Like our other swaps, this was a madhouse. 48 people showed up to trade preserves. Some brought 1-2 jars while others brought cases. Yes, cases.
We were delighted to have the opportunity to judge a pickle battle at the Drake Hotel (Toronto) a few weeks back. Our friend Ivy Knight (check out her awesome site, Swallow) hosts an amazing weekly food event (86′D) on Monday’s and the pickle competition was the theme for November 18th.
Our preserve swap is this Monday (November 25th)! It’s our last swap of 2013 and we’re hoping to make it a wild night!
If you’ve never been to a preserve swap before, there might be some uncertainty around the event. In today’s post I hope to share 5 common reasons people hesitate and hope to share my perspective on each:
It’s a great time to be in Toronto if you preserve food or want to learn more about it. There are two free events in the next 10 days where you’ll be able to meet a lot of people who preserve, swap and/or taste preserved foods and have a beverage at the same time! And, if you come to either event, make sure to say hi – we’ll be at both! [Read more...]
It’s time for our fourth preserve swap!
We leaked the news on facebook and in our newsletter and now’s the time for the official announcement; we’ll be swapping preserves on November 25th (2013) at The Handlebar in Kensington Market!
What’s a preserve swap? It’s a chance to take something you’ve made for your pantry and swap it with others. Generally the swapped items are canned goods but we’ve had people show up with kimchi, maple water, sourdough starter, dehydrated foods, sauerkraut, bacon and other preserves!
There’s no fee and no minimum or maximum amount. We’ve had people show up with a few cans – and others with a few cases (literally).
When you show up (the event starts at 8:00), you lay out your preserves, order a beverage the the bar (our friends at The Handlebar) and check out the bounty others brought. It’s a great opportunity to chat to others, learn about what they’ve made and see what you are interested in. Around 9:00 we’ll announce the start of swapping and the bar will become a flurry of trades and swaps! There will be a standard waiver (acknowledging that you are trading home-made food with friends as opposed to food made in a commercial setting).
This will be our fourth swap – the previous 3 swaps have seen more than 2,000 total preserves exchange hands! If you don’t have anything to swap, you’re more than welcome to come out and see the types of things others preserve and it’s a great opportunity to ask others about preserving!
You don’t have to RSVP but if you want a reminder, you can stay in touch through our FaceBook event page.
If you’re curious what past events have been like, these posts will help:
We hope to make this the biggest and best yet – will we see you there?
It’s time for another pop-up event – HomeEc #20 is August 26th!
You’re welcome (but not required) to being a food item to share with others. Each month has a different theme to inspire each other; this month the theme is “Food and Films.” We’re going to try to project some famous foodie flicks and I’m sure there will be some good nature banter on trying to choose the best food films of all time.
At the end of the day, HomeEc is an excuse for people to get together, chat about food and meet others who share similar interests. We hope to see you there!
Do you have memories of band camp? Art camp? Any other camp? Are you yearning to release said memories and need an occasion to do so? Your day of reckoning (or reminiscing) is almost at hand:
On Monday, July 29th we’re hosting a pop-up event inspired by summer camp. We’ll be hosting the Toronto event at The Handlebar (Kensington Market) and our friends Rachel and Kate will be hosting at City Folks Farm Shop in Columbus, Ohio. Both locations kick off around 8:00PM!
HomeEc is an excuse to gather the community, share a beverage (and all are welcome to bring food to share) and share conversation. The nights are informal and fun gatherings.
Don’t be too worried about the theme – but if you’re looking for ideas and want to make something, here’s a few of my memories related to camp food:
- trail mix
- baked apples
- baked potatoes (often done in the fire!)
- Orange wedges
If you’re looking for more ideas or if you want to be reminded of the event, join the Facebook event page and we’ll share updates as the event comes closer.
We hope to see you there! If you need to know anything about the evening, check out our archive of HomeEc events or ask a question in the comments!
A few weeks ago we received an email from a friend looking for a favor that was completely outside our comfort zone – which is exactly why it was so appealing.
The request was simple; could Joel spare a few hours on a Saturday to ‘compete’ in an “Iron Chef’” style cooking challenge that was part of an event to help get kids interested in food and careers in the food industry. The request came from our friend and local food hero, Joshna Maharaj. Joel was to ‘compete’ against Tanya Botrill from The Bluntroll (she handmakes unbeleivable aprons that double as a portable knife case designed for chefs).
The event was nerve-wracking but a tonne of fun – and I kept all of my fingers! How did the day go? Check it out:
It’s almost time for another HomeEc!
Not sure what that means? WellPreserved hosts a monthly gathering (usually a potluck) where a bunch of strangers gather together, share food and friendship. Dana and I host the Toronto event (at The Handlebar in Kensington Market) and Kate and Rachel host their version in Columbus, Ohio.
The Columbus location has changed – Kate will be sharing the details this morning on her blog Kate, on the Way.
Each event has a different theme – this month’s theme is:
What the heck is picnic? Show up with something to share that’s inspired by the idea of having a picnic. We’re not too serious about rules and we have all levels of cooks so don’t be shy!
If you’ve never been to a HomeEc, we really hope you’ll come out. There’s a friendly stable of regulars and several new people too. We’ll be the best hosts we can be and make sure that you get to meet some fun people and interact with a community of fun people who love food. If you’re really nervous about making something (and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches definitely count!) just show up to your first event and check it out.
The event is next Monday (June 24th) and starts at 8:00PM.
Dana and I have just returned from an unbelievable month of travel. After visiting Spain together, Dana got to sneak a few days in London; Joel had a business trip in Dallas and we visited Nashville together. We don’t usually travel this much these days so it was an exciting month; but we’re thrilled to be home in time for the start of planting/ gardening seasons and for the start of many Farmer’s Markets too!
We’re also excited about HomeEc! HomeEc is a non-competitive food event that’s often a potluck attended by a group of strangers. Each month has a different theme and it’s an excuse to meet people, share food and conversation. It’s generally held on the last Monday of the month. You can see an archive of the events here.