Terroir, the premiere hospitality symposium returns this April to the the Arcadian court. This year the networking event focuses on stories, memories and culture with guest speakers from Ireland to Sweden.
Celebrating its 7th year, Terroir is an annual full day conference featuring top culinary leaders from around the world – gathering in one room to educate, share, network and push the industry forward on a variety of topics. Part networking, part informative sessions, Terroir brings together the industry's best under one roof.
The 2013 program was recently announced, bringing chefs, restaurateurs, and wine makers from Ireland, South Africa, Belgium, and the UK here to Toronto.
Terroir 2013 Programming
"Everything we eat has a story. Food is the basis of our existence, but we can also craft narratives around it: stories of hunger and sharing, of bounty and blessing. The dishes we prepare embody the traditions and heritage of our cultures; the memories we create through the food we eat, help define us. Food reminds us where we come from and encourages us to go somewhere new"
8:45AM – 5:00PM – Main Stage Presenters
Presenters share memories on their love of food.
Nick Saul, CEO, Food Centers Canada
JP McMahon, Executive Chef, Aniar Restaurant, Galway, Ireland
Kate Krader, Restaurant Editor, Food & Wine Magazine
Andrea Most, Associate Professor of English, American Literature & Jewish Studies, The University of Toronto
Trine Hanneman, Scandinavian Chef & Cookbook Author, Copenhagen, Denmark
Peter Tempelhoff, Executive Chef, The Collection by Liz McGrath, Cape Town, South Africa
Adam Mason, Winemaker, Mulderbosch, South Africa
Anne Mendelson, Author, The Surprising Story of Milk through the Ages
Per-Anders & Lotta Jorgensen, Editors, FOOL Magazine, Malmo, Sweden
Magnus Nilsson, Executive Chef, Faviken, Jarpen, Sweden
Padraic Og Gallagher, Gallagher’s Boxty House, Dublin, Ireland
Kobe Desramaults, In de Wulf, Dranouter, Belgium
Gillian Files & Brent Preston, Farmers, The New Farm, Singhampton, Ontario
Joshna Maharaj, Chef & Culinary Activist, Toronto
Edward Pond, Food Photographer
Trevor Gulliver, Mrs. St. John’s, London, UK
Paul Rogalski, Executive Chef, Rouge, Calgary
Ingrid Fetell, Designer, The Aesthetics of Joy
12:00PM – 1:00PM – The BIG Debate
A panel discussion on Local Ingredients, Foreign Chefs, and the Question of Culinary Cannibalism
Moderator: Mitchell Davis, Executive Vice President, The James Beard Foundation
Panel: Noah Bernamoff and Rae Bernamoff, Co-owners, Mile End Delicatessen, New York
Lesley Chesterman, Fine-Dining Critic, The Montreal Gazette
Tobey Nemeth, Co-Owner, Edulis, Toronto
Joe Warwick, Food Critic, The Guardian, Founder of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, Author of Where Chefs Like to Eat
GE Monogram Chef Demonstrations (throughout the day)
10:00AM – Jeremy Charles, Raymonds, Nfld
11:00AM – Mark Lepine, L’atelier, Ottawa
2:00PM – JP McMahon, Executive Chef, Aniar Restaurant, Galway, Ireland
3:00PM – Mathew Jennings, Farmstead Inc, Rhode Island & Derek Damman, Maison Publique, Mtl
Six 90 minute workshops that provide hands-on learning. 10:00AM – 11:30PM
Workshop #1 – Ontario Craft Beers with Steve Beauchesne
Workshop #2 – How to Create a Cookbook and The Publishing Process; Guide: Mika Bareket, Owner, Good Egg, goodegg.ca along with Jennifer McLagan, Chef and Award-Winning Food Writer, jennifermclagan.com and Naomi Duguid, Award-Winning Food Writer and Photographer, naomiduguid.com
Workshop #3 – Local Food Procurement 2:00PM – 3:30PM
Workshop #4 – Wine Tasting with Adam Mason, Mulderbosch Winery & Jamie Drummond, Good Food Revolution
Workshop #5 – Food on Film; An exploration and demonstration on how the story of a dish is represented through various forms of media.
Workshop #6 – Creating Cocktail with Christina Kuypers
1:00PM – 2:00PM – The Lunch Counter
This year’s lunch will be presented by the chefs representing the Northern Alliance, a loose alliance of chefs working towards bringing the great foods of the North to the rest of the world. This chef collaborative is bridging the border between the US and Canada and the chefs featured at Terroir represent the Northeast & Southeast area of the continent. Members are relevant, creative and passionate chefs who are striving to be the best in their field by pushing boundaries and presenting unique and individual cooking styles.
- Scott Vivian, Beast Restaurant
- Jeremy Charles, Raymonds, Nfld
- Mathew Matheson, Parts & Labour
- Mathew Jennings, Farmstead Inc, Rhode Island
- Derek Damman, Maison Publique, Mtl
- Bertrand Alépée, The Tempered Chef, Toronto, Ontario
- Amanda Ray, Biff’s Bistro, Toronto, Ontario
- Craig Deihl, Cypress, Charleston, South Carolina
- Matt DeMille, Pomodoro, Wellington, Ontario
- Erin DeMille, Royal Sugar, Wellington, Ontario
- Andrea Mut, Andrea’s Gerrard Street Bakery, Toronto, Ontario
2nd Annual GE Monogram® – Terroir Awards for Excellence in Hospitality
In addition to the speaking engagements, the Terroir Awards for Excellence in Hospitality program is back — presenting awards for those that have inspired, educated, and moved the Canadian culinary industry forward in the last year.
Awards are presented in three categories:
- Beverage professional (Sommelier, Mixologist)
- Front of House, service excellence
Winners will be announced at the symposium.
Criteria for each award include:
- Minimum 5 years of experience in the industry.
- Currently working in a restaurant in Canada that supports a regional culinary identity.
- Adheres to standards of excellence and service in hospitality as observed by industry and consumers.
- Has contributed to the industry through education, collaboration and mentorship.
- Is recognized by their peers for their leadership and innovation and their contribution to the field of hospitality in Canada.
- Upholds standards of sustainability by supporting local producers, artisans and businesses.
Award winners will receive:
- $1000 cash reward
- Feature promotion on Terroir website and press release identifying winner.
- Feature promotion on GE Monogram® Website.
- Press Release announcing winners.
- Advertisement announcing winner in nationally publicized paper.
- Featured guests at a patron dinner for Terroir Hospitality.
You can vote now online here.
April 8th, 2013
The Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street Toronto. 9th Floor