 1700s, to Cooper’s, Chivers, Smucker’s and Shirriff’s, the world’s great marmalade manufacturers have fascinating stories. Touching on marmalade history from ancient times to the present, Sarah weaves a compelling tale that ties in Roman cookery, medieval Persian poetry, changing attitudes towards racism, scurvy in the British Navy, Victorian labour conditions and globalization, and perhaps explains why marmalade is such an enduringly beloved commodity.
After the presentation, Sarah will stay for a Q&A session on marmalade history and answer practical questions about making prize-winning marmalade.
Admission: $18 ($12 for CHC members). Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
Thursday, January 21, 2021, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Catharine Parr Traill on Enjoying and Surviving a Canadian Winter
Catharine Parr Traill’s genteel life in England did not prepare her at all for life on the frontier in Ontario in the mid-1800s. But one of the ways she found to support her family in her new world was to write about her experience for other immigrants. Her writings both public and private deal with the many joys and tribulations of the wintery backwoods in early Canada.
Traill had practical advice for her readers, from maintaining a yeast supply to choosing a parlour stove to sewing a warm cloak. She revealed much about bottling, pickling, smoking and hunting foods for the mid-nineteenth century pantry, then making winter meals. Her how-to advice benefited many immigrants unprepared for the cold and ice, as she had been once unprepared, but she also came to love the sparkling snow in her Canadian wilderness.
Fiona Lucas, who with Nathalie Cooke, co-edited Catharine Parr Traill’s Female Emigrant’s Guide: Cooking with a Canadian Classic (2017), speaks knowledgeably and entertainingly on Traill’s experience and writings. Her half hour presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.
Thursday, December 10, 2020, 7:30 to 9 p.m. ET
Baking for the Victorian Christmas Table – Plum Pudding & Mincemeat Tarts!
Culinary Historians of Canada’s 5th annual Baking for the Victorian Christmas Table is going digital this year! This Christmas baking workshop features CHC’s star baker and historic cook, Sherry Murphy. She’ll be demonstrating recipes for traditional plum pudding and mincemeat tarts from Eliza Acton’s Modern Cookery for Private Families, a cookbook that was current during the Victorian period (1837–1901), all made over the open hearth in the historic kitchen at Montgomery’s Inn in Etobicoke, Ontario.
This virtual workshop will include a beautifully filmed recording of Sherry and her assistant Pat Currie demonstrating both recipes, along with an introduction to Montgomery’s Inn. A live question and answer period with Sherry will follow the video presentation. A booklet of Victorian recipes will be available for participants to download and save. In addition, participants will have access to the workshop video for one month following the event.
Admission is $30 ($20 for CHC members). Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
Saturday, September 26, 2 p.m. EST
CHC Annual General Meeting
Thanks to all who attended! In case you missed it, you can still click to download the key documents as PDF files:
- President’s Message
- Agenda for the 2020 CHC AGM, September 26, 2020
- Minutes of the 2019 CHC AGM, October 5, 2019
- CHC Financial Report for 2019-2020 (1 of 3)
- CHC Financial Report for 2019-2020 (2 of 3)
- CHC Financial Report for 2019-2020 (3 of 3)
- Report of the Secretary
- New CHC Values
- New CHC Strategic Priorities
Thursday, October 8, 2020 (virtual event)
A Taste of Longing – In Conversation with Suzanne Evans
Join us for a live Zoom talk with Canadian author Suzanne Evans on her new book, The Taste of Longing, focused on food in a POW camp during WWII.
Admission: $10; free for CHC members with code CHCmember. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
Canadian Cooking Challenge
Food Day Canada falls on August 1, and we’re inviting you to get involved as part of our Canadian Cooking Challenge for this month.
The rules are simple: whether you’re shopping at a farmer’s market, grilling at a campsite or having a quiet meal at home, just add #FoodDayCanada to your posts on Instagram and Twitter. You’ll find inspiration from the wealth of Canadian recipes to be explored on the Food Day Canada site in the section called Cook Like a Canadian!
Behind Every Great Cook is a Great Mother
Video interviews with notable chefs, cooks and culinary authors who talk about their mothers’ influence on their careers.
John Ota’s The Kitchen – Lecture
Thursday, March 5, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Campbell House, Toronto
John Ota – architect, designer, historic preservationist, member of the Culinary Historians of Canada – talked about his new book, The Kitchen, which he wrote as part of his quest to seek out – and be inspired by – the great historic kitchens of Canada and the USA.
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 email@example.com.
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.