We’ve just returned from Terroir 2017, and can’t stop talking about what a great symposium it was. We’ll be writing about what we learned over the next few weeks, but here are a few of the highlights:

Terroir 2017

We loved the breakfast poutine, posed strategically next to the brand-new issue of MENU magazine! Other breakfast treats included mini buttermilk pancakes with syrup and blueberries, and baked beans with beef bacon.

Sarain Carson-Fox

The opening ceremony was both inspiring and beautiful. Lisa Odjig McHayle performed a traditional hoop dance, Philip Cote led a smudge ceremony, and Wikwemikong activist John Croutch asked why there are so few aboriginal restaurants in Canada. Above, Sarain Carson-Fox discussed the role of women as caretakers of life.

Hor mok

Lunch was provided by some of the best restaurants in Toronto, including the Drake, Boralia, and Antler, but we fell hard for the Hor Mok from Richshaw Bar.

Naomi Duguid

And, of course, a day full of speakers left us proud of this country’s culinary traditions and future. Here, culinary travel writer and cookbook author Naomi Duguid talks about three ways cooking can be inspired by travel.

In the late afternoon, we were treated to amazing Syrian food, served by Toronto’s Newcomer Kitchen, which was prepared and served by Syrian refugees. The kibbeh bel lakteen is pictured at the top of this post, and the Yalanji was equally delicious!

Look for lots more stories coming out of Terroir 2017 in the weeks ahead.



Beth Pollock is a communications and content marketing expert. Working with Restaurants Canada, she has edited and published two newsletters (RC Insider and BITE); developed the RC Show website; managed social media feeds (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram); and written press releases, blog stories, operational manuals, and an op-ed for the Globe & Mail. Beth is also a freelance writer who has written for a number of publications about food, travel, and children’s books, and has written over 600 posts on her personal blog, Of Muses and Meringues about recipes and her personal travels. She has published three books for children.