During the holiday season lockdown two events to celebrate Toronto’s diverse food scene and local restaurants

Dishing Up Toronto 2020

December 9, 2020

TORONTO – At the peak of the second wave of the pandemic, with rising food insecurity for residents and financial hardships for restaurants, Dishing up Toronto 2020 has been re-imagined to support the food industry, share stories about how food inspires connections, and imagine the future of food.

The Toronto Ward Museum (TWM) has partnered with caterToronto (cT) and Culinaria Research Centre (CRC) at the University of Toronto to bring you a series of virtual events, as TWM’s annual Dishing Up Toronto Festival pivots for pandemic realities while pushing conversations around food, culture, and newcomer stories forward.

Our First Event: Dumpling Making Virtual Workshop – Register Here

Friday December 18th at 6 pm 

caterToronto director Vanessa Ling Yu will guide you through a personal dumpling recipe, while exploring her thoughts on
both the future of food and the future of Chinatown. Workshop participants are able to pre-order curated kits at three price points to further this at-home culinary experience; these curated kits include the dumpling recipe, ingredients, cooking tools and even hand-made ceramics with which the home cooks can enjoy the fruits of their labour!

Our second event: Love Letter to Toronto’s Food & Food Makers – Register Here


Saturday December 19th at 6 pm

Explore what we’ve missed the most during COVID-19 – a reminder that a food system is based not simply on ‘moving calories’ but on a set of human relationships. Through the collection of “love stories” from Toronto residents to their favourite restaurants or food makers, we will facilitate a discussion about migrant settlement experiences and the role that restaurants play in those experiences.

Building off the success of Toronto Ward Museum’s flagship program, Block by Block, which wraps up this
month, Dishing Up Toronto aims to continue collecting and sharing stories of BIPOC and newcomer experiences, this time through food.

This two-part series focuses on community reciprocity and cultural exchange through cooking and our collective love for food, specifically through the lens of : communities in Toronto and similar urban epicentres. “At the heart of much of our food systems are human interactions.

“Many of Toronto’s food makers are newcomers to Toronto, bringing personal stories of food and migration. They are thinking about the future of food post-pandemic. We re-imagined Dishing Up Toronto in a way to support them, now when they need it the most” explains Dan Bender, director of CRC.

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Register here for the Dumpling Workshop

Register here for Love Letters to Toronto’s Food and Food Makers