The Ottawa Public Library’s food literacy project, à la carte, is hosting three authors in conjunction with the Ottawa International Writers Festival. à la carte brings together local partners to serve up fresh programs, activities and events to raise awareness about how we are connected to the food we eat and grow. All events in this series are free, however tickets are required.
The Ottawa Public Library is offering à la carte programming throughout the year, including putting together a community cookbook. Submissions are accepted online.
Healthy Eating for the Whole Family with Laura Keogh
Laura Keogh is the co-author of The School Year Survival Cookbook, a fail-proof guide to the calendar-packed time that can break a parent’s spirit: the school year. For families, cooking from September to June is about way more than just packing lunch boxes. It is trying to shoehorn a healthy dinner into already tight schedules that go in multiple directions; it is getting everyone fed before the school bus arrives; it is fueling kids up for soccer practice, and figuring out dinner when you get home after the dance recital. Tickets are available online. The event takes place Thursday September 28 at Dominion Chalmers Church at 6:30pm.
You Are What You Eat with Brent Preston and Nick Saul
Brent Preston, author of The New Farm, and Nick Saul, former executive director of The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto and co-author of bestseller, The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement, talk about our relationship with the food on our plate. Looking at factors from access to affordability to family farming, this is an opportunity to examine the food chain and the barriers we can overcome to ensure that our food is nutritious and sustainable. Tickets are available online. The event takes place Thursday September 28 at Dominion Chalmers Church at 8:30pm.
Indigenous Fusion with Chef David Wolfman
Chef Wolfman will discuss Indigenous cuisine through the eyes of an “urban Indian chef.” As a classically trained chef of First Nations heritage, David Wolfman has a passion for bringing these traditional food sources together with European cooking techniques. In Cooking with the Wolfman, he and his wife, Marlene, share recipes gathered from David’s career as a caterer, culinary professor and host of a popular cooking show, as well as a few family favourites, like an updated version of Marlene’s great-grandmother’s recipe for pemmican. Tickets are available online. The event takes place Friday October 13 at the Wabano Centre at 7pm.
All events are free and tickets are available on the Ottawa International Writers Festival’s website. For more information on the Ottawa Public Library’s food literacy project, please visit à la carte.