2014: Growing Ideas
How do we create something worth nurturing and bringing to fruition? We overwhelmingly heard stories about the importance of creating communities and of our collective intelligence. The need to connect with others and collaborate, mentor, and guide. We heard about the many sides of collaboration, whether that be the story of the Group of Seven chefs whose decision to collaborate fuels their dynamism and energy, or the story of Daniel Boulud who sent his own customers over to the young and burgeoning David Chang’s restaurant because he believed in the, then, young chef.
Collective Intelligence, Stone Soup: Chef’s Collaboration, An American Abroad: Creating Community in the Basque, Organizing People & Systems, Challenges, Creative Culinary Communities, The Modern Monks: Ontario viticulturalists and winemakers, discovering their own terroir. Redefining Rural through Social Business, Food and the Foreign Correspondent, Chef in the Jungle, A Swedish Culinary Ambassador, Female Chefs are Chefs, Too, The Road From Ruin – Food, People and Wine on a Revitalized Tuscan Castle Estate, Lucky BEEF, Toquébecoise – A Champion of Quebec Culinary Identity, Culinary Musings from a Gastronomic Iconoclast, Instinctive Cooking - Reality & Courage, Collaboration and Open Dialogue: Sharing Ideas, Technique and Failures, Community Building and Successful Creative Collaboration
List of Speakers:
Arlene Stein, Chair, Terroir Symposium, Peter Oliver, Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants, Toronto, EMCEE: Max Valiquette, Marketing & Culture Expert, Marketing Director; Bensimon Byrne, Toronto, Krystina Roman, Rosewood Wines, Niagara, Alessandro Porcelli, Cook it Raw, in Conversation with The Group of Seven Chefs: Scott Vivian, Beast Restaurant; Bertrand Alépée, The Tempered Chef; Matty Matheson, Parts & Labour; Chris Brown, Citizen Catering, Toronto, Kevin Patricio, Chef & Restaurateur, La Madame and Founder, Basqueland Brewing Project, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, Brandon Baltzley, Proprietor & Chef, TMIP at Exterior Farm, Thomas Bachelder, The Bachelder Project, Montréal, Shaun Majumder, Actor, Social Entrepreneur, Burlington NL., Nathan Thornburgh, Co-founder and Publisher, Roads & Kingdoms, NYC, Mara Jernigan, Director, Belcampo Belize, Belize, Fia Gulliksson, Food in Action, Food Ambassador for the region of Jämtland, Sweden, Amanda Cohen, Proprietor & Chef, Dirty Candy, NYC, Charlotte Horton, Winemaker & Co-Proprietor, Castello di Potentino, Tuscany, Peter Meehan from Lucky Peach in Conversation with David MacMillan & Frédéric Morin, Joe Beef, Liverpool House & Vin Papillon, Montréal, Norman Laprise, Chef, Toqué & Brasserie T!, Montréal in Conversation with Jim Poris, Food Arts, Grant Soto – aka Taylor Clarke – Screenwriter & Comedian, Thunder Bay, Margot Henderson & Melanie Arnold, Chefs and Co-owners, Arnold & Henderson, Rochelle Canteen, London, Albert Adrià, Chef, Tickets & 41˚, Barcelona, Daniel Boulud, Chef, Boulud, NYC and Café Boulud, Toronto, David Chang, Chef, Momofuku NYC and Toronto
Gaspésie Sauvage – Wild Foods with Gerard Mathar, Proprietor Gaspésie Sauvage, Douglastown, PQ & Chef John Winter Russell, Montreal. A History of Craft Beer & Hops Tasting with the Boston Beer Company & Mirella Amato, Master Cicerone®, Toronto. Chef Demos by Visit Sweden with Magnus Ek, Oaxen Krog & Slip at Djurgården, Daniel Berlin, Restaurant Daniel Berlin, Stockholm, Fia Gulliksson, Food in Action, Jarpen, Frida Ronge, vRÅ, Stockholm. The Meal Less Travelled with Ryan Donovan & Chef Carl Heindrick, Richmond Station, Toronto. The Wild West with Alberta Culinary Tourism.
Wine Workshops curated by Jamie Drummond.
The “Next Big Varietal” Smackdown with Shiraz Mottiar, Malivoire Wine Company, Craig McDonald, Trius Winery at Hillebrand, Ritchie Roberts, Fielding Estates Winery, Rob Power, Creekside Estate Winery, JL Groux, Stratus Vineyards. The Future of The Sommelier with Jamie Drummond, Zinta Steprans, Wine Director Soho House North America; Mercedes Bachelet, one of Sweden's top Sommeliers; Veronique Rivest, Canada's top Sommelier; Jennifer Heuther, Master Sommelier; Cliff Lede, Cliff Lede Vineyards. Cool Climate Chardonnay Showdown with Bruce Wallner, Master Sommelier, Toronto and Mercedes Bachelet, Stockholm. Natural, Biodynamic and Orange wines in Ontario: A Triumph of Technique or Terroir? Chair: John Szabo, Master Sommelier, Toronto Panel: Jeff Connell, Woodlot; Alice Feiring, The Feiring Line; Paul Pender, Tawse Winery, Ann Sperling, Southbrook Vineyards; Laurie MacDonald, VQA.