TORONTO – On Thursday, Oct. 2, as the fall’s cold breezes set in, a gaggle of food writers gathered in the bowels of Annona Restaurant in the Park Hyatt Toronto to indulge in some fine food and wine and celebrate the creation of a special garden in Etobicoke at the School of Experiential Education (SEE).
FoodShare, a non-profit organization that aims to provide ‘good healthy food’ for everyone, conceived the idea for the appropriately named Footprint Garden (think ‘carbon footprint’), which is one of 13 around the city (with 10 in the works) that was created as a “food-centered environmental education program that addresses climate change through responsible food citizenship.”
Ten thousand dollars from a Park Hyatt Community Grant funded the SEE garden, which also helped feed the diners at the event — ingredients from the garden were used in executive chef Joan Monfaredi’s six-course feast. Dishes included: spiced Hubbard squash soup with stirred yogurt, roasted and raw apple; spinach and black walnut ravioli with stewed tomatoes; and warm late-summer fruit crumble topped with lemon Verbena ice cream with honeycomb. Each dish was also paired with a wine from the small, Vineland, Ont.-based Featherstone Estate Winery.
Hyatt guests and Toronto residents can now partake in the same delights during the month of October by indulging in Annona’s $49 prix-fix menu. Five dollars from each order will be donated to Foodshare. Look for a similar menu to pop up in spring, as the veggies in the garden sprout up with the return of the warmer weather.