TORONTO — Members of the foodservice industry flocked to Toronto yesterday for the 10th annual Terroir Symposium, held at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).
The venue was an apt setting to explore this year’s theme of art, culture and technology through a packed schedule featuring career-development workshops, presentations, food-focused art tours and dining experiences. Industry experts from across the country and abroad lent their talent and insight to the day’s events.
The day began with breakfast featuring a breakfast ramen created by Momofuku Noodle Bar’s Hans Vogels. The morning continued with a series of workshops on topics such as online branding, interior design, restaurant photography and food styling.
Reflecting a global shift toward plant-based eating, guests were treated to a social lunch featuring a variety of vegetarian bites prepared by chef’s such as Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy in NYC, the AGO’s Renée Bellefeuille and Michael Hunter of Antler in Toronto.
The afternoon was made up of star-studded sessions broken down into culture and technology topics, as well as pecha kucha-style presentations in which presenters were allowed 20 slides which they could discuss for only 20 seconds each. Presenters, including chefs Vikram Vij, Jeremy Charles and Rob Gentile, used this format to highlight what led them to where they are today.
The day wound down with art presentations and a Turkish-themed cocktail party hosted by Turkish chef Eyüp Kemal Sevinç and the Tourism Office of Turkey.